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US Navy Gun Turrets x 2

15 January 2018

Staring down the business end of the Martin upper turret—Joseph May/Travel for Aircraft

The Martin upper turret which was installed on many U.S. Armed Forces bomber aircraft including the US Navy’s World War II Navy’s Navy PB4Y-1 Liberators and PB4Y-2 Privateers—Joseph May/Travel for Aircraft

Bend a bit and step right in to the Martin electrically operated twin 0.50 Browning MG upper turret—Joseph May/Travel for Aircraft

Erco ball turret which were employed as bow turrets on the World War II Navy’s PB4Y-1 Liberators and PB4Y-2 Privateers—Joseph May/Travel for Aircraft

Erco ball turret peek over the starboard .50 Browning machine gun—Joseph May/Travel for Aircraft

Erco ball turret gunner’s seat which wasn’t for the tall, the chubby, the claustrophobic or the faint of heart—Joseph May/Travel for Aircraft

Both of the above displays are within the National Naval Aviation Museum.

 

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Futuristic Airliner and Airhauler Designs From NASA

15 January 2018

Creative designs hosted by NASA…

Blended body airliner/airhauler—NASA image

Wings and emanate as one—NASA image

Return to supersonic airline flight—NASA image

Return to supersonic airline flight—NASA image

Supersonic flight for one or two—NASA image

Blended body airliner/airhauler—NASA image

Airliner transiting near space—NASA image

Retro high aspect strut braced wing—NASA image

Above wing mounted engines—NASA image

GEICO Sktypers have their 2018 Airshow season set

13 January 2018

 

Within the GEICO Skytyper diamond formation—GEICO Skytyper provided image

GEICO SNJ Skytypers—GEICO Skytyper provided image

The GEICO Skytypers are unique for excellent formation flying with a control ship turning all aircraft smoke on and off to create marvelous aerial skywriting—á lá impact printing rather than script writing. Much more sophisticated and all done while in tight formations! Additionally, it is a treat to hear several 75 year old North American SNJ aircraft flying together—the sound is incredible to experience—and the letters can be seen by people as far as 15 miles away.

Their 15 airshow schedule is announced and here it is:

 

GEICO Skytypers 2018 Air Show Schedule

Date

Show Name

Location

Apr 21-22 2018 Vero Beach Air Show Vero Beach, FL
Apr 28-29 Wings Over Myrtle Beach Air Show Myrtle Beach, SC
May 5-6 Ford Lauderdale Air Show Fort Lauderdale, FL
May 12-13 Tampa Bay AirFest 2018 MacDill AFB, FL
May 18-20 Air Power Over Hampton Roads Joint Base Langley Eustis, VA
May 26-27 Bethpage Air Show at Jones Beach Jones Beach, NY
Jun 2-3 NAS Patuxent River Air Expo NAS Patuxent River, MD
Jun 9-10 RI National Guard Open House Air Show Quonset Point, RI
Jun 16-17 OC Air Show Ocean City, MD
Jul 14-15 The Great New England Air and Space Show Westover ARB, MA
Jul 25-29 EAA Air Venture Oshkosh Oshkosh, WI
23-Aug 2018 Atlantic City Airshow Atlantic City, NJ
Sep 22-23 2018 NAS Oceana Air Show NAS Oceana, VA
Oct 6-7 Maryland Fleet Week & Air Show Baltimore Baltimore, MD
Oct 27-28 2018 NAS Jax Air Show NAS Jacksonville, FL

 

GEICO Skytypers unique work—GEICO Skytyper provided image

The GEICO Skytypers flying in delta formation—GEICO Skytyper provided image

 

Morrissette’s Luftstreitkräfte Gotha G.III model

12 January 2018

 

World War I Luftstreitkräfte Gotha G.III model by Raymond Morrissette—Joseph May/Travel for Aircraft

Raymond Morrissette scratch built several models of World War I era aircraft and to a high level of accuracy as well as sophistication—notably with working control surfaces and superior detail—with each model requiring 350+ hours of his time. His is a great contribution and, thankfully, his works reside in the National Naval Aviation Museum.

Cockpit view of the Gotha G.III model by Raymond Morrissette showing the cockpits with passageway as well as the Mercedes D.IVa engines (225 hp)—Joseph May/Travel for Aircraft

 

 

NC-4—she was the first

11 January 2018

 

US Navy Curtiss NC-4—Joseph May/Travel for Aircraft

There she is in all her tremendous size in the National Naval Aviation Museum—the Curtiss NC-4 which the US Navy flew across the Atlantic Ocean. The first aircraft to do so. The US Navy began the flight with three aircraft but it was the NC-4 which made it. Thankfully no crew members were lost with the two aircraft which were forced to retire from the mission. The mission itself was an immense logistical exercise and covered many days. This is perhaps why this achievement was eclipsed by Alcock and Brown’s single hop across the Atlantic Ocean, over a shorter route, but in one hop all the same.

Unlike Alcock and Brown’s Vickers Vimy, the NC-4 is in a museum where it can be approached, touched and experienced. The size of a large business jet (like a Grumman Gulfstream) but all crew positions in the open with a quadruple set of 400 hp engines. Fingertips along the doped skin, maybe not the same skin which kissed the Atlantic’s waters, bring a thrill all the same. How often can one feel history? Holding the camera up above the head gives a delayed peek into part of the cockpit—though the museum allows a virtual visit here. This aircraft was flown by muscle and pneumatics—no hydraulics or electric boost, much less an autopilot or GPS—and all across an unforgiving ocean for the first transoceanic transit.

The difference between stall speed and cruise speed was slight, 54 knots and 84 knots, but the range was respectable at more than 1400 miles. For the six member crew the flight must have been at times exhilarating and at other times trying—the nature of firsts, of exploring and of pioneering.

US Navy Curtiss NC-4—Joseph May/Travel for Aircraft

US Navy Curtiss NC-4—Joseph May/Travel for Aircraft

US Navy Curtiss NC-4—Joseph May/Travel for Aircraft

US Navy Curtiss NC-4 view from on high—Joseph May/Travel for Aircraft

US Navy Curtiss NC-4’s cockpit (whatever the weather the crew felt it)—Joseph May/Travel for Aircraft

US Navy Curtiss NC-4’s engines (all four)—Joseph May/Travel for Aircraft

US Navy Curtiss NC-4 propeller and engine assembly—Joseph May/Travel for Aircraft

US Navy Curtiss NC-4 Curtiss Liberty 12 engine (12 cylinders and 400 hp)—Joseph May/Travel for Aircraft

US Navy Curtiss NC-4 beaching gear close up—Joseph May/Travel for Aircraft

US Navy Curtiss NC-4 view of the engine with the pusher propeller—Joseph May/Travel for Aircraft

US Navy Curtiss NC-4’s tailplane —Joseph May/Travel for Aircraft

The Yellow Peril

10 January 2018

 

Naval Aircraft Factory N3N Canary “Yellow Peril” (a nickname derived from the fact of not getting flight qualified in this trainer the cadet was imperiled)—Joseph May/Travel for Aircraft

Naval Aircraft Factory N3N Canary “Yellow Peril”—Joseph May/Travel for Aircraft

This aircraft is suspended within the National Naval Aviation Museum.

Wildcat En Suite

9 January 2018

Full scale diorama of a Grumman F4F Wildcat being serviced on a Pacific isle during World War II—Joseph May/Travel for Aircraft

This full scale diorama is in the National Naval Aviation Museum.

Full scale diorama of a Grumman F4F Wildcat being serviced on a Pacific isle during World War II—Joseph May/Travel for Aircraft