About Sarah Simonovich

Sarah is a content writer and social media assistant with a BA in literature/creative writing from Wilkes University. While she lives in Northeastern Pennsylvania, her heart is in New England. Currently her biggest travel achievement has been (accidently) getting up close and personal with 3 moose in Baxter State park. When she’s not at work writing and drinking coffee, you can find her hanging out with her dog.

Plane of the Week: F/A-18 Super Hornet

The Boeing F/A-18 Super Hornet is not to be confused with the McDonnell Douglas F/A-18 Hornet—although the former was based on the latter. This hornet is super   This twin-engine, supersonic, all-weather multirole fighter jet is capable of landing and taking off from an aircraft carrier. What is perhaps the most impressive feat [...]

By |November 17th, 2017|Plane Of The Week|0 Comments

Aviation Grease: A Critical Component for Maintaining Airworthiness

You might say that grease is the unsung hero of the aviation world. Sure, fuels and engine oils get you up in the air (and pilot skills keep you up), but it’s the lubricants that help keep everything running smoothly. Using grease is important for keeping your plane in perfect flying order. But what exactly [...]

By |November 6th, 2017|General Aviation|0 Comments

The Story of the B-17 “Swamp Ghost”

Papua New Guinea has seen its share of plane crashes, as well as its share of war buffs hunting for “warbird” wrecks. But of all the downed planes scattered throughout the mountainous rainforests and jungle terrain, the fabled “Swamp Ghost” remains the most legendary. For 64 years, this downed B-17 Flying Fortress rested intact among [...]

By |October 30th, 2017|General Aviation|0 Comments

Plane of the Week: Lockheed L-1011 TriStar

While the Lockheed L-1011 TriStar’s lifetime was incredibly short, it was not without fanfare. This medium-to-long-range, wide-body trijet airliner was the most technologically advanced commercial jet when it was finally delivered in April 1972. Six years of design work and unforeseen setbacks made sure of it. This aircraft’s development was meant to rival the Boeing [...]

By |October 27th, 2017|Plane Of The Week|0 Comments

The Mystery of the Goodyear Ghost Blimp

Between 1942 and 1945, the U.S. Navy received more than 150 airships for the war effort. The military used these blimps, produced by the Goodyear Corporation, as convoy escort vessels. The Navy used them to spot enemy submarines and drop depth charges on those they encountered. But of all the airships utilized during World War [...]

By |October 18th, 2017|Aviation History, General Aviation|Comments Off on The Mystery of the Goodyear Ghost Blimp

The Famous Douglas DC-3 Wreck on Sólheimasandur Beach

The Douglas DC-3 is one of the most significant transport aircraft ever made. Since its introduction in the 1930s, the DC-3 completely revolutionized air transport in the 1930s and 40s and had a lasting effect on both the airline industry and World War II. So why would such a significant aircraft—a symbol of the golden [...]

By |October 9th, 2017|General Aviation|Comments Off on The Famous Douglas DC-3 Wreck on Sólheimasandur Beach

Plane of the Week: Fairchild Republic A-10 Thunderbolt II

It may be slow, it may be simple, and it may be ugly, but this little piggy is tough as nails. If this warthog could talk, it might say “no worries.” Because even though the A-10 Thunderbolt II is old and ugly, it is most definitely still effective. But the question the military keeps asking [...]

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The Conspiracy Theories Behind the Denver International Airport

From underground bunkers, aliens, apocalyptic art, and Nazi runways, there’s no way the internet doesn’t find this airport weird. The Denver International Airport (DIA or IATA: DEN) isn’t your typical airport. At 33,531 acres, it is the largest airport in the US (by total land area). It is also the sixth busiest airport in the [...]

By |September 27th, 2017|General Aviation|Comments Off on The Conspiracy Theories Behind the Denver International Airport

Pilot Encounters with UFOs

Do You Want to Believe? Planes aren’t always the only things flying in the sky. We’ve got helicopters, blimps, weather balloons, lost kites… and every once in a while, some eye spies something that’s not so easily identifiable. These are known as UFOs: unidentified flying objects. For some, UFOs are as American as baseball, apple [...]

By |September 18th, 2017|Aviation History, General Aviation|Comments Off on Pilot Encounters with UFOs

Plane of the Week: Messerschmitt Me 262

The World's First Operational Jet Fighter   While the design for the Messerschmitt Me 262 began pre-World War II, it didn't reach operational status with the Luftwaffe until mid-1944. Even then, only small numbers of Me 262s actually appeared in combat. Design and Development Several years before the onset of WWII, Germans saw the potential for [...]

By |September 15th, 2017|Plane Of The Week|Comments Off on Plane of the Week: Messerschmitt Me 262