National Aviation Day was established in 1939 by President Franklin Delano Roosevelt and is observed on the date of Orville Wright’s birthday (his brother Wilbur had died in 1912). It celebrates the history, technological development, and marvel of aviation. So let’s celebrate, Oppo! Post your pics here, and I’ll bump…
And you get to watch one of eight airworthy Ford Trimotors in the world taking off.
Sad news out of Oklahoma today as Scotty Wilson, the former Air Force pilot who had been working on a replica of the famed Bugatti aircraft, was killed in a crash involving the replica.
Here are 5 of the 7 flying P-38 Lightnings together at the Planes of Fame Airshow in 2013. The Germans may or may not have called the plane Der Gabelschwanz Teufel (The Forktailed Devil) because of its appearance.
they’re about 2km away from each other in actuality
This is a list of aircraft I’ve actually been at the controls of (or as we say in pilot parlance, having been “pilot-in-command”); riding as a passenger doesn’t count.
Have some excellent photos from the 20th annual Heritage Flight from Davis-Monthan AFB on March 5, 2016. Photos from the Flickr album provided by Airman Magazine. Click through, it is well worth your time.
I was looking back at some old articles I had published and I remember writing an article about this bird. Fun fact: I was one of the last people to board this aircraft before it crashed resulting in total loss on 19 July 2007 (yeah that’s a long time ago). It was a part of a static display at an airshow at the Rocky…
Have some short, slightly shaky footage of F-22's in the Mach Loop. There is also a bonus F-15E.
There are lots of reasons to think this 360-degree video of a determined photographer who almost gets hit by a landing plane is fake. Why is the aircraft coming in so low for a landing? What photographer would willingly put their life—and their gear—at such risk? But it actually happened.
Complete with some very cool pictures showing light diffraction across shockwaves.
Airshows are cool. B-1 Bombers are cool. Afterburners are also cool. I like planes.
The nuclear wielding bomber became an infinite threat after WW2 when Russia invented their own bomb. Getting to 50,000 feet and meeting a 500mph target became supremely important. But how? Reach altitude. Catch it at faster speeds and maneuver for attack. First-generation Jet engines weren’t yet capable. It already…
From the Planes You’ve (Probably) Never Heard Of Department of Aviation History, we bring you the Boeing XF8B.
When you and your skydiving cohort are the only ones who know the sex of your buddies new baby, then leaping from a perfectly good airplane with blue smoke streaming from your body is the only option. But when the scheduled Bonanza to jump from goes down for maintenance the only choice is to improvise.
Back in a day when America was running rich on ingenuity and poor on common sense, the U.S. Forest Service decided to make a bold experiment in lighter-than-air flight. The ultimate balloondoggle ensued.
Just to be clear, I thought for the longest time electric aircraft would simply never happen, at least on a large scale. Batteries are simply too heavy and not energy-dense enough, and nothing is more critical on an aircraft than weight. The famous adage of Colin Chapman - “add lightness” - is daily edict for the…