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  • WILD Private Drones!

    04/16/2014 8:58:45 AM PDT · by Reaganite Republican · 19 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...
  • UFO For Sale, Check It Out

    08/08/2012 2:32:16 AM PDT · by Yosemitest · 57 replies
    E=Bay ^ | Aug 8 2012 | dyanamae2001
    You gotta' see this, located at Henderson, NV, United States!
  • U.S. taxpayers on hook for coming aircraft bubble burst (Airlines on buying spree with our money)

    08/06/2012 9:26:31 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 2 replies
    The Washington Examiner ^ | 08/06/2012 | Timothy Carney
    You need to get ready for the next bubble to burst -- because you're going to pay for it. The popping of the airplane bubble could be the next tremor to hit the U.S. economy, as economically unstable commercial airlines around the world buy up fleets of jets that they cannot afford. But if airlines can't pay their bills to jet-makers, you get the tab, thanks to a U.S. government agency -- the Export-Import Bank of the United States -- that has dedicated three-fourths of its loan-guarantee dollars to backstopping sales for the Boeing Company. It's yet another pitfall of...
  • Russia to Build New Aircraft Carrier After 2020

    07/26/2012 9:17:19 PM PDT · by moonshot925 · 2 replies
    RIA Novosti ^ | 26 July 2012 | Staff
    Russia will begin building new aircraft carriers after 2020, Russian navy chief Viktor Chirkov said on Thursday, in a major boost to Moscow's ability to deploy air power abroad. “At the moment, the construction bureau has received its assignment, the documents are being processed, and the money for the construction program has been allocated,” Chirkov said. If the plans reach fruition, it would be a major boon to the Russian navy, which currently fields only one aging aircraft carrier, the Admiral Kuznetsov. The Kuznetsov, part of the navy’s Northern Fleet, was built in 1985 and has been scheduled to undergo...
  • Syria Shoots at Second Turkish Aircraft

    06/25/2012 2:28:03 PM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 30 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 25/6/12 | Chana Yaar
    Syria has attempted to shoot down a second Turkish aircraft searching for missing pilots, Ankara announced Monday. Deputy Prime Minister Bulent Arinc told a news conference the Turkish plane, which was searching for the jet that was shot down last week, was not damaged in the incident. He met with reporters following a seven hour cabinet meeting that focused on Syria's attack last week on Turkey's war plane. The F-4 reconnaissance aircraft was allegedly shot down while still technically in international air space near the border with Syria – about 13 nautical miles away, according to Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet...
  • Former Presidents George H.W. Bush and George W. Bush Visit CVN 77

    06/11/2012 12:18:37 PM PDT · by moonshot925 · 35 replies
    NAVY ^ | June 11 2012 | Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Benjamin Kelly
    USS GEORGE H.W. BUSH, At Sea (NNS) -- USS George H.W. Bush (CVN 77) hosted the ship's namesake, former President George H.W. Bush, and his son, former President George W. Bush, for a promotion and reenlistment ceremony off the coast of Kennebunkport, Maine, June 10. "It's a great honor to be out here," said George H.W. Bush. "I'm thrilled to be on this vessel that bears my name, and I'm very proud of all of those that re-up'd for service to our great country." The ship's sponsor, Doro Bush Koch, former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, and other members of the...
  • (VANITY) Why are the Queen Elizibeth class carriers not nuclear powered?

    06/04/2012 8:09:00 PM PDT · by moonshot925 · 22 replies
    June 4 2012 | me
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    05/27/2012 9:06:09 PM PDT · by moonshot925 · 29 replies
    The USS Gerald R. Ford, a huge new aircraft carrier, reached a milestone in its pricey and extensive construction Thursday when its final keel section was lowered into place at Newport News Shipbuilding in Virginia. The 680-metric-ton lower bow unit is one of the largest of the 500 modules that will make up the completed ship and is over 60-feet-tall. The bulbous bow seen in the picture shifts water flow around the hull, reducing drag and thus increasing speed, range, fuel efficiency, and stability. Carriers with bulbous bows have achieve about 12 to 15 percent increased fuel efficiency than vessels...
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    05/10/2012 3:33:48 PM PDT · by DogByte6RER · 39 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | Richard Alleyne
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