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Sunday, April 12, 2015

Vintage LAX Ghost Town Pictures

A reader recently commented about the "Ghost Town" near LAX.

A view of the "Surfridge" area while arriving to the East on the North complex.

I seem to recall an incident in a '63 T-Bird in this area... 

This shot by LBBC shows what was the premier spotting location at LAX back in the day. We spent many hours there. 

A warp in the fabric of time allowed us to briefly revisit the site back '07. 

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

N587CA Convair CV-580

Aircraft recently flew a nonstop that lasted 11½ hrs. Built in 1957.

Click link for : FlightAware .

Saturday, March 28, 2015

Cloak and Dagger

We're not sure what these operatives were up to, but we took a picture of the handoff and sent it to the Embassy.

Thursday, March 5, 2015

Delta Flight 1086 La Guardia LGA N909DL MD-80 No Fatalities

Nobody died in this incident because the "MD" Series of McDonnell Douglas aircraft have a stronger fuselage than similar planes. An Airbus would have broken in half.

The arrows in the pictures below show the "crease" that divides the cross-section into two semicircles. Two circles are stronger than one. It makes the fuselage stronger.

Monday, February 23, 2015

Tailgate Up or Down Affects Mileage

Driving with your truck's tailgate down or using a tailgate net will INCREASE drag and fuel consumption. It also reduces the structual integity of the cargo box. Here is how an aerodynamics engineer would explain it:

Thursday, February 19, 2015

Cockpitless Airplane

UPS has taken delivery of it's first fully autonomous 767 cargo aircraft. UPS has a total of 14 firm orders on the type, with options for an additional 22. Certification for the passenger variant is expected in the 2017-2018 time frame, for launch customer Asiana.

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Sunday, February 15, 2015

Spizzico Pizza

Don't be misled. You can buy frozen "Spizzico" pizza at Trader Joes, or from some joint in Illinois, but this is the real deal. Sipizzico Pizza, Rome Italy.

Saturday, February 14, 2015

Hawaiian Airlines 216

Flight took an extra hour to arrive Kahului from Honolulu today due to weather. And it did land at the airport, not in the ocean as shown on FlightAware.

Monday, February 9, 2015

PH-KCD McDonnell Douglas MD-11 KLM

Seen at AMS in 1996 when the plane was just 2 years old. Flown to MHV 1/12/15. RIP.

Saturday, February 7, 2015

Search For Jimmy Hoffa

The FBI's search for Jimmy Hoffa's body continues at Honolulu Airport, disguised as a taxiway widening project.

Thursday, February 5, 2015


JUDY - Aircrew has radar/visual contact on the correct target, has taken control of the intercept and only requires situation awareness information; weapons director (WD) will minimize radio transmissions.

Sunday, February 1, 2015

2015 Super Bowl Flyover

The flyover at today's Super Bowl was performed by a Туполев Ту-95 (NATO reporting name : TU-95 BEAR) of the 6950th Aviation Base (Engels-2, Saratov Oblast) for the Военно-воздушные cилы России Long Range Aviation Command.

Friday, January 30, 2015

2015 Pro Bowl Flyover

They used F-35's for the flyover, but nobody saw them because network TV went to commercial. And nobody watches the Pro Bowl anyway.

Monday, January 19, 2015

Southwest Airlines Misleading Ad

Don't believe the new Southwest ad that suggests you'll see a Kratka mosaic at LAX. Southwest operates out of Terminal 1, and T1 doesn't have them. Related article here.

Sunday, January 11, 2015

2015 College Football Playoff Prediction

If the Oregon guys can keep their eyes on the prize, they will hoist the trophy. If not, they will lose 42-20.


South Pacific Airlines - SPANZ

South Pacific Airlines flew DC-3's between Honolulu and Tahiti.

Honolulu Advertiser, August 22, 1961.

Friday, January 9, 2015

Wednesday, January 7, 2015