I have something right up your alley here. Have any idea what model plane this is?
My friend, you captured on film one of the rarest variants of the Boeing 757, and indeed, one of the rarest airliners in existence: The F-22 Flying Testbed, a heavily modified Boeing 757-200 (the first ever made) that features the nose section of the F-22 complete with the fighter’s radar, and canards above her cockpit that simulate the jet fighter’s wing sensor layout.
My own little ‘unsettling’ story of sorts. The first photo is one that a 12 years old me took on the 2nd of July, 1997. I was sitting in the jumpseat of a Britannia Boeing 757-200, as it turned onto final approach at Newcastle Intl (EGNT) on the way back from a two week holiday in Rhodes, one of the Greek islands.
On the flight out, I’d visited the flight deck and got on well enough with the crew that I spent the majority of the flight there, even as other people and kids came and went, and was invited to stay up front for landing, even given my own headset to listen in to ATC. Little did we know at the time that such things would soon be consigned to history. The crew had passed on the word of my return flight, so on the way home I was again allowed to stay up front for landing, this time with my old fashioned film camera at the ready.
The aircrafts registration number can be seen on the little white plate, as well as with the signatures. G-BYAG.
Just over two years later, on the 14th of September, 1999 just before midnight and in the middle of a thunderstorm with heavy rain, a Britannia 757 suffered a severe crash landing in Gerona, Spain. Although there were no fatalities in the actual crash, it was still front page news in the UK. Something didn’t quite sit right with me when I saw the photos though, and I dug out my own photo from two years earlier to compare the registration numbers. G-BYAG. It was the same plane.
The last photo inparticualr is a bit disconcerting. That’s the same flightdeck, though obviously the window pillar in front of the Captain’s seat on the left wasn’t covered in blood when I had my experience.
It's war: American Airlines cuts ties with 2 of its biggest rivals in huge airline dispute
(An American Airlines Boeing 757-200.American Airlines) On Wednesday, American Airlines announced its decision to sever its code-share agreements with Etihad and Qatar Airways.
According to the Fort Worth, Texas-based airline, Etihad and Qatar were both given notice on June 29 of its decision to end code-share flights after the close of business on March 24, 2018.
The cancellation of the agreements, which allow the airlines to sell tickets on one another’s flights as if they were their own, comes amid a tense dispute between US airlines and their Middle Eastern rivals over allegations of illegal subsidies.
“In light of our ongoing dispute over the Open Skies agreements, American Airlines notified Etihad Airways and Qatar Airways on June 29 of our decision to terminate our code-share relationships.
"Given the extremely strong public stance that American has taken on the ME3 issue, we have reached the conclusion that the code-sharing relationships between American and these carriers no longer make sense for us. This decision has no material financial impact on American and is an extension of our stance against the illegal subsidies that these carriers receive from their governments.
"We are committed to doing everything we can to continue to support our team members and ensure that there is fair competition between American and the Gulf carriers.”
Qatar Airways declined to comment on the matter. However, an Etihad spokesman called American’s decision to end the code-share agreement, in place since 2009, “anticompetitive and anti-consumer” in an email to Business Insider.
(Qatar Airways’ Qsuite business class.REUTERS/Pascal Rossignol)
The Etihad spokesman said the airline’s six daily flights to the US “in no way threaten American Airlines, which, together with its regional partner American Eagle, operates 6,700 flights daily to 350 destinations in 50 countries.” He added that the Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates-based airline was “committed to the US market and American consumers” and was “taking all possible measures to ensure that the flying public is not harmed by this decision.”
However, American’s decision to end the code-share agreements with Etihad and Qatar doesn’t mean an end to their business relationships. Vinay Bhaskara, a senior business analyst at Airways, believes the decision is mostly posturing by American in support of its employees.
According to Etihad, its interline relationship with American remains intact, which means its passengers can continue to fly on American’s aircraft and vice versa. Qatar Airways and American’s relationship is closer and more contentious.
(An Etihad Airbus A380.Airbus/Etihad)
The interline agreement between American and Qatar Airways is also firmly in place through their membership in the Oneworld airline alliance. On top of its pending equity stake in American, Qatar Airways owns 20% of IAG — one of American’s closest partners.
Code shares allow American to sell tickets on flights operated by another airline using an AA flight number so American’s passengers can enjoy the same frequent-flier miles and perks, such as priority boarding, that they would on one of the airline’s own flights.
On the other hand, an interline relationship allows passengers and luggage from one airline to flow seamlessly to another. For instance, this allows Qatar Airways to sell flights fly from Doha, Qatar, to Charlotte, North Carolina, by transferring its passengers to an American Airlines flight in Philadelphia or Chicago.
On July 1, 2002, Bashkirian Airlines Flight 2937, a Tupolev Tu-154M passenger jet; and DHL Flight 611, a Boeing 757-200 cargo jet; collided in mid-air over the southern German town of Überlingen at local time 21:35 CET. All 69 passengers and crew aboard the Tu-154 and the two crew members aboard the Boeing 757 were killed.
As depicted in the episode
Deadly Crossroads, of the NatGeo series Air Crash Investigation.