Boeing’s X-48C research aircraft flew for the 30th and final time on Tuesday, marking the successful completion of an eight-month flight-test program to explore and further validate the aerodynamic characteristics of the Blended Wing Body design concept. All 30 flights were conducted at NASA’s Dryden Flight Research Center in California. The X-48C typically flew for [...]
1898 – John Howard Umney, an English flying ace from World War I, is born. He flew as a gunner-observer in the rear seat of Bristol F.2 Fighters, and was credited with 13 official aerial victories. 1911 – The U. S. Army sets up its first permanent flying school at College Park, Md. 1934 – Renato Donati sets an altitude record of [...]
Amid all the controversy surrounding Lockheed Martin’s F-35 Lightning II, better known as the Joint Strike Fighter or JSF, the test force at Patuxent River, Md., recently distributed a great video of a B model doing the first JSF vertical landing at night. Thanks to DoDLive.mil, you can check out the video, below.
History and aviation buffs can rejoice at the season opening of the Selfridge Military Air Museum near Mount Clemens, Mich., this month. The museum on the Selfridge Air National Guard Base in Harrison Township is open to the public from noon to 4:30 p.m. Saturdays, Sundays, Independence Day and Memorial Day, starting now through October 27. [...]
The Netherlands is to place its Lockheed Martin F-35A Lightning II test aircraft into temporary storage, pending a final decision on how to replace its air force’s F-16 Falcon fighters, also built by Lockheed Martin. Newly appointed defense minister Jeanine Hennis-Plasschaert announced the decision to park the test assets in a letter to the Dutch parliament on [...]
1837 – The earliest known aeronautical experiment in Canada is conducted by Canadian schoolteacher John Rae. He successfully launches a paper balloon able to carry weight. Its lift is provided by the heating of its blackened surface by the sun. 1933 – Italian test pilot Francesco Agello sets an airspeed record of 424 mph in the Italian [...]
Spring is here, so if you’re looking for an appropriate aviation read to enjoy while enjoying the great outdoors, how about one by a pilot of gliders, Rhinos and jumbos? Oh my, there’s also an inspirational message in it, too. In “Hold Fast to Your Dreams” (Evangelista Media, $14.99), Irish native George Lee chronicles a [...]
The high-speed, high-altitude acrobatic maneuvers and tight formations of the U.S. Navy’s Blue Angels will be missing from dozens of festivals and air shows across the country this year. All Blue Angels performances for the remainder of 2013 have been canceled, the Navy announced Tuesday. The decision is a result of budget constraints caused by [...]