Fearing that American aircraft development was stagnating in the face of technological advances made overseas, the US Army Air Corps issued Request for Data R-40C in 1940 which the Army hoped would encourage designers to create innovative new aircraft that went beyond the traditional monoplane with engine in front…
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When an Air France A380 suffered a serious engine failure that ripped off the front of the engine and damaged the wing, the pilots made an emergency landing at Goose Bay, Newfoundland. Now, Air France has a plan to repatriate the airliner. The damaged engine has already been removed and flown back to Wales for…
A wild Airbus A380 appears.
A very nice send off and historical review of the “Queen of the Skies”.
70 years ago today Chuck Yeager flew the Bell X-1 “Glamorous Glennis” and officially broke the sound barrier for the first time. The X-1 can be found in the Smithsonian and it still looks great. Gen Yeager is still around as well and still does a bit of flying at the age of 94.
While I waited for an I.T. issue to be fixed, I thought I take some pics. They are probably all just ok.
Today I was able to take a tour of the of the maintenance facility of the Atlanta Hartsfield Jackson International Airport Plane Train. If you have been to the airport here in ATL there is a very good chance that you have ridden these Bombardier CX-100 train cars. The train cars live an interesting, but predictable…
In times of war, factories churn out thousands of warplanes. During WWII, the Ilyushin Design Bureau built over 36,000 Il-2 Sturmoviks, essentially a flying tank, that helped turn the tide of battle on the Eastern Front. However, that impressive production run only gets the Sturmovik second place on the list of…
Make Oppo smile!
You can’t not run outside when you hear twin radials on climb out. Damn cool, I’ve never seen one.
In 1962, the Department of Defense issued the tri-service aircraft designation system to standardize the letters and numbers that were used to identify aircraft. For 40 years, the Army and the Navy each used their own system, which can be downright confusing to modern aviation historians and casual plane spotters.
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I’m pretty sure the view out of this office window is better than the view out of yours.
Taking advantage of the early morning sun to get some planespotting done down at KAUS. I like it when the sun is low enough to illuminate the pilots. Lots of pictures on the way, plus some Miss Mercedes bait.
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