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26 June 2017

 

Supermarine Spitfire—Crown Copyrighted image

Supermarine Spitfire cutaway drawing—Crown Copyrighted image

Supermarine Spitfire—Crown Copyrighted image

Supermarine Spitfire—Crown Copyrighted image

Supermarine Spitfire Mk 19—Crown Copyrighted image

The Hong Kong Super Puma

19 June 2017
120715-N-TX154-188 SOUTH CHINA SEA (July 15, 2012) A Hong Kong Government Flying Service AS 332 L2 Super Puma helicopter comes in for a landing on the flight deck of the forward deployed Ticonderoga-class guided-missile cruiser USS Cowpens (CG 63) during a deck landing qualification. Cowpens is forward deployed to Yokosuka, Japan, and is underway in the U.S. 7th Fleet area of responsibility. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Paul Kelly/Released)

A Hong Kong Government Flying Service Eurocopter (now Airbus Helicopter) AS 332 L2 Super Puma helicopter comes in for a landing on the flight deck of the USS Cowpens—U.S. Navy photo by Mass Comm Spec 3rd Class Paul Kelly

120715-N-TX154-311 SOUTH CHINA SEA (July 15, 2012) A Hong Kong Government Flying Service AS 332 L2 Super Puma helicopter comes in for a landing on the flight deck of the forward deployed Ticonderoga-class guided-missile cruiser USS Cowpens (CG 63) during a deck landing qualification. Cowpens is forward deployed to Yokosuka, Japan, and is underway in the U.S. 7th Fleet area of responsibility. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Paul Kelly/Released)

A Hong Kong Government Flying Service Eurocopter (now Airbus Helicopter) AS 332 L2 Super Puma helicopter comes in for a landing on the flight deck of the USS Cowpens (CG 63)—U.S. Navy photo by Mass Comm Spec 3rd Class Paul Kelly

060410-N-2311J-001 Western Pacific Ocean (April 10, 2006) - A Super Puma helicopter (AS 332L1) from Hong Kong's Governmental Flight Service (HKGFS) touches down on the flight deck of the Ticonderoga-class guided missile cruiser USS Mobile Bay (CG 53) in the Western Pacific during the first-ever refueling of a HKGFS Super Puma by a U.S. Navy ship. Mobile Bay is on a routine scheduled deployment to the Western Pacific Ocean. U.S. Navy Photo (RELEASED)

A Super Puma helicopter (AS 332L1) from Hong Kong’s Governmental Flight Service (HKGFS) touches down on the flight deck of the USS Mobile Bay (CG 53)—U.S. Navy photo

U.S. Army Helicopter Names Volume 2, Second Edition

16 June 2017

U.S. Army Helicopter Names Volume 2 Second Edition, John Brennan, 2016, ISBN 978-1-937748-26-5, 119 pp.

U.S. Army Helicopter Names Volume 2, Second Edition by John Brennan (front cover)

U.S. Army Helicopter Names Volume 2 Second Edition is Brennan’s sixth book on Vietnam helicopters and the men who flew them during the Vietnam War. He is adept at preserving the naming and the artwork associated with the thousands of helicopters flown by the U.S. Army during this war which is symbolized by the venerable Huey. This book in its essence is a catalogue of names, those which yet survive, individual artwork as well as research resources. This book also has its unique insights from which units used artwork and which did not to personal photos shot of aircrew and their mounts. Not the least of these insights is the impressive poem written by Col. George Patton IV in remembrance and in leaving his C&C helicopter, Little Sorrel. Reading Brennan’s books, this one especially, one can’t help but think that he as well as Patton share the same love for their Vietnam helicopters.  U.S. Army Helicopter Names Volume 2 is a book for historians, libraries and specialists—though enthusiasts will also gain welcome understanding of this influential vehicle classes during the Vietnam War which shaped the asymmetric warfare of today.

 

U.S. Army Helicopter Names Volume 2, Second Edition by John Brennan (back cover)

Pearl Harbor Air Raid: The Japanese Attack on the U.S. Pacific Fleet, December 7, 1941

15 June 2017

Pearl Harbor Air Raid: The Japanese Attack on the U.S. Pacific Fleet, December 7, 1941, Nicholas A. Veronico, 2017, ISBN 978-0811718387, 208 pp. & 300+ photos

Pearl Harbor Air Raid: The Japanese Attack on the U.S. Pacific Fleet, December 7, 1941 by Nicholas A. Veronico

Pearl Harbor Air Raid: The Japanese Attack on the U.S. Pacific Fleet, December 7, 1941 by Nicholas A. Veronico (front cover)

 

This year is the 75th anniversary of the raid on Pearl Harbor. Fittingly Nick Veronico has produced this new book and it promises to be one for history buffs everywhere because he shows the rest of the story. Yes, the attack is well documented but—and this is where this book goes beyond the others—Veronico (using 300+ images) also shows the aftermath and amazing recovery. The recovery is a victory in itself and its story has long been given short shrift until this book. Veronico also thoughtfully/respectfully included appendices of the Congressional Medal of Honor awardees as well as serial number listing of aircraft destroyed in that raid. Sidebars and details included give context as well as point to ponder.

Pearl Harbor Air Raid—through Veronico’s insightful, concisely informative and contagious style—has readers experience both side of this battle as well as all phases of the raid. We understand the tranquil setting of Pearl Harbor on any given Sunday. The reality of combat during the raid with dramatic photos (many hardly seen before this book) from Japanese and American sources is next. Finally, and especially, the recovery and repair phase where we learn: of the massive damage caused by the torpedos (usually not seen but these ships were recovered from Pearl’s shallow waters instead of being lost to the ocean deep), the totality of damage to the aircraft and hangars, and the civilians lost. Veronico has encapsulated the losses in detail with references and listings, his photos are complete and extraordinary, the heroism recorded as well as the places see are humbling.

Veronico’s writing is a welcome blend of information, insight and I-didn’t-know-that. He simply loves this work and this new book promises to show the entire story if the raid from the U.S. Armed Forces perspective.

 

Pearl Harbor Air Raid: The Japanese Attack on the U.S. Pacific Fleet, December 7, 1941 by Nicholas A. Veronico (back cover)

Mars Rover Concept Vehicle

14 June 2017

 

The Mars rover concept vehicle operates on an electric motor is powered by solar panels with a 700-volt battery. It separates in the middle with the front area designed for scouting and equipped with a radio and navigation provided by the Global Positioning System (while on Earth). The back section serves as a full laboratory which and can be disconnected for autonomous research—NASA image

The front of the Mars Rover Concept Vehicle—NASA image

The rear of the Mars Rover Concept Vehicle—NASA image

The right rear quarter view of the Mars Rover Concept Vehicle—NASA image

Cool Shots

12 June 2017

 

Pictured is one of the Red Arrows pilots and an Engineer passenger preparing for take-off.
Ten aircraft engineering technicians are chosen to form a team known as the circus.
Circus engineers are each allocated to a specific pilot for the duration of the summer display season—Crown Copyright 2014/Corporal (Cpl) Steve Buckley [RAF]

Flight helmets in line on the wing of a Red Arrows aircraft—Crown Copyright 2014/Corporal (Cpl) Steve Buckley [RAF]

Boeing E-3 Sentry—U.S. Air Force photo/SSgt Michael Battles

An F-15E Strike Eagle—U.S. Air Force Photo/Airman 1st Class Tristan Biese

Boeing B-52H Stratofortress—U.S. Air Force photo/Sr Airman Christine Griffiths

Boeing B-52 Stratofortress with braking parachute trailing—U.S. Air Force photo/TSgt Nathan Lipscomb

Gigantic gravity wave originating from the Perseus Cluster (image from the Chandra X-ray Observatory satellite)—NASA image

A-10 Thunderbolt II—U.S. Air Force photo/SSgt Jared Trimarchi

Sailors aboard the aircraft carrier USS Nimitz (CVN 68) manning the rails to giving passing honors to the USS Midway Museum while departing San Diego Bay on another deployment—U.S. Navy photo/Mass Comm Spec 3rd Class Bill M. Sanders

The Baikonur Mural

7 June 2017

The space themed tile mural at the entrance to the town of Baikonur in Kazakhstan where Soyuz rockets to the International Space Station (ISS) are launched—NASA/Bill Ingalls