Our Mission : Aviation pictures the world needs to see. And some other stuff too.

Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Convair B-58 Hustler at Pima

Kodachrome era. One of the better telephoto angles for the photogenic Hustler.


Monday, April 29, 2013

World's Most Dangerous Airspace

Lucky we made it.


'Probably should have used a larger aircraft for this leg.



Sunday, April 28, 2013

Name That Airport - Quiz #689

We haven't played this game for a while.

Have Fun & Good Luck !

Bonus Points : Name an airline associated with this.

(Answer revealed in comments below)


N949AS Alaska Airlines DC-9-83

Portland 2006.

This same aircraft was used by Mitt Romney in his brave but unsuccessful run.


Friday, April 26, 2013

PT Boat

"PT" stood for 'Patrol Torpedo.'

Remind us to post a picture of an airplane on here someday ...

Thursday, April 25, 2013

The Very First Ferrari Ever Built

We are amused by trendy automotive blogs that don't have their facts straight.

Airplane Life to the rescue !

This is the 1947 Ferrari Spyder Corsa.


Monday, April 22, 2013

Hawaii Five-0 Helicopter AS 350BA Makani Kai - Kamekona

This is the helicopter flown by character Kamekona (Taylor Wily) on the CBS television series Hawaii Five-0.


Sunday, April 21, 2013

N803MH Eurocopter AStar EC 130B4 Sunshine Helicopters

This Euro-whirlybird might have been built in Spain, France, or Germany.

Who knows ...

But we wonder what people might have eaten for lunch on the day of final assembly.

Spain = Paella cooked in squid ink and a Tinto de Verano.

France = Roasted guinea fowl and a nice California wine.

Germany = Schweinebraten and eine Maß Bier.

Friday, April 19, 2013

N153AA Hawaiian Airlines DC-10

Hawaiian Airlines was the launch customer for the DC-10 Series 1000.


Thursday, April 18, 2013

Enterprise Rental Car

Airplane Life did not receive commercial endorsement compensation for this post.


Monday, April 15, 2013

Friday, April 12, 2013

Airport Terminal Pictures

She moved her head. We missed the shot by a fraction of a second. Hate that.


أنا سعيد لترك هذا المكان.





N711MC GLEX, N721MC Gulfstream IV


It's cool to have matching bizjets, even if they are both really ugly.

But different types? Non-consecutive numbers? How embarrasing.

We feel so sorry for these people.

And we think the military component here is a behavioral reaction to social norms.

But it could be worse. Like having pictures of the planes posted on Airplane Life.




Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Name That Aircraft - Quiz#246

This image is an extreme crop of an aircraft that was way up in the background of a slide taken in Southern California in 1968.

We've sharpened it a little just to smooth out the lines.

We don't know what it is. 'Could be civillian, 'could be military.

Good Luck !

Sunday, April 7, 2013

Rockford Files - Vintage Classic Old LAX Photos Images and Pictures

We happened to watch a couple episodes of the 1970's TV show, "Rockford Files."

Some screenshots  ...

Jim Rockford flew to Seattle. Departing LAX 25L on a Douglas DC-8 w/ full smoke ...


Note high altitude circuit in the background ...


That's the old National livery on the quad jet  ... 


For the cruise segment, editors chose to use the 747 prototype ... 


Landing Seattle on American ...  


Obviously TWA terminal 3 at LAX ... 


At least one satellite still has those same drinking fountains ... 


Flight Insurance machine ...


Note schoolkids picture on left.

Sharon Gless and James Garner.

Gless eventually became "Cagney" on "Cagney and Lacey;" a show we never watched. Her father was a big-time Hollywood lawyer who represented Howard Hughes. 


The famous red line ...


Rockford chased bad guy to the TWA hangar and shot him in a Tri-Star ...  


Beautiful United 747 Classic landing ... 


Just one parking structure ...


Nice United 727 and DC-8 action at T6. Plus Continental 707 Golden Jets at T5 ...

Friday, April 5, 2013

Vintage Classic Old LAX Construction Photos Images and Pictures

We saw something yesterday about how Delta is spending $229,000,000 to upgrade Terminal 5 at LAX. To you and me, that's the "Western" terminal. The news item made us think back to the old days ...

Delta coined the slogan, "Take 5 at LAX" when the T5 rennovations were completed in 1988.





We have more pictures like this in the vault, and will share them someday.

BTW if some of these look familiar, it's because they once appeared at the incredible Totally Jacked Up Aircraft Photos which is the blog that inspired the creation of Airplane Life . Small world, isn't it? 

G-WJAN Boeing 757-200 Thomas Cook arriving OGG Kahului Maui

We saw G-WJAN the other day. Good to see it flying again !

Back in '98 the plane had "ground contact on landing."

Counterintuitively, that's actually not supposed to happen.

See the damage HERE .


Tuesday, April 2, 2013

USAF Maui Space Surveillance System (MSSS)

The big silver thing is the Advanced Electro Optical System (AEOS) also known as the big silver thing.

It's the largest telescope in the DOD.

They say it can track a basketball that's 20,000 miles away.

We didn't know there were basketballs in outer space, but feel safer in case there are.