Airways Magazine - September 2012
PHOTO: KEN DONOHUE
China Airlines Blossoms
by Ken Donohue
Although its start more than 50 years ago was modest, and it has struggled during difficult times, China Airlines is becoming one of Asia's leading airlines, with a fleet of 71 passenger and freighter aircraft serving 90 cities on four continents.
PHOTO: CHRIS SLOAN
First 747-8 Intercontinental Enters Service
by Chris Sloan
One month after receiving its first Boeing 747-8 Intercontinental, Lufthansa introduced the new 'Queen of the Skies' to the airways with a service from Frankfurt to Washington (Dulles). We were fortunate to be onboard to report on the festivities and another 'first flight'.
PHOTO: LELAND (CHIP) SHANLE JR
Big Flo Flies No More
by Mark L Berry with Leland (Chip) Shanle Jr
An exclusive inside report of the preparations for deliberately crashing a Boeing 727 onto a desert lakebed. We explain why this was not a stunt.
"Ode to Old Big Flo" as recorded by Chris Belden
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Wings in the World’s Newest Nation
by Geoff Jones
A report on the frenetic aviation activity from Juba, the capital of the Republic of South Sudan and the new country's major airport.
PHOTO: TREVOR OGLE
STOL at Saba
by Trevor Ogle
Ride along on a Twin Otter trip to the Caribbean island of Saba, which boasts one of the world's shortest runways used for regular airline service.
PHOTO: ANDREAS ROHDE
Back to School
by Andreas Rohde
Every so often in their career, pilots have to change from one airplane type to another. This is both an exciting time, like a child exploring a new toy, but one that can also bring stress and hardship. Discover the joys and tribulations of converting to the Fokker 100 twin-jet.
Taiwan Taoyuan Seeks Success
by Ken Donohue
More than three decades ago, Taiwan Taoyuan International was Asia’s largest airport. But history counts for little and six new airports have been built in the region. Billions are now being spent to position TPE as an airport of choice for airlines and their passengers.
PHOTO: DAVE NICHOLS COLLECTION
The Allegheny Martins
by Dave Nichols
When listing favorite old airliners, the ones that had unique characteristics and displayed a distinct personality remain in our memories forever. I’d like to think the Martin 202/404 series fits that special niche, with their loud exhausts, oil-streaked nacelles, steep nose-down deck angle on short finals, and that ‘up yours’ look with its nose held snootily high. It was a snarling beast that seemed to say, “Back off, hotshot, unless you really know what you’re doing!”
by Christopher Pittman
The Forgotten Ones
by Jeff Weber
Both Sides: Classmates
by Clayton Taylor
Business Flyer: China Airlines trans-Pacific
by Ken Donohue
Stan Solomon offers a varied selection of anecdotes from the Airways.
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News from the Airways
Colorfully illustrated highlights of the major news developments from North America and around the world, including fleet changes, new airlines, and new paint schemes.
View From the Cockpit
by Rand Peck
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