Factory Tour

Stalwart of the Skies

At Flight: Behind the Scenes with Lufthansa’s Boeing 747-8

747. The Jumbo Jet. Whether you're a million miler or just look for the cheapest thing on Kayak, the 747 is a plane that requires no introduction. You know it has an upstairs. You know that's what Air Force One is. You know it's been around forever and it still imparts second glances through the glass even when you're beelining it for baggage claim. It's a stalwart of the skies. Since its birth in the '60s as a revolutionary way to tackle long distance flights with large passenger loads, the 747 has undergone several evolutions. Today the 4th generation 747, the 747-8 Intercontinental, is, in our opinion, the finest one yet, though its success has been somewhat marred by its misunderstood approach. In the previous decades while manufacturers focused on making their products bigger, newer and faster, Boeing took a different tact with the 747: efficiency and evolution. We got aboard one on an inaugural Lufthansa flight.

From whence this bag came

How It’s Made: History of the Duluth Pack

Two hours north of Minneapolis, up Interstate 35, after driving through farm and forest, you crest a high hill and the view explodes in your windshield. 1,000 feet below you sits the city of Duluth at the southwest corner of the largest lake in the world, Lake Superior. Its natural harbor is at the mouth...

An Inside Look at the Iconic American Brand

Randolph Engineering Factory Tour

Almost a year ago, we featured a pair of Randoph Engineering Aviators on Gear Patrol. Since then, they’ve accompanied us everywhere. This past Monday, we were offered to take a tour of Randolph Engineering‘s factory and we jumped at the chance. We came away with even more respect for our some of our favorite shades...