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  1. @robrob74 and I are buds in real life. I can confirm that he's rad. Love.
  2. January 30th, 2012. Akim Aliu for John Negrin. Love.
  3. Yeah, I think that Laine is a pipe dream. Kevin Cheveldayoff knows what he has there, and he's not going to sell low on him. I think that if you want him, you'd have to present a pretty compelling offer, and Gaudreau wouldn't be a bad place to start - but I don't think that Johnny Hockey is the piece that'd push the Jets over the top. You might also be able to start with RFA for RFA, and offer Tkachuk, but I don't think he's what the Jets need either. They've got a really solid team without a lot of holes, and the best case scenario for them is to get Laine signed to a contract that they can live with, which will either be a bridge deal, or they'll go big, and next year he'll be back to his old self. He's not going anywhere. Love.
  4. Jusso Valimaki has injured himself and is out indefinitely... This is bad news. https://www.nhl.com/flames/news/valimaki-injury-update/c-308504492 Love.
  5. You know how it is, when you're a dude traveling, you might not be fond of diversions... when you're a spotter, though - best news ever! Love.
  6. And the eagle has landed. Possibly with Charlton Heston at the controls. Carry on! Love.
  7. If you've enjoyed this hijacking, and I am sorry for doing it, sort of, I highly recommend checking out a photographer named JPC van Heijst. He's from the Netherlands, and works as a 747 cargo pilot. He takes amazing photos from his office of various landscapes, storms, stars, and other aircraft. It's stellar work. His website is here: https://jpcvanheijst.com/ Love.
  8. We can't talk about iconic 747s in Canada and not talk about CP Air. Check out these 747-200s: Love.
  9. This variant is the most fun. The 747-SP was designed to move a lot of people on short flights. Mostly, it was used in places like Japan, but it was built for an era when you could catch a 747 from LA to San Francisco. It had the same wingspan as the 747-200, but the fuselage was much shorter, and the tail a bit bigger. Love.
  10. My favourite, and the latest variant of the 747 series is the 747-8, colloquially referred to as the "dash eight" - which is sort of confusing, because the Dash-8 is a very different airplane. Anyway, I digress... At just over 250 feet, the 748 is currently the longest airliner in production, although it is scheduled to be surpassed by the 777X. It has a wingspan of 224 feet. The 747-8i (Intercontinental) has a range of over 15,000 kms, a ceiling of over 43,000 feet, and a cruising speed of 0.9 Mach. It also has significantly improved fuel economy on its predecessor, quieter and more powerful engines, and it borrows the wing design from its much newer Boeing sibling, the 787. Unfortunately, as the hub and spoke model has been replaced by point to point, there are very few passenger carriers. The vast majority of the 154 orders have been for cargo ships, although Korean Air, Lufthansa, and Air China have a handful of them each, so if you want to fly one, those are your options. Seriously, though... can we just talk about that wing flex? Although there aren't a lot of these flying around, they'll be flying cargo for a long time. As you can see on this Atlas Air example, the cargo variant does not feature the extended upper deck. Sadly, we are nearing the end of the jumbo jet era. The four engines, the iconic hump, and all the romance will be gone from flying. I will really miss these planes, and the next time I'm crammed into the back of a 737 with no legroom, a broken entertainment system, and my carry-on stuffed under the seat in front of me because the bins are packed, I'll truly long for a bygone era. Sadly, for me, one I wasn't really around to truly appreciate. Love.
  11. The Boeing Dreamlifter is a heavily modified 400 series that's used to transport large pieces of cargo, specifically designed for the 787 Dreamliner. As the Dreamliner is being produced in pieces all over the world, Boeing requires a transport that can carry those pieces to the final assembly line in Everett Washington. She's not the prettiest 747, but can carry three times the freight that the regular 747-400F can transport. This one actually loads from aft the wings, and nearer the tail section. Love.
  12. In the 1960s, when Boeing was designing the 747, it was believed that supersonic transport was the way of the future. Boeing was developing the SST, and in Europe, the British and French were working on the Concord. The 747 nearly put Boeing out of business because of all of the costs associated with design, testing, and production. I cannot emphasize how radical a shift this aircraft was from all of its predecessors in the jet age - the 707, 727, 737, DC8, and DC9. It was the first two-aisle airliner, and it was absolutely massive. Boeing had to build the factory as the airframes were going through it, but the problem was they didn't see a future in it. So they made a very smart decision. The cockpit was placed on the upper deck so that the entire nose could open. Once the SST was off the ground, they anticipated that the 747 would remain useful as a cargo plane. This was a brilliant decision because even though passenger operations are increasingly rare, the Boeing 747 will likely continue to fly cargo for another 30-50 years (depending on your optimism). Airbus has surpassed the 747 in size with the creation of the A380, but it's absolutely useless for cargo because it doesn't load easily. Carriers have been operating A380s for less than 15 years now, and they're already starting to retire them. They took a gamble on hub and spoke, and the 787 and A350 have changed all of the rules. When it comes to longevity, it appears that the 747 will have the last laugh. Love.
  13. Speaking of British Airways, did you know that Bruce Dickinson is a certified 747 captain? During some years when he wasn't on tour with Iron Maiden, he flew with British Airways (albeit, on a different type). Aces High indeed! During the Somewhere Back in Time tour (which landed in Calgary on June 5th, 2008), he was one of the pilots in command of Flight 666, which was a 757. For the Book of Souls tour through 2016-2017, he was one of the pilots in command of Ed Force One (TF-AAK), a Saudi Arabian Airlines 747-428 that was leased by the band for the duration of the tour. Like its predecessor, it operated as Flight 666. I did not shoot this video, but I was at Pearson Airport to watch Flight 666 land on Runway 23 on April 2nd, 2016. Love.
  14. British Airways Flight 9 had a very similar experience in June, 1982. G-BDXH, City of Edinburgh, was a 747-236B that was flying from Auckland to London when she encountered the ash cloud belched out of Mount Galunggung near Jakarta. The 263 people on board nearly ended up in the drink before the pilots were able to restart the engines with only a few thousand feet to spare as it glided toward the open ocean in the middle of the night. But, the real reason that I bring up BA is because they are the carrier with the largest fleet of 747-400s. The aging fleet are being retired by most airlines - Air France, KLM, and most of the traditional Asian carriers are replacing them with the much more economical triple-sevens, DreamLiners, and A350s. The 777X may well be the final nail in the coffin of the passenger 747. BA will have completely retired their fleet by 2024. It will be a sad day when there are no more Speedbird 747s. Here's a few 400 series in the BA livery. Love.
  15. KLM took delivery of PH-BFC in September of 1989, and christened her City of Calgary. Sadly, in her 29 years of service, she never touched the ground there despite a concerted effort by the local spotters group. Her last commercial flight was on March 9, 2018, where she operated as KL888 from Hong Kong to Amsterdam. She does have an interesting story under her wings, however, when she was brand new, in December of 1989, she was operating as Flight 867 from Amsterdam to Tokyo. She was forced to make an emergency landing in Anchorage, Alaska, after flying through a thick cloud of volcanic ash from Mount Redoubt, which had erupted the day before. The ash stopped all four engines, and she descended 14,000 feet before the pilots were able to get them started again. There were 245 souls on board. Here for you, the City of Calgary: Here is her last departure en route to the boneyard: Love.
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