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  1. Dan-Air Skyways … revisited

    I like web sites dedicated to airlines that no longer operate – they provide images of aircraft you don’t see any more and, better still, the stories and camaraderie of former staff bring out how involved and proud they were of their jobs and the service they provided. A good example is the Pan-Am site Everything Pan-Am.

    There is a similar site for the airline Dan-Air which is less well known outside Europe, I suspect, than Pan-Am, but relevant to me as my first flight was in a ...

    Updated 01-29-2014 at 01:05 PM by allanj12

    Aviation History & Flight Simulation
  2. Whitey Dahl's last flight

    Harold Evans ‘Whitey’ Dahl was, to use an understatement, a colourful character. Born in Illinois in 1909 he graduated as a pilot from Kelly Field in Texas in 1933 and served with the USAAC. Trouble with the law seemed to follow Whitey throughout his flying career and around the world, largely due to aircraft or cargo disappearing.

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    After his US military service ended (under ...

    Updated 01-02-2014 at 07:08 PM by allanj12

    Aviation History & Flight Simulation
  3. Flying the ‘Lame Ducks’

    We most enjoy aircraft with realistic flight characteristics in flight simulation - and, by that, we simmers generally mean aircraft which function well. In the real world, though, there have been a lot of aircraft that were quite unsuited for their role – and in some cases, unsuited to ever being off the ground. The unfortunate flight crews assigned to these aircraft wrestled with these problems - and sometimes they never made it back.

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  4. Bill Dudding’s Itazuki Arrival

    My first flight into Kai Tak airport so many years ago was just what you would want – a late afternoon descent through cloud into Runway 13. Suddenly the ground was in sight, the buildings were dramatically close and, sitting in a window seat on the left side of the aircraft, I saw the chequerboard clearly as the 747 turned on to final.

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    Approaching the Fukuoka beacon before the turn out to sea.

    My flight into Fukuoka airport ...

    Updated 11-05-2013 at 01:19 PM by allanj12

    Aviation History & Flight Simulation
  5. Sinus 912 from Farewell

    Here is a segment of a truly epic flight that is very much part of the present rather than the past. Matevz Lenarcic (I can’t type Matevž Lenarčič constantly) is a Slovenian multi-skilled adventurer; an alpinist, a paraglider, environmentalist and photographer who, in 2004, flew around the world solo in a motor glider, without ground support. He is also a private pilot and has an instrument rating.

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    The aircraft he used was designed ...
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