If there was a company that could smoothly get a VLJ (very light jet) to production and do well at it, it would be Cessna and the first VLJ to market in 2006, the Citation Mustang. The Pratt & Whitney PW615F engines only weigh 300 lbs with a 16 inch fan and produce 1300 lbs of thrust. A world apart from the massive GE90-115B used in the 777-300ER!
Location: Addison Airport
The biggest Achilles heel of the Boeing B-29 Superfortress was its Wright R-3350 radial engines- filled with glitches and prone to engine fires, things got so bad at one point that then-Senator Harry S Truman held committee hearings to look into the problem. While the engine design was partly to blame (the crankcase was made of a flammable magnesium metal), Wright Aeronautical was found to be sacrificing quality
Liftoff! A UPS 767-300F departs 36L while an American Eagle ERJ-145 is on final approach for 36R at DFW. Usually this sort of shot is hard from Founders' Plaza due to heat haze but the north winds and cool temps kept it to a minimum on this particular day.
Location: DFW Founders' Plaza
Mmmmmmmm, shiny things....if you look real close at the reflection on the undernose, you can make out a row of parked cars. I'm in that row. Selfie! This MD-80 is Ship 426 which corresponds with tail number N426AA, delivered in November 1986 to American.
Location: SH114/Freeport Parkway
One of the things I'll miss about this livery that the new American livery can't do is how cool it is to me to see all that gets reflected on that wonderful polished metal fuselage. Sometimes it's runway markings. In this shot you can see State Highway 114/Carpenter Freeway that forms the northeast border of DFW Airport reflected on the belly. This 737-800 is N959AN, delivered to American in March 2001 and