Vacuum Tuubes, courtesy of The Binary Blog
The 1950’s and 60’s were arguably the greatest age of innovation we have seen in the entire course of human history. Pretty much every piece of technology we use today had its start during these two decades, and the concepts and ideas that were developed during […]
This scene should have been repeated for the next twenty years
The 1950s and ’60s were the best of times and the worst of times for the British aerospace industry. They were the best because the country’s engineers were at the top of their game, producing excellent machines like the Vulcan, Canberra, Lightning, and ground-breaking TSR-2. The worst because of the government’s disgraceful and vicious assault on a world-class industry. Continue reading Roto-rooted
The rise of River Run and Pilotwings gave the average youngster a progression from 2-D to 3-D movement, and honed the skills necessary for long distance drone operation. Suppose you wanted to sit in an actual cockpit, practice like a real pilot? In the days of the console flight simulator, that experience was only as far as your local grocery store!
Continue reading What Ever Became of…Console Flight Simulators?
A jet turbine is a carefully engineered piece of rotating machinery, with close tolerances being essential to safe and efficient operation. Many military and civilian applications of turbine engines, however, require operations in sub-optimal conditions. Sand, dust, and even salt water can impinge on the rapidily rotating blades inside the engine and quickly cause severe erosion.
The solution to this problem may surprise you with its simplicity, and yet is a quite effective means of cleaning intake air. Continue reading Like the Sands of Time Through an Hourglass
A couple of weeks ago Techie ran a post showing off a ray traced drawing, and it reminded me of my minimal experience with a program that could ray trace. I decided to make this Self-Serving Saturday, and share this little video tidbit with you all. Continue reading Self-Serving Saturday
Quick, easy, and convenient air travel is something we can still all be thankful for Continue reading Xenu’s Chariot
The gun so awesome, they built a plane to carry it.
Last week’s User Input surrounding propellor-driven aircraft led to one of the best discussions we’ve had on this site. Not only did we have some great nominees, but the discussions around them even forced me to learn a thing or two against […]
Beetle, Medium Rare.
It’s summer, so that means one thing: Barbecues! And mosquitoes. Okay two things. Also bikini babes. So three things. Oh, and sunburns. Four things. Anyhow, that’s not the point. The point is, it’s time for a barbecue. I will be leaving civilization for a few days and heading to the […]
We’re all very proud of our shiny machines and engines that whip us around our neighborhoods, our communities, our countries, and our world. Compared to our history, though, we’ve been using those machines for a very short period of time – only a few hundred years – compared to using beasts of burden who […]
The Pratt & Whitney J58 showing off its shock-waves.
For those of you unfamiliar, please meet the astonishing Pratt & Whitney J58, which may be the most convincing argument in favour of hybrid technology I’ve ever heard. Oh sure, it’s not a hybrid in the boring sense of a Toyota Prius, but strap […]