Tailwinds is pleased to offer our newest style of Airplane Propeller Bookends. The Airplane Propeller Bookends arrive in a set of two and are great aviation decor. Fashioned with the newest Steampunk industrial look, the bookends are stunning with 3-dimensional airplane propeller and radial engine. These Airplane Bookends will add high-flyin’ style to your home decor.
Bronzed Tone Propeller Bookends
August 24th, 2015
Meet the “ROC,” soon to be the largest aircraft ever flown in the world. Named after the mythical bird of prey the ROC, or Stratolaunch (official name) as it is called, was designed to launch satellites into space. It has a 385 foot wingspan! Yep that is 65 feet wider than the Spruce Goose. To put that in perspective, centering the plane on a football field the wings will extend 15 feet on each side. Weighing in at 1.3 million pounds with satellite the Stratolaunch has 28 landing gear wheels and 6 Pratt & Whitney engines. Flight tests start in 2016.
Stratolaunch aka ROC aircraft
August 24th, 2015
Meet Captain Katie Higgins, the first woman to fly in a Blue Angels show. Captain Higgins pilots the 50-ton C-130 Hercules cargo plane affectionately known as “Fat Albert.” She pulls up to 2 Gs during her 8 ½ minute solo performance, and when not performing she hauls 35,000 lbs. of equipment and 40 crew members. Captain Higgins says aviation in in her blood as both grandfathers and her father were pilots!
Fat Albert C-130 with pilot Katie Higgins
August 10th, 2015
Excitement abounds at Oshkosh! For the first time ever a B-52 Stratofortess landed at Oshkosh. This was done to celebrate the 60th anniversary of active military service of the B-52. The challenge was to land as the outrigger wheels are almost as wide as the main runway at Oshkosh. The B-52 normally lands at a 10,000 foot x 300 foot wide runway. The main runway at Oshkosh is 8,000 feet x 150 feet wide. 6,000 runway lights were removed to accommodate the B-52 landing.
July 21st, 2015
Congratulations to Canadian pilot George Neal who set a record on June 2nd. George is the oldest active licensed pilot in the world according to the Guinness Book of World Records. At 96 and 194 days young, George was licensed in 1936, and has over 15,000 hours in 150 aircraft types. For much of his career George was a test pilot for de Havilland. But he still had time to home-build a Sopwith Pup! Kudos to George! Wishing you (more) Blue Skies & Tailwinds!™
June 30th, 2015