Survivor: U.S. Marine Corps AV-8B Harrier II Plus

Sep 25, 2012 No Comments

If a picture truly is worth a 1,00o words, then this image could be worth the lives of countless U.S. Marines in Afghanistan. That’s because the McDonnell Douglas AV-8B Harrier II Plus pictured by Cpl. Timothy Lenzo was one of just two such aircraft that survived a Sept. 14 attack by Taliban insurgents on Camp [...]

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The “Pancake” Lives On

Sep 11, 2012 1 Comment

By Robert F. Dorr, Photo by Jay Miller During WW II, every manufacturer was aggressively seeking ways of squeezing more performance out of aircraft. Unfortunately, virtually all of those sometimes unorthodox experimental aircraft have disappeared. This is what makes the displaying of the most unorthodox of them all, the Vought V-173 “Flying Flap Jack,” at [...]

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Impossible Barriers Are Made To Be Broken

Jul 18, 2012 1 Comment

By  Sergei I. Sikorsky Few technologies have had such a rapid development and such a powerful impact on mankind as the invention of the airplane. Also, few new technologies were greeted with such enthusiasm by the general public and by such skepticism by the scientific community. It is enough to recall the comments of a [...]

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A-10 Goes to War on 40th Anniversary

Jul 16, 2012 1 Comment

The U.S. Air Force “isn’t even remotely considering” replacing the A-10 Thunderbolt II, alias the Warthog, with a newer-generation, single-mission ground attack aircraft. “It isn’t going to happen,” said outgoing Air Force chief of staff Gen. Norton Schwartz on the 40th anniversary of the A-10’s first flight on May 10. Gen. Mark Welsh, named to [...]

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Second Top Secret USAF Space Mission Completed

Jul 13, 2012 1 Comment

  The unmanned Boeing X-37B reusable spacecraft is described as an Orbital Test Vehicle or OTV. It is remotely piloted from the ground. Boeing has built and flown two X-37Bs—OTV-1 and OTV-2. OTV-1 was flown first on April 22, 2010 until December 3, 2010 during mission USA-212—224 days. The first flight demonstrated that the X-37B [...]

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Eighteen-rotor personal helicopter coming to a driveway near you

Jun 14, 2012 No Comments

Remember that crazy 18-rotor personal helicopter proof of concept from e-volo that we wrote about last November? Looks like the company is ready to take the next step towards making a consumer version of this thing, and ultimately, it may not even be that crazy at all. Yes, we know that this thing looks bizarre. Very, very [...]

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May 25, 2012 4 Comments
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70th Doolittle Reunion

May 23, 2012 3 Comments

  As the hands of time continue to march forward, we find ourselves now approaching the 70th anniversary of the epic events of WW II. While the participants of those desperate times steadily dwindle, efforts to honor and acknowledge their sacrifices and service are being held around the country at appropriate venues. To commemorate America’s [...]

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