In 2009 The Horsemen Flight Team hooked up with the Blue Angels at an air show. The Horsemen were flying the F8F Bearcat which was the second aircraft flown by the Blue Angels. Besides their own demonstration flight they did some flying with the current Blue Angels in the formation. They also brought the last living…
It was the worst military aircraft of all time. Developed by a man described as “the greatest charlatan ever to see his name associated with an airplane,” the Christmas Bullet was the rare kind of fighter which had a perfect kill ratio: it killed everyone who ever tried to fly it.
“Gear down, four green.” Today we learn about landing Concorde, and some more of its unique features.
“None of this pansy glass cockpit rubbish. These are proper instruments, needles and dials.” Have episode 2 of Captain Joe’s look at Concorde.
Of course you do. Here is the first in what will be a three episode series about Concorde from Captain Joe. In related news, I really need to go to the Brooklands Museum.
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…