To the Edge of Space

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Complete in full 360° glory!  Some crazy Russians (might not actually be Russians, but rather great Capitalists!) have attached a Samsung Gear 360 camera to the tail of a MiG as it flew into the stratosphere at speeds approaching Mach 2.  I will say, traveling at supersonic speeds is one of my all time dreams, … Continued

Alaska by Air

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This isn’t quite the tour I’ll be taking of the great state to the north, but it’s still a pretty great video showing the beauty of Alaska, albit from a few hundred/dozen feet above the ground.  I’m pretty sure I haven’t posted this before, but I can’t remember, and my search of the blog archives … Continued

Blue Angels 360° Video

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I’m pretty sure I haven’t posted this before, but forgive me if I have, it’s just too good not to share a 2nd time. This video was taken at the Great Georgia Airshow this past October for USA Today.  They set up a special 360° video rig in the cockpit of the jet in the … Continued

LEGO X-29

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Experimental aircraft are cool.  They usually fall into one of two categories, useful prototypes of future airplanes and technology, or crazy strange aircraft that have no business defying gravity.  The Grumman X-29 is one of the latter.  It’s famous for having strange forward-swept wings.  Something that looks like it’s flying backwards.  It’s design meant it … Continued

US Air Force

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Today, September 18, marks the 68th anniversary of the United States Air Force, (USAF).  I know what some of you are thinking.  Only 68 years, that’s around the end of World War II.  Well, you’re right, it’s 1947 to be exact.  During World War II, it was a part of the US Army Air Forces, … Continued

Aerial Aerobatics

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I meant to post this in conjunction with this morning’s post about the air show, but I forgot.  Here are 8 different aerial combat maneuvers as carried out by a typical fighter jet. The Kulbit looks like a loop, and Kvochur’s Bell looks like a stall. Unfortunately, due to the pictograph, I would have to … Continued

F-22 Demo Air Show

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I went to an Air Show this weekend, this is the awesome demo of the USAF F-22 Raptor.  It’s really something to see the abilities of the F-22.  It just sits there in the sky, being all awesome like.  It’s easy to see how it’s the most advanced fighter jet in service right now.  Forget … Continued

Actual History Tuesday – The Red Baron

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Building on the post from this morning, we’re going to zoom 3 years into the future of the past.  Today marks the Manfred von Richthofen, better known as The Red Baron. In case you need a refresher on World War I air history, here it is: The First World War was naturally, the first time aircraft … Continued

Alternate History Thursday – Spys

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In our current reality, air supremacy is the most important part of warfare.  And while the SR-71 might not play much of a role in the supremacy part of the air-force, it does play an important part in the knowledge part. Here you can have a virtual tour inside the cockpit of that iconic plane. … Continued

The Thunderbirds

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Blair Bunting Flies with the Thunderbirds from Jaron Schneider on Vimeo. I love the Air Force, and all things military aviation.  I’ve seen The Thunderbirds twice, and The Blue Angels once.  Watching those pilots fly those planes at near super-sonic speeds inches from each other is damn impressive.  To be given the ability to go … Continued