Tag Archives: Paine Field

It’s a Long Way to Bole

There are plenty of widebody flights out of Paine Field.  Since the flights are normally not very long compared to the capabilities of the aircraft, they tend to be light and get off the ground quickly.  A delivery flight is … Continue reading

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UPS’s New 747-8F Freighter

Boeing breathed a big, if perhaps temporary, sigh of relief when UPS signed up for a bunch of 747-8F freighters.  These jets are now starting to come off the line and, before they get allocated to the long runs across … Continue reading

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Thai Delivery

Before the time changed, it was possible to get some evening departures from Everett in nice light after work.  I saw that a delivery flight was scheduled for a Thai 787 and a Dreamlifter was due out shortly afterwards.  I … Continue reading

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That Rare Beast, the 109

The Bf-109 was built in huge numbers but a very small number of them survive.  The Hispano Buchon was a 109 fitted with a Merlin engine and they served after the war and ultimately made their way into collections in … Continue reading

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Finally I Get to See the Mossie

I last saw a Mosquito in flight in the early 1990s when the BAe operated example was on the air show circuit prior to its loss at Barton.  I had assumed at that time that I was unlikely to see … Continue reading

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A Primer 747 Really Catches the Sun

A primer finish on a jet looks a lot more dramatic in sunny conditions.  The green finish of the protective film is quite reflective so the sun really makes the plane shine.  This 747-8F freighter was carrying out some production … Continue reading

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A Surprise Appearance of This Two-Seater

Paine Field is the home of Paul Allen’s collection which includes a MiG29UB.  I had seen it being dragged around the airport once but had never seen it fly.  I was there to catch the Catfish, as described in this … Continue reading

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Stirring Spitfire Performance

In my younger days, I was all about modern aircraft and didn’t have much interest in warbirds.  Over time and having been involved with a number of groups that operate these aircraft, I have grown far more interested.  Being in … Continue reading

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Does No-One Want This 747? Tell Me the Story…

This is a request for information from anyone who might know the story.  The 747-8I has not been a huge success for Boeing.  It has sold in limited number with the biggest customer being Lufthansa.  A long time 747 operator, … Continue reading

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Emirates’ Latest on Test

An Emirates 777-300ER is hardly a rarity.  They have a huge fleet of them and, since this one is a new build aircraft on test at Boeing, the fleet is going to grow.  What made this one fun was the … Continue reading

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