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The graphic above illustrates the Stratolaunch's wingspan compared to other aircraft models, including the Boeing 747-8 Intercontinental and the Airbus A380-800

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Tigerair is officially SHUT DOWN after 13 years in the air as coronavirus pandemic wreaks havoc on the travel industry 

Budget airline Tigerair has officially shut down after 13 years in the air as coronavirus continues to wreak havoc on the travel industry.

Trans-Tasman bubble bursts: Air New Zealand boss says travel between Australia and New Zealand won't happen for AT LEAST another six months

NEW The Chief Executive Officer said establishing the plan 'could well be longer', and international travel would be 'clunkier' when it restarted


Single passenger infects 15 others on 10-hour trip to Vietnam: Female flyer passes virus to 12 passengers in business class, two in economy and a crew member,  new CDC study shows

The unidentified woman, 27, unknowingly spread the virus back in March. She infected 14 passengers and one crew member out of the 217 on board the flight from London to Vietnam.


World's first 'commercially available' full-scale plane powered by hydrogen takes to the skies over Britain in major step towards zero-emissions flights

World's first 'commercially available' hydrogen plane launches

The six-seater Piper M-class aircraft took off from Cranfield Airport, which is also the location of ZeroAvia's research and development facilities. Hydrogen fuel cells create electricity to power a battery and motor by mixing hydrogen and oxygen - which is provided by the air - via a chemical reaction. The only waste product produced by this process is water, unlike traditional aviation which is a major contributor to greenhouse gas emissions. This successful flight, which included a taxi, take-off, full pattern circuit and landing, will be followed up by a 250-mile flight from the Orkney Islands later this year.


Great news ... hope the technology becomes mainstream.

Pilots raise more than £20,000 for Second World War seaplane named 'Miss Pick Up' which suffered an engine failure on Loch Ness 

Second World War seaplane named 'Miss Pick Up' suffered an engine failure

The PBY Catalina flying boat (left and top and bottom right) named 'Miss Pick Up' had landed on the Loch Ness in the Scottish Highlands when her starboard engine failed to re-start. The flying boat was returned to the shore and moored overnight with the help of RNLI Loch Ness before it was lifted out of the water by crane. Now, Plane Sailing, the Cambridge-based team of pilots and volunteers who operate the IWM Duxford-based plane, have raised more than £20,000 on GoFundMe for the plane's damaged engine to be replaced.


How air travel will NEVER be the same again: All the huge changes coming to how you fly - with new technology revamping everything from check-in queues to bathroom trips in mid-airAustralian airports and airlines are installing futuristic technologies for when travel

When travel eventually returns, both airports and planes will likely be quite different in the post-pandemic world. Airline bosses have been scrambling to get new measures in place to ensure best-practice for safe travel for when restrictions are finally eased. Touchless technologies, such as digital toilet queues, and systems that monitor passengers temperatures throughout flights, will be used to reduce the risk of the virus spreading. Instead of handing over your passport, a biometric device may be used to scan passenger's faces as soon as they check in.

A high-flying family! First-ever mother-daughter pilot duo soar into the history books after flying a commercial plane together - and both dad AND son pilot airplanes, tooMother and daughter pilots make history by flying commercial plane together

Captain Suzy Garrett and her daughter Donna Garrett, who both work for SkyWest Airlines, flew their first flew a plane together a few days go. Suzy, 56, was one of the first women hired by SkyWest Airlines and has been flying planes for more than 30 years. Donna, 26, said she became a pilot because of her parents' love for flying. Suzy's husband, Donna's father, Doug (pictured inset with Donna), and her son Mark are also pilots.

:) Definitely a case of "keeping it in the family" LOL. Good on them.

Hurricane that cost £2m to restore after it was shot down in the Battle of Britain is a wreck again after crash-landing blamed on pilot

Hurricane fighter that was shot down in the Battle of Britain crashes again 80 years later

A World War Two Hurricane fighter (pictured) that was blasted out of the sky over Kent by a Messerschmitt Bf109 in 1940 crashed when its undercarriage collapsed as it landed at Duxford Airfield, Cambridgeshire, on June 1 this year. It was rebuilt with new parts and pieces of the wreckage by neurosurgeon Peter Kirkpatrick (inset). The Hurricane with the serial number V7497 was part of 501 Squadron flying from RAF Kenley, Surrey, during the Battle of Britain. Pilot Officer Everett Bryan Rogers was flying the fighter when it was shot down on September 28, 1940.


Who needs business class? Lufthansa will allow economy passengers to pay for a row of seats to lie across as if it were a bed 

Lufthansa to allow economy passengers to buy rows of seats to lie on

Lufthansa has announced a new upgrade which would allow customers to purchase a row of seats to lie across for $260 (£195.40) on top of the price of their original ticket. The German airline is offering a Sleeper's Row on its Frankfurt to São Paulo flights on a trial basis from November 18 until mid-December. It comes as airlines plan to make travellers feel safe enough to fly again following positive news of coronavirus vaccine developments in the USA and UK. Passengers in economy can purchase an upgrade at the airport for a row of three to four seats to stretch out on, similar to the lie-flat beds offered in business class. Those in the Sleeper's Row will be provided with a blanket, pillow and seat topper for added comfort and will also be given access to priority boarding. Lufthansa's announcement also mentioned the additional personal space the seating option would provide, which could be a lure to travellers seeking to maintain social distancing.


RAF scrambles Typhoon jets to intercept two Russian Bear aircraft spotted near UK airspace in the North Sea 

The two Russian Tu-142 Bear F aircraft were intercepted by RAF Typhoons over the North Sea shortly after 9am having been scrambled from RAF Lossiemouth in Scotland.



The US Navy set off explosives next to its new aircraft carrier to see if the ship can handle the shock | Business Insider


USS Gerald R. Ford (CVN-78), the first of a new class of aircraft carriers, completed the first explosive event of the ongoing full-ship shock trials on Friday off the US East Coast, where the Navy detonated explosives near the carrier.

The Navy said in a statement the aircraft carrier was “designed using advanced computer modeling methods, testing, and analysis to ensure the ship is hardened to withstand battle conditions, and these shock trials provide data used in validating the shock hardness of the ship.”

US Navy aircraft carrier USS Gerald R. Ford during full-ship shock trialsUS Navy photo by Mass Communications Specialist Seaman Jackson AdkinsThe aircraft carrier USS Gerald R. Ford (CVN 78) completed the first scheduled explosive event of Full Ship Shock Trials while underway in the Atlantic Ocean on June 18, 2021.

The official Twitter account for USS Gerald R. Ford tweeted Saturday that “the leadership and the crew demonstrated Navy readiness fighting through the shock, proving our warship can ‘take a hit’ and continue our mission on the cutting edge of naval aviation.”

-USS Gerald R. Ford (CVN 78) (@Warship_78) June 19, 2021

Though the Navy has conducted shock trials with other vessels, the latest trials with the Ford, the service’s newest and most advanced carrier, mark the first time since 1987 the Navy has conducted shock trials with an aircraft carrier.

The last aircraft carrier shock trials involved the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt, according to the Navy.

US Navy aircraft carrier USS Gerald R. Ford undergoing full-ship shock trialsUS Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Zachary MelvinThe aircraft carrier USS Gerald R. Ford (CVN 78) completed the first scheduled explosive event of Full Ship Shock Trials while underway in the Atlantic Ocean on June 18, 2021.

Nice photo!

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