Thursday, August 16, 2012

Mountain flying goes bad.

Fortunately no one was seriously hurt.Knowing your plane's performance at high altitudes is a serious matter.

Sunday, September 18, 2011

War in Iraq officially over.

Iraq "very close" to purchasing over a dozen Lockheed F-16 fighter jets. I now expect dogs and cats to start living together.

Monday, August 29, 2011

"New" Chinese attack helicopter not so new

New in that the Chinese are now making a 30 year old helicopter in-country. The Blaze is reporting it as it is a brand new heli but it is obviously a weaponized Eurocopter Dauphin (commonly seen used in the US by the Coast Guard).
The Chinese actually have a true indigenous attack heli called the Z-10
which looks a bit like a cross between an Apache and Mi-28.

Sunday, August 21, 2011

Not so secret Russian plane becomes un-secret

The F-22's brother from another mother will make its public debut at a Moscow airshow this week. Avweb is reporting that the Russian T-50 Pak-FA will wow the crowds, perhaps show-off the amazing 1200 foot takeoff distance, and hopefully not test its ejections seats.

UPDATE: Looks like there are still some significant bugs to work out on it.

Friday, August 12, 2011

Woman uses banner plane to make statement to wrong people.

A woman upset at the S&P downgrading of the U.S. credit rating decided she wanted to send a message to the powers at be. Apparently her first choice was to fly her message over Washington D.C., but of course you can't fly anything over D.C. (unless the president is in it). So, her second choice was to fly the banner to Wall Street in NY which was also where S&P offices are located. Great for making the news, but kind of like blaming your mailman for telling you your mailbox is broken. I'm thinking the banner should have been also in Chinese.

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

F-104 vs. NCC 1701

This has to be one of the most beautiful CGI renderings ever done. Douglas E. Graves fired up Lightwave to re-create a famous scene from the original Star Trek. The big E goes back in time to the 1960's and is chased down by a F-104 who's pilot eventually gets taken aboard. The composition, lighting, and detail are beyond words.

Monday, August 8, 2011

Rutan builds "flying car", Star Wars fans rejoice.

The only thing car-like about Scaled Composites' flying car is that it has four wheels. The rest, not so much.