The Boeing 707 was the first commercial jet used in the United States.
The inaugural flight. 60 years ago today (10/17/1958), came after years of testing that included this incredible barrel roll of a prototype by Tex Johnson caught on film.
Only after manufacturing 865 units did it ceased production in 1979.
At last week's ACDA Summer Dialog Conference. Accolades invited All-State choir attendees to "Sing Accolades" -- that is to sing our new theme:
With such talented singers choosing a winner was difficult -- especially since the primary goal was to have fun. In the end, we selected an ensemble made up of members from the Champlin Park High School Choir. Congratulations!
Today, there are lots of options beyond solitaire. Smartphones and pads are by far the largest source of options. The important consideration is internet availability. Even if there is WiFi available on your flight, do they allow what you want to do? Streaming videos, for example, is typically prohibited. This can be overcome by pre-downloading the movies and streaming audio you want to use.
You may also want to see if the in flight WiFi providers have promotional deals (e.g GoGo has had promotions with T-Mobile, US Banks, and American Express).
Delta Airlines transports over 700 service & support animals each day and they have seen it all. Because of policy-abuse, starting March 1 they will be changing their service & support animal policy.
“Customers have attempted to fly with comfort turkeys, gliding possums known as sugar gliders, snakes, spiders and more,” an airline spokesman explained. “Ignoring the true intent of existing rules governing the transport of service and support animals can be a disservice to customers who have real and documented needs.”
Here's a primer:
On Delta Airlines, to travel with an emotional support animal, passengers must:
We know that service and support animals are highly-trained working animals. We will only refuse transportation of the animal if it engages in disruptive behavior such as:
Other airlines are following suit.
* statistically, you'd have to fly 200 flights to have a service/support animal on board
For the last flight of the infamous 747, United plans to recreate its own 1970 inaugural San Francisco-Honolulu flight*. Since then, over 1,530 have been manufactured.
“The 747 is, was and always will be an iconic aircraft. It ushered in the wide-body era, it became prestigious to operate, it was prestigious to fly in it, and state-owned airlines that often had no business buying it did so anyway for the prestige.” commented aviation consultant Scott Hamilton.
* the first flight was by Pan Am, January 22, 1970
In 2012, Tim Storms reclaimed the record for the Lowest Note Produced by a Human. The new record is G−7, or 0.189 Hz, eight octaves below the lowest G on the piano, or just over seven octaves below the piano.
Hear the NPR interview:
And an encore:
You’ve booked your next trip abroad! No matter how experienced of a traveler you are, sometimes mistakes happen. Here are some of the most common passport mistakes you should be sure to avoid before you leave.
Waiting too long to apply.
If you do not have a passport yet, be sure you give yourself enough time to apply and to receive it in the mail. Regular passport service can take an average of six to eight weeks after the application is submitted. If you are in a rush, expedited service takes about three weeks, and also costs an extra $60.
Not researching passport laws.
Check the passport laws for the countries you plan on visiting. Some countries including Brazil, Singapore, Ecuador, Indonesia, Romania, Israel, Paraguay and Malaysia will not allow you to visit within six months of your passport expiration date. Countries including Denmark, Cambodia, Switzerland, Fiji and Greenland will not allow people with passports within three months of expiring. We determine and advise you for your destination(s).
Not having enough blank pages.
If you travel abroad frequently, you may be running low on space for stamps in your passport. In most countries, you will need at least two blank pages to be granted entry. Once it is full, you will need to apply for a new one. There is also an option to apply for a Frequent Travelers Passport which is a bit more expensive but will save you money in the long run.
Not renewing after a name change.
Have you recently gotten married and changed your name? It’s important not to forget to also change it on your passport. If it has been less than a year since your current passport was issued, you are eligible for a free change with a DS-5504 form. If it has been over a year, you will need to provide a renewal form along with a new photo and documents proving your new name.
Traveling with a damaged passport.
Significantly damaged passports are completely ineligible for travel, according to State Department guidelines. This includes water damage, substantial tears, missing visa pages and either damage, and rips or markings on your bio page in the front. You may think its fine if your passport has any sign of damage, but it’s better to be safe than sorry. Apply for a new one online or by mail.
The State Department made videos to answer many common questions
Here you'll find a mix of tips, tricks, and articles from our staff, group leaders, group travelers, and other expert sources. Within the archives (below) are instruments you've never seen or heard, ways to travel like a pro, and some of the most beautiful spots on earth.