April 2023

April 2023


A brand-new Boeing 747 departed Paine Field in the early morning hours of February 1, 2023, for the last time after a 50-year run. The airliner left PAE for Cincinnati (CVG), bound for a service life with Atlas Air.



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The Airport Collector

Some aviation enthusiasts collect items like airline timetables or safety cards. But how about airports? JOSHUA KUPIETZKY sits down with Gunther Pitterka, an avgeek with a hefty airport logbook.

The Shortest European Dreamliner Route

ADRIAN NOWAKOWSKI travels from Barcelona to Madrid on board an Air Europa Boeing 787 Dreamliner, probing the rationale of using a wide-body on such a short flight.

Boeing 747: Take Three

The 1,574th and final Boeing 747 ever built has been delivered to Atlas Air in a regal sendoff. BEN WANG was at the ceremony that honored the legacy of the Queen of the Skies.

The Boeing 747 by the Numbers

CHRIS SLOAN looks back at the Boeing 747’s legendary reign by the numbers—and a few other unusual facts reminding us that size does matter.

United Celebrates 97 Years

April 6, 2023, will mark the 97th anniversary of United Airlines. DAVID H. STRINGER gets set with a selection of photos of historic aircraft and decades of United timetable covers.

United Airlines Needs a Museum

Both American Airlines and Delta maintain museums dedicated to their history. Why doesn’t United construct one? DAVID H. STRINGER explores the potential for such an undertaking in anticipation of the company’s centennial celebration.


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