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Wasn’t able to make it out to DFW this evening to see the arrival of United’s first Boeing 787-9 (they have 11 of the shorter 787-8s), but it did pass over my neighborhood on its way in. I believe its operating as a sports charter to take the NY Giants back after their game with the Cowboys today. N38950 was delivered to United 14 September 2014, bet it still has that new plane smell! Now to wrap my brain around the fact that the Cowboys are 6-1. Did. Not. Expect. That. #Avgeek #aviation #aircraft #planeporn #KDFW #DFW #airport #igtexas #planespotting #airlines #megaplane #instaplane #Boeing #787 #Dreamliner #N38950 #United #dfwavgeek #instagramaviation #avgeekery #avgeekschoolofknowledge

Wasn’t able to make it out to DFW this evening to see the arrival of United’s first Boeing 787-9 (they have 11 of the shorter 787-8s), but it did pass over my neighborhood on its way in. I believe its operating as a sports charter to take the NY Giants back after their game with the Cowboys today. N38950 was delivered to United 14 September 2014, bet it still has that new plane smell! Now to wrap my brain around the fact that the Cowboys are 6-1. Did. Not. Expect. That. #Avgeek #aviation #aircraft #planeporn #KDFW #DFW #airport #igtexas #planespotting #airlines #megaplane #instaplane #Boeing #787 #Dreamliner #N38950 #United #dfwavgeek #instagramaviation #avgeekery #avgeekschoolofknowledge

11 hours ago
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OY-KBM “Astrid Viking” in Star Alliance colors on short final for 19L at Washington Dulles- much has been panned about the anemic climb rate of the A340-200/300 variants, but it wasn’t supposed to be that way- during A340 development, IAE was developing a geared turbofan engine based on their V2500 powerplant. This was the IAE Superfan, with a big 100-inch variable pitch fan and an SFC 80% that of the V2500 that was used as its core. The Superfan proved to be too big a technological leap for the time; today IAE says it was an engineering exercise of sorts but Airbus had commitments from Lufthansa and Northwest for Superfan-powered A340s. At the time, CFM was offering a growth version of the CFM56 for the A340, but it wasn’t as powerful and as fuel efficient as the planned Superfan. CFM had expressed doubts about the Superfan, but at the time such talk was felt a part of the competitive arena between CFM and IAE. Airbus had to scramble to redesign parts of the A340 wing with the abrupt cancelation of the Superfan so the aircraft could use the CFM56. It wasn’t until the Trent engines of the A340-500/600 that the aircraft had the performance that was originally planned for the A340-200/300, but by that point, engine technology had gotten to the point that increasing ETOPS times made two engines a competitive if not superior choice over four engines. Even if the IAE Superfan worked, a four engine aircraft would still face its twilight with increasing ETOPS times. #Avgeek #aviation #aircraft #planeporn #dulles #KIAD #IAD #airport #planespotting #airlines #megaplane #instaplane #Airbus #A340 #SAS #Scandanavian #StarAlliance #instagramaviation #avgeekschoolofknowledge #OYKBM #avgeekery

OY-KBM “Astrid Viking” in Star Alliance colors on short final for 19L at Washington Dulles- much has been panned about the anemic climb rate of the A340-200/300 variants, but it wasn’t supposed to be that way- during A340 development, IAE was developing a geared turbofan engine based on their V2500 powerplant. This was the IAE Superfan, with a big 100-inch variable pitch fan and an SFC 80% that of the V2500 that was used as its core. The Superfan proved to be too big a technological leap for the time; today IAE says it was an engineering exercise of sorts but Airbus had commitments from Lufthansa and Northwest for Superfan-powered A340s. At the time, CFM was offering a growth version of the CFM56 for the A340, but it wasn’t as powerful and as fuel efficient as the planned Superfan. CFM had expressed doubts about the Superfan, but at the time such talk was felt a part of the competitive arena between CFM and IAE. Airbus had to scramble to redesign parts of the A340 wing with the abrupt cancelation of the Superfan so the aircraft could use the CFM56. It wasn’t until the Trent engines of the A340-500/600 that the aircraft had the performance that was originally planned for the A340-200/300, but by that point, engine technology had gotten to the point that increasing ETOPS times made two engines a competitive if not superior choice over four engines. Even if the IAE Superfan worked, a four engine aircraft would still face its twilight with increasing ETOPS times. #Avgeek #aviation #aircraft #planeporn #dulles #KIAD #IAD #airport #planespotting #airlines #megaplane #instaplane #Airbus #A340 #SAS #Scandanavian #StarAlliance #instagramaviation #avgeekschoolofknowledge #OYKBM #avgeekery

23 hours ago
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Dusk view of the UPS ramp at DFW this evening…..the MD-11F is N259UP, originally delivered to Thai International Airways in July 1991 and picked up second hand by UPS for freighter conversion.  #Avgeek #aviation #aircraft #planeporn #kdfw #dfw #airport #planespotting #airlines #ups #mcdonnelldouglas #md11 #instagramaviation #avgeekery #megaplane #instaplane #N259UP #igaviationcontest #avgeekery #avgeekschoolofknowledge #instaspotting (at DFW Founders Plaza)

Dusk view of the UPS ramp at DFW this evening…..the MD-11F is N259UP, originally delivered to Thai International Airways in July 1991 and picked up second hand by UPS for freighter conversion. #Avgeek #aviation #aircraft #planeporn #kdfw #dfw #airport #planespotting #airlines #ups #mcdonnelldouglas #md11 #instagramaviation #avgeekery #megaplane #instaplane #N259UP #igaviationcontest #avgeekery #avgeekschoolofknowledge #instaspotting (at DFW Founders Plaza)

1 day ago
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About 15 years ago this scene at San Juan International would have had the Boeing 737-800 in American’s colors and the Saab 340 would have been in American Eagle colors. Now the -800s are ETOPS birds with Southwest and the Saabs are in Seaborne’s colors. How times have changed. #Avgeek #aviation #aircraft #planeporn #TJSJ #SJU #SanJuan #PuertoRico #airport #planespotting #airlines #Boeing #737 #Southwest #instagramaviation #avgeekery #N8316H #igaviationcontest #instaspotting #avgeekery #avgeekschoolofknowledge #swapic #Saab #Saab340 #Seaborne #N341CJ

About 15 years ago this scene at San Juan International would have had the Boeing 737-800 in American’s colors and the Saab 340 would have been in American Eagle colors. Now the -800s are ETOPS birds with Southwest and the Saabs are in Seaborne’s colors. How times have changed. #Avgeek #aviation #aircraft #planeporn #TJSJ #SJU #SanJuan #PuertoRico #airport #planespotting #airlines #Boeing #737 #Southwest #instagramaviation #avgeekery #N8316H #igaviationcontest #instaspotting #avgeekery #avgeekschoolofknowledge #swapic #Saab #Saab340 #Seaborne #N341CJ

1 day ago
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N353JB “Blue La La” accelerates down the runway for departure out of Buffalo. JetBlue was the launch customer for the Embraer E190 with an order for 100 jets and the fleet plan at the time was to have two Airbus jets for every E190. Starting last year, though, the fleet plans changed with a cap on E190s at 60 aircraft and further expansion of the A320 fleet with the addition of the A321. It was a question of economics, the same reason Southwest is adding 737-800s- operating costs like fuel can be spread over more seats. JetBlue also found the E190s to be a bit more maintenance intensive than expected (I believe the engines were the main culprit). The E190s will be used in short haul routes out of Boston and San Juan where traffic wouldn’t fill an A320 or to open up new services and then upgauge that route to an A320 when traffic levels grow. Frequencies could also be added to existing Airbus routes that may not require another Airbus. #Avgeek #aviation #aircraft #planeporn #KBUF #BUF #buffalo #newyork #airport #planespotting #airlines #megaplane #instaplane #Embraer #JetBlue #E190 #ERJ190 #instagramaviation #N353JB #igaviationcontest #avgeekery #instaspotting #avgeekschoolofknowledge

N353JB “Blue La La” accelerates down the runway for departure out of Buffalo. JetBlue was the launch customer for the Embraer E190 with an order for 100 jets and the fleet plan at the time was to have two Airbus jets for every E190. Starting last year, though, the fleet plans changed with a cap on E190s at 60 aircraft and further expansion of the A320 fleet with the addition of the A321. It was a question of economics, the same reason Southwest is adding 737-800s- operating costs like fuel can be spread over more seats. JetBlue also found the E190s to be a bit more maintenance intensive than expected (I believe the engines were the main culprit). The E190s will be used in short haul routes out of Boston and San Juan where traffic wouldn’t fill an A320 or to open up new services and then upgauge that route to an A320 when traffic levels grow. Frequencies could also be added to existing Airbus routes that may not require another Airbus. #Avgeek #aviation #aircraft #planeporn #KBUF #BUF #buffalo #newyork #airport #planespotting #airlines #megaplane #instaplane #Embraer #JetBlue #E190 #ERJ190 #instagramaviation #N353JB #igaviationcontest #avgeekery #instaspotting #avgeekschoolofknowledge

1 day ago
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Regional crews, is Chautauqua still around or have they already been folded into Shuttle America? The last I’d heard a lot of their flying had been sadly trimmed down and terminated with plans this past summer to merge what was left into Shuttle America. This Delta Connection ERJ-145 I photographed at Dulles a while back was operated by Chautauqua at the time. Chautauqua is historically significant as it was the last of the original commuter airlines in the 1970s that flew under the Allegheny Commuter banner. Back then, Allegheny Airlines (one of the predecessor airlines to US Airways) had franchised its names to a loose alliance of local commuter airlines under the name Allegheny Commuter- it wasn’t like today’s regional partnerships with mainline operators but it certainly set the stage. Chautauqua was established in 1973 in Jamestown, New York, the seat of Chautauqua County. In 1998 Chautauqua moved its HQ to Indianapolis from Jamestown and became a holdings company with Chautauqua as its only subsidiary at the time. The holdings company was renamed Republic as it have less local connotations than the Chautauqua name as the airline expanded with ERJ-145s. #Avgeek #aviation #aircraft #planeporn #dulles #KIAD #IAD #airport #planespotting #airlines #megaplane #instaplane #Embraer #ERJ145 #DeltaConnection #instagramaviation #avgeekschoolofknowledge #N525SK #igaviationcontest #avgeekery

Regional crews, is Chautauqua still around or have they already been folded into Shuttle America? The last I’d heard a lot of their flying had been sadly trimmed down and terminated with plans this past summer to merge what was left into Shuttle America. This Delta Connection ERJ-145 I photographed at Dulles a while back was operated by Chautauqua at the time. Chautauqua is historically significant as it was the last of the original commuter airlines in the 1970s that flew under the Allegheny Commuter banner. Back then, Allegheny Airlines (one of the predecessor airlines to US Airways) had franchised its names to a loose alliance of local commuter airlines under the name Allegheny Commuter- it wasn’t like today’s regional partnerships with mainline operators but it certainly set the stage. Chautauqua was established in 1973 in Jamestown, New York, the seat of Chautauqua County. In 1998 Chautauqua moved its HQ to Indianapolis from Jamestown and became a holdings company with Chautauqua as its only subsidiary at the time. The holdings company was renamed Republic as it have less local connotations than the Chautauqua name as the airline expanded with ERJ-145s. #Avgeek #aviation #aircraft #planeporn #dulles #KIAD #IAD #airport #planespotting #airlines #megaplane #instaplane #Embraer #ERJ145 #DeltaConnection #instagramaviation #avgeekschoolofknowledge #N525SK #igaviationcontest #avgeekery

22 hours ago
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N76065 off short final for 19L at Washington Dulles- at the time of the merger with United, Continental had 26 Boeing 767s in its fleet- 16 767-400ERs and 10 Boeing 767-200ERs but unusually, no -300s. Continental along with Delta were the only customers with only 37 aircraft built- not exactly a success for Boeing. #Avgeek #aviation #aircraft #planeporn #dulles #KIAD #IAD #airport #planespotting #airlines #megaplane #instaplane #Boeing #767 #United #instagramaviation #avgeekschoolofknowledge #N76065 #avgeekery

N76065 off short final for 19L at Washington Dulles- at the time of the merger with United, Continental had 26 Boeing 767s in its fleet- 16 767-400ERs and 10 Boeing 767-200ERs but unusually, no -300s. Continental along with Delta were the only customers with only 37 aircraft built- not exactly a success for Boeing. #Avgeek #aviation #aircraft #planeporn #dulles #KIAD #IAD #airport #planespotting #airlines #megaplane #instaplane #Boeing #767 #United #instagramaviation #avgeekschoolofknowledge #N76065 #avgeekery

23 hours ago
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As the Boeing B-29 Superfortress neared its operational debut, the plan envisioned by the U.S. Army Air Forces head General Hap Arnold was three Superfortress “commands” to carry out the strategic bombing campaign over Japan- XX Bomber Command in China, XXI Bomber Command in the Marianas, and XXII Bomber Command in the Philippines. Ultimately XX and XXI Bomber Commands were merged to become the Twentieth Air Force, but Arnold had one battle to fight first- with the Navy. Admirals Ernest King and Chester Nimitz wanted the B-29 force subordinated to the Navy who saw the Pacific War as their show. Arnold saw the success of the B-29 as key to his long range goal of an independent United States Air Force free of the Army and he didn’t think the B-29 would be properly used if subordinated to Navy command. Starting B-29 combat operations in China outside of the Navy’s operational areas in the Pacific was the first step; winning approval from President Roosevelt to keep the B-29 out of Navy command was the next step. Unlike most USAAF operations in the Pacific which went through theater commanders like Admiral Nimitz, General Arnold had B-29 operations commanded right out of his office at the Pentagon and only then did operations shift from China to bases in the Marianas. For General Arnold, the success of the Superfortress wasn’t just to insure victory over Japan, but a key step that led to an independent USAF with the National Security Act of 1947. #avgeek #aviation #aircraft #planeporn #KRBD #RBD #Dallas #CAFWW2AirExpo #airport #texas #igtexas #Boeing #B29 #Superfortress #avgeekery #mil_aviation_originals #avgeekschoolofknowledge #AVIATION_ALPHABET | S is for Superfortress | @kjdphoto1971  (at Dallas Executive Airport)

As the Boeing B-29 Superfortress neared its operational debut, the plan envisioned by the U.S. Army Air Forces head General Hap Arnold was three Superfortress “commands” to carry out the strategic bombing campaign over Japan- XX Bomber Command in China, XXI Bomber Command in the Marianas, and XXII Bomber Command in the Philippines. Ultimately XX and XXI Bomber Commands were merged to become the Twentieth Air Force, but Arnold had one battle to fight first- with the Navy. Admirals Ernest King and Chester Nimitz wanted the B-29 force subordinated to the Navy who saw the Pacific War as their show. Arnold saw the success of the B-29 as key to his long range goal of an independent United States Air Force free of the Army and he didn’t think the B-29 would be properly used if subordinated to Navy command. Starting B-29 combat operations in China outside of the Navy’s operational areas in the Pacific was the first step; winning approval from President Roosevelt to keep the B-29 out of Navy command was the next step. Unlike most USAAF operations in the Pacific which went through theater commanders like Admiral Nimitz, General Arnold had B-29 operations commanded right out of his office at the Pentagon and only then did operations shift from China to bases in the Marianas. For General Arnold, the success of the Superfortress wasn’t just to insure victory over Japan, but a key step that led to an independent USAF with the National Security Act of 1947. #avgeek #aviation #aircraft #planeporn #KRBD #RBD #Dallas #CAFWW2AirExpo #airport #texas #igtexas #Boeing #B29 #Superfortress #avgeekery #mil_aviation_originals #avgeekschoolofknowledge #AVIATION_ALPHABET | S is for Superfortress | @kjdphoto1971 (at Dallas Executive Airport)

1 day ago
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A little slow shutter speed night time action at the United gates at Chicago O’Hare. High ISO, handheld and optical stabilization at night isn’t my kind of shooting but I thought I’d give it a try anyway. #Avgeek #aviation #aircraft #planeporn #KORD #ORD #OHare #airport #planespotting #airlines #megaplane #instaplane #BUF #United #737 #UnitedExpress #Embraer #ERJ145 #igaviationcontest #avgeekery

A little slow shutter speed night time action at the United gates at Chicago O’Hare. High ISO, handheld and optical stabilization at night isn’t my kind of shooting but I thought I’d give it a try anyway. #Avgeek #aviation #aircraft #planeporn #KORD #ORD #OHare #airport #planespotting #airlines #megaplane #instaplane #BUF #United #737 #UnitedExpress #Embraer #ERJ145 #igaviationcontest #avgeekery

1 day ago
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N628AA heads to its gate after landing at SJU. N640A arrives at SJU at sunset. At one time American had a size able hub operation here that they launched in 1986. Flights fed into the San Juan hub from all over the Caribbean and Latin America- JetBlue’s gates today at SJU were American’s during the hub days. There were around 160 daily flights with 60 of them American and 100 of them American Eagle using ATR-72s to fly to many area destinations. The hub reached its peak traffic in 2001 but started declining from there to SJU eventually being relegated to a spoke in American’s mainland hubs a few years ago. I think the Caracas-San Juan service is still here as the remnant of the SJU hub, American Eagle is long since packed up and left. What happened here? Several things. In 1989 American bought Eastern Airlines Latin American operation which included Eastern’s Miami hub which siphoned off traffic from the SJU hub. Competitors like Spirit and AirTran also stated flying direct to many of the destinations in the Caribbean that on American required a transfer to a turboprop at SJU. The recession following 9/11 and the bankruptcy of the airline were the final nails in the coffin of the SJU hub. For years there was sort of a gentleman’s agreement between JetBlue and American about JetBlue not pushing into American’s SJU hub, but with the hub shutdown a few years ago, JetBlue ramped up its presence quickly with little fuss to the point that 51% of the passengers at SJU are on JetBlue flights. #Avgeek #aviation #aircraft #planeporn #TJSJ #SJU #SanJuan #PuertoRico #airport #airplane_lovers #planespotting #airlines #american #boeing #757 #instagramaviation #avgeekery #megaplane #instaplane #N628AA #igaviationcontest #instaspotting #avgeekery #avgeekschoolofknowledge #757LUST

N628AA heads to its gate after landing at SJU. N640A arrives at SJU at sunset. At one time American had a size able hub operation here that they launched in 1986. Flights fed into the San Juan hub from all over the Caribbean and Latin America- JetBlue’s gates today at SJU were American’s during the hub days. There were around 160 daily flights with 60 of them American and 100 of them American Eagle using ATR-72s to fly to many area destinations. The hub reached its peak traffic in 2001 but started declining from there to SJU eventually being relegated to a spoke in American’s mainland hubs a few years ago. I think the Caracas-San Juan service is still here as the remnant of the SJU hub, American Eagle is long since packed up and left. What happened here? Several things. In 1989 American bought Eastern Airlines Latin American operation which included Eastern’s Miami hub which siphoned off traffic from the SJU hub. Competitors like Spirit and AirTran also stated flying direct to many of the destinations in the Caribbean that on American required a transfer to a turboprop at SJU. The recession following 9/11 and the bankruptcy of the airline were the final nails in the coffin of the SJU hub. For years there was sort of a gentleman’s agreement between JetBlue and American about JetBlue not pushing into American’s SJU hub, but with the hub shutdown a few years ago, JetBlue ramped up its presence quickly with little fuss to the point that 51% of the passengers at SJU are on JetBlue flights. #Avgeek #aviation #aircraft #planeporn #TJSJ #SJU #SanJuan #PuertoRico #airport #airplane_lovers #planespotting #airlines #american #boeing #757 #instagramaviation #avgeekery #megaplane #instaplane #N628AA #igaviationcontest #instaspotting #avgeekery #avgeekschoolofknowledge #757LUST

1 day ago
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