‘Yankee Tango’ Celebrates A Milestone

‘Yankee Tango’ Celebrates A Milestone

A year ago today, one of Lufthansa’s most popular aircraft was officially delivered by Boeing and I was there to experience what is perhaps the highlight of my ‘Avgeek’ hobby.

On March 25, 2015 Boeing literally handed over the keys to Lufthansa’s 18th 747 and a small group of us took off from Paine Field in Everett, Washington and brought her home to Frankfurt.  Since entering service she has been a huge favorite of passengers and avgeeks alike due to her unique paint scheme.   To honor their 60th Anniversary, LH had ‘Yankee Tango’ painted in a livery that resembled what the 747 fleet looked like in the 1970s when LH began flying 747-100 and -200 variants.    Later in the 1990s, the -400 model would begin to replace the previous version.   In all, LH had at one time or another operated 4 747-100, 26 747-200, 31 747-400 (13 still in use), and now 19 747-8i model aircraft.

The delivery event had been overshadowed by the Germanwings crash they day before and it was even discussed that the delivery be postponed. Ultimately it was decided that the aircraft should go home as scheduled if for nothing else than to demonstrate some level of normalcy and to keep to the schedule that had been months in the planning.

Not exactly a routing that one sees often.....

Not exactly a routing that one sees often…..

Having a 747-8i to share with only a few people and having the ability to roam anywhere in the aircraft including hours spent with the pilots in the cockpit was certainly a one-off experience.   In addition, since the Economy Class cabin was not installed since the seats were in Frankfurt, it gave the 748 a cavernous feeling.   As a bonus, since we were flying a very northern route from Everett, I finally got to experience the Northern Lights as well.   It was certainly a once in a lifetime event for me.   Until of course LH starts to take delivery of their 777s…….

I share below the stories I posted that covered the delivery event in case you’d like to see what’s behind a Delivery Flight.   I’ll also include links to my dedicated ‘Yankee Tango’ gallery on my Aero-Shots.com plane-spotting website that has ton of photos of the aircraft going through her very first test flights.  Enjoy!

‘Yankee Tango’ Delivery Coverage:

Behind The Scenes Of Lufthansa’s 747-8i Delivery:  Part I
Behind The Scenes Of Lufthansa’s 747-8i Delivery:  Part II
The FANTASTIC ‘Yankee Tango’ Gallery

LUFTHANSA History Now On Digitized Timeline

LUFTHANSA History Now On Digitized Timeline

Lufthansa has unveiled a new interactive website that lets visitors scroll through the post-war history of Lufthansa.    The digitized timeline begins in 1951 and captures all of the key moments for Lufthansa over the last 7 decades.

Prior to this, Lufthansa would regularly publish ‘As Time Flies By’ to document the airline through the years but it was only available to Lufthansa ‘insiders’ and its not nearly as thorough as the interactive version found online.

Lufthansa's new digital timeline

Sample screen from Lufthansa’s new digital timeline

What really makes this tool interesting is all of the video clips and photos that have been embedded into the timeline.   When it comes to aircraft, pictures and videos tell the story far better than any amount of word could ever say.     LH has done a great job bringing a lot of photos and videos out of the archives for this project!

You also have the option of searching for certain events based on subject and keywords so you can focus on the topics that interest you the most.

To access the time website, simply click here.   The website defaults to German but an English version is available by changing the language option in the settings menu.    For most, your computer will most likely auto-translate for you.

Today in Lufthansa History:  First Baby Born In Flight

Today in Lufthansa History: First Baby Born In Flight

On July 28, 1965 while aboard flight 408 between Frankfurt and New York, a mother entered labor and delivered a baby (what else would it be, right?), marking the first time in Lufthansa’s history that a baby would enter the world during an LH flight.

According to the archives, no doctors were aboard and the flight crew helped the Mother and Baby rest comfortably after the somewhat unexpected event.   Doctors aboard another LH flight traveling from Munich to New York radioed over to assist the flight crew during the delivery.

According to Lufthansa, 10 babies have been born on board, with the last birth taking place on July 5, 2010 during a flight from Mumbai to Frankfurt.

Now you know…..