Meet BEHA, a possible tri-wing plane of the future. BEHA which stands for Bio-Electric Hybrid Aircraft is a joint Anglo/US project backed by the Aviation University at Cranford, UK. Solar panels and a wind turbine will generate a battery charge on the ground and during flight. The new design eliminates the problem that previous designs had needing a longer airfield for take-off. Estimated price will be $1 million.
November 28th, 2014
Does the future hold a new airplane wing technology? NASA Armstrong Research is experimenting with ACTE, Adaptive Compliant Trailing Edge. At Edwards Air Force Base, NASA is using a modified G3 with the new design and lightweight materials. If it comes to market it will have 3 big wins. It will reduce aircraft weight. The design also reduces drag making the plane more fuel efficient. The wing shape has an added benefit of being more environmentally friendly by dramatically reducing noise level.
November 17th, 2014
Ya gotta love the Super Guppy aircraft. The unusual shape alone is worth appreciating. The Super Guppy is TWICE as long as the C-130 Hercules at 111 feet! It is 25 feet wide and can carry a payload of 26 tons. Wow!
November 10th, 2014
Congratulations to pilot Steve Hinton that was given the Lifetime Achievement in Aviation award by the Commemorative Air Force on November 6, 2014. Steve has flown over 9,000 hours, has won 6 Unlimited Races and 2 World Championships. For 10 years he held the world speed record in a piston engine aircraft. Well done Steve on winning an award that is so well deserved!
November 7th, 2014
It looks like it may be official. An approximate 3 foot square of aluminum found on Nikumaroro, an uninhabited atoll, has a “high degree of authenticity” that it belonged to Amelia Earhart’s Lockheed Electra aircraft. Earhart went missing on July 2, 1937 while circumnavigating the world. The aluminum patch was a replacement for a navigation window. TIGHAR, The International Group for Historic Recovery, has theorized the Earhart and her navigator landed on the coral reef but eventually perished on the waterless atoll.
October 30th, 2014