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From: Eric10/6/2017 3:38:17 PM
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From: Eric10/7/2017 9:13:44 AM
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  • Boeing jet hijacked in 1977 returns home — inside a giant cargo plane

    Originally published October 6, 2017 at 12:49 pm Updated October 6, 2017 at 5:42 pm

    The fuselage and wings of a Boeing 737 were transported in a special frame inside an Antonov An-124 cargo jet from Brazil to Friederichshafen, Germany late last month. The Lufthansa 737-200 was hijacked in 1977 with 86 passengers aboard, and after four days all but the pilot were successfully rescued in Mogadishu, Somalia. The plane was abandoned in Brazil after being decommissioned in 2008, and the German foreign ministry purchased it to be fully restored and placed on permanent display in Friederichshafen’s Dornier Museum. (Achim Mende)

    Fully 40 years after a plane hijacking that shocked Germany, a Boeing 737 finally returned to that nation last month. Getting the dilapidated jet home required taking off the wings and slipping the fuselage into a massive Antonov transporter.

    Dominic Gates
    Seattle Times aerospace reporter

    Forty years after a plane hijacking that shocked Germany and gained worldwide attention, a Boeing 737 finally returned to that nation last month.

    The German foreign ministry bought the dilapidated and dirty 737-200 in July for about $24,000 so that it could be restored and put on display as a symbol of a free society, undefeated by terror.

    Former crew members from the 1977 flight joined German government officials and airplane enthusiasts in late September to give an emotional homecoming to the plane.

    Operated by German flag carrier Lufthansa, Flight 181 was hijacked on October 13, 1977 while flying tourists from Palma, Mallorca, to Frankfurt. Four members of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine took over the plane and demanded that Germany release prisoners belonging to the allied Red Army Faction, West Germany’s own far-left terrorist group.

    In a four-day ordeal, passengers and crew were forced to travel to Rome, Cyprus, Bahrain, Dubai and Aden before reaching the final destination of Mogadishu, Somalia.

    The terrorists killed the aircraft’s pilot, Jürgen Schumann, while stopped in Aden, a city in present-day Yemen.

    In Mogadishu, a German special forces team stormed the plane, killed three of the hijackers, wounded and captured the fourth, and freed the 86 passengers and the four remaining crew.

    The Boeing 737-200 eventually went back into service and was later sold, ultimately flying for the Brazilian airline TAF Linhas.

    It was decommissioned in 2008, then abandoned at Fortaleza Airport in northeastern Brazil.

    The plane, which had deteriorated over the years, was delivered by air in large pieces back to Germany from Brazil.

    The complete fuselage and wings were separately tucked into a giant Antonov An-124 cargo plane operated by Volga-Dnepr Airlines of Russia.

    Volga-Dnepr’s smaller Ilyushin Il-76 carried the 737’s engines and passenger seats.

    The 737’s final resting place will be an aviation museum in the city of Friedrichshafen.

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    From: Eric10/17/2017 9:37:37 AM
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  • Qantas gets its first 787-9, destined for very long flights

    Originally published October 16, 2017 at 5:15 pmUpdated October 16, 2017 at 6:14 pm

    A giant door opens at the Future of Flight Aviation Center in Everett to reveal Qantas’s first 787-9 Dreamliner. (Mike Siegel/The Seattle Times)

    Qantas took delivery of its first Boeing 787 Dreamliner at Everett’s Paine Field. It will use the planes to fly the first nonstop routes from Australia to Europe.

    By Dominic Gates
    Seattle Times aerospace reporter

    Australian carrier Qantas unveiled its first 787-9 Dreamliner in a ceremony Monday at the Future of Flight aviation center at Paine Field in Everett.

    Qantas will use the long-range jet to change the route structure of its flights to Europe, flying the 787-9 from Perth to London starting next year.

    This will be the first time the continents of Europe and Australia are linked by a nonstop commercial flight. Until now, Qantas has stopped either in Singapore or Dubai en route to London.

    Qantas’ first 787-9 Dreamliner is delivered by Boeing at the Future of Flight Aviation Center in Everett on Monday. (Mike Siegel/The Seattle Times)

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