So far, Langley & Tyndall have cancelled their air shows due to sequestration. There was also talks of no Thunderbirds or Blue Angels this year as an effort to save money as well. Shitty.
North American F-86F Sabre jet, 1953. The F-86F-35-NA had the capability of carrying a nuclear weapon. The 1200-pound Mk 12 "special store" (as the atomic bomb was euphemistically called) with a yield of up to 12 kT was carried under the port wing, while droptanks were attached under the starboard wing. The nuclear…
This was linked to on Yahoo this morning. Pretty cool video of F/A-18 carrier operations.
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I got stuck in a wiki loop hunting down Turbofan and Turbojets and I found this. The AM-62 snark. The same Turbojet in the DC-8, 727, 707 and B52 (among others) propelled this celestially guided rocket assisted 3.8 megaton nuclear cruise missle 5500 nautical miles at 55,000 feet. This sucker was 62 feet long with…
Have some pictures of Viggens. According to http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/JA_37_Vig… the Viggen has the first turbofan engine with an afterburner and thrust reverser.
I found out where the USAF is keeping all the still-flyable Phantom II's. This is a line up of F-4's at Holloman AFB in New Mexico, and sadly, they are being used as target drones. The Phantom entered US service in 1960 and had a stellar career, spanning from Vietnam to the Gulf War. It was the only airframe to be…
After regular business hours yesterday, the boards of American Airlines and US Airways met to discuss a merger between the two companies that would create the largest airline in the world. Earlier today, the news was broken that both airlines' boards agreed to the merger.
We've discussed this photo allegedly showing Iran's new stealth fighter flying over the mountains somewhere. I hadn't noticed until now that they didn't even bother to cover up the reflected lights from when they first unveiled it.
... for which I gift one F-82 Twin Mustang, for no real reason other than unique plane.
This is her retirement ceremony from 2006.
This is relevent to my #Planelopnik interests. It's about 14:30 minutes of a Lufthansa A380 landing at SFO from the cockpit. Pretty freaking neat!
It will be four years on Tuesday since the last fatal crash in the United States, a record unmatched since propeller planes gave way to the jet age more than half a century ago. Globally, last year was the safest since 1945, with 23 deadly accidents and 475 fatalities, according to the Aviation Safety Network, an…