Shutdown: So Many Questions…

How did… Why is… Is that guy… I…I just don’t know where to start.

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[Ed. note – Perhaps some of you noticed that instead of a Monday Shutdown and a Tuesday Shutdown, you just got two Mondays. I am here to tell you, […]

Airborne Awesomosity

Built to Scale

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The idea of building your own, well, anything really, I think, holds some certain appeal. Your hands built the kit car, the dining room table, the circuit boards inside your computer, and I think that gives a greater appreciation when you use the thing you built. A fellow by the name of Jack Bally has taken the idea of a home-built aircraft to a whole different level, with a quite exacting 1/3 scale replica of a B-17 bomber, made to be a flyable manned aircraft. Not quite completed yet, you can see it above parked next to a 2 passenger Cessna 140, which gives you a sense of the size of this plane. The wingspan is 34ft 7in, and the four engines are Hirth 3002 4-cylinder 2-strokes that will make around 60 horsepower apiece. The air frame for the mini-17 is all handmade out of aluminum, and the landing gear is retractable, just like the real deal. Continue reading Built to Scale


Shutdown: What Could Go Wrong?

Somebody never read Catch-22…

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Airborne Awesomosity

The Boeing XB-38 Watercooled Fortress

Note The Radiator Between the Engines

[image National Air Force Museum]

Towards the end of the war several unusual prototypes made their way off the drafting board.  This modification was yet another example of an aircraft answering a need that didn’t actually exist.


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Military Surplus

Operation Aphrodite


B-17 drone

Take one war weary B-17, stuff in one pilot and 20,000 pounds of explosives. Then have the pilot bail out and hand the controls over, remotely, to another bomber flying nearby. This was Operation Aphrodite


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Airborne Awesomosity

B-24 Liberator Versus HE-177 Griffin


Consolidated B-24 Liberator

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Heinkel HE-177 Griffin












Which was the better heavy bomber of World War 2?


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Startup: Flying Fortress 101 Edition

It is a safe, comfortable feeling to know that in a pinch, I could hop into pretty much any modern passenger car, truck, or motorcycle and drive it right off the bat. Handy in all sorts of situations – zombie attack, lemur uprising, moonlighting as a valet, casual car theft, or murderous in-laws. […]