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Remote landings

30 August 2016

 

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USMC Bell UH-1 Viper high on a mesa—USMC image

We love helicopters. Able to land in areas which would otherwise take days, even weeks, of walking—with supplies and landing fresh as well as rested for the mission.

Pararescuemen prepare to conduct swiftwater rescue training during exercise Angel Thunder 2013, April 10, 2013 near Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Ariz. During the exercise, personnel recovery forces will train through the full spectrum of personnel recovery capabilities with ground recovery personnel, air assets, special forces teams and federal agents. The pararescuemen are assigned to the 48th Rescue Squadron at Davis-Monthan AFB. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Tim Chacon)

USAF Pararescuemen (PJs) of the 48th Rescue Squadron preparing a swiftwater rescue training exercise in red rock country with a Boeing CH-47 Chinook—U.S. Air Force photo/SSgt. Tim Chacon

 

Miami’s Classic Airlines recalled at HistoryMiami

29 August 2016

25° 46′ 28″ N/ 80° 11′ 47″ W

HistoryMiami, Miami’s history museum, recalls the city’s airline aviation history in the permanent exhibit areas with two spectacular Pan Am clipper ship cutaway models (one of a 747 and the other a Stratocruiser section work) as well as the title piece of the former Pan Am HQ building in New York. A globe used by Eastern Airlines, which was HQ-ed in Miami, is also displayed.

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Pan Am Boeing 747 clipper ship cutaway model, circa 1970—Joseph May:Travel for Aircraft

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From the Pan Am Building (now owned by MetLife) in the Big Apple, circa 1963—Joseph May:Travel for Aircraft

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Overall view of the Pan Am Boeing 747 clipper ship cutaway model, circa 1970—Joseph May:Travel for Aircraft

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What we love about models, seeing the angles we don’t usually enjoy viewing, in this case of the Pan Am Boeing 747 clipper ship cutaway model, circa 1970—Joseph May:Travel for Aircraft

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The main passenger cabin of the Pan Am Boeing 747 clipper ship cutaway model, circa 1970—Joseph May:Travel for Aircraft

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Ventral aspect of the Pan Am Boeing 747 clipper ship cutaway model, circa 1970—Joseph May:Travel for Aircraft

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Cockpit, upper deck and first class cabin of the Pan Am Boeing 747 clipper ship cutaway model, circa 1970—Joseph May:Travel for Aircraft

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Port side aspect of the Pan Am Boeing 747 clipper ship cutaway model, circa 1970—Joseph May:Travel for Aircraft

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Context view of the Pan Am Building title plaque which was donated to HistoryMiami by the Pan Am Historical Foundation—Joseph May:Travel for Aircraft

Boeing Pan Am 307 Stratoliner section model at HistoryMiami—Joseph May:Travel for Aircraft

Boeing Pan Am 377 Stratocruiser section model at HistoryMiami (note the lower deck galley)—Joseph May:Travel for Aircraft

Boeing Pan Am 307 Stratoliner section model at HistoryMiami—Joseph May:Travel for Aircraft

Boeing Pan Am 377 Stratocruiser section model at HistoryMiami (note the passenger in the bunk at the upper right)—Joseph May:Travel for Aircraft

Boeing Pan Am 307 Stratoliner section model at HistoryMiami—Joseph May:Travel for Aircraft

Boeing Pan Am 377 Stratocruiser section model at HistoryMiami (passengers in bunks and reclining seats)—Joseph May:Travel for Aircraft

Boeing Pan Am 307 Stratoliner section model at HistoryMiami—Joseph May:Travel for Aircraft

Boeing Pan Am 377 Stratocruiser section model at HistoryMiami (a better view showing the 307’s double bubble cross-section as well as the roomy passenger deck with more than enough headroom)—Joseph May:Travel for Aircraft

Eastern Airlines globe—Joseph May:Travel for Aircraft

Eastern Airlines globe—Joseph May:Travel for Aircraft

American X-Vehicles: an Inventory—X-1 to X-50

26 August 2016

American X-Vehicles: an Inventory—X-1 to X-50, Dennis R. Jenkins/Tony Landis/Jay Miller, 2003, NASA Publication SP-2003-4531, 63 pp.

American X-Vehicles: an Inventory--X-1 to X-50 by Dennis R. Jenkins, Tony Landis & Jay Miller

American X-Vehicles: an Inventory—X-1 to X-50 by Dennis R. Jenkins, Tony Landis & Jay Miller

Get NASA’s American X-Vehicles: an Inventory—X-1 to X-50 (< 1Mb PDF download) for its span of flight experimentation of over 50 aircraft. Each X-plane has its own chapter and the PDF download is free. The book is concise and a pleasure to flip through looking at the obvious as well as the non obvious advances in aviation through the last several decades. Certainly, this book belongs in any aviation enthusiast’s library and, although free, it is priceless.

 

 

Greyhound Trapping

25 August 2016

 

Grumman C-2A Greyhound trapping aboard CVN 73 USS George Washington during inclement weather — U.S. Navy photo by Mass Comm Spec 3rd Class Paolo Bayas

Grumman C-2A Greyhound trapping aboard CVN 73 USS George Washington during inclement weather—U.S. Navy photo by Mass Comm Spec 3rd Class Paolo Bayas

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

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