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Happy Birthday to the 747

September 30, 2018 The Boeing 747 turns fifty years-old today. Smithsonian magazine has published an essay of mine about the plane for its “American Icon” feature. You can read it here. It appears in the magazine’s print version as well. The longer, unabridged version is below. FIFTY YEARS AGO, on the last day of September […]

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Viking Kadlin from Paris to the Heart of Normandy

My wife and I have recently returned from our 8th Viking cruise which on this occasion was on the Viking Kadlin sailing along the River Seine between Paris to Normandy… […]

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The Airport Lounge Crisis

Crowds, Kids, Noise... Has the Premium Class Lounge Lost Its Luster ?

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The Space Waste

An Open Letter to Elon Musk, Jeff Bezos and Richard Branson.

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One Way to do Hawaii – O’ahu Edition

Earlier this year my wife and I visited the Hawaiian Islands while cruising onboard Star Princess…   https://solentrichardscruiseblog.com/2018/04/01/star-princess-hawaiian-islands-adventure/   The Hawaiian Islands are an archipelago of eight major islands, several atolls […]

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Man Steals Horizon Air Turboprop; Media Gets Hysterical

The Crash Into Puget Sound and The "Insider Threat." How Easy Is It, Really, to Steal a Plane ?

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Statecraft

Donald Trump Wants to Renovate Air Force One. This Can't End Well.

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A Night onboard Queen Mary

Prior to embarking on a recent cruise from Los Angeles my wife and I chose to spend the previous night on board Queen Mary at Long Beach…   ***** Once […]

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The (New) Book is Here

Introducing the Second Edition of Cockpit Confidential. Everything You Need to Know About Air Travel. Questions, Answers & Reflections.

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Q&A With the Pilot

Volume Four: Steering, Runway Noises, Cameras, and Everything You Were Afraid to Know About Engine Failures. Plus, How to Navigate Up a Badger's Arse.

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