Ten-engine electric plane prototype takes off-A different sort of Plane Pr0n

Interesting idea. I think that Remotely Piloted Aircraft are an up and coming utility technology. Please understand that this comes from a layman and not an engineer. The radio control hobby world has led to a new use for what used to be expensive toys. Now they are becoming sophisticated, really expensive toys.

The possibilities are endless, in my humble opinion.

Image: Ten-engine electric plane prototype takes off

A team at NASA’s Langley Research Center is developing a concept of a battery-powered plane that has 10 engines and can take off like a helicopter and fly efficiently like an aircraft. The prototype, called Greased Lightning or GL-10, is currently in the design and testing phase. The initial thought was to develop a 20-foot wingspan (6.1 meters) aircraft powered by hybrid diesel/electric engines, but the team started with smaller versions for testing, built by rapid prototyping.

The full skinny and a video are at the link.

(OK, it’s a Monday and I have it off as I moved my Regular Day Off from Wednesday to today due to a big meeting with the young captain(AMU OIC), The AFGE Local(Not a member) and the rank and file as it were.)

Read more at: http://phys.org/news/2015-05-ten-engine-electric-plane-prototype.html#jCp

 

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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 got it finished

Simply the best looking helo paint scheme I have ever seen…………

I thought the HSM-35 Magicians one was killer and I saw it at the Miramar Show.

This one is the best.

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The Nose
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Shayne with HSM-49 CO Bobby Brown
Shayne Meder and HSM-49 CO, Commander Bobby Brown

The Navy Helo Community seems to like Shayne’s work!

 

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..

A Solar Eclipse Is Best Viewed From A Private Jet In The Stratosphere-Flight Club at Jalopnik

I guess one should be a tad bit jealous because we can’t get a ride like this……………………………..

A Solar Eclipse Is Best Viewed From A Private Jet In The Stratosphere

The details are at the following link

http://flightclub.jalopnik.com/a-solar-eclipse-is-best-viewed-from-a-private-jet-in-th-1693099471

French Navy Etendards and a Rafale refueling from a Super Hornet

In recent joint operations of the Charles de Gaulle and Carl Vinson Carrier Strike Groups, someone got some really cool pics!

Operation Inherent Resolve

The French and American nuclear-powered aircraft carriers are currently deployed along with their battle groups to support strike operations in Iraq and Syria.

http://theaviationist.com/2015/03/10/super-hornet-refuels-rafale/

Plane Porn: This Airbus A350 Formation Flight Is Beautiful.

I know this has been floating in these here internets for a few days but what the heck!

I have to admit that this took some serious planning. Five big airliners……………………..

Plane Porn: This Airbus A350 Formation Flight Is Beautiful
Airbus staged a formation flight of its five A350-XWB test planes on Monday morning in Toulouse, France, a day ahead of the expected certification announcement for the newest widebody jet on the market.

Here is the awesome video as well.

There are some more pics at the link below at Flight Club.

http://flightclub.jalopnik.com/plane-porn-this-airbus-a350-formation-flight-is-beauti-1640341173

The Aviationist » New Photos of Russian Planes intercepted by Norwegian Fighter Jets

There are some really good shots in this article. A long time ago, I did get to see TU-95s when I was serving aboard USS Independence CV62 when we were in The Norwegian Sea. We ended up about 65 miles north of The Arctic Circle back then.

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Il-78 refueled

The Aviationist » New Photos of Russian Planes intercepted by Norwegian Fighter Jets.

Bone yard-Mojave with some snow pics tossed in

I had to make a quick run to Stater Bros. Market in Mojave to grab Missus ORPO some diet colas……………………

The day was almost winter like in appearance. The first snow on the Southern Sierra Nevada and Airplanes simply added to it. I do apologize for the poor quality as I used my smart phone camera………………….I keep forgetting my Nikon for some strange reason.

This is one of those places that airplanes go to die………………………………

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767 and 747 air frames at MHV. The 767s are former Air Canada including, the last I knew, C-GAUN, The Gimli Glider.
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4 747s and an MD11 Qantas, Lufthansa, Thai and KLM.
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The first snow I have seen this year close to us,
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In the distance, The San Gabriel Mountains and The Angeles Crest with some snow.

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The Aviationist » One of the most awesome pictures ever taken on board USS Enterprise: starry night over Gulf of Aden.

When someone asks me that question…………………Why did you join the Navy? Yeah. Where are you gonna see something like this? I have been in those very waters mentioned in article………………aboard Ranger and Kitty Hawk back in the 1980s.

Why?

Indeed. The Best Light Show is that which was made by G-d Almighty.

The Aviationist » One of the most awesome pictures ever taken on board USS Enterprise: starry night over Gulf of Aden..

I can say that at the age of 60 that there are days that I miss it terribly………………………………

The Navy’s EA-6B Prowler Completes Its Final Carrier Cruise

From Jalopnik today.

They are pretty much gone now. I remember when the Prowlers came to The Good Ship Independence in the Spring of 1974. The squadron was VAQ-132, The Scorpions. My good buddy Darryl Hinkle was in that outfit. It was the first of four cruises that we made together over our careers.

The Garudas were the last.

At the end of my career, I was in VAQ-140, The Patriots who still have the distinction of having the most beautiful Prowler CAG Jet that ever served…………………….

Patriot CAG-1

Here is the link to the article………………………….

http://foxtrotalpha.jalopnik.com/the-navys-ea-6b-prowler-completes-its-final-carrier-cru-1659101419

The Red Baron Flies Again!

The Red Baron flies again! Man spends £50,000 building himself an exact working replica of the German pilot’s Fokker triplane!

This one was too cool to pass up! It sure beats the 3/4 scale and full scale replicas that are available in kit form.

Now that's a model plane: Paul Ford, 52, spent five years and £50,000 creating his working replica of the Fokker Dr1 Dreidecker. The German First World War fighter was made famous by Manfred Von Richthofen, aka the Red Baron, who shot down 70 allied pilots
Now that’s a model plane: Paul Ford, 52, spent five years and £50,000 creating his working replica of the Fokker Dr1 Dreidecker. The German First World War fighter was made famous by Manfred Von Richthofen, aka the Red Baron, who shot down 70 allied pilots

Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2829796/The-ultimate-model-plane-Man-spends-50-000-building-exact-working-replica-Red-Baron-s-Fokker-triplane-home.html#ixzz3ImsWmRk2
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A History Lesson, Plane Pr0n and Ship Pr0n all in one.

I came across this on YouTube. HMS Ark Royal R09 in 1975 conducting flight operations in the Mediterranean Sea. I am not sure what time of year it was but in the late Autumn of 1975, when I was aboard USS Independence CV62, we conducted a cross deck with Ark Royal. In 1976, we did it again.

This ship is gone now………………as are the Phantoms of 892 Squadron, the Buccaneers of 809 Squadron, the Gannetts and the Sea Kings and the Turbine H-34……………………………..

The RN Phantoms were amazing with those Rolls Royce Speys and the unique afterburners and the very long nose strut extend for the short cat stroke on The Ark.

Hands To Flying Stations!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

 

SLUF……………………is gone………………………..

Sniff……………………Damn Desert Dust anyway…………………………

Seems that a somewhat favorite air frame of yours truly stood down today. The Hellenic Air Force officially retired the last LTV A-7E Corsair II.

I am proud to say that I did serve a tour in The Argonauts of Attack Squadron One Four Seven who in those days past, did fly and fight with the Corsair II. She was a tough little jet and could carry a lot of ordnance and did not need a lot of tanker help to do the job.

SLUF is gone……………but she will never be forgotten……………………..So Long Old Friend. Fair Winds and Following Seas.

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The last A-7. She served in the 336 MIRA of the Hellenic Air Force. Fly Low. Hit Hard.

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Yours Truly, Front Row Center in The Spring of 1986 while serving in Attack Squadron One Four Seven, Carrier Air Wing Nine. Commander James H. Oliver Commanding(Back Row, Right) This was the day I was awarded my Enlisted Aviation Warfare Specialist Wings.

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