The world’s most-produced single-aisle jet aircraft, the 737, is set to make remarkable technological advances. Boeing is at it again, with the latest model of the aircraft, the 737 MAX. The first variant of the new plane, the MAX 8, is the newest version of the 737-800. This plane will be followed up by the creation of the MAX 9, currently the 737-900. Now with plans finalized and the plane in final assembly, the new but easily recognizable shape of the 737 has emerged. All-new wingtips take center stage in making this aircraft different from all other aircraft. The split design delivers major improvement from the previous models, as a Boeing press release from 12 Sept. 2015 explains. “The[…]

  The F/A-18 Hornet has been the sole multi-role fighter of the United States Navy since 2006, but as of recent months, it has come under the threat of retirement . With the Lockheed F-35 starting to come into service, the F/A-18 assembly line is under the threat of closure, which would put hundreds of people out of jobs.   Naval Aviator Jack Harcress identifies the primary reason behind the closure of the F/A-18 plant, which is the lack of US Naval funds.   “The Navy is under a lot of pressure to bring in the F-35 into service,” said Harcress, “and unfortunately the Navy cannot keep both the F/A-18 and the F-35 in service, there simply isn’t enough money.”[…]

  In a city, not so far away, the first of three Star Wars jets leaves the paint hangar to begin its long journey of transporting passengers across the galaxy.   All Nippon Airways, otherwise known as ANA, has partnered with the Walt Disney Company to paint three aircraft in its fleet to resemble characters out of the popular movie series in an effort to promote the new movie Star Wars: The Force Awakens and ANA.   The first of three jets rolled out of the hangar on 12 Sept. 2015 flashing an R2-D2 paint scheme across its surface. This aircraft, a 787-9, is set to make its first passenger flight this fall.   ANA has recently announced that additional[…]

  Few aircraft have seen as much conflict as the venerable Sea Knight, but as of 1 Aug. 2015 the United States Marine Corps (USMC) has put the old bird to rest. The retirement of the CH-46 was a part of a cost-savings program to pave way for the new MV-22B Osprey, which can fly twice as fast and far as the newest Sea Knights. Troy Hoehne, who teaches Current Global Issues and History of Aircraft Design at Raisbeck Aviation High School, was quite involved with the CH-46. He believed there were a couple major factors in the decision to retire the Sea Knight. “I believe the chief reason for retiring the CH-46 was age,” said Hoehne. “The last production[…]

As the year came to a close many opportunities began open up including numerous internships. RAHS has a very extensive internship program which has offered a wider range of opportunities that many other high schools don’t have the fortune to be a part of. RAHS Junior Senay Emmanuel took the opportunity to apply for an internship in order to broaden his horizons and learn more about the workforce. “I applied to both Boeing and NW Pathfinder internships,” said Emmanuel. “I’ve prepared for my new internship from my previous internships [at FAA and Museum of Flight], extracurricular activities like Science Olympiad and Speech and Debate.” Students at RAHS are encouraged to partake in extracurricular activities and go above and beyond by[…]

The summer of 2015 is shaping up to be another amazing summer of airshows all over the Northwest and Puget Sound Region. The calendar is plotted with shows at many airports, from Paine Field to SeaTac, boasting aircraft of all types. Taking to the skies will be planes like WWII warbirds and the iconic Blue Angels, flying their F-18s. Throughout the summer the Flying Heritage Collection, known as the FHC will be hosting many fly days, which historically have caused large amounts of excitement from the public. Cory Graff, a curator at the FCH puts into his words how the fly days will play out. “This year, we’re going to have a few less Fly Days, but fly more planes,”[…]

World War Two airplanes are expensive to restore and maintain, and even more costly to keep flight-worthy. The Flying Heritage Collection, a museum funded by Paul Allen, specializes in making vintage planes able to take to the sky once again. Restoring a plane is not only expensive, but difficult. Someone hosting a restoration needs to find mechanics with the right skill set and availability that will complete the process in a timely manner. The restoration process consists of planning the build, finding the base plane, hiring contractors, funding the build, and carefully completing the build process. All variables must line up perfectly to allow a restored plane to be museum quality, let alone airworthy. Cory Graff, curator of the Flying[…]

On April 9th, the Flying Heritage Collection hosted the Meet the Mitchell Event, in which participants could climb into a restored B-25 Mitchell. Attendees were allowed in the tail section, the bomb bay, and the cockpit of the B-25. The Flying Heritage Collection is a private collection of old restored warbirds that are owned by Paul Allen. Cory Graff is the Museum Curator at the Flying Heritage Collection, and he has written a book about the FHC’s collection of warbirds. He was also present at the event and gave a speech about the aircraft. “Early B-25’s were strictly ‘medium bombers,’” said Cory Graff. “Dropping high explosives from high above. However, as time went by, many Mitchells became low-level attack planes.”[…]

The Museum of Flight revealed a newly restored XF8U-1 Crusader that was subjected to a 30-year restoration effort that is nearing its completion. The prototype for the aircraft that would be dubbed by the military and enthusiasts “The Last of the Gunslingers” has been restored to a condition similar to how it was in 1955. Craig Hall is the lead for the restoration project, who has worked on it full time for over 10 years after his retirement in the early 2000s. He also has prior experience with maintaining General Dynamics F-16 Falcons during his time in the Air Force. Many of the airplane’s smaller components had to be restored or replaced, and certain parts were hard to come by[…]

The hangar doors open as a beautiful, sleek aircraft comes into view. Four metallic engines are revealed and the iconic glass of a the B-29 can be seen as another national treasure re-enters the world. In 1987, a man by the name of Tony Mazzolini put together a group of volunteers to embark on a mission to restore “Doc”, one of the iconic B-29 aircraft, and to put it back in the air. “The restoration has been truly epic. It took years for Tony Mazzolini to find a restorable aircraft,” said Bertels. “They had hoped to patch Doc together and fly it away from the desert for restoration, but the aircraft had deteriorated beyond simple repair.” Bertels continues, describing what[…]

  The Soaring Expo 2015 will include insights and artifacts of the gliding community in the Northwest on Saturday, March 14. The gliding community in Washington is mainly represented by its larger organizations, such as Evergreen Soaring and Puget Sound Soaring. These organizations are the primary hosts of the event along with the Seattle Glider Council. Movses Babayan is the Evergreen Soaring Operations Director and also coordinates Soaring Expo with the Museum of Flight and the Seattle Gliding Counsel. “[Gliding] is something that takes a lifetime to hone. It is also very social experience, both on the ground and in the air, and the community is small, but tightly knit,” said Babayan. “It is, perhaps, the purest form of flying[…]