Aerial photo of Etihad Airways’ first 787-9 Dreamliner at Paine Field – Photo: Bernie LeightonÂ | AirlineReporter
What a looker!
On Sunday night we were able to see the reveal of Etihad’s new livery in the darkness, but this photo not only lets us see it in light, but also from the air (doesn’t every plane/livery look better with an aerial view)?
Our Bernie Leighton had the opportunity to to get this shot, and his impression?Â He thought it was amazing, “The most distinguished looking 787.” Who am I to disagree? Now we just can’t wait to get a peek of that interior.
Flying Heritage Collection’s P-47 Thunderbolt “Tallahassee Lassie” doing a very low pass at Paine Field Aviation Day
2014 markedÂ my thirdÂ Paine Field Aviation Day (PFAD) and it signaled a great start to what is rumored to be a very extensive flying season. Â Both Historic Flight Foundation (HFF) and Flying Heritage Collection (FHC)Â put in some effort to make thisÂ one of the best daysÂ yet.
Sadly, the clouds and rain loomed in the morning, which kept away a lot of the crowds. Â Great for photos, not so great for attendance. Â From the HFF side of the airport, it did seem very quiet compared to previous years. Â But this year I joined the crowds on the bermÂ for some amazing photos.
An Antonov AN-124 parked next to the Future of Flight with a Boeing 747 Dreamlifter in the background – Photo: Future of Flight
It is hard to deny that Paine Field is freak’n awesome. Not only is this where Boeing builds all their new 747s, 767s, 777s and most of their 787s; it also houses old warbirds and often sees the Boeing 747-400 Dreamlifter and sometimes an Antonov AN-124.
BONUS:Â Photo tour of the inside of an Antonov AN-124
It is always fun when catching some of these aircraft together. Today, an AN-124 was caught parked next to the Future of Flight (backed in) with a Dreamlifter in the background saying, “why hello.” Both are very cool cargo planes and getting them in the same picture is pretty epic.
Thanks to the Future of Flight for sharing their photo.Â
C-GHPQ, Air Canada’s first 787-8 on the ramp at KPAE. Photo – Bernie Leighton
I was up over PAE this morning, going hunting. Look at this wonderful new aircraft for Air Canada. Best looking 787 yet in my opinion.
The Montreal-based airline should be taking delivery of this frame some time next month.Â
This story wasÂ originallyÂ posted on Jan 12, 2014 and re-posted with updated details on Feb 12, 2014.Â
Unite AvGeeks! This weekend is it – Aviation Geek Fest 2014 – and to say that we are excited is an understatement. Personally this will be my fifth AGF and I am more excited about this one versus any of the others (and the others were awesome).
A HUGE thanks to Sandy Ward & Toni Olson at theÂ Future of Flight Aviation Center & Boeing Tour for organizing most of these great activities.Â
I wanted to share all the newest updates to help you prepare for the weekend.