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50 Years Ago Today: First Flight of the SR-71 Blackbird

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The SR-71's first flight, December 22, 1964, is a milestone in aviation and national security circles. Outside of those circles, I'm surprised how few people have heard of the SR-71 or know more than that it was "a spy plane"--which is like saying the Taj Mahal is "a big building." Unofficially known (but still not well-known) as the Blackbird, the SR-71 flew at record altitude--90,000 feet--and speed--2,193.2 miles per hour. And it could sustain such speed: In 1990, one flew… (www.huffingtonpost.com) Mer...

Watch Airbus' mad stunt with $1.5 billion worth of airplanes

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I have to give kudos to Airbus for having the guts to do this using five test A350-900 XWB airplanes, its newest wide-body airliner. I know the stunt was well calculated and the pilots—all of them ex-military aviators—knew exactly what they were doing, but the entire thing still looks reckless. (sploid.gizmodo.com) Mer...

The Amazing Images Of This USAF Aerial Refueling Boom Operator

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America's cadre of KC-135 and KC-10 'Booms,' the guys and gals that refuel allied military aircraft while hurtling through the atmosphere, are a proud and talented bunch, and one of them is just as skilled behind a camera as behind an aerial refueling boom. (foxtrotalpha.jalopnik.com) Mer...

First A350 XWB delivery to Qatar Airways - uncut version

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Streamed live on 22 Dec 2014. Airbus and Qatar Airways open a new chapter in commercial aviation together with the official delivery of the world’s first customer A350-900 aircraft, which took place on 22 December 2014 in Toulouse, France (www.youtube.com) Mer...

The inside story of the new Airbus A350 jet

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PARIS • Ten years ago, the boss of Qatar Airways, who takes his first new A350 jet this week, warned Airbus it was flying off course. (www.stltoday.com) Mer...