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…

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…

Remembering Flight TWA800

Today (17 July 2020) is the 24th anniversary of the flight TWA800 accident. For those unfamiliar with the accident, the key points (taken from Wikipedia) are that the plane was a Boeing 747-100 and it exploded and crashed into the Atlantic Ocean near East Moriches, New York on July 17, 1996 at about 8:31 p.m. EDT, 12 minutes after takeoff from John…

Photographing Planes at Kansai International Airport

In the next of my series of posts about photographing planes, I will be focussing on Kansai International Airport (KIX, 関西国際空港) also known as Kansai Airport (関西空港) or Kanku (関空) . I visited the airport during my busy fieldwork trip to Japan, holding research interviews at the airport. The airport is on a man-made island…

Contents Tourism – Bangkok Plane Graveyard

In the next of my posts on contents tourism (if you don’t know what contents tourism is, please see my post about Tanigawa and Ichi-no-kurasawa), I’m writing about the Bangkok Plane Graveyard. This one is a bit different to the others I have already written about in that the others were largely inspired by seeing…

Photographing Planes at New Chitose Airport

In the next of my series of posts about photographing planes, I will be focussing on New Chitose Airport (新千歳空港), often just referred to as Chitose Airport (千歳空港), but that can lead to confusion with the adjoining Chitose Air Base (千歳基地). Although I have been to this airport a few times, in terms of photography,…

The Tenerife Airport Disaster Memorial

Today (27 March) is the anniversary of the world’s worst plane disaster (not due to terrorism), the Tenerife Airport Disaster. For those unfamiliar with the accident, the key points (taken from Wikipedia) are that two Boeing 747 passenger jets, operating KLM Flight 4805 and Pan Am Flight 1736, collided on the runway at Los Rodeos Airport (now Tenerife North Airport) on the Spanish…