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In 1979, Delta Air Lines released its “Delta III” specifications for a 150-seat airliner that as a cornerstone of the specification, had to have 50% the fuel burn of the Boeing 727-200 that formed the bulk of Delta’s domestic fleet at the time. When “Delta III” was released, Airbus had set up design and planned production of a single-aisle jetliner in Toulouse, France- at the time the nascent design was called JET2 which was a 160-seat twin powered by CFM56 engines. JET2 became SA (Single Aisle- what became the A330/340 were initially called TA for…you guessed it…Twin Aisle) with the different lengths being SA1, SA2, and SA3, which became the A319, A320, and A321 respectively. Astutely realizing that the new aircraft would only be successful with major orders from US carriers, the Airbus SA team consulted closely with Delta Air Lines using the Delta III specification to refine the SA design. Ultimately Delta didn’t order the A320 family and went with the Boeing 757 (which had more capacity than what the Delta III requirement called for), but Delta’s input was crucial in shaping the A320 family’s design. Delta did end up with a large A319/320 fleet with its merger with Northwest. This is N323US, an A320 originally delivered to Northwest in February 1992. | October Aviation Photo Challenge | @kjdphoto1971 | #1017planes | “The French Connection” | Day 19 | #avgeek #aviation #aircraft #planeporn #KDAL #DAL #DallasLoveField #airport #planespotting #instaplane #instagramaviation #Avgeekery #Airbus #A320 #Delta #N323US #splendid_transport #instaaviation #aviationlovers #aviationphotography #AvgeekSchoolofKnowledge
Here’s a view of the hold pad of 13R at Dallas Love Field with a Virgin America A319 and Alaska Airlines/Skywest E175 awaiting their turn to depart while a Southwest 737-700 is on short final. And if you look closely over the skyline of downtown Dallas, there’s another Southwest 737 turning onto final approach. Tomorrow, October 19, will be the 100th Anniversary of Dallas Love Field which was established in 1917 as an Army flight training base named for Lt. Moss Lee Love. Love was killed in a plane crash of his Wright pusher in San Diego in 1913, becoming the 10th American military aviation fatality. The first air mail services in Texas began at Love Field in 1926 with the start of passenger services in 1927 by National Air Transport, one of the predecessor airlines to United Airlines. The first paved runways at DAL came in 1932 and in 1940 the Lemmon Avenue Terminal opened. It was replaced in 1958 with the third terminal which was the first in the world to have moving sidewalks. Southwest Airlines’ home base since its formation in 1971, it was only with the lifting of the Wright Amendment restrictions in 2014 that unrestricted nonstop flights could take place and the current terminal (DAL’s fourth terminal in its history) opened several years ago to replace the 1958 terminal. | October Aviation Photo Challenge | @kjdphoto1971 | #1017planes | “Airport” | Day 18 | #avgeek #aviation #aircraft #planeporn #KDAL #DAL #DallasLoveField #airport #planespotting #instaplane #instagramaviation #Avgeekery #Boeing #737 #Southwest #SWApic #Embraer #E175 #Skywest #Alaska #Airbus #A319 #VirginAmerica #splendid_transport #instaaviation #AvgeekSchoolofKnowledge
Going through my library of planespotting photos, this is the last Southwest 737-300 that I photographed before they were finally retired on 30 September. This isn’t the *last* of the Southwest -300s but the last time I’d seen one. Sort of bittersweet in a way, the airline and I are the same age and ever since my first flight on Southwest in 1985, I’ve been a pretty regular customer since then- through college, medical school, residency training and now with a family of my own. Flying on 737-300s was a big part of the memories of trips on Southwest. The first Southwest 737-300 took the the sky on 17 December 1984 on the 81st anniversary of the Wright Brother’s flight. That aircraft is now preserved at the Frontiers of Flight at Dallas Love Field, N300SW “The Spirit of Kitty Hawk”. Back when Southwest along with US Air launched the 737-300 program with their orders, Southwest had expanded into Arizona, Nevada and California and the range of the stalwart 737-200s wasn’t enough to reach the West Coast from some of Southwest’s destinations in the eastern part of their network. Most airlines at the time that had 737-200s simply used 727-200s for longer routes but both Southwest and US Air wanted a modernized 737 that could do the domestic routes that 727-200s were flying. The 737-300 was born and soon airlines worldwide flocked to the 737-300 and its operating efficiencies. | October Aviation Photo Challenge | @kjdphoto1971 | #1017planes | “Arrival” | Day 14 | #avgeek #aviation #aircraft #planeporn #KDAL #DAL #DallasLoveField #airport #planespotting #instaplane #instagramaviation #Avgeekery #Boeing #737 #Southwest #SWApic #N384SW #splendid_transport #instaaviation #AvgeekSchoolofKnowledge
Mo’ flashback time! This is from 2007 with one of Southwest’s Boeing 737-500s (N508SW) at the gate of the old Dallas Love Field terminal. The old terminal that the current terminal replaced was built in 1958 and when it opened that year to replace the old 1930s-era Lemmon Avenue terminal (which was located where George Coker Circle is now), it was the first airport terminal in the world to feature moving sidewalks. Southwest’s gates at the old terminal was once the American Airlines concourse before DFW opened in 1973. #KDAL #DAL #DallasLoveField #airport #planespotting #instaplane #instagramaviation #Avgeekery #Boeing #737 #Southwest #SWApic #N508SW #splendid_transport #instaaviation #AvgeekSchoolofKnowledge
Flashback time! This was 2007 at Dallas Love Field when there were still Boeing 737-700s in Southwest’s fleet still in the old “Mustard Rocket” colors. It was Southwest that launched the 737NG program with its 1993 order for 63 737-700s. Southwest took delivery of its first 737-700 at a ceremony at Boeing Field on 17 December 1997. The subsequent “Canyon Blue” livery was unveiled in January 2001- that means there were about 30 or so 737-700s that were delivered in the old “Mustard Rocket” colors before they started coming off the Renton line in the later “Canyon Blue” livery. #KDAL #DAL #DallasLoveField #airport #planespotting #instaplane #instagramaviation #Avgeekery #Boeing #737 #Southwest #SWApic #N788SA #splendid_transport #instaaviation #AvgeekSchoolofKnowledge
In flight training in the TX heat we learn one thing quickly - charts have multiple purposes! Link in our bio for everything else you need to know. .
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N524VA “Dark Horse”, one of the ten Airbus A319s in Virgin America’s fleet, accelerates down 31L at Dallas Love Field. Virgin America's radio call sign is "Redwood". Both the CFM56-5B turbofan of the Airbus A320 family and CFM56-7B of the Boeing 737NG family share a common core; where they differ is the diameter of the fan- the -7B used on the 737NG is just a -5B with a smaller fan, but differences in the fan blade aerodynamics and engine software offset what could have been a less economical engine due to its smaller fan. The fan on the -7B is 60.5 inches in diameter to fit the underwing 737 nacelle but the taller landing gear of the A319/320/321 means the -5B gets a 68.3 inch fan. There are some differences in the core, but many core parts are interchangeable between the two CFM56 variants used on the two rival aircraft families. | October Aviation Photo Challenge | @kjdphoto1971 | #1017planes | “Red” | Day 4 | #Avgeek #aviation #aircraft #planeporn #KDAL #DAL #LoveField #Dallas #airport #planespotting #Airbus #A319 #VirginAmerica #N524VA#Texas #instagramaviation #igaviationcontest #Avgeekery #instaaviation #AvgeekSchoolofKnowledge
Well hello, Dallas. Landed at Love Field today to start ten days of training with a nice weekend off. Pretty neat to be here on company dime. Gonna be a fun week I hope! — #AviatorSheep #ThirdShiftAviation #Dallas #LUV #DAL #KDAL #LoveField #LoveMyJob #AirlineLife #Training #NewCareer #TheJourneyNotTheDestination
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A tip of the cap to the -300 which will leave the @southwestair fleet on Friday. #N617SW pictured at @dallaslovefield in 2004 left the fleet in early 2017.
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#G450 #FLIR upgraded camera working good. Checkout the 'copter 👍🏻🤗 #Gulfstream #EVS #KDAL #MAINTENANCE