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Avianca’s 100th Birthday.

Plus: El Al Says Shalom to the 747, and Gary Shteyngart Does “Rollerboards.”

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Things I Bring

Eulogy for a Calculator, and the Weird Secrets of a Pilot’s Luggage.

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How Do You Save an Elephant?

Seeking Assistance For an Abused Thai Pachyderm.

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The Silent Anniversary

Eighteen Years Have Passed Since the Last Major Accident Involving a U.S. Legacy Carrier.

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The Airplane That Isn’t

Boeing Bet the Future on a Fifty Year-Old Design. Did it Lose?

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Plane and Pilot

Langewiesche and the New York Times on the 737 MAX. What “Really” Happened?

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Pilots and Alcohol

Tough Questions After Two Pilots are Arrested in Glasgow.

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The Riddle May Not Be Deep

William Langewiesche’s Outstanding Story, and Coming to Terms With the Fate of MH370.

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Forty Years On, Remembering America’s Deadliest Air Disaster.

The Past as Prologue: The Legacy of American 191.

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United Airlines Reveals New Livery

Bold, Blue, and Boring.

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Plane Mistakenly Lands in Scotland Instead of Germany.

Wrong Way Woes. How Can Such a Thing Happen?

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Ethiopian, Lion Air, and the 737 MAX

UPDATE: Indonesian Investigators Release Final Report, While Boeing Closes in on a Solution.

Plus, America’s “Gold Standard” in Perspective, From the 737 to the DC-10.

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Letter From Chernobyl

Photos From the Site of History’s Worst-Ever Nuclear Accident.

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Statecraft: Trump Unveils New Air Force One Livery

It’s Three Things You Likely Didn’t Expect: Tasteful, Attractive, and Boring.

And Here’s How to Make It Better…

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Deadly Stupidity in Moscow

How Not to Evacuate From a Burning Plane.

Also, What Happens When a Plane is Hit By Lightning?

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The (New) Book is Here

Introducing the Second Edition of Cockpit Confidential.

Everything You Need to Know About Air Travel. Questions, Answers & Reflections.

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Big Planes On Short Routes? What a Concept.

Getting to the Root of the Delays Crisis.

As the System Hits a Breaking Point, Will Airlines Go Back to the Future?

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Art of a Logo

When a Tail Tells a Tale. From da Vinci to the Union Jack to the Persian Griffin, Designs With a Deeper Meaning.

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Welcome to “Hidden Airport”

Unexpected Pleasures at a Terminal Near You.

UPDATES: Underground Atlanta, SFO’s Dragonflies, and Boston’s Superb 9/11 Memorial.

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Q&A With the Pilot

Volume 2: Landing Gear, The Missing Window, and Everything You (Never) Wanted to Know About Lights.

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Should Kids Be Banned From First and Business Class?

An Updated Post: Two Experiences Rekindle a Controversial Debate.

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Now and Zen: The Greatest Album of All Time Turns 35

Three Dudes, Two Sides, Twenty-One Songs and Thirty-Five Years.

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Ode to the 767

Another Oldie but Goodie From Boeing.

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Images From Liberia

Scenes at and Around Roberts Field.

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First Class, Low Class, No Class: The Passenger Hall of Shame

Welcome to Flying, Where The Rules of Civility and Decency No Longer Apply.

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The Name Game

What’s This, an Error in The New Yorker!

Plus: an Airline Style Sheet for Editors and Neurotics Alike.

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Q&A With the Pilot

Volume Four: Steering, Runway Noises, Cameras, and Everything You Were Afraid to Know About Engine Failures.

Plus, How to Navigate Up a Badger’s Arse.

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Fact and Fallacy of the Pilot Shortage

The Pilot Shortage Is Here, and It’s Real. But What Is It, Exactly?

UPDATE: Regionals Behaving Badly.

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Homage to the Boarding Pass Wallet

The Weird and Wonderful World of Airline Collectibles.

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Yak Hunting in Liberia

As any aerogeek will tell you, there’s something fascinating about old abandoned planes. This decomposing Russian jet is no exception.

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Safety Video Hell

UPDATE: The Latest Awful.

Here’s a Better Idea: No Demos More Than 90 Seconds Long.

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