Boneyard Nose Art
Boneyard Nose Art: U.S. military aircraft markings and artwork, Nicholas A. Veronico, Jim Dunn, and Ron Strong, 2013, ISBN 978-0-8117-1308-5, 171 pp.
As so well mentioned in this book’s forward by John Brennan military aircraft nose art is temporal, not meant to last. If you will, nose art on military aircraft is performance art — there and gone in but a few of history’s moments — as military and, especially, combat flying takes its cold and unfeeling toll.
Art is an expression and military aircraft nose art as a collection expresses wants or desires of the crews who fly to serve — most often in exotic and uncomfortable places.
Boneyard Nose Art is much more than documentary, it is sincere recollection which shares with readers insights into the flight crews of a broad aircraft spectrum. Fighters, bomber and patrol aircraft, tankers and transports as well as helicopters and special use aircraft are addressed in hundreds of high-quality color photos. Some images aren’t recommended for young children and some nose art are multiple element murals — some are sarcastic and some are crudely done. The gamut of human experience and emotion are described in the art of the aircraft slowly and surely returning to nature.
Thanks to Veronico, Dunn and Strong for saving this performance art for us in this excellent book.
The Telescope and The Blimp
The New York Times published an article on 25 August 2014 regarding the potential of using lighter-than-air flight in blimps to carry telescopes aloft in Joshua A. Krisch’s article, Modern Research Borne on a Relic. The article is intriguing for its description of the challenges of long-duration high-altitude lighter-than-air flight as well as its potential advantages to the science specialities of astronomy as well as climatology. [Though animal migration studies also come to mind as well as geological studies.] Krisch has done his research in detailing the recent U.S. Army funded Hi-Sentinel communication blimp projects as well as the Keck Institute for Space Studies at California Tech.
This article is well worth a read as it may be a new dimension to future studies which will not only effectively gather information when it could not have been gathered before but to gather information over the long-term for more representative (and more accurate as well as more insightful) analyses.
Aviatik D.I — the rare Berg Scout
The Aviatik D.I sits in the Personal Courage Wing of the Museum of Flight and, like the Caproni Ca.20 which is also in the same display area, is a rare surviving example of as World War I fighter aircraft. Designed by Julius von Berg as fighter in Austrio-Hungary— explaining why it was more commonly known as the “Berg Scout” — the Aviatik D.I is the first Austrian fighter aircraft. It was especially reputed to possess excellent climbing ability with its 200 hp / ~150kN Austro-Daimler six cylinder in-line engine designed by Ferdinand Porsche (yes, the person who founded the Porsche car company). The fighter weighed 1350 pounds / 610kg empty and was a formidable aircraft which had 2½ hours flight endurance, a maximum level speed of 115 mph /185kph and an operational ceiling of 20,200 feet / 6150 meters. Five companies manufactured this aircraft type with this specific aircraft produced by the Thone and Viala company of Vienna.
The restoration of this Aviatik is quite a story beginning with its rescue by Art Williams and subsequent restoration after acquisition by famed restorer Doug Champlin. Famed for original restoration to flight condition Chaplin did no less with this Aviatik D.I — including the complicated hand-built radiator as well as the rare pair of 8mm caliber Schwarzlose aircraft machine guns (the fighter’s primary armament).
Beardmore Aero Engine Co. engine
This perfectly restored engine manufactured by the Beardmore Aero Engine Co. is in the Personal Courage Wing of the Museum of Flight. A close cousin to the Porsche design Austro-Daimler engine Britain’s Beardmore engine evolved from 120 hp to 160 hp by the end of World War I. This engine weighs 545 pounds / 245kg and developed 135 hp at 1200 rpm.
The Aviatik D.I will be reviewed on Wednesday and the Museum of Flight was reviewed previously (the search window will easily bring you to the post).
Fast Roping from the Venom
Super Huey — Bell UH-1Y Venom
What aircrew does not wish to have more power in their aircraft? The Venom is not only an improved variant of the archetype general purpose (or, all purpose to some) “Huey” helicopter. The Bell UH-1Y is such an evolutionary leap forward it received a new name designation from Iroquois to Venom by the U.S. Marine Corps. Gone is the twin blade rotor disk used to conserve shipboard space for an ultra modern four blade rotor disk of composite construction. More payload and range as well as greater speed (~100 mph faster) are due greatly in part to the pair of General Electric T700 turboshaft engines of 1546 shp each.
Rare trio to fly on Thursday — Avro Lancaster + Avro Vulcan + Avro Lancaster
From The People’s Mosquito (TPM) — the noble effort to build (not rebuild) an original de Havilland Mosquito for the public trust — we have the latest news.
Supporter of The People’s Mosquito and more than famed pilot Bill Ramsey — who has flown as a Red Arrow and pilots both the Avro Lancaster as well the Avro Vulcan — will lead a once-in-a-lifetime formation flying this Thursday. He will be flying lead in the rare flying Avro Vulcan along with the rare pair of flying Avro Lancasters on a series of flypasts after departing RAF Waddington. These flypasts made by these aviators are absolutely spectacular and unerringly on time to the minute — flying with the military precision as you may expect.
The well done (i.e., not a blithe duo of paragraphs as is too often the case) interview article as well as photos can be seen in this Global Aviation Resource link.