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Chronicles of Courage

11 November 2017

Chronicles of Courage by Vulcan Productions is a rich and vibrant archive  of aviation’s history, especially in wartime. The 20 part series is online for no charge and shouldn’t be missed. Seeing the veterans as they talk of their aircraft and experiences is a pleasure but to hear them is absolute treasure.

One such story is of two U.S. Navy pilots who met after a 72 year lapse at the Flying Heritage & Combat Armor Museum where that talk about the F4U Corsair and especially the F6F Hellcat.

See it on YouTube here.

A thankful note to Vulcan Productions for this heads up as well as producing the 20 part series, Chronicles of Courage.

 

 

 

 

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The Blues

10 November 2017

 

Blue Angel Cmdr. Frank Weisser, flying lead solo—U.S. Navy photo by Mass Comm Spec 2nd Class Ian Cotter

The Blues were the first aerial demo team I saw fly. That was in Corpus Christie TX back in the day when the Blue Angels were flying Grumman F11F Tigers (later the F11F was redesignated the F-11 Tiger). Also when supersonic passes were allowed–that was marvelous! Here are the modern day Blues in F/A-18 Hornets in their photogenic blue and gold livery, enjoy!

The U.S. Navy Flight Demonstration Squadron (the Blue Angels) in Echelon Parade—U.S. Navy photo by Seaman Dominick A. Cremeans

The Blue Angels, C-130 transport aircraft, known as “Fat Albert”, performing a Flat Pass—U.S. Navy photo by Mass Comm Spec 1st Class Andrea Perez

The Blue Angels, Diamond pilots performing the Double Farvel—U.S. Navy photo by Mass Comm Spec 1st Class Daniel M. Young

Blue Angels, solo pilots fly head 0n into the Vertical Pitch—U.S. Navy photos by Mass Comm Spec 1st Class Daniel M. Young

F/A-18C Hornets from the U.S. Navy Flight Demonstration Squadron, the Blue Angels—U.S. Navy photo by Mass Comm Spec 3rd Class Michael Lopez

Blue Angels solo pilots performing the Fortus maneuver—U.S. Navy photos by Mass Comm Spec 1st Class Daniel M. Young

The Burgess-Dunne—what was old is new again

6 November 2017

Burgess-Dunne aloft—Library of Congress image

JW Dunne designed the D.8 in 1912 as a 32° swept wing tailless biplane possessing high inherent stability. Dunne, from what became known as RAE Farnborough, could hardly have better credentials. Changing wing incidence as well as camber contributed to longitudinal stability—quite an advancement at the time. Burgess and Curtiss built the aircraft under license as a float plane, the Burgess-Dunne, as seen in these images.

Burgess-Dunne alit—Library of Congress image

Juan Bielovicic—Perú’s fantastic aviator…and Croatia’s…and France’s…

5 November 2017

The Consulate of Perú in Coral Gables—Joseph May/Travel for Aircraft

Coral Gables was founded to be an international city and it has more than a handful of consulates as well as international banks within its boundaries. Recently Peru opened a consulate in the town north and intrigues with a life sized bust of an aviator. Maddeningly there is no sign or information to be seen. After an internet search I think it is of the aviator Juan Bielpvicic (1889–1949) who flew for Peru, Croatia as well as France. He set many aviation records during the 1910–1913 period and was Croatia’s first aviator (where he is known as Ivan Bjelovučić), flew for France in World War I as well as serving in the French Resistance during World War II. He retired from flying in 1920 whereupon he returned to Peru to serve there until passing away in Paris France. Three countries, some of aviation’s most dangerous flying as well as two world wars—it’s good that Peru has a bust of him on public display but some information please.

Juan Bielovicic bust by C. Vivanco Q. of Liam Perú?—Joseph May/Travel for Aircraft

Airliner Mural in the Design District

4 November 2017

Miami Design District airplane mural made of tinier airplanes—Joseph May/Travel for Aircraft

It was up only a few months—it was subtle and it was remarkable. A mural of an airliner made of small and smaller 3-D airliner elements which would play with the sunlight, caressing it, as the Sun made each of its daily treks. I could enjoy it from a narrow perspective on NW 2nd Avenue as I approached NW 36th Street, which is leaving Midtown Miami going into the Miami Design District.

Miami Design District airplane mural made of tinier airplanes—Joseph May/Travel for Aircraft

Night Work in the Vertical

1 November 2017

If there is anything more invigorating for me than flying in a helicopter it is flying in a helicopter at night?

HMS Diamond’s AugustaWestland AW159 Wildcat in take off prep—NATO photo by GBR N LPhot Paul Hall

HMS Diamond’s AugustaWestland AW159 Wildcat awaits—NATO photo by GBR N LPhot Paul Hall

Seahawk activity on board the Spanish Naval Ship F105 CLN 21—NATO photo by Flt.SGT Artigues/FRAF

Turkish S- 70B “Seahawk” helicopters—NATO Photo CPO FRAN Christian Valverde

DALAMAN NAVAL AIR STATION in Turkey: the pilot of this Turkish Navy S- 70B “Seahawks” finishing the pre-flight—NATO Photo CPO FRAN Christian Valverde

USAF Armament Museum—good seeing it again

26 September 2017

Thanks to Hurricane Irma we revisited (review post) the Air Force Armament Museum is located adjacent to Eglin AFB located Valparaiso and Niceville, both in Florida. Displayed on the grounds are 30 significant aircraft with the most popular likely to be the Lockheed SR-71A “Blackbird” (there is no official name for the SR-71) standing front and center.

USAF Armament Museum—©Travel for Aircraft/Joseph May

Martin EB-57 Night Intruder Canberra—©Travel for Aircraft/Joseph May

Martin EB-57 Night Intruder Canberra—©Travel for Aircraft/Joseph May

Unique Lockheed SR-71A “Blackbird” known as “Big Tail”—©Travel for Aircraft/Joseph May

The museum exhibits this unique SR-71A which has a nine foot tail extension trailed to house a bar camera as well as other electronics—this aircraft was, of course, nicknamed “Big Tail”. The equipment didn’t add enough to mission capability to continue use but the extension was left as it didn’t adversely affect this aircraft’s flight performance. More images can be found in this post.

Close view of the tail of “Big Tail”—©Travel for Aircraft/Joseph May

Boeing B-17G Flying Fortress—©Travel for Aircraft/Joseph May

Boeing B-17G Flying Fortress—©Travel for Aircraft/Joseph May

McDonnell-Douglas F-15 Eagle—©Travel for Aircraft/Joseph May

Douglas AC-47—©Travel for Aircraft/Joseph May

Lockheed AC-130 Spectre gunship underestoration—©Travel for Aircraft/Joseph May

Sikorsky MH-53M Pave Low IV—©Travel for Aircraft/Joseph May

The heaviest of USAF helicopters and meant to bring in, bring out a resupply special forces.

Sikorsky MH-53M Pave Low IV—©Travel for Aircraft/Joseph May

North American P-51D Mustang—©Travel for Aircraft/Joseph May

North American P-51D Mustang—©Travel for Aircraft/Joseph May

North American P-51D Mustang—©Travel for Aircraft/Joseph May

Republic P-47D Thunderbolt—©Travel for Aircraft/Joseph May

Republic P-47D Thunderbolt—©Travel for Aircraft/Joseph May

Republic F-105D Thunderchief—©Travel for Aircraft/Joseph May

Republic F-105D Thunderchief—©Travel for Aircraft/Joseph May

Republic F-105D Thunderchief—©Travel for Aircraft/Joseph May

Republic-Ford JB-2 (LTV-N-2 Loon) taken from the World War II German V-1—©Travel for Aircraft/Joseph May

Ryan BQM-34A Firebee supersonic target drone—©Travel for Aircraft/Joseph May

Douglas AIR-2 Genie: the Mach 3, 6 mile ranged air-to-air rocket with a 1.5 kiloton yield nuclear warhead—©Travel for Aircraft/Joseph May

Hughes AIM-4A radar homing air-to-air missile—©Travel for Aircraft/Joseph May

Close view of the Hughes AIM-4A radar homing air-to-air missile electronics—©Travel for Aircraft/Joseph May

Hughes AGM-45 Maverick air-to-ground missile—©Travel for Aircraft/Joseph May

Ryan Firebee multi mission attack drone—©Travel for Aircraft/Joseph May

Vickers Wellesley Mk I model—©Travel for Aircraft/Joseph May

Savoia Marchetti SM-81 Pipistrello model—©Travel for Aircraft/Joseph May

Savoia Marchetti SM-79 Spaviero model (note the torpedoes)—©Travel for Aircraft/Joseph May

 

Short Brothers Sunderland Mk II model—©Travel for Aircraft/Joseph May

Messerschmitt Me 323 Gigant—©Travel for Aircraft/Joseph May

Heineken He 115 model—©Travel for Aircraft/Joseph May

Dornier Do 18 model—©Travel for Aircraft/Joseph May

Blohm & Voss BV 138 minesweeper model (the degaussing hoop antennae could trigger submerged anti shipping mines)—©Travel for Aircraft/Joseph May

Antoinette IV model—©Travel for Aircraft/Joseph May

Avro Roe I model—©Travel for Aircraft/Joseph May

GBU-39A/B FLM—©Travel for Aircraft/Joseph May

GBU-34/B SDB (small diameter bomb)—©Travel for Aircraft/Joseph May

Doolittle Raid Congressional Gold Medal and bomb aiming device replica sued on the low-level bombing Doolittle Raid—©Travel for Aircraft/Joseph May

“Glory Bound” painting by Jack Lorusso (signed by him and, more importantly, signed by some of the Doolittle Raid members)—©Travel for Aircraft/Joseph May