What Caused the JL123 Crash?

When I first started conducting research about the JL123 crash (also known as JAL123), I had no intentions of looking at the cause of the crash at all. As far as I was concerned, it was a known fact: following an accident in 1978, the rear pressure bulkhead was damaged, incorrectly repaired, and this led…

Boeing 747 Model – Owning a part of an actual B747

The Boeing 747 (B747) “Jumbo Jet” is my favourite passenger plane. I love its shape – it’s not too “perfect” like Concorde – and I love what it symbolised to me in terms of leaving Europe for the first time and many more times after that. Of course, there is a darker side to the…

Concorde – Too Perfect?

I have been doing a number of posts recently about my favourite shinkansen and designs that defined modern Japan, and these, together with a podcast that I was interviewed on and which will soon be released, have inspired me to do a different, but connected, post. In this post I want to discuss Concorde. I…

The 36th Anniversary of the Flight JL123 Crash

I have been conducting research about the Japan Air Lines flight JL123 (also known as JAL123) since 2007. The research not only covers the crash itself (you can find a summary here), but also the aftermath of the disaster and the way in which it impacted the lives of so many people around the world….

Lucky Photography – Japanese Air Force One

In the last (at least for now) of my posts about 747s, I will be discussing a time when I got lucky with seeing a particular plane. The plane was the 747 version of Japanese Air Force One (I don’t really like the phrase since Japan doesn’t have an air force per se, but it’s…

AirBridgeCargo – Another 747 cargo plane in Japan

In a recent post, I discussed how Nippon Cargo Airlines 747s were the only Japanese 747s you can see now. But they are not the only 747s in Japan. While the number of passenger airlines that have 747s has declined (as discussed in my posts about ANA, British Airways, China Airlines, JAL and KLM), and…

JAL 747s – Special Connections

Over the past few months, I have done a few posts about airlines retiring their Boeing 747s – see my posts on British Airways, China Airlines, ANA, and KLM . I have also done a post about the Nippon Cargo Airlines 747s. This time, I’m turning my attention to JAL. At one point JAL was…

Nippon Cargo Airlines – the only way to see a Japanese 747 still

Last October I did a post about British Airways’ retiring its last passenger 747 plane and more recently I have done posts about China Airlines, ANA, and KLM retiring their 747s. This time, I’m turning my attention from passenger planes to freight planes – and a Japanese airline which still (as of 2021) has 747s…

KLM 747s – Bucket List Item Left Unfulfilled

I have done some posts about the retirements of 747s by a number of airlines. So far I have covered ANA, British Airways, and China Airlines. This time I am going to cover KLM. I think I used KLM 747s on about three occasions. The main reason for using them was that, living in Cardiff,…

ANA 747s – Didn’t Catch Them All

Last October I did a post about British Airways’ retiring its last passenger 747 plane and more recently I did a post about China Airlines retiring their 747s. I noted in that post that I hadn’t done a post about other airlines, which I had used, retiring their 747s. This time I am going to…

Reflecting on China Airlines’ 747 Passenger Plane Retirement

Last October I did a post about British Airways’ retiring its last passenger 747 plane. This time I am reflecting on the news that this week it was China Airlines’ turn to retire its last passenger 747 planes (it still has some freight ones). That another airline has retired its 747 passenger planes is not…

Remembering Flight AA587

Today (12 November 2020) is the 19th anniversary of the flight AA587 accident. For those unfamiliar with the accident, the key points (taken from Wikipedia) are that AA587 was a scheduled international passenger flight from John F. Kennedy International Airport to Las Américas International Airport in Santo Domingo, the capital of the Dominican Republic. The Airbus A300B4-605R flying the route crashed into the…