Category Archives: Aerodynamics

Mach 1.4

Virgin Galactic is moving ahead with its space program. From AVweb: “SpaceShipTwo went higher and faster than it’s been before on Friday and Virgin Group President Sir Richard Branson is predicting it will reach space sometime in 2014. Branson had … Continue reading

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McDonnel Douglas Still Contributing…

The Things with Wings blog highlights the winglets from the MD-12 and how they are being incorporated on the 737MAX: “First unveiled publically in May 2012, the advanced 737 MAX winglet, which Boeing first described as a ‘dual feather,” was … Continue reading

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Windowless Cockpits on the Horizon

But what the view? From J. Mac McClellan: “The benefit would be to save the weight and structural complexity of a windshield. You have to heat a windshield and also make it strong enough to withstand large bird impact at … Continue reading

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Acrobatic Ride Along

This looks like a lot of fun. From Air & Space Magazine, it’s a ride along with Sean Tucker. Make sure you tighten your shoulder straps:

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Flight sans wing

HAFC member Mike Gilb tipped me off to this story of an F-15 losing a wing in a training accident, and still making it back to base. You can find the five minute video here.

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Training Video – Circa 1968

As relevant today as it was more than forty years ago: Hat tip: UCAP Blog

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The Importance of a Trim Tab

Much of the national media – not to mention the aviation media – has been focused on the tragedy at the Reno air races last weekend. The focus of the investigation appears to be around the trim tab and its … Continue reading

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Quick stop in an A380

The Smithsonian Air & Space blog has an interesting entry on all of the engineering that took place to ensure the mammoth A380 could stop in an emergency. “With the Airbus A380 weighing in fully loaded at 1,265,000 pounds, you … Continue reading

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Empennage: Difference in the Details

The two most popular aircraft in our flight club are a Cessna 172N and a Piper Cherokee 140. There are big differences in these two trainers. The biggest difference, of course, is that the 172 is a high-wing aircraft while … Continue reading

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Density Altitude – Redux

Last week, I did a post on density altitude and pointed to some important things to consider. You can read it here. Then this week, I came across this video. Hat tip to both Flight Monkeys and Uncontrolled Airspace for … Continue reading

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