The Vintage Everyday blog has put together this very cool collection of very vintage British aviation posters from the 1920s and the 1930s:
- “Aim towards the Enemy.” – Instruction printed on US Rocket Launcher
- “Cluster bombing from B-52s is very, very accurate. The bombs are guaranteed to always hit the ground.” – USAF
- “When the enemy is in range, so are you.” – Infantry Journal
- “It is generally inadvisable to eject directly over the area you just bombed.” – U.S. Air Force Manual
- “Tracers work both ways.” – U.S. Army Ordnance
- “If you see a bomb technician running, follow him.” – USAF
- “You’ve never been lost until you’ve been lost at Mach 3.” – Paul F. Crickmore (test pilot)
- “The only time you have too much fuel is when you’re on fire.”
- “Blue water Navy truism: There are more planes in the ocean than submarines in the sky.” – From an old carrier sailor
- “There is no reason to fly through a thunderstorm in peacetime.” – Sign over squadron ops desk at Davis-Monthan AFB, AZ.
The First 700 Tickets on Virgin Galactic’s Space Flights Have Been Sold. Sir Richard Branson says he has sold 700 tickets for trips on his Virgin Galactic spaceflights and he reckons it will be ready to launch within a “matter of months.” Branson told the Institute of Director’s annual convention that ticket sales, which reportedly cost £125,000($200,000) each, have helped fund the project to the late stages.
$21 a Gallon for Avgas in the Congo. If you think the price you pay for avgas is expensive, General Aviation News has an article about the Mission Aviation Fellowship (MAF), a Christian ministry organization operating a fleet of 136 airplanes in some of the most isolated places in the world, and how they often pay more than two or three times the price of avgas in the USA (around $6). In fact, avgas is currently $21 a gallon when its available in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC).
What Happened to the Fuel Tanks Jettisoned by US Aircraft During the Vietnam War. The Aviationist has posted some pictures to show you what has happened to some of the several thousand external fuel tanks jettisoned during the Vietnam War during combat, to evade SAMs or to simply lighten the load a bit:
The RAF Bids Farewell to the VC10 Air Refueling Tanker. AIN Online has reported that the UK Royal Air Force (RAF) has bid farewell to the VC10 air refueling tanker, a type that has been in British military service for 47 years. They numbered 28 at their peak and also performed in passenger, cargo and aeromedical airlift transport roles. AIN Online has also posted a slideshow showing the aircraft in action here.
London City Unveils Expansion Plans. London City has submitted £200 million expansion plans to allow the airport to double annual passenger numbers from the current three million to six million by 2023. Plans include a terminal building and bigger parking stands for the larger aircraft which are expected to start using the airport from 2016.
Proposal to Re-establish Controlled Airspace at the London Southend Airport. The Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) has announced that due to the recent growth of Commercial Air Transport (CAT) passenger flights at LSA, they have concluded that the re-establishment of controlled airspace is appropriate to enhance the safe operation of CAT flights arriving to and departing from London Southend Airport. You can read more about the proposal here.
Drone Package Delivery in China. Finally, Gizmodo has reported that Shenzhen, China-based SF Express is testing drones to help the company deliver packages to remote locations where trucks can’t. The SF Express experiment is one of the more prominent examples of drone delivery and its navigation system is apparently smart enough to allow courier services to simply type in an address with the drone carrying the package right to it.
Near the end of August, a 93-year-old widower named Tom Lackey broke his own record to become the world’s oldest wing walker. The former builder from the West Midlands broke his old record by being tied to the top of a 1943 Boeing Stearman biplane which flew at an altitude of about 1,000ft from Castle Kennedy, near Stranraer, Scotland to Derry, Northern Ireland.
(Picture: Charles McQuillan/PA)
Tom had completed his first wing walk 13 years ago at the age of 85 after the death of his wife, Isobel, who had served in the Royal Air Force. He was recognized by Guinness World Records in 2005 as the oldest person on top of an aircraft that looped the loop.
Since taking up wing walking, Tom has raked in over £1 million for charity and was even named Fundraiser of the Year at the Mirror’s 2011 Pride of Britain Awards.
However, Tom’s last one-hour-21-minute stunt was his hardest due to the wind pressure on top of the biplane e.g. just try keeping your head above the sunroof of your car while going 75 to 80 mph!
In these first two video, Tom talks about how he got into wing walking at the age of 85:
Finally, this next video tells a little bit more about Tom’s latest record breaking wing walking exploit:
Winter tends to ground most recreational pilots in lower latitudes, but not in places like Alaska where cool weather still means cool flying and even cooler videos.
In this next video, also from the Alaska Dispatch, you will learn how to safely land your aircraft in a gorge during a blizzard:
Meanwhile, a quick look around on YouTube found this cool video (the person who uploaded it has a few other great videos as well) showing what to expect in good winter conditions for flying, skiing and sightseeing around the spectacular Glacier Bay National Park:
Finally, the Aviationist blog has found a really cool video shot from a cockpit of a NASA P-3B aircraft as part of an operation under a name of Ice Bridge which is intended to examine ice conditions at both the North and South poles. Its one of the largest surveillance missions covering both the Arctic and Antarctic regions with the main goals being to create a 3D map of the ice cover:
There are a couple of UK air shows or air displays worth mentioning this weekend:
Shuttleworth Uncovered Air Display at Old Warden, Bedfordshire. The Shuttleworth Collection will be having another air display on Sunday with eighteen aircraft scheduled to fly plus visitors can have a look at the static aircraft displays as well. Book online in advance and save £5 per person (Please note online bookings close at 3pm on Saturday). Otherwise, its £25 per person on the day at the gate while children are free.
East Fortune Wheels and Wings at the National Museum of Scotland, Chambers Street, Edinburgh, Scotland. Get ready for a day of amazing stunts, over 200 classic cars and vehicles, a fashion show and different forms of transport with wheels and wings at National Museum of Flight, East Fortune. Ticket prices are the following: Adult £10:50 / £8.50; Child £5 (under 5 free); Family (2 adults, 2 children) £27.50; and National Museums Scotland Members free. Note that parking is £4.00 per vehicle.
The Whole Weekend
Royal County of Berkshire Show: Air Display at the Newbury Showground, Priors Court, Hermitage, Thatcham, Berks. The Royal County of Berkshire show will have something for everyone – including a RAF Falcon Parachute display on Saturday and the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight with the Land Girls Salute on Sunday. Click here for the full schedule of activities along with ticket information.