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Friday, December 26, 2008

Convair NC-131H Total In-Flight Simulator

The U.S. Air Force C-131 known as the Total-In-Flight Simulator made its final flight to the National Museum of the United States Air Force at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio, Nov. 7. The unusual aircraft flew some 2,500 research flights and contributed to the advancement of many of the flight technologies integral to today's fleet. Prior to its retirement, the TIFS, a 1955 Convair, was the oldest operating aircraft in the Air Force inventory.

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Boeing 747s

B-24 Liberator, B-17 Flying Fortress.

Boeing 747

F-15E Strike Eagle

An F-15E Strike Eagle from the 391st Expeditionary Fighter Squadron at Bagram Air Base, Afghanistan, launches heat decoys Dec. 15 during a close-air-support mission over Afghanistan.

Sunday, December 14, 2008

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Saturday, November 22, 2008

Ebraer 135 - N910LX

Ebraer 135 - N910LX, high over Polk City Florida. 11/21/08.

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Air hostess helped land passenger jet after co-pilot had 'breakdown' over the Atlantic

An air hostess helped land a jet carrying 146 passengers after the co-pilot had an apparent mental breakdown over the Atlantic Ocean, investigators revealed today.

The UK-bound plane made an emergency diversion to Shannon Airport, in Ireland, last January after the Air Canada flight officer began a ‘rambling and disjointed’ conversation, said an official report.

Another attendant suffered wrist injuries as the crew forcibly removed the co-pilot from the cockpit controls and restrained him in a seat in the cabin. [READ MORE]

Friday, November 14, 2008

Pentagon Clears Flying-Car Project for Takeoff

Pentagon mad-science division Darpa is helping build thought-controlled robotic limbs, artificial pack mules, real-life laser guns and "kill-proof" soldiers. So it comes as no surprise, really, that the agency is now getting into the flying-car business, too.

Darpa hopes its "Personal Air Vehicle Technology" project, announced yesterday, will ultimately lead to a working prototype of a military-suitable flying car -- a two- or four-passenger vehicle that can "drive on roads" one minute and take off like a helicopter the next. The hybrid machine would be perfect for "urban scouting," casualty evacuation and commando-delivery missions, the agency believes. [READ MORE]

Thursday, November 13, 2008

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Sunday, October 12, 2008

Boeing B-17 Shoo Shoo Baby

DAYTON, Ohio (08/2008) -- A model of the B-17G "Shoo Shoo Shoo Baby" flew during the Giant Scale Radio-Controlled Model Aircraft Air Show at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force.

Northrop YF-23

The Northrop/McDonnell Douglas YF-23 was an American prototype fighter aircraft designed for the United States Air Force. The YF-23 was entered in Advanced Tactical Fighter competition but lost out to the Lockheed YF-22, which entered production as the F-22 Raptor. [READ MORE]

Sunday, October 05, 2008


SHORTS SC7 SKYVAN - N80GB at Fort Lauderdale International Airport 10/03/08.

Friday, September 26, 2008

B-17 Bomber Footage

P- 51 Mustang

A Swiss man has become the first person to fly solo across the English Channel using a single jet-propelled wing.

Yves Rossy landed safely after the 22-mile (35.4 km) flight from Calais to Dover, which had been twice postponed this week because of bad weather.

The former military pilot took less than 10 minutes to complete the crossing and parachute to the ground.

The 49-year-old flew on a plane to more than 8,200ft (2,500m), ignited jets on a wing on his back, and jumped out.

Yves Rossy with jet pack
Yves Rossy aimed to reach speeds of 125mph
Mr Rossy had hoped to reach speeds of 125mph.

It felt "great, really great", said Mr Rossy: "I only have one word, thank you, to all the people who did it with me."

He said weather conditions on Friday had been perfect and his success signalled "big potential" for people to fly "a little bit like a bird" in the future.

Known as "Fusionman," he was aiming to follow the route taken by French airman Louis Blériot 99 years ago when he became the first person to fly across the English Channel in a plane.

In Dover, Mr Rossy flew past South Foreland lighthouse - which the building's manager Simon Ovenden said Blériot used as a target during his pioneering flight - and looped onlookers before landing in a field. [READ MORE]

Tuesday, September 23, 2008