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This Month in the Airways: SOFIA, the Flying Telescope

This Month in the Airways: SOFIA, the Flying Telescope
November 26
10:46 2016

Here’s the summary of our newest issue, just for you! The 251st issue of Airways Magazine since 1994:

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This new issue starts with a narrative by Chris Sloan describing his fascinating experience onboard NASA’s unique Boeing 747SP, once a proud Pan Am Clipper jetliner, and which now serves as an astronomy laboratory equipped with the latest infrared telescope technology. In his article, Sloan details the operation of this unique aircraft, a true engineering masterpiece.

And talking about the Boeing 747SP, this is one of the rarest 747s ever built with just 45 aircraft assembled between 1976 and 1989. One of its customers was Aerolineas Argentinas, which used the type for its ultra-long-haul missions out of Buenos Aires’ Ezeiza Airport.

And talking about Argentina, Rafael Reca wrote about El Calafate and Ushuaia, two of the Southernmost airports in the world, located in the South American country. These aircraft have a rich and colorful history, and Reca describes how these give life to one of the most deserted areas on the planet.

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But wait… there’s more in this issue!

Matteo Legnani offers an extensive report on La Compagnie, an all-business class Boeing 757 operator that flies between New York and Paris. Founded in 2013, the carrier has been able to survive, staying true to its roots in the highly-competitive business class market.

And talking about Business Class, Luigi Vallero made a comprehensive review comparing what Etihad Airways and Qatar Airways have to offer. Two world-class airlines, two flights, two state-of-the-art jetliners, and one conclusion. 

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In our constant pursuit for new sections, Andreas Spaeth will introduce you to Airways Museum. Spaeth had the opportunity to visit the Olympic Airways Museum in Athens, Greece at Ellinikon International Airport. While the premises of this old airport seem to be abandoned, there is an enthusiast and passionate group dedicated to preserving the memory and legacy of a great iconic carrier.

75 years ago, TWA Flight 3 left Las Vegas bound to Burbank. 15 minutes after takeoff, the DC-3 slammed into a sheer cliff on Potosi Mountain, 32 miles (51 km) southwest of the airport, killing all 19 passengers on board, including movie star Carole Lombard. Don’t miss the detailed story written by Mike McComb about this tragic event.


That’s a wrap for this issue, AvGeeks. Until the next one! We’d love to talk more about this issue, but wouldn’t you prefer to discover it yourself? Now available at our Store and on the newsstands!

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Zvonimir Tolj

Zvonimir Tolj

Online Editor. Journalism and Communications Student. A newcomer into the Aviation World, growing into an avid AvGeek. I live for Pop Music, Photography, Travel, Food, and devoted to Fashion, and Editorial Design. "It's hard to find a balance between sound and peace." zvonimir@airwaysmag.com

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