Here's a sight you will never see again, ever.

The Royal Air Force retired the last of their L-1011 TriStar aerial refueling tankers two weeks ago or so, so seeing one tank up a Typhoon fighter isn't going to be a recurring event anymore. The RAF picked them up on the cheap from British Airways and PanAm to help bolster their aerial refueling capability after the… » 4/06/14 12:13pm 4/06/14 12:13pm

When a Spitfire is not a Spitfire (and certainly not British)

Just like the Cobra kits from Superformance, the classic fighter planes from WWII can be had in built-it-yourself form. Mostly covering the P-51D Mustang - some would say ad-nauseum - some even venture to cover other subject matter like the P-40. and F4U Corsair. The medium used can be diverse as well, from wood and… » 4/05/14 10:43am 4/05/14 10:43am

A Brief History of the 747 - Skipping Ahead to the Final Chapter

The Boeing 747 will probably be remembered as one of the most important and revolutionary airliner types yet flown. As the first widely adopted widebody airliner, it heralded what was at the time a new standard in comfort and efficiency. Since then, technology and airline demands shifted towards twin-engine widebody… » 4/04/14 10:33am 4/04/14 10:33am

Convair Jetliners: The Early Jet Age Concorde

The desire to get from point A to point B as fast as possible is arguably the main impetus for air travel in the first place. The technological progression of air travel as a measure of speed has always outstripped other modes of transportation; when cars were capable of what would now be residential neighborhood speed … » 2/15/14 3:07pm 2/15/14 3:07pm

A Brief History of Asian Stealth So Far - Part 2: The People's Republic …

Asia is an arms race hotbed right now - and depending on who you talk to, the People's Republic of China is the specific reason why. The PRC military has many strategic goals, some more publicly acknowledged than others. Whether or not the PRC has invasion plans for the Republic of China (Taiwan), they do have clear… » 1/31/14 11:50am 1/31/14 11:50am

Woah woah woah...we're not done yet: aviation safety

On December 17, 2004, three people - a young woman and two men - boarded a Cessna 421 at Centennial Airport in Aurora, just outside of Denver, Colorado. The woman was actually looking to purchase the aircraft from the other two passengers and the intent of the flight was to simply take the aircraft for a little spin… » 1/27/14 10:06pm 1/27/14 10:06pm