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When the Graf Zeppelin coasted over the Pyramids

30 September 2016

 

Graf Zeppelin ove the pyramids in Giza on 29 August 1929 Stereoscope slide

Image of a stereocard for a stereoscope showing the Graf Zeppelin (LZ 127) coasting over the Pyramids of Giza on 29 August 1929—image provided by NASA

 

E-3 Sentry AWACS—controlling hostile airspace

29 September 2016
030218-F-3961R-010 Korat Air Base, Thailand (Feb. 18, 2003) -- A U.S. Air Force E-3 “Sentry,” the premiere air battle command and control aircraft in the world today, in flight during Cope Tiger 2003. Cope Tiger is an annual joint/combined air-to-air, air-to-ground, and large force employment training exercise designed to maintain regional peace and security in the Asian Pacific region by enhancing multi-lateral relationships between the Royal Thai Air Force, the Republic of Singapore Air Force, the U.S. Air Force, and the U.S. Marine Corp. U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Cecilio M. Ricardo Jr. (RELEASED)

U.S. Air Force E-3 Sentry, the premiere air battle command and control aircraft in the world today, in flight—U.S. Air Force photo by SSgt Cecilio M. Ricardo Jr.

 

An E-3 Sentry lands at Lajes Field, Azores, April 11, 2011, before continuing on its mission. The E-3 often referred to as the Airborne Warning and Control System (AWACS), received more than 2,000 gallons of jet fuel before departing Lajes for its mission downrange. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Chyrece Campbell/Released)

An E-3 Sentry at Lajes Field, Azores in April 2011. Often referred to as the Airborne Warning and Control System (AWACS) each Sentry can remain aloft 8 to 11 hours before in-flight refueling is required in order to control the airspace over a battlefield—U.S. Air Force photo by TSgt Chyrece Campbell

Maintenance Airmen prepare an E-3 Sentry airborne warning and control systems aircraft for takeoff while an F-15C Eagle flies by Jan. 5, 2012. The E-3 is deployed to the 380th Air Expeditionary Wing from Tinker Air Force Base, Okla. An E-3 crew from Kadena Air Base, Japan, coordinated the rescue of a crashed AH-64 Apache helicopter crew in Afghanistan Dec. 30, 2011. (U.S. Air Force photo/Tech. Sgt. Arian Nead)

An E-3 Sentry being serviced—U.S. Air Force photo by TSgt Arian Nead

An E-3 Sentry Airborne Warning and Control System flies during the Arctic Thunder Open House at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska, July 29. The E-3 was part of the 3rd Wing flyby, which demonstrated all the aircraft operated by the 3rd Wing. (U.S. Air Force photo/Percy G. Jones)

An E-3 Sentry Airborne Warning and Control System in flight (note the radome as well as forward fuselage bulges for additional radar systems—U.S. Air Force photo by Percy G. Jones

ExoSpace Travel Posters

28 September 2016
Grand Tour

Grand Tour—NASA art work

Mars

Mars—NASA art work

Ceres

Ceres—NASA art work

Jupiter

Jupiter—NASA art work

Enceladus

Enceladus—NASA art work

Titan

Titan—NASA art work

Europa

Europa—NASA art work

Zeppelin Hindenburg: an Illustrated History of LZ-129—the announcement

27 September 2016

Zeppelin Hindenburg: an Illustrated History of LZ-129, Dan Grossman/Cheryl Ganz/Patrick Russell, 2016, ISBN 978-0750969956, 192 pp.

Zeppelin Hindenburg: an Illustrated History of LZ-129 by Michael Burgan

Zeppelin Hindenburg: an Illustrated History of LZ-129 by Dan Grossman, Cheryl Ganz and Patrick Russell

Happily, Dan Grossman has collaborated on another book—this one is entitled, Zeppelin Hindenburg: an Illustrated History of LZ-129. To quote from his announcement:

“I am very pleased that Zeppelin Hindenburg: An Illustrated History of LZ-129 is now available for pre-order on Amazon.

Cheryl Ganz, Patrick Russell, and I wrote this book together over the course of a year. We included dozens of never-before-published photographs and extensive text about Hindenburg’s development, design, construction, operation, and crash. Our goal was to create the most definitive book about LZ-129 ever published, and unlike other works on the topic the entire book (all 192 pages) is devoted solely and completely to Hindenburg.”

This book promises to be definitive as well as topical. Grossman writes the authoritative blog Airships: a Hindenburg and Zeppelin History SiteFor additional images of the book please see his post on this new and exciting title as well as the way to get a signed copy.

The book has been ordered and will be reviewed as soon as possible.

 

Fifty Shades of Friction: Combat Climate, B-52 Crews, and the Vietnam War

26 September 2016

Fifty Shades of Friction: Combat Climate, B-52 Crews, and the Vietnam War, Mark Clodfelter, 2016, Case Study/National War College/National Defense University, 46 pp.

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Fifty Shades of Friction: Combat Climate, B-52 Crews, and the Vietnam War by Mark Clodfelter

The weak attempt of humor in the title and the apparently diminutive number of pages may lead historians to dismiss this title—though at their great loss. Clodfelter’s study is thorough, on point, and concise as it addresses the B-52 bomber crews who flew the Arc Light and both Linebacker missions.

Their story has not been told in this comprehensive, intimate and naked way—neither has SACs leadership as well as management failures. It is a testament to the capability and courage of the aircrews and the ground crews. It is a validation of their training and professionalism.

Alas, the same cannot always be said of higher SAC authorities. In the current day trend to centralize all things, with thinking most of all, this is a management lesson in training people and let them do the work. It is also a lesson that professional managers without field experience should not run the enterprise and if there is success it is usually due to the staff and not the management.

In a day where business is treated as war (it is not) and sports as combat (oh please) Clodfelter’s case study is a refreshing bucket of cold water onto the faces of management folks who have the opinion they can color their sky. Fifty Shades of Friction is also the nuts and bolts of what may be the last of the classic heavy bomber raids over heavily defended and contested airspace. Get the PDF here (445 Kb).

Sign of the Times in Miami

24 September 2016
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Miami Beach message—Joseph May/Travel for Aircraft

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The banner pulled by an AirTractor—Joseph May/Travel for Aircraft

A380

23 September 2016

 

Airbus A380 flown by British Airways--Joseph May:Travel for Aircraft

Airbus A380 flown by British Airways on final to MIA—Joseph May:Travel for Aircraft

The Airbus A380 is a behemoth that us powerful and agile. Lufthansa has daily flights into and out of Miami using their A380s with and British Airways having daily flights alternating 747s with 380s.

Airbus A380 flown by Lufthansa--Joseph May:Travel for Aircraft

Airbus A380 flown by Lufthansa departing MIA (clearly, the two main cabin decks are seen)—Joseph May:Travel for Aircraft

Airbus A380 flown by British Airways--Joseph May:Travel for Aircraft

Airbus A380 flown by British Airways on final (enlarged section of photo taken from ~3 miles away)—Joseph May:Travel for Aircraft