If you’re an aviation enthusiast (aka geek), you probably have a list of aircraft you watch to see. Some might be rare, others might be a cool paint job or just a favorite type of aircraft. The list will vary depending on where you live and airport you frequent.
For someone in Chicago, the IL-76 is a big draw whereas the American Airlines 737 in AstroJet livery is an everyday occurrence. Or you might be bored with the E-4B Nighwatch if you live in Nebraska but a blue digital camo F-16 based at Nellis AFB in Las Vegas is ever elusive.
When I started 3315 Aviation, it was to showcase the variety of aircraft that visit Bangor International Airport. Little did I know exactly what would come through.
The location and runway length are 2 major feathers in BGRs hat. But also the ease of getting into Bangor, quick turnarounds and ability to get back in the air make it a preferred stop for many oceanic flights.
We’ve seen a lot here. From the A380 and AN-225 to the Honda Jet and an Air Tractor, some intriguing aircraft have touched their wheels down on the tarmac in Bangor.
However, I didn’t think I’d be able to knock off so many aircraft without having to leave Bangor. Recently, Bangor has been on the receiving end of a bunch of Cargolux 747 freighters. While I didn’t have a defined list, the Cargolux 747s were on my list of planes to catch. But I figured I’d have to venture to JFK to see it. Wrong.
So with the recent influx of aircraft, from military traffic heading to Nellis AFB for Red Flag to the Cargolux 747s, I revised my list. I know several of them I won’t catch here, but based on past experiences, I never say never. So in no particular order, here they are:
- Air Bridge Cargo 747-8F
- Northrup B-2 Spirit
- Lockheed U-2 Dragon Lady
- Nike N1KE Gulfstream G650
- Lockheed L-1011 Tristar
- Orbis Flying Eye Hospital MD-10
- Lufthansa Airbus A340-600(probably heading to retirement and eventually a beer can near you).
- Delta Airbus A350
- Any Airbus A350-1000
- Hainan Boeing 787 Panda livery
- All of the special American Airlines liveries
- All of the special Southwest Airlines liveries
- Reno Air Race planes(thus requiring me to go to Reno, don’t twist my arm)
- All of the special JetBlue liveries
- Lockheed F-117 Nighthawk Stealth Fighter(it’s still flying according to many reports from out west).
- Oregon National Guard duck tail paint F-15 fighter.
- Space-X rocket launch
Many I can catch here, but a lot require traveling elsewhere, and also finding a hotel with a spa close by for my wife.