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Challenging Approach to Landing at London City Airport

This interesting short (3:58) video is thanks to FASF Aviation Scout in Detroit, James Purcell.

The Video features Senior British Airways (BA) Captain, Carey Atherton, who talks us through the harrowing approach to a safe – yet typical – landing at this smaller but closer-in British Airport.  Captain Atherton is only one of 27 BA transcontinental Airbus A318 Captains qualified by this British Carrier to land at this small London Airport.  She regularly makes this same flight between New York City and London.

This cockpit video shows the steep approach into London City Airport in celebration of the airline’s bespoke business-class only service completing 25 million miles – the equivalent to 100 trips to the moon or circling the earth 1000 times. The footage, filmed from the pilots’ perspective on the flight deck, gives everyone the chance to see the amazing aerial views of the UK capital’s iconic skyline.

 

We thought you’d also enjoy seeing this brief (1:12) video of a flash mob dance suddenly, and clearly by surprise, put on by an enthusiastic group of British Airways Flight Crew members, dancing to the familiar theme music of the Dancing With The Stars American TV show, “Do the Strictly.”

Should you be curious about how British Airways perceives female pilots controlling its bevy of modern jet airliners, then you’ll be curious to see this short (1:44) promotional video where the airline is busily recruiting more female pilot applicants.  The ladies in this clip are the Duggan Sisters:

The Amazing Gestation of the Boeing Dreamliner – in Motion

Building the new Boeing Airliner 787 “Dreamliner” – – – In Time Lapse

British Airways has welcomed the arrival of its first 787-9 Dreamliner. This time-lapse video takes you behind the scenes at Boeing’s factory where the aircraft, and its millions of parts, is painstakingly and, using both astounding automation, as well as manual labor,  amazingly constructed. The 787-9 is 20ft longer than its 787-8 predecessor, making room for a new painstakingly designed eight seat First Class cabin.

Click on the photo at the top of page – – – and enjoy the ballet!  As always, remember to keep your speakers turned on so you can appreciate the scoring.  This video is only 4 minutes long.

Because of the modern “composite” structure, this graceful looking new airliner is basically made offsite – – – and later joined together in Boeing’s Everett, WA facility. If you have not seen how they paint it, you will enjoy this video. The much earlier Boeing 747 and 777 models are painted the same way, using rolls of tape and brown paper, so not all the manufacturing technology is new.  For more details on this advanced airliner, just click here. To understand from where all the components hail, just look at the below Reuters’ 787 drawing.

This diagram shows how the Dreamliner's parts literally come from every corner of the globe.

This diagram shows how the Dreamliner’s parts literally come from every corner of the globe.

This advanced 787 is so mind-bendingly complex that it makes assembling older and also complex airliners almost look easy. All together, the Dreamliner has approximately 2.3 million parts – and these millions of parts come from virtually everywhere. By comparison, a Boeing 737 has but 400,000 parts.  This post is thanks to the keen eye of FASF Website Staffer, Jerry Dixon, USMC Aviator, Retired

 

An Inexperienced Girl Attempts to Land the Giant A320

The International language for all aviation operations is English, so all pilots who fly internationally must first learn English before they begin their flight training.  Young Greta Adilyté,  the young  student in the pilot’s seat in this video, is enrolled at the Lithuanian VGTU AGAI Technical Institute and clearly already knows English.  The previous LINK takes you to the homepage of the Institute, but it is in Lithuanian.  If you’d like it translated into English, just click on this link.  You will have to wait a while as your computer translates the Lithuanian into English.

It is Greta’s very first time sitting in the cockpit and she has no idea of how to handle the plane. BAA Training instructor, Vilmantas Rudelis, will help her face this daunting challenge in the Airbus A320 full flight simulator. In this experiment, Greta acts as if she is alone in the cockpit and tries to land the airliner with the help, over the aircraft radio, of an air traffic controller only.  Let’s wish Greta good luck – – – and see how it goes!  Notice how extraordinarily calm young Greta is during this simulation.  Also note how the instructor/air controller needs to describe where to look on the crowded and unfamiliar instrument panels for the correct controls to manipulate in order to guide the large craft through the skies.  One technical term Mr. Rudelis uses several times, is “ILS.”  For those of you unfamiliar with aviation jargon, ILS means INSTRUMENT LANDING SYSTEM.

While watching Greta attempt to bring the airliner safely back to earth, also take notice of the scenery unfolding outside the cockpit’s windshield.  You will see the earth’s horizon indicating turns as she maneuvers the huge airliner.  You will also be able to see the intended airport runway as she tries to land the airplane.

This video was made in the Airbus A320 Flight Simulator at the VGTU Institute and was posted on the Internet on June 23, 2016.  The video is 14:30 in length and in English.  The Institute’s Facebook Page is here.

It might be interesting to consider that, prior to WWII, an inexperienced person such as Greta could not have safely landed – or likely even flown an airliner in an emergency situation such as is simulated in this video.  It is thanks to modern technology that we have excellent radio communications and also high performance autopilots on board all modern airliners.  Without either of these modern innovations, with both pilots incapacitated, the flight would surely be doomed.  Another thing about this above video situation to consider is that, only 20 or so years ago, the instrument panel would likely not have the flat and simple TV-like panel displays, but rather a confusing clutter of smaller round instrument gauges, which would be much harder to correctly interpret and follow, let alone just locate, particularly for an inexperienced person in an emergency situation.

Consequently, in this day and age, it is not at all impossible for a non-pilot to safely manipulate one of these large modern airplanes. But, in a real emergency, most inexperienced passengers, if called upon to take the controls of their airliner, would very likely find themselves far too anxious or frightened to handle the emergency as we witness Greta doing so remarkably – and calmly.  It is not at all uncommon to see experienced pilots exhibit anxiety or display nervous behavior, while flying simulators during imposed “emergency” situations as is depicted in this experiment.  Fortunately, by practicing many times in their flight simulators, this anxiety or emotional stress can be eradicated, as the direct consequence of repeated simulated emergencies and the successful handling of them.

Make sure your audio is turned up so that you can hear the dialogue as Greta is coached in what to do in order to safely control and land the large airliner.

AMERICA THE BEAUTIFUL – An Animated View from the Air

Once again, many thanks to our ever vigilant website staff member – and regular Aviation News Contributor –  Jerry Dixon, USMC Aviator (Retired), we have this unusual and upbeat video view of our nation from the air – and ostensibly viewed from one of the early Wright Flyer craft.  The video is only 5 Minutes and 43 Seconds long.

We hope you enjoy it as much as we did.

As usual, simply click on the above image and make sure your sound is turned on so you can enjoy the fine musical scoring supplied.

This video is a product of Yessian Music (Vimeo) or Yessian (YouTube). Yessian’s well established creativity is demonstrated in this short animation, but this time from the AIR and over America, at that.  This latest composition of sight and sound is an installation from Shenzhen, China via Super 78 and is directed by Brent Young.

You might like to experience and witness some more of the wide-ranging clients and type of creative work done by this unusual agency by watching this short 1 minute video creation from Yessian Music for another of its clients, the U. S. Navy.  This Recruiting video is entitled U. S. NAVY PIN MAP, – – – and seen on Vimeo.

FASF Member & Former First Aero CO Describes Its History

When you click to view the above video, remember to turn up your sound!  Try viewing the video in Full-Screen mode.  Just click the small icon in the Video Frame’s lower right corner.

On the Centennial of the birth of the First Aero Squadron (“FAS”) held at Beale AFB in Northern  California in 2013, then current commander of the FAS, FASF member, Lt. Colonel Chi Chi Rodriguez, created a short (2:39 Minute) video depicting how his squadron evolved from its humble beginnings a century earlier, into its present day high-powered global reconnaissance role, in which it actively helps defend the United States and its military personnel from any potential or active foreign adversary.

It is interesting to note that the FAS initially engaged in that same combat reconnaissance and surveillance role, when first deployed from Columbus, NM, only three years after is was first organized (during March of 1916).  However its initial combat action was restricted to Mexico. That fledgling First Aero Squadron was hardly capable of any sort of global activity.  In fact, its pilots and airmen had all they could do just to safely fly those early primitive biplanes from their Columbus airfield.

Interestingly, as some of you know, but others do not, Chi Chi is the only Commanding Officer (“CO”) in the history of the FAS to ever return to Columbus, NM, the birthplace of American Air Power.  Chi Chi honored the FASF with a personal visit on June 27 and 28, 2013, when he and his entire family detoured from his scheduled Northern route to Washington, DC, the site of his new assignment, just so he could visit the FASF, its officers and members.  You can Explore this visit right here.

The Birth of American Air Power in Columbus: 1916 -1917

Remember to turn up your volume to hear the above video!

The United States Air Force flew Dr. Roger G. Miller to Columbus, New Mexico, to deliver this 58 minute presentation in commemoration of the Birth of American Air Power.  Dr. Miller’s fascinating slide show included many before unseen 95-year-old archival photographs taken in Columbus during the launching of America’s first sustained military aviation operation.

This Army aircraft engagement was part of the legendary “Punitive Expedition” into Mexico sent out of Columbus in retaliation for the nighttime March 9th, 1916 raid on the town by Mexico’s revolutionary General Francisco “Pancho” Villa and his troops.  Before Villa’s three hour attack was over, he had lost almost a quarter of his some 400 men to the fierce American gunfire that ensued from the local Army garrison’s soldiers, but many buildings had been burned to the ground by the invaders and 18 U.S. soldiers and civilians had been slaughtered.

Not only was the retaliatory Army campaign considered the launching of what is now the world’s greatest Air Power, but many give the military engagement credit for instigating what also became the leading civil aviation power in the world.  While the early Columbus aircraft deployment is best known for its military contribution, the subsequent entry of the United States into Europe’s  World War I had a great deal to do with the postwar explosion of civil aviation in the states as well.

Why?  Because the veritable Curtiss “Jenny” biplanes used out of the Columbus airfield were mass-produced by the United States and Canada for several years during WWI in order to train  thousands of young American and Canadian men to be military pilots.  The Great War was soon concluded in 1918, and because the thousands of Jennys were no longer needed, they were quickly sold by the government as surplus at the end of that deadly conflict.

Many young Army and Navy pilots, who were fortunate enough to come home intact from the bloody fields and skies above Europe, had fallen in love with the exciting experience of flying and they enthusiastically purchased the surplus biplanes for as little as $200.  It was these sturdy “Jenny” aircraft that quickly became the backbone of U. S. civil aviation, as they were soon profitably carrying “Airmail” for the Federal Government.  They were also flown all across the states from the Atlantic to the Pacific by the ex-military pilots in what has become known as the American “Barnstorming” era.

It was these same Barnstorming young pilots who gave thousands of Americans their first taste of flying aloft in their noisy open-cockpit machines, which in turn helped incite America’s love affair with powered flight.  It was only a matter of a few more years before some of these young aviators were able to convince the government to subsidize their use of newer and larger aircraft to carry passengers between cities.  Because there weren’t yet enough passengers willing to forgo their trips by the much safer railroads, the new “Airline” entrepreneurs cleverly also bid to carry the U.S. mail on their passenger planes.  It was this federal subsidy to carry the airmail that enabled the fledgling airlines to turn a profit.  Thus began what also soon became the world’s leading civil aviation “power.”

Dr. Miller’s presentation is a colorful and exciting introduction into that great historical military experiment which is considered to be the Birth of American Air Power.  Although the Wright Brother’s are universally given credit for the first successful powered flight in 1903, the United States quickly fell behind the Europeans in aircraft innovation and development.  In fact, while the veritable “Jenny” airplane made a fine flight training aircraft (over 8,000 of them were mass-produced), it proved no match for any of the military airplanes used in the Great War, resulting in the Curtiss Jenny biplane being restricted to non-combat pilot training in the United States and Canada.  When our pilots arrived to battle the Germans in that bloody conflagration, they were compelled to fly either the significantly superior French or British flying machines.

Soon after the end of hostilities on the Continent, however, things quickly changed, with the lessons of the “war to end all wars” taken to heart, American aircraft manufacturers sprung up around the country in a fierce competition to produce better, safer – and faster – airplanes. The U. S. soon leapt ahead of the European nations in its capacity to produce genuinely safe modern airplanes – – – for both civilian and military purposes.  And, with virtually no lapses, the United States has successfully maintained that position of world leadership in both aviation and its evolution into space flight.

This video would not have been possible without the great assistance and hours of effort put in by the following local Columbus FASF members:  John Read, now Pancho Villa State Park Chief Ranger; Allen Rosenberg (a founding member of the FASF!) and Larry Miller, who worked together doing the videography; former FASF Trustee and Secretary of the Board, Bud Canfield and his wife, Jeane, who handled all the catering for the entire event, and Wayne and Debbi Evans, who handled all the vehicle parking duties.  This presentation by Dr. Miller was the first public program staged by the FASF and it was a true sell out. The attendees soon filled the small auditorium and spilled out into the main Exhibit Hall. Last, but not least, of course, was the fascinating presention by our guest, Dr. Roger Miller, USAF Deputy Historian and the USAF, which made his visit possible.

THANKS AGAIN TO:

Roger, John, Allen, Larry, Bud and Jeane, and  Wayne and Debbi!

Most Decorated Flight Crew in WWII’s Pacific Theater – Video

Old 666

  Click on photo above of “OLD 666” to watch 8 minute video of this amazing flight.  (Because the video is embedded on site in “avi” format, you need to wait while it loads into your computer’s Media Player – select either “open with” and then your chosen media player – or “save” the file for playing at a later time.)

This video was recommended by FASF member, Jerry Dixon¹, a former USMC Fighter Pilot.

On June 16, 1943, a special mission request went out to the 43rd U.S. Bomber Group stationed at Port Moresby, in Papua New Guinea: an unescorted, single-ship mapping mission over hostile enemy territory – a task so dangerous that few thought it even possible, since the usual protective fighter escort would not be present. This was because the round trip planned was far beyond the fighter aircraft’s much shorter range. Capt. Jay Zeamer and his crew nevertheless volunteered to take on this seemingly suicidal flight.

But, before they even started their perilous assignment, they faced another grave problem.

Captain Zeamer, who had been unable to acquire a new bomber of his own because of disciplinary issues within his crew, was compelled to have an old junked B-17 Flying Fortress bomber he had located towed out of the airfield “bone” or junk yard.

With enormous effort, he and his innovative crew not only managed to restore the badly battered aircraft to flight status but they also made many surprisingly big changes to the ship in order to improve its normal onboard weaponry, knowing they would have to rely solely on their own defensive capabilities.  Their modifications included increasing the number of machine guns from 13 to 19, replacing the waist gunners’ standard single guns with twin guns, replacing all the standard .30 cal machine guns with the larger and more powerful .50 cal, and adding a fixed-position gun that could be fired from the pilot’s station, something not unusual on fighter craft, but almost unheard of in a bomber.

Zeamer’s crew wanted to enhance their capcity to defend themselves, so they put these guns where they might not even need them, and left spare machine guns on the aircraft’s catwalk; if a gun jammed at a critical moment they planned to dump it and quickly mount one of these spares as its replacement. They also mounted a gun behind the ball turret near the waist. By the time this creative crew had finished their unique modifications, they had managed to make Old 666 the most heavily armed bomber in the entire Pacific Theater.[1]

Their resurrected bomber, “Old 666,” (so nick-named after its tail number 41-2666) had suffered so much severe battle damage in its brief combat history, that it had gained a reputation as a cursed bomber. In fact, it was because of this jinxed status and because it was a virtual wreck that it had been parked at the end of a runway where other aircrews could cannibalize it for needed parts for their own damaged – but but still flyable bombers.  No one expected “Old 666” would ever again fly.

Taking off at 4 a.m. to make use of the cover of darkness, ‘Old 666’ and its crew headed for Bougainville, where they were instructed to conduct reconnaissance of the Japanese controlled island, to help determine logistics and enemy strength for the upcoming planned Invasion of the Solomon Islands.  When the bomber amazingly returned with most its crew alive, both pilots would be awarded the  Medal of Honor – – – and every other member of the crew a Distinguished Service Cross.   The mission had made this heroic small group or airmen the most decorated U. S. bomber crew in World War II.

For the rest of the story, simply click on the video above, sit back to watch this historical story from WWII unfold in a little more than 8 minutes of your time.

¹ Jerry flew the Marine Corps F3D Jet Night Fighter during the Vietnam conflict