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Monday, July 29, 2013

Sunday, July 28, 2013

Southern Pacific 7805

This picture is 30 years old. Where is 7805 today?

Let us know via comments.

Saturday, July 27, 2013

Happy 7-27 !!

Today is our favorite Holiday of the year.

Please celebrate responsibly.


Sunday, July 21, 2013

Airplane Spotter



Today we pay tribute to the unsung hero of aviation, The Airplane Spotter.

Often branded as terrorists or labled as criminals, they continue their eternal mission to identify and document the movements of millions of aircraft around the world every day.

It is the fervid work of Airplane Spotters that has weaved the tapestry of aviation history as we know it, ever since the Wright Brothers first flew at Kitty Hawk.

The faceless and nameless spotter above is shown pointing out N663US (c/n 23818/715; 747-451); the very first Boeing 747-400 to enter service back in February 1989.

Today and forever, the Airplane Spotter will serve as a beacon of light against the tyranny brought about by tens of thousands of incompetent and maladroit rent-a-cops who are all chronically infected by severe and deeply entrenched personality disorders.

To all of the Airplane Spotters around the world, we offer a simple "Thank You."

Thursday, July 18, 2013

P-40E Warhawk 80th Fighter Group Burma Banshees - Skull Squadron CRASH DAMAGE

As their probe continues, NTSB investgators painstakingly reassemble the airframe in a secluded hangar.

The aircraft was not equipped with a flight data recorder, or cockpit voice recorder.



Retracts still work.


She went in at 50% throttle. The spinner shattered as designed, thus absorbing some of the force. Pushrods and tubes are bent, but the prop shaft is OK. 



Photos by LBBC.

Tuesday, July 9, 2013

P-40E Warhawk 80th Fighter Group Burma Banshees - Skull Squadron

Top Flite 1/7th scale R/C P-40E Warhawk

First flight - 2002

Build time - 2.8 years

Engine - 1.2 cubic inch four stroke

This is not an exact replication of a Burma Banshee aircraft, but was built as a tribute.





Last flight - July 9, 2013. According to the NTSB preliminary report, the test pilot reported a loss of flight control. It's an unrepairable hull loss.


Thanks to our Long Beach Bureau Chief for these.

Sunday, July 7, 2013

NTSB Deborah Hersman is Awesome 7/7/13 News Conference Asiana 214

Airplane Life has finalized our investigation of this incident.

Asiana 214 crashed on landing at SFO due to pilot error. Contributing factors are lack of crew experience and training.

Boeing's design was not a factor in any way.

Over the coming months, Deborah Hersman's team will find out more useful information, but we are done.

SpaceX Grasshopper Test Flight

Grasshopper VTVL reuseable vehicle.

Saturday, July 6, 2013

TV News Aviation Experts Are All Idiots

Save your time. Our current list of possible causes for the OZ214 incident at SFO.

Most accidents have multiple causes in a "cascade of events."

Pilot Error.
Altimiter incorrectly set.
CAT/ wind shear.
High AOA / stall.
Incorrect response to stall.
Seagull ingestion.
Thrust / engine failure / fuel supply issue.
Cargo shift.
Incorrect flap / spoiler mode.
FADEC or FMS hacked by N. Korea.

added 7/7/13 18:15 GMT
PAPI out of service.
Featureless terrain illusion.

We are confident that whatever it was, it will be known pretty soon. 

Friday, July 5, 2013