Have some footage of one of the craziest ideas the USAF has tried. Towing escort fighters by hooking them up to the wingtips of bombers. If you want a little more info check out the Wikipedia article on FICON / Tip Tow / Tom-Tom. At the time of these experiments aerial refueling hadn’t been perfected. Since fighters…
Looks a little sketchy getting out of the bomb bay, but it makes for good video.
Not U2, (*** warning, hot take ***) they quit being good after Joshua Tree. I’m talking about U-2, Kelly Johnson’s original high altitude spy plane. The Dragon Lady is just an unreal airplane and I find it utterly fascinating. Yes, the NASA planes are considered ER-2's, but they are the same plane with different…
I happen to know a guy who knows a guy who’s buying one of these. Since my life is steeped in aviation I try to make it a point to be at the right place at the right time. In this case, I was invited to ride aboard serial number 8 of the class defining Cirrus single-engine personal jet.
Wired posts some pretty cool articles, this is one of them. Lots of excellent photographs from the Apollo program here.
I’m not sure how useful the maneuvers that get demonstrated are, but they definitely make for some neat party tricks.
Yes, yes you do want to see 18 minutes of XB-70 footage. The thumbnail looks kind of wonky, but the footage is very good and includes a lot of in flight footage. This looks to be from a documentary and is quite informative. What blew my mind was the footage around 2:15 or so when they are doing taxi tests and you…
The aggressors make this win look effortless. What I find most incredible is how their communication sounds conversational even though they’re pulling all sorts of G’s.
In video form.
Here is a five minute video with a little bit of a walkaround explaining some of the features of the F-14B with some flying. Nothing in depth, but still pretty neat.
Godspeed John Glenn.
more pictures at the artist’s website (which is very plainly laid out, and nicely ad free)
If you’ve got 10 minutes to spare you owe it to yourself to watch this video from Rockwell International Space Division. It was published in 1976, so is prior to any actual flights happening. Money shots of the orbiter under construction start around 5 minutes in, but the whole thing is pretty fascinating. The…
It seems someone at Wired is pretty fond of Boeing and they’ve been posting some interesting videos. Here we’ve got a look at the Renton factory and 737 production and a video showing the 737 MAX test airplane. They also had a pretty neat series with Delta a while back.
Designer Lockheed and the Air Force treated the project with intense secrecy, and when still totally classified, the CIA recorded any hints that reporters, analysts or civilian plane watchers might have as to the jet’s existence. It didn’t matter who suspected it. If airport cab drivers were spreading rumors about…
Famed aerobatic and air race pilot Kirby Chambliss is so excited about the upcoming Red Bull Air Race at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway that he flipped at the chance to compete against IndyCar driver Alexander Rossi. This newest stunt rivals Kirby’s antics when he landed on the Strip in Las Vegas before a race last…
As with any motorsport the risk of bodily harm is an accepted factor when competing in a high stakes race. This pilot walked away with only minor injuries after an intense crash during a failed start on the final round of the Formula 1 class at the renowned Reno Air Races.
The United States 5th Bomb Wing B-52s and their crews recently performed a mass takeoff during Prairie Vigilance exercise at Minot Air Force Base in North Dakota. Prairie Vigilance is an annual exercise designed to test the wing’s ability to conduct conventional and nuclear-capable bomber operations.
The 489 Bomb Group of Dyess AFB and Abilene, Texas sets off car alarms after an impressive takeoff during a visiting to Fairford, England in the United Kingdom. This mission is in support of the NATO exercise Ample Strike ongoing in the Czech Republic.