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  • World's first 4-seater fuel-cell plane takes off in Germany

    09/29/2016 6:46:41 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 10 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Sep 29, 2016 9:33 AM EDT
    Aircraft engineers in Germany have successfully tested the world’s first four-seater plane that uses emission-free hybrid fuel cells to fly. The 10-minute test flight Thursday at Stuttgart Airport in southwestern Germany involved two pilots and two dummy passengers. The twin-cabin plane, known as HY4, was developed by aircraft maker Pipistrel, fuel cell specialist Hydrogenics, the University of Ulm and the German Aerospace Center DLR. …
  • India to ink mega Rafael fighter jet deal with France on Friday.

    09/21/2016 1:42:52 PM PDT · by axiomatical · 3 replies
    The Times of India ^ | 9/21/2016 | Rajat Pandit
    NEW DELHI: India will finally ink the deal for direct acquisition of 36 Rafale fighter jets from France on Friday, in what will be an urgently-needed booster dose for the country's dwindling air combat power. IAF, after all, is down to just 33 fighter squadrons when at least 42 are required for dissuasive deterrence against China and Pakistan. The first omni-role Rafale, also capable of delivering nuclear weapons, will touch down in India within three years. India can buy two to three Russian heavy-weight Sukhoi-30MKIs or five to six indigenous Tejas light combat aircraft for every Rafale. But it's also...
  • The Worst Fighter Aircraft of All Time

    09/21/2016 8:36:24 AM PDT · by C19fan · 68 replies
    War is Boring ^ | September 21, 2016 | 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 are 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.
  • Connecticut pledges $220M in incentives to keep Sikorsky

    09/20/2016 3:57:50 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 12 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Sep 20, 2016 5:31 PM EDT
    The office of Connecticut’s governor says Sikorsky Aircraft has committed to keeping its headquarters in the state and adding jobs in an agreement that involves $220 million in state incentives. […] The deal calls for Sikorsky to build nearly 200 CH-53K King Stallion helicopters in Connecticut for the U.S. Navy until at least 2032. The incentives pledged by Malloy’s office include grants and tax exemptions. …
  • The MiG-21 Is a Great Fighter Jet Still Flying After Decades

    08/30/2016 7:31:32 AM PDT · by C19fan · 13 replies
    War is Boring ^ | August 30, 2016 | Robert Farley
    Military aircraft can have notoriously short lifespans, especially during periods of technological ferment. The most elite aircraft of World War I could become obsolete in a matter of months. Things weren’t much different in World War II. And at the dawn of the jet age, entire fleets of aircraft became passé as technologies matured. The advanced fighters that fought in the skies over Korea became junk just a few years later. But a few designs stand the test of the time. The B-52 Stratofortress first flew in 1952, yet remains in service today. New C-130s continue to roll off the...
  • Northrop Grumman to develop laser pod to protect USAF fighters

    08/24/2016 11:47:27 AM PDT · by C19fan · 18 replies
    Jane's ^ | August 24, 2016 | Gareth Jennings
    Northrop Grumman has been awarded a USD39.3 million contract related to the development of a laser-based self-defence system for the US Air Force (USAF). The contract, which was awarded by the Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) on 23 August, is for the Self-Protect High Energy Laser Demonstrator (SHiELD) Turret Research in Aero-Effects (STRAFE) programme. Northrop Grumman will develop and deliver an advanced beam control system for integration as part of a complete laser weapons system into a tactical pod for USAF fighter aircraft.
  • Martin Mars - Water Bombing Demo And Flybys - EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2016

    07/30/2016 4:43:46 PM PDT · by smokingfrog · 19 replies
    AirShowStuffVideos ^ | 7-25-16 | unattributed
    The "Hawaii Mars II", one of two remaining Martin Mars, performs flybys and drops 7,200 gallons of water for the crowd at the 2016 EAA AirVenture airshow in Oshkosh, WI. This massive flying boat is the world's largest warbird, and an exceptionally rare sight. It was delivered to the US Navy in 1946 and later converted for civilian use as a fire fighting aircraft. During AirVenture, the Mars is flying off of Lake Winnebago just a couple miles east of Oshkosh.
  • MH370: Captain's home simulator had Indian Ocean course plotted

    07/28/2016 2:07:50 AM PDT · by Enchante · 19 replies
    CNN ^ | Thu July 28, 2016 | Euan McKirdy
    The home flight simulator belonging to the MH370 pilot had a route plotted into it which ended in the Indian Ocean, officials have confirmed.... ...The confirmation corroborates earlier reports that the device had programmed in it a route similar to the one which investigators believe the doomed flight took on its final voyage.
  • China unveils 'world's largest amphibious aircraft' (Boeing 737-sized seaplane)

    07/25/2016 2:20:33 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 64 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | 7/25/16 | AFP
    China has completed production of the world's largest amphibious aircraft, state media has said, the latest effort in the country's program to wean itself off dependence on foreign aviation firms. The state-owned Aviation Industry Corporation of China (AVIC) unveiled the first of the new planes, dubbed the AG600, Saturday in the southern port city of Zhuhai, the official Xinhua news agency reported. The aircraft, which has a maximum range of 4,500 km (2,800 miles), is intended for fighting forest fires and performing marine rescues, it said. At around the size of a Boeing 737, it is far larger than any...
  • Is The F-35 Superior to Russian and Chinese 5th Gen Aircraft?

    07/01/2016 7:31:30 AM PDT · by Purdue77 · 45 replies
    Scout.com ^ | 29 June 2016 | Kris Osborn
    An F-35 fighter pilot says he would be confident flying the Joint Strike Fighter against any enemy in the world, including Russian and Chinese 5th Generation stealth fighters. An F-35 Joint Strike Fighter would be able to use its sensors, weapons and computer technology to destroy Russian and Chinese 5th-Generation Stealth fighters in a high-end combat fight, service officials said. “There is nothing that I have seen from maneuvering an F-35 in a tactical environment that leads me to assume that there is any other airplane I would rather be in. I feel completely comfortable and confident in taking that...
  • Airpower Classics - Air Force Magazine

    07/01/2016 5:11:35 AM PDT · by Purdue77 · 18 replies
    Air Force Magazine | Various | Air Force Magazine
    In case anyone is interested: 1 Airpower Classics - January -- Jaguar 2 Airpower Classics - February -- Predator 3 Airpower Classics - March -- B2 Spirit 4 Airpower Classics - April -- V22 Osprey 5 Airpower Classics - May -- C17 Globemaster III 6 Airpower Classics - June -- E8 Joint STARS 7 Airpower Classics - July -- F-35
  • Photographer captures images of the final 55 airworthy Spitfires using just a handheld camera

    05/19/2016 6:16:57 AM PDT · by DFG · 44 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | 05/19/2016 | EUAN MCLELLAND
    Soaring into the skies above the green and pleasant land they so spectacularly fought to defend 76 years ago, they are the last of the few airworthy Spitfires left. Now an air-to-air photographer has completed an exhilarating project - getting up close and personal to the legendary fighter planes in order to capture them like never before. Using the skill and experience of former RAF pilot Tim Ellison, John Dibbs was able to fly to within 15ft of different Spitfire marks.
  • “Sun Flyer” Prototype Unveiled (Electric Training Aircraft)

    05/13/2016 4:03:19 AM PDT · by taildragger · 24 replies
    DENVER, Colorado – May 11, 2016 – Aero Electric Aircraft Corp. (AEAC), which is developing the high-tech, solar-electric “Sun Flyer” general aviation flight trainer, hosted a rollout event of its proof of concept (POC) Sun Flyer this morning at Centennial Airport.. The airplane unveiled publicly for the first time is a 2-seat POC prototype version of Sun Flyer. Performance data from the POC prototype airplane will be used to help finalize the design for the FAA-certified production version. The rollout featured a static display of the aircraft. George Bye, CEO and Founder of AEAC, said the rollout of the aircraft...
  • Final flight for world's oldest flyable Boeing plane

    04/27/2016 10:58:15 AM PDT · by DFG · 20 replies
    SFGate ^ | 04/26/2016 | GENNA MARTIN
    Boeing's 1933 247D Airliner is retiring to the Museum of Flight The 1933 Boeing 247D Airliner arrived at the Museum of Flight after its final flight, Tuesday, April 26, 2016. The plane is the oldest flyable Boeing, all-metal airliner. The plane will be on display in front of the museum throughout the summer, before it is placed in the new Aviation Pavilion.
  • Israeli Air Force Keeps Their Old Planes Active With 3D Printing Technology

    04/20/2016 6:23:14 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 11 replies
    3D Print ^ | April 20, 2016 | Tyler Koslow
    Although 3D printing is a relatively new technology within the military-industrial complex, it has impacted Israel’s aerospace developments in a great number of ways. Last year, the Israeli military had 3D printed their own drone components, and even started a consortium with the government to focus on 3D printing with titanium. Now, the Israeli Air Force’s Aerial Maintenance Unit (AMU) is utilizing 3D printing technology to help repair their aged and worn down fleet of F-15 fighter jets, which were acquired by the IAF in 1980, and have been used in various missions ever since. The F-15 aircraft has provided...
  • The Hs 129 Was Supposed to Be the A-10 of World War II

    03/21/2016 6:20:25 AM PDT · by C19fan · 24 replies
    War is Boring ^ | March 21, 2016 | Paul Richard Huard
    At first glance, you might think the Henschel Hs 129 was the perfect ground-attack airplane. Twin engines. A heavily-armored cockpit that protected the pilot from small-arms fire. The aircraft even eventually had the heaviest and most powerful forward-firing cannon ever fitted to a production military aircraft during World War II.
  • Civilian Jets An 'Easy Target' For IS Missiles

    01/05/2016 9:58:43 PM PST · by Perseverando · 20 replies
    Sky News ^ | January 6, 2016 | Unattributed
    Exclusive footage obtained by Sky News reveals IS terrorists have the technical know-how to reactivate surface-to-air missiles. The former head of the RAF has said evidence uncovered by Sky News of Islamic State recommissioning surface-to-air missiles is of great concern and that passenger planes would be an easy target. Air Chief Marshal Sir Michael Graydon was responding to exclusive footage which revealed the extremists were able to produce homemade thermal batteries for heat-seeking missiles - a feat that has eluded terror groups until now. It raises the possibility of the militants being able to reactivate discarded stockpiles of older missiles,...
  • Meet the Bomb-Proof 'Fly-Bag' That Could Suppress an Explosion on an Airplane

    12/17/2015 12:07:47 PM PST · by QT3.14 · 12 replies
    Entrepreneur ^ | December 14, 2015
    A controlled explosion in the luggage hold of an aircraft was successfully contained by a bomb-proof lining developed by an international team of scientists. The technology shows how a plane's luggage hold may be able to contain the force of an explosion if a device hidden in an item of luggage detonates. The Fly-Bag is made from multiple layers of fabrics and composites that have high strength and impact, and heat resistance. The fabrics include Aramid, a heat-resistant and strong synthetic fiber used in the aerospace industry, as well as in ballistic body armor.
  • Feds initiate aircraft noise studies (FAA Next Gen)

    11/26/2015 11:14:33 AM PST · by ProtectOurFreedom · 25 replies
    Los Altos Town Crier ^ | 11/25/2015 | Alicia Castro
    In response to public outcry over aircraft noise above Los Altos and other Bay Area cities, the Federal Aviation Administration last week issued a plan to consider changes to flight traffic. The FAA in October began analyzing potential modifications to its aircraft paths, including offshore routes, higher-altitude travel and reduced nighttime operations. "I welcome this important first step the FAA has developed," said U.S. Rep. Anna G. Eshoo, who worked alongside Reps. Sam Farr and Jackie Speier to engage the FAA. Eshoo said FAA leadership would follow up with community meetings through the representatives' offices to explain the plan to...
  • Peregrine Falcon vs. B2 Bomber

    11/17/2015 11:10:02 AM PST · by Talisker · 47 replies
  • Want to fly at 2,500mph? BAE Systems does and is willing to pay £20m for it

    11/02/2015 9:37:22 AM PST · by Red Badger · 10 replies
    www.telegraph.co.uk ^ | 12:01AM GMT 02 Nov 2015 | By Alan Tovey, Industry Editor
    Defence giant BAE Systems to buy a stake in Britain's Reaction Engines, which is developing revolutionary SABRE engines for ultra-fast aircraft How an aircraft fitted with the SABRE engines might look ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Hypersonic air travel and cut-price satellite launches will move a step closer when BAE Systems buys a stake in a UK company developing engines able to power aircraft at 2,500mph and into space. The FTSE 100 group is set to purchase 20pc of Oxfordshire-based Reaction Engines for £20.6m, in a deal that will see the defence giant’s expertise applied to research on the privately-held company’s engine, which combines...
  • The longest video of the biggest HO scale airport in the world

    10/18/2015 3:20:20 PM PDT · by Swordmaker · 20 replies
    YouTube ^ | JAN 2014 | Bastiaan Blinksma
    For all aviation and model hobbyists on FR, this is fascinating. This is a two hour video of the world's largest HO scale model Airport assembled at Miniature Wunderland in Hamburg, Germany. Miniatur Wunderland computer control room It is completely computer controlled where Aircraft of various kinds take off, land, taxi around, park on the tarmac, maneuver into and out of hangers, have emergencies such as engine fires to be met by emergency vehicles, and even have a Space Shuttle landing or a humorously over-sized bumble bee take off (around 18 minutes into the video). The longest video of the...
  • Sabah police gets report claiming plane wreck with Malaysian flag found on Philippine island

    10/11/2015 8:38:40 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 17 replies
    The Straits Times ^ | October 11, 2015
    KOTA KINABALU (THE STAR/ASIA NEWS NETWORK) - The police in the Malaysian state of Sabah have received a report claiming that an aircraft wreckage with the Malaysian flag painted on it was found on a southern Philippines island. The report was made by a man who said the wreckage with human remains inside was spotted by his nephew, from the southern Philippine island of Tawi Tawi, at Ubian Island in southern Phillippines several days ago. State Commissioner Jalaluddin Abdul Rahman said the man made the report at the Sandakan police station on Saturday (Oct 10). "This matter is being investigated,"...
  • Never-Seen Photos Of Boeing's 1960s Stealth Jet Concept That Predicted The Future

    09/23/2015 4:21:18 AM PDT · by taildragger · 54 replies
    FoxTrot Alpha ^ | 9/22/15 | Tyler Rogoway
    For years, all the aviation world knew about Boeing’s secret stealth project from the 1960s was limited to a name and a single mysterious photo. It seemed like a relic out of time, possessing many stealthy design features that wouldn’t exist until decades later, and even then, only in highly classified black projects.
  • TCAS, ADS-B Unreliable in Southeast U.S. Beginning Sept. 2

    09/03/2015 7:09:05 AM PDT · by b4its2late · 9 replies
    National Business Aviation Association (NBAA) ^ | September 1, 2015 | National Business Aviation Association
    Due to military activities, the TCAS and ADS-B surveillance may be unreliable in the airspace over Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia and Florida, and extending approximately 200 nautical miles offshore, from 1 a.m. EDT (0500z) Sept. 2 until midnight EDT (0459z) on Oct. 1. Pilots are advised that the traffic alert and TCAS may fail to establish tracks on nearby aircraft and may fail to receive traffic alerts (TA) or resolution advisories (RA). Operators should be aware that tracks may first appear within close proximity to their aircraft, and may immediately go into TA/RA status. Pilots are advised to...
  • History made with 3-carrier swap

    08/07/2015 6:55:46 AM PDT · by jeannineinsd · 36 replies
    San Diego Union ^ | 8/5/15 | Jeannette Steele
    Call it the Three Presidents Crew. In a historic game of naval musical chairs, sailors from San Diego’s aircraft carrier Ronald Reagan will serve on three different flattops over the next six months. The Navy is saving $41 million by doing a massive, complicated crew swap involving 9,000 sailors and the carriers George Washington and Theodore Roosevelt, in addition to the Reagan. At the end, the U.S. Navy will have a new face in Asia, and an American aircraft carrier will enter a mid-life nuclear overhaul that was at one time uncertain. Also, San Diego will have a new hull...
  • Airbus patents plane that could fly from Paris to Tokyo in three hours

    08/05/2015 9:13:57 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 8 replies
    The Manchester Guardian ^ | August 5, 2015 | Reuters
    Airbus has won a patent for a hypersonic passenger plane, but Concorde’s hydrogen-powered successor is unlikely to leave the drawing board any time soon. The proposed aeroplane would cut the journey time from Paris to Tokyo from 12 to under three hours. The idea, first published in 2011, is to use three different kinds of engine power to jump above the atmosphere while still using regular runways for takeoff. It has now won approval from the US Patent Office. The concept comes as commercial space companies such as Virgin Galactic pursue plans for low-level space flights. Airbus’s proposed plane has...
  • 2 airliners have 100-foot near miss with drone above New York (JFK)

    08/01/2015 10:29:37 AM PDT · by Zakeet · 31 replies
    CNN ^ | August 1, 2015 | Joshua Berlinger
    Two airplanes flying near one of the nation's busiest airports each came within 100 feet of a drone on Friday, according to audio from each flight's radio calls. The first, JetBlue Flight 1843, reported spotting a drone at 2:24 p.m. while approaching John F. Kennedy International Airport, according to the Federal Aviation Administration. In the audio recording, the cockpit says that the drone passed just below the planes nose when the jet was flying at an altitude of about 800 to 900 feet. Then at about 5 p.m., Delta Flight 407 -- which had 154 people on board -- was...
  • Texas-owned private jet owned impounded in Congo

    02/20/2011 9:17:37 PM PST · by Kartographer · 22 replies
    A private jet owned by a North Texas company has been impounded for the past 2 1/2 weeks and its passengers and crew detained by the Congolese government in central Africa, where officials say it was used to smuggle gold from rebel territories in the nation's eastern provinces. The plane was leased by Southlake Aviation, based in suburban Dallas-Fort Worth, to a subsidiary of CAMAC International, The Dallas Morning News reported in its Sunday editions. CAMAC company is owned by Kase Lawal, a Nigerian-born Houston oil tycoon an appointee of President Barack Obama to the Advisory Committee for Trade Policy...
  • MH370 Found? Debris on Reunion Island.

    07/29/2015 9:08:07 AM PDT · by chuck allen · 100 replies
    Breakingnews ^ | 7/29/2015 | News Sources
    MALAYSIA AIRLINES FLIGHT MH370 MISSING 36m Editor's note: Numerous tweets are noting the discovery of airline debris off the coast of La Reunion Island in the Indian Ocean and speculating about a possible link to the missing Malaysia jet MH370. Jon Ostrower, the Wall Street Journal’s aerospace reporter, says the debris appears to be an airline flap. - Tom The airline debris found on Reunion Island was discovered on the coast of St. Andrew by trail maintenance workers - @clicanoore read more on clicanoo.re MALAYSIA AIRLINES FLIGHT MH370 MISSING 9m Local report: Investigators say the debris found on Réunion Island...
  • Russia Orders 'Submarine-Killer' Be-200 Amphibious Aircraft For Production By 2020, Official Says

    07/20/2015 9:05:37 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 12 replies
    International Business Times ^ | July 19, 2015 | Thomas Barrabi 
    The Russian navy plans to purchase a “submarine-killer” version of its Be-200 amphibious aircraft by 2020, an unnamed official said Sunday. President Vladimir Putin has made the modernization of Russia’s military aircraft a priority as part of a larger plan to revamp the armed forces by the end of the decade. The Be-200 aircraft’s anti-submarine version will help to replace the Russian navy’s existing fleet of Be-12 amphibious planes, a decades-old model that officials now consider obsolete, the source told Russian agency Sputnik International News. Current versions of the Be-200 are used to contain fires or transport personnel, with a...
  • Inside a B-29 Superfortress as Aviation Museum turns 20

    07/11/2015 4:31:43 PM PDT · by smokingfrog · 45 replies
    kentucky.com ^ | 7-9-15 | Mark Cornelison
    See the inside of Fifi, the only B-29 Superfortress currently flying. It's part of the Aviation Museum of Kentucky's 20-year anniversary celebration.
  • Planemakers poised for Iranian buying spree if nuclear deal reached

    07/10/2015 10:21:24 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 7 replies
    Reuters ^ | Fri Jul 10, 2015 9:38pm EDT | Tim Hepher, Parisa Hafezi and John Irish
    Western planemakers look set to reap billions of dollars in deals with Iran, if a deal is done on its nuclear program to allow one of the world’s most promising aviation markets to come out of quarantine. Iran and six world powers were struggling on Friday to remove the last obstacles to an historic deal in Vienna that could resolve a more than 12-year dispute over Tehran’s nuclear ambitions, extending talks through the weekend. For Tehran, the prospect of sweeping economic sanctions and a long-standing U.S. trade embargo being lifted represents a chance to renew a fleet whose average age...
  • The FBI is operating a small air force to spy on Americans

    06/02/2015 6:05:32 AM PDT · by KeyLargo · 55 replies
    Business Insider ^ | Jun. 2, 2015 | Jack Gillum, Eileen Sullivan and Eric Tucker
    The FBI is operating a small air force to spy on Americans Associated Press Jack Gillum, Eileen Sullivan and Eric Tucker, Associated Press Jun. 2, 2015, WASHINGTON (AP) — The FBI is operating a small air force with scores of low-flying planes across the country carrying video and, at times, cellphone surveillance technology — all hidden behind fictitious companies that are fronts for the government, The Associated Press has learned. The planes' surveillance equipment is generally used without a judge's approval, and the FBI said the flights are used for specific, ongoing investigations. In a recent 30-day period, the agency...
  • Typhoon gets Battle of Britain VC hero's colours to celebrate 'The Few'

    05/22/2015 8:16:01 PM PDT · by OK Sun · 9 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 5:56PM BST 21 May 2015 | Ben Farmer
    Flt Lt James Brindley Nicolson won Britain’s highest award for battlefield bravery for attacking and shooting down a German fighter even as he was being badly burned from a fire in his own cockpit An RAF Typhoon fighter has been repainted in the Second World War colours of a Battle of Britain hero to mark the 75th anniversary of the crucial clash. The Eurofighter jet which is usually coloured a drab grey has instead been painted with the camouflage and 249 Squadron identification number of the only Fighter Command pilot awarded a Victoria Cross during the battle. Flt Lt James...
  • Affordable $20 million fighter planes

    05/16/2015 5:02:15 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 28 replies
    Next Big Future ^ | May 10, 2015 | Brian Wang
    The Textron Scorpion costs $20 million, still not exactly a bargain by most people's standards, but a fifth of the cost of the F-35. It suggests that not every advanced defence project has to necessarily come in years late and billions over budget – and points to a new twist in not only the future of fighter-jet design, but also in more humanitarian roles that a budget jet could carry out. Textron aren’t the only ones creating the tech to address this issue. The single jet fighter JF-17 is a Chinese design, currently being built in collaboration with its sole...
  • Underwater graveyard of hundreds of World War Two planes revealed

    05/08/2015 12:36:52 PM PDT · by tcrlaf · 23 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | 5-8-2015 | Lydia Wilgress
    A series of incredible photographs showing more than 150 lost World War Two aircraft 130-feet under the Pacific Ocean has been released. The stunning images show the planes surrounded by coral and fish as they lie - sometimes vertically - on the seabed more than seven decades after they were dumped there. The find includes historic American aircraft including Douglas SBD Dauntless dive bombers, F4U Corsair and TBF/TBM Avengers.Amazingly, many of the planes have remained intact, with only a few broken tails and wings littering the floor. Brandi Mueller, from Cameron, Wisconsin, discovered the planes while scuba diving around five...
  • Incredible photos reveal how aircraft's nose COLLAPSED after bird flew into Turkish Airlines plane

    05/07/2015 6:03:12 AM PDT · by ConservativeStatement · 51 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | May 6, 2015 | John Hutchinson
    These incredible photos show the damage caused by a bird strike to a passenger plane. The Turkish Airlines flight from Istanbul to Nevehir in Turkey was on approach to land when it was involved in a severe hit with a unlucky bird. There were 125 passengers on board the Boeing 737-800, and there were not believed to be any injuries suffered on the landing on Tuesday.
  • NASA testing new battery powered electric plane

    05/06/2015 1:01:43 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 5 replies
    ITProPortal ^ | May 5, 2015 | David Curry
    (VIDEO-AT-LINK) The current issue surrounding personal aircraft is the cost factor. Not only do private jets that seat under a dozen people cost millions to buy, but fuel for a flight will set you back a few thousand pounds each ride. NASA is working on a way to fix that, by creating a four man battery-powered airplane capable of working as a pseudo-drone and a short flight carrier. The electric plane features 10 engines and is capable of taking off vertically, similar to a rocket. The current prototype is focused on crop overview and personal surveillance. Instead of having a...
  • Ospreys replace last Marine squadron of Sea Knight 'phrogs'

    04/11/2015 4:38:34 AM PDT · by paterfamilias · 26 replies
    Stars and Stripes ^ | April 10, 2015 | Jennifer Hlad
    CAMP PENDLETON, Calif. — MV-22 Ospreys replaced the Marines’ last squadron of CH-46E helicopters Thursday, officially ending the Sea Knight’s 50-year run as the troop and supply transport workhorse of the Corps. Marine Medium Helicopter Squadron 164 received the first Sea Knights assigned to the West Coast in early 1965 and introduced the medium-lift helicopter to combat in Vietnam in 1966. Parts of the squadron also flew missions in the evacuation of Saigon, making it the first in and last out of the Southeast Asian country. More than 600 CH-46s, affectionately known as “Battle Phrogs,” were produced over the years,...
  • Why I Write About (and Debunk) the Chemtrail Conspiracy Theory

    04/08/2015 9:52:13 AM PDT · by Utilizer · 17 replies
    THE VANE | 5/27/14 11:30am | Dennis Mersereau
    Over on The Vane, there is an article I discovered which discusses the old "chemtrails" conspiracy. Warning: do not read (lengthy) if you are stubborn about believing that contrails are really chemicals being mixed into the atmosphere intentionally by any of several clandestine agencies. Like the IRS and ObamaCare, for example.
  • 6 engines and HUGE 19' foot wing span scale B 36 flys at NAMFI 2010 SMMAC

    04/05/2015 5:45:45 AM PDT · by WhiskeyX · 14 replies
    yOUtUBE ^ | Aug 18, 2010 | Hacker8675309 Hackstyle Videos
    [VIDEO] This model is a B 36 b early model and did not have jets was made by Carl Bachhuber . It has a 19 foot wing span and is powered by 6 G-26' s great airplane and flight for more info on it check out carls website. http://carlb-rcplanes.com/
  • BREAKING NEWS: DRUDGE SIREN - Govt obtains wide AP phone records in probe

    05/13/2013 1:49:29 PM PDT · by CWW · 465 replies
    Drudge Report ^ | 05-13-2013 | cww
    <p>Looks Like DOJ HAS BEEN TAPPING AP NEWS TELEPHONE LINES TO DISCOVER THEIR CONFIDENTIAL SOURCES IN CONGRESS!</p> <p>The Justice Department secretly obtained two months of telephone records of reporters and editors for The Associated Press in what the news cooperative's top executive called a "massive and unprecedented intrusion" into how news organizations gather the news.</p>
  • Al-Qaeda Infiltrator’s Cover Blown…But Where Is The Media Hysteria?

    05/17/2012 8:02:22 AM PDT · by Starman417 · 11 replies
    Flopping Aces ^ | 05-16-12 | Curt
    Do you recall a time, a few years back, when the media wouldn't shut up about a supposed outing of an agent? Yup, the left and the media were pissed. I bet you could just imagine the firestorm of coverage that would result if instead of a former Secretary of State leaking a name it was our President....right? Guess not: Just a week ago the establishment media was aflutter with news that a CIA double-agent had thwarted a new type of underwear bomb attack targeting U.S. flights in a plot devised by al-Qaeda of the Arabian Peninsula. But as...
  • China deletes online reports that it is building a second aircraft carrier

    02/03/2015 6:09:41 AM PST · by C19fan · 1 replies
    Washington Post ^ | February 2, 2015 | Simon Denyer
    News that China is building a second aircraft carrier was leaked by an overenthusiastic local government, but reports were subsequently deleted from Web sites and social media here, a development that will do little to calm nerves in neighboring countries about Beijing’s growing maritime power. The government in Changzhou, in eastern Jiangsu province, boasted Sunday on social media that a local firm had won a contract to supply electrical cabling for the carrier. It later deleted the post, but not before it had been widely circulated. A report in a local newspaper was also withdrawn.
  • UK summons Russian ambassador after military aircraft disrupt civil aviation

    01/29/2015 10:23:14 AM PST · by tcrlaf · 19 replies
    Yahoo/Reuters ^ | 1-29-2015 | Rueters
    Britain summoned the Russian ambassador on Thursday and asked him to explain why two Russian "Bear" long-range bombers had flown over the English channel the previous day, a move that forced British authorities to divert civil aircraft. "The Russian planes caused disruption to civil aviation. That is why we summoned the Russian Ambassador today to account for the incident," the Foreign Office said in a statement. Typhoon fighter jets were scrambled to intercept the two Russian planes, which were flying close to UK airspace, on Wednesday
  • Why did (California RAT) state Sen. Leland Yee escape terrorism charges?

    04/05/2014 3:14:03 PM PDT · by Libloather · 18 replies
    Mercury News ^ | 4/04/14 | Matthias Gafni
    Shocking enough are the allegations that a long-perceived unassuming state senator tried brokering an international arms deal with military-style rifles and rocket launchers, but Leland Yee may have narrowly escaped an even more ominous label: supporter of terrorism. Yee, whose arrest after an FBI undercover sting shook the California political world last week, would likely have been charged with aiding terrorists if not for a bureaucratic label missing from the militant Filipino group that he is accused of sourcing for an international arms deal, counterterrorism experts told this newspaper. His ties to the group, whose leader has said he personally...
  • Judge rules Yee case evidence to remain secret (shoulder fired missiles)

    05/21/2014 4:27:57 PM PDT · by Libloather · 15 replies
    Contra Costa Times ^ | 5/20/14 | Howard Mintz
    Over the objections of reputed gang figure Raymond "Shrimp Boy" Chow's lawyers, a federal judge has ordered that the government's evidence in a sweeping criminal case that includes political corruption charges against state Sen. Leland Yee must be kept secret for now. U.S. District Judge Charles Breyer imposed the restrictions Monday on every lawyer and defendant in the case, finding the material should be kept under wraps while both sides prepare for trial. Breyer rejected the free speech arguments of Chow's lawyer, J. Tony Serra, who insisted he should be able to reveal evidence to combat the government's public charges.
  • Army surveillance over Maryland: Giant blimps to begin three-year test

    12/18/2014 10:07:23 AM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 37 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | December 17, 2014 | Douglas Ernst
    One of the U.S. Army’s giant surveillance blimps will rise to 10,000 feet above Aberdeen Proving Grounds in Maryland on Friday for a three-year test. A second aircraft will begin testing in January. The Army’s Joint Land Attack Cruise Missile Defense Elevated Netted Sensor System (JLENS), which is built by Raytheon, will be tested for its ability to identify incoming enemy aircraft. “This will enable senior defense officials to support a determination whether to transition JLENS capabilities to an enduring mission at the conclusion of the three-year operational exercise,” the North American Aerospace Defense Command said in a statement on...
  • A-10 Warthog retirement debated after replacement’s role in ‘friendly fire’ deaths

    12/01/2014 9:17:03 AM PST · by george76 · 103 replies
    Washington Times ^ | November 30, 2014 | Rowan Scarborough
    A large association of battlefield target spotters has written to Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel to oppose the planned retirement of A-10 Warthog strike jets — a debate that now encompasses the “friendly fire” deaths of five American soldiers in Afghanistan. The A-10 endorsement from the Tactical Air Control Party Association is significant because, outside of the Warthog’s pilots themselves, perhaps no other warriors know its ability to protect ground troops under fire better than the ground controllers who guide it to enemy targets. ... The five fatalities occurred on June 9, when a B-1B strategic bomber — a planned replacement...