Browsing Tag: Paine Field

Two Royal Air Maroc and one JAL Boeing 787 Dreamliner next to the Future of Flight

Two Royal Air Maroc and one JAL Boeing 787 Dreamliner next to the Future of Flight

Here it is, the beginning of October and for some odd reason we are having really nice weather in Seattle. Don’t get me wrong, I am not complaining. Knowing Saturday was probably going to be one of the last sunny days we are going to see around these parts and knowing Boeing towed three Boeing 787’s right next to the Future of Flight, I figured it was a really nice day to go visit Paine Field (KPAE) again.

How many brand spak'n new Boeing aircraft can you identify here?

How many brand spak'n new Boeing aircraft can you identify here?

There are a lot of Boeing 787 Dreamliners sitting outside waiting for parts. There are so many, that Boeing is having to get creative with where they are parking the aircraft. There are now three 787 Dreamliners parked next to the Future of Flight and two more outside the Boeing hangars. The three by the Future of Flight are two Royal Air Maroc Dreamliners and one JAL. By the hangars is a JAL and one all white 787 (photo).

That's a lot of eye candy at Boeing's fuel dock

That's a lot of eye candy at Boeing's fuel dock

The Dreamliners aren’t the only thing overly impressive on this trip. There were also five aircraft sitting at the Boeing fuel dock. Two Dreamlifters, one Boeing 747-8, one Boeing 777 for V Australia and one Boeing 767 for JAL.

It is a stare off between Boeing 747-8's

It is a stare off between Boeing 747-8's

On the east side are quite a few new Boeing 747-8s. The British Airways World Cargo 747 is still sitting with just a blue belly as it was a few weeks back. There is also a nice collection of Boeing 747-8F in Korean Air Cargo and Cathay Pacific liveries. There was also one that just has the rudder painted and is a Nippon Cargo Airlines 747-8F (photo).

Visiting Paine Field is always an awesome experience, especially when it is sunny. I feel very lucky to live just a quick 15 minute drive from one of the most interesting airports in the world.

CHECK OUT 51 PHOTOS OF AIRPLANES AT PAINE FIELD (KPAE)

Allegiant Air MD-83

Allegiant Air MD-83

If you follow Allegiant Airlines on Twitter, you noticed a lot of announcements for new routes recently. I have been talking a lot about their Boeing 757’s getting painted in their livery, but I wanted to talk about all the new action their MD-80’s will be seeing. Here is a list of new routes they announced that will be starting next week:

Some of the new Allegiant routes start next week

Some of the new Allegiant routes start next week

Just in time for the winter to allow people in colder climates to get to warmer ones. All these new flights will be flown by Allegiant’s MD-80 aircraft. This means (hopefully) there should be some more announcements here in the near future that involve Allegiant’s new Boeing 757s.

One destination I am disappointed not to see is Paine Field. As I discussed earlier in the year, Allegiant Air and Horizon Air were looking to fly into Paine Field, which is located about 20 miles north of Seattle. At this point, everyone is still waiting and no decision has been made.

Image: Silenus81
Brand new United Airlines Boeing 747-400 (N174UA) at Paine Field in 1989

Brand new United Airlines Boeing 747-400 (N174UA) at Paine Field in 1989

This is a photo of a brand spanking new Boeing 747-400 outside of Boeing’s hangars at Paine Field. The photo was taken in 1989 with probably my favorite United Airlines Livery. She was given the registration number N174UA and had an interesting incident shortly after delivery.

In 1990 the nose gear did not extend all the way and BAM, the aircraft’s nose ended up hitting the tarmac (photo1 & photo2). There was minor damage and she was quickly back out flying. In fact, she is still flying for United Airlines today. She will be flying today from Narita International Airport to Los Angeles. A lot has changed as far as technology and the equipment inside, but she is still the beautiful bird she was back in 1989.

Full sized image or 91 Photos of N174UA on Airliners.net

Photo by EuroNorb (Dave)
Lots of great stuff to check out at Vintage Aircraft Weekend at Paine Field this weekend.

Lots of great stuff to check out at Vintage Aircraft Weekend at Paine Field this weekend.

If you are in the Seattle area this weekend and you like aviation, you probably want to stop by Paine Field (KPAE) to check out the Vintage Aircraft Weekend.

It is more than just looking at vintage airplanes on the ground. These babies can still fly and will show off their stuff. There will also be people who fly and work on the planes to be around to answer your questions and tell you stories.

Oh and there will be some pretty good food vendors there too.

If you are interested in checking it out, today they are open from 9:30am to 5:30pm and then open from 9:30am to 3:00pm on Sunday. To learn more, be sure to check out their website.

Image: John H Clark
Aerial view of the DreamLifter and Future of Flight

Aerial view of the DreamLifter and Future of Flight taken by Paine Field

Paine Field is in the process of building additional parking spots next to the Future of Flight. The hope is Boeing 787 Dreamliners will one day be parked there, but for a little over a week, a Boeing DreamLifter has been making it home. If you are in the Seattle area, this gives you a great opportunity to pretty close to a DreamLifter.

This photo was taken from the sky by the Paine Field Airport. Check out the shadow that the DreamLifter puts on the ground (zoomed in photo), it is quite impressive, just like the plane itself.

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* Photos I took of the DreamLifter yesterday while at Paine Field