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JN3 OX-5 Engines to Huge Double Wasps, Jets, Ram Jets and –


Don’t know what they are?

Well, as you’d expect, they’re a far cry from the early Curtiss OX-5 reciprocating engines that powered the First Aero’s famous Jennies, but since they might otherwise be unknown to you, we’re here to help you learn what these engines are.  We’re here to help bring you all up to speed about aviation, since American Civil as well as Military Aviation (Air Power) both got their true launching – and re-launching – right here in Columbus.

And, is it not true that the airplane has done more to shrink the effective size of the world than any other invention?

Enjoy this excellent 10 minute video, featuring Australian Professor, David Mee,  about the ultimate jet – – – the SCRAMJET power plant for hypersonic flight.

SCRAMJETS are NOT rocket engines, such as those we see pushing our space craft into orbits and beyond.

These advanced SCRAMJET engines are not only unimaginably powerful, but they can push aircraft well beyond MACH 6, which is six (6) times the speed of sound, for those of you not familiar with the meaning of MACH.

The finest jet engines cannot drive their aircraft beyond about MACH 3.5, at which speed limit the Ramjet is required.  Then we can move the craft beyond MACH 3.5 to about MACH 6, – – – and that’s the speed at which the SCRAMJET takes over . . .

QUESTION: What class of the above described jet engines were used to power the famous SR-71 flown by the First Aero Squadron?

Coast to Coast Bicyclists Stop Again to Learn About the FAS

Saint Patrick’s Day in Columbus saw the annual arrival of the Coast 2 Coast Bicycling group, which are under the direction of Bubba Barron. Here they pack the Camp Furlong Recreation Hall to hear Ric Lambart describe what took place in Columbus 102 years ago as American Air Power was born – – – and American Civil Aviation was reborn.

Ric describing how the Jenny Flight Controls worked in the first group of JN-2 Jennies.  Lt. Ira Rader is sitting in the Jenny seen on the screen and is using the old banking control system, prior to the First Aero’s adoption of the superior French developed Deperdussin system – the system still in use today.

The audience audibly gasped as they saw archival movie footage showing one of the female Barnstorming era daredevils doing stunts atop a Jenny’s wing – – – all accomplished without a parachute.

As usual, after the program’s conclusion, there were many questions to be answered by our presenter.

The 60 some odd bicycle enthusiasts take about two months to bicycle from the Pacific Ocean to the Atlantic. These hearty peddlers have established a new tradition of stopping on each of their Coast to Coast journey’s to take in the special charm of Columbus, NM – and to absorb its unique and significant place in American History.

The above three photos are still shots taken from the FASF video that was made of the event.

Here’s a shot of two of the Coast 2 Coast Peddlers stopping for a break.