On this episode of AvTalk, we celebrate our 50th episode and the 50th anniversary of the Boeing 747. We discuss aviation’s role in ending the US government shutdown, how British Airways’ is celebrating its centenary, and we see if anyone wants to buy an abandoned MD-87.

Snow, ice, and cold

Winter weather throughout the United States made travel difficult over the past few weeks. Ian spends this episode in the deep freeze, while Jason cracks a window.

Open for business, for now

We discuss the role aviation played in the end of the US government shutdown, and what looms on the horizon. We also look at some of the more interesting developments to arise during the shutdown

Aer Lingus’ new livery

Aer Lingus debuted a new livery. We lament the ongoing trend of livery standarization.

An Aer Lingus A330 in the airline’s new livery
Aer Lingus’ new livery on A330 EI-EDY

BOAC is back

British Airways is celebrating its centenary and reviving some classic liveries, beginning with the BOAC livery. We look forward to seeing the others as well.

A BOAC 747
A BOAC 747-100 in Boston, 1972.

Celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Boeing 747

The first Boeing 747 parked in Washington
N7470, the first Boeing 747

On 9 February 1969, the Boeing 747 took flight for the first time. Ian and Jason reflect on the Queen of the Skies and 50 years of flight.

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Ian Petchenik’s love of aviation began at an early age growing up next to Chicago’s O’Hare Airport. As Flightradar24’s director of communications and co-host of the AvTalk podcast Ian now gets to share that passion for aviation with millions of Flightradar24 users and listeners around the world.

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