I Love Planes

The tumblr site for I Love Planes. Mostly pictures etc. If I had to do over, I'd probably make the I Love Planes site more like this.


Learjet 45 - N46MW

Learjet 45 – N46MW

Caught this beautiful Learjet 45 landing at Austin Bergstrom International Airport recently. The plane is registered to an outfit named “Whiskey Tango” which makes me wonder out loud: “where’s Foxtrot?” but that’s something for another day.

I like how you can see straight through the hull in a couple of the pictures which makes me wonder if there’s anyone on board other than the crew.


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The Runway Is Wet

The Runway Is Wet

The music in this video sucks but the pictures that they get are quite spectacular. I did not realize that you could fly a T-6 Texan like that. By the way, overseas the Texan is called “Harvard.”

Wheels down, skimming the water like that takes skills and big ole brass cojones. I’d be worried about going too deep and planting the nose in the lake. There is no runway, other than at the beginning of…

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King Air 350 - N454TB

King Air 350 – N454TB

This beauty, was delivered new to the University of Texas Regents. It is hangared at the state hangars on the East side of the airport.

According to the University, this King Air 350 was purchased new for $5.5 million back in July of 2008. The plane is configured for 9 passengers and the operational cost of the plane is shared with other state agencies.

The Pratt & Whitney PT6A-60A engines were…

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Caught this bad boy at ABIA the last time I was out there. This is a beautiful Jet Blue A320 called “Blue Kid In Town.”

When she was refurbished, there was a competition to pick out the new tail pattern. The pattern that won, is called “building blocks.”

I like the tail pattern quite a bit. Although, I must confess, that when I first saw the pattern I thought that they were TV sets.

This plane was delivered new on April Fool’s day 2004.

She was headed back to JFK from Austin when I caught up to her.

Blue Kid In Town – Jet Blue – Airbus A320 N587JB Caught this bad boy at ABIA the last time I was out there. This is a beautiful Jet Blue A320 called “Blue Kid In Town.”


Air Reel

I love this air reel video. Seriously, it’s beautiful. The colors, the lighting, everything about it is absolutely stunning.

The after burners on the F-15 look awesome. They gave me chills.

We even got to see a C-5 Galaxy in flight, so you know it’s rare. Sorry for the dig to the C-5 guys, but that plane has horrible reliability.

Watch this in full screen mode for all the goodness.


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Air New Zealand Safety Video

Air New Zealand Safety Video

I really love this version of the Air New Zealand safety video. I thought that I’d posted one of their previous videos, but I was wrong about that. This version of the video however, takes the proverbial cake.

I would definitely pay attention to this video, it’s much better than the Delta safety video approach.

Speaking of Delta, can you imagine the uproar if Delta put out a safety video like…

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American Airlines MD-80 At DFW

American Airlines MD-80 At DFW

I’ve been busy with SXSW related shill work these past couple of weeks. In years past, I’ve scheduled posts for this time of year. For whatever reason, this year, I forgot to schedule posts. Sorry about that.

This is my background image for this blog. It’s an MD-80 series jet that I photographed at DFW while we were taxiing to our berth at the terminal.

It’s an American Airlines MD-80, but…

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A 12-mile-long oil slick spotted between Malaysia and Vietnam on Saturday afternoon is thought to be the first sign that a missing Malaysia Airlines flight with 239 people aboard went down in the waters between southernmost Vietnam and northern Malaysia, according to Vietnam’s director of civil aviation.

“An AN26 aircraft of the Vietnam Navy has discovered an oil slick about 20 kilometers in the search area, which is suspected of being a crashed Boeing aircraft,” Lai Xuan Thanh, the director of the Civil Aviation Administration of Vietnam said. “We have announced that information to Singapore and Malaysia and we continue the search.”

Mr. Thanh said the oil on the surface of the water was somewhat closer to Vietnam than Malaysia, at the mouth of the shallow Gulf of Thailand. The last coordinates automatically transmitted by the aircraft were from on the Malaysian side near the midpoint between the two countries, when the plane appeared to be in stable flight at 35,000 feet.

The discovery came as Vietnam, Malaysia, China, Singapore and the Philippines staged an intensive search for the missing aircraft, a redeye flight that vanished after taking off from Kuala Lumpur early Saturday morning, bound for Beijing, where it was to arrive at 6:30 a.m.

The New York Times, “Oil Slick Hints Malaysian Plane May Have Crashed at Sea”

( http://mobile.nytimes.com/2014/03/09/world/asia/malaysia-airlines-flight.html)

(Source: inothernews)