AIRPLANE CORNUCOPIA: past, as art, as transportation challenge & future

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A hangar of news about airplanes—in all of their dimensions

PAST

The First Boeing 727 Prepares For a Last Flight

The First Boeing 727 Prepares For a Last Flight

 

The Museum of Flight expects to receive a recently restored Boeing 727 prototype on Tuesday after its final flight from Paine Field in Everett 

The Museum of Flight expects to receive a recently restored Boeing 727 prototype on Tuesday after its final flight from Paine Field in Everett  

 

AS ART

1. Turner Prize nominee Roger Hiorns to bury Boeing plane in Birmingham next year

 

2. Terminal
2000 – 2012 (ongoing)
Permanent Installation
Mojave Desert, CA
Project sketch (DC-9), 2000
© Christoph Büchel

airplane history news

 

AS TRANSPORTATION CHALLENGE

Pictured: Huge 125ft long fuselage of a new Boeing 737 jet being transported along British roads 

Huge 125ft long fuselage of a new Boeing 737 jet being transported along British roads

“A huge fuselage of a Boeing 737 jet caused chaos as it was transported along British roads today, leading to widespread delays and lengthy car tailbacks.

The massive 125 foot long load wound through Wiltshire as the fuselage was transported to Cotswold Airport at Kemble for Bath, but because of the low bridges it had to go in a wide circular route around Swindon.

The biggest disruption has been for drivers heading south between Cirencester and Swindon this morning as the 14 and a half feet wide colossal delivery headed west across Wiltshire.

‘Wherever possible disruption will be kept to a minimum but hauliers and motorists are asked to please be patient if they come across this load,’ said a police spokeswoman before the abnormal load set off.

‘Anyone travelling over this period to catch a flight or meet appointments should allow sufficient additional time.

‘Regular updates and travel information in respect of this abnormal load will be passed from our control room at Devizes when appropriate to help motorists plan their journey.

‘Wiltshire Police will escort it until Junction 18 of the M4, at the border with Avon and Somerset. Police escorting resources are being provided by volunteer police officers on rest days, paid for by the haulier at no cost to the public,’ she added.”

 

FUTURE

Five cool technology leaps about to change aviation for good

[links explain all 5 in greater detail]

1. 3D printed planes?

a350x

 

2. Multi-tasking inflight entertainment

touch passenger media unit

 

3. Eye control

 

4. Morphing apps 

morphing apps

 

5. Pilots trained by virtual reality headset

n66

 

NASA developing next generation of supersonic planes

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