July 2018

Mary Ellis, Last WWII Female Spitfire Pilot Dies.

by Daniel Russ on July 29, 2018

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Mary Ellis was a wisp of a woman, about 5 feet tall, and looked “smashing” as one colleague described her in a flight suit. She was part of anew squadron created to help move combat aircraft from the factories to the airfields deployed all over the European continent. So she would for example, fly a […]

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The Northrop X-21

by Daniel Russ on July 24, 2018

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          Wikipedia: ” The Northrop X-21A was an experimental aircraft designed to test wings with laminar flow control. It was based on the Douglas WB-66D airframe, with the wing-mounted engines moved to the rear fuselage and making space for air compressors. The aircraft first flew on 18 April 1963 with NASA test pilot Jack Wells at the controls.[1] Although useful testing […]

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Political Cartoons From The Left

July 20, 2018
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The Avro 729 Interceptor

July 15, 2018
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    The Avro 729 was a Canadian and British attempt to create a Cold War high altitude high speed jet bomber and interceptor. It was supposed to use a rocket engine for quick take offs and then handover acceleration. It was the odd mix of jet and rocket technology that placed extremely combustible explosives […]

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The Odd Beauty of Military Boneyards

July 10, 2018

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The Short SB 4 Sherpa

July 6, 2018
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Aviation engineers were beginning to work on ways of reducing the drag on swept wing aircraft configurations.  One radical wing configuration was born to maintain a constant angle of incidence. The Sherpa, had a single wing and no rear horizontal stabilizers. The wing had  rotating tips on wingtip elevator/airlerons. The hope was to create wing […]

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The Short Brothers SC 1 VTOL Test Bed

July 2, 2018
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      One has to recognize how robust British military aviation engineering has been through the history of aviation and in particular through the cold war. The Short Brothers built a perfect prototype Vertical Take Off and Landing aircraft. The SC1 was powered by five engines. Four Rolls Royce RB 108 turbojets to control […]

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