Startup

Startup: Inspired By Nature

Above: Possibly a Black Falcon (Falco Subniger), possibly something else someone who knows more about birds could tell me.

Below: Possibly a B-2 Bomber (Northrop Grumman Spirit), definitely not a Lockheed F-117 Nighthawk.

 

Airborne Awesomosity

The Boeing and Consolidated Escort Agency

Boeing YB-40 A True Flying Fortress

[image credit – National Air Force Museum]

The need for long range escorts during the early part of World War II lead to some very unusual adoptions of existing aircraft.

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Airborne Awesomosity, Military Surplus

What If The B-29 Had Failed, What Were The Backups?

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Consolidated B-32 Dominator

 

The B-29 Superfortress was the most complex aircraft built during the 40’s; because of this the US Air Force wanted some other aircraft as insurance against its failure.

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Shutdown

Shutdown: Stealthy “D’oh!” Edition

Before RADAR existed, “stealth” had a number of meanings – quieter flight, using terrain as cover, and reducing your visibility to human eyes. The Linke-Hofmann R1 was a WWI-era attempt to make an aircraft partially transparent using Cellon. Unfortunately, the Cellon reflected sunlight, turned yellow due to UV light, and was generally a […]

Military-Grade Awesome, Technostalgia

Khrushchev’s Nuclear-Powered Tupolev – Commie Radiation from Above!

Did the mysterious exploding atomic toaster in space give you the willies (and make you look cross-wise at your nearest lemur)? Well grab your lead vest and a dosimeter – the damn Commies put a nuclear reactor into a Tupolev bomber back in the swinging ’60s! Turn out the lights and put a flashlight under your monitor’s chin and read on for this chilling tale of Cold War insanity.

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