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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.

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.


Friday, August 29, 2014

FedEx N106FE

We think that this 757 is more interesting than the 767 you were searching for.

Sunday, August 24, 2014

Spirit of Los Gatos Dreamliner

We got a text message from our Galveston reporter yesterday. He let us know that he made contact with an Airplane Life fanatic. This sort of thing happens more often than you would think. His message reminded us of a picture we took a couple of years ago.

Saturday, August 23, 2014

Vintage Aerial View LAX Airport

We had forgotten about the gas station that used to be at the exit.

Proposed Lockheed "Skylift" for inter-terminal transportation.

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Taxiway Excursion Saudi Arabian SV871 747-400 HZ-AIX RPLL MNL 08/05/14

SV was cleared to line up 24 from C1.

That's when their mains gort stuck in the mud. Notice the strange intersection at C1/24.

It took the Tower a while to figure it out.

SV informed Tower they needed a tug.

Tower said, "Roger, line up runway 24."

SV informed Tower they needed a tug.

Tower said, "Roger, hold short runway 24."

So they did until they got a tug.

Sunday, August 3, 2014

M-STAR Boeing 727 Video

Uno de los mejores Boeing 727 libreas avistados en Málaga.

"Camera shake" translated to Spanish is "camera shake." But it's still a badass 727.

Friday, August 1, 2014

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Oprah Winfrey's Private Jet N54SL

Oprah loves the long wingspan of the GLEX, as it provides for a more comfortable ride when jetting around her vast empire.

Saturday, July 26, 2014

Aerial Banners North Pilot Arrested

This really happened. Politically motivated Honolulu Mayor Kirk Caldwell requests citizens to call EMERGENCY 911 if they see a PA-25 towing a banner. Seems like that might choke up the phone lines, and it would be tragic if someone was having a heart attack and couldn't get through.

The Pawnee pilot was arrested on Monday and later released on $100 bail.

This will evolve into an interesting legal case. We predict appeals to higher courts.

We've been sent these questions from our correspondents around the world :

1) Would you ever call the 911 EMERGENCY line and report a Piper flying overhead if all it was doing was towing an American Flag ?

2) Are the City of Honolulu's boundaries only on ground level, or do they extend vertically into outer space ?

3) Should a responsible citizen call 911 EMERGENCY if they see this billboard ?

Friday, July 25, 2014

Magic Johnson's Private Jet N32MJ

His number was "32" on the Lakers, so there's an interesting coincidence.

We have mixed feelings about the hush kit. It adds sort of a "techno" look to the plane, but the installation lacks symmetry.

And why make it quieter anyway? Wouldn't most reasonable people want it louder?

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Saturday, July 19, 2014

Plane Spotting at PDX

That parking lot over there used to be a great place to park your car and spot planes.

But in a sterling example of bureaucratic overreach, they closed the parking lot. So now you just park ouside and step over the barricade. You arrive at the same place, and the security level stays exactly the same as it was.

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Johnny Winter Dead at 70

Johnny Winter, the greatest blues/rock guitar play of all time, has died.

We saw Johnny play live 25+ times over 4 decades.

And during that time, we couldn't help but wonder when this day would come or what it would be like.

Here is the same report we read when we got the news :  JOHNNY WINTER

Airplane Life will publish a tribute at some time in the future.

What an extraordinary life that was. It's all over now...

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Into The Storm

This seems to be a movie about a breezy day on the cargo apron.

They were going to call it, "Gone With The Wind," but that was taken.

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Emirates A380 A6-EET Departing LAX on 25L

Our Long Beach Bureau Chief took this awe inspring shot on 7/6/14.

Aircraft was operating as EK 216; nonstop to DXB - 15 hrs, 50 minutes and 8,320 miles (13,400 km).

A first class one-way ticket is only $24,529.90. But who wants to go to Dubai one-way?

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Cat Paw X-Ray

The cat had his dewclaw and associated tumor removed shortly after this image was taken.  Patient is doing "OK."