As I was reaching down to the sides of the little cockpit for the seat belts, I found myself asking what seemed to be a logical question: If you built a model airplane that is on a 1:1 scale, where do you draw the line between model and real airplanes? Certainly the Spacewalker begs that […]
by Budd Davisson In Formula One racing there are fast airplanes, there are really fast airplanes, and then there is (was) Nemesis. Itís now resting in the Smithsonian, buyt not a racing pilot on the planet doubts that should pilot/designer Jon Sharp decide to pull his now-dusty racer out of the display case to challenge […]
by Budd Davisson You can no more talk about Laser 200ís without mentioning Leo Loudenslager than you can talk about Pitts Specials and not talk about Curtis Pitts. These landmark airplanes are the direct result of the landmark people behind them. Leo is the primary reason for the demise of the Pitts Special as the […]
The Collings Foundation of Stowe, VT, the flying museum that operates, among other things an F-4 Phantom, B-24 and a B-17 has announced that they are not only adding a Messerschmitt Me-262 to their fleet but we get a chance to fly it. There is, of course the minor stipulation that we have to make a sizeable donation to the procurement and support of the faithful reproduction of the famous German jet.
December 15, 1943 Fw-190A2 'Yellow 16' took of from the airfield Herdla in Norway. Shortly after takeoff, the pilot experienced engine trouble and had to make a controlled emergency landing on the water near the village of Solsvika west of Bergen. Almost 63 years later, on November 1, 2006, the aircraft got air under its wing again, when it was raised from a depth of 60 meters after a 5 hour recovery operation.
The Commemorative Air Force's B-29 Fifi - the world's only flyable B-29 - has been temporarily grounded by engine problems. To return the rare airplane to flight, the B-29/B-24 Squadron must raise a minimum of $3 million to custom fit the plane with new engines. The process will take at least two years, but without the updated engines the aircraft will continue to experience the same engine problems that have plagued it in the past.
Advanced program allows pilots to fly in the F-4 Phantom II and TA-4J Skyhawk. The F-4 Phantom II and TA-4J Skyhawk are the most recognized fighter jets of the Vietnam War. Both are well known for being fast, highly maneuverable and lethal. The Collings Foundation, based in Stow Massachusetts, saw the importance of preserving these legendary jets for Civilian Flight Training Programs and "living history" events. The Foundation is now offering, for the first time ever, flight experiences to members of the public.
The military zeppelin USS Macon was meant to be a floating American aircraft carrier over the Pacific Ocean — but it crashed, sank and has been lying on the ocean floor for more than 70 years. Now scientists have discovered and documented the unique wreck off the coast of California.The tragedy unfolded unusually slowly for […]