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Airbus X3 high-speed helicopter has new home at France’s National Air and Space Museum

Posted on June 24th, 2014 · Posted in Aviation News

After opening the frontiers of flight during a record-setting test program, Airbus Helicopters’ X3 is now ready for its place in history as this high-speed helicopter demonstrator is welcomed for display at the French national musée de l’Air et de l’Espace (Air and Space museum) of Paris-Le Bourget. The X3 will be exhibited in..
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Renowned Aviation Artist Mike Machat To Paint “TPS Generations”

Posted on June 19th, 2014 · Posted in Pilots & Everyone Else

Aviation artist and author, Mike Machat, was recently commissioned to create a 70th anniversary painting for the U.S. Air Force Test Pilot School titled “TPS Generations.” The 24-inch by 48-inch original artwork will feature the NF-16D VISTA, the one-of-a-kind Variable stability In-flight Simulator Test Aircraft, with a series of other..
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Pierre Sprey, designer of the F-16 and A-10 says F-35 is a lemon.

Posted on June 16th, 2014 · Posted in Pilots & Everyone Else

Pierre Sprey is an aircraft designer, defense analyst, and record producer. Working with John Boyd and Thomas P. Christie, analyst Tom Christie and test pilot Col. Everest Riccioni as well as aeronautical engineer Harry Hillaker, they formed the core of the self-dubbed “Fighter Mafia”, advocating the use of Energy-Maneuverability (E-M)..
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Remembering aerospace pioneer William H. Dana

Posted on May 6th, 2014 · Posted in Pilots & Everyone Else

One of the nation’s most respected aerospace pioneers has passed away. Distinguished research pilot and aeronautical engineer William Harvey Dana died on May 6, 2014. His long and illustrious career at NASA’s Armstrong Flight Research Center spanned more than 48 years, during which Dana logged more than 8,000 hours in..
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Northrop Grumman demonstrates Unmanned Aerial Vehicle air-to-air refueling

Posted on March 11th, 2014 · Posted in Aviation News

On Jan. 21, 2011, the most well known three aircraft centers  of the world,  Northrop Grumman Corporation, Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency(DARPA) and NASA, Dryden Flight Research Center, demonstrated autonomous aerial refueling between two unmanned flights, on a very high altitude aircraft platforms. This kind of operation never before performed..
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Air Force Names New Tanker ‘Pegasus’

Posted on February 21st, 2014 · Posted in Aviation News

Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Mark Welsh announced Thursday the service will name its new KC-46A tanker refueling aircraft the “Pegasus” — after the mythological winged white horse. The decision to name the aircraft after the iconic figure in Greek mythology was announced at the Air Force Association’s Air..
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VIDEO: Virgin Galactic’s SpaceShipTwo Third Powered Flight

Posted on January 14th, 2014 · Posted in Gun Camera Videos

Virgin Galactic produced video of the third powered flight of SpaceShipTwo from the Mojave Air and Space Port on Dec. 10, 2014. The vehicle fired its hybrd motor for 20 seconds, reaching a top speed of Mach 1.4 and an altitude of 71,000 feet. The vehicle is designed to carry..
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Delta retires last DC-9, oldest plane in fleet of the big American airlines

Posted on January 7th, 2014 · Posted in Aviation News

DELTA Air Lines is retiring its last DC-9s, the oldest passenger plane in the fleet of the big US airlines. Delta operated the final passenger flight from Minneapolis to Atlanta on Monday evening. McDonnell Douglas delivered the first DC-9s in 1965, and eventually built 976 of them. The plane was..
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Interview with SR-71 Pilot Richard Graham

Posted on December 15th, 2013 · Posted in Gun Camera Videos

USAF Col. Rich Graham, Retired talks about how he got involved in flying the SR-71 and other airplanes. Video was recorded at the Frontiers of Flight Museum in Dallas, Texas beside the J-58 engine used in the SR-71. SR-71 Cockpit Simulator Checkout with Richard Graham SR-71 J58 Engine Tour by..
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Amazing Helicopter Pilot Harvesting Christmas Trees

Posted on December 11th, 2013 · Posted in Gun Camera Videos

Christmas Tree harvesting at Noble Mountain Christmas Tree Farm in Oregon. Pilot Dan Clark flying a Northwest Helicopters, LLC 206B3 Jetranger, November of 2008. Oregon is the nation’s biggest producer and exporter of Christmas trees, selling about 7.3 million trees a year, more than twice that of number two, North..
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