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First Flight: Scaled Composites Model 401

Posted on October 12th, 2017 · Posted in Factory Fresh

Northrop Grumman subsidiary Scaled Composites debuted a new experimental aircraft, the Model 401, in an October 11, 2017 announcement of the prototype’s recent first flight. The company has built two Model 401 prototypes in service of an undisclosed customer “to demonstrate advanced, low-cost manufacturing techniques and to provide aircraft for..
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Lockheed P-38 Flight Characteristics (1943)

Posted on August 13th, 2017 · Posted in Gun Camera Videos

Normal and emergency operating characteristics of the Lockheed P-38. Demonstrates precautions and techniques for taking off, flying, and landing, showing in detail how controls and apparatus should be manipulated. Explains how to take off and fly with only one engine, and shows how to bail out.

Brian Shul on piloting the SR-71

Posted on August 10th, 2017 · Posted in Gun Camera Videos

In this talk at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, Vietnam-era attack pilot and retired Air Force major Brian Shul, author of “Sled Driver: Flying the World’s Fastest Jet,” reveals fascinating details of piloting the SR-71. Using his rare aviation slides and stories as a vehicle, he tells a broader inspired story..
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L.A. Speed Story by SR-71 pilot Brian Shul

Posted on August 4th, 2017 · Posted in Gun Camera Videos

This is an expanded excerpt from Brian Shul’s book Sled Driver : Flying the World’s Fastest Jet. There were a lot of things we couldn’t do in an SR-71, but we were the fastest guys on the block and loved reminding our fellow aviators of this fact. People often asked..
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The Last Boeing 747 for Paying Passengers Has Been Built

Posted on July 19th, 2017 · Posted in Aviation News

The final passenger airframe of the current generation 747-8i is currently undergoing test flights for the Korean Air. The Seoul-based carrier is one of only three passenger airlines to take delivery of the most recent version of the 747 — Lufthansa and Air China are the other members of this..
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Abandoned Soviet Buran Space Shuttles

Posted on July 10th, 2017 · Posted in Gun Camera Videos

Hidden inside hangars at the Baikonur Cosmodrome, you can find two Space Shuttles dating back from the Space Race during the Cold War. The Buran programme was the largest and the most expensive in the history of Soviet Space Exploration. The project was canceled in 1993. Exploring the Unbeaten Path..
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Lockheed Martin F-35A Performs Flight Demonstration at Paris Air Show 2017

Posted on June 19th, 2017 · Posted in Gun Camera Videos

Before the opening of the 2017 Paris Air Show, Lockheed Martin senior experimental test pilot Billie Flynn validated the F-35A Lightning II flying display for show officials, providing an early opportunity to see it in action. This is the F-35A model, which is flown by the United States Air Force,..
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Stratolaunch Carrier Aircraft Rolls Out of Hangar for First Time

Posted on May 31st, 2017 · Posted in Factory Fresh

Stratolaunch is the world’s largest aircraft by wingspan and is the largest all-composite plane ever built. Utilizing six Boeing 747 engines for a payload capacity of over 500,000 lbs. and an operational range of approximately 2,000 nautical miles, Stratolaunch is capable of delivering payloads to multiple orbits and inclinations in..
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Boeing, DARPA to Design, Build, Test New Experimental Spaceplane

Posted on May 24th, 2017 · Posted in Aviation News

Phantom Express will enable faster, more affordable small satellite launches   Boeing and the U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) are collaborating to design, build and test a technology demonstration vehicle for the Experimental Spaceplane (XS-1) program. Boeing will develop an autonomous, reusable spaceplane capable of carrying and deploying..
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China’s AG600 large amphibious aircraft

Posted on April 30th, 2017 · Posted in Factory Fresh

China’s domestically developed AG600, the world’s largest amphibious aircraft, took its maiden flight ahead of schedule on Saturday from the southern city of Zhuhai, according to the official Xinhua news agency. The AG600 will be suitable for aerial firefighting dropping 12 tonnes of water, and search and rescue operations for..
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