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  • FAA bans US carriers from flying over Syria

    08/18/2014 5:10:25 PM PDT · by machogirl · 22 replies
    me can't post | 08/18/14 | me
    FAA says too risky to fly over Syria. Banned US carriers from flying.
  • US Admits Swedish Airspace Incursion

    08/04/2014 3:35:44 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 11 replies
    The Local - Sweden ^ | 03 Aug 2014
    The US has confirmed that one of its reconnaissance aircraft violated Swedish airspace on July 18th, according to a media report. US authorities told the CNN news channel that the plane was conducting reconnaissance missions in international airspace when it was observed by Russian radar. Russia is reported to have scrambled aircraft to chase the US plane away. The US crew elected to exit the area by the fastest route possible, which meant passing through Swedish airspace. The flight passed over Gotland, an island off the east coast of Sweden, on July 18th in the late afternoon. A classified document...
  • MH17 victims being transported, person by person, from the airport to a forensic institute.

    07/23/2014 1:40:17 PM PDT · by Dallas59 · 5 replies
    Youtube ^ | 7/23/2014 | Youtube
    Video Link Here
  • UK Investigators: Crocodile Responsible for Plane Crash in the Congo

    07/13/2014 1:10:51 PM PDT · by DogByte6RER · 27 replies
    NEW YORK DAILY NEWS ^ | Saturday, July 12, 2014 | David Harding
    Crocodile might be responsible for plane crash in the Congo: UK investigators • Only one person survived the crash — as did the toothy reptile, though it was killed with machetes by rescuers sifting through the plane's wreckage. A plane crash in the Democratic Republic of Congo that left 18 people dead may have been caused by a crocodile. The animal is thought to have climbed out of a hold midflight and spooked the crew and passengers. They all panicked and ran towards the cockpit, and the forward shift in weight may have caused the plane to plummet to the...
  • Terrafugia, seeking $30M in funding, plans to have first flying cars ready in two years

    06/04/2014 10:07:38 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 50 replies
    www.bizjournals.com ^ | Jun 3, 2014, 7:04am EDT | David Harris Tech Editor- Boston Business Journal
    The idea of a flying car might seem like something out of a science fiction novel, but it may soon become a reality. All it'll take is about $30 million in funding and some patience. Terrafugia, a Woburn manufacturer of flying cars has been working on its vehicles for almost eight years. The MIT-born company has been working on two kinds of cars: the Transition, which is scheduled to be released in mid-2016 and can fly at speeds of up to 100 miles per hour at up to 10,000 feet in the air; and the TF-X, a semi-autonomous plug-in hybrid...
  • Obama to spend $20 BILLION on helicopter program to replace his private fleet of 23 choppers

    05/10/2014 7:05:22 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 78 replies
    The London Daily Mail ^ | May 9, 2014 | David Martosko, US Political Editor
    The Department of Defense awarded a contract on Wednesday to a Connecticut company that will build a fleet of helicopters to replace the Marine One fleet that ferries U.S. presidents short distances. The contract, given to Sikorsky Aircraft Corporation, will cost an initial $1,244,677,064 'for the engineering and manufacturing development phase of the Presidential Helicopter Replacement program.' For that price the U.S. Navy will get six test aircraft and all the necessary research & development. The Pentagon made a similar attempt to replace the aging fleet of Sikorsky choppers, spending $3.2 billion on a landing pad to nowhere. Adding in...
  • Every Country Will Have Armed Drones Within Ten Years

    05/06/2014 10:35:51 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 24 replies
    Defense One ^ | May 6, 2014 | Patrick Tucker
    Virtually every country on Earth will be able to build or acquire drones capable of firing missiles within the next ten years. Armed aerial drones will be used for targeted killings, terrorism and the government suppression of civil unrest. What’s worse, say experts, it’s too late for the United States to do anything about it. After the past decade’s explosive growth, it may seem that the U.S. is the only country with missile-carrying drones. In fact, the U.S. is losing interest in further developing armed drone technology. The military plans to spend $2.4 billion on unmanned aerial vehicles, or UAVs,...
  • Spy Plane Fries Air Traffic Control Computers, Shuts Down LAX

    05/03/2014 1:15:20 PM PDT · by george76 · 93 replies
    NBC News ^ | May 2nd 2014 | Andrew Blankstein
    On Wednesday at about 2 p.m., according to sources, a U-2 spy plane, the same type of aircraft that flew high-altitude spy missions over Russia 50 years ago, passed through the airspace monitored by the L.A. Air Route Traffic Control Center in Palmdale, Calif. The L.A. Center handles landings and departures at the region’s major airports, including Los Angeles International (LAX), San Diego and Las Vegas. The computers at the L.A. Center are programmed to keep commercial airliners and other aircraft from colliding with each other. The U-2 was flying at 60,000 feet, but the computers were attempting to keep...
  • 3D Printing continuous carbon fiber composites?

    05/01/2014 4:21:23 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 9 replies
    Composites World ^ | May 1, 2014 | Sara Black
    Additive manufacturing startup MarkForged aims to make it happen and is already marketing systems. Additive manufacturing (AM) is one of the hottest areas in parts fabrication. Interest is high, research dollars are being spent and company stocks are attracting investor attention. Why? First, because AM has moved beyond its initial role as a prototyping tool to a process that can build finished parts. AM technologies — stereolithography, fused deposition modeling (FDM), laser sintering (LS), material extrusion, direct metal deposition and more (see "The rise of rapid manufacturing," under “Editor's Picks,” at top right) — were able from their beginnings to...
  • WILD Private Drones!

    04/16/2014 8:58:45 AM PDT · by Reaganite Republican · 24 replies
    Reaganite Republican ^ | 14 April 2014 | Reaganite Republican
    DJI Phantom Vision Video drone presentation at Reaganite Republican...
  • Could it be the SR-72? ..mysterious object photographed flying over Texas is spy plane..

    04/02/2014 6:00:03 AM PDT · by C19fan · 36 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | April 1, 2014 | Ashley Collman and Mark Prigg
    A retired Marine with nearly two decades of aviation experience has stepped forward with a compelling theory about a mysterious plane that was spotted flying over Texas last month. On March 10, photographers Steve Douglass and Dean Muskett took pictures of three puzzling aircraft flying over Amarillo, and posted them online in hopes of identifying the planes. Retired-Marine James Vineyard has submitted one of the more interesting explanations, telling the Houston Chronicle he believes they are SR-72 Blackbirds - a spy plane that can cross the U.S. in less than an hour, unmanned.
  • 'Mystery aircraft' over Texas draws speculation of real spy plane

    03/29/2014 4:03:13 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 94 replies
    chron.com ^ | March 28, 2014 | Carol Christian |
    first time. Aviation Week & Space Technology journalist Bill Sweetman has posted photos taken March 10 by two veteran sky watchers, Steve Douglass and Dean Muskett. In his blog post of March 28, Sweetman writes that he and two Aviation Week editors agree that the photos depict "something real." In other words, these pictures aren't easily explained away by reports of known military flights or the work of someone who got carried away with Photoshop. So what can aviation experts say about the object in the photos? "The photos tell us more about what the mysterious stranger isn't than what...
  • WH: Sending U.S. Troops, Military Aircraft to Uganda Doesn't Change U.S. Advisory Role

    03/24/2014 5:28:25 PM PDT · by Nachum · 31 replies
    cns news ^ | 3/24/14 | LOLITA C. BALDOR, Associated Press
    WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. is sending military aircraft and more special operations forces to Uganda to assist in the search for fugitive African warlord Joseph Kony. A senior U.S. military official confirmed Monday that the U.S. is sending at least four CV-22 Osprey aircraft about about 150 more Air Force special operations members and airmen to assist local forces in their long-running battle against Kony's Lord's Resistance Army, or LRA. The official confirmed the plans, first reported by The Washington Post, on condition of anonymity without authorization to discuss them on the record.
  • Judge rules commercial drones are legal, undoing six-year ban

    03/08/2014 12:11:10 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 37 replies
    The Verge ^ | March 6, 2014 | Adrianne Jeffries
    An administrative judge on the National Transportation Safety Board has ruled that the commercial use of small drones is in fact legal, despite six years of Federal Aviation Administration statements to the contrary. Today Judge Patrick Geraghty dismissed a $10,000 fine levied by the FAA against Raphael Pirker, a Swiss drone operator who used a camera drone to film on the University of Virginia campus. "At the time of respondent's model aircraft operation ... there was no enforceable FAA rule or FAR Regulation application to model aircraft or for classifying model aircraft as an UAS," the judge writes. The ruling...
  • Military cuts mean 'no US partnership', Robert Gates warns Britain

    01/19/2014 2:30:18 AM PST · by Berlin_Freeper · 14 replies
    bbc.co.uk ^ | 16 January 2014 | bbc
    UK armed forces cuts will limit the country's ability to be a major player on the world stage, ex-US defence secretary Robert Gates has warned. The UK plans to cut 30,000 armed forces personnel by 2020, leaving 147,000. ...On the UK's military cuts, Mr Gates told BBC Radio 4's Today programme: "With the fairly substantial reductions in defence spending in Great Britain, what we're finding is that it won't have full spectrum capabilities and the ability to be a full partner as they have been in the past." The spectrum refers to the ability of a country's military to fight...
  • The Five Worst Fighter Aircraft of All Time

    01/11/2014 8:25:52 AM PST · by Sir Napsalot · 127 replies
    National Interest - Commentary ^ | 1-11-2013 | Robert Farley
    Over the last century of military aviation, several fighters have earned the nickname “flying coffin.” Military aviation inherently pushes up against the limits of technology and human endurance, particularly where fighter and pursuit aviation is concerned. Flying a fighter is remarkably dangerous, even when no one is trying to shoot you down. Engineering a capable fighter plane is also a struggle. Relatively small changes in engine, armament, and airframe design can transform a clunker into an elite fighting machine; many of the best fighters in history were initially viewed askance by their pilots. But elite status rarely lasts for long,...
  • Virgin Space: ‘You Could Do London-Sydney In Two Hours’ Branson Plans To Bring Air Travel To Space!

    01/01/2014 3:34:21 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 15 replies
    KpopStarz ^ | December 6, 2013 | Staff
    Virgin Galactic space travel is aiming to revolutionize commercial air travel at its best, with the launching of the first ever space tourism flight next year, which took nine long years in the making. Although the space travel will be available to those who can afford the $250,000 ticket, the space travel company wants to bring this to the masses; it also aims to provide an ultimate passenger experience that no other air company has ever offered before. With the first ever commercial space travel flight on its way, the giant company aims to "push long-haul air travel above the...
  • South Sudan: US Military Aircraft Hit By Rebels

    12/21/2013 5:47:18 AM PST · by ilovesarah2012 · 77 replies
    news.sky.com ^ | December 21, 2013
    Two US military aircraft have been fired at during an evacuation mission in South Sudan, wounding two service personnel. One is said to be in a critical condition, and it is thought at least one of the planes was damaged. South Sudan has blamed the attack on renegade troops. Officials said the aircraft were heading to Bor, the capital of the state of Jonglei and the scene of some of the country's worst violence in the past week. After being fired at the planes turned around and headed to Kampala in Uganda. From there the wounded service personnel were flown...
  • Afghanistan aircraft crash kills six US soldiers - Isaf

    12/17/2013 8:49:34 AM PST · by Nachum · 18 replies
    BBC ^ | 12/16/13 | Staff
    Six American soldiers have died in a crash involving an aircraft in southern Afghanistan, the International Security Assistance Force (Isaf) says. The cause of the crash in Zabul is unknown and an investigation is under way, Isaf said. Initial reports indicated there was "no enemy activity in the area" at the time of the incident, a short statement said. US defence department officials confirmed the victims´ nationalities. The deputy governor of Zabul province told the Associated Press news agency that a Nato helicopter had crashed in the remote district of Shajau. It was not clear if he was referring to...
  • NTSB to try and salvage plane in crash off Hawaii

    12/17/2013 7:52:57 AM PST · by WhiskeyX · 7 replies
    Associated Press ^ | 12/16 2:38 pm | Associated Press
    HONOLULU (AP) — The National Transportation Safety Board said it will try to recover the plane that crashed off the Hawaiian island of Molokai after the aircraft was spotted in the water.
  • NTSB to try to salvage plane in crash off Molokai

    12/17/2013 2:26:48 AM PST · by WhiskeyX · 53 replies
    Associated Press, The Sacramento Bee ^ | Monday, Dec. 16, 2013 - 2:42 pm | JENNIFER SINCO KELLEHER
    HONOLULU -- Crews will try to salvage the plane that crashed off the Hawaiian island of Molokai.... Hawaii Health Director Loretta Fuddy was the sole fatality.... A 200-foot recovery vessel will leave Honolulu Harbor on Tuesday night and crews will attempt to pull the plane out of the water Thursday morning, Weiss said, adding that the effort will be paid for by an insurance company....
  • Health director who approved Obama birth certificate dies in plane crash

    12/12/2013 7:24:25 AM PST · by afraidfortherepublic · 343 replies
    NBC News ^ | 12-12-13 | Henry Austin and Christopher Nelson
    The health director who approved the release of President Obama’s birth certificate has died in a plane crash, Hawaiian officials said Thursday. Loretta Fuddy died after the Cessna Grand Caravan aircraft she was travelling on went down shortly after leaving Kalaupapa Airport at around 3:15 p.m. local time (10:15 a.m. ET) on Wednesday. The other eight people on board were rescued, Richard Schuman, president of Makani Kai Air, told NBC News early Thursday, adding that that there was no indication as to why the plane had crashed. Fuddy hit the headlines two years ago when she approved a waiver request...
  • Jamaican authorities seize 3,300 warheads

    11/30/2013 4:12:44 AM PST · by GregNH · 88 replies
    FoxNY ^ | 11/296/13 | Unknown
    <p>KINGSTON, Jamaica (AP) - Police in Jamaica say authorities have seized 3,300 missile warheads and a machine to make missiles and bullets.</p> <p>Deputy Police Superintendent Steve Brown said Friday that custom officials discovered the weapons late Thursday aboard a ship at Kingston Wharf.</p>
  • The "Affordable Aircraft Act" coming soon!

    11/08/2013 6:36:09 AM PST · by KeyLargo · 51 replies
    Airnation.net ^ | Nov 7, 2013
    The "Affordable Aircraft Act" coming soon! The Affordable Aircraft Act, a new program under development which if enacted will allow every American to own a new approved (and in many cases cost subsidized) airplane. nickname: "Obamaplane". The U.S. government is contemplating new legislation called "The Affordable Aircraft Act" which declares that every citizen MUST purchase a new aircraft, by April 2016. These "affordable" aircraft will cost an average of $154,000 - $355,000 each. This does not include taxes, hangar fees, licensing and registration fees, nor ongoing costs of fuel, docking, hangar and storage fees, maintenance or repair costs or pilot...
  • Aircraft Owners and Pilots Harassed By The DHS

    09/13/2013 11:42:52 AM PDT · by Nachum · 62 replies
    Nachumlist.com ^ | 9/13/13 | Nachum Marks
    Members of the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA) are reporting that they are being "stopped, questioned, and searched" without cause by armed agents from the Department of Homeland Security's Customs and Border Protection agency and "other law enforcement agencies". An email went out to members detailing the searches and a request for donations. The letter does not address the legality of such serarches or the expansion of intrusion into Americans lives. Below is the text of the letter Dear _________, Over the past few months, AOPA has received more and more reports of pilots like you being stopped, questioned,...
  • Former Amb.: 'Every Chance We'll Lose Aircraft' If U.S. Sends Planes Over Syria

    08/28/2013 12:21:13 PM PDT · by Nachum · 49 replies
    CNSnews.com ^ | 8/28/13 | Eric Scheiner
    (CNSNews.com) - Ryan Crocker, who was a career diplomat with long experience in the Middle East, and who served as the U.S. ambassador to Syria from 1998 to 2001, says “there’s every chance we’ll lose aircraft” if U.S. planes enter Syrian airspace. During an August 23 National Public Radio (NPR) interview Crocker was asked about possible U.S. military action against Syria. “I was in Lebanon when the Israelis invaded in June of 1982, and the entire Syrian air force was basically just destroyed in a matter of hours because of inadequate air defenses,” said Crocker. “The Syrians learned from that...
  • “Not-So-Durable” Recovery: Durable Goods Down -7.3% For July (2nd Worst Since Recession)

    08/26/2013 7:04:19 AM PDT · by whitedog57 · 4 replies
    Confounded Interest ^ | 08/26/2013 | Anthony B. Sanders
    The first story that popped up on my computer was NOT declining durable goods orders. It was a story on Yahoo that “Miley Cyrus Snatches Crown for Queen of Obscene” from Lady Gaga. mcob But back on the planet earth, US durable goods orders was expected to decline -4.0%, but fell more than expected at -7.3%. This comes after a print in June of +4.2% (which was revised downward to +3.9%). dg082613 This is the 2nd worst drop in durable goods print since January 2009. But if we remove transportation (such as airplane orders), durable goods orders only fell -0.6%....
  • Israeli Aircraft Strike in Lebanon Following Rocket Attack

    08/22/2013 7:36:41 PM PDT · by Nachum · 5 replies
    inn ^ | 8/22/13 | Elad Benari
    Israeli aircraft struck a terror target south of Beirut, Lebanon, on Thursday night, said the IDF Spokesperson’s Unit. According to the statement, a direct hit was identified and all aircraft returned safely to their bases. The IDF statement said that the airstrike came in response to Thursday afternoon’s rocket attack from Lebanon at northern Israel. "Yesterday's attack is a blatant breach is Israeli sovereignty that jeopardized Israeli civilian life. Israel will not tolerate terrorist aggression originating from Lebanese territory. The IDF will continue to operate to safeguard the State of Israel and its civilians," said the statement. Four rockets were...
  • Missing Airplanes Data Has FAA Scrambling to Get Control of a Huge Problem

    08/03/2013 9:58:44 PM PDT · by Stayfree · 28 replies
    Christian Science Monitor ^ | December 10, 2010 | Chris Hawley, Associated Press
    The Federal Aviation Administration is missing key information on who owns one-third of the 357,000 private and commercial aircraft in the U.S. — a gap the agency fears could be exploited by terrorists and drug traffickers.The records are in such disarray that the FAA says it is worried that criminals could buy planes without the government's knowledge, or use the registration numbers of other aircraft to evade new computer systems designed to track suspicious flights. It has ordered all aircraft owners to re-register their planes in an effort to clean up its files.About 119,000 of the aircraft on the U.S....
  • No-compromises SuperStol bush plane sells well [Just Aircraft scrambling to fill orders]

    07/30/2013 6:03:44 PM PDT · by Errant · 53 replies
    AOPA ^ | 30 July, 2013 | Dave Hirschman
    Just Aircraft Founder Gary Schmitt wasn’t sure anyone else would be interested in the no-compromises bush airplane that he wanted to own and fly. But in the year since the South Carolina firm introduced its SuperStol, the company has shipped 38 kits, added staff, and is backlogged until April of next year. “It turns out there are quite a few people who want to do the same kind of backcountry flying that I like to do,” Schmitt said. “It’s come as sort of a surprise to us.” The two-seat SuperStol has leading-edge slats that deploy automatically at high angles...
  • Aviat Introduces CNG-Powered Husky ( Aircraft )

    07/30/2013 9:53:05 AM PDT · by taildragger · 12 replies
    Aero-News ^ | Tue, Jul 30, 2013 | Staff Author
    Dual-Fuel Configuration In Proof-Of-Concept Airplane Airplane manufacturer Aviat Aircraft, Inc. and Minneapolis-based Aviation Foundation of America, will unveil the first dual fuel, piston powered aircraft to operate on both compressed natural gas (CNG) and aviation gasoline. The Aviat Husky CNG will be on display outside the Innovations Pavilion throughout AirVenture 2013 this week.
  • Russian aircraft

    07/18/2013 8:19:47 AM PDT · by Sokol · 29 replies
    Sokol
    I am writing a novel set in Russia and need some help with airplanes. Does anyone you know the make of any Russian plane that would regularly fly into the coldest regions? I flew into Enta (Komi Republic) one time and landed on skis. (rear loading, about 15-20 pax) It was surreal. And cool, I mean cold! :-) Thanks for any help.
  • SF crash landing: Latest developments

    07/06/2013 2:17:14 PM PDT · by smokingfrog · 118 replies
    CNN ^ | 7-6-13 | CNN Staff
    (CNN) - An Asiana Airlines' Boeing 777 crashed and burned Saturday while landing at San Francisco International Airport, sending up a large plume of dark smoke from the aircraft, which lost its tail and much of its roof.
  • The World's Most Bizarre Aircraft Graveyards (many photographs)

    06/11/2013 8:49:40 AM PDT · by EveningStar · 33 replies
    io9 ^ | June 5, 2013 | Vincze Miklós
    Where do aircraft go to rust away after death? Often, their final resting places are more emotionally evocative than human cemeteries.
  • TEXAS FLYING LEGENDS Museum.

    06/08/2013 4:04:05 PM PDT · by Doogle · 11 replies
    Vimeo ^ | 04/06/13 | TEXAS Flying Legends Museum
    Some pilots of the Texas Flying Legends Museum talk about World War II, The Veterans, and why we must keep their legacy alive.
  • A $60,000 Personal Jet

    05/27/2013 11:06:28 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 51 replies
    Retro Thing Blog ^ | December 2012 | James Grahame
    Since 1998, they have introduced a range or piston driven light aircraft that have proven popular with kit enthusiasts -- the two-place Sonex, Y-tail Waiex and the Onex single-seater. Now they've unveiled the jet-powered SubSonex. The "pre-prototype" SubSonex JSX-1 has been flying since August, 2011. It looks like its piston relatives, except that instead of a propeller, a surprisingly compact PBS TJ-100 turbojet engine is mounted on the top rear of the fuselage, directly in front of the distinctive Waiex Y tail. The TJ-100 puts out only 247 pounds of thrust, but that's enough to propel this tiny 400 lb...
  • Mystery Aircraft Frightens Quincy Residents

    05/10/2013 4:27:17 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 59 replies
    WBZ-TV ^ | May 9, 2013 11:59 PM | Bill Shields, WBZ-TV
    QUINCY (CBS) – A mystery in Quincy continues to deepen: Who is flying around the city from dusk to dawn, for the past ten days or so? “It’s frightening, not just weird, but frightening,” said one resident of the Wollaston section. Every night for nearly the last two weeks, residents have spotted a low-flying aircraft doing loops over the city. WBZ has learned the FAA knows what’s going on, but the agency isn’t telling. “I mean it is strange. I don’t know if they’re looking for somebody, I have no idea,” one resident told WBZ. It’s not the state or...
  • What a COOL Site: Real-Time Worldwide Commercial Flight Radar!

    04/03/2013 1:21:48 PM PDT · by Reaganite Republican · 32 replies
    Reaganite Republican ^ | 03 April 2013 | Reaganite Republican
    Maybe just because I'm a bit of a trainspotter/planespotter geek, I really dig this site: charts all commercial aircraft in the air worldwide in real time (except unfortunately US carriers on 5 min. delay due to unique American security concerns). Elsewhere -as I recently did in Europe- you can glance at FlightRadar24 when you hear a roar, get the flight #/carrier online and bingo there it is on the tailfin overhead 30 seconds later. Users can click on any plane (moving) over any chosen worldwide flight radar map and get flight #, carrier, plane type, basic stats, flight info,...
  • Two Sentenced in Plot to Ship Aircraft to Iran

    03/06/2013 3:39:12 AM PST · by Cindy · 7 replies
    ZEE NEWS.India.com ^ | Last Updated: Tuesday, March 05, 2013, 11:38 | n/a
    SNIPPET: "Washington: A US court has sentenced an Iranian and an American national for their roles in a plot to ship aircraft and its parts to Islamic Republic Iran. While the Iranian citizen Hamid Asefi, 67, was sentenced to 23 months, a US citizen Behzad Karimian, (52), also known as "Tony" Karimian who holds a valid Iranian passport and is employed as a Mesaba Airlines Pilot, was sentenced to 52 months in prison yesterday."
  • U.S. Navy Photo of the Day: Power Passing Power

    03/01/2013 9:50:14 AM PST · by EnjoyingLife · 18 replies
    ChamorroBible.org ^ | June 21, 2011 | U.S. Navy MC2 Brooks B. Patton Jr.
    On the right the USS Enterprise (CVN 65) passes the USS George H.W. Bush (CVN 77) in the Red Sea's Strait of Bab el-Mandeb on June 21, 2011. Via http://ChamorroBible.org/gpw/gpw-20060917.htm (medium, large) The Photographer Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class (MC2) Brooks B. Patton Jr., United States Navy  
  • Aviation experts say new Iranian stealth jet is a pathetic hoax that can’t even fly

    02/08/2013 7:59:22 AM PST · by Zakeet · 79 replies
    New York Post ^ | February 8, 2013 | Andy Soltis
    From the loony regime that just figured how to shoot a monkey into space: Iran now claims it has its own homemade, radar-beating stealth fighter jet. But aviation and defense experts say the tiny one-seater looks like a toy and might not even be able to fly — calling it a “laughable fake.” Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad unveiled the Qaher F313 at a Tehran hangar last week and called it “one of the most advanced” aircraft in the world. But the experts said it was too small for a human pilot — and the controls and wiring looked too...
  • The Backbone Of America's Bomber Force Is Getting A Massive Upgrade (B-1B Lancer)

    02/02/2013 7:14:50 AM PST · by blam · 13 replies
    TBI - The Aviationist ^ | 2-2-2013 | David Cenciotti
    The Backbone Of America's Bomber Force Is Getting A Massive Upgrade (B-1B Lancer) David Cenciotti, The AviationistFebruary 2, 2013, 4:30 AM The U.S. Air Force is about to further upgrade its fleet of B-1B Lancer bombers. With what the service announces as “the largest B-1 modification in program history” the supersonic swing-wing bomber will get several improvements as part of the Integrated Battle Station and Sustainment-Block 16 (SB-16) upgrade aimed to provide B-1 aircrews with a higher level of situational awareness and a faster, secure digital communication link. SB-16, includes a Vertical Situation Display Upgrade in the cockpit that will...
  • How To Fly A U-2 Spy Plane (Declassified Flight Manual for Secret Reconnaissance Aircraft)

    01/08/2013 3:17:20 PM PST · by DogByte6RER · 21 replies
    Jalopnik ^ | Jan 8, 2013 | Jason Torchinsky
    How To Fly A U-2 Spy Plane Got your eye on a sweet used '59 U-2 spy plane you saw on Craigslist? Would you go ahead and take the plunge if you just, you know, knew how to fly it? Then boy, are you in luck. That's because a couple days ago an entire flight manual for the U-2 from 1959 was declassified and released by the CIA. You can tell it's declassified because on each page where the word "secret" appears, someone has carefully drawn a line through it. We've got a copy here for you. The U-2 is,...
  • Police seek identity of man who fell from sky

    12/10/2012 11:07:31 AM PST · by KeyLargo · 34 replies
    Police seek identity of man who fell from sky LONDON — Police believe he was from Africa, probably from Angola, but they don't know his identity. The mystery began in September when residents of a suburban street in the Mortlake neighborhood of West London woke up on a quiet Sunday morning to find the crumpled body of a black man on the sidewalk of Portman Avenue, near a convenience store, an upscale lingerie shop and a storefront offering Chinese medical cures. Detectives believed at first the man was a murder victim and cordoned off the area. Within a day, however,...
  • Navy catapults unmanned aircraft for first time

    11/29/2012 9:36:01 PM PST · by ExxonPatrolUs · 10 replies
    Fox News ^ | 11-29
    The U.S. Navy and Northrop Grumman have conducted the Navy's first catapult launch of an unmanned aircraft on Thursday, marking the first of a series of shore-based catapult-to-flight tests over the next few weeks. Using the X-47B Unmanned Combat Air System (UCAS) demonstrator, the Navy's UCAS Carrier Demonstration program plans to catapult the aircraft from a ship base, making history, next year. Mike Mackey, UCAS-D program director for Northrop Grumman, said, "Today's successful launch is another critical milestone in the carrier-stability testing phase of the UCAS-D program." The test was conducted at a shore-based catapult facility at Naval Air Station...
  • Spitfires buried in Burma to fly over Britain

    11/28/2012 7:11:26 PM PST · by ameribbean expat · 15 replies
    WA Today ^ | 11.29.2012 | The Telegraph
    A lost squadron of Spitfires buried in Burma after the Second World War could fly over Britain within three years, the enthusiast seeking to restore the planes said yesterday. Digging for the hoard of at least 36 Mark XIV fighters will begin in January at a remote airfield. Should the archaeologists succeed, a number of the aircraft will be carefully packaged and brought home next spring, where they will be restored.The discovery could more than double the number of Spitfires flying. More than 20,000 were built in the 1930s and 1940s but only around 35 remain in the skies. Read...
  • The U.S. Air Force's Flight to Weakness (The Chinese are now besting our 4th generation fighters)

    11/14/2012 11:54:10 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 11 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | 11/06/2012 | JACK DAVID AND MICHAEL DUNN
    Serious talk of America's defense budget was largely absent from the final weeks of the presidential campaign, once President Barack Obama likened Gov. Mitt Romney's concerns to an anachronistic focus on "horses and bayonets." But when Mr. Romney lamented that (among other things) the U.S. Air Force has the fewest airplanes it has ever had, he was correct. At its founding in 1947, it had more than 12,300 planes. Today: approximately 5,200. As the Air Force has been retiring large numbers of older aircraft in recent years, its budgets—drafted by the Pentagon and ultimately enacted by Congress—have prevented it from...
  • B-17 - Fantastic Story of Survival

    09/02/2012 8:54:46 AM PDT · by Windflier · 84 replies
    Email ^ | Unknown | Unknown Patriot
    WWII B-17 Survival Story B-17 "All American" (414th Squadron, 97BG) Crew Pilot- Ken Bragg Jr. Copilot- G. Boyd Jr. Navigator- Harry C. Nuessle Bombardier- Ralph Burbridge Engineer- Joe C. James Radio Operator- Paul A. Galloway Ball Turret Gunner- Elton Conda Waist Gunner- Michael Zuk Tail Gunner- Sam T. Sarpolus Ground Crew Chief- Hank Hyland B-17 in 1943 A mid-air collision on February 1, 1943, between a B-17 and a German fighter over the Tunis dock area, became the subject of one of the most famous photographs of World War II. An enemy fighter attacking a 97th Bomb Group formation went...
  • The Collings Foundation..Wings of Freedom Tour

    08/17/2012 6:34:03 AM PDT · by Doogle · 14 replies
    The Collings Foundation Wings of Freedom Tour ^ | 1/20/12 | The Collings Foundation
    The Collings Foundation's Wings of Freedom Tour is going to arrive at Morristown, NJ on Aug.22nd for a three day show and display. They offer close up tour of their aircraft....and flights *grins* My understanding, "rides" ARE available in all three aircraft..B-17G Flying Fortress,"Nine O Nine"...B-24J Liberator,"Witchcraft"....TP-51C,"Betty Jane" a training model....Schedules AT THE SITE. Do you have $2200 that you happen to find in an old jacket pocket? *smiles* If so, you get "instructions" and flight time in the TP-51C (around half hour) and YOU fly during your trip.
  • Alaska wing message freaks passengers [photo attached]

    08/08/2012 10:40:19 AM PDT · by matt1234 · 18 replies
    mynorthwest.com ^ | Aug. 8, 2012 | unknown
    A passenger on an Alaska Airlines flight looked out the window and saw what looked like a damaged area on the wing with a handwritten note saying, "We know about this." A photo was posted on social media sites about the note a passenger spotted on July 28th. Seattle-based Alaska Airlines says the plane was safe and there was nothing to worry about. There was an approved trim repair to the corner flap on the right wing. A maintenance technician wrote a note on the wing to let the flight crew know that it wasn't a problem - they were...