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Listen to the First Episode of Jetpardy!

Check out the great catagories on Jetpardy

Check out the great catagories on Jetpardy

If the idea of listening to a lot of smart airline people compete in a Jeopardy-like format sounds AWESOME to you, you might be an airline nerd. Today at 5pm PST, the first episode of Jetpardy will be playing, you don’t want to miss it. These will be the contestants:

Henry Harteveldt –  Vice President, Principal Analyst, Forrester Research@hharteveldt on Twitter.

Brett Snyder –  The Cranky Flier and the Cranky Concierge,@crankyflier on Twitter.

Phil Derner –  From NYCAviation, and @nycaviation on Twitter.

For more information, check out the Airplane Geeks website and to watch the action, head over to Ustream at about 5pm today!

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VIDEO: Boeing 747 Making an Interesting Landing

Different places on the internet say this pilot was landing in severe crosswind, others say he just wasn’t set up to land correctly. Either way, this is one impressive landing.

Thanks for the tip withanhdammit!

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Boeing Moves the 787 Dreamliner Fatigue Airframe

Boeing's static test airframe for the Boeing 787 leaving the Boeing hangars

Boeing's static test airframe for the Boeing 787 leaving the Boeing hangars

It is always fun to see the large hangar doors at Boeing open. It is more fun to see it when aircraft comes out. Today, I got to see the Boeing 787 Dreamliner fatigue airframe leave the Boeing hangars. I snapped a few pictures from the Future of Flight and from a road close to the test plane. The Boeing 787 is a beatiful aircraft, but you could tell this jet-less airframe has been used and abused — she didn’t look so great. Flight Story Aviation Blog has some great pictures of her back in April 2008.

Matt Cawby, who runs Paine Field Blog, also got video of the test Boeing 787 being rolled out. Notice how Boeing had take two Boeing 777’s out of the hangar to get the beat up Dreamliner out.

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Airline Livery of the Week: Thai Airways

Thai Airways Boeing 747-4D7 HS-TGO in newer airline livery

Thai Airways is the national carrier (can you guess) of Thailand. It was founded in 1960. It is almost 54% owned by the Thai Government and has achieved profit over the last 40 consecutive years.

As of October 2009, Thai Airways had almost 100 aircraft. The largest being a Boeing 747-400 and smallest an ATR-72. The airline also owns a 39% stake in Nok Air.

Check out a video that shows a Boeing 747-400 landing with old livery, then one with new livery. You can also see two Boeing 777’s next to each other — one with the new and one with the old livery.

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Fun with Photos: What is this Boeing Truck Hauling?

Big long Boeing truck hauling what down the freeway?

Big long Boeing truck hauling what down the freeway?

The other day while going down I-405, which is just east of Seattle, I saw this very long Boeing truck being escorted by a Boeing van.

It is so long there is someone steering the rear wheels in the back. I have tried to do some research, asked a few people in aviation, put it out on Twitter,  and talked to people at Boeing, but no one can tell me what it is hauling and what Boeing calls the truck.

So, time to use the power of my very smart blog readers (that is you!). What is the story behind this truck and what is it hauling?

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