This 747 was delivered to Pan AM as N654PA "Clipper Pacific Trader" on April 27, 1971. Bought by Flying Tigers and converted to a freighter in 1983, it would become N626FE of Federal Express when the airlines merged on 1989. Last with United Parcel Service from 1991 until withdrawn and scrapped at Roswell, NM in 2008.
First flown on 9 September 1939, the prototype of the Vultee V-48 / P-66 Vanguard fighter initially had a pointed nose housing an R-1830 radial engine, which overheated, and a normal radial cowling was fitted instead. The type also had stability issues. A Swedish order for 144 Vanguards was embargoed and 129 of these were sent to China via Karachi, although only 79 reached Chengdu to see action with the Chinese air force. Photo from: San Diego Air & Space Museum
The addition of the A321 to Hawaiian's fleet has made possible a number of new services from the US mainland to Hawaii's neighbor islands, but in some cases it has also resulted in capacity being reduced from a 767 or A330 to a single-aisle aircraft. Here Kukui is seen arriving in SJC from OGG. This flight comes in shortly before sunset and can only be photographed in decent light in the summer months. The aircraft is named for the candlenut tree, the official state tree of Hawaii.
It is said that 90,000 people turned out for the XC-99's first flight. This transport derivative of the B-36 bomber never made much sense, and the wheel pressure caused by the original undercarriage even ensured there were very few places it could fly to! Its last flight was on 19 March 1957, following which it was preserved at Kelly AFB in San Antonio, TX. It was acquired by the USAF Museum in 1993, but it took 15 years before the aircraft was actually moved to their main facility in Dayton, OH, in early 2008. In 2012 the disassembled XC-99 was moved again, this time to Davis-Monthan AFB in Arizona for storage. It is said that restoration could take more than 30 years. Photo from: Nederlands Instituut voor Militaire Historie