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Aérospatiale-BAC Concorde SST walkaround—second part of two

24 August 2016

47° 31′ 11″ N / 122° 17′ 58″ W

 

British Airways Aérospatiale-BAC Concorde SST — photo by Joseph May

British Airways Aérospatiale-BAC Concorde has the visor up which was a streamlining cap for the cockpit/nose section of the Concorde. It would be lowered for subsonic travel when visibility was required—photo by Joseph May

This is the second post of this Concorde walk around, please see the previous Monday’s post for the they first part:)

British Airways Aérospatiale-BAC Concorde SST — photo by Joseph May

British Airways Aérospatiale-BAC Concorde’s exhaust assemblies on the right wing—photo by Joseph May

British Airways Aérospatiale-BAC Concorde SST — photo by Joseph May

Detail of the tail strike preventer of the British Airways Aérospatiale-BAC Concorde SST—photo by Joseph May

British Airways Aérospatiale-BAC Concorde SST — photo by Joseph May

The powerful engine, four of which powered the British Airways Aérospatiale-BAC Concorde to Mach 2 airspeeds—photo by Joseph May

British Airways Aérospatiale-BAC Concorde SST — photo by Joseph May

The main gear trucks of the British Airways Aérospatiale-BAC Concorde looking aft—photo by Joseph May

British Airways Aérospatiale-BAC Concorde SST — photo by Joseph May

Another via of the elegant nose gear truck of this British Airways Aérospatiale-BAC Concorde SST—photo by Joseph May

 

Bell OH-58 Kiowa Warrior

23 August 2016

 

An 82nd Combat Aviation Brigade (Task Force Poseidon) OH-58 Kiowa takes off to secure a main supply route in Ghazni province, Afghanistan Dec. 5.

An 82nd Combat Aviation Brigade OH-58 Kiowa Warrior taking off from Ghazni Province, Afghanistan—U.S. Army image

Not the usual Bell JetRanger, this helicopter has a mast mounted site (the better to lie low and observe) as well as pylons for mounting a variety of weapons. This helicopter performs the age-old scouting mission of the U.S. Army but with a considerable punch.

Armed with Hellfire missiles, Col. A.T Ball, the 25th Combat Aviation Brigade Commander flies a Kiowa (OH-58) during a recent mission in the area of Kirkuk, Iraq. The 25th CAB provides air support for ground forces throughout most of Iraq. Photo by Spc. Bryanna Poulin

Hellfire missile armed, an OH-58 Kiowa Warrior over the skies of Kirkuk, Iraq— U.S. Army image by Spc. Bryanna Poulin

An OH-58 Kiowa helicopter fires its .50 caliber machine gun during a strafing run on an enemy compound during a live-fire exercise Jan. 14, 2012, at Fort Polk, La. The helicopter is providing close air support for a platoon of paratroopers with the 82nd Airborne Division’s 1st Brigade Combat Team. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Michael J. MacLeod)

An OH-58 Kiowa Warrior helicopter firing a pod mounted .50 caliber machine gun (note the spent shell casings falling away)—U.S. Army image by Sgt. Michael J. MacLeod

NANGARHAR PROVINCE, Afghanistan -- Two Task Force Saber, 82nd Combat Aviation Brigade OH-58D Kiowa Warriors fly toward a training range near Jalalabad, Afghanistan March 2, 2012. Saber's Kiowas lead the 82nd Combat Aviation Brigade in OH-58 hours, helping the brigade set flight-hour records in Afghanistan. The 82nd CAB has flown more than 65,000 hours since taking over in mid-October. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. 1st Class Eric Pahon, Task Force Poseidon Public Affairs)

A team, from Two Task Force Saber, OH-58D Kiowa Warriors in flight near Jalalabad, Afghanistan—U.S. Army image by Sgt. 1st Class Eric Pahon

NANGARHAR PROVINCE, Afghanistan -- An OH-58D Kiowa Warrior from Task Force Saber, 82nd Combat Aviation Brigade, fires a 2.75-inch rocket at a mountainside during a test flight in eastern Afghanistan, Mar. 2, 2012. The Kiowa warrior is the Army's scout and reconnaissance aircraft, which often provides close support for ground troops on the battlefield. Saber's Kiowas lead the 82nd Combat Aviation Brigade, which has flown more than 65,000 hours across all airframes since October 2011. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. 1st Class Eric Pahon, Task Force Poseidon Public Affairs)

An OH-58D Kiowa Warrior from Task Force Saber launching a 2.75-inch rocket at a mountainside practice target during a test flight in eastern Afghanistan—U.S. Army image by Sgt. 1st Class Eric Pahon

Aérospatiale-BAC Concorde SST walkaround—first part of two

22 August 2016

47° 31′ 11″ N / 122° 17′ 58″ W

British Airways Aérospatiale-BAC Concorde SST — photo by Joseph May

British Airways Aérospatiale-BAC Concorde SST, note the slender fuselage of this first class only airliner—photo by Joseph May

This SST, an Aérospatiale-BAC Concorde is displayed in a new hangar at the Museum of Flight in Seattle WA. At the time of this visit it was outside under a clear sky that was illuminated by wonderful ambient lighting. Next Wednesday’s posting will have the second part.

British Airways Aérospatiale-BAC Concorde SST — photo by Joseph May

British Airways Aérospatiale-BAC Concorde’s long nose gear—photo by Joseph May

British Airways Aérospatiale-BAC Concorde SST — photo by Joseph May

British Airways Aérospatiale-BAC Concorde SST looking aft—photo by Joseph May

British Airways Aérospatiale-BAC Concorde SST — photo by Joseph May

British Airways Aérospatiale-BAC Concorde SST with its tail strike preventer—photo by Joseph May

British Airways Aérospatiale-BAC Concorde SST — photo by Joseph May

British Airways Aérospatiale-BAC Concorde SST four powerful turbojet engine exhaust cones—photo by Joseph May

Native American of Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron (HSC) 6

17 August 2016
130907-N-JC752-383 RED SEA (Sept. 7, 2013) An MH-60S Sea Hawk helicopter assigned to the Indians of Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron (HSC) 6 prepares to land on the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS Nimitz (CVN 68). The Nimitz Carrier Strike Group is deployed to the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility conducting maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Kole E. Carpenter/Released)

An MH-60S Sea Hawk helicopter assigned to the Indians of Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron (HSC) 6 prepares to land on the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS Nimitz (CVN 68)—U.S. Navy photo by Mass Comm Spec Seaman Kole E. Carpenter

130907-N-JC752-383 RED SEA (Sept. 7, 2013) An MH-60S Sea Hawk helicopter assigned to the Indians of Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron (HSC) 6 prepares to land on the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS Nimitz (CVN 68). The Nimitz Carrier Strike Group is deployed to the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility conducting maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Kole E. Carpenter/Released)

Detail of the above photo—U.S. Navy photo by Mass Comm Spec Seaman Kole E. Carpenter

130404-N-LP801-216 PACIFIC OCEAN (April 4, 2013) An MH-60S Sea Hawk helicopter assigned to the Indians of Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron (HSC) 6 takes off after refueling from the aircraft carrier USS Nimitz (CVN 68). Nimitz is underway for a sustainment training exercise in preparation for an upcoming deployment. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Raul Moreno Jr./Released)

An MH-60S Sea Hawk helicopter assigned to the Indians of Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron (HSC) 6—U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Raul Moreno Jr.

MiG 21 Lancer

15 August 2016
A Romanian Air Force MiG-21 Lancer aircraft takes off from Campia Turzii, Romania, April 17, 2014, during exercise Dacian Viper 2014. Dacian Viper is a bilateral air exercise designed to enhance interoperability and readiness between the U.S. Air Force and the Romanian Air Force. (DoD photo by Staff Sgt. R.J. Biermann, U.S. Air Force/Released)

A Romanian Air Force MiG-21 Lancer aircraft taking off from Campia Turzii, Romania, April 2014—DoD photo by SSgt R.J. Biermann

MEA (Multi-role Enforcement Aircraft) Beechcraft Super King Air 350 ER

10 August 2016

U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) has a new aircraft which will replace the many types currently in service—the Beechcraft Super King Air C-12C/M & B-200, and the Piper PA-42 Cheyenne. Known, inelegantly and unobvious of purpose, as the MEA (Multi-Role Enforcement Aircraft) it is a dramatically upscaled Beechcraft Super King Air 350 ER. Crewed by two pilots and two observers who have available: marine search radar, weather radar and an electro-optical/IR sensor. The MEA gives the CBP a speedy (310 mph) platform with an endurance of 6½ hours aloft in a pressurized cabin for its 35,000 feet service altitude.

Customs and Border Protection Multi Enforcement Aircraft patrol the sky over the United States. Photo by Alex Zamora

Customs and Border Protection Multi Enforcement Aircraft on patrol—CBP photo by Alex Zamora

Integrated Systems Multi-role Experimental Aircraft, MEA, in varying stages of build. photo by James Tourtellotte

The Beechcraft Super King Air 350 ER undergoing modification to the Multi-role Experimental Aircraft (MEA)—CBP pphoto by James Tourtellotte

This is a new CBP Plane that does aerial surveillance.

The MEA in profile (interestingly, the tail number doesn’t tally with the FAA data base as of August 2016)—CBP photo

This is a new CBP Plane that does aerial surveillance.

This Beechcraft Super King Air 350 ER after completion to the MEA standard—CBP photo

blog Beechcraft Super King Air 350 ER flowng by CPB as their MEA by CBP 13081247855_d1d59a518f_o

A CBP MEA awaiting duty (interestingly, the tail number doesn’t tally with the FAA data base as of August 2016)—CBP photo

AIRSHOW—RIAT 2016!

8 August 2016

The Royal International Air Tatoo (RIAT), one of the largest airshows across the planet, occurs annually in July at RAF Fairford which is the county of Gloucestershire UK. Michael Dowman sent these wonderful images from this year’s show and we thank him for it:)

Eurofighter—© Michael Dowman 2016

Sweden’s SAAB JAS 39E Gripen multirole Mach 2+ fighter in digital camouflage (note the unconventionally left-swinging canopy)—© Michael Dowman 2016

Hawker Hawk—© Michael Dowman 2016

The UK’S Hawker Siddeley Hawk looking sleek and sinister—© Michael Dowman 2016

Hawker Hurricane—© Michael Dowman 2016

Hawker Hurricane taken from this dramatic angle—© Michael Dowman 2016

Hawker Hurricane—© Michael Dowman 2016

Hawker Hurricane, the workhorse of the RAF during the Battle of Britain—© Michael Dowman 2016

Mil Mi 8MTV-1—© Michael Dowman 2016

Russia’s Mil Mi 8MTB-1 (Russian Military)/Mi 17-1V (export version) air ambulance, flown by Ukranian Helicopters, for extreme situations (it even has a missile defense system)—© Michael Dowman 2016

Augusta Westland HH-101A—© Michael Dowman 2016

AugustaWestland HH-101A, flown by the Aeronautica Militare (Italian Air Force), which is specialized for combat search and rescue—© Michael Dowman 2016

Douglas Dakota "L4"—© Michael Dowman 2016

Douglas Dakota “L4” in D-Day scheme—© Michael Dowman 2016

Boeing B-17G Flying Fortress "Sally B"—© Michael Dowman 2016

Boeing B-17G Flying Fortress “Sally B” tail gun position—© Michael Dowman 2016

Boeing B-17G Flying Fortress "Sally B"—© Michael Dowman 2016

Boeing B-17G Flying Fortress “Sally B”—© Michael Dowman 2016

 

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