Sunday, July 14 2019

Holy Cow

I don't remember ever seeing anything as bold and crazy and as captivating as this 18 second video. I can imagine the conversation going something like this:

"I'll bet I can waterski in an airplane."

Three other pilots, "You're on!"

Waterskiing in an airplane

Tuesday, July 9 2019

There's a First Time for Everything

In an aviation first, an aircraft has landed itself truly autonomously (no radio guidance from the airport).

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Tuesday, June 25 2019

Blue Angels

A short video of the Blue Angels in Florida

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Friday, June 21 2019

Airplane For Sale

Remember Stratolaunch? Well, it's up for sale.

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Tuesday, June 18 2019

HowGo HowLo

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I've never heard or seen these indicators described this way.

Lucky Wright

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Lieutenant Wright of the 404th Fighter Group shows off flak damage to his P-47 Thunderbolt at an airfield in Belgium in October, 1944.

‘Lt “Lucky” Edwin Wright, just over 19 years old had just returned from his 39th mission, over Munster. He got hit by flak but continued on his way. He dropped his bombs, did some strafing, then returned. After engine shutdown he found a 8 inch diameter hole through the 11 inch wide prop blade, caused by a direct hit from an ‘ack ack’ shell. If the shell had been an inch and a half to either side the blade would have severed and he would have gone down. This was the 6th time that Wright had been hit by flak and was from then on known as “Lucky Wright”. He ended up flying 39 missions over a period of just over five months.

Edwin flew a total of 88 missions in P-47 Thunderbolts over Europe during WWII. He left the Army in '46 after the war and was called up again for the Korean Conflict in 1950. He retired from the Air Force as a Major. Edwin Wright passed away in 1959 from lung cancer at age 34.

Saturday, June 8 2019

An Office With a View

Tech. Sgt. Arriel Bromley, an in-flight refueler out of McGuire Air Force Base, N.J., operates the fuel injection arm of a KC-10 Extender connected to an F-35 Lightning II for a mid-air refueling training mission during exercise Astral Knight 19 over the Adriatic Sea, June 3, 2019. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Joshua R. M. Dewberry)

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Monday, May 27 2019

Drone Testing

NASA is creating a system to manage drones. Why?

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Global Supertanker

There's only one of these in service today, a modified 747-400.

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