On September 20, 1956, just before the bars closed at 3 a.m., a single-engine plane landed
on St. Nicholas Avenue near 191st Street in northern Manhattan. Behind the stick was 26-year-old Tommy Fiztpatrick, who pulled off the no-lights, no-radio "feat of aeronautics" while (allegedly) drunk to (allegedly) win a bar bet. Two years later, when a fellow patron called his story into question, Fitzpatrick did it again
posted by gottabefunky
on Dec 4, 2013 -
: this Android app permits you to take control over the commercial jet in which you are a passenger if it is on autopilot.
posted by Chocolate Pickle
on Apr 11, 2013 -
"We finally flew our first thermal camera flight yesterday afternoon. About 10 seconds after launch my co pilot looked at the screen and said something like, 'We now have our very own predator drone'"
A rice farmer in Louisiana had a real problem, feral pigs were coming out of the woods at night, into the rice fields, tearing up his crops and causing thousands of dollars worth of damage.
The only solution is to bring in hunters to shoot the pigs.
Hunting feral pigs
in waist high rice plants, in the dead of night, is very difficult. You have to be within 10 feet of them to shoot them and it can take hours to stalk them down. So the farmer calls his brother, an Electronic Warfare engineer who flies RC airplanes as a hobby
$5000 worth of electronics, including a $4500 infrared camera
, are installed on a $80 model airplane, and the Dehogaflier is born!
posted by smoothvirus
on Oct 18, 2011 -
Boeing are currently testing the latest version of their venerable Jumbo Jet, the 747-8. Yesterday, in one of the last test flights prior to certification the new 747 flew for 17 hours, a distance of over 11,000 miles. The flight path can be seen here
. [more inside]
posted by jontyjago
on Aug 3, 2011 -
The largest model railway layout in the world, Hamburg's Miniatur Wunderland
has been featured here before
. Featuring areas modelled on real life attractions, it also is home to the fictional town of Knuffingen
where the 200,000 mini-inhabitants are very much looking forward to the opening of their new airport
. [more inside]
posted by jontyjago
on Feb 12, 2011 -
Reconnaissance will outlive the U-2, but there will always be a divot in the hearts of those who have seen the curvature of the earth, the stars seemingly close enough to touch, and known the satisfaction of having completed a mission with the Dragon Lady.
Former U-2 pilot and military correspondent Cholene Espinoza
writes a lovely adieu to these beautiful, difficult-to-fly
aircraft, as well as a requiem for the era of human pilots for surveillance, giving way now to UAVs
and other remote-control drones. The U-2 is, amazingly, still in service, but apparently soon to be grounded -- or not
-- half-a-century after Francis Gary Powers'
little Cold War incident
posted by chavenet
on May 12, 2010 -
Early in the days of exploration of Antarctica
, Australian geologist Douglas Mawson
turned down an invitation to join Robert Falcon Scott's Terra Nova Expedition
in 1910 (Cool Antarctica previously
). Instead, Mawson lead his own expedition, the Australasian Antarctic Expedition
(December 1911 to December 1913), an expedition to chart the 2000-mile coastline directly south of Australia, one of the least-visited parts of the continent throughout the early years of Antarctic exploration. The group's efforts and activities are well documented
, and many remnants of the expedition remain on Antarctica. The conservation of Mawson's Huts
is now an ongoing effort from Association of Australasian Palaeontologists
(AAP) Mawson's Huts Foundation
. While most efforts were focused on the recovery and treatment of artifacts inside the main hut, the group also searched for the Vickers
that was modified to become an "air tractor", or motorized sledge. The remains of the plane were last seen in 1975. Now the plane has been found
, thanks to an exceptionally low tide and a bit of luck. [more inside]
posted by filthy light thief
on Jan 5, 2010 -
Boeing 747 along with two fighter planes continuously circled jarringly close to the tops of buildings in Lower Manhattan and Jersey City this morning. From the ground it looked as though a plane had been hijacked again, and the Air Force was attempting to force it down. Panic
Another terrorist attack?
No, just a top secret photo op. [more inside]
posted by stagewhisper
on Apr 27, 2009 -
Airphoto North America
― Jim Wark is an aerial photographer who specializes in capturing unusual landscape and cultural images of North and Central America. The plane used is a small high-wing, bush type (an Aviat Husky) with a large side opening for unobstructed shooting, and with the capability of operating out of small rough areas. A full complement of camping gear and provisions are always on board so that remote sites can be used as operating bases.
posted by netbros
on May 12, 2008 -
On Nov 22, 1968, exactly 39 years ago, on a reasonably clear, uneventful day, a new JAL DC-8
descended toward the SFO airport. The landing was so well executed that no one was hurt when the pilot landed the plane into the San Francisco Bay
, several miles from the airport. What explanation did 15 year veteran pilot Captain Kohei Asoh give for his botched landing? It was so unusual (especially in this day and age), so refreshingly honest, that it came to be known as the Asoh Defense
. Amazingly, the plane was recovered, refurbished
, and was in service for another 35 years.
posted by eye of newt
on Nov 22, 2007 -
Here's a seemingly simple physics problem: an airplane taxis in one direction on a moving conveyor belt going the opposite direction. Can the plane take off? The debate rages on and on and on
posted by zardoz
on Sep 29, 2007 -
, a solar powered plane, has smashed the record for the longest duration un-manned flight
, staying aloft with engines running for 54 hours. This was just a test run at the US military White Sands Missile Range in New Mexico, according to the UK developers, "You ain't seen nothing yet". Meanwhile in Switzerland, development continues on the Solar Impulse
, which has a goal of flying around the world, manned(!), by 2010.
posted by stbalbach
on Sep 11, 2007 -