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Plane spotting pictures: FedEx Express Boeing MD-11 freighter N524FE with Kollsman EFVS

Continuing with the trend of air cargo, this week’s picture is of the MD-11F freighter N524FE of global shipping giant FedEx Express.

FedEx Express MD-11F N524FE with Enhanced Flight Vision System. Bengaluru International Airport, Bangalore, India. NightClick on the image for a larger view

The MD-11 was the update to the venerable McDonnell Douglas DC-10. After a long career with many an airline, the last MD-11 passenger flight was performed on February 20, 2010 from New Delhi to Helsinki as AY022 by Finnair. Now MD-11’s form a large portion of the world’s cargo fleet.

This MD-11F flies in from Paris via Dubai, spends the night at Bangalore and flies back to Paris via Mumbai in the morning. It is tied down with almost 30 metric tonnes of weight on the nose gear, may be to counter-balance the third engine located on the tail of the aircraft. Also observe the infra-red enhanced flight vision system (EFVS) embedded in the nose cone made by Kollsman, Inc.

Another view of the unique dual tip on the MD-11 wing.

FedEx Express MD-11F N524FE wing-tip. Night at Bengaluru International Airport, Bangalore, India

About Devesh Agarwal

A electronics and automotive product management, marketing and branding expert, he was awarded a silver medal at the Lockheed Martin innovation competition 2010. He is ranked 6th on Mashable's list of aviation pros on Twitter and in addition to Bangalore Aviation, he has contributed to leading publications like Aviation Week, Conde Nast Traveller India, The Economic Times, and The Mint (a Wall Street Journal content partner). He remains a frequent flier and shares the good, the bad, and the ugly about the Indian aviation industry without fear or favour.

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