Archive | March, 2015

Five engined Boeing 747

five engined Boeing 747

Back in the 1960s and 1970s aircraft manufacturers devised special engine pods so that passenger jetliners could easily transport a spare engine between locations, often during the course of a schedule flight. The first generation jetliners including the Boeing 707 and Douglas DC-8 were factory engineered for this special engine carrying capability. Special hard points […]

EL AL wrote the book on airline security

EL AL wrote the book on airline security

In the late 1960s, Israel’s State airline EL AL endured several violent terrorist attacks on its aircraft at foreign airports in Europe, all instigated by Yasser Arafat’s PLO or the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine. Security had never been a second thought for the airline, ever since the company’s founding, which coincided with […]