Friday, April 29, 2016

Museum of Flight Completes Final Boeing 247D Flight

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Mike Carriker spins the Boeing 247D around and prepares to shut it down for the final time at the Museum of Flight in Seattle.

Photos and story by Brandon Farris in Seattle / Published: April 27, 2016

83 years after a successful delivery in 1933 the world’s oldest Boeing 247D returned back to Boeing Field, and landed for the final time at the Museum of Flight.

To date, only four of these aircraft are still in existence. All of them belong to museum collections in the UK, Canada and the United States. The aircraft belonging to the Museum of Flight has been part of its collection since 1966, and it was the last one ever to soar the skies.

The aircraft made the 15-minute hop down from Paine Field in Everett to the Museum of Flight at Boeing Field in Seattle on a nice sunny afternoon under the command of Mike Carriker and copilot Chad Lundy. They were greeted to a crowd of several hundred people who came down around noon to watch this plane make its final landing.

Museum of Flight Selects Special Pilots For Final Flight-

Lundy and Carriker are both former Boeing test pilots. Carriker being known as the former chief test pilot on the Boeing 787 Dreamliner. Talking with Carriker after the flight he said it was a smooth flight down. When asked to compare the Boeing 247D with the 787, he chuckled and explained how much more complicated it was to start the engines on this aircraft and what made the 787 easier, however this was more fun of a flight, especially being a tail dragger.

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Mike Carriker talks with Museum officials after arriving in Seattle.

Built in 1933, the Museum’s 247D was the first recognized “modern” airliner at the time offering travelers speed and comfort at the time in an all metal design. Douglas Aircraft eventually adopted the design and improved on it when it created the DC-2 and eventually DC-3 that killed off the 247.

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United promoted the launch of the Boeing 247. considered to be the world’s first modern airliner. With Boeing its sister company at the time, United received the first off the line blocking other carriers. This action, inspired TWA and American to go to Douglas for the DC-2 and DC-3. United’s advantage disappeared within two years and the 247 was yesterday’s news. (Credits: Chris Sloan)

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Restoration began in 1979 on this aircraft and the Museum choose to put the 1930’s United scheme on the aircraft as this particular plane had a colorful career flying for carriers in the US and Latin America.

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PHOTO GALLERY:  The Boeing 247D at the Museum of Flight Restoration Center

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The Museum plans to put the 247 next to its arch rival, the DC-2 in the Aviation Pavilion in the winter while sitting in the front of the Museum throughout the summer.


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Bombardier CSeries Makes Third Atlanta Appearance

By: Jack Harty in Atlanta / Published: April 29, 2016

Bombardier has painted the Delta logo on one of its testbed CSeries 100 aircraft to commemorate the monumental order Delta Air Lines placed for the aircraft Thursday morning, and that evening, the CSeries was flown down to Atlanta to make an appearance at Delta Media Day.

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IMG_6574This is the third time that Bombarider has flown the CSeries to Atlanta; it was in town in late 2015 and earlier this month.

Delta has agreed to purchase 75 CS100 aircraft from Bombardier, making it the largest customer for the aircraft to date. The airline also has options for an additional 50 CSeries aircraft, and has certain delivery flexibility rights which includes the ability to take delivery of the larger CS300. The first delivery is expected to take place in Spring of 2018.

IMG_6598The CS100 features a state-of-the-art interior with the largest windows in the single-aisle market, full-spectrum ambient lighting, seat back in-flight entertainment, in-flight Wi-Fi, and high-capacity overhead bins. It also offers some of the widest seats of any narrow-body aircraft.

Delta says the aircraft will offer two-by-two first class seating, and in the economy cabin, Comfort+ and regular economy seats will be in a two-three configuration, and it will count with power ports, in-flight Wi-Fi, and seat-back entertainment systems.

Delta plans to use the CSeries to help with up-gauging regional flying to mainline flights. Ed Bastian explained that “up-gauging from regional to mainline has been a strategy at Delta since there has been so much change in the regional airline industry.” Although Delta plans to retire all of its MD-80s within the next five years, Bastian pointed out that the CS100 is not really a direct replacement; the CSeries order combined with the addition of new Airbus A321s and Boeing 737-900ERs is part of Delta’s overall fleet strategy to replace the venerable MD-80s.

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Disclosure: Delta Air Lines provided round trip airfare, meals, and accommodation for us to attend this event. Our story remains independent.

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Windows 95 on the Apple Watch features the world’s most twee Start button

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Red Bull debuts its partially closed cockpit solution

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Philadelphia airport reopens after 2 emergency landings

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Two flights made unrelated emergency landings on Friday morning at Philadelphia International Airport, prompting a brief closure of the airport.

One of the plane's cockpits filled with smoke, and the other plane's pilot reported steering problems. No injuries were reported in either landing.

American Eagle Flight 4801, operated by Piedmont Air, a subsidiary of American Airlines, made an emergency landing just after 8:15 a.m. due to smoke in the cabin, an American Airlines spokesperson told Mashable.

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