Our Mission : Aviation pictures the world needs to see. And some other stuff too.

Friday, March 30, 2012

Embraer Legacy N702DR

Nice plane I guess.

But watch this ....  2 1/2 minutes and it's done !

Monday, March 26, 2012

Best European Fast Trains

We spotted this Eurostar in Brussles in 1997.

Those operate through the Channel Tunnel between London and Paris. We got to ride one once. We hit 300 KPH.

Back to '97. We had just arrived Brussles on a Thalys like this.

The interior looks like this ...

We passed through Paris and got on this sleeper train in Irun enroute to Lisbon ...

Seats folded up, and a bed folded down.

And a few days later, Madrid to Seville.

Spain's fancy fast train was the "AVE."

There weren't many others in my car ..

Free in-flight food ...

Sevile train station ...

Another Thalys ... probably in Paris ..

And a French TGV ..

And then onto this "EuroCity" to Munich ..

Kodak Carousel Slide Projector


A selection of slide film ...

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Brazil Truck Tire Inflation System Tubes Rodoar

"The Rodoar® monitors and maintains tire pressure even when the vehicle is in motion."

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Space Shuttle and Space Station Flyover

We took the picture below in 2008. It shows the Space Shuttle Atlantis falling away from the ISS after undocking.

Friday, March 2, 2012

Recently Unclassified UAV Images

A Chief Scientist for the Munitions Directorate of the AFRL at Elgin AFB sent us these photos of a Unmanned Autonomous Vehicle, but provided no elaboration.

The photos appear to show the aircraft in a ferrite anechoic chamber.

There is no scale reference, so we are left to guess the size.

The flexible wing flight control surfaces obviously represent some challenges to the Kutta-Joukowski Theorem. As far as structural characteristics, we believe the fuselage might be of aggregate carbon fiber compositry. The surveillance and target acquisition sensor array integrated into the foreplanes are likely superplastically formed and diffusion bonded.

A real mystery is the polyimide MLI covering the vehicle, suggesting it may be capable of spaceflight.