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
Late Tuesday afternoon we lost a brave airman. Geoffry “Craig” Hunt died while battling a wildfire in Yosemite National Park. Hunt, age 62, a member of Cal Fire for 13 years was piloting an S-2T air tanker when he impacted the hillside. The Grumman manufactured aircraft, was purchased from the U.S. Navy, and had been converted from an anti-submarine tracker airplane to an air tanker. The S-2T air tanker could hold 1,200 gallons of fire retardant. We thank these brave pilots that fly so close to known treacherous terrain in smoky and obscured conditions.
October 9th, 2014