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General Electric Aviation Division’s Big Bet on Goliath Engines

       The above video is 6:44 long and is a promotional release of General Electric itself.

Although the above video was produced by the aviation engine giant itself, it nevertheless realistically describes the large corporation’s significant gamble on its new jet engine program.  The short film, itself, is decisively intructive about the actual process of working from a new design philosophy to a down-to-earth production program in a complex manufacturing enterprise.

One of GE’s major competitors in this aviation field, Rolls Royce, Ltd., of Great Britain, also invested heavily in a huge research and innovation program in its own aircraft engine division, which led to the famous company’s bankruptcy back in 1971.  This crisis was blamed on the huge investments made to devolop a new power plant for the U.S. Lockheed Aircraft Company, which needed the new RR engine for its L-1011 program.  The bankruptcy was considered so critical to England’s own national economy – and future – that the UK’s Conservative Majority in Parliament took over . . . and nationalized the great motor giant.

In 1990, GE’s Brian Rowe bet $2 billion on a revolutionary jet engine design that would go on to influence three decades of propulsion. The GE90’s concept, architecture and technologies allowed for extraordinary gains in the aviation industry, culminating in the new GE9X engine for the Boeing 777X.

In more than a century of building engines and powering flight, “GE Aviation has never stopped innovating.” Here’s the official corporate statement; “That’s because the corporate giant believes there is always a way to do things better. GE works on things that matter. The best people and the best technologies taking on the toughest challenges. Finding solutions in energy, health and home, transportation and finance. Building, powering, moving and curing the world. Not just imagining. Doing. GE works.”

Learn, from this video, how the GE90 influenced every engine from the last three decades. The revolutionary technologies of the GE9X will take it to the next level.

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GB’s Forgotten “Amelia Earhart” – A New Movie to Come

Paula McLain, author of the phenomenal bestseller The Paris Wife, now returns with her keenly anticipated new novel, transporting readers to colonial Kenya in the 1920s. Circling the Sun brings to life a fearless and captivating woman—Beryl Markham, a record-setting aviator caught up in a passionate love triangle with safari hunter Denys Finch Hatton and Karen Blixen, who as Isak Dinesen wrote the classic memoir Out of Africa.

Brought to Kenya from England as a child and then abandoned by her mother, Beryl is raised by both her father and the native Kipsigis tribe who share his estate. Her unconventional upbringing transforms Beryl into a bold young woman with a fierce love of all things wild and an inherent understanding of nature’s delicate balance. But even the wild child must grow up, and when everything Beryl knows and trusts dissolves, she is catapulted into a string of disastrous relationships.

Beryl forges her own path as a horse trainer, and her uncommon style attracts the eye of the Happy Valley set, a decadent, bohemian community of European expats who also live and love by their own set of rules. But it’s the ruggedly charismatic Denys Finch Hatton who ultimately helps Beryl navigate the uncharted territory of her own heart. The intensity of their love reveals Beryl’s truest self and her fate: to fly.

Set against the majestic landscape of early-twentieth-century Africa, McLain’s powerful tale reveals the extraordinary adventures of a woman before her time, the exhilaration of freedom and its cost, and the tenacity of the human spirit.

As of this date, the movie version of Ms. McClain has not yet been released, so keep your eyes busy looking for it opening.

Much of the above piece is thanks to HuffPost journalist, Rebecca Ford.

1913 Menu Photo Found of FAS Celebratory July 4th Dinner

One day short of their 4th month of existence, the officers and enlisted men of the 1st Aero Squadron stationed at Texas City, Texas, celebrated the Fourth of July with a special meal. This menu also lists a roster of all the personnel assigned to the United States’ first operational flying squadron back in 1913. (U.S. Air Force photo).

Upon the orders of then President Taft, the Army’s 2nd Division was movilized to protect our  border with Mexico, because of increasing dangers that the Mexican Revolution might spill over into the United States – – – and part of that Army Division was organized into the nation’s first active duty Army Aviation Squadron: The First Aero Squadron.

Only 4 months into their existence, the men of that unit celebrated their Nation’s Independence with a formal Dinner Party, and printed the below menu, which is in the National Museum of the Air Force’s Archives.  If  you click to enlarge the below photo, your will be able to easily see the front side of the Menu, where you will recognize the imprint of the American Eagle sitting above the title of the FIRST AERO SQUADRON . . . along with the date of the Dinner.

Menu from the July 4th 1913 Formal Dinner held by the four month old new First Aero Squadron located in Texas City, Texas. Notice that all the Squadron’s Personnel are listed.  Click on Menu’s image above to see it in HD quality.

1914 Panaramic Photo of FAS Personnel at their new duty station on North Island, San Diego, California. Click on the photo to see it in high resolution.  To the left in this photo, you can recognize some of their Curtiss manufactured Jenny R-2’s, the first planes used two years later at the beginning of the Punitive Expedition inot Mexico from Columbus, NM.




Have you ever noticed that the lower part of the Boeing 737NG engines appear flat? What is the reason for this – – – and a few more interesting details will be covered in today’s 7:56 min. video.

Mentour Pilot

If you’re interested in aviaton from any point of view, you’ll enjoy visiting Petter’s informative YouTube channel, where you’ll find many answers to questions you’ve had about the industry, from how to become a pilot, to what kind a salary structures to expect, or to specific questions simply related to airplanes in general.

Now, here’s Petter’s story in his own words – in the international language of aviation: English.

“I, my mane is Petter, and I’m a 36 year old Boeing 737NG Training Captain and TRI/TRE (Tripple type rated / TRE: Type Rated Examiner)  Instructor from Sweden. I have a beautiful wife and two small sons that are constantly keeping me busy.  I have worked in the airline business for 16 years now and I have been based in different parts of Europe during that time including the UK, Sweden and Spain, where we now live.

Introduction to the Mentour Pilot channel (3:16)

I launched the Mentor Pilot Channel as a hobby project. I was being asked a lot of questions by young aviation enthusiasts about how I enjoyed my job, how I became a pilot and how things actually worked. I realized that there are very few ways to get questions answered out on the internet today in a simple and constructive way. If you go into forums like PPRUNE for example, honest discussions very quickly turns sour because of unhappy individuals trolling the discussion threads. I wanted my channel to be positive and constructive, the same way as we instruct new cadets in my airline.

I do realize that all views expressed on my channel are MY views and as such are only a reflection of what I think and might not be representative of others. I still think that it is better to get one honest and constructive view rather than 200 sour and negative ones. I do my best to tell both sides of the story but I do love my job.

The main goal is to help new pilots and people on their way into the industry to answer the questions they might have in a positive and constructive way.

I am also adamant on that my channel is not for political discussions and that I am only representing myself and no-one else.”

Here, below, is one more of Petter’s informative videos regarding why there are no main landing gear doors on the Boeing 737 series.

Why do we Fly? – This Video Will Help you understand “Why”

Courtesy of Fighter 

The first two videos in this post are taken in high definition (HD) clarity, so don’t hesitate to open each of them to full screen – and keep your sound turned on for the full experience.  If you watch the videos on a mobile device or in your email notice, you will miss the full experience seen on a larger computer screen’s monitor.

Two USN Super Hornets in formation, left ship is breaking to land . . .

This featured image, above, of Two F/A-18C Hornets, assigned to the “Knighthawks” of Strike Fighter Squadron One Three Six (VFA-136), performing a carrier break maneuver at the conclusion of the tactical air power demonstration during the 2005 Naval Air Station Oceana Air Show. U.S. Navy photo by Photographer’s Mate 2nd Class Daniel J. McLain

Classic US Navy carrier break – – – and landing. Lots to see and enjoy in this 2:07 long video. just below.  Want to know what it is like landing on an aircraft carrier? Here you go – – –  Hold on!

And, here below, is what it’s like (6:36 long video) to bring this same hot Navy fighter back to your pitching and rolling carrier – when the weather tries to make you fail . . . Case II Recovery in Low Visibility, with a Pitching Deck Swings from 6-10 feet.

And, for a special bonus, here below (10:49 long) is a video of a group of high speed passes as seen from either shipboard or land – – – and from both inside – and outside – the cockpits.



The B-1, B-2, B-52 – – – What Will Be the Next U.S. Bomber?

The above video in only 1:38 long. The above video is thanks to the Northrup-Grumman Corporation.

Air Force Secretary Deborah Lee James recently announced that the B-21 bomber will be called the B-21 Raider. The name represents the historically important role the new long-range stealth bomber will lead for the next 50 years.

The name is a tribute to the sheer bravery and grit displayed by Jimmy Doolittle and the Doolittle Raiders during World War II; and the legacy will now be carried on by future Airmen. Assisting Secretary James on stage to announce the name was one of the original Doolittle Raiders, the last living Doolittle Raider, and Jimmy Doolittle’s co-pilot, 101-year-old Air Force Lt. Col. (Retired) Richard Cole.

The above video is 9:10 in length and is courtesy of Warthog Defense.

If one accepts the premise that the B-21 will be powered by twin unaugmented F135 engines, one can then assume that the new bomber will be larger than a Boeing F-15E Strike Eagle or General Dynamics F-111Aardvark,” but smaller than the B-1 Lancer or B-2 Spirit.

Given the types of threats from low frequency radars that are projected to be out there in the future and the limitations of current low observables materials, B-21’s subsonic flying wing design will be large enough to counter low frequency radars.

A tactical fighter-sized stealth aircraft must be optimized to defeat higher-frequency bands such the C, X and Ku bands as a simple matter of physics, but a strategic bomber like the B-2 or LRS-B can be larger to counter lower frequency radars. There is a “step change” in a stealth aircraft’s signature once the frequency wavelength exceeds a certain threshold and causes a resonant effect. Typically, that resonance occurs when a feature on an aircraft—such as a tail-fin—is less than eight times the size of a particular frequency wavelength. That means a bomber like the B-21 has to have allowances for two feet or more of radar absorbent material coatings on every surface or the designers are forced to make trades as to which frequency bands they optimize the aircraft to operate in. As such, to defeat low frequency radars operating in the L, UHF and potentially the VHF bands (this is easier said than done—and could in fact be impossible), a flying wing design is in effect, mandatory.

The above video is 10:57 long.  The new aircraft will be designed to have global reach, in part by incorporating a large arsenal of long-range weapons. The B-21 is being engineered to carry existing weapons as well as nuclear bombs and emerging and future weapons, Air Force officials explained. It if’s arsenal is anything like the B-2, it will like have an ability to drop a range of nuclear weapons, GPS-guided Joint Direct Attack Munitions and possibly even the new Air Force nuclear-armed cruise missile now in development called the LRSO – (Long Range Stand Off) weapon. It is also conceivable, although at this point it is speculation, that one day the B-21 will probably be armed with yet-to-be seen weapons technology. This information is courtesy ofUS Military Technology.”


How the Spectacular Filming of SpaceX Launches is Done

Have you witnessed the amazing videography and photography covering the spectacular SpaceX launches?  If you have, you’ll enjoy the following short (5:14 minutes) video of this process.  If not, then you’ll see some of these launches and learn how they are successfully put back into motion.  Our thanks to “Fighter Sweep” for this video and the story.