Tag: boeing

  • MD 80

    The McDonnell Douglas MD-80 airplane completed its first flight on October 18, 1979. It entered the market in 1980 as a mid-size, medium-range airliner designed to succeed the DC-9 as well as compete against Boeing‘s popular 737-400. The airplane’s interior accommodated a row of five passengers each in coach seating, and could carry up to […]

  • Air Force One

    Air Force One is actually the designation for any plane that is transporting the President of the United States. Two heavily modified Boeing 747-200B VC-25 aircraft are reserved for this purpose, though other fixed wing and rotary aircraft have been designated Air Force One to be used as needed. The VC-25 airplanes are flown by […]

  • AV8B Harrier

    The AV-8B Harrier II Plus is a short takeoff vertical landing (STOL) fighter aircraft. The Harrier can hover like a helicopter, but also fly at high speeds as a fixed-wing airplane, combining the best characteristics of both types of aircraft. The Harrier’s vertical lift is provided by four rotating nozzles. The nozzles are repositioned to […]

  • B-1B Lancer

    The B-1B Lancer is a bomber aircraft that took its inaugural flight on October 18, 1984. This was a major achievement for both Rockwell International and North American Aircraft (now a part of Boeing) manufacturing companies. The Lancer was part of a major push by the Reagan administration to strengthen the American military. Two years […]

  • B29 Superfortress

    In 1939, prior to the United States entering the Second World War, Boeing submitted the B-29 prototype to the U.S. Army for consideration as a long-range heavy bomber. Boeing hoped that the airplane’s advanced new features, such as its remote controlled guns and pressurized cabin, would appeal to the military. Other attractive features included an […]

  • C17 Globemaster

    The C-17 Globemaster III is a military transport airplane with a high wing, four engines and an unusual T-tail. Its primary mission is to transport troops, supplies, and/or over-sized equipment anywhere in the world in daylight or at night. It has high adaptability for various missions, in part because the C-17 can use paved or […]

  • CV-22 Osprey

    The CV-22 Osprey is a unique combination of helicopter (rotary) and airplane (fixed wing) aircraft and is an Air Force modified version of the MV-22 used by the U.S. Marine Corps. Not surprisingly, design and development of the CV-22 required a combination of resources from Bell Helicopter Textron Inc., and Boeing Company, Defense and Space […]