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Planes & Aviation Posts
January 9, 2014
Over the past few years we've had a wonderful time connecting with the world through our FedEx Blog. 2013 was a year in which you showed us that you love to learn more about our team members, and what we're doing to make our communities a better place. You also reminded us that you love our iconic FedEx aircraft as much as we do!Without further introduction, here are our most read blog posts from 2013:
October 31, 2013
FedEx Express has a long tradition of naming planes after the children of employees. For more than 30 years, every trunk plane in the FedEx fleet has been named after an employee’s child via drawing and the child’s name is painted prominently on the front of each aircraft. Meet Hannah.
October 7, 2013
Pharmaceuticals and biotechnological products are often produced in one region of the world and sold in another.
October 3, 2013
Taking weight off a jet isn’t a new idea. It’s a problem aviators have tried to solve since the early pages of aviation history. Extra weight equals extra fuel. When you find the right balance, you can fly farther, use less fuel and reduce emissions. But it’s how you take the weight off that gets interesting.Charles Lindbergh became the first person to fly across the Atlantic using a plane covered in lightweight linen. Today, this same mindset is inspiring a whole new generation of innovations and I’m happy to say much safer than some of those early ideas.
September 30, 2013
For years, pilots have been carrying around their pilot kit.What is in a pilot kit? Well, during the first day of ground school as a pilot, you are handed a stack of books. One book to describe how to fly the airplane, another book to describe the systems on the airplane, another book of company procedures, regulations and rules to follow…you get the idea. Oh wait…then there are all of the navigation charts that have all of the procedures and instructions on how to fly in and out of each individual airport.
June 20, 2013
For 35 years, Boeing 727 aircraft were a reliable workhorse for the world’s largest express transportation company. Now, the venerable 727 narrow-body freighter closes an enduring chapter in aviation history as FedEx becomes the last major carrier to retire the aircraft from service. The retirement is part of our aircraft modernization strategy.
August 6, 2012
The Organization of Black Aerospace Professionals (OBAP) celebrated its 36th Annual Convention and Career Fair Exhibition in a historical way. This year’s convention was held in conjunction with nine other black aviation groups for a “co-convention.” It was the largest gathering of black aviation professionals ever and FedEx was a proud sponsor! Among those in attendance were some original Tuskegee Airmen and George Lucas, producer of the hit movie “Red Tails,” a story that chronicles the lives of the Tuskegee Airmen!