Saturday, January 15, 2011

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Centennial Birds – 100 Years of Naval Aviation Greatness from 
The Centennial of Naval Aviation (PDF) is a historic milestone. From its humble beginning in 1911, the Navy’s flight program has grown to become a guardian of freedom for America and its allies. It has succeeded because of the hard work and dedication of men and women who are willing to continually challenge themselves and, if necessary, sacrifice their lives for their country. Many have done so. We honor their memory by celebrating 2011, the Centennial year. ...

Local aviation pioneer passes away - WDTN
An accomplished pilot, Johnson founded the Moraine Airpark, The Dayton Air Show, and helped develop the Aviation Heritage Trail. Johnson made his name as a ...

Pimpin’ the Rides from Neptunus Lex
Slide Show: 100th Anniversary of Naval Aviation-style.

The Blue Angels flight team will perform in Mankato in 2012. US Navy - Mankato Free Press
The city's persistence may have paid off, as it has been sending representatives to an annual air show convention in December for the past several years, ...

Blue Angels to perform in Great Falls - Great Falls Tribune
Leaders from the 341st Missile Wing and the 120th Fighter Wing confirmed today that the US Navy Blue Angels flight demonstration team will appear July 30 ...
April air show will feature Thunderbirds - Charleston Post Courier
The air show at the Charleston Air Force Base is returning this spring and will feature the Air Force's Thunderbirds performance planes. ...

Date set for Charleston Air Expo 2011 - TheDigitel Beaufort
Also announced is the high-speed maneuver air show courtesy of the Air Force's Thunderbird team. According to The Post and Courier, "Other acts scheduled ...
Flight School For Old Time Aircraft from Aviation Blogs 
Tauranga’s Classic Flyers museum is branching out into training pilots to fly old-time aircraft.
Museum CEO Andrew Gormlie said no other flight school trained people specifically to fly the tail-wheeled classic aircraft and warbirds.
The trust has leased a nearby building on Tauranga Airport and was planning to be fully operational and open for business by early next month. ...

CAF Minnesota Wing Blog by Commemorative Air Force, MN Wing
Blog Update - 09December to 14January
The Outside Air
A Cool Way to Start a Saturday
Around the Hangar

“Jock” McLuckie versus the Aces On 22nd May 1942,... from x planes
On 22nd May 1942, a lone Bristol Blenheim bomber, of No 60 Squadron Royal Air Force and piloted by Warrant Officer Martin Huggard, was flying at wave-top height over the Bay of Bengal, after a strike against the Japanese airfield at Akyab in Burma ...

Russian MI 12 HOMER the biggest helicopter ever built from TAKEOFF TUBE 
The Mil Mi-12 (V-12) was a 120-seat heavy transport helicopter powered by four Soloviev D-25VF turbo shaft engines. Footage of the first flight was released in 1968. This giant helicopter had fixed wings and was lifted by two Mi-6 rotors mounted at the ends of outrigger wings. Two [or three??] prototypes of MI 12 were built, but ...

Archive Gallery: PopSci Spies on the Soviet Union - PopSci
Missile trains, atomic planes, orbiting H-bombs and more hypothetical Cold War technologies cooked up by the United States and the Soviet Union.

Old School Jet Retooled to Slay Stealth Fighters from Danger Room 
It’s been just three weeks since China unveiled its new J-20 stealth fighter, and already the U.S. Air Force has plans well underway to defeat the mysterious plane from Chengdu.
No, the Pentagon won’t be buying more F-22 Raptors from Lockheed Martin. Instead, the U.S. military’s main flying branch has turned to an older jet that, with upgrades, could prove to be an even better J-20-killer than the newer, more expensive F-22. That’s right: the Boeing F-15  Eagle, one of the stars of the 1991 Gulf War, is quickly shaping up as America’s main countermeasure to China’s new fighter for the next 20 years. ...

A Curator’s Preamble to a Move by The National Air and Space Museum
Sixty-two suits.  Toni Thomas and I came up with that number after several days counting spacesuits and flight suits on stepladders in the Environmental Storage Room, Building 24 (ESRB24) at the Paul E. Garber Facility.  These were the pressure suits in the National Air and Space Museum spacesuit collection that still needed soft, conservation-correct storage mannequins.  That was June 2009.  Amanda Young had just retired after the successful publication of her and Mark Avino’s book Spacesuits: The Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum Collection. The book culminated fifteen years of hard labor on her part to document, reorganize and standardize the preservation, storage and exhibit conditions for the Museum’s spacesuit collection.  It had grown out of Amanda’s work along with Lisa Young to study and preserve first the Apollo suits, and then the Gemini spacesuits through grants received from ...

Spaceplanes, real and imagined from Personal Spaceflight by Jeff Foust
Yesterday Scaled Composites competed a fourth glide flight of SpaceShipTwo. According to the flight log all test objectives were achieved on the 11.5-minute test, the first glide flight of the suborbital spaceplane since November 17. The test log notes, among other things, that water ballast was dumped from the vehicle prior to landing, “which produced a visible contrail.” Burt Rutan had a succinct evaluation of the flight, according to “Went great.” ...


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