Good news for Airbus. The first MADE IN THE USA, A321 aircraft has been completed in the Mobile, Alabama plant. 3-years ago Airbus broke ground on what used to be a WW II bomber support base in Mobile. Only 7-months after inauguration the workers in Mobile delivered the A321 to Jet Blue airlines. Since announcing the plant the Airbus market share in the U.S. climbed from 20% to 40%.
Congratulations to Tailwinds customer Bill S. in Colorado. Bill won our 1st quarter drawing for a $50 gift coupon from Tailwinds for a product review. Here is what he said about his purchase of the replica Wright Flyer Model Aircraft: “This was the perfect item for my home library that has a historical/antique theme. It arrived in great condition and simply looks really cool. My 11 year-old thought so, too.”
Still trying to think of a good reason to fly to Sun ‘n Fun this weekend? Here is one. For the 1st time ever in North America, Red Bull Air Racing will host a demonstration with Master Class race pilots Michael Goulian and Kirby Chambliss. The demo will include the 80 foot high pylons, tours, virtual reality sims, and more. Weather permitting, the demonstration will be held the afternoons of April 8, 9, & 10th.
The age of supersonic flight is returning to commercial aircraft. Aerion, based in Reno, NV, has confirmed an order for 20 AS20 aircraft by Flexjet. Using carbon fiber technology, the AS20 will have a 30-foot long cabin and hold 8-12 passengers. It will travel at speeds of up to MACH 1.5 or 990 mph. This cuts 3 hours off a transatlantic flight and 6 hours for a transpacific flight. Fuel burn will be high at 1,000 gallons per hours. Aerion, working in conjunction with Airbus, hopes to have the aircraft ready for flight in 2021 and FAA certification by 2023. The last Concorde supersonic flight was in 2003.
March 1, 2016 marks the end of an era for the Boeing 727. The first B 727 ever manufactured took it last flight, roughly 15 minutes, from Paine Field to the Museum of Flight in Washington. United Airlines donated the aircraft to the museum when it was retired in 1991, and it has been under restoration since that time. United took possession of the aircraft in 1961 and flew 3 million passengers. The B 727 was the first airplane where Boeing sold over 1,000 aircraft and ultimately 1800 were produced.