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We gotta get rid of turbines, they are ruining aviation.
We need to go back to big round engines. Anybody can start a turbine, you just need to move a switch from "OFF" to "START," and then remember to move it back to "ON" after a while. My PC is harder to start. Cranking a round engine requires skill, finesse and style. On some planes, the pilots are not even allowed to do it.
Turbines start by whining for a while, then give a small lady-like poot and start whining louder. Round engines give a satisfying rattle-rattle, click-click BANG, more rattles, another BANG, a big macho fart or two, more clicks, a lot of smoke and finally a serious low pitched roar. We like that. It's a guy thing.
When you start a round engine, your mind is engaged and you can concentrate on the flight ahead. Starting a turbine is like flicking on a ceiling fan: Useful, but hardly exciting. Turbines don't break often enough, leading to aircrew boredom, complacency and inattention. A round engine at speed looks and sounds like it's going to blow at any minute. This helps concentrate the mind. Turbines don't have enough control levers to keep a pilot's attention. There's nothing to fiddle with during the flight. Turbines smell like a Boy Scout camp full of Coleman lanterns. Round engines smell like God intended flying machines to smell.
I think I hear the nurse coming down the hall. I gotta go.
Contributed by David Duke
Once the wings go on, they never come off whether they can be seen or not. It fuses to the soul through adversity, fear and adrenaline and no one who has ever worn them with pride, integrity and guts can ever sleep through the "call of the wild" that wafts through the bedroom windows in the deep of the night.
When a good aircrewman leaves the "job" and retires, many are jealous, some are pleased and yet others, who may have already retired, wonder. We wonder if he knows what he is leaving behind, because we already know. We know, for example, that after a lifetime of camaraderie that few experience, it will remain as a longing for those past times. We know in the world of flying, there is a fellowship which lasts long after the flight suits are hung up in the back of the closet. We know even if he throws them away, they will be on him with every step and breath that remains in his life. We also know how the very bearing of a man speaks of what he was and in his heart still is. Because we flew, we envy no man on earth.
Author Unknown--Contributed by Marion Swinford
Ernest Hemingway once wrote of fighter pilots and their planes: "You love a lot of things if you live around them. But there isn't any woman and there isn't any horse, nor any before nor any after, that is as lovely as a great airplane. And men who love them are faithful to them even though they leave them for others. Man has one virginity to lose in fighters, and if it is a lovely airplane he loses it to, there is where his heart will be forever."
The only time you have too much fuel is when you're on fire.
(3/4/14) EXTERNAL LINK: A6 Accidental Partial Ejection--Pilot and navigator describe the partial ejection and how the successful recovery took place aboard the USS Lincoln. Turn speakers on to hear the communications between the A6 and the carrier. Additonal links are very interesting reading.
F-14 back seat passenger ejects himself by accident: "I've Lost My RIO" Contributed by Scott Ruby and Jim "Mugs" Morgan VFP-63 pilots
The Amazing Lockheed U-2 Spyplane
(3/30/14)EXTERNAL LINK: Enjoy the Ride: Fly in the U-2--Amazing Video You can see why the U-2 is considered the most difficult plane in the world to fly. --Contributed by Dick Inglese
Each pilot has a co-pilot, who chases the plane on the runway in a sports car. Most of the cars are either Pontiac GTOs or Chevrolet Cameros - the Air Force buys American.
The chase cars talk the pilot down as he lands on bicycle-style landing gear.
In that spacesuit, the pilot in the plane simply cannot get a good view of the runway.
Upon takeoff, the wings on this plane, which extend 103 feet from tip to tip, literally flap.
To stabilize the wings on the runway, two pogo sticks on wheels prop up the ends of the wings.
As the plane flies away, the pogo sticks drop off.
The plane climbs at an amazing rate of nearly 10,000 feet a minute.
Within about four minutes, I was at 40,000 feet, higher than any commercial airplane. We kept going up to 13 miles above Earth's surface.
You get an incredible sensation up there. As you look out the windows, it feels like you're floating, it feels like you're not moving, but you're actually going 500 mph..
The U-2 was built to go higher than any other aircraft. In fact today, more than 50 years since it went into production, the U-2 flies higher than any aircraft in the world with the exception of the space shuttle.
It is flying more missions and longer missions than ever before - nearly 70 missions a month over Iraq and Afghanistan , an operational tempo that is unequaled in history.
The pilots fly for 11 hours at a time, sometimes more than 11 hours up there alone.
By flying so high, the U-2 has the capability of doing reconnaissance over a country without actually violating its airspace.
It can look off to the side, peering 300 miles or more inside a country without actually flying over it.
It can "see" in the dark and through clouds.
It can also "hear," intercepting conversations 14 miles below.
The U-2, an incredible piece of history and also a current piece of high technology, is at the center of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan .
(1/13/15) EXTERNAL LINK: Great HD Video: F-18 Air Ops Around the USS Enterprise--Launches, landing, air-to-air scenes. All very interesting. Contributed by Macy Vandeusen
(7/19/13) EXTERNAL LINK: Russian Sukhoi Su-35S- Paris Airshow 2013 The high agility demonstrated by the Sukhoi Su-35S fighter at the Paris air show is rooted in a Russian concept in which close-range, low-speed air combat remains important, according to Sukhoi chief test pilot Sergey Bogdan.
The aircraft, equipped with three-axis thrust-vectoring and fully integrated flight and propulsion control, performed maneuvers here which no other operational fighter can match. These include a controlled vertical, flat-attitude descent with the aircraft rotating, and a dynamic deceleration, or “cobra”, leading to a small-radius 180-deg. turn and course reversal. It demonstrated a dynamic deceleration followed by extremely slow flight at a near-90-deg. angle of attack.
EXTERNAL LINK: (11/17/12) Well done video Air-to-air F-15 dogfight practice scenes --Comment from a fighter pilot: "This is without reservation the best video I have ever viewed about air-to-air combat. The producer and photographer were able to show perspective of the entire arena in a way I've never seen. Oh, to be young and crazy again." Video was taken at Kadena Air Force Base, Okinawa. --Contributed by Bob Harrison and Scott Ruby
EXTERNAL LINK: VIDEO LINK: HOT NEW ON-BOARD CAMERA OF THE BLUE ANGELS.....
Fantastic Blue Angels Video --Did you know that the pilot on the right of the formation is always a Marine? This is one of the best Blue Angel videos you'll see!! Great perspective with much of it filmed from the cockpit. You see the formation then see it from the pilot or camera view. It is in HD; Hope your computer can handle it--contributed by Bill Newby
Remember, you're always a student in an airplane.
Aircraft History, Stories and Love of Aviation
- (1/13/15) World War II Aviation Art by the Greatest Aviation Artists
You will need Power Point Viewer and to open in a new window select the lower righ-hand box.
- (9/14/14) Excellent video: Celebration Flybys of Aircraft--WW II to Present Day---Contributed by George Montgomery
- (10/1/13): The Start of an Air Force: Israel -- American pilots volunteer to fly The only four (4) airplanes Israel had when the war of independence began were smuggled from Czech Republic. They were German "Messerschmidt 109s". They were assembled overnight in Tel Aviv and were never flight tested.This is a short video about their pilots.
Contrary to popular perception (by the people who do not know history), the United States' assistance to Israel during the war of independence was quite different. Americans were not allowed to join the fight and arms embargo had been established and enforced by the FBI.
At the same time, Arab armies were very well supplied by the same countries who maintained arms embargo against Israel and of course had great advantage in manpower. Watch this video. Contributed by Ernie Halley
- (6/19/13) Click this link to see many excellent photos: US Air Force Aviation Museum The Air Force Equivalent of the National Naval Aviation Museum Pensacola, Florida Contributed by: Ernie Halley
- (4/7/13) 47 minute Video: America's First Jet: Lockheed's L-133 Good history for the true aviation enthusiast. Contributed by Robert King
- (2/28/13)VIDEO: Sentimental tribute to aviators and aviation: To Those Who Fly & Fight Good music, good scenes---Turn your speakers on. Contributed by Ernie Halley
- (2/21/13)Many short videos: Aircraft of all eras Lots of brief video clips, some with sound, some without. Contributed by Ernie Halley
- (2/15/13)Fantastic photos (some present day): P-51s on Iwo Jima Don't use auto run, take your time and scroll thru each pic. Just put your pointer on the picture to get the dropdown info.
Click on the picture to see in full size. Some WWII Iwo Jima photos not normally found in today's "quick" history updates.--Contributed by Ernie Halley
- (2/15/13) EXTERNAL Link Excellent photos of Pre-WW II Aircraft --Restored pre-World War II aircraft at the National Naval Aviation Museum, Pensacola, FL.--Contributed by David Duke
- (2/5/13) Extensive Compilation of: Vought Aircraft History --Vought was the aircraft manufacture of the Crusader and other great aircraft. Contributed by: Bill Asbell
- (2/1/13)EXTERNAL Video (27 min long) JFK visit to U.S. Naval Ordance Test Station China Lake, CA June 7, 1963. Ordance demonstration starts with a RF-8 Crusader flare salute to JFK. Various ordance demonstrations and a final RF-8 (VFP-63) recon demo.
- (11/14/12): EXTERNAL Video: Incredible large models of every type of aircraft --This is an amazing show. Share with your aviation friends. They have to work on their landings, however. From SpeakingEagles co-founder Mike Summey.....A KingAir owner and pilot in Ashville, NC. Contributed by George Montgomery
- The Round The World Saga of the: Pacific Clipper
- Final Class to Graduate: NAS Pensacola Officer Candidate School Closes
- The Bone Yard near Davis Monthan Air Force Base in Tucson, Arizona. The third largest air force in the world: Davis Monthan Picture 1 -Click to see: Davis Monthan Picture 2 -Click to see: Davis Monthan Picture 3 - Contributed: Adam Miklovis
The probability of survival is equal to the angle of arrival.
Thanks to ALL who served and are serving!
"He who demands everything that his aircraft can give him is a pilot;
he that demands one iota more is a fool."
SR-71 Blackbird Spy Plane
- (9/8/14): Former Blackbird pilot tells--- SR-71 Stories---Contributed by Herb Gold
- (11/17/13): Foxhound vs. Blackbird: How the MiGs reclaimed the skies--An interesting expose on why the SR-71 was retired. The new MiGs that could catch the Blackird.
For a good analysis of the MiG-25 vs the SR-71 click here: Foxbat vs Blackbird
"Skunk Works" Unveils SR-72
(11/23/13): Lockheed Martin's Skunk Works says the replacement it's proposing for the SR-71 spy plane, the SR-72, is a Mach 6 drone that doesn't need to be stealthy because it's so fast. Aviation Week and Space Technology got an exclusive on the public unveiling of the project, which it quotes a Lockheed Martin spokesperson as saying could be operational within 10 years and since it uses some off-the-shelf technology won't break the defense budget.
"The Skunk Works has been working with Aerojet Rocketdyne for the past seven years to develop a method to integrate an off-the-shelf turbine with a scramjet to power the aircraft from standstill to Mach 6 plus," Brad Leland, portfolio manager for air-breathing hypersonic technologies, told AW&ST.
The drone will launch and recover from conventional runways and use jet engines to get it to Mach 4. A scramjet second stage would get the blended wing aircraft to Mach 6 with a variety of spy gear or weapons. The company said it didn't worry too much about stealth because at more than 4,000 mph the speed itself is the cover. Lockheed Martin said the key to the success of the program is the combination turbine and scramjet engine that supplies the ponies. Leland says the method of making the two vastly different engine technologies work together "is proprietary." The SR-71 Blackbird, a Mach 3 high altitude manned spy plane, was retired in 1998 after a 30-year career.---Contributed by Greg Engler
- An aviator's love for the: SR-71 Blackbird Spy Plane Contributed by: Pete Wallace
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- I know the wonderufl pilot who related the story of his experience in that magnificent plane was published 3 years ago, but I just read it today for the first time.
What an inspirition! Thanks so much to him for making me feel I was onboard the thrilling flight over Libya myself. It was a heart-felt beautiful account of a man and his love of a plane and his love of flying.
Orville and Wilbur would be so proud and so thrilled to hear it.
I'm in awe and so thankful for the experience you gave me just from the written word.
I live in Omaha, where we are so lucky to have a Blackbird at our Strategic Aerospace Museum in Gretna, NE. It holds a very high place of honor there. The Blackbird greets you as you enter the building. Suspended up above at an angle, she takes your breath away even in her stillness. You can sense what she is capable of just by setting your eyes on her. I hope generations of people will see what true grandeur is in an SR-71 and come to appreciate that it was done so long ago, but so ahead of its time.
- (1/29/12): Now, an EXTERNAL video of: SR-71 in flight ..the engineering, pilot skills, and more. Contributed by Ernie Halley
- VIDEO: A masterpice:-Radio controlled model of a SR-71 --Contributed by Ernie Halley
- "What was the slowest you ever flew the Blackbird?"-- Very Slow SR-71 Flyby -Contributed by Adam Miklovis
- EXTERNAL LINK: Interesting photos of an engine run for the: J-58 engine that powered the SR-71 Blackbird. Contributed by: J.J. McKenna
The ideal pilot is the perfect blend of discipline and aggressiveness.
Flying Fast !!!
- (3/11/13) A look at low-flying from all eras: Lower Than a Snake's Belly Vintage Wings of Canada site with many stories and photos of low-flying.--Contributed by Ernie Halley
- EXTERNAL YouTube video and explanation of: Speed of Sound What makes a sonic boom? Contributed by: Robert King
Insanely low flying jet passes...takes your breath away!
- [TURN YOUR SOUND UP!!] Click here to see Insane low flying
- (2/17/13) this video starts with Tom Cruise in the Movie "TOP GUN" when he makes a low
pass near the control tower and causes an officer to spill coffee down his shirt. The top 10 low pass flybys ever filmed Pay particular attention to the last shown low pass. It is number one. Watch the halo of water around the plane. It happened during a Blue Angels event over San Francisco several years ago. It was the pilot's last show with the Team and he had nothing to lose. Many of the boats in the bay lost windows to the sonic blast. It's a kick to watch. Number 3 was pretty impressive too.--Contributed by Bob Verbinski
Good judgment comes from experience and experience comes from bad judgment.
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