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Helborne 513: October Issue

Pivotal Tactics - Behind the Legendary Battle of Britain

Banshee Wail - Flying Skulls over Burma

Out for a Sunday Ride - Civilian Pilots Caught in History’s Path

Chennault’s Flying Tigers -- How They Got Their Name

The First Bridge - The Vietnam War Had to Start Somewhere

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22 Year Old Sets Record

22 Year Old Sets Record

KARACHI: A dashing 22-year-old Swiss pilot passed through Karachi on his way to making a world record of being the youngest pilot to fly round the globe in 80 days. Carlo Schmid flew in to Karachi from Muscat on way to Ahmedabad and Nagpur. He has undertaken RTW 2012 (Round the World) to pay tribute […]
43rd Anniversary of Man On The Moon

43rd Anniversary of Man On The Moon

Today marks the 43rd Anniversary of the day that Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin landed on the the surface of the moon.  Watch this footage of them taking the first steps onto the moon.

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As a boy, Sikorsky was told that man would never fly. He is shown shaking hands with the first man to walk on the moon a brief 66 years after the Wright Brothers flew. (Photo courtesy of Igor I. Sikorsky Historical Archives)

Impossible Barriers Are Made To Be Broken

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 […]
Flying a “heli bike”!

Flying a “heli bike”!

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 […]

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X-37B Secret Space Plane Video

X-37B Secret Space Plane Video

The U.S. Air Force’s X-37B unmanned space plane returned to Earth last week after 15 months in orbit on a mystery mission! The Air Force released a video (below) that was partially shot in infrared. The X-37B landed at Vandenberg Air Force Base.  
A-10 Goes to War on 40th Anniversary

A-10 Goes to War on 40th Anniversary

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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The Perfect Fighter

The Perfect Fighter

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 […]

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Second Top Secret USAF Space Mission Completed

Second Top Secret USAF Space Mission Completed

  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 […]
To Fly Around The World

To Fly Around The World

Bertrand Piccard squeezes himself into the narrow cockpit of his solar-powered plane and feels like a prisoner. There’s not a lot of room in there. He can barely move. An engineer has to climb up to him to hook him up to an on-board computer. Piccard, 54, is wearing a life jacket over insulated overalls […]
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