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Filed Under:Vehicles / Aircraft
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Archived Since:March 7, 2008

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Into the Dawn

Or maybe the sunset. . . PACIFIC OCEAN (Dec. 6, 2008) The amphibious assault ship USS Boxer (LHD 4) performs maneuvers off the coast of Southern California. Boxer is on a certification exercise supporting the 13th Marine Expeditionary Unit in preparation for an upcoming deployment. U.S. Navy Photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Daniel Barker


The Missile Defense Agency scores a kill. . . Images here: . MDA Video here: . YouTube Video here: . The Press Release: The Missile Defense Agency announced today it has completed an important exercise and flight test involving a successful...Show More Summary

AF CV-22s earn their rotors in Africa

. Air Force CV-22 Ospreys made the Atlantic Crossing to Africa to participate in operation Flintlock 2009. Story by 1st Lt. Lauren Johnson at AF Link: . Four CV-22 Ospreys from the 8th Special Operations Squadron here returned after completing their first operational deployment supporting Exercise Flintlock 2009 in November in Bamako, Mali. . The aircraft supported the training [...]

Steve McQueen - Stearman Pilot - Airport Bum

This Saturday, Dec 6, Santa Paula airport in California will host Barbara McQueen for a book signing and fund raising event for the soon to be completed Aviation Museum. She and Steve McQueen lived for 6 months in a junk filled hangar, as the highly paid actor learned to fly his Stearman from the local [...]

Wanna set a speed record?

One of the ways aviation was first promoted, beginning a century ago, was by the official recognition of records. In that way pilots were encouraged to fly farther, higher and faster in various types of aircraft, and the media attention these actions drew advanced aviation and attracted money. Between the aging of the pilot population, [...]

ISS is 10 years old

Back in Dec ‘98 this was the first construction effort on the new space station: . . has a great 10th birthday image library. . Here’s a recent image from STS-117. . . More at NASA.

VI Day - Nov 22, 2008

No one else apparently was going to do it, so some folks in the Blogosphere are declaring Nov 22 to be the first V.I. day. Victory in Iraq. I like it. . . I will be writing up something a bit more detailed on the Big Day. . For more information go here.

On Patrol

. An F-15E Strike eagle conducts a mission over Afghanistan on Oct. 7. The F-15E Strike Eagle is a dual-role fighter designed to perform air-to-air and air-to-ground missions. An array of avionics and electronics systems gives the F-15E the capability to fight at low altitude, day or night, and in all weather. (U.S. Air Force [...]

Wing Off Light - Lit

Yes, this is a real airplane, with a real person inside. You’ll have to watch the video to see how it turned out (I never would have believed it). .

Flying B-25s with the Seahorse Marines

The Knoxville News covers the reunion of VMB-423, a Marine B-25 squadron that beat up the South Pacific in WWII. . One of their favorite attacks they called “heckling”, where they would attack a Japanese base at night. Rather than make a single run and drop all their bombs, they would carry lots of 100lb bombs, and [...]

Tempelhof … Closed :(

One of the oldest and historic airfields on the Continent is to be closed today. AOPA has the story. .

Pearl Harbor Flyover

Yeah, this is an airplane blog. So on the flimsy excuse of a flyover of helicopters from HSL 37, I’m posting this cool picture of the Battleship Missouri. There’s just something about the lines of the Missouri class battlewagons that is seriously big and nasty, and yet beautiful at the same time. . . PEARL HARBOR, Hawaii [...]

Bell X-14 - found in an Indiana barn

The folks at “The Unwanted Blog” stumbled into the one and only Bell X-14, on display at Ropkey Armor Museum on a remote Indiana farm. The X-14 was a pioneering VTOL aircraft from the 50’s. . . The museum found the aircraft a few years ago, for sale by the government to be sold as scrap, and bought [...]

Deadstick takeoff

…. and landing, of course. . . It’s amazing what you can do with a big hill and a Cub. . H/T PointNiner.

NASA Boffins Reboot Hubble

They got it up using the backup processor, never used in the 18 years Hubble has been in space. Story at . I’ve got some experience with that. I was a spacecraft controller on the AMPTE project in the 80’s. Our command processor croaked shortly after launch, and we had to operate using the backup for [...]

Politics and GA

The AOPA “interviewed” McCain and Obama regarding GA issues, with the results on their web site. On User Fees, one of the most important issues to GA, neither candidate really answers the question, although McCain displays a lot more understanding of the issues in his non-answer, while Obama may as well have said “I don’t [...]

Asteroid atmospheric entry caught on METEOSAT-8 image

The Asteroid TC-3, discovered last week a few hours before hitting the earth wasn’t captured on any ground based images as it came down over the Sudan. But that didn’t prevent METEOSAT-8 from seeing the event. Story and bigger images at .

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