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Belle Geddes Midway Dioramas

Apr 03, 2012 2 Comments

Life magazine, with the help of the USN, commissioned the construction of an incredible series of gigantic dioramas that illustrated the various events and phases of the Battle of Midway. While preparing Barrett Tillman’s exhaustive article on that operation in this issue, our own Stan Piet stumbled upon what appears to be the entire file [...]

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NASA Climate Day at the Museum of Flight

Mar 26, 2012 No Comments

Time: Thursday, April 5, 2012 – 5:00pm – 9:00pm Event Type: Special Event Location: Museum of Flight During the April 5 “Free First Thursday” from 5 to 9 p.m., the Museum will celebrate NASA Climate Day with activities and presentations exploring the science of climate change and what we can do about it. The event’s [...]

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Alice through the looking glass

Mar 19, 2012 1 Comment

The “wonderland” that is the Imperial War Museum (IWM) at Duxford, Cambridge, UK, is world renown. Duxford’s Norman Foster-designed American Air Museum (AAM) celebrates the vital part the U.S. played and the lives lost in the progress towards the Allies victory in Europe during World War II. One of the largest exhibits in the glass-fronted [...]

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Scarce pose on orbit

Mar 12, 2012 No Comments

Photographs of the International Space Station (ISS) are taken from a space shuttle, and photographs of a space shuttle are taken from the ISS. So how was this extraordinary photograph taken? This photo of the Space Shuttle Endeavour was taken by astronaut Paolo Nespoli on-board the Russian supply ship Soyuz TMA-20 after it undocked for [...]

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Northrop Grumman Firebird Unveiled:

Mar 06, 2012 No Comments

This is not your grandpa’s Firebird Northrop Grumman recently unveiled its newest intelligence gathering aircraft system, whereby military users will be able to acquire real-time high-definition video, view infrared imagery, use radar and even listen in on communications signals—all at the same time—using this aircraft called Firebird. Moreover, it has been designed to either be [...]

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FAA told to make room for RC planes & drones

Mar 03, 2012 1 Comment

This USA Today story has more information on the legislatation that pass the House and Senate and would require the FAA to ensure ways for drones to safely share airspace with piloted aircraft. This, of course, also affects RC airplanes and helicopters. Within a few years, that flying object overhead might not be a bird [...]

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Airbase Diner

Feb 28, 2012 No Comments

Do you remember the 1950s and ’60s and those exotic, full-service meals aboard Douglas DC-6s plying their airborne way from the cold of Chicago to the tropical heat of Florida? These aerial dining experiences are a distant memory, except for the elite few now able to afford first-class intercontinental airline tickets. Unless, that is, you [...]

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A squadron of tiny quadcopters: must-see video!

Feb 27, 2012 No Comments

Picture this: a nano quadcopter that’s fast and agile. Then multiply it by 20, and imagine this tiny squadron flying in formation, performing tasks and doing aerobatic maneuvers–together. In a video from the GRASP Lab of the University of Pennsylvania, air vehicles developed by KMel Robotics put on an amazing show. I promise that this [...]

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