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Belavia Tupolev Tu-154 Final Phase Out – End of an Era

Study of gear, flaps and slats as the Belavia Tu154 sits at rest on the Saint Petersburg apron. Our Tupolev was pretty much the only iconoclast Soviet classic on the field that day. Sterile, plastic western types of sadly permeated the Russian scene. What a sad state of affairs.

Airliner World Magazine February, 2017 Story and photos by Henry Tenby For fans of Russian aviation, October 9, 2016 marked a major milestone when the last ever scheduled flight of a Tupolev Tu-154 took place, bringing an end to 44 years of scheduled airline service for the reliable, classic Russian tri-jet. Belarus national airline Belavia […]

Aeroflot TU-104 visit to Vancouver Airshow Sunday June 15, 1958

On Sunday June 15, 1958, Aeroflot TU-104 jetliner CCCP-175445  at the Vancouver airport airshow on Sunday, June 25, 1958. It was here that Boeing's 707 Test Pilot  Tex Johnson told the TU-104 what he thought about the aircraft after having had a flight on it that day: "“I have a message for the captain. Please tell him that in my twenty-one thousand hours of piloting time, the TU-104 is the sorriest damn airplane I have ever had the misfortune of flying in.”

An airshow was held on Sunday June 15, 1958 at Vancouver’s Sea Island Airport as part of the Province’s 100th anniversary celebrations. The race for leadership in the passenger jetliner market was heating up in the late 1950s with numerous aircraft builders bringing brand new jet powered airliners to the forefront. The cold war realities […]

JetFlix.TV Streaming Aviation Channel Launches on All Mobile Devices

Streaming aviation channel launches on mobile devices

Vancouver based Henry Tenby has launched the world’s first on demand streaming service for aviation fans, and the new JetFlix.TV platform currently features over 70 full length aviation movies which members can view by paying a low monthly fee, similar to the Netflix business model. According to JetFlix.TV founder Henry Tenby, “our classic airline movies […]

Carnival Fascination cruise: Barbados St. Lucia St. Kitts St. Maarten San Juan St. Thomas

We spent a fabulous week on board the Carnival Fascination cruising from Barbados to St. Lucia, St. Kitts, St. Maarten, San Juan, St. Thomas and back to Barbados.

Carnival Fasciation: Full Feature 43 Minute Video Trip Report: In June of 2016, we had the pleasure of taking a one week holiday cruise on the Carnival Fascination visiting between the Islands of Barbados, St. Lucia, St. Kitts, St. Maarten, San Juan and St. Thomas returning back to Barbados. This was our very first cruise […]

Bavaria Fun Jet BAC One Elevens remembered

Bavaria BAC One Eleven Fun Jet D-AILY inflight circa early 1970s.

In the early 1970s, Bavaria focused their operations at Munich specializing in holiday charters to Mediterranean sun destinations, and by 1972, the airline had a fleet of seven brand new BAC One Elevens. D-AILY featured in the airlines promotional materials, and I recently came across some interesting 35mm slides produced by Bavaria to promote their […]

Tokyo Haneda airport spotting report by Henry Tenby

Punters enjoying the day on the obsdeck at Tokyo Haneda ANA Terminal 2 with Tokyo Bay in the background.

After waiting many decades, in December of 2015, I finally had the opportunity to spend a morning aircraft spotting at Tokyo’s amazing Haneda airport. I waited for a crystal blue sky day, and easily took the train from Shinjuku Station in central Tokyo (journey time was about 45 minutes each way, which included changing trains […]

Frankfurt Aviation weekend November 2015 was fantastic. Photo report by Henry Tenby

Alupa airline models of current manufacture on offer at Schwanheim aviation fair 2015. The Interflug models were around 100 EUR each.

The 2015 Frankfurt aviation weekend was a raving success. Like every year, on the first weekend of November we have two large airline conventions in Frankfurt which attract airline buffs from all over Europe, North America and Asia. The airline slide convention organized by Chris Witt is always well attend with slide punters buying, selling […]

Douglas DC-10 Rollout Ceremonies July 23 1970

Douglas DC-10 gold embossed print

The Douglas DC-10 faded into the limelight in 2015, when Bangladesh Biman went down in the airline geek history books for operating the world’s last scheduled passenger flights with Douglas DC-10 aircraft. Some forty five years earlier on July 23, 1970, Douglas staged a gala rollout lunch ceremony for the first DC-10 to a specially […]