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1st it Was Adieu to its 747 – – – Now it’s Welcome to the 787

Last July we watched the movingly beautiful farewell Air France gave to its last Boeing 747, but now we get to watch as it celebrates the delivery of its first new Boeing 787 “Dreamliner” replacement.

[1]: We start with a quick visit to the Boeing Factory in Seattle, and then, in this 1st Video (1:59), we join the flight crew as they deliver it home to Paris.

[2]: The next short (1:47) video shows it majestically flying over France;

[3] and the 3rd Video (3:04) shows the new 787’s inaugural VIP flight, one accompanied by the French Air Force Flight Exhibition Team, the Patrouille de France. Remember to turn up your audio and then switch to full-screen to fully enjoy the high resolution video.

Next, a video (1:44) shows how the Air France Pilots have become ready to guide  the new Dreamliners through the skies.

Below, we see “Back to the Future, the 787 is coming!”  This (1:36 long) video shows the Air France 787 being manufactured and finally painted, all in impressive time-lapse videography.

And, last, we see a short (5:10) video about Air France Pilot, Thomas Pesquet, who, in addition to working a a full-time Air France Airbus A319 pilot, is also one of the vew European Astronauts, and the first to also be a pilot.  Thomas had to learn Russian in addition to his other training, since fluency in Russian is also a requirement for each astronaut.  Already being a pilot, Mr. Pesquet was naturally fluent in English, since that is the International language of aviation world-wide.

 

 

 

American Carrier Force in Action – – – Stunning Videography

Whether good weather, day or night, or on the most violent seas, our Navy’s armadas are ready for action.  Here you will see some rarely captured hi-definition videos of our Navy personnel accomplishing their routine daily tasks with finesse and skill the likes of which should make one both proud and thankful.  Much of these first two videos is taken onboard the pre-Nimitz Class USS Enterprise, the first nuclear-powered U.S. Aircraft Carrier.

The newest Nimitz Class Carriers are the largest warships ever built and have over 6,000 personnel (crew and aircrews).  They displace over 102,000 Tons and have flight decks as long as three football fields.  These huge ships have their own post office, hospital, dental clinic, barbershops, athletic facilities, chapels and much more.  They are virtual floating cities with some 18 levels, including eight above the hangar bay and ten more decks below.  These behemoths are designed to last half a century with only one scheduled refueling, in mid-life.

These clips will bring you up close and personal with the sailors of the US Navy as they prepare their thunderous F-18 Super Hornets for flight, and then retrieve them when they return from their missions.  You will also witness the launching of the Navy’s Grumman Utility C-2 “Greyhound” utility-cargo planes, and even see at sea ship-to-ship cargo transfers take place.

Video Credits: Stacy Atkinsricks, Thomas Gooley, Janine Jones, Cody Deccio. Derivative Work by Daily Aviation Archive. Music credit: Green Leaf Stomp – – – Jingle Punks.
Make sure your sound is on and go to full screen to appreciate this high-definition videography.  This first video is 10:40 long.

Below is a hi-definition video showing how our large carriers replenish their supplies while underway on the high seas.  Since all U.S. carriers are nuclear powered, they need no refueling for their own power requirements, but they do occasionally need to take on Jet-Fuel and large quantities of other supplies for the needs of their onboard equipment and personnel.  This clip is also courtesy of the Daily Aviation Video ArchiveThe video is 12:41 long.

This next video is onboard the newer Nimitz Class Nuclear Carrier, Theodore Roosevelt, (CVN-71) nicknamed, the “Big Stick.”  As in the first video above, this clip shows daily life aboard the huge fighting machine, but it also depicts actual night operations and the launching and capture of one of the Navy’s new Jet-Powered Drone aircraft. It is 17:47 in length.

And, these last two (2) videos are of the nation’s newest dreadnaught, the Gerald R. Ford, CVN-78. Although similar in overall size to the older nuclear-powered Nimitz Class Carriers, seen above, this new 13 Billion Dollar vessel has many advanced systems and newer technology on board.

It is also the first of a new 21st Century class of Carrier, known as the Ford Class.  It will be the world’s first carrier to employ unique high-powered magnetic jet-launching catapults, rather than the steam-powered devices found on all of its earlier sister ships.  Its huge nuclear propulsion engines are 250% more powerful than those of the Nimitz class.  Because of many internal design changes from the earlier Nimitz Class carriers, and also because of the ship’s higher level of technology and automation, the actual number of crew members required to efficiently operate the Ford is substantially less than that required aboard the Nimitz ships.

After its commissioning and during its first sea trial-runs, the ship encountered some unexpected magnetic-launch problems, but those have now been ironed out as you will see in this 1st Ford video, which is 4:16 long.

This second video on the USS Ford, is longer (22:59 in length), but it shows more detail behind its construction, as well as of its shake-down cruise operations.

 

20th Century had B-1s and B-2s, but the B-21 is 21st Century

  Virg Hemphill

The USAF has decided to set aside its hi-tech B-1 Lancer and B-2 Stealth bombers for the new high-altitude, long-range stealth strike bomber, named the B-21 “Raider,” in honor of the famed General Doolittle Tokyo Raiders of WWII fame. This story is once again the result of information supplied by our Aviation News Scout, Virg Hemphill, at left.

This new advanced bomber clearly embodies some of the unique aerodynamic characteristics and shape of the WWII Northrup Aviation experimental Flying Wing, an airplane whose first versions were actually propeller powered.  But this new Northrup creation embodies features not even the material of dreams, when the first Flying Wings took to the air over California’s high desert.

While still a flying-wing airframe, having no vertical stabilizers or rudder, but rather a sharp squared wing, it does clearly remain true to the old Flying Wing theme, since there is no distinction between its fuselage and wing, they being one and the same overall structure.  Here are some informative videos about this new USAF transition.

Air Force Secretary Deborah Lee James announces 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.

Assisting Secretary James on stage (immediately below) to announce the name, was one of the original Doolittle Raiders, in fact, the last living Doolittle Raider, and Jimmy Doolittle’s co-pilot, 101-year-old Air Force Lt. Col. (ret.), Richard Cole.

It is suggested that you view all videos below in full-screen, to appreciate the hi-resolution used. All of the clips also have full complete audio tracks.

This first short (1:39 long) video shows the official USAF announcement of the B-21’s new name:

Second, this short (7:29 long) video by “The Infographics Show:

Third, this “New Update Defence” video, 4:08 in length (There is some computerized voice used in this clip, so be prepared for some clumsy English):

 

 

A TRIP BACK IN TIME – THE AIRLINER THAT SHRUNK THE U.S.

. . . and ushered in a new era for humankind. 

The inimitable Douglas DC-3, the airliner that changed the way the world traveled back in the mid to late 1930s, and that doggedly remains with us to this day (see 2nd video below), delivering cargo and people, often into places other more modern aircraft cannot safely fly.

The following video is from a promotional film from one of that famous airliner’s biggest customer-users, AMERICAN AIRLINES.

Your webmaster’s first ride on a DC-3 was beyond memorable.  It was back in 1948, when this airliner was still going strong.

I was visiting from the suburbs of Chicago, where I had lived most my life, and vacationing at my Grandmother’s in Hollywood, CA,, when I was suddenly wired by Western Union (remember those telegrams?) to report for my College Navy ROTC Physical Exam in NYC – – – in only a week.

I’d driven my car from Chicago for my first visit to California and it had taken me a grueling two week’s time to make the journey.  There was simply no way I could pack things up and report in NYC in only a week.

So, I immediately sold my car to a local dealer (I’d always sold autos on my own, after refurbishing them, for a handy profit) in a hurry, booked a ticket to Chicago with American Airlines, and flew back home to Chicago – – – on my first long airline flight, and in none other than that inimitable one-and-only Douglas DC-3!

When driving around CA and the LA area, we’d always honked whenever we saw another Illinois license plate drive by.  Interstate Freeways were still but a dream.  When I arrived in Chicago, I quickly reached over and honked my Mom’s horn at other passing cars – – – but she pointed out I was back home, where almost all the cars were from Illinois.

The short time it had taken me to fly home threw my sense of time and space completely off. But, I was now initiated –  by the DC-3 – into the realm of modern era long-distance air transportation!

Only 7 years later, now a college graduate and a USAF Pilot, I was given the privilege of actually being checked out to fly that same much admired DC-3, which we Air Force pilots affectionately called the “Gooney Bird” or C-47.  What a delightful plane it was to fly.  Easy to handle, stable as one would ever want, and, for a tail-wheeled airplane, still not hard to land.

However, after flying single-engined jets, where one sits only feet off the ground, this cockpit had me sitting almost two stories up. That was quite a change.

Without further ado, here’s the DC-3 story video, which is 25:12 in length.  Remember to keep your volume up – and to immediately switch to full-screen, so you can appreciate this film.

[As an aside: We’d like to bring your attention to the many other fascinating and meaningful peeks back into history provided by the good folks at Periscope Films.  Their catalog is loaded with great film/video materials on a broad variety of topics.  Check them out!]

And, here below, is another video, showing how we are now refurbishing this great workhorse flying machine, and making it good for many more years to come.  From THE AVIATORS Season 3 – “GIVING THE VENERABLE DC-3 NEW LIFE” – This video is just shy of 13:00 minutes long:

 

Here’s a List of 10 Unusual Varieties of Aircraft to Follow

Norwegian P2 “Excursion” Team pose in their hangar in front of their new amphibian aircraft.

Some of these flying machines you may have seen before, but likely not all of them.  They are clearly not the standard variety of new aircraft, but this fact alone might motivate one to take and interest in how their actual futures come to pass.  The Video below is only 10:12 in length and was created by “Minds Eye Design,” which has also published other interesting videos, although not all exclusively aviation related.

What Happened to the Dynacam (Revolver-Cam) Engine?

A Dyna Cam or Revolver Cam engine fitted for aircraft use.

The General Aviation (GENAV) industry and its consumers have been facing a serious dilemma for a number of years now.  As you know, leaded fuel has been banned across the board for ground based vehicles here in the United States for a number of years, but general aviation aircraft are still using high-octane leaded-fuel in most of its fleet.  The EPA has been battling to have leaded aviation gasoline similarly banned, but there has remained a serious problem:  The majority of existing GENAV engines cannot safely operate on un-leaded gasoline.  Competitions have been underway for many years to see if one or more of the major Gasoline Refining Corporations can develop an unleaded gasoline blend that is safe for use in airplanes, but to this date, nothing is yet widely available for purchase.

Leaded gasoline for ground vehicles has already been banned for 24 years (in 1994!), but, while the FAA had targeted unleaded aviation gas’ (AVGAS) introduction to GENAV by 2018, nothing has yet actually happened to make this a reality, even though the FAA’s Fuels Program Office had been tasked to fulfill this objective.  This means that today almost 170,000 GENAV aircraft are still gassing up with fuel containing that otherwise banned nasty Tetraethyl lead.

Although many GENAV airplanes can safely use straight Motor Gas (MOGAS), providing it has no Ethanol in its blend, and many airplanes have been FAA Certificated to legally use it, the supply of MOGAS without any Ethanol is becoming progressively harder to find, and most refiners have simply phased out making their blends without the alcohol.  Additionally, because of EPA requirements and policies, even if the MOGAS is a non-Ethanol blend, it is not required to label it as such, making it a potentially dangerous purchase for an airplane user.

MOGAS with Ethanol is actually hazardous to aircraft engines, and, in fact, it is also damaging to many older automobiles and trucks, which were not designed to safely use gasoline containing Ethanol.  Because the Ethanol absorbs moisture, it tends to seriously corrode old styled rubber fuel lines and other components in older vehicles.

The Dynacam Engine is very different from conventional reciprocating type airplane engines, and is enough different that it has no trouble using MOGAS.  However, that is only one of the superior features of this radical engine design.  There are a number of additional advantages over regular AVGAS powered aircraft engines.  The photo above shows what this new engine design looks like.

Here, below, are some other views of the engine with its significantly different configuration:

Dyna or Revolver Cam Engine showing its lack of externally exposed cylinders.  It take a form more like a jet engine.

Here, above, is a cut-a-way view of one of the Dyna Cam engines such as those intended for GENAV aircraft.

Here is an illustration of the unique piston movement seen inside a Dyna Cam engine.

Here is a general introduction to this unique new engine, one that has been patented, but not yet introduced to the GENAV market in a serious way:

The original engine is patented and the Company (Axial Vector Energy) has now made patent applications and received patent pending status for additional features that have been refined. Activity and contacts from the website indicate that there are a lot of buyers for this new engine technology.  The first production engine has been assembled and has completed its initial testing. The Company has had to design and build a custom dynamometer on which to complete engine testing. After testing has been completed on the first engine, it was installed in a Cessna 182 light aircraft.  It has also been installed in a Piper Cherokee in order to be able to demonstrate the engine’s superior performance capability.

Additional installations are being discussed with owners of several experimental homebuilt aircraft here in the U.S., including, a LancAir, an RV6, a custom designed pusher fashioned after the Long Easy canard plane (a newly designed homebuilt called the Atlantica), and several others, including a SeaBee, a Seawind homebuilt, and it will also possibly end up in a Cessna 185.

The initial Dyna-Cam Engine to be manufactured and sold is rated at 200 HP. That would make it equivalent in HP to the Lycoming O, or IO 360 opposed-cylinder air-cooled engine already in widespread use throughout the GENAV industry (See below photo).  But this Dyna-Cam engine is only 13″ in diameter, 40″ long, and weighs but 300 pounds with basic accessories. It has unique features and major benefits over conventional engines of similar weight and power. The benefits include:

  • 50% smaller size,
  • 50% fewer replacement parts,
  • Lower manufacturing costs in equal production,
  • Better fuel economy,
  • Smoother operation – it can idle as slowly as only 150 RPM!,
  • Lighter weight per torque HP output compared to conventional air-cooled engines,
  • Plus nearly 100% higher torque enabling the engine to turn high-efficiency propellers with lower noise output at lower RPMs,
  • Liquid, rather than air-cooled

Below is one of most popular GENAV four-cylinder air-cooled engines with about the same power as the above Dyna Cam Engine.  The following video explaining the new Dyna-Cam engine is about 12:00 minutes long.  Remember to turn your speakers on to hear the audio.

 

Lycoming IO-360 Four cylinder 180 HP Air-Cooled Aircraft Engine

Below is another short clip of this same type of new engine, which shows it in action in a cut-a-way video format, but here it is called the Axial Vector Engine – the video is less than 1:00 long:

A Short Video Up Date On The Chinese Navy’s War Readiness

   Virg Hemphill

Thanks once again to our very alert Aviation News Scout, Virg Hemphill (at left), we bring you this insightful recruiting video of how the Chinese Navy stands battle-ready at the present time.

This is not a comparative video, but primarily a view of what the Chinese are up to at the moment.  Unfortunately, this degree of readiness for war requires that the U.S. react in kind, in order to maintain a balance of arms and general military preparedness.

The exceptional degree of high-caliber Chinese precision, coupled with their extreme level of teamwork and surprisingly high degree synchronous formations within their military ranks, as seen in this video, should certainly keep us alert in respect to their capacity, if not readiness, for effective warfare.

While part of what helped the U.S. prevail against both the Japanese and Germans during WWII was our superior equipment, it was also our exceptionally smooth teamwork, particularly among our pilots in their capacity fo fly as efficient fighting teams – – – in highly coordinated formation flights – – –  that led to our overwhelming success.

Clearly, the Chinese have not only learned from our skilled and superior military, naval, and aviation technology – and techniques – but they may have even surpassed us in regard to such military dynamics as in their smooth unified team movements, as is witnessed in their below formations – – and in their impressively sharp mass drill skills.

Also, one cannot help but notice the astounding similarity their aircraft, surface and underwater vessels have to some of our own war weaponry.  Have the Chinese actually, literally,  copied some of our military equipment designs?