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This 200-foot bell tower on the campus of my alma mater, the University of Dallas, is named the Braniff Memorial Tower in honor of the founder of Braniff International Airways, Thomas E. Braniff. Braniff had established a foundation with Senator William Blakely (who replaced LBJ in the Senate from Texas after Johnson became JFK’s VP) called the Braniff Blakely Foundation to fund educational and research efforts in Texas. The University of Dallas got $7.5 million from them to expanded the nascent campus which had been founded by Hungarian Cistercian monks who fled Communist persecution following the 1956 Hungarian Revolution. The tower, designed by Texas architect O’Neill Ford, was built in 1966 and named for Tom Braniff. I always thought it ironic that a massive avgeek like myself would end up getting a college degree from a university that owed much to the founder of one of my favorite airlines. #avgeek #aviation #architecture #avgeekschoolofknowledge #universityofdallas #dallas #texas #irving #igtexas #igersdfw #avgeekery  (at University of Dallas)

This 200-foot bell tower on the campus of my alma mater, the University of Dallas, is named the Braniff Memorial Tower in honor of the founder of Braniff International Airways, Thomas E. Braniff. Braniff had established a foundation with Senator William Blakely (who replaced LBJ in the Senate from Texas after Johnson became JFK’s VP) called the Braniff Blakely Foundation to fund educational and research efforts in Texas. The University of Dallas got $7.5 million from them to expanded the nascent campus which had been founded by Hungarian Cistercian monks who fled Communist persecution following the 1956 Hungarian Revolution. The tower, designed by Texas architect O’Neill Ford, was built in 1966 and named for Tom Braniff. I always thought it ironic that a massive avgeek like myself would end up getting a college degree from a university that owed much to the founder of one of my favorite airlines. #avgeek #aviation #architecture #avgeekschoolofknowledge #universityofdallas #dallas #texas #irving #igtexas #igersdfw #avgeekery (at University of Dallas)

1 day ago
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N503NK “Spirit of the Caribbean”, an A319 with Spirit Airlines, just seconds from touchdown on 18R at DFW.  #Avgeek #aviation #aircraft #planeporn #nikon #d7000 #kdfw #dfw #airport #airplane_lovers #igtexas #planespotting #airlines #airbus #A319 #Spirit #dfwavgeek #instagramaviation #N503NK #wearetxgmers #avgeekery #igaviationcontest  (at DFW Founders Plaza)

N503NK “Spirit of the Caribbean”, an A319 with Spirit Airlines, just seconds from touchdown on 18R at DFW. #Avgeek #aviation #aircraft #planeporn #nikon #d7000 #kdfw #dfw #airport #airplane_lovers #igtexas #planespotting #airlines #airbus #A319 #Spirit #dfwavgeek #instagramaviation #N503NK #wearetxgmers #avgeekery #igaviationcontest (at DFW Founders Plaza)

3 days ago
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Because 757, that’s why! What more to say? Okay, so it’s N183AN, delivered in April 1999, retrofitted with blended winglets in May 2006, yada yada yada. But 757, dammit!  #Avgeek #aviation #aircraft #planeporn #nikon #d7000 #kdfw #dfw #airport #airplane_lovers #igtexas  #planespotting #airlines #megaplane #instaplane #boeing #757 #american #dfwavgeek #instagramaviation #igaviationcontest #n183an #avgeekery  (at DFW Founders Plaza)

Because 757, that’s why! What more to say? Okay, so it’s N183AN, delivered in April 1999, retrofitted with blended winglets in May 2006, yada yada yada. But 757, dammit! #Avgeek #aviation #aircraft #planeporn #nikon #d7000 #kdfw #dfw #airport #airplane_lovers #igtexas #planespotting #airlines #megaplane #instaplane #boeing #757 #american #dfwavgeek #instagramaviation #igaviationcontest #n183an #avgeekery (at DFW Founders Plaza)

4 days ago
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We had a late season freeze last night, getting down to 31F (and yes, I froze my cajones shooting the lunar eclipse at oh-dark-thirty) so this morning when this UPS MD-11F got going, it was a smoky cold-soaked engine start. You’d think it was January or February were it not for that field of yellow wildflowers blooming in the foreground of this shot! N284UP was delivered originally to Swissair in 1997, later flew for Varig in Star Alliance colors before ending up with UPS in 2006.  #Avgeek #aviation #aircraft #planeporn #nikon #d7000 #kdfw #dfw #airport #airplane_lovers #planespotting #airlines #ups #mcdonnelldouglas #md11 #instagramaviation #avgeekery #megaplane #instaplane #avgeekschoolofknowledge #igtexas #igersdfw #n284up #igaviationcontest  (at DFW Founders Plaza)

We had a late season freeze last night, getting down to 31F (and yes, I froze my cajones shooting the lunar eclipse at oh-dark-thirty) so this morning when this UPS MD-11F got going, it was a smoky cold-soaked engine start. You’d think it was January or February were it not for that field of yellow wildflowers blooming in the foreground of this shot! N284UP was delivered originally to Swissair in 1997, later flew for Varig in Star Alliance colors before ending up with UPS in 2006. #Avgeek #aviation #aircraft #planeporn #nikon #d7000 #kdfw #dfw #airport #airplane_lovers #planespotting #airlines #ups #mcdonnelldouglas #md11 #instagramaviation #avgeekery #megaplane #instaplane #avgeekschoolofknowledge #igtexas #igersdfw #n284up #igaviationcontest (at DFW Founders Plaza)

5 days ago
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Lufthansa 440 Super diverted to DFW yesterday (14 April) from its planned destination of Houston. By the time it got fueled up, I had heard the crew timed out and it remained overnight near the northwest hold pad adjacent to 18L. I headed out this morning after sunrise to get a few shots in as I knew the afternoon heat haze would make this shot unusable. This is D-AIMF “Zurich”, delivered to Lufthansa in April 2011. #Avgeek #aviation #aircraft #planeporn #nikon #d7000 #kdfw #dfw #airport #airplane_lovers #igtexas #planespotting #airlines #megaplane #instaplane #airbus #A380 #lufthansa #dfwavgeek #instagramaviation #DAIMF #avgeekery #igaviationcontest  (at DFW Founders Plaza)

Lufthansa 440 Super diverted to DFW yesterday (14 April) from its planned destination of Houston. By the time it got fueled up, I had heard the crew timed out and it remained overnight near the northwest hold pad adjacent to 18L. I headed out this morning after sunrise to get a few shots in as I knew the afternoon heat haze would make this shot unusable. This is D-AIMF “Zurich”, delivered to Lufthansa in April 2011. #Avgeek #aviation #aircraft #planeporn #nikon #d7000 #kdfw #dfw #airport #airplane_lovers #igtexas #planespotting #airlines #megaplane #instaplane #airbus #A380 #lufthansa #dfwavgeek #instagramaviation #DAIMF #avgeekery #igaviationcontest (at DFW Founders Plaza)

5 days ago
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N895NN passes abeam Founders’    Plaza on short final for 18R. Note the flush NACA inlet just behind the aft passenger door. That’s the inlet for the APU and at the very apex of the flush inlet is a delta or arrow shaped “wing” that was added to the APU inlet starting in 1977 to channel air into the inlet at altitude so the APU could be started up while inflight. Prior to the addition of this device, air stagnated near the opening just inside the inlet. The device as added smoothed the air, allowing windmilling to assist with the start of the APU turbine. Later on, a small flap was added to the trailing edge of this device- when the APU has to be started up inflight, the flap deflects toward the fuselage 25 degrees, increasing its effectiveness in getting air down the inlet. When it’s not needed, the little flap pivots outward to 0 degrees to minimize drag. #Avgeek #aviation #aircraft #planeporn #nikon #d7000 #kdfw #dfw #airport #airplane_lovers #igtexas #planespotting #airlines #boeing #737 #american #dfwavgeek #instagramaviation #avgeekery #avgeekschoolofknowledge #N895NN (at DFW Founders Plaza)

N895NN passes abeam Founders’ Plaza on short final for 18R. Note the flush NACA inlet just behind the aft passenger door. That’s the inlet for the APU and at the very apex of the flush inlet is a delta or arrow shaped “wing” that was added to the APU inlet starting in 1977 to channel air into the inlet at altitude so the APU could be started up while inflight. Prior to the addition of this device, air stagnated near the opening just inside the inlet. The device as added smoothed the air, allowing windmilling to assist with the start of the APU turbine. Later on, a small flap was added to the trailing edge of this device- when the APU has to be started up inflight, the flap deflects toward the fuselage 25 degrees, increasing its effectiveness in getting air down the inlet. When it’s not needed, the little flap pivots outward to 0 degrees to minimize drag. #Avgeek #aviation #aircraft #planeporn #nikon #d7000 #kdfw #dfw #airport #airplane_lovers #igtexas #planespotting #airlines #boeing #737 #american #dfwavgeek #instagramaviation #avgeekery #avgeekschoolofknowledge #N895NN (at DFW Founders Plaza)

2 days ago
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Depending upon who you ask, the shortfall in performance that doomed the commercial success of the MD-11 was due to McDonnell Douglas going with a derivative wing based on the DC-10 instead of an all-new supercritical wing. The follow-on variant to the MD-11 was the MD-XX program which stretched the MD-11 with a supercritical wing 213 feet in span that had larger winglets. Had the MD-11 had this wing instead of the wing it got, it might have not had the performance issues it had. So why did McDD go with a derivative wing? Cost. The engineering wasn’t ready for the supercritical wing and it would have cost more to incorporate in the design. Time was also of the essence with McDonnell Douglas wanting the MD-11 ready before the competition entered the market- the Airbus A340 and the Boeing 777. It was thought a derivative wing would be cheaper, get the MD-11 to market first, and the company would recoup a greater return on investment. Unfortunately, the performance shortfalls crippled the MD-11’s chances of success with one key customer, Singapore Airlines, canceling their MD-11 orders and airlines like American dissatisfied with the performance. When Boeing was considering an HQ move that ended up being Chicago, Dallas was in the running and legendary American Airlines CEO Robert Crandall reportedly told Boeing head Phil Condit “Come to Dallas so I can tell you in person how unhappy I am with the MD-11!” (this was after the Boeing-McDD merger).  #Avgeek #aviation #aircraft #planeporn #nikon #d7000 #kdfw #dfw #airport #airplane_lovers #planespotting #airlines #ups #mcdonnelldouglas #md11 #instagramaviation #avgeekery #megaplane #instaplane #avgeekschoolofknowledge #igtexas #igersdfw #n284up #igaviationcontest  (at DFW Founders Plaza)

Depending upon who you ask, the shortfall in performance that doomed the commercial success of the MD-11 was due to McDonnell Douglas going with a derivative wing based on the DC-10 instead of an all-new supercritical wing. The follow-on variant to the MD-11 was the MD-XX program which stretched the MD-11 with a supercritical wing 213 feet in span that had larger winglets. Had the MD-11 had this wing instead of the wing it got, it might have not had the performance issues it had. So why did McDD go with a derivative wing? Cost. The engineering wasn’t ready for the supercritical wing and it would have cost more to incorporate in the design. Time was also of the essence with McDonnell Douglas wanting the MD-11 ready before the competition entered the market- the Airbus A340 and the Boeing 777. It was thought a derivative wing would be cheaper, get the MD-11 to market first, and the company would recoup a greater return on investment. Unfortunately, the performance shortfalls crippled the MD-11’s chances of success with one key customer, Singapore Airlines, canceling their MD-11 orders and airlines like American dissatisfied with the performance. When Boeing was considering an HQ move that ended up being Chicago, Dallas was in the running and legendary American Airlines CEO Robert Crandall reportedly told Boeing head Phil Condit “Come to Dallas so I can tell you in person how unhappy I am with the MD-11!” (this was after the Boeing-McDD merger). #Avgeek #aviation #aircraft #planeporn #nikon #d7000 #kdfw #dfw #airport #airplane_lovers #planespotting #airlines #ups #mcdonnelldouglas #md11 #instagramaviation #avgeekery #megaplane #instaplane #avgeekschoolofknowledge #igtexas #igersdfw #n284up #igaviationcontest (at DFW Founders Plaza)

3 days ago
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Pushback! Like the DC-10 it’s derived from, the MD-11 has its nose gear leg canted forward a few degrees. This gives the nose gear self-centering ability, not unlike the forward rake angle on motorcycles and bicycle front wheels. Aircraft with vertical nose gear legs usually have the axle a few inches behing the main axis of the nose gear leg to accomplish the same self centering function like a castoring wheel on a shopping cart.  #Avgeek #aviation #aircraft #planeporn #nikon #d7000 #kdfw #dfw #airport #airplane_lovers #planespotting #airlines #ups #mcdonnelldouglas #md11 #instagramaviation #avgeekery #megaplane #instaplane #avgeekschoolofknowledge #igtexas #igersdfw #n284up #igaviationcontest  (at DFW Founders Plaza)

Pushback! Like the DC-10 it’s derived from, the MD-11 has its nose gear leg canted forward a few degrees. This gives the nose gear self-centering ability, not unlike the forward rake angle on motorcycles and bicycle front wheels. Aircraft with vertical nose gear legs usually have the axle a few inches behing the main axis of the nose gear leg to accomplish the same self centering function like a castoring wheel on a shopping cart. #Avgeek #aviation #aircraft #planeporn #nikon #d7000 #kdfw #dfw #airport #airplane_lovers #planespotting #airlines #ups #mcdonnelldouglas #md11 #instagramaviation #avgeekery #megaplane #instaplane #avgeekschoolofknowledge #igtexas #igersdfw #n284up #igaviationcontest (at DFW Founders Plaza)

4 days ago
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This view of D-AIMF shows beautifully the gull wing shape of the A380’s wing- this was done for a number of reasons, the most obvious one being to provide adequate ground clearance for the engine nacelles. One of the most remarkable aspects of the A380 isn’t its size, but it’s wing. Many modern jetliners have long slender wings (high aspect ratio) that are very efficient. The A380 is constrained to a wingspan under 80 meters to remain reasonably compatible with most worldwide major airport infrastructure. So it ended up with a relatively stubby wing (lower aspect ratio) compared to the 747-8, 777, A350, or 787. But Airbus managed to get an impressive degree of efficiency and performance despite the 80 meter restriction. Blended winglets or sharklets would have been one way of further enhancing the A380 wing, but any such device would have busted the 80 meter restriction given that the wing comes in just under the wire on that restriction. An enlarged form of the wingtip fence used on the A320 family was a necessary compromise. Now here’s a factoid that shows just how global and sometimes inter-related aerospace industry supply chains are- the A380 wingtip fences are made by Boeing Aerostructures Australia. Yes, that Boeing. Boeing Australia is the company’s largest employee footprint outside the United States. #Avgeek #aviation #aircraft #planeporn #nikon #d7000 #kdfw #dfw #airport #airplane_lovers #igtexas #planespotting #airlines #megaplane #instaplane #airbus #A380 #lufthansa #dfwavgeek #instagramaviation #DAIMF #avgeekery #igaviationcontest #avgeekschoolofknowledge  (at DFW Founders Plaza)

This view of D-AIMF shows beautifully the gull wing shape of the A380’s wing- this was done for a number of reasons, the most obvious one being to provide adequate ground clearance for the engine nacelles. One of the most remarkable aspects of the A380 isn’t its size, but it’s wing. Many modern jetliners have long slender wings (high aspect ratio) that are very efficient. The A380 is constrained to a wingspan under 80 meters to remain reasonably compatible with most worldwide major airport infrastructure. So it ended up with a relatively stubby wing (lower aspect ratio) compared to the 747-8, 777, A350, or 787. But Airbus managed to get an impressive degree of efficiency and performance despite the 80 meter restriction. Blended winglets or sharklets would have been one way of further enhancing the A380 wing, but any such device would have busted the 80 meter restriction given that the wing comes in just under the wire on that restriction. An enlarged form of the wingtip fence used on the A320 family was a necessary compromise. Now here’s a factoid that shows just how global and sometimes inter-related aerospace industry supply chains are- the A380 wingtip fences are made by Boeing Aerostructures Australia. Yes, that Boeing. Boeing Australia is the company’s largest employee footprint outside the United States. #Avgeek #aviation #aircraft #planeporn #nikon #d7000 #kdfw #dfw #airport #airplane_lovers #igtexas #planespotting #airlines #megaplane #instaplane #airbus #A380 #lufthansa #dfwavgeek #instagramaviation #DAIMF #avgeekery #igaviationcontest #avgeekschoolofknowledge (at DFW Founders Plaza)

5 days ago
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The Virgin Atlantic A330-300 G-VRAY “Miss Sunshine” rolls out on 19C at Dulles. Virgin has 10 A330-300s, all leased from AerCap and delivered to the airline 2011-2012. All, like all of Virgin’s fleet, have names to go with their registrations like G-VUFO “Lady Stardust”, G-VNYC “Uptown Girl”, or G-VINE “Champagne Belle” for example.  #Avgeek #aviation #aircraft #planeporn #nikon #d7000 #kiad #iad #dulles #airport #airplane_lovers #planespotting #airlines #virginatlantic #airbus #a330 #instagramaviation #GVRAY #avgeekery #megaplane #instaplane #AvGeekSchoolofKnowledge #igaviationcontest

The Virgin Atlantic A330-300 G-VRAY “Miss Sunshine” rolls out on 19C at Dulles. Virgin has 10 A330-300s, all leased from AerCap and delivered to the airline 2011-2012. All, like all of Virgin’s fleet, have names to go with their registrations like G-VUFO “Lady Stardust”, G-VNYC “Uptown Girl”, or G-VINE “Champagne Belle” for example. #Avgeek #aviation #aircraft #planeporn #nikon #d7000 #kiad #iad #dulles #airport #airplane_lovers #planespotting #airlines #virginatlantic #airbus #a330 #instagramaviation #GVRAY #avgeekery #megaplane #instaplane #AvGeekSchoolofKnowledge #igaviationcontest

6 days ago
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