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Entries in Flight (310)

Thursday
Sep152011

Rockets' Red Glare

Humans, who have vast experience with traveling salesmen, have developed their own tools to keep these unsavory merchants away, so it's a wonder any extraterrestrials make it here at all.

Well...missiles aren't airplanes, but they do fly. We'll get back to Aircraft Day real soon.

 

Thursday
Sep012011

Ending the Family Outing

It was time to say goodbye to Skydiving Day, so Jeffery gathered up his family and started the car, preparing for the long ride home...

 

Thursday
Sep012011

Caught Up in the Excitement

Martin was a veteran skydiver, having made hundreds of jumps, but his parachute was new and inexperienced, which probably helps to explain the cause of the following mishap:

Yes, the man survived...he used a backup chute. And his friend, after witnessing the excitement, was inspired to try tail surfing himself later that afternoon.

 

Thursday
Sep012011

New Slant on an Old Trick

Modern Wingwalking

This sportsman wanted to add a little excitement to his jump, so he crawled out on to the wing of the aircraft before letting go. It's a real good thing that the airplane did not have to brake or make a sudden stop, or he might have courted some serious injury:

Unless you delight in the whistle of high-speed air, you'll want to turn the sound all the way down for this video.

Thursday
Sep012011

Double the Fun

Not content to indulge in just one hobby at a time, these young fellows found a way to enjoy both of their favorite pastimes:

Well...the topic isn't exactly airplanes today, but they do play a peripheral role.

 

Thursday
Aug252011

Keeping the Old Ford Around

Fortunately, civilization was permitted to explore the jet age, even if the silly environmentalists have frequently gotten in the way. If the movement had started even further back, say, perhaps in the 1930s, we'd be lucky to be able to fly home in one of these tin cans:

The old bird pictured above is the Ford Tri-Motor.

 

Thursday
Aug252011

Timing is Everything

In the mid-1970s, environmentalists helped to kill the supersonic transport (SST) program in the United States, using noise laws and clean air concerns as a mallet to axe the project. It's probably a good thing that the environmental movement did not gain prominence until the 1970s,  or fliers might still be traveling cross-country in one of these:

The aircraft in the video above is the Douglas DC-6.

 

Thursday
Aug182011

News from Area 51

Prehistoric Projects - part 1

Conspiracy buffs often bring up UFOs when the topic of Area 51,  a United States Air Force base situated in the desert of Nevada, is discussed. But rarely does the subject of its most secret drone project come to the forefront...

 

Thursday
Aug112011

Breaking Up

The F-117 stealth fighter shown in the next clip did not collide with anything but the whims of fate, yet that was enough to bring the jet down---its wing disintegrated during an air show over Essex, Maryland on September 14 1997. Luckily, there were no casualties other than the plane and a few houses.

 

Thursday
Aug112011

Tragedy in the Avian World

The poor birds that collided with the U.S. Airways jet after it took off from La Guardia Airport in New York on January 15, 2009, did not survive the encounter, but the Airbus A320-214 that the unfortunate fowl collided with was brought down safely on the waters of the Hudson River by the veteran pilot, Captain Chesley Sullenberger, without a loss of human life:

Here is a simulation of the flight:

 

Thursday
Jul282011

Dreams on a Bigger Scale

Unfortunately, the geniuses residing over at NASA lack imagination, or we might have had built something like this to orbit Earth, rather than the floating ISS tin can that's out there now.

Yeah...I am being over-critical of NASA,  and I know they are not solely responsible for the International Space Station, but we could have done much more than we have in the past 30 years.

 

Thursday
Jul282011

When NASA Dreams

So what's next on the U.S. space agenda? How about the new Constellation, a concept spacecraft designed by NASA that appears to rely on recycled 1960s era technology:

 

Thursday
Jul212011

Circus Approach

Terry Gilliam provides today's animation, a whimsical examination of aviation titled The Miracle of Flight:

 

Thursday
Jul212011

Airplane Modeling

Promoting an airplane that  doesn't  exist is a challenge for even the best of  dreamers,  but that didn't stop the Gamla Model Makers from producing this promotional video depicting the cargo carrier of tomorrow:

 

Thursday
Jul142011

A Little More Intensity

The next aircraft video takes a less traditional approach to music, but sticks to the basics of jet aerobatics. The video is titled Fighter Jets:

 

Thursday
Jul142011

Aircraft Interval

Taking a short recess from the museum of musical instruments this morning (although the music will remain with us),  let's wander on over to the airfield to see the first flight demonstration. The display is accompanied by the traditional United States Air Force anthem, which is often referred to as the Wild Blue Yonder:

 

Thursday
Jun302011

On the Flight Deck

Comparing the B-17 to a castle (as we did earlier) is a bit of a stretch, but the modern-day aircraft carrier serves much the same purpose of the original castellum--to defend a position or provide a point of attack--it just performs this important task at sea. We are going to step aboard the U.S.S. Theodore Roosevelt this morning, to spend a few minutes on one of these floating fortresses and watch the crew at work.

 

Thursday
Jun302011

Flying Castles 

If one goes by the original definition of a castle as fortress, then the Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress would qualify as a modern equivalent.  It possesses a couple major advantages  over its medieval predecessors as well--for one thing, it can fly, and another, take up residence in any location that provides a runway.  Let's take a look at one of  the few remaining B-17s that are still flightworthy, this example from an airshow held around five years ago:

 

Thursday
Jun232011

Course Change

A Week with Portals - Intermission - Airplane Dogfight Day part 2

Experimenting further with the effects of our portal gun, we aim for 1943, but traveling through the distorted period of the 1960s causes the device to malfunction, propelling us into a battle on another plane of existence, in a simulacrum world drained of color.

 

Thursday
Jun232011

Into the Future of Warfare

A Week with Portals - Intermission - Airplane Dogfight Day part 1

While we retain possession of the portal gun and partially occupy the world of gaming, let's use it to teleport into the future to observe a sim world in uncertainy--a world on the verge of war.

The worlds may change, but the theme remains the same...