First Flight of Sikorsky VS-300 75 Years ago

First Flight of Sikorsky VS-300 75 Years ago

75 years ago, Sikorsky founder Igor Sikorsky lifted off the ground to tabletop height in an experimental helicopter designated the VS-300. The first flight event ...
Sikorsky to reveal S-97 Raider

Sikorsky to reveal S-97 Raider

Sikorsky will be revealing the new, top secret, S-97 Raider to the general public for the very first time on October 2nd! The Sikorsky S-97 ...

First Flight of Sikorsky VS-300 75 Years ago

First Flight of Sikorsky VS-300 75 Years ago

75 years ago, Sikorsky founder Igor Sikorsky lifted off the ground to tabletop height in an experimental helicopter designated the VS-300. The first flight event began a four-year test program that proved the efficiency of Sikorsky’s single rotor design, and gave birth to a global helicopter industry, changing the course of aviation history. Video: Beitrag von Sikorsky Aircraft. The VS-300 was test flown by Sikorsky on 14 September 1939 tethered by cables. In developing the ...
Sikorsky to reveal S-97 Raider

Sikorsky to reveal S-97 Raider

Sikorsky will be revealing the new, top secret, S-97 Raider to the general public for the very first time on October 2nd! The Sikorsky S-97 Raider is a high-speed scout and attack helicopter based on the Sikorsky X2 demonstrator. The S-97 features coaxial main rotors and a pusher propeller, making the S-97 a compound helicopter. The S-97 will be capable of carrying up to six passengers, in addition to a flight crew of two in ...
Stunning Video About Zurich Airport

Stunning Video About Zurich Airport

This is one of those videos that are an absolutely “must-have-seen” for any aviation enthusiast! It features airport operations at Swiss Zürich Airport, including close-up landings and takeoffs, tarmac and pushback operations. Simply “WOW”! One of the best videos you’ll ever see!
Why Airliners end up at the Boneyard

Why Airliners end up at the Boneyard

In many aviation online communities I see many of the same fundamental question: why did this one type of airliner outlast newer ones? Why did they get rid of this one type? When are they finally going to retire this plane? And so on. The reasons why some planes get sent sooner than others depend on the airline itself, why it got that type in the first place and whether or not that justification or ...
Photo of the Week – A340 Takeoff from Saint Maarten

Photo of the Week – A340 Takeoff from Saint Maarten

This weeks Photo of the Week is this stunning shot of the daily Air France Airbus A340 taking off from Saint Maarten SXM. Photo (c) Ben_Senior (via Flickr) Did you know that your photo could be featured here, too? Just enter the Flightstory Flickr Photo Contest.
Airbus A350 XWB Route Proving to Hong Kong and Singapore

Airbus A350 XWB Route Proving to Hong Kong and Singapore

Airbus’ MSN005 developmental A350 XWB travelled to Asia on the second trip of its global route-proving tour to demonstrate the aircraft’s readiness for airline operations. In this phase, the airliner flew from Toulouse, France to Hong Kong, and then operated multiple flights between Hong Kong and Singapore before returning to Toulouse. The Asian trip allowed Airbus to evaluate the A350 XWB’s performance in hot and humid conditions, as well as showcase the aircraft for Cathay ...
BEA Trident Unusual 70s Seat Layout

BEA Trident Unusual 70s Seat Layout

Back in the times of late 1960s, early 70s BEA (British European Airways) used some strange, backwards facing, seat layout in its Hawker Siddeley HS-121 Trident 2E.
Airbus A320neo Roll Out Photos

Airbus A320neo Roll Out Photos

Look at those huuuge engines! Airbus rolled out its first A320neo today after painting and mounting of the all new Pratt & Whitney PW1100G-JM engines was finished. MSN6101, which will be the first A320neo to fly, will soon start its ground tests to prepare for first flight. The flight test campaign for the Airbus A320neo will kick-off in September 2014, paving the way for Entry Into Service in Q4 2015. The A320neo “new engine option” ...
White House Looking for New Air Force One

White House Looking for New Air Force One

CNN is reporting, that the White House is about to search for a replacement of current “Air Force One” Boeing 747-200B . On the surface the requirements are simple: it must be a wide body, four-engine, commercial aircraft – what actually breaks it down to only two possible aircraft types. And since lobbyist won’t let US government select an Airbus aircraft ever (remember the KC-45 farce), choice will fall on Boeing 747-8i. Robert Dorr, who ...
Etihad A380 Private Multi-Room Residence – Exclusive Photos

Etihad A380 Private Multi-Room Residence – Exclusive Photos

Etihad Airways Airbus A380 fleet will feature the world’s first private multi-room cabin on a commercial passenger aircraft. The Residence features a living room, double bedroom, separate ensuite shower room, and for the first time in the airline industry, a dedicated, trained Butler. Measuring 125 square feet in total area, The Residence will be located on the forward upper deck of the airline’s new fleet of Airbus A380s and will be available for single or ...
Top 5 Favourite Aircrafts that Made it Into Production

Top 5 Favourite Aircrafts that Made it Into Production

A Look Into Our 5 Favourite Aircrafts that Made it Into Production Aircraft forms part of the engineering sector that is appreciated by people everywhere. The amazing variations in aircraft makes this a very exciting topic to explore and understand, it goes without saying that any form of aircraft undergoes an incredible and long process before it goes into mass production. Each aircraft design goes through stages of research that works out whether it would ...
Thank You Fantasy of Flight

Thank You Fantasy of Flight

Today marks a very sad day for the worldwide aviation community but also for Florida tourism. World’s largest and, without a doubt, world’s most beautiful private aircraft collection is closing its doors. Founded in 1985 as the “Weeks Air Museum” located in Miami, it moved to Polk City and re-opened 1995 as “Fantasy of Flight” after being destroyed by Hurricane Andrew. The collection contains over 140 civilian and military planes, most of them in perfect ...
Photos – Condor Boeing 757 Aborted Takeoff FRA

Photos – Condor Boeing 757 Aborted Takeoff FRA

Today, a Condor Boeing 757-300 (D-ABON) aborted its takeoff from Frankfurt, Germany (FRA). Reason is still unknown but according to several eye witnesses (fellow spotter friends) it was pretty violent. Photos provided by retina-photo.net
MH370 hundreds of miles off course?

MH370 hundreds of miles off course?

While search for missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 continues, CNN reports, that the flight may have been hundreds of miles off course, traveling westwards in the opposite direction from its original destination. According to a Malaysian Air Force official, who wants to remain anonymous, the plane’s transponder apparently stopped working at about the time flight controllers lost contact with it, near the coast of Vietnam. The Malaysian Air Force lost track of the plane over ...
Turkey – First Boeing Peace Eagle Aircraft

Turkey – First Boeing Peace Eagle Aircraft

Boeing is helping Turkey improve its self-defense capabilities with the recent delivery of the first Peace Eagle Airborne Early Warning and Control aircraft. The Turkish Armed Forces (TAF) now has advanced airborne surveillance and battle management capabilities, and can simultaneously track airborne and maritime targets, with the first of four AEW&C aircraft it has received from Boeing. “The Peace Eagle program is an example of great cooperation among the Turkish government and our excellent Turkish ...
Video – Airbus A350 XWB visits Qatar

Video – Airbus A350 XWB visits Qatar

Airbis A350 XWB flight test aircraft (MSN3) has made its premiere appearance at Doha’s new Hamad international airport, on its way to the Singapore Airshow. The visit is part of the Entry-into-Service preparations between Airbus and Qatar Airways, the A350 XWB launch customer, who will take delivery of its first A350 XWB in Q4 this year. During the visit, the aircraft was welcomed by Qatar Airways CEO Akbar Al Baker as well as government officials, ...
Photos – Boeing 747-8F with Seattle Seahawks Livery

Photos – Boeing 747-8F with Seattle Seahawks Livery

Boeing revealed a 747-8 Freighter painted in the livery of the NFL’s Seattle Seahawks. The livery commemorates the team’s National Football Conference Championship and appearance in Super Bowl XLVIII. Boeing is a sponsor of the Seattle Seahawks and has partnered with the team for more than a decade on programs in the Puget Sound area. This 747-8 is owned by Boeing and currently being used for flight testing. The special livery features the distinctive Seahawks ...
Pilots May Fly Commercially to Space in 2014

Pilots May Fly Commercially to Space in 2014

I remember being a kid and watching Han Solo sitting in the Cantina scene on Tattoine, shortly after he fried Greedo (Han definitely shot first, by the way). I remember his co-pilot, Chewie, and the old man and annoying kid that he was set to transport to Alderaan—and I remember the ship. The Millenium Falcon, the only ship to have made the Kessel Run in less than 12 parsecs, was perhaps the coolest part of ...
Munich Airport (MUC) is producing a contemporary opera

Munich Airport (MUC) is producing a contemporary opera

Munich Airport (MUC) currently produces the world premiere of the opera »This New Ocean« by composer Nélida Béjar and stage director Björn Potulski (myself). As far as we can see, this artistic venture is with few or even no equals in the aviation industry. »This New Ocean« premieres on 30 May 2014 at the Cuvilliés Theater, a renowned baroque opera house in the city centre of Munich. The performers are what make this opera truly ...
The Simplest Things Could Make Airlines Better

The Simplest Things Could Make Airlines Better

Author Bio: Chris Oquist of Banyan Pilot Shop prefers to fly his own planes. When he does travel on commercial airlines, he prefers the best experience possible. One of the things I love most about being a pilot is that I get to fly without having to deal with commercial airliners too much. Don’t get me wrong, commercial airlines are awesome, they’ve allowed the average human being to get anywhere on the earth in a ...
The Pros of Electric Aircraft

The Pros of Electric Aircraft

Perhaps somewhat surprisingly electric aircraft have been around for over 40 years now. Granted, the early incarnations of the 1970s were simply experimental projects but the idea has been in the public consciousness as well as research and development for a good four decades now. An electric aircraft is defined by the use of electric motors rather than internal combustion engines so the electricity to power the machine derives from solar cells, fuel cells, batteries ...
Photos of A350 MSN2 with Special Carbon Livery

Photos of A350 MSN2 with Special Carbon Livery

On 2nd January 2014 Airbus rolled-out its third Airbus A350 XWB flight-test aircraft, MSN2 (F-WWCF), from the paint shop in Toulouse. The plane features a distinctive “Carbon” signature livery to reflect its primary construction from advanced materials. Benefiting from over 30 years of composite material experience, 53% of the A350 XWB’s airframe is made-up of carbon-fibre reinforced polymer (CFRP) including Airbus’ first carbon-fibre fuselage. MSN2 will join the A350 XWB flight test fleet in the ...