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    The pilot stories & info on the P-40 Warhawk is great. I am building a 60 inch wingspan R/C Model, as a "ceiling hanger" (non-flight). My Dad had a Cessna 180 that we flew all over the West coast & Mexico (before The Mexicans became hostile), aircraft have always been a part of my life, so this was quite interesting.
     
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    My Grandpa was a bombadier on the b26 Marauder shot down twice over Germany.

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    Put to together a paper craft version from this site to remember him by.

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    http://www.hoxity.de/papercraft/marauder_main.html

    Lots of other vintage aircraft papercrafting on there too.
     
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    Ascot Roundup Red Bull Air Race 2015
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    https://youtu.be/Xv74V-oI2Mg

    Published on Aug 18, 2015
    © Red Bull Media House http://www.redbullairrace.com

    Brilliant Bonhomme wins Ascot with 3rd win of season, Hall takes 2nd

    Britain’s Paul Bonhomme was crowned the winner of the Red Bull Air Race World Championship stop at the famous Ascot Racecourse on Sunday, flying brilliantly under pressure in the world's fastest motorsport series. The victory was Bonhomme’s third this season and second straight win at Ascot to the delight of more than 40,000 spectators.

    ASCOT, United Kingdom – Bonhomme’s final run was flawless and he stopped the clock in 1.06.416 seconds. Australia’s Matt Hall took second place in a time of 1:09.024 while Yoshihide Muroya got his first podium of the season with third.

    With the hard-fought victory in the Final Four, Bonhomme picked up 12 points to widen his lead at the top of the Red Bull Air Race Championship to eight points (46) ahead of Hall (38 points) in second going into the final three races. Reigning Red Bull Air Race World Champion Nigel Lamb of Britain, who last year finished second at the race over the historic Ascot Racecourse, finished back in 5th place, a result that destroyed his chances of defending his title.

    "It was a hard day at the office but today was great fun – I enjoyed that ," said Bonhomme after hitting speeds of near 370 km/h on the track that featured a static start in front of the majestic grandstands and a challenging course made up of 12 Air Gates standing 25 metres high on the infield of the track. "All I can say is this was due to teamwork, teamwork, teamwork. I’m only the driver. I just point the plane in the right direction."

    It was the second time the Red Bull Air Race was staged in Ascot, just west of London, that has quickly become one of the most attractive air race locations in the world and a favourite of the pilots who relish taking off and landing on the grassy strip in front of the big crowd.

    Austria's Hannes Arch, who struggled in the training session and was last in Qualifying on Saturday, finished a disappointing eighth after winning the last two races in Budapest and Rovinj, Croatia. Arch had a great run in the Round of 12, just beating Bonhomme. But Bonhomme was the “fastest loser” and advanced to the Round of 8. But Arch was unable to get his engine started before the Round of 8 and was forced to retire. “It’s frustrating if you can’t race but that’s life,” said Arch, who slipped to third overall with 30 points.

    In the Red Bull Air Race, which is the official world championship of the Fédération Aéronautique Internationale (FAI), the world's top pilots hit speeds of 370 km/h while enduring forces of up to 10G as they navigate as precisely as possible through a low-level slalom track marked by 25-metre high air-filled pylons.

    The Red Bull Air Race World Championship moves to its next stop to Spielberg, Austria on September 5-6.

    Results Ascot: 1. Paul Bonhomme (GBR), 2. Matt Hall (AUS), 3. Yoshihide Muroya (JPN), 4. Nicolas Ivanoff (FRA), 5. Nigel Lamb (GBR), 6. Peter Besenyei (HUN), 7. Martin Sonka (CZE), 8. Hannes Arch (AUT), 9. Michael Goulian (USA), 10. Matthias Dolderer (GER), 11. Juan Velarde (ESP), 12. Kirby Chambliss (USA), 13. Pete McLeod (CAN), 14. François Le Vot (FRA)

    World Championship standings: 1. Bonhomme 46 points, 2. Hall 38, 3. Arch 30, 4. Sonka 18, 5. Lamb 17, 6. McLeod 14, 7. Dolderer 12, 8. Muroya 11, 9. Ivanoff 11, 10. Goulian 8, 11. Besenyei 8, 12. Chambliss 2, 13. Velarde, 14. Le Vot

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    F-18 HORNET ROLL OUT U.S. NAVY INTERNATIONAL SHOWING IN PARIS 1977 81790
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    https://youtu.be/enqADM7jtho

    Published on Aug 19, 2015
    This film shows the F-18 Hornet during its trip to Europe in 1977 for the Paris Air Show and its foreign debut.

    The McDonnell Douglas (now Boeing) F/A-18 Hornet is a twin-engine supersonic, all-weather carrier-capable multirole combat jet, designed as both a fighter and attack aircraft (F/A designation for Fighter/Attack). Designed by McDonnell Douglas and Northrop, the F/A-18 was derived from the latter's YF-17 in the 1970s for use by the United States Navy and Marine Corps. The Hornet is also used by the air forces of several other nations. The U.S. Navy's Flight Demonstration Squadron, the Blue Angels, has used the Hornet since 1986.

    The F/A-18 has a top speed of Mach 1.8 (1,034 knots, 1,190 mph or 1,915 km/h at 40,000 ft or 12,190 m). It can carry a wide variety of bombs and missiles, including air-to-air and air-to-ground, supplemented by the 20 mm M61 Vulcan cannon. It is powered by two General Electric F404 turbofan engines, which give the aircraft a high thrust-to-weight ratio. The F/A-18 has excellent aerodynamic characteristics, primarily attributed to its leading edge extensions (LEX). The fighter's primary missions are fighter escort, fleet air defense, Suppression of Enemy Air Defenses (SEAD), air interdiction, close air support and aerial reconnaissance. Its versatility and reliability have proven it to be a valuable carrier asset, though it has been criticized for its lack of range and payload compared to its earlier contemporaries, such as the Grumman F-14 Tomcat in the fighter and strike fighter role, and the Grumman A-6 Intruder and LTV A-7 Corsair II in the attack role.

    The Hornet saw its first combat action in 1986 during the 1986 United States bombing of Libya and subsequently participated in 1991 Gulf War and 2003 Iraq War. The F/A-18 Hornet provided the baseline design for the Boeing F/A-18E/F Super Hornet, a larger, evolutionary redesign of the F/A-18.

    The U.S. Navy started the Naval Fighter-Attack, Experimental (VFAX) program to procure a multirole aircraft to replace the Douglas A-4 Skyhawk, the A-7 Corsair II, and the remaining McDonnell Douglas F-4 Phantom IIs, and to complement the F-14 Tomcat. Secretary of Defense Schlesinger ordered the Navy to evaluate the competitors in the Air Force's Lightweight Fighter (LWF) program, the General Dynamics YF-16 and Northrop YF-17.
    Though the YF-16 won the LWF competition, the Navy was skeptical that an aircraft with one engine and narrow landing gear could be easily or economically adapted to carrier service, and refused to adopt an F-16 derivative. On 1 March 1977 Secretary of the Navy W. Graham Claytor announced that the F-18 would be named "Hornet".

    The F-18, initially known as McDonnell Douglas Model 267, was drastically modified from the YF-17. For carrier operations, the airframe, undercarriage, and tailhook were strengthened, folding wings and catapult attachments were added, and the landing gear widened. To meet Navy range and reserves requirements, McDonnell increased fuel capacity by 4,460 pounds (2,020 kg), by enlarging the dorsal spine and adding a 96-gallon fuel tank to each wing. A "snag" was added to the wing's leading edge and stabilators to prevent an Aeroelastic flutter discovered in the F-15 stabilator. The wings and stabilators were enlarged, the aft fuselage widened by 4 inches (102 mm), and the engines canted outward at the front. These changes added 10,000 lb (4,540 kg) to the gross weight, bringing it to 37,000 lb (16,800 kg). The YF-17's control system was replaced with a fully digital fly-by-wire system with quadruple-redundancy, the first to be installed in a production fighter.

    Originally, it was planned to acquire a total of 780 aircraft of three variants: the single seat F-18A fighter and A-18A attack aircraft, differing only in avionics; and the dual-seat TF-18A, which retained full mission capability of the F-18 with a reduced fuel load. Following improvements in avionics and multifunction displays, and a redesign of external stores stations, the A-18A and F-18A were able to be combined into one aircraft. Starting in 1980, the aircraft began to be referred to as the F/A-18A, and the designation was officially announced on 1 April 1984. The TF-18A was redesignated F/A-18B.

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    AIRCRAFT TORPEDO ROYAL AIR FORCE INSTRUCTIONAL FILM MARK XII TORPEDO 75624
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    https://youtu.be/JweZK_ii8c4

    Published on Aug 19, 2015
    This instructional film made by the Royal Air Force describes the Mark XII aircraft launched torpedo, used by Fleet Air Arm and RAF Coastal Command. There have been a number of 18 inch torpedoes in service with the United Kingdom. These have been used on ships of the Royal Navy and aircraft of both the Fleet Air Arm and Royal Air Force, while Royal Navy surface ships and submarines use 21 inch torpedoes. The 18 inch MK XII torpedo was used by the Swordfish in sinking the German battleship Bismarck. The contact pistol (seen at the 2:51 mark) is fitted and when the point of one of the "whiskers" strikes the enemy hull, the detonator is fired and the TNT warhead explodes.

    Date Of Design: 1935
    Date In Service: 1937
    Weight: 1,548 lbs. (702 kg)
    Overall Length: 16 ft 3 in (4.953 m)
    Negative Buoyancy: about 230 lbs. (104 kg)
    Explosive Charge: 388 lbs. (176 kg) TNT
    Range / Speed: 1,500 yards (1,370 m) / 40 knots
    3,500 yards (3,200 m) / 37 knots
    Power Burner-cycle, about 140 hp @ 40 knots

    Note: The Mark XII was an improved Mark XI. It was the standard airborne torpedo for the first half of World War II and still in limited use until the end.

    The modern torpedo is a self-propelled weapon with an explosive warhead, launched above or below the water surface, propelled underwater towards a target, and designed to detonate either on contact with its target or in proximity to it.

    Historically, it was called an automotive, automobile, locomotive or fish torpedo; colloquially called a fish. The term torpedo was originally employed for a variety of devices, most of which would today be called mines. From about 1900, torpedo has been used strictly to designate an underwater self-propelled weapon. The original torpedo is a kind of fish: an electric ray.

    While the battleship had evolved primarily around engagements between armoured ships with large-caliber guns, the torpedo allowed torpedo boats and other lighter surface ships, submersibles, even ordinary fishing boats or frogmen, and later, aircraft, to destroy large armoured ships without the need of large guns, though sometimes at the risk of being hit by longer-range shellfire.

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    That's very cool. Thanks!
     
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    WWII AIR RAID WARDEN RECRUITMENT USA DURING BLACKOUT FILM 70694
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    https://youtu.be/zfKjT70EZu0

    Published on Aug 20, 2015
    Created by Castle Films during WWII for the U.S. Government AIR RAID WARNING shows the duties and responsibilities of the Civil Defense Air Raid Wardens. These individuals were trained in first aid, fire fighting, and gas and chemical warfare as well as plane spotting. During the blackout in the USA, wardens enforced regulations to keep lights out and blinds drawn at all times.

    The American wardens traced their origins to Britain. During the early stages of World War II, the Air Ministry had forecast that Britain would suffer night air bombing attacks causing large numbers of civilian casualties and mass destruction. It was widely agreed that navigation and targeting would be more difficult if man-made lights on the ground could be extinguished.

    Blackout regulations were imposed in the UK on 1 September 1939, before the declaration of war. These required that all windows and doors should be covered at night with suitable material such as heavy curtains, cardboard or paint, to prevent the escape of any glimmer of light that might aid enemy aircraft. The Government ensured that the necessary materials were available. External lights such as street lights were switched off, or dimmed and shielded to deflect light downward. Essential lights such as traffic lights and vehicle headlights were fitted with slotted covers to deflect their beams downwards to the ground.

    Blackouts proved one of the more unpleasant aspects of the war, disrupting many civilian activities and causing widespread grumbling and lower morale. The blackout was enforced by civilian ARP wardens who would ensure that no buildings allowed the slightest chink or glow of light. Offenders were liable to stringent legal penalties.

    Blackout restrictions greatly increased the dangers of night driving and fatalities increased as a consequence. As a result, some aspects were relaxed and speed limits were lowered. The anticipated increase in crime rates did not occur.

    The United States was not exposed to air attack, but along the Atlantic coast, the lack of a coastal blackout served to silhouette Allied shipping and thus expose them to German submarine attack. Coastal communities resisted the imposition of a blackout for amenity reasons, citing potential damage to tourism. The result was a disastrous loss of shipping, dubbed by German submariners as the "Second Happy Time". Blackouts were held in mainland cities, and along the coastal areas long after any enemy threat existed; the primary purpose was psychological motivation of the civilian population which saw blackouts as a patriotic duty

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    Red Flag 15-3 Alaska
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    https://youtu.be/PTYfndOpcPs

    Published on Aug 20, 2015
    Video by Airman 1st Class Joshua DeGuzman 354th Fighter Wing
    Showcasing various aircraft taking off from Eielson Air Force Base, Alaska, as part of RED FLAG-Alaska 15-3.
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    Helicopter Flight - Los Angeles
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    https://youtu.be/GRPv-LtVrq0

    Published on Aug 21, 2015
    Mostly passenger side view of a quick flight from VNY to SMO and back thanks to XTI Aircraft @XTIAircraft http://xtiaircraft.com along with @DantorpAviation http://t.co/XDjZoiR9cC @Amelia__Earhart @DigitalLA

    Van Nuys heading south of Warner Brothers, past Burbank, Hollwyood Sign, Griffith Park, Downtown LA, South and West LA, LAX, Beach, Santa Monica and back over the Getty Center and the Sepulveda Pass
     
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    Avro Vulcan last ever flight over West Sussex UK (tragic)
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    https://youtu.be/JrlmVafv4Ec

    Published on Aug 23, 2015
    Appearing at the Shoreham Airshow today 22nd August 2015 we decided to make sure we took this last chance to see this iconic aircraft in action and headed to Littlehampton seafront to catch a glimpse of her.

    We were all most surprised at how long she stayed over us and only seemed to be over Shoreham for a few moments.

    It was then that we discovered the dreadful reason why. A Hawker Hunter jet had crashed onto a busy main road next to the air show, at least 7 people were killed and many more seriously injured.

    Shocking.

    After much consideration I decided to put this video of the Vulcan up as a mark of respect to those who lost their lives at this accident.

    This was supposed to be the penultimate flight with the Vulcan appearing on Sunday, however we have just learned the Shoreham airshow has now been cancelled.

    My thanks to Foxy313 for allowing me to include a short distant clip showing what he saw, from his video.

    Dreadful, dreadful day :(

    Anyone with footage of the crash is asked to contact the police incase it might help the investigation.
    shoreham.aircrash2015@sussex.pnn.police.­uk

    Avro Vulcan dernier vol jamais plus de West Sussex, Royaume-Uni

    Avro Vulcan zuletzt Flug je über West Sussex UK

    Avro Vulcan última siempre vuelo sobre West Sussex Reino Unido
     
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    MAKS-2015 International air show kicks off near Moscow
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    https://youtu.be/6K-nWUU8OYo

    Published on Aug 25, 2015
    Today the aviation and space show MAKS 2015 kicks off near Moscow. More than 150 companies from 25 countries confirmed to participate in this year’s air show, including Austria, Belgium, Great Britain, Germany, Italy, France, the Czech Republic, and Switzerland.
     
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    XTI TRIFAN 600 VTOL Reveal
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    https://youtu.be/aHunGEWFZqM

    Published on Aug 25, 2015
    Can equity crowdfunding help launch a new type of VTOL aircraft?

    XTI Aircraft believes it is and that the time is right to launch a brand new VTOL aircraft into the market starting with equity based crowdsourced funding.

    More about the TRIFAN 600

    Projected performance specifications are still being determined, but are expected to include:

    • Capacity: Pilot + 5 passengers
    • Max Cruise Speed: ~ 340 kts (or around 400 mph)
    • Max Cruise Altitude: Over 30,000 feet above predominant weather
    • Range: ~ 800-1,200 miles (Based on takeoff method and payload)
    • Vertical Lift: 3 ducted fans
    • Engines: 2600 shaft horsepower range
    • Flight Controls: Fly-by-wire
    • Time to Max Altitude: ~ 11 minutes
    • Time to Max Cruise Speed: ~ 90 seconds

    XTI Aircraft Company is a privately owned aviation business founded in 2009 by Chairman David Brody. Based in Denver, Colo., the company’s mission is to develop innovative solutions to universal business aviation problems by enabling true point-to-point air travel over long distances.

    Together, XTI’s leadership group brings decades of experience, a deep well of expertise, a shared passion for aviation, and success bringing new aircraft to market.

    As former president and chief executive of Sikorsky, Vice Chairman Jeffrey Pino kept the world’s largest helicopter manufacturer at the forefront of rotorcraft innovation and development. XTI board member Charlie Johnson was president of Cessna, the leading manufacturer of light and midsize business jets. Respected industry veteran Dr. Dennis Olcott, XTI chief engineer and board member, served as chief engineer for both Adam Aircraft and for the PiperJet program. XTI founder and Chairman David Brody, an accomplished attorney, aviation patent holder, and best-selling author, conceived and designed the TriFan 600.

    Other members of XTI’s leadership group include Chief Financial Officer Andrew Woglom, and Media and Investor Relations Officer Amelia Earhart.

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    Some photos and video courtesy XTI Aircraft Company, Dmitry Mottl, Boyd Kelly.
     
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    1940s AIRPLANE & GLIDER HOME MOVIES HAWLEY BOWLUS 29024
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    https://youtu.be/gckUMqR5akY

    Published on Aug 26, 2015
    These home movies come from the estate of William Hawley Bowlus (May 8, 1896 - August 27, 1967) or someone who was close to him. Bowlus was a designer, engineer and builder of aircraft (especially gliders) and recreational vehicles in the 1930s and '40s. In addition to flights with small planes, at the 5:00 mark the film shows gliders being flown off of a dry lake bed.

    Today Hawley Bowlus is most widely known for his key role in the design of Airstream travel trailers, which followed his prior famed work as the Superintendent of Construction on Charles Lindbergh's aircraft, the Spirit of St. Louis. He also designed and constructed the innovative but unsuccessful XCG-16A experimental military glider ordered by the U.S. Army Air Corps in 1943. In popular culture he is usually referred to as Hawley Bowlus.

    Bowlus was an expert at soaring flight and at building gliders, established numerous records, trained many of America's earliest glider pilots, and gave gliding lessons to both Charles and Anne Morrow Lindbergh. In 1930 he and Lindbergh glided at various locations in California. Most notably Point Loma in San Diego California where Bowlus conducted many of his flights and tests.

    Charles Lindbergh established a regional distance record for gliders by flying in a Bowlus sailplane from Mount Soledad in La Jolla to Del Mar, making use of the lift at the Torrey Pines Gliderport. Anne Morrow Lindbergh also flew in a Bowlus sailplane from Mount Soledad and became the first woman in the United States to receive a "first class" glider license (Maxine Dunlap had preceded her in becoming the first woman in the United States to receive a glider license of any kind (a "third class" glider license). Bowlus was also the first American to break Orville Wright's 1911 soaring duration record in an American designed and built sailplane.

    Bowlus was inducted into the Soaring Hall of Fame in 1954.


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    Airbus E-Fan Demonstrator
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    Airbus E-Fan Demonstrator Farnborough Air Show 2014

    Some forgotten footage from FARN2104

    The Airbus E-Fan is a prototype two-seater electric aircraft being developed by Airbus Group. It was flight demonstrated to the world press at the Farnborough International Airshow in the UK in July 2014. The target market is pilot training.
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Airbus_...
     
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    How to Ditch a Plane: Aircrew Survival: Surviving on Open Water circa1990 FAA
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    https://youtu.be/2o5GX6-XkEM

    Published on Aug 27, 2015
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    Federal Aviation Administration; Aircrew Survival: Surviving on Open Water; from the Civil Aerospace Medical Institute.

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    The soundtrack was also processed with volume normalization, noise reduction, clipping reduction, and/or equalization (the resulting sound, though not perfect, is far less noisy than the original).

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    Survival skills are techniques a person may use in a dangerous situation (e.g. natural disasters) to save themselves and others. These techniques are meant to provide basic necessities for human life: water, food, thermoregulation, shelter, habitat, the ability to think straight, to signal for help, to navigate safely, to avoid unpleasant and possibly fatal interactions with animals and plants, and to cure any incurred injury or ailments. Survival skills are often basic ideas and abilities that ancients invented and used themselves for thousands of years. Outdoor activities such as hiking, backpacking, horseback riding, fishing, and hunting all require basic wilderness survival skills, especially in handling emergency situations. Bushcraft and primitive living are most often self-implemented, but require many of the same skills...

    A shelter can range from a "natural shelter"; such as a cave or a fallen-down tree, to an intermediate form of man-made shelter such as a debris hut, a tree pit shelter, or a snow cave, to completely man-made structures such as a tarp, tent, or a longhouse...

    Fire

    Making fire is recognized in the sources as significantly increasing the ability to survive physically and mentally. Lighting a fire without a lighter or matches, e.g. by using natural flint and steel with tinder, is a frequent subject of both books on survival and in survival courses. There is an emphasis placed on practicing fire-making skills before venturing into the wilderness. Producing fire under adverse conditions has been made much easier by the introduction of tools such as the solar spark lighter and the fire piston.

    If you have a black powder firearm along, you can sometimes start a fire by ramming tinder down the barrel against the powder charge. Use charred cloth if available. Fire the gun up in the air, run and pick up the cloth and blow it into flame. Have a supply of tinder at hand so the cloth can be placed against it to start the fire.

    Fire is presented as a tool meeting many survival needs. The heat provided by a fire warms the body, dries wet clothes, disinfects water, and cooks food. Not to be overlooked is the psychological boost and the sense of safety and protection it gives. In the wild, fire can provide a sensation of home, a focal point, in addition to being an essential energy source. Fire may deter wild animals from interfering with a survivor, however wild animals may be attracted to the light and heat of a fire.

    Water

    A human being can survive an average of three to five days without the intake of water. The issues presented by the need for water dictate that unnecessary water loss by perspiration be avoided in survival situations. The need for water increases with exercise.

    A typical person will lose minimally two to maximally four liters of water per day under ordinary conditions, and more in hot, dry, or cold weather. Four to six liters of water or other liquids are generally required each day in the wilderness to avoid dehydration and to keep the body functioning properly. The U.S. Army survival manual does not recommend that you drink water only when thirsty, as this leads to under hydrating. Instead, water should be drunk at regular intervals. Other groups recommend rationing water through "water discipline"...
     
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    F-22 Raptors At Spangdahlem
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    https://youtu.be/ql4AZgPmjf4

    Published on Aug 29, 2015
    Video by Master Sgt. Kevin Nichols, Senior Airman Sarah Denewellis, Senior Airman Rusty Frank, 52nd Fighter Wing Public Affairs

    Four F-22 Raptors arrived at Spangdahlem Air Base, Germany, to train with allied air forces and U.S. services through mid-September. This first-ever F-22 training deployment to Europe is funded by the European Reassurance Initiative, and provides support to bolster the security of our NATO Allies and partners in Europe. The F-22s and Airmen are from the 95th Fighter Squadron, Tyndall AFB, Fla.
     
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    Reapers And Predators
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    https://youtu.be/js8u17Ku1gI

    Published on Aug 28, 2015
    Video by Senior Airman William Branch 455th Air Expeditionary Wing
    MQ-1s and MQ-9s maintenance, taxiing, taking off, and landing.
     
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    Crowd funding has been cancelled, as the Mexican Cartel
    has placed a very large order.
     
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    I've always been fascinated by the ME-262 (the Germans called it the Swallow, due to the unique swept back shape of the wings), the first jet fighter ever produced. It was many years ahead of anything the allies could offer and could have changed history by shifting the balance of air power to the Luftwaffe. The ME-262 turbines could get to 550 mph, which blew the doors off anything the allies could produce.

    The Nazis flew their first prototype in July 1942 and it put in a pretty impressive performance. The engines, however, were so powerful, that they blew chunks out of the runway on take off, so they had to do some re-work on the take-off angles. They also had some problems getting the tail to lift on take off - the German pilots figured out that if they tapped the breaks at around 120 mph, the tail would lift perfectly.

    It also had some problems landing. The pilots would have to cut power and glide in for a landing. When the allied pilots figured this out, they stalked Luftwaffe landing sites and picked off the ME-262's in a process called 'brat hunting'.

    The biggest problem with the ME-262 was the engines. The turbines got so hot, that they needed heat-resistant chromium alloys to build them. With chromium in short supply, they had to substitute steel. The steel engines would literally melt after as little as 10-15 hours of flight time. So, flight time was very limited and engines had to be constantly stripped and re-built.

    Despite its limitations, the ME-262 was fully deployed in early 1944 and was devastating in combat against allied bombers. And then Schickelgruber, in classic form, bungled the process by interfering in the production, and insisted that the Swallow be re-configured as a bomber. That basically ruined the entire program, since the delays caused by the re-configuration delayed the deployment of the Swallow. Worse still, the Swallow's shape was not conductive to use as a bomber, the elevated the nose prevented the pilot from accurately sighting the target. Finally, in early 1945, Schicklegruber reversed his decision and decreed that all ME's be built as fighters - too late to have any impact.

    Imagine what could have happened if the Nazis could have mass produced these fighters late in 1942, before the tide of the war turned. It could have changed the outcome of the Stalingrad ands Kursk battles. More importantly, a few thousand sorties of ME's during D-Day could have really fucked the allied invasion.

    ME-262 blasting allied B-17's out the sky....

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aReAJ4t_ShU
     
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    It was many years ahead of anything the allies could offer and could have changed history by shifting the balance of air power to the Luftwaffe.

    Hitler would of had a few more years with Eva and a million or more dead Hebrews.
     
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    [h=3]Pictures of 21 Strangest Aircraft Disappearances in History[/h]


    There are many aircraft whose disappearance is surrounded by tragedy and mystery, though, and some date back to the earliest days of flight. Enjoy 21 of history's strangest aircraft ever to grace the skies...




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    [TD="class: tr-caption, align: center"]The Caproni Ca.60 Noviplano was a nine-wing flying boat intended to be a prototype for a 100-passenger trans-atlantic airliner. The prototype only made one short flight on 4 March 1921 over Lake Maggiore in Italy. The aircraft attained an altitude of only 18 m (60 ft), then dived and crashed, breaking up on impact. The pilot escaped unscathed.[/TD]
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    [TD="class: tr-caption, align: center"]Stipa-Caproni, an experimental Italian aircraft with a barrel-shaped fuselage (1932).[/TD]
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    [TD="class: tr-caption, align: center"]Northrop XB-35, an experimental flying wing heavy bomber developed for the United States Army Air Forces during and shortly after World War II. Photo: U.S. Air Force.[/TD]
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    [TD="class: tr-caption, align: center"]Vought V-173, the “Flying Pancake”, an American experimental fighter aircraft for the United States Navy (1942).[/TD]
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    [TD="class: tr-caption, align: center"]Libellula, a tandem-winged and twin-engined British experimental plane which gives the pilot an excellent view for landing on aircraft carriers (1945).[/TD]
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    [TD="class: tr-caption, align: center"]McDonnell XF-85 Goblin, an American prototype jet fighter, intended to be deployed from the bomb bay of the Convair B-36 (1948). Photo: U.S. Air Force.[/TD]
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    [TD="class: tr-caption, align: center"]Lockheed XFV, “The Salmon,” an experimental tailsitter prototype escort fighter aircraft (1953).[/TD]
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    [TD="class: tr-caption, align: center"]De Lackner HZ-1 Aerocycle flying platform, designed to carry one soldier to reconnaissance missions (1954).[/TD]
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    [TD="class: tr-caption, align: center"]Snecma Flying Coleoptere (C-450), a French experimental, annular wing aeroplane, propulsed by a turbo-reactor, able to take off and land vertically (1958).[/TD]
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    [TD="class: tr-caption, align: center"]Avro Canada VZ-9 Avrocar, a VTOL disk-shaped aircraft developed as part of a secret U.S. military project (1959).[/TD]
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    [TD="class: tr-caption, align: center"]The Caspian Sea Monster, also known as the “Kaspian Monster”, was an experimental ekranoplan, developed at the design bureau of Rostislav Alexeyev in 1966.[/TD]
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    [TD="class: tr-caption, align: center"]Dornier Do 31, a West German experimental VTOL tactical support transport aircraft (1967).[/TD]
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    [TD="class: tr-caption, align: center"]Alexander Lippisch’s Aerodyne, a wingless experimental aircraft. The propulsion was generated by two co-axial shrouded propellers (1968).[/TD]
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    [TD="class: tr-caption, align: center"]Hyper III, a full scale lifting body remotely piloted vehicle, built at the NASA Flight Research Center in 1969.[/TD]
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    [TD="class: tr-caption, align: center"]Bartini Beriev VVA-14, a Soviet vertical take-off amphibious aircraft (1970s).[/TD]
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    [TD="class: tr-caption, align: center"]Ames-Dryden (AD)-1 Oblique Wing, a research aircraft designed to investigate the concept of a pivoting wing (1979 – 1982).[/TD]
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    [TD="class: tr-caption, align: center"]B377PG – NASA’s Super Guppy Turbine cargo plane, first flew in its outsized form in 1980.[/TD]
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    [TD="class: tr-caption, align: center"]X-29 forward swept wing jet plane, flown by the NASA Dryden Flight Research Center, as a technology demonstrator (1984 – 1992).[/TD]
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    [TD="class: tr-caption, align: center"]The Airbus A300-600ST (Super Transporter) or Beluga, is a version of the standard A300-600 wide-body airliner modified to carry aircraft parts and oversized cargo. It was officially called the Super Transporter at first, but the name Beluga became popular and has now been officially adopted (1994).[/TD]
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    [TD="class: tr-caption, align: center"]X-36 Tailless Fighter Agility Research Aircraft, a subscale prototype jet built by McDonnell Douglas for NASA (1996 – 1997).[/TD]
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    [TD="class: tr-caption, align: center"]Proteus, a tandem-wing, twin-engine research aircraft, built by Scaled Composites in 1998.[/TD]
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    (via Ink Tank)
     
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    NATIONAL AIR RACES OF 1929 IN CLEVELAND OHIO Cliff Henderson, Charles Lindbergh Thaden 40010 HD
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    https://youtu.be/0UIGaH6Di00

    Published on Aug 31, 2015
    This is a compilation of silent newsreels and home movie footage from the 1929 National Air Races in Cleveland, Ohio, which comes from the collection of Cliff Henderson. Henderson was one of the founders of the National Air Races, along with his brother. What is extraordinary about this movie is that it contains rare shots of Charles Lindbergh attending the Air Races, as well as spectacular footage of the finish of the Women's Air Derby. Known as the Powder Puff Derby, it was won by Louise Thaden. Numerous other female pilots are shown including Florence Poncho Barnes.

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    F-35 F-16 Formation Flight Hill AFB
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    https://youtu.be/elgXtBYqIvo

    Published on Sep 5, 2015
    Video by Senior Airman Spencer Kennedy OL-H, AFPAA

    An F-16C from the 419th Fighter Wing, Hill Air Force Base, UT, escorts two F-35A Lightning II aircraft from Fort Worth, TX, to Hill AFB on September 2, 2015. The two Lightning II aircraft are the Air Force’s first two combat-coded F-35As to be permanently assigned to the 34th Fighter Squadron under Air Combat Command’s 388th Fighter Wing. The 388th Fighter Wing is located at Hill AFB, UT.
     
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    P-38 Lightning Fighter Pilot Training: P-38 Flight Characteristics 1943 Lockheed
    (Jeff Quitney)



    https://youtu.be/HkRGKsF6ei0

    Published on Sep 11, 2015
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    "Shows normal and emergency operating characteristics of the P-38. Demonstrates precautions and techniques for taking off, flying, and landing, showing in detail how controls and apparatus should be manipulated. Explains how to take off and fly with only one engine, and shows how to bail out."

    Reupload of a previously uploaded film with improved video and sound.

    Public domain film, slightly cropped to remove uneven edges, with the aspect ratio corrected, and one-pass brightness-contrast-color correction & mild video noise reduction applied.
    The soundtrack was also processed with volume normalization, noise reduction, clipping reduction, and/or equalization (the resulting sound, though not perfect, is far less noisy than the original).

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    Lockheed designed the P-38 in response to a February 1937 specification from the United States Army Air Corps. Circular Proposal X-608 was a set of aircraft performance goals authored by First Lieutenant Benjamin S. Kelsey (later Brigadier General) and First Lieutenant Gordon P. Saville (later General) for a twin-engine, high-altitude "interceptor" having "the tactical mission of interception and attack of hostile aircraft at high altitude." Kelsey recalled in 1977 that he and Saville drew up the specification using the word interceptor as a way to bypass the inflexible Army Air Corps requirement for pursuit aircraft to carry no more than 500 lb (227 kg) of armament including ammunition, as well as the restriction of single-seat aircraft to one engine. Kelsey was looking for a minimum of 1,000 lb (454 kg) of armament. Kelsey and Saville aimed to get a more capable fighter; better at dog-fighting and at high-altitude combat. Specifications called for a maximum airspeed of at least 360 mph (580 km/h) at altitude, and a climb to 20,000 ft (6,100 m) within six minutes; the toughest set of specifications USAAC had presented to that date... A similar single-engine proposal was issued at the same time: Circular Proposal X-609, in response to which the Bell P-39 Airacobra was designed. Both proposals required liquid-cooled Allison V-1710 engines with turbo-superchargers and both gave extra points for tricycle landing gear.

    The Lockheed design team, under the direction of Hall Hibbard and Clarence "Kelly" Johnson, considered a range of twin-engine configurations including both engines in a central fuselage with push-pull propellers...

    The Lockheed design incorporated tricycle undercarriage and a bubble canopy, and featured two 1,000 hp (746 kW) turbo-supercharged 12-cylinder Allison V-1710 engines fitted with counter-rotating propellers to eliminate the effect of engine torque, with the superchargers positioned behind the engines in the booms. Counter-rotation was achieved with the use of "handed" engines, which meant that the crankshaft of each engine turned in the opposite direction of its counterpart. The V-12 engines only required that the spark plug firing order be changed in order for the direction of the crank shaft to be reversed, according to the General Motors Allison V1710 Service School Handbook.

    It was the first American fighter to make extensive use of stainless steel and smooth, flush-riveted butt-jointed aluminum skin panels. It was also the first fighter to fly faster than 400 mph (640 km/h).

    Lockheed won the competition on 23 June 1937 with its Model 22 and was contracted to build a prototype XP-38 for US$163,000, though Lockheed's own costs on the prototype would add up to US$761,000. Construction began in July 1938 and the XP-38 first flew on 27 January 1939 at the hands of Ben Kelsey...

    On 20 September 1939, before the YP-38s had been built and flight tested, the USAAF ordered 66 initial production P-38 Lightnings...

    In March 1940, the French and the British ordered a total of 667 P-38s for US$100M...

    In the ETO, P-38s made 130,000 sorties with a loss of 1.3% overall, comparing favorably with ETO P-51s which posted a 1.1% loss...

    In the Pacific theater, the P-38 downed over 1,800 Japanese aircraft, with more than 100 pilots becoming aces by downing five or more enemy aircraft....

    Number built 10,037
    Unit cost US$ 97,147 in 1944
    Maximum speed 443 mph
    Range 1,300 mi
    Service ceiling 44,000 ft
    Rate of climb: 4,750 ft/min
    1× Hispano M2(C) 20 mm cannon with 150 rounds
    4× Browning MG53-2 0.50 in (12.7 mm) machine guns with 500 rpg

    Allison V-1710 Handbook (1944) Operation & Maintenance Manual
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    Allison V-1710 Service Handbook (1943) Aero Engines Manual
    http://aviationshoppe.com/manuals/all...

    Allison V-1710 Operators manual (1942) http://aviationshoppe.com/manuals/all...
     
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    The BUFF Doing Bounces
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    https://youtu.be/sebmfvo5NVw

    Published on Sep 11, 2015
    Video by Airman 1st Class Jayson Burns, Airman 1st Class Shellby Matullo, Airman 1st Class Lauren OConnor, Staff Sgt. Tyler Prince and Airman 1st Class Gabriel Stuart 2nd Bomb Wing Public Affairs
     
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    Sikorsky S-72 Rotor Systems Research Aircraft (RSRA) 1978 NASA Langley Research Center; JQ Music
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    Published on Sep 14, 2015
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    "A 1978 video of the Sikorsky S-72 experimental hybrid helicopter/fixed-wing aircraft. The test aircraft had a basic helicopter fuselage with the wings and lower horizontal all-flying stabilizer installed."

    Public domain film from the US National Archives, slightly cropped to remove uneven edges, with the aspect ratio corrected, and one-pass brightness-contrast-color correction & mild video noise reduction applied.

    The film was silent. I have added music created by myself using the Reaper Digital Audio Workstation and the Independence and Proteus VX VST instrument plugins.

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    The Sikorsky S-72 was an experimental hybrid helicopter/fixed-wing aircraft developed by helicopter manufacturer Sikorsky Aircraft...

    Design and development
    RSRA

    The Rotor Systems Research Aircraft (RSRA) was developed by Sikorsky for NASA and the Army. The RSRA was developed to allow the in-flight measurement of helicopter rotor characteristics. The airframe was developed using an existing Sikorsky S-61 main rotor, an S-61 roller gearbox, and a highly modified Sikorsky S-67 airframe. The RSRA could be fitted with TF34 turbofans and wings to allow compound helicopter configurations to be experimentally investigated at speeds up to 300 knots (560 km/h). In addition, it could fly as a fixed-wing aircraft without a rotor.

    Unique among helicopters of its time, it was fitted with a crew emergency extraction system. This system, when activated, fired explosive bolts that severed the main rotor blades, egress panels were blown off the roof of the aircraft and then the crew was extracted using rockets.

    The RSRA was a unique pure research aircraft developed to fill the void between design analysis, wind tunnel testing, and flight results of rotor aircraft. The joint NASA/Army project began in December 1970, first flight on October 12, 1976 with the first of two aircraft arriving from Sikorsky to NASA on February 11, 1979.

    One notable test performed with the RSRA was the use of the main and tail rotor load measurement system to determine the vertical drag of the airframe.

    In 1981, NASA and the US Army solicited proposals for fitting a four-bladed main rotor to the RSRA. Sikorsky proposed fitting a UH-60A main rotor to the RSRA in their proposal, while Hughes Helicopters proposed fitting a YAH-64A main rotor and Boeing Vertol proposed fitting a YUH-61A or Model 347 (4-blade CH-47) main rotor. In the end, this program did not proceed.

    The X-Wing

    The X-Wing circulation control rotor concept was developed in the mid-1970s by David W. Taylor Naval Ship Research and Development Center under DARPA funding. In October 1976, Lockheed Corporation won a DARPA contract to develop a large-scale rotor to test the concept.

    Intended to take off vertically like a helicopter, the craft's rigid rotors could be stopped in mid-flight to act as X-shaped wings to provide additional lift during forward flight, as well as having more conventional wings. Instead of controlling lift by altering the angle-of-attack of its blades as more conventional helicopters do, the craft used compressed air fed from the engines and expelled from its blades to generate a virtual wing surface, similar to blown flaps on a conventional platform. Computerized valves made sure the compressed air came from the correct edge of the rotor, the correct edge changing as the rotor rotated.

    In late 1983 Sikorsky received a contract to modify one S-72 RSRA into a demonstration test bed for the X-Wing rotor system. The modified airframe was rolled out in 1986, but never flew before the program was cancelled in 1988...

    Specifications (S-72)

    General characteristics

    - Crew: 2-3
    - Length: 70 ft 6.45 in (21.50 m)
    - Wingspan: 62 ft (18.90 m)
    - Height: 14 ft 6 in (4.42 m)
    - Empty weight: 21,693.5 lb (9,480 kg)
    - Max. takeoff weight: 26,047 lb (11,815 kg)
    - Powerplant:
    - 2 × General Electric TF34-GE-400A turbofans, lbf (41.80 kN) each
    - 2 × General Electric T58-GE-5 turboshaft, shp (1,045 kW) each
    - * Take-off weight without auxiliary jets: 8,300 kg
    - Empty weight without auxiliary jets: 6,535 kg

    Performance

    - Maximum speed: 200 knots (230 mph, 370 km/h
    - Max speed without auxiliary jets: 296 km/h)
    - Cruise speed: 140 knots (160 mph, 258 km/h
    - Cruising speed without auxiliary jets: 258 km/h)
    - Rate of climb: 600 394 ft/min
     
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    Tactical Air Command: "Look to the Skies" 1951 US Air Force
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    "DEFINES MISSION OF TACTICAL AIR COMMAND."

    US Air Force film SFP-252

    Public domain film from the US National Archives, slightly cropped to remove uneven edges, with the aspect ratio corrected, and one-pass brightness-contrast-color correction & mild video noise reduction applied.
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    Tactical Air Command (TAC) is an inactive United States Air Force organization. It was a Major Command of the United States Air Force, established on 21 March 1946 and headquartered at Langley Air Force Base, Virginia. It was inactivated on 1 June 1992 and its personnel and equipment absorbed by Air Combat Command (ACC).

    Tactical Air Command was established to provide a balance between strategic, air defense, and tactical forces of the post–World War II U.S. Army Air Forces followed by, in 1947, the U.S. Air Force. In 1948, the Continental Air Command assumed control over air defense, tactical air, and air reserve forces. After two years in a subordinate role, Tactical Air Command (TAC) was established as a major command.

    In 1992, after assessing the mission of TAC and to accommodate a decision made regarding Strategic Air Command (SAC), Headquarters United States Air Force inactivated TAC and incorporated its resources into the newly created Air Combat Command...

    World War II showed the effectiveness of tactical air power in supporting army ground forces. However, the rapid demobilization in late 1945 meant that the huge air armada that had brought Germany to her knees and victory in Europe had been downsized to a shadow of its former self.

    Following the end of World War II, Headquarters United States Army Air Forces (USAAF) had little funding and most wartime personnel had been released from active duty and returned to civilian life. Many USAAF aircraft were being sent to storage or scrapyards, although the increasing tension with the Soviet Union meant that combat military air forces were still needed. The big questions were how large and what kind of forces.

    A major realignment of the USAAF was undertaken in early 1946. As part of the realignment, three major command divisions within the Continental United States (CONUS) were formed: Strategic Air Command, Tactical Air Command, and Air Defense Command. Each was given a specific responsibility, using assets prescribed to accomplish the assigned mission. Tactical Air Command was formed to command, organize, equip, train and administer assigned or attached forces. It was to plan for and participate in tactics for fighter, light bombardment and other aircraft. These included tactical fighters, tactical bombers, tactical missiles, troop carrier aircraft, assault, reconnaissance, and support units. TAC also planned for and developed the capability to deploy tactical striking forces anywhere in the world.

    During its existence, Tactical Air Command deployed personnel, material and/or aircraft to Asia (both Pacific Rim/Southeast Asia and Southwest Asia/Middle East), Africa, North America, South America, Europe and Australia in support of its prescribed mission.

    TAC's original authorization was 25,500 officers and enlisted men. Aircraft assets available consisted of propeller-driven North American P-51 Mustangs, Republic P-47 Thunderbolts and a handful of the new jet-powered Lockheed P-80 Shooting Stars. TAC was also given control of the Third Air Force, Ninth Air Force and Twelfth Air Force...
     
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    North American X-10 Flight Test 1954 US Air Force Technology Demonstrator Drone-UAV-RPV; JQ Music
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    Flight test of the North American X-10 drone / RPV / UAV at Edwards AFB, California, in 1954.

    Public domain film from the US National Archives, slightly cropped to remove uneven edges, with the aspect ratio corrected, and one-pass brightness-contrast-color correction & mild video noise reduction applied.

    The film was silent. I have added music created by myself using the Reaper Digital Audio Workstation and the Independence and Proteus VX VST instrument plugins.

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    The North American X-10 (model RTV-A-5) was an unmanned technology demonstrator, developed by North American Aviation. It was a subscale reusable design that included many of the design features of the SM-64 Navaho missile. The X-10 was similar to the development of Bell's X-9 Shrike project, which was based on features of the GAM-63 RASCAL...

    Development

    To facilitate development of the long-range Navaho surface-to-surface cruise missile, North American Aviation (NAA) developed the RTV-A-5 (Research Test Vehicle, Air Force), or X-10 in 1951. This vehicle was to prove out critical flight technology for the design of the cruise vehicle of the Navaho missile design. These included proving the basic aerodynamics out to Mach 2, flight testing the inertial guidance unit and flight control avionics to the same speed, and finally validate the recovery system for the next phase in the Navaho program. Preliminary design of the X-10 was completed in February 1951 and the first vehicle was delivered to Edwards Air Force Base in May 1953. The first flight occurred on 14 October 1953.

    The X-10 was powered by two Westinghouse J40 turbojet engines with afterburners, and equipped with landing gear for conventional take off and landing. The combination of a delta wing with an all-moving canard gave it extremely good aerodynamics in the trans-sonic and supersonic environments. It also made the vehicle unstable requiring active computer flight control in the form of an autopilot. Thus, the X-10 is similar to modern military fighters which are flown by the onboard computer and not directly by the pilot. In this same regard, though the X-10 was receiving directional commands from a radio-command guidance system, these commands were sent through the on-board computer which in turn implemented the commands. Later X-10s included an N-6 inertial navigation system which completely controlled the vehicle through the cruise portion of the flight.

    Operational history

    At the time it came into service, the X-10 was one of the fastest turbojet-powered aircraft flown. From 1953 to 1955 a total of five X-10s flew 15 flights at Edwards AFB. There it reached a maximum flight speed of Mach 1.84, flew a distance of 400 mi (644 km), and reached an altitude of 41,000 feet (12,000 m). These were performance levels superior to nearly all manned turbojet aircraft (the exception being the YF-104 Starfighter). In 1955 the program moved to Cape Canaveral, Florida to complete the test program. Here a new set of six X-10 vehicles would complete the testing of the N-6 inertial navigation system out to supersonic speeds, reach 49,000 feet (15,000 m) altitude, a total flight distance of 627 mi (1,009 km) and a peak speed of Mach 2.05.

    Disposition

    Of all the X-10s built, only one survived the test program: serial 51-9307, the first X-10 to ever fly. Of the other four aircraft that flew at Edwards AFB, one blew up on takeoff, one was lost in flight and the remaining two were destroyed in landing accidents. As for the vehicles flown at Cape Canaveral, three were expended in planned dive-in flights against Grand Bahama Island, and two were lost in landing accidents.

    In 1958, the remaining three Cape Canaveral X-10s were selected for use as high speed targets for the BOMARC surface-to-air missile. The plan was to recover and reuse the X-10, not to have them shot down by the BOMARC. Unfortunately, none of these vehicles would complete their target flight: two were lost on landing and the third suffered a mechanical problem forcing it to be flown into the Atlantic.

    Survivors

    The sole surviving X-10 s/n GM 19307 is located at the National Museum of the United States Air Force in Dayton, Ohio. This was the first X-10 to fly. The aircraft was delivered to the Air Force Museum in 1957, upon completion of the program. It is displayed in the Museum's Research & Development Hangar.

    Specifications (X-10)

    General characteristics

    - Crew: None
    - Length: 77 ft (23 m)
    - Wingspan: 28 ft 2 in (8.59 m)
    - Height: 14 ft 5 in (4.39 m)...
    - Max takeoff weight: 42,300 lb (19,187 kg)
    - Powerplant: 2 × Westinghouse XJ40-WE-1 turbojets, 10,900 lbf (48 kN) thrust each

    Performance

    - Maximum speed: 1,300 mph (2,092 km/h; 1,130 kn)
    - Service ceiling: 45,000 ft (13,716 m)
    - Rate of climb: 5,224 ft/min (26.54 m/s)
     
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    Aeronautical Maintenance Duty Officer 1975 US Navy Recruiting Film
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    https://youtu.be/BaONh556U_g

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    "AERONAUTICAL MAINTENANCE DUTY OFFICER - THE DEMANDING, COMPLEX, AND DETAILED WORK REQUIRED OF AN AMDO."

    US Navy Recruiting Film MN-11384 IG 8

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    Aviation Maintenance Duty Officer
    MISSION

    Aerospace Maintenance Duty Officers (1520 designator) develop, establish, and implement maintenance and material management policies and procedures to support naval aircraft, airborne weapons, attendant systems, and related support equipment fleet-wide.

    In addition to working in fleet maintenance organizations, Aerospace Maintenance Duty Officers (AMDOs) as they mature through their careers get involved in all aspects of system acquisitions and support as Program Managers and Logistics experts. You will find AMDOs located at numerous commands within the acquisition pipeline such as NAVAIR, SPAWAR, NAVSEA and DCMA. Eventually senior AMDOs compete with other Acquisition Corps (AC)members to become Major Program Managers (MPM) for acquisition commands (PEO, PMA, CNATT, DCMA) or Major Commands such as the large Fleet Readiness Centers (FRC).

    AMDOs begin their professional education with a nine-week course at the Aviation Maintenance Officer School at NAS Whiting Field, FL. Junior-grade AMDOs (O1-O3) then move on to serve primarily in operational fleet billets in squadrons and Aircraft Intermediate Maintenance Departments (AIMD) both ashore and afloat. During this sequence of tours the junior AMDOs are expected to learn the core aviation maintenance competencies, earn their initial Level 1 DAWIA certifications, but more importantly earn their Professional Aviation Maintenance Officer insignia. A junior AMDO as part of this professional development period will complete at a minimum a 30 month tour at an O-level activity (fleet squadron, FRS, or shore squadron) and 18 months at a maintenance activity such as an CVN AIMD, AIMU or shore FRC. Junior AMDOs continue their academic development through participation in a broad spectrum of maintenance/logistics oriented service courses and acquisition workforce courses. This “continuous learning” prepares them for job assignments and postures them for the completion of a technical or business oriented master’s degree. A last note on DAWIA certifications is that the primary acquisition field for junior AMDOs is Production, Quality, and Manufacturing (PQM) but junior AMDOs will. depending upon tour assignments, cycle through billets that allow them to obtain certification in a variety of acquisition fields such as IT, Financial Management, Program Management, and Lifecycle Logistics.

    Mid-grade officers continue their professional development with the Advanced Aviation Maintenance Management course. Career milestones for mid-grade AMDOs include; CVN AIMD Assistant Maintenance Officers and Production Control Officers (both IM-1), Carrier Air Wing Maintenance Officers (CAGMO), L-Class ship AIMD Officers (LHD DH) and Squadron Assistant Maintenance Officers (AMO). As mentioned above, mid-grade AMDOs will most likely have earned at least a Level 2 in PQM as well as other Level 1 & 2 core acquisition field certifications. Once promoted to LCDR, AMDOs are expected to apply for and obtain membership in the Acquisition Corps (AC). Opportunities for Lieutenant Commanders and Commanders to pursue post-graduate academic work include the Naval Postgraduate School, the Air Force Institute of Technology, the Naval War College, and the Industrial College of the Armed Forces.

    AMDO Commanders compete in a highly selective process for CVN AIMD Officer, FRC Components Officer, JSF Deputy Squadron Commander and periodically as Officers-in-Charge. This is the equivalent of a Commander Command tour in the Unrestricted Line. AMDO CDRs are automatically screened for eligibility for acquisition command on selection for promotion to CDR and can afterwards apply for O5 Acquisition Command (FRC WESTPAC (NAPRA), DCMA, FRC West, and FRC Northwest). An acquisition-related tour at the Commander level is essential preparation for opportunities as an AMDO Captain to compete for Major Program Manager or for Commanding Officer of a Fleet Readiness Center or larger Defense Contract Management Agency activity.

    AMDO Captains serve in various staff billets at OPNAV, NAVAIR, NAVSEA, CNATT, DCMA and COMNAVAIRFORCES...
     
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    Video by Tech. Sgt. Fernando X. Burgos-Ortiz AFN Spangdahlem

    A-10C Thunderbolt II from the 74th Expeditionary Fighter Squadron arriving in Amari Air Base, Estonia.
     
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    The Wright Brothers 1970 US Navy; History of Flight by Paul Garber
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    "WRIGHT BROTHERS - PART II THE FIRST DEMONSTRATION FLIGHTS OF THE WRIGHT PLANE IN EUROPE AND AMERICA, THE FIRST MILITARY PLANE, THE FIRST WOMAN TO FLY AND MANY OF THE HISTORICAL FLIGHTS MADE BY THE WRIGHTS." Your instructor is Paul E. Garber, the first head of the National Air & Space Museum of the Smithsonian Institution, in Washington, D.C.

    US Navy Training Film KN-10759e

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    The Wright brothers, Orville (August 19, 1871 – January 30, 1948) and Wilbur (April 16, 1867 – May 30, 1912), were two American brothers, inventors, and aviation pioneers who are credited with inventing and building the world's first successful airplane and making the first controlled, powered and sustained heavier-than-air human flight, on December 17, 1903. From 1905 to 1907, the brothers developed their flying machine into the first practical fixed-wing aircraft. Although not the first to build and fly experimental aircraft, the Wright brothers were the first to invent aircraft controls that made fixed-wing powered flight possible.

    The brothers' fundamental breakthrough was their invention of three-axis control, which enabled the pilot to steer the aircraft effectively and to maintain its equilibrium. This method became and remains standard on fixed-wing aircraft of all kinds. From the beginning of their aeronautical work, the Wright brothers focused on developing a reliable method of pilot control as the key to solving "the flying problem". This approach differed significantly from other experimenters of the time who put more emphasis on developing powerful engines. Using a small homebuilt wind tunnel, the Wrights also collected more accurate data than any before, enabling them to design and build wings and propellers that were more efficient than any before. Their first U.S. patent, 821,393, did not claim invention of a flying machine, but rather, the invention of a system of aerodynamic control that manipulated a flying machine's surfaces.

    They gained the mechanical skills essential for their success by working for years in their shop with printing presses, bicycles, motors, and other machinery. Their work with bicycles in particular influenced their belief that an unstable vehicle like a flying machine could be controlled and balanced with practice. From 1900 until their first powered flights in late 1903, they conducted extensive glider tests that also developed their skills as pilots. Their bicycle shop employee Charlie Taylor became an important part of the team, building their first airplane engine in close collaboration with the brothers.

    The Wright brothers' status as inventors of the airplane has been subject to counter-claims by various parties. Much controversy persists over the many competing claims of early aviators. Historian Edward Roach argues that they were excellent self-taught engineers with a knack for tinkering more than for systematic research, but they proved to be poor businessmen...

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    Paul Edward Garber (August 31, 1899 - September 23, 1992) was the first head of the National Air Museum of the Smithsonian Institution, in Washington, D.C. Through his work and effort, the most complete collection of historical aircraft in the world was gathered and preserved. It contains the sole survivors of many interesting historical aircraft types...

    Biography

    Garber was born at Atlantic City, New Jersey, but spent his childhood in Washington, D.C. and had clear memories of the Wright Brothers flight trials at Fort Myer in 1909. At the age of 18 joined the Army. During World War I he was transferred from the D.C. National Guard to Aviation Service in the Signal Corps. During World War II he was a Commander in the US Navy and later was in the Naval Reserves.

    World War I ended before he had started the planned flight training. After the war he took a job as a ground crewman and messenger with the Postal Airmail Service. About that time cleared his desire to help the development of aviation by preserving its past. In 1920 he joined the Smithsonian and for the next 72 years worked for the preservation of the world aviation heritage.

    In 1946 President Harry S. Truman created the National Air Museum as a separate entity of the Smithsonian. Garber played a key role in the process and was assigned as a Curator to the Museum.

    The present National Air and Space Museum building opened in 1976...
     
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    Published on Oct 4, 2015
    Made during the early part of the Cold War, "Seek, Find and Kill" was made by Hughes Aircraft Co. to promote its electronic and computer systems, which are used in missiles that represent (as the narrator says) "the first line of defense against the H-bomb." The film begins with a discussion of Howard Hughes' H-1 racing aircraft, and shows the XF-11 Photographic Reconnaissance aircraft. The "little company" became a big company through the development of interceptor radar systems starting in 1947-48. Hughes won the contract from the USAF, promising to develop a system within one year. The film shows how these systems were installed in the F-94 and F-89 interceptor aircraft, as well as the F-86D Sabre, F-89D Scorpion, F-94C Starfire, Canadian CF-100 Mark III and Mark IV, U.S. Navy F2H-2N, and other interceptor aircraft.

    At the 6:45 mark the film shows a brief history of gunsights, from WWI and WWII to the modern day. It also shows the P-61 Black Widow night fighter at the 7 minute mark, air-to-air rockets at the 8 minute mark. The film also shows the Falcon air-to-air missile being manufactured at the Hughes plant in Tucson, Arizona.

    This print unfortunately is incomplete but gives a good idea of the capabilities of these systems, and their development.

    The Hughes AIM-4 Falcon was the first operational guided air-to-air missile of the United States Air Force. Development began in 1946; the weapon was first tested in 1949. The missile entered service with the USAF in 1956.

    Produced in both heat-seeking and radar-guided versions, the missile served during the Vietnam War with USAF McDonnell Douglas F-4 Phantom II units. Designed to shoot down slow bombers with limited maneuverability, it was ineffective against maneuverable fighters over Vietnam. Lacking proximity fusing, the missile would only detonate if a direct hit was scored. Only five kills were recorded.

    With the AIM-4's poor kill record rendering the F-4 ineffective at air-to-air combat, the fighters were modified to carry the AIM-9 Sidewinder missile instead. The Sidewinder was much more effective and continues to serve the armed forces of the United States to this day.

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    The Wright Brother's actual plane now located at the Smithsonian Air & Space Museum in Washington DC.
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    CHECKING OUT THE B-17 BOMBER PRE-FLIGHT INSTRUCTIONAL FILM 32254
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    Published on Oct 5, 2015
    This film, made for B-17E crewmen during WWII, shows some of the pre-flight checks that would be made prior to flying the airplane. Most of this film is about the engine check, which involves a warm-up and operational check. The film contains some excellent footage inside and outside the B-17, and shows how defects would be reported to the crew chief for correction.

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    This U.S. Navy newsreel consists of several segments. The first tells the story of the Gilmore Brothers, Charles and Lyman, who attempted to build an airplane several years prior to the Wright Brothers. The second segment shows the Japanese Kamikaze pilots and tells the story of "how they got that way". Next, a sexy interlude called "Showtime" with singer Joy Hodges. This soundie is typical of the 1940s era, where music videos often consisted of cute vignettes. This one is complete with the proverbial "bouncing ball" lyrics.

    Actress and singer Joy Hodges appeared with Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers in Follow the Fleet (1936), but made her greatest impact by advising Ronald Reagan to ditch his spectacles, then introducing him to a Hollywood agent.

    Lyman Wiswell Gilmore, Jr. (June 11, 1874 - February 18, 1951) was an aviation pioneer. In Grass Valley, California, he built a steam-powered airplane and claimed that he flew it on May 15, 1902. Due to the requirement of a heavy boiler and the dependency on coal as a power source, the flights would have been unsustainable. Records and evidence relating to his claim were lost in a 1935 hangar fire.

    Gilmore, in a 1936 interview, reported a successful tethered glider flight in 1893 and a free glider flight in 1894. Gilmore further added that (although he had not reported it until 1927) he made a controlled steam-powered flight on May 15, 1902, however all records and papers related to his aircraft were destroyed in a fire.

    There are photographs from 1898 showing Gilmore's machine, but none showing it in the air. The claims of the aircraft achieving flight are unconfirmed, and given the weight evident by the grounded aircraft photos, the possibility of flight is highly unlikely.

    Lyman Gilmore was in contact with other flight pioneers like Samuel Langley and, eventually, the Wright brothers.

    In 1902, Gilmore was granted two patents on steam engines. He invented in other areas too: for example, a rotary snowplow. On March 15, 1907, Gilmore opened the first commercial airfield, Gilmore Airfield, in Grass Valley. There is now a middle school named in his honor on the site of the airfield.

    In 1935, Lyman's airplane hangar and the two aging monoplanes were destroyed by fire. The fire cancelled plans to exhibit the larger monoplane at the World Fair in Chicago. Gilmore began mining for gold and died a poor man in Nevada City, California. His grave can be found in Pine Grove Cemetery, about a half mile outside of town.

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    Video by Senior Airman Levi Rowse, Senior Airman Patrick Cole, Airman 1st Class Nathaniel Stout 4th Fighter Wing, Air Combat Command

    4th Fighter Wing personnel evacuated aircraft from Seymour Johnson Air Force Base in preparation for Hurricane Joaquin. Airmen moved the equivalent of a small nation's air force from Seymour Johnson to Barksdale Air Force Base. Over sixty aircraft and 190 airmen were relocated in twelve hours.
     
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