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Sunday, November 23, 2014

Vintage LAX

Esther Hall and her granddaughter Erika watching a Pan Am 747. Photo by LA Times, September 27, 1973.

Saturday, November 15, 2014

Airplane Tray Table

Photo above shows a tray. On airplanes, it's commonly mis-referred to as a "tray table."

A tray is a shallow platform designed for carrying things.

A table is a form of furniture. Alternately, a table is an organized set of data elements using a model of vertical columns and horizontal rows.

So it makes no sense when the flight attendant tells everyone to put their "tray table in the full upright and locked position."

To move it to "upright" would mean that it was "sideways" when it was "horizontal."

And it never gets "locked," it gets "latched."

Don't get me started ...

Sunday, October 26, 2014


A state of affairs or an event that seems deliberately contrary to what one expects and is often amusing as a result.

Friday, October 24, 2014

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Saturday, October 11, 2014

Happy 10-11

Special Thanks to Jon Proctor for the use of his photo! He has some incredible classic LAX pictures on his website HERE .


1971 Gulfstream II, c/n 108.

Don't look for this one on lesser websites like Jet Photos or Airliners, they don't have it.

Thursday, October 9, 2014

Thursday, October 2, 2014

Delivery Flight Wave


Cargolux delivery flight to Seattle and Luxembourg. 09/30/14. 747-8F LX-VCJ.

Name That Airport #627

Good luck, because we don't remember! Sometime in the 80's possibly.

The "W" is a clue, and apparently every plane parked there has tip-tanks.

Monday, September 29, 2014

N3675G North American Mitchell B-25J The Man From U.N.C.L.E.

Illya Kuryakin is shown boarding the moving B-25; followed by Napolean Solo . The MG TC/D was being driven by Carol Wayne .

They were attempting to stop the B25 from dropping a "Stink Bomb" on Las Vegas.

Episode 63 "The Super-Colossal Affair" original air date October 7, 1966.

Saturday, September 27, 2014

Earl Cherry circa 1985

Earl Cherry piloting General Smoke with one of his wingwalking "Roll Models."

They say that flying is safer than riding in a car ...

Photo by LBBC and/or OGGTurbojets.

Wednesday, September 24, 2014


Government supercomputer. Not a good time to insert a clever comment.

Doing a fine job.

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Steve Jobs and Jony Ive Private Jet Gulfstream N2N, N586GV - Full Story

Airplane Life will now clarify any confusion regarding Steve Jobs private jet, and how it relates to Jony Ive. This is Steves plane, registration number N2N:

According to the 2000 Apple annual report, the aircraft shown above (construction number 586) was given to Steve Jobs as a "bonus." It is a 1999 Model GV.

After his death Jobs' widow, Laurene Powell Jobs, sold the aircraft to Sir Jony Ive. Ive is the Senior Vice President of Design at Apple. Ive re-registerd the plane as N586GV. Using the construction number and aircraft type to formulate the new registration number is consistent with Ive's thought process. Notice the similarity:

Since their fleet of aircraft was reduced by one, Apple Inc. decided to buy another plane. They chose a top of the line Model GVI, and registered it as N2N. One could surmise that they held that registration number all along, or managed to procure it. The GVI is a 2013 model, with construction number 6053. Fastests civilian jet you can buy. Notice it has more windows than the earlier N2N GV.

We thank Russell Hill for his pictures of both iterations of N2N, and Andrew W. Sieber for his picture of N586GV. We published this post using a late 2009 27" iMac.

Saturday, September 13, 2014

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Plane Spotting In-N-Out Burger LAX

We were surprised to see an SR-72 doing a flyby on 24R. Must be sort of rare. Probably on a mission from Edwards AFB.