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Sunday, September 30, 2007

AA MD-80 Engine Fire

Tuesday, September 25, 2007

AN-124 Loading Up

Nano Air Vehicle...

The 'Nano Air Vehicle,' or NAV (R) is designed to carry interchangeable payload modules. Like the seeds of a silver maple tree (L) that it resembles, the single-winged device would pack a tiny two-stage rocket thruster along with telemetry, communications, navigation, imaging sensors and a power source. The keychain-sized device holds the potential to transmit data that could change the way the U.S. military and other users perform a range of critical missions, including homeland security, Lockheed Martin Corp. says. (courtesy of Lockheed Martin Corp. /Handout/Reuters)

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Friday, September 21, 2007

Small Plane Crashes Onto Interstate 95 Near Fort Lauderdale - Beech H18 N123MD

Same aircraft landing in Miami International Airport 3/19/2007. Photo by Pete Alvarez

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. — A small plane crashed Friday onto Interstate 95 shortly after taking off, authorities said. Information on potential victims was not immediately available.

"Apparently it was leaving Fort Lauderdale Executive Airport and it went down shortly after takeoff," said Fort Lauderdale spokesman Chaz Adams.

Adams said the plane was a twin-engine Beechcraft, but he did not have information on how many passengers were aboard.

"It's lying in one of the southbound lanes of I-95," Adams said.

Rescue officials were on the scene. The interstate was shut down after the crash, Adams said. (FOX NEWS)

See video of crash site with pilot still sitting in what's left of the plane [here]

See images from the crash site [here]

More photos [here]

Comment by Pete:
I was near this area when it happened. The plane was a Beechcraft H-18. Photos I saw on Channel 7 look a lot like the aircraft above that I shot landing in Miami a few months ago.

Update: I'm pretty sure now that the airplane pictured above is the the one that crashed, N123MD registered to Monarch Air Group. The Pilot Robert Robertson is one lucky guy. We wish him a speedy recovery....

Monday, September 17, 2007

Giant Scale R/C Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress Shoo Shoo Baby

From the D.O.G.S. (Dayton Ohio Giant Scalers) Show in Dayton Ohio 2006.

Learn more about the Boeing B-17 [Here]

Order B-17 Merchandise [Here]

Sunday, September 16, 2007

F-15 Lands with Only One Wing

This is unbelievable...They never said what happened to the pilot of the A-4 that collided with the F-15.

Saturday, September 15, 2007

World's Largest R/C Airplane

From Belgium, the B-29 Dina Might is the world’s mightiest remote-controlled plane. With a wingspan of almost 30 feet, it weighs 463 pounds and runs off four 160 cc engines. [MORE]

Friday, September 14, 2007

Donald Trump's Private Boeing 727 Jet VP-BDJ

This is "The Donald's" private Boeing 727 landing in Fort Lauderdale Hollywood International airport back in March of 2007. Notice the registration is VP-BDJ. Which means that this aircraft is not registered in the United States. There's probably a tax reason for that, because I think the aircraft is based out of New York. Whatever the reason, this former Pan Am jet flies and therefore we like. Nice paint job by the way. Photo by Pete Alvarez.

Tuesday, September 11, 2007

Now in the Ghetto Flyers Store...

Howard Robard Hughes, Jr. (1905-1976) was a billionaire businessman, a pioneer of aviation and an award-winning film producer. He dabbled in politics. He developed the first "flying boat," the push-up bra and the automatic hospital bed. He was adept at turning his hobbies into lucrative industries. Yet, despite all of his successes, he had no true friends or family. In the 1950s he became a recluse and was plagued by debilitating obsessive-compulsive disorders. Eventually, Hughes signed over his many business ventures to trusted advisors. In April 1976, after many years of drug abuse, Hughes slipped into a coma and died en route to a Houston hospital. It was a sad end to the life of a man who had a developed an unrivalled business empire. This MPI original production takes a look at the rise and fall of the Hughes empire. Through the archival footage and interviews with the few people who had contact with him, unravel some of the mysteries surrounding one of the richest men of the 20th century.


Ficticious Jet from Hollywood Movie Stealth

Mig-29UB from Hungarian Air Force

Nice Shot!

Monday, September 10, 2007

Sunday, September 09, 2007

Airbus A340 Super Stretch

That looks like it could break in half on a hard landing...

Piper Aztec over Fort Lauderdale Beach

This PA-23 Piper Aztec was flying low over Fort Lauderdale Beach a couple weeks ago. Now a part of the blogosphere.

Cessna 152 over Juno Beach

Went bike riding by the beach yesterday and captured this guy flying low over the beach.

Giant Scale R/C B-25 Mitchell

A radio-controlled B-25 taxis down the runway during the Giant Scale Radio-Controlled Model Aircraft Air Show at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force.

Learn more about the B-25 [here]

Wednesday, September 05, 2007

Sunday, September 02, 2007

Rare British Bird - BAC TSR-2

Learn more about the TSR-2 [here]

Spectacular Air Collision At Air Show in Poland

Reuters photographer at the scene said the collision occurred after a three-plane formation fanned out and two of the aircraft slammed into each other as they attempted to re-converge. REUTERS/Kacper Pempel (POLAND)

Video Below

Look out!

Pretty nice Photoshop jobbie...