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Ultimate Airline Livery Challenge #8: Answers

How well do you know your airline liveries?

How well do you know your airline liveries?

I think this challenge was a nice mixture of easy and hard liveries/airliners. Some of you were amazing and got all 12. Many of you were very close. Others took a nice stab at guessing. Without further adieu – here are the answers:

#1: TAM Airlines Boeing 777-300ER by David Parker Brown
#2: Fiji Airways Airbus A330-300 by Jason Rabinowitz
#3: Alaska Airlines Salmon-Thirty-Salmon livery on a Boeing 737-800 by Bob Garrard
#4 Mongolian Airlines Boeing 737-800 by Bob Garrard
#5 China Airlines Sky Team livery on a Boeing 747-400 by Bob Garrard
#6 Biman Bangladesh Airlines Boeing 777-300ER by Bernie Leighton
#7 Fly Dubai Boeing 737-800 by Bernie Leighton
#8 Delta Air Lines Air Freighter Lockheed L100 Herecules by Bob Garrard
#9 TWA Convair 880 by Bob Garrard
#10 Air Malta retro jet livery on an Airbus A320 by Ken Fielding
#11 PGA Portugalia Airlines Fokker 100 by Ken Fielding
#12 Volotea Airlines Boeing 717 by Ken Fielding

It seems that #5 and #10 threw off quite a few people. I was surprised how many of you got #9. As always, I am super impressed with how you fine folks do. I don’t think I would have gotten but 75% of these if I wasn’t the one tracking down the photos.

Have a great weekend!

Ultimate Airline Livery Challenge #8 – Show Your AvGeek!

How well do you know your airline liveries?

How well do you know your airline liveries?

It is that time again to show how awesome you are at guessing airline liveries. How this works is I give you 12 small parts of an airliner and you need to tell me: #1 what airline does it belong to and #2 what kind of airplane is it?

Some are a little easier and others will be a bit tough, but can you guess all 12? Put your guesses into the comments (don’t cheat and just look at others’ answers). In a few days I will post all the answers with links to the original photos.

Game on!

Aviation Geek Fest 2015 Dates Set

AGF15

We heard the feedback from many of you! Aviation Geek Fest 2015 will NOT be over the Valentine’s Day weekend (also Presidents Day weekend). AGF15 will be held on February 21st and 22nd, 2015 in Seattle.

I know you want more details, but at this time, that is all that we have. In the next few months, we will be working hard with the Future of Flight, Museum of Flight, and Boeing to come up some great AvGeek adventures. There will be some things that look familiar and hopefully some new things as well.

If you have not already done so, please sign up for the AGF15 email list. Any updates will be sent via that list and posted on AirlineReporter.

A group of AvGeeks in front of a Boeing 747-8I - Photo: The Boeing Company

A group of AvGeeks in front of a Boeing 747-8I – Photo: The Boeing Company

I know, I know, you all want details, but we just don’t have them yet — but soon. If you have ideas in what you want to see for Aviation Geek Fest 2015, then feel free to leave them in the comments, but no promises.

Likely tickets will be sold on a first come, first serve basis, as they have been in previous years. They sold out in about 3 minutes last year — they are in high demand.

What is Aviation Geek Fest? Oh man… hold on to your boots — it is a two-day aviation adventure of epic proportions. See what we have done in the past:

Thanks everyone for your amazing support with this event and we cannot wait to see you in February!

Flying High at Ground Level – Checking out Alaska Airlines’ New Flight Simulator

The HUD on Alaska Airline's newest flight simulator

The HUD on Alaska Airlines’ newest flight simulator. Notice Mount Rainier off in the distance on the left.

When Alaska Airlines recently reached out to me, asking if I would like some time in their brand-spanking-new Boeing 737-800 flight simulator, I didn’t know if I should reply with just “yes,” or “hell yes.” (I actually think I went for the latter).

The simulator was so new that it hasn’t been added to Alaska’s training schedule (that will start next week). That was a huge benefit, because it allowed me to experience the simulator for over an hour. I have had the opportunity to be in six other simulators, but typically they are in high demand, so the max time in one is about 15-20 minutes. I was excited to give this one a full-on ride.

Taxiing at Seattle Tacoma International Airport. The attention to detail was amazing.

Taxiing at Seattle Tacoma International Airport. The attention to detail was amazing.

Captain Burton, our instructor Dave, PR guru Halley and I had a great time (I felt special that I was given the Captain’s seat). We flew by downtown Seattle, made a difficult approach into Juneau, completed a foggy aborted landing, and more. The only thing Captain Burton wouldn’t let us do is a barrel roll — that’s okay, but I had to ask.

To learn more and follow along with my simulator adventure, check out the full story (with more photos and video) on Alaska Airlines’ new blog. When you are done there, you can also check out more photos of the simulator and Alaska’s flight operations center on our Flickr.

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Interview: Flying on the World’s Most Interesting Aircraft

The flight deck on the Air Koryo IL-62.

The flight deck on the Air Koryo IL-62 – Photo: Bernie Leighton

Some people might think our own Bernie Leighton, AirlineReporter Managing Correspondent, is crazy. He has had the opportunity to fly around the world on some old and unique airplanes others might be afraid to step foot on. But Bernie throws caution to the wind and looks to fly on planes that make many AvGeeks jealous. The specialty aircraft he has flown and reported on, via AirlineReporter, include:

Biman DC-10 ready for boarding - Photo: Bernie Leighton

Biman DC-10 ready for boarding – Photo: Bernie Leighton

And that is not to mention the “normal” airplanes he flies on too, like the 747, Q400 and G650. Since he has experienced so many different types of aircraft, I wanted to interview him and have him share his ideas. Here is our interview:

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