Super Scoopers Arrive in Los Angeles 3 Weeks Early Amid Active Fire Season | KTLA

A pair of bright yellow and red firefighting planes affectionately known as “super scoopers” landed at the Van Nuys Airport late Saturday afternoon. The aircraft, which Los Angeles County leases fr…

Source: Super Scoopers Arrive in Los Angeles 3 Weeks Early Amid Active Fire Season | KTLA

The best fire fighting aircraft available. Quick turnaround with a pass over a lake or open stretch of river.

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B-29 “Doc” takes to the skies again after 60 years

The B-29 “Doc” made its first flight in 60 years Sunday morning.

Source: B-29 “Doc” takes to the skies again after 60 years

This was at KSN TV from Wichita, Kansas!

Doc flies again!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Wichita Aircraft worker volunteers made it happen! If I was still there, I would have helped out myself!

1 December 1984 – This Day in Aviation

After four years of planning and preparation, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) and the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) intentionally crashed a Boeing 720 airliner to test an experimental fuel additive intended to reduce post-crash fires, and to assess passenger survivability. An anti-misting agent was added to standard commercial JP-5 jet fuel to create AMK, or “Anti-Misting … Continue reading 1 December 1984 →

The full article with pictures is at the link………………………….

Source: 1 December 1984 – This Day in Aviation

Mojave Desert, Plane Pr0n, Train Pr0n on a Sunday

I did the Diet Pop run to Stater Bros in Mojave for the Missus today and even in the 106 degree heat……………………..it was time to use the Nikon………………………………..

California City Boulevard
California City Boulevard
Convair 990 Coronado.
Convair 990 Coronado.

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GE Aft Fan engine
GE Aft Fan engine

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Phantom II. I don't know if this was a target drone or not.
Phantom II. I don’t know if this was a target drone or not.

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Wind Turbines!!!!!!!
Wind Turbines!!!!!!!

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CP Mojave
CP Mojave

The Union Pacific(Southern Pacific) yard also has the junction with the BNSF Mojave Subdivision. The BNSF has trackage rights over the Tehachapi Summit and the Tehachapi Loop from Mojave to Kern Junction.

Super Cool air-to-air images of the world’s sole flying examples of Sea Vixen and Seafire: The Aviationist.

Say what you will about The Aviationist but David Cenciotti does come up with some real gems from time to time.  These are two of the most beautiful fighters ever built………………………just my humble(or not so humble) opinion.

Sea Vixen, Beautiful Jet.
The Spitfire for the RN Air Arm
The RN Seafire

Both planes represent important part of Fleet Air Arm (FAA), the branch of the British Royal Navy responsible for the operation of naval aircraft: the Supermarine Seafire was a naval version of the Supermarine Spitfire adapted for operation from aircraft carriers that flew from 1942 to 1950s; the de Havilland DH.110 Sea Vixen was a twin boom, twin-engined two-seat carrier-based fleet defence fighter that served from 1959 into the 1970s.

Super Cool air-to-air images of the world’s sole flying examples of Sea Vixen and Seafire.

‘Best Painted Aircraft‘ at Tigermeet: Eurofighter Typhoon: theBrigade

This was in the Sunday Surfing today. This is one awesome looking Typhoon. They have the winner at this year’s Tiger Meet(Bucket List Item).

The stunning ‘Tiger Typhoon’ clinched the international award at the event in Schleswig, North Germany. In total over 60 aircraft from 12 different nations attended the Tigermeet which is a regular event aimed at encouraging nations to freely explore interoperability and joint operations in a informal and flexible environment.
The Typhoon Tiger is one of several Eurofighter Typhoon aircraft in the Luftwaffe’s 74th Tactical Fighter Wing, formerly known as JG 74. The Bavarian Tigers first formed in March 2013 following the restructuring of the Luftwaffe that year. The Fighter Wing is based at Neuburg and Lechfeld Air Base in Bavaria. The tiger tradition was handed over from former Fighter Bomber Wing 32 in Lechfeld to Fighter Wing 74.
Kommodore Frank Graefe, who heads the Fighter Wing, said: “Everywhere we go the Tiger Typhoon has been getting a fantastic reaction. There is no doubt that it is an incredible looking aircraft. We were honoured to have been awarded this prize – especially since we were competing against the world’s best.”
“Although the award may have its light-hearted side, the NATO Tigermeets serve a serious purpose in ensuring pilots from across the organisation can hone their skills to perfection as they practice a number of scenarios in testing and demanding  operational exercises. We were delighted with the way the event went and we were proud to represent a continuing and strong tradition.”

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Read more at http://thebrigade.com/2015/08/07/best-painted-aircraft-at-nato-tigermeet-ef-2000-eurofighter-typhoon-45-hq-photos/#s735taoVFc9OHeJZ.99

Warplanes to Siberia: Recreating an Untold Story of WWII

When your major newspaper is the Great Falls Tribune, you know about this. Great Falls was the jump off point for these ferry flights after the airplane left the factory.

Add this to World War II’s seemingly infinite supply of untold stories: Warplanes to Siberia will retrace the historic Alaska to Siberia route used to deliver American planes to the Soviet war effort through President Franklin Roosevelt’s Lend-Lease program. Wait, what?

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Read more: http://undertheradar.military.com/2015/07/warplanes-to-siberia-recreating-an-untold-story-of-wwii/#ixzz3fkpv5ha9
Under the Radar

Why a British warship will host US F-35s – Business Insider

“The “special relationship” with America is central to Britain’s national security and America also counts heavily on British diplomatic and military support. In an era of budget “austerity” in Britain and sequestration in America, there is great benefit for both countries when it comes to joint military operations and platforms procurement.

The combination of budgetary factors, procurement costs and issues, and the continuing need for air and sea power is why the relationship between the US and UK is so “special” that Britain’s next aircraft carrier, HMS Queen Elizabeth, will likely be home to US Marine Corps F-35Bs — American fighters flying from a British warship.”


F-35 In Flight

Read more: http://ciceromagazine.com/features/special-relationship-u-s-marine-fighters-flying-from-a-uk-warship/#ixzz3Yl0ET8HBhy a British warship will host US F-35s – Business Insider.

Boneyard

I went to the grocery store in Mojave, CA today.

Pictures ensued on the way home.

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Thai Airways 747s
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Former Air Canada 767s including the infamous Gimli Glider.
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KLM MD-11s in the back row awaiting their fate
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Lufthansa 747s awaiting their fate alontg with a few Qantas 747s

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Freight Train coming down the hill to Mojave and points East
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BAC 1-11 regional airliners. These two have been here since I moved to the desert in 2009.

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Flygirlpainter does her thing on a brand new 60 Romeo for HSM-49, The Scorpions

Shayne Meder

Master Sergeant

United States Air Force

Retired

Damn this gal does some seriously awesome work!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

She is doing the HSM-49 MH-60R CAG Bird as she has done all of the Helo Squadron CAG Birds based at NAS North Island.

I asked her if I could blog the progress of this project and she said to take them from Flygirlpainter at Facebook and to go for it. I have done two at http://oldretiredpettyofficer.blogspot.com/ already. Then I realized that not everyone reads that blog, so I am saturation bombing on a less regular cycle here at ATJT………………….

Please enjoy, my friends!

another clue
Masking Off for all those colors
bad assery in progress
Lay out work
hammer time
Detail Stuff
here's looking at you
Business End
hsm 49 patch
Official Squadron Patch
masked all day
Masking the Pylon
peeps
She brought the Peeps!
scorpion red
Scorpion Red!
Stinger 100
Stinger 100, Factory Fresh!
teaser
The Tease
the nose
The Nose
the red is on 4 April 2015
The Red Is On

 

Warthog Shootey! The Aviationist » Impressive images of U.S. A-10 Warthogs firing 30mm gun on range. In Romania.

Warthogs shooting the GAU-8…………………………………. Rockin!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

More really good pictures at the link at the bottom of the post!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

A-10s deploy to Romania for Operation Atlantic Resolve   The Aviationist » Impressive images of U.S. A-10 Warthogs firing 30mm gun on range. In Romania..