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Happy holidays Pete! Your photos capture the great joys surrounding christmas!

Thank-you for following my MAGIC trilogy this year! I am happy that even in these hard times, the Wings900 community has found happiness and joy by following our aviation passions via this hobby. I wish you also a very happy holiday season and a safe and healthy New Year!
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Happy holidays, Pete. Stay safe and hope for a better 2021 !
I like your pictures a lot, the variety of your collection is very nice as well.
I really loved the LOT IL62, it is such a rare and nice model, dont you think ?

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Thank-you for the kind sentiments, and for following the MAGIC trilogy in 2020. I wish you also health and happiness this season and in the coming New Year!
P.S.: regarding the LOT IL62, I agree that it is an amazing bird and re-created as a beautiful model. My lucky parents travelled on this bird from Chicago to Poland some 4 decades ago; who knew that we would be marvelling at this machine almost a half century later!
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Alitalia MD-11, a great missing in 1:500 collection! In fact Alitalia MD-11 has been produced just by Herpa in OG and an hybrid (not so nice) NG, while i can't imagine the beauty of this model built by StarJets!
Thanks for sharing some "Italianity" in your wonderful airport.
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Alitalia MD-11, a great missing in 1:500 collection! In fact Alitalia MD-11 has been produced just by Herpa in OG and an hybrid (not so nice) NG, while i can't imagine the beauty of this model built by StarJets!
Thanks for sharing some "Italianity" in your wonderful airport.

The inclusion of the Allitalia MD-11 airplane with its accompanying story supported the holiday theme well; after all, everyone wants Italian delicacies at Christmas! I wish you a healthy, blessed and prosperous New Year--hopefully our prayers will be answered and 2021 will be a turning point.
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NORTHWEST AIRLINES Part I


Northwest Airlines (dba Northwest Orient until 1986) operated daily flights to Dromedarious back in the day, which were subsequently picked up by Delta Air Lines as a part of their merger (which was announced in 2008). Today’s photo shoot is a chronicle which celebrates this airline, which was an ever-present fixture in my life as a little boy growing up in the Midwest U.S.


Early service by Northwest Orient to the island was on a Minneapolis-Idlewild-Dromedarious routing using the venerable Boeing Stratocruiser. One such example is seen here arriving on runway 27, way back in 1953:




Northwest began flying the 707 to DRX in the early 1960’s; the bright red tail was synonymous with the airline. Here is a 320-C seen just after pulling up to the gate; an AA 707 taxis by in the background!




Just a few years later, Northwest Orient began 3x daily services to Dromedarious, albeit with smaller equipment. Shown in this view are flights to MSP, DTW, and MKE, all using 727-100 aircraft (by the way, one of these was my first 1:500 model airplane, which started my interest in collecting!!).




When the DC-10 made its debut with Northwest in 1972, the airline was quick to deploy it on its flagship Minneapolis-Dromedarious flight during the busy winter season. Here is a NW DC-10 negotiating the tricky curved approach to DRX runway 27:




Another view of the DC-10 on approach. THANK-YOU HERPA FOR BRINGING US THIS FANTASTIC MODEL (I have three)!!!




An anomaly was Northwest Airlines' 747-400 in these delivery colors, proudly shown on this MSP-DRX flight. Back in the spring of 1989, there was sufficient demand during the Easter holiday period to fly the big plane to the island; here the flight is seen landing on runway 09, coming in low and slow over the “Terra Cotta Villa” condominium and “Weinerz” hot dog stand. Note to Herpa: Please bring us the NW 747-200B in delivery colors—definitely a classic example of the Queen of the Skies and would be treasured by many collectors!



The “Bowling Shoe” color scheme (a Landor Associate’s design), was introduced in 1989. This DC-10 wears the colors beautifully, shown pushing back from Dromedarious gate D-1-B sometime in the early 1990’s:




A 747-200, also in the ‘Bowling Shoe’ colors, is seen taking to the skies over the lovely West Bay skyline after departing DRX runway 27:




This Northwest 744 negotiates the approach to DRX runway 27, while an American Airlines DC-10 holds short:




Part II of the Northwest Anthology will come shortly; stay tuned and thanks to everyone for patronizing my thread.
Love, happiness, and peace to all in 2021,
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The Northwest 747 climbing out over the highrise is a stunning picture. I've always thought the Bowling Shoe livery looked great! We used to see many Northwest airplanes here at AMS.
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The Northwest 747 climbing out over the highrise is a stunning picture. I've always thought the Bowling Shoe livery looked great! We used to see many Northwest airplanes here at AMS.

I agree, the 'Bowling Shoe' livery looked really smart! My personal favorite, though, is the DC-10 in original Northwest Orient colors, not because it was all that pretty but that it was so symbolic of my late teenage years and working at MKE airport during undergraduate school. The aviation industry has had many beautiful players throughout its history, and as collectors we can preserve some of these treasures.
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Beautiful Northwest/Northwest Orient parade: a tribute to this airline and its wonderful livery was needed.
Thanks so much Pete.
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Beautiful Northwest/Northwest Orient parade: a tribute to this airline and its wonderful livery was needed.
Thanks so much Pete.

Thank-you for your compliments! Part II of the Northwest Saga will be published soon; there are many fans out there who really loved the airline's final color scheme and I have a bunch of models showcasing it. Stay tuned!
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In this final Northwest Airlines installment, the progression to the company's final colors is documented. Follow along and enjoy this legendary carrier’s bold and beautiful schemes.

Color scheme transitions are “double delights” for airplane spotters. In this view circa 1989, av-geeks are given the pleasure of seeing the NW DC-10 in both original and Bowling Shoe liveries.




Northwest was the world’s largest A320 operator for awhile in the 1990’s. Here is one such example lifting off from Dromedarious International’s runway 27 back in 1993 heading for DTW, whilst a DC-9 Series 50 taxis in the foreground.




Renowned for their superb flying skills under adverse conditions, a Northwest Airlines pilot guides this A320 over the highrise West Bay landscape for a landing on DRX runway 09 just seconds later:





An extremely busy day for Northwest at Dromedarious in the spring of 1995. While a 757-200 and DC9-50 prepare for their respective flights to Memphis and Detroit at gates E-7 and E-9, their brethren are about to take off from runway 09:




This Northwest DC-10 strikes a pose in the NW final colors (adopted in 2003) after landing at DRX, inbound from Minneapolis-St. Paul:




The Boeing 757 wore the final NW colors particularly well. In this view, a -200 (bound for Detroit) awaits departure clearance while the 753 variant begins its take-off roll down runway 09 on a flight to Milwaukee:




The “Baby Brothers” of the Northwest fleet were the DC-9 30 series aircraft, inherited as a part of the Republic Airlines merger and originally delivered to the venerable U.S. Midwest carrier North Central Airlines. Two of them are seen in this view. Memo to Herpa: please consider a North Central DC-9 for us: it would be great to see “Herman” the goose in our 1:500 collections!



These two Northwest Airlines 747-400 airplanes provide a good study of the company’s final colors. The NWA title in a billboard-sized font is particularly graphic; the compass pointing to the north west seen on the tail and on the fuselage is a fitting symbol, revived from the airline’s 1940’s-1960 colors:




The final Northwest 747 flight to Dromedarious was in 2009, somewhat prior to the Delta Air Lines merger. With a heavy heart, we see this beautiful example of the “Queen of the Skies” take off from DRX runway 27 and pass over the West Bay skyline:





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The Boeing 777

Today marks the beginning of what will be an ongoing series of installments in this thread covering one of the greatest inventions of all time, the Boeing 777 airplane. The creation of this extraordinary machine came about as Boeing’s answer to the impending need to replace aging DC-10 and L-1011 aircraft and to fill a gap in its own product lineup between the smallish 767 and the huge 747 Jumbo. Early suggestions included a tri-jet design, but with the advent of ETOPs (Extended-range Twin-engine Operational Performance Standards) 180 operations for the 767, which allowed for flights of up to 3 hours from diversion airfields, the twin-engine format for the new plane was established. United officially launched the program with its order for 34 airplanes in October, 1990. The first example was delivered to UA in May, 1995.


In this first view, a United Airlines 777-200 waits to push back from Dromedarius International Airport gate E-9 on a return trip to Denver.




Just seconds before touchdown on DRX’ runway 27, this UA 772 is arriving from Newark:




The same landing viewed from the hilltop behind St. Peter’s church, as captured by some astute plane spotters hiking in the area:




“Filling the gap:” this lineup shows the 777-200 sized perfectly between its Boeing siblings, the 767 and 747:




At the time of its entry into service (with Cathay Pacific in 1998), the Boeing 777-300 had the longest fuselage length of any airplane; this honor was subsequently ceded to Airbus with the A340-600 (inaugural flight in April, 2001). This view shows a UA 773 taxiing to gate D-2 immediately after landing in Dromedarious:






Sporting the latest United Airlines livery, this 777-300ER variant begins its takeoff roll down runway 09 on a flight headed to San Francisco; meanwhile the baby brother 738 waits at the threshold for its turn to fly:






Passing the torch—the “Queen of the Skies” is being replaced by the 777. In this parting view, both a UA 772 and its forebearer the 747, are seen at DRX:




With soooo many Triple Seven operators, there will be quite a few more chapters to the MAGIC 777 saga, which I will intersperse amonst other items related to my airports--stay tuned and thanks for viewing!
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A wonderful update Pete - the B777 is definitely a personal favourite of mine! The B777-200 looks magnificent in United's 'Rising Blue' livery, as does the B777-300/ER in their latest livery. I'm hoping to add one of these to my own fleet shortly.

Looking forward to the next installment from your B777 series!

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A wonderful update Pete - the B777 is definitely a personal favourite of mine! The B777-200 looks magnificent in United's 'Rising Blue' livery, as does the B777-300/ER in their latest livery. I'm hoping to add one of these to my own fleet shortly.

Looking forward to the next installment from your B777 series!

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Thank-you for the much-appreciated compliments! I really love UA's 'Rising Blue' livery as well, and the airline's new colors pay homage to that in terms of the shade of blue (but the planes need the tulip logo in there somewhere!). So many 777s to photograph--I'm coming up with some story lines to justify having them at my airport! In the meantime, I am working on completing the monorail extension to the E-gates at Dromedarious. Thanks for following along!
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Your stories and description are interesting and more than welcome, an inseparable section of your beautiful airport.
I love clasic airplanes like the B707 and the B727 but i must say that the United B777 new livery is a msterpiece of beauty.
Thanks for sharing your "pleasure for our eyes" my friend.
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Your stories and description are interesting and more than welcome, an inseparable section of your beautiful airport.
I love clasic airplanes like the B707 and the B727 but i must say that the United B777 new livery is a msterpiece of beauty.
Thanks for sharing your "pleasure for our eyes" my friend.

Thank-you for sharing your appreciation here! It makes the creativity all the more enjoyable and rewarding. Today I will pause on the Triple 7 anthology, and instead will focus on some terminal construction. Hope to have some added pictures of this shortly!
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