Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Group visit to Rolls Royce Alison Museum

Fwd: For WWII Aviation buffs

Very cool restoration…

Hey you WWII aviation buffs take a look at this great restoration.  And she flies with the wind!  

Motor glider rides Himalayan waves - AOPA


Fwd: EL AL

Israel Does It Again. This is amazing. The company  is based in Haifa. No gimmick, it's the real thing.

Emailing message from @AvHistorian

@AvHistorian: Not a quiz or anything, just a very nice pic indeed, further to our naval theme a few days ago... http://t.co/C0OVSnt0L2

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@RoyalAirForceUK: Typhoons hit Nevada for Exercise Red Flag.
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Current position of the International Space Station (ISS) and the view from the spacecraft......in real time.

Correction Bald Eagles presentation Jan 31: RV-12 project in high school

EAA 650 Members:  Tim Sparks advises of a presentation that will be of interest to some of us. 

On Friday, January 31 at 6pm, the Bald Eagles group in Nashville will have speaker Bob Kelly whose topic will be "Building Aircraft in Public Schools." 
Bob has actually done this in North Vernon, where kids built a Van's RV-12 light sport kit aircraft. 

The event is at the Season's Lodge and will have a social hour (cash bar) and buffet dinner prior to the program.  Cost is $28, payable at the event.
Please advise Tim at 812 325-3021 or elmshoot@aol.com if you desire to attend. 
We have 4 members going so far.  Carpooling can be coordinated.

Friday, January 24, 2014

Website National Museum of The U.S. Air Force’s Fourth Building Set To Proceed

National Museum of The U.S. Air Force's Fourth Building Set To Proceed

goose strike video

Fwd: Amazing New Sailplane


This Sailplane is...

  • Foot Launchable
  • Ground Launchable
  • Ground towable
  • Air towable and...
  • Foot Landable!
The engineering is just awesome.http://player.vimeo.com/video/39325401




At Arrowhead Stadium....
As you know the budget cuts have eliminated the military flyovers at large events. 
Well, there's a group of guys in Kansas City who do some formation flying in
their own planes and that decided they'd volunteer to pick up the slack. 
They invited a couple of other groups to join them and before they knew it they
had 48 guys signing up to join in. 
If they had more time, they probably would have gotten an even larger group
as people kept joining and a 49th was added near the event. 
One additional feature of the fly over was the use of pink smoke for cancer awareness. 
The folks from the Guinness Book where there and are expected to confirm it as the
largest formation flight ever.
Hope you enjoy this video as much as I did.


Fwd: Airplane Catalog

This is one of the best collections of military web sites I have ever seen.
You can spend hours reviewing the various sites.
Subject: Airplane Catalog
 Even if you are not into this you might want to pass this treasure trove on to others who are.
 This is unbelievable click on any link for WW2 Information.  Great pic of planes

Fwd: Instruments-GPS (A MUST SEE for ALL - Video)

Sent: 1/16/2014 10:18:38 A.M. Eastern Standard TimeSubj: Instruments-GPS (A MUST SEE for ALL - Video)
  For Everyone, not only Aviators. This video is 4:11 long but it
  REALLY GETS GOOD at the 2:40 mark when the airplane enters
  the clouds. This video gives EVERYONE an idea of what the Pilot
  sees and does on an Instrument approach. I'm sure that you'll not
  only like it, learn from it........but the scenery itself (New Zealand)
  is beautiful.  Burro, Bob
Subj: Instruments-GPS
This is an interesting head camera video from a pilot flying a new
instrument approach into Queenstown, New Zealand. A straight-in approach
like this without the nearby mountains is not unusual, especially in the
tough weather of Europe; but a double-curved one like this with nearby
terrain used to be something countries would not even publish, let alone
authorize. The key here is development of
GPS technologies.
This flick has gone viral among aviators. It's worth viewing.

You must have total faith in your instruments, and yourself, to properly fly
this approach.


Fwd: The secret is UNVEILED, B-797


It can comfortably

fly 10,000 Miles (16,000 km) at Mach 0.88 or 654 mph (1,046

km/h) with 1000 passengers on board ! 

They have

kept this secret long enough.
This shot was taken last month

by an amateur







Boeing is

  preparing this 1000 passenger Jet Liner that could reshape

  the Air Travel Industry. Its radical "Blended Wing &

  Fuselage" design has been developed by Boeing in

  cooperation with NASA Langley Research Centre. The mammoth

  aircraft will have a wing span of 265 feet compared to 211

  feet of its 747, and its been designed to fit within the

  newly created Air Terminals for the 555 seat Airbus A380,

  which is 262 feet wide.


The new

  797 is Boeing's direct response to the Airbus A380, which

  has racked up orders for 159 already. Boeing decided to

  kill its 747X Stretched Super Jumbo in 2003 after little

  interest was shown for it by Airline Companies, but

  continued to develop its "Ultimate Airbus Crusher", the

  797 at its Phantom Works Research Facility in Long Beach,


The Airbus

  A380 had been in the works since 1999 and has accumulated

  $13 Billion in development costs, which gives Boeing a

  huge advantage. More so because Airbus is thus committed

  to the older style tubular structure for their aircraft

  for decades to come.


 There are several big

  advantages in the "Blended Wing & Fuselage" design,

  the most important being the ?Lift to Drag? ratio which is

  expected to increase by an amazing 50%, resulting in an

  overall weight reduction of the aircraft by 25%, making it

  an estimated 33% more fuel efficient than the A380, and

  thus making the Airbus's $13 Billion Dollar investment

  look pretty shaky.


  Airframe Rigidity" is another key factor in the "Blended

  Wing & Fuselage" technology. It reduces turbulence and

  creates less stress on the airframe which adds to fuel

  efficiency, giving the 797 a tremendous 10,000 Mile range

  with 1,000 passengers on board cruising comfortably at

  Mach 0.88 or 654 MPH, which gives it another advantage

  over the tube-and-wing designed A380's 570



The exact

  date ! for introduction of the 797 is as yet unclear, but

  the battle lines are clearly drawn in the high-stakes war

  for future civilian aircraft




Website First World War fighter plane restored at air museum (From York Press)

First World War fighter plane restored at air museum (From York Press)

Fwd: British Imperial Airways 1930's

Begin forwarded message:

Subject: British Imperial Airways 1930's
Date: January 14, 2014 10:36:14 PM EST

British Imperial Airways 1930's

Flying the airlines in the thirties was a lot more fun than it is now.
It was more leisurely and had more class.
Certain elitist and anti-British people have no time for these period "rich types".
People like these, the risk takers (especially with their own money)
were the backbone of the UK.
They flew from the first airline operations across the Channel in 1919.
If people had serious money in the 1930s and traveled internationally,
they may well have flown on one of these large (130 foot wingspan)
Handley Page bi-plane aircraft, which were the mainstay
of British Imperial Airways at the time.
They carried 26 passengers in first class only, in three different compartments.
The first class saloon, the bar and cocktail area, and the smoking section.
These machines were ubiquitous, extremely safe
(no passenger in a HP-42 was ever killed in 10 years
of international and domestic operations from 1930 until 1940),
very comfortable in seating, leg room and service, hot meals
were served on bone china with silver cutlery, free liquor flowed,
overnights were in the very best hotels.
There was no rush, no waiting in lines and everyone was well dressed.
Flying along at a few thousand feet, one could see,
(down to the quality of the washing on the backyard clothes lines)
every interesting feature passing below.
At 95 to 100 mph. one also had time to look at the passing panorama.
It took four days to a week (depending on headwinds and weather)
to fly from London to Cape Town, South Africa.
By only flying about four hours a day, staying at the best hotels
in Europe, Cairo, Khartoum and Victoria Falls.
All stops to India also made for an interesting choice of destinations.
Old fashioned and good mannered ideas and behavior, like dressing up
to have evening drinks on the balcony and certainly not ever
being in a hurry - one can only salivate at how pleasurable that would be.
In a modern jet, one can get from A to B quickly (even with stopovers),
but nowadays, there is nothing to be seen on the ground from 35,000 feet,
the modern airline food is, at best, basic (unless you are in first class)
and passengers are so jam-packed in that one tends to feel like
an immigrant in steerage as the Clipper Ship (ca 1844) creaks and strains along.
We will not get on to the subject of terminals.
The Handley Page HP-42 "Helena" of Imperial Airways. 1932.
Slow, safe and very comfortable.
HP-42 "Hanno" at Samakh, Lake Tiberias in Palestine, 1931.
Bi-plane aircraft, such as Tiger Moths, can land anywhere;
wherever there is a stretch of grass.
This airliner was a little more speedy than a DH-82 Tiger Moth,
but the landing speed would be quite similar.
A 1930 flying magazine's view of the new HP-42 airliner.
Note crew member as the radio operator.
The Bristol Jupiter engines were initially 450 hp and later bumped up to 550 hp.
The crew: The Captain, almost certainly, would have flown
in the First World War (love his cigar).
Imperial Airways advertisement of the day.
Khartoum, Sudan. Boarding for the flight south.
Only one more overnight and then they will be taking in the sights of Lake Victoria.
There was only one class; First Class. This is the forward saloon.
Note the gentleman's pith helmet in the rack.
Airspeed indicator and altitude displays - as in modern jets - are on the bulkhead.
All engines running and the Captain not at the controls?
Cabin of a Handley Page HP-42. 1931. British Imperial Airways.
The cockpit of a Handley Page HP-42 airliner. London, 1931.
No powered controls here.
HP-42 airliner ready for a night flight. London's Croydon aerodrome, 1931.
HP-42s at Croydon. Part of the Co-Pilot's duties was to stow the flag before take-off.
The Bristol Jupiter engines are warming up.
HP-42 over London. Cruise speed was 100 mph or 87 knots.
Maximum speed was 120mph or 104knots.
No airline passenger was ever killed in one of these machines - in 10 years of service. They flew all over the UK and Europe and down to South Africa on a regular basis.
They also conducted regular services to India via many places en-route.
There were occasions, flying down to Cape Town, when the strong headwinds
from the south reduced the groundspeed to such an extent
that the crew turned the machine around.

They flew back to their point of departure and sat it out in the hotel.
A KLM DC-2 and an Imperial Airways HP-42 at Croydon, 1933.
Imperial Airways at Cairo. 1932.
Note the refuelling equipment, including the ladders
resting on the upper engines.
Note, also, the modest terminal building.
RAF Hendon Airport, London, 1937. Royalty arrives. King George VI, centre,
and Queen Elizabeth on aircraft's steps.


Saturday Morning Breakfast

All The Saturday morning breakfast we had was a resounding success. The eggs to order, the bacon fried crispy, the fruit garnish,...