As you can probably tell already, the term trijet refers to any commercial jetliner with three engines. Normally they either have all three engines mounted aft of the cabin and near the tail as seen on the Boeing 727, or two mounted on the wings and the third mounted at the tail as seen on the McDonnell Douglas MD-11. One common feature of all trijets is that their third engine is always going to be embedded inside the vertical stabilizer to ensure symmetrical thrust output. While this feature increases the difficulty of design, production, and maintenance, the cost-savings of operating trijets over four-engined airliners is definitely worth it.
What is a trijet in airliner terms? full post
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A Delta Connection Bombardier CRJ-900 with two rear-mounted engines. Photo by Andrew Cohen CC 2.0
Ever noticed that some airliners have a sleek-looking T-tail and engines mounted at the rear? This design is found most commonly on smaller aircraft such as regional and private jets. Some people hate it, while others think it looks sleek and stylish. Now you may be wondering why some aircraft have engines at the back and others don’t. There are actually several reasons why aircraft manufacturers would place engines at the rear on aircraft like the Boeing 717, 727, McDonnell Douglas MD-80, and Bombardier CRJ series to name a few.
In September of 2014, China Eastern Airlines announced their new livery just weeks prior to the delivery of their first Boeing 77W (777-300ER), which was painted in the update livery. It was a much-needed update, as the old livery was living far beyond its expiration date. As can be seen in the picture below, it featured a classic blue and red circular logo on the tail with what appears to be a white crane over top. Running down the fuselage is a blue, red, and gold cheat-line that opens up near the front. The words “China Eastern” and its equivalent in Chinese are printed above the passenger windows in a very bland and inauthentic typeface. To finish it off, there’s a tiny black spot on the nose (used to protect the radar dome) and a black area in the shape of a crescent in front of the main cockpit windows. These features, especially the cheat-line and tail desgin, were very common among aircraft in the 80’s, but are quite rarely seen nowadays, which is why the livery appears somewhat outdated.
China Eastern Airlines – Livery critique full post
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The name of this location is quite misleading as you’re not actually supposed to be spotting from outside the GFS headquarters. You’re welcome to try doing so, but most of the time you’ll be catching the butt of planes departing from 25L. I mean the APU exhaust and rear fuselage are quite sexy, but I’d rather catch the front. To get the right angle, you should be approximately halfway between the threshold of 07R and the GFS headquarters. This spot is really only good for 25L departures and 07R arrivals (which come at best once every hour). 07R departures are visible, however you won’t be able to get any shots due to the fence.
Spotting Location 2 – GFS Headquarters full post
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