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Report: Boeing may reacquire Spirit at higher price despite hating optics

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Amid safety scandals involving "many loose bolts" and widespread problems with Boeing's 737 Max 9s, Boeing is apparently considering buying back Spirit AeroSystems, the key supplier behind some of Boeing's current manufacturing problems, sources told The Wall Street Journal. Spirit was initially spun out from Boeing Commercial Airplanes in 2005, and Boeing had planned to keep it that way. Last year, Boeing CEO Dave Calhoun sought to dispel rumors that Boeing might reacquire… (arstechnica.com) More...

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A look at the oldest and one of the few flying MD81

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In todays video, we take a look at the oldest still flying McDonnell Douglas MD-81. Based out of Michigan’s Detroit metro airport, Olympia Aviation’s N682RW is currently the only MD81 still in operation. Built at McDonnell Douglas’s Long beach site as Serial number 48006, the 43 year old aircraft was delivered in April 1981. Of the 132 MD81’s built, this was one of the earlier produced, being the 19th to roll off the assembly line. (www.youtube.com) More...

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How One Tweet Started Fake “Near Miss” Stories

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On February 24, a number of aviation social media accounts and news outlets broke a story about a supposedly serious runway incursion at Johannesburg's OR Tambo Airport in South Africa. They painted the 'incident' as having potentially serious consequences, labeling it as a 'near miss'. It turns out that was far from the truth. (www.gatechecked.com) More...

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