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  • Why is a spy plane circling the site of the Arizona election audit?

    05/04/2021 4:07:52 AM PDT · by Norski · 42 replies
    American Conservative Movement ^ | May 3, 2021 | scott boyd
    "The best-case scenario is that someone is engaging in domestic surveillance. But there's a much darker scenario that could be in motion. There are a handful of protections for the American people that the Deep State wishes didn’t exist. The Freedom of Information Act is the most famous and powerful as it has been used over the decades to uncover some of the most nefarious actions by government while acting as a deterrent to prevent them from being even more dastardly. One of the least ballyhooed and utilized protections is the public transponder data available to track aircrafts and ships....
  • NASA's Ingenuity Mars Helicopter Succeeds in Historic First Flight

    04/19/2021 7:11:40 AM PDT · by Ezekiel · 49 replies
    NASA ^ | April 19, 2021
    Ingenuity's First Black-and-White Image From the Air: NASA’s Ingenuity Mars Helicopter took this shot while hovering over the Martian surface on April 19, 2021, during the first instance of powered, controlled flight on another planet. It used its navigation camera, which autonomously tracks the ground during flight. Credits: NASA/JPL-Caltech. Full image and caption >The small rotorcraft made history, hovering above Jezero Crater, demonstrating that powered, controlled flight on another planet is possible.Monday, NASA’s Ingenuity Mars Helicopter became the first aircraft in history to make a powered, controlled flight on another planet. The Ingenuity team at the agency’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory...
  • WATCH: WWII-era plane makes emergency water landing at Cocoa Beach Air Show

    04/18/2021 7:00:36 AM PDT · by Berlin_Freeper · 54 replies ^ | April 17, 2021 | James Tutten
    A World War II era aircraft was forced to make an emergency landing in the ocean during the Cocoa Beach Air Show on Saturday. Officials said a TBM Avenger performing in the warbird parade had a mechanical issue and the pilot was able to bring the plane down close to the shore. Rescue personnel were immediately on scene and the pilot is OK, officials said.
  • Fly the Scary Skies of United

    04/12/2021 2:35:07 PM PDT · by Starman417 · 53 replies
    Flopping Aces ^ | 04-12-21 | Larry Brandes
    In a bold move, United Airlines declared that “diversity is at the forefront” of its pilot program and pledged that 50% of their new 5,000 pilots will either be women or people of color. You have to admire the insanity of that plan because it is so incredibly stupid that you know a liberal was involved in its conception. I can just imagine the meeting at United that birthed the concept of making flight deck diversity Job #1. Scotty woke up one morning and wanted to make some changes. Scotty: “Does anyone have an idea of how to destroy United?...
  • Historic First Flight of Mars Helicopter Delayed by NASA – Here’s Why (now will fly no earlier than Apr14)

    04/11/2021 7:07:52 PM PDT · by LibWhacker · 26 replies
    SciTechDaily ^ | 4/11/2021
    Based on data from the Ingenuity Mars helicopter that arrived late Friday night, NASA has chosen to reschedule the Ingenuity Mars Helicopter’s first experimental flight to no earlier than April 14. During a high-speed spin test of the rotors on Friday, the command sequence controlling the test ended early due to a “watchdog” timer expiration. This occurred as it was trying to transition the flight computer from ‘Pre-Flight’ to ‘Flight’ mode. The helicopter is safe and healthy and communicated its full telemetry set to Earth. The watchdog timer oversees the command sequence and alerts the system to any potential issues....
  • Failure on a Massive Scale

    04/03/2021 6:01:02 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 66 replies ^ | April 3, 2021 | Peter Mihalick
    “Failure on a massive scale” – that’s what one Member of Congress called the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter program. The Department of Defense (DoD) markets the F-35 as a stealth fighter jet that can do it all. The real truth is the project is an abysmal waste of money which does not work as advertised. Both parties, for once, need join together in a bipartisan manner to stop the crony capitalism which has led the Pentagon to allow the taxpayers to be ripped off.Congress needs to find ways to terminate the F-35 program today. The program is a money pit...
  • JetBlue weighs moving NYC jobs to Florida

    03/16/2021 1:45:44 PM PDT · by ConservativeStatement · 28 replies
    New York Post ^ | March 16, 2021 | By Noah Manskar
    Even “New York’s hometown airline” can’t escape the allure of sunny Florida. JetBlue, currently headquartered in the Long Island City neighborhood of Queens, is exploring its office options in the wake of the pandemic — a move that could see it ship more corporate jobs to the Sunshine State, The Post has learned. In a March 11 memo to its LIC staffers, a copy of which was obtained by The Post, the budget airline said the combination of tougher economic times and more abundant office space has it reviewing its options ahead of the July 2023 expiration of its Long...
  • An exit strategy for the F-35 debacle

    03/15/2021 10:11:00 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 85 replies ^ | by Air Boss | March 15, 2021 06:00 AM
    Air Boss" is a pseudonym. The author has decades of experience in aerospace strategic analysis, planning, and acquisition, as well as assessments of strategic and tactical capabilities. =============================================================== Recent public comments by the former acting Secretary of Defense Chris Miller, current Air Force leadership, and House Armed Services Committee Chairman Adam Smith illustrate what expert observers have predicted for two decades. The F-35 program and its basic design concepts are failures. Much less widely appreciated are some more somber realities. The strategic environment the F-35 was envisioned to defeat a quarter of a century ago no longer exists, making the...
  • Homemade Helicopter by 102 year old Boeing Engineer

    03/13/2021 1:02:26 PM PST · by PROCON · 51 replies ^ | Mar 9, 2021 | Carson Thompson
    Incredible, any rotary-wing aviators here?Homemade Helicopter by 102 year old Boeing Engineer
  • Here is the "Rest of the Story"

    03/12/2021 3:42:52 PM PST · by silent majority rising · 48 replies
    Email from a friend ^ | Unknown | Unknown
    Anyone my age will remember the delightful stories of Paul Harvey, who used to explain the 'unexplained' facts of history in a very colorful way. This story was passed on to me from a dear friend, who knew my interest in how the United States and Britain were able to overcome the Germans in the 'Battle of Britain' and other critical World War II aerial battles. Here is the story, exactly as written: World War II - Aviation Gasoline It seems that the German and British aircraft both used87 octane gasolinein the first two years of the war. While that...
  • Butch O'Hare: The History of the WWII War Hero and First Naval Recipient of the Medal of Honor

    03/12/2021 5:48:13 PM PST · by ammodotcom · 14 replies ^ | 3/12/2021 | Sam Jacobs
    Edward “Butch” O’Hare was the Navy’s first flying ace, a World War II hero whose name would have been commonly known at the time, but has sadly faded out of view for most Americans. With severely limited ammunition supplies, he was able to shoot down five Japanese bombers, which is how he became the first Naval recipient of the Medal of Honor during the Second World War. But this was not his only brush with world history: His father, known around Chicago as “Easy Eddie,” was Al Capone’s high-powered attorney. Easy Eddie was so prized by Capone that he wasn’t...
  • Bob Pardo Once Pushed a Crippled F-4 Home With His F-4. In Flight.

    03/13/2021 2:28:59 AM PST · by LibWhacker · 36 replies
    Air & Space ^ | April 2017 | Preston Lerner
    The air strike that March day in 1967 was on the ferociously well-defended Thai Nguyen steel mill, north of Hanoi, North Vietnam. One of the attacking U.S. Air Force McDonnell F-4C Phantoms was hit twice by anti-aircraft fire, and gas was streaming from the fuselage. Pilot Earl Aman and weapons systems officer Bob Houghton no longer had enough fuel to return to safe territory. The airplane Bob Pardo and backseater Steve Wayne were flying wasn’t in much better shape: During the strike it also caught an anti-aircraft round and was leaking fuel, and the two weren’t even sure they could...
  • Russian journalist Arkady Babchenko shot dead in Kiev

    05/29/2018 2:38:56 PM PDT · by tlozo · 35 replies
    BBC ^ | May 29, 2018
    Russian journalist Arkady Babchenko has died after being shot at his home in Kiev, according to police. Mr Babchenko, 41, was reportedly found bleeding in their apartment block by his wife and died in an ambulance. After writing about a crashed Russian military plane in 2016, Mr Babchenko said he received death threats and left his home country. He previously worked as a presenter on Ukrainian channel ATR TV, and has written about his military service. Ukrainian law enforcement confirmed his death in a Facebook post, written in Ukrainian. Kiev police chief Andriy Kryshchenko also told the media they suspected...
  • American Airlines' 737 MAX Flight Faces Engine Issue

    03/10/2021 10:40:56 AM PST · by CondoleezzaProtege · 20 replies
    Yahoo Finance ^ | Mar 2021
    Engine-related issues due to technological glitches are emerging as the latest source of setbacks for the airline stocks, which are already reeling under the coronavirus-induced weak air-travel demand. Notably, on Feb 20, 2021, United Airlines’ UAL Flight 328 made an emergency landing at the Denver International Airport following an engine failure. On Feb 22, a Delta Air Lines DAL flight made an emergency landing at the Salt Lake International Airport after a snag in the engine was detected. American Airlines AAL became the latest U.S.- based carrier to suffer a technological breakdown. Per a Reuters report, American Airlines’ Flight 2555,...
  • FAA safety engineer goes public slamming its handling of Boeing 737 MAX

    03/10/2021 10:13:13 AM PST · by CondoleezzaProtege · 25 replies
    Seattle Times ^ | Mar 2021 | Dominic Gates
    This year, fired up by a newly intense commitment to Christianity, regretful that he wasn’t more assertive internally before the second crash, and moved by the anger and frustration of the families of those who died, Jacobsen decided that wasn’t enough. Ahead of his planned retirement from the FAA at the end of this month, he recounted his MAX experience in a Feb. 8 letter to the parents of Samya Rose Stumo, a 24-year-old American who died on Ethiopian Airlines flight ET302. “I felt a strong conviction that I should help with healing the families of the 737 Max crashes,”...
  • French Billionaire Politician Olivier Dassault Killed in Helicopter Crash

    03/08/2021 1:24:42 AM PST · by nickcarraway · 14 replies
    Reuters ^ | MARCH 7, 2021
    French billionaire Olivier Dassault was killed on Sunday in a helicopter crash, a police source said, with President Emmanuel Macron paying tribute to the 69-year old conservative politician. Dassault was the eldest son of late French billionaire industrialist Serge Dassault, whose namesake Dassault Aviation, builds the Rafale war planes and owns Le Figaro newspaper. “Olivier Dassault loved France. Captain of industry, lawmaker, local elected official, reserve commander in the air force: during his life, he never ceased to serve our country, to value its assets. His sudden death is a great loss. Thoughts on his family and loved ones,” Macron...
  • French billionaire politician Olivier Dassault killed in helicopter crash

    03/07/2021 5:46:02 PM PST · by dynachrome · 35 replies
    Reuters ^ | 3-7-21 | Reuters Staff
    PARIS (Reuters) - French billionaire Olivier Dassault was killed on Sunday in a helicopter crash, a police source said, with President Emmanuel Macron paying tribute to the 69-year old conservative politician. Dassault was the eldest son of late French billionaire industrialist Serge Dassault, whose namesake Dassault Aviation, builds the Rafale war planes and owns Le Figaro newspaper. “Olivier Dassault loved France. Captain of industry, lawmaker, local elected official, reserve commander in the air force: during his life, he never ceased to serve our country, to value its assets. His sudden death is a great loss. Thoughts on his family and...

    02/25/2021 5:05:32 PM PST · by dynachrome · 26 replies
    Bitelabs ^ | 2020 | Bitelabs
    BiteLabs grows meat from celebrity tissue samples and uses it to make artisanal salami. It all starts with your favorite celebrities, and a quick biopsy to obtain tissue samples. Culture Isolating muscle stem cells, we grow celebrity meat in our proprietary bioreactors. Meats In the tradition of Italian cured meats, we dry, age, and spice our product into fine charcuterie
  • Wreckage of fatal TWA Flight 800 to be destroyed 25 years after crash

    02/24/2021 5:54:48 PM PST · by ConservativeStatement · 94 replies
    New York Post ^ | February 24, 2021 | Tamar Lapin
    The wreckage of TWA Flight 800 is set to be destroyed — nearly 25 years after the doomed aircraft crashed off the coast of Long Island, killing all 230 people on board. For the last two decades, the reconstructed Boeing 747 has been housed in a Virginia hangar and used by the National Transportation Safety Board as a training tool for accident investigators. But the federal agency on Monday announced it planned to decommission and destroy the wreckage, as its lease on the 30,000-square-foot Ashburn warehouse is set to expire.
  • ‘Eye in the sky’ border blimps to be grounded in Rio Grande Valley, congressman says

    02/09/2021 12:14:50 PM PST · by BeauBo · 57 replies
    Border Report ^ | Feb 8, 2021 | Sandra Sanchez
    The Border Patrol’s aerostat program in Texas’ Rio Grande Valley — the “eyes in the sky” tethered surveillance blimps that have for years dotted the skyline of South Texas — are being dismantled, U.S. Rep. Henry Cuellar, D-Texas, told Border Report... Cuellar told Border Report via phone. “It costs too much money.” The actual blimps are owned by the federal government and are Army surplus, most having been used in Afghanistan and the Middle East. The contractors hired by the operating companies are, in many cases, veterans who were trained by the federal government when they were in active military...