Plane of the Week: L-39 Albatros

As a nimble jet, the L-39 Albatros trains future pilots and prepares them to use heavier, larger planes in the future.  Air force units and the military utilize the plane for tactical aircraft, as well as a light ground support fighter. Pilots refer to the plane as an aggressive, agile aircraft with speed and maneuverability. [...]

By |September 22nd, 2017|Plane Of The Week|0 Comments

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|0 Comments

Plane of the Week: Blériot XI

Design-wise, this plane was one to look at. It became one of the most copied and iconic aviation designs of all time. Famous pilots made history in their planes, and they opened the doors to many opportunities for England, this being more desirable to some than the Wright biplanes. Flying for the first time on January [...]

By |September 8th, 2017|Plane Of The Week|0 Comments

Plane of the Week: KC-135 Stratotanker

KC-135 Stratotankers serve a crucial role in several areas of the military--their main mission being to refuel long-range military bombers. Four turbofans power the massive machine under swept wings and allow it to carry up to 83,000 pounds of cargo while refueling F-105 and F-4 fighter bombers. The aircraft has been servicing the United States Air [...]

By |September 1st, 2017|Plane Of The Week|0 Comments

Plane of the Week: Pitts Special

These Pitts Sure Don't Stink. For a reliable aerobatic biplane, you can't go wrong with a Pitts Special. Design & Development Curtis Pitts designed this series of light, aerobatic biplanes beginning in 1943-1944. He built his first design, the S1, in 1945. Since then, the Pitts Special (and its derivatives) have dominated the world of [...]

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Plane of the Week: Vega 5B

Designed by Lockheed Aircraft, this Vega monoplane holds a special place in the hearts of many. The record-setting plane was capable of long-ranges and was used in the discovery of jet streams. Design, Development, Operation John Knudsen Northrop, of Northrop Corporation, and Gerard Vultee, of Vultee Aircraft Corporation, designed the Vega in the earlier days [...]

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Plane of the Week: Lockheed C-130 Hercules

The C-130's versatility is second to none. The C-130 Hercules is considered one of history's most important aircraft. It has landed on high air-strips in the Himalaya Mountains, as well as those in the middle of the ocean on ships. Harsh environments are no stranger to this aircraft as it's usually the first plane landing [...]

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Plane of the Week: Lockheed Model 10 Electra

The Making of a Lockheed Signature The Lockheed Model 10 Electra represented a shift in aircraft technology. It was Lockheed's first all-metal, twin-engine monoplane airliner developed in the 1930s to replace the wooden, single-engine Orion. Not only was it a giant leap in airliner technology but it was also a precursor to the future of Lockheed [...]

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Plane of the Week: Grumman FF

Usually, a double “F” is a bad thing, but this Grumman FF fighter biplane was a winner if I ever saw one. Between its bulbous, tear drop-shaped body and its nickname “Fifi,” this plane is sure to capture your hearts—if it hasn’t already. Design and Development The Grumman Aircraft Engineering Corporation was formed in late [...]

By |July 28th, 2017|Plane Of The Week|Comments Off on Plane of the Week: Grumman FF

Plane of the Week: F-16 Fighter Falcon

The Lightweight Fighter Mafia contributed to the F-16 Fighter Falcon design used today. As founding members of the Fighter Mafia, John Boyd and Tom Christie did more than attract controversy by advocating for a new US air combat doctrine. The informal group wanted military reform in one way—do more with less. Boyd made his mark [...]

By |July 20th, 2017|General Aviation, Plane Of The Week|Comments Off on Plane of the Week: F-16 Fighter Falcon