When we last reported on the University of Maryland students and their impressive Gamera II machine, they had only managed to get few feet off the ground. In this latest video, Gamera II gains 8 feet in altitude using just its pedaling passenger for power! Here’s the scoop, as reported by Claudine Zap of Yahoo’s [...]
Some 75 years after Amelia Earhart’s plane disappeared, a new discovery on the bottom of the ocean points to where the aviator may have crashed — and died. (via tighar.org) A debris field videotaped in the waters off Nikumaroro Island could include remnants of the aviator’s plane — the latest batch of evidence in what has been an ongoing search for clues (see the most notable Earhart discoveries from the last 75 years).
Basically, there are only two kinds of people in the aviation community: those who have been to the annual aerial orgy in Wisconsin known as Oshkosh (aka AirVenture) and those who want to go but haven’t. Unfortunately, the “wannagos” greatly outnumber the “beentheres.” So, as a public service to those who are getting tired of [...]
Flight Journal’s old friend and former Grumman test pilot takes the reader on some wild rides as he test flies the first Grumman jet fighter. Corky was world renown as a test pilot but his writings after retirement that detailed his many flying experiences added a whole new dimension to his legend. He is probably [...]
Here’s an amazing video of students at the University of Maryland and their human-powered helicopter. This guy is really pedaling hard … guess that’s a natural “safety limiter”! “Gammera II” currently holds the world record of 50 seconds for human-powered heli flight. The students designed and built it in an effort to capture the Sikorsky [...]
By Dr. Carlo Kopp, Associate Fellow AIAA, Senior Member IEEE, PEng Unprecedented cost blowouts, schedule delays, and serious questions about performance and capabilities in the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter program have produced some very intensive public argument in recent times about the merits of stealth and other advanced fighter technologies. While most of the problems [...]
Flight Petty Officer Saburo Sakai was having a good day. His squadron of A6M2 Zeros of the Tainan Wing had departed Rabaul, New Britain, more than 500 miles northwest of the previously obscure island of Guadalcanal, responding to an American amphibious landing. In a series of combats north of the island, Sakai had shot down [...]