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Q400 Go Cougs

Medford is not a busy airport for commercial traffic but it does have some regular services.  Horizon seemed to be the most common operator (should I call them Alaska now?).  Their Q400s were coming and going quite often.  Horizon has … Continue reading

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Why Travel North if the Aurora Comes to You?

Icelandair painted one of their 757s in a scheme that portrays the Aurora Borealis or Northern Lights.  It is named Hekla Aurora.  It was painted a long time ago but, since they didn’t operate anywhere I lived, I hadn’t got … Continue reading

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Veterans’ Alaska 737 – Finally!

Alaska Airlines has a number of jets in special colors.  My efforts to finally get the merger jet were covered in this post.  One of the other jets that I never managed to catch in California was their Tribute to … Continue reading

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A C-146 But Only in the Distance

This shot won’t win any prizes.  I only show it for relative rarity value (although one of my friends has caught a lot of these near his home).  The US Special Forces have their own choices of equipment and the … Continue reading

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The Merger Jet (At Last)

West Coast airline flying includes a lot of Virgin America.  Headquartered in Redwood City, just down the peninsula from SFO, Virgin America has been struggling to establish itself as a carrier with a different level of service.  It must have … Continue reading

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Qantas Team Australia

Qantas comes into SFO most days.  They bring a 747-400ER in and, while most of the, are on the standard colors, I happened to see one that has special colors.  I assume it is related to some sporting association but … Continue reading

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WestJet and the House of Mouse

Promotional paint schemes are not uncommon – particularly with certain airlines.  Alaska has a bunch of them.  This one was a new one for me.  WestJet, a Canadian airline, seems to have a marketing tie up with Disney too.  They … Continue reading

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Texas One Retires (for now)

I saw online this weekend that Southwest Airlines had retired Texas One, a jet painted up in Texas colors.  Texas One is a 737-300 and Southwest is accelerating the withdrawal of the 300 Series jets.  It flew out of Dallas … Continue reading

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Special Liveries

On the whole, airline liveries are getting less and less interesting. Whether it is the branding style, the minimizing of cost or the need to return jets to lessors without too much repainting being necessary, they are ending up a … Continue reading

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Southern Hemisphere Rest Stop

The scheduling of flights from Australia and New Zealand to the west coast of the US is not ideal for getting maximum utilization from your aircraft. There is a long time between the arrivals and the most desirable time for … Continue reading

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