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I can't tell you how many times I've been asked that question. My step-daughter once brought a date over, a rather full-of-himself attorney. He'd recently mastered Microsoft Flight Simulator and ...
by Major Kong
Comment Count 294 comments on Sat Nov 24, 2012 at 11:58 AM PST with 490 Recommends
Probably one of the most photographed aircraft of all time. For a 50-year-old design it still looks futuristic. Few airplanes in history have the mystique of the SR-71 Blackbird. Capable of ...
by Major Kong
Comment Count 266 comments on Sun Jan 18, 2015 at 12:23 PM PST with 281 Recommends
No, this isn't about A-10s or airliners turned into bombers (it never works well). It's about what happens when the automation we take for granted turns around and bites us.
by Major Kong
Comment Count 256 comments on Wed Feb 11, 2015 at 11:30 AM PST with 250 Recommends
I took this picture of a large cell over Columbus Ohio right at daybreak. You can see some cloud-to-cloud lightning on the right. I remember a summer night in Toronto. It was early evening but ...
by Major Kong
Comment Count 110 comments on Tue May 27, 2014 at 04:04 AM PDT with 245 Recommends
I knew I was screwed when I looked out the window first thing in the morning and saw it was snowing. A rare mid-November storm was hitting Columbus on a day I had to commute. Snow means bad roads ...
by Major Kong
Comment Count 277 comments on Tue Nov 18, 2014 at 11:56 AM PST with 221 Recommends
One of the best looking aircraft of all time. Everything about it says "Built for speed". The F-104 is one of those planes that seemed to have everything going for it. It's a specialized fighter, ...
by Major Kong
Comment Count 168 comments on Mon Feb 02, 2015 at 05:10 AM PST with 212 Recommends
A-10 pilots used to say their plane was ugly but well hung. I've been asked to do a diary about the current controversy surrounding the A-10 vs the F-35. I've done my best to research the topic. I'...
by Major Kong
Comment Count 303 comments on Wed Dec 10, 2014 at 12:04 PM PST with 207 Recommends
I just spoke to a pilot for Blackwater Aviation (which I didn't even know existed) who told me that Blackwater was planning on buying Boeing 767 long ...
by LightningMan
Comment Count 219 comments on Mon Jan 22, 2007 at 11:05 AM PST with 204 Recommends
I had the opportunity to ride the jumpseat on one of our 727s recently. Watching the Flight Engineer go about his job, I was reminded of just how busy that job could be. Flight Engineers are a rare ...
by Major Kong
Comment Count 106 comments on Sun Jan 20, 2013 at 08:57 AM PST with 185 Recommends
by ilona
Comment Count 134 comments on Sat Aug 20, 2005 at 12:24 AM PDT with 178 Recommends
I struggled to come up with a decent title for this one. This is about the planes that were overshadowed by their more glamorous counterparts. Everybody loves Mustangs, Spitfires and Hellcats. I ...
by Major Kong
Comment Count 232 comments on Tue Apr 28, 2015 at 06:02 AM PDT with 177 Recommends
It seems my earlier diary about the Lockheed F-104 caught the attention of a former USAF F-104 driver. He felt that I (and the USAF) didn't give the plane its due. My first thought was "You mean ...
by Major Kong
Comment Count 126 comments on Wed Mar 25, 2015 at 01:07 PM PDT with 165 Recommends
What's wrong with you? Get outta here! Why would you want to work in this crazy business? Go to dental school or something. What? You're still here? Sigh, OK pull up a chair and I'll tell you how ...
by Major Kong
Comment Count 158 comments on Mon Nov 04, 2013 at 01:59 PM PST with 165 Recommends
Since earliest days of air combat the problem of how to save the crew of a stricken aircraft has plagued designers. Over the years I have known several people who successfully ejected from ...
by Major Kong
Comment Count 94 comments on Tue Nov 19, 2013 at 08:13 PM PST with 163 Recommends
Sums it up pretty nicely. Nuclear weapons have been in the news lately. There are worries about countries like Iran or North Korea fielding nuclear weapons. India and Pakistan, both nuclear ...
by Major Kong
Comment Count 119 comments on Wed Feb 06, 2013 at 08:49 AM PST with 158 Recommends
Electric cars are a hot topic these days but I recently have read some interesting stuff about electric aircraft. Airbus thinks that they may be able to field a large electrically powered ...
by Major Kong
Comment Count 256 comments on Sat Jan 10, 2015 at 04:57 AM PST with 157 Recommends
If you've been flying at all this winter I suspect you've run into some delays due to the weather. I've already had to deice more times than I care to this winter and there appears to be no end in ...
by Major Kong
Comment Count 77 comments on Thu Feb 13, 2014 at 05:25 AM PST with 155 Recommends
If a plane could get by on coolness alone the B-58 would still be in service today. While it was an amazing piece of engineering for its time, the supersonic B-58 was arguably obsolete the day it ...
by Major Kong
Comment Count 161 comments on Wed Dec 18, 2013 at 08:18 AM PST with 152 Recommends
I was asked to do one of these about weight and balance. The recent crash of a National Air Cargo 747 shortly after takeoff makes this very topical. What probably happened is that their load ...
by Major Kong
Comment Count 160 comments on Tue May 07, 2013 at 01:39 PM PDT with 152 Recommends
TU-104 on display in Russia. Yes, it's true. There was a brief period from around 1956 until 1958 when the only operational jet airliner was Russian. How could this be? Well, the British beat ...
by Major Kong
Comment Count 78 comments on Sun Dec 07, 2014 at 10:52 AM PST with 144 Recommends