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Air India Boeing 787 Dreamliner loses radio contact gets intercepted by Italian Typhoons

A Boeing 787 was intercepted by the Italian Air Force after experiencing loss of radio contact with the Air Traffic Control

A Boeing 787 Dreamliner, flying between Delhi and Rome as Air India AIC123 flight was intercepted by two Italian Air Force Eurofighter Typhoon interceptors from Grosseto airbase on Oct. 16.

According to the Italian Air Force, the aircraft, registration VT-ANQ, lost radio contact with the Air Traffic Control agencies and entered the Italian airspace unauthorized. For this reason the QRA (Quick Reaction Alert) cell at Grosseto airbase was scrambled to intercept, identify and escort the liner, as done last month with a Lebanese A320 following a bomb threat.

The two F-2000A jets of the 4° Stormo (Wing) reached the B787 at 24,000 feet to the southeast of Rome. The Typhoons identified the civil plane and shadowed it from distance, not to be seen by passengers and once at 30 kilometers from destination, they were cleared to return to their base.

AIC123

Above, a screenshot from Flightradar24.com showing the route followed by the AIC123 flight.

 

[Photo] Airbus A350 takes off as Airbus A380 comes to land at Farnborough

A nice head-on combo image of the Airbus A350 and Airbus A380 during Farnborough International Airshow 2014.

Even if the F-35 saga is what most people will remember about this year’s edition, Farnborough International Airshow, in UK, featured several other highlights, including, as always, some stunning air displays by huge commercial planes.

Among them, the demo of Boeing 787-9, the newest and biggest version of the Dreamliner, with some stunning maneuvers performed by the 280-seat passenger planes, and the displays of the A350 and A380.

The Airbus planes flew their displays in sequence:  as the cool image above, taken by Rich Cooper, shows while the Airbus A380 (which was preceded by an A400M Grizzly) was coming to land at the end, the A350 took off to perform its demo flight.

Image credit: RC-Pro Photography

 

Selfie with Dreamliner: F-16 pilot takes self-portrait photo with Boeing 787 on his left wing

Another selfie taken by a Dutch F-16 pilot flying alongside the first Dutch Boeing 787-8.

Here’s an interesting series of selfies, taken by GoPro cameras, showing Arkefly airline’s first 787-8,  the first Dreamliner in the Netherlands, welcomed by the RNlAF (Royal Netherlands Air Force) F-16 Demo Team.

The RNLAF F-16 Demo Team 2014-2015 is made of personnel from both the 323 and 322 Squadrons, based at Leeuwarden Airbase. The team consists of one display pilot, Captain Jeroen “Slick” Dickens, four display coaches, eight technical specialists and a webmaster.

RNlAF Demo with 787 back

As the images shows, the Boeing 787 was intercepted by two Dutch F-16s in standard QRA (Quick Reaction Alert) configuration (that is to say, by armed aircraft) whose pilots wore JHMCS (Joint Helmet Mounted Cueing System) instead of the characteristic Demo Helmet you can see in these images.

RNlAF Demo with 787 side

Image credit: RNlAF Demo Team

 

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Video shows what a Boeing 787 Dreamliner can do in the hands of an F-18 Hornet fighter jock

The following video, put under the spotlight by an article by the Daily Mail, shows what a Boeing 787 Dreamliner can do if given to a former Hornet fighter jock (Ex Boeing F-18 display pilot Mike Bryan).

The footage was filmed during an amazing display of July 2012’s Farnborough International Airshow 2012, when The Aviationist witnessed and reported about the impressive maneuverability of the Dreamliner.

Noteworthy, as we reported directly from FIA 2012 back then, some minutes after the last display on Jul. 11, 2012, a Ground Power Unit took fire near the Boeing 787 prompting a quick reaction by the local firefighting vehicles.

B787 take off FIA

It was an omen to what would have happened months later, when a faulty battery grounded fifty B787 belonging to eight airlines.

Boeing has redesigned the battery system that will have to be approved and certified by the FAA, before airlines can fly the Dreamliner again.

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Farnborough 2012 photo: Boeing 787 Dreamliner shows its amazing maneuverability

One of the highlights of Farnborough International Airshow 2012 was the new Boeing 787 Dreamliner in the Qatar Airways colors.

The liner took part to the daily air display (until Jul. 11) with an elegant series of maneuvers (including a touch and go that is quite rare among civilian aircraft) that showed its stunning maneuverability, as done by the Airbus 380.

Furthermore, besides the steep take off, the B787 showed its short landing capabilities.

Some minutes after the last display, a Ground Power Unit took fire near the Boeing 787 prompting a quick reaction by the local firefighting vehicles.

Here are some of the most interesting pictures (including one of the above mentioned touch and go on the left main landing gear) taken by The Aviationist team at FIA 2012.