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The Grail Route: To Boldly Go Where No Man or Kangaroo Has Gone Before.

Plus: R.I.P. Al Haynes, and the Truth About Bird Strikes.

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Things I Bring

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

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The Day of the Cockroach

September 11th, Then and Now.

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Yet More Livery Redesigns: The Nightmare Continues

From Etihad and Iberia to Spirit and Southwest, Several Airlines Have Recently Unveiled New Looks. The Report Card is Very, Very Bleak.

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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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The Noisy, Sweaty Hell of Small Planes

Flying over Cape Cod in a Cramped Cockpit, I Wanted Nothing More Than to be Down on the Beach. Call me a Heretic.

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How to Speak Airline: A Glossary For Travelers

Crosscheck? Ramp? Ground Stop?
Finally, a way to decode the insufferable jargon of air travel.

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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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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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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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Ethiopian, Lion Air, and the 737 MAX

UPDATE: To Push, To Pull. Ethiopian Pilots Faced a No-Win Scenario.

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

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The A380 is Dead! Long Live the A380!

Airbus to End Production of its Flagship Double-Decker. Plus, the Myth of the Vanishing Jumbo Jet.

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Shamrock Shame

Get Your Yawns Out: A Look at the Latest Aer Lingus Livery.

And, Terrible New Slogans From Emirates and Qatar Airways.

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Damn The Spinner Bag!

How Four-Wheeled Luggage is The Latest Air Travel Scourge.

And What the Hell is a “Roller Board”? Et Tu, Gary Shteyngart !

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Demise of the Selfie Stick

What’s This, Have Tourists Come to Their Senses?

And, a New Twist on Food Photography Mania.

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Letter From Chernobyl

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

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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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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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The Big Push

Flights Across the U.S. and North Atlantic Are Setting Speed Records Thanks to Monster Tailwinds.

How Does This Work: An Airspeed Tutorial.

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Ode to the 767

Another Oldie but Goodie From Boeing.

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Ode to the 757

What Can Replace this Most Versatile of Jetliners?

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Broken Glass

Three Unusual Incidents Leave People Wondering (and Worrying).

Everything You Need To Know About Windows.

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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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