Here’s Why Pilots Say “Roger That”

Communication is key, especially in aviation. It can be used to warn someone of danger and achieve goals as a team. It can also be used to help avoid huge disasters and call for help in dire circumstances. If you’ve ever seen a military-related movie or television show, you may have noticed pilots talking over [...]

By |February 12th, 2018|Aviation History|0 Comments

Plane of the Week: Saab 35 Draken

In 1955, the Swedish Air Force (Flygvapnet) introduced the first supersonic plane to Western Europe--the Saab 35 Draken. The highly-adaptable plane was initially produced for interceptive duties and took to the sky for the first time in 1955 before joining the Swedish Air Force in 1960. Saab manufactured 651 of the aircraft between 1955 and 1974. [...]

By |January 26th, 2018|Plane Of The Week|0 Comments

The Everett Factory and the Rise of the Boeing 747

Labor Day marks the unofficial end to summer and is one of the busiest times to travel. As you gaze out onto the tarmac at the massive Boeing 747 you're going to board, take a moment to reflect on the wonder of the man-made flying machine and how it's about to carry over 500 people [...]

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Model Planes: The Gateway to Aviation for All Ages

Model airplanes allow children and adults to get up-close and personal with aviation without becoming a pilot or buying a plane ticket. Models made to scale can mark the beginning of a journey into aviation through its history and fascinating stories associated with real life versions of a plane. Assembling model airplanes requires patience, skill, [...]

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How to Bring Your Love of Aviation Into Your Home

Fill your life with what you love  If you consider yourself an avgeek, you probably love all things aviation. I mean, that’s why you read The Flight Blog, right? To immerse yourself in the wonderful world of aviation and its rich history. Given the chance, I’m sure you’d much rather be up in the air [...]

By |May 22nd, 2017|General Aviation|Comments Off on How to Bring Your Love of Aviation Into Your Home

Plane of the Week: Grumman F8F Bearcat

The bearcat, also known as the binturong, is a viverrine mammal from Southeast Asia—it is closely related to neither bears nor cats. The Grumman F8F Bearcat, on the other hand, is a single-engine carrier-based fighter aircraft that was introduced late into WWII. The Bearcat aircraft concept was conceived when Battle of Midway veteran F4F Wildcat [...]

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Plane of the Week: Santa’s SN-TA XG2 Sleigh

The stockings were hung by the chimney with care, in the hopes that Saint Nick soon would be there… in his totally incredible flying machine!!!  Powered by the tug of nine magic reindeer, one with a shiny red nose. Coated In pearlescent red high-gloss special edition paint, Santa’s sleigh is sure to turn heads while [...]

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Plane of the Week: Wright Flyer

  When it comes to aviation, I can’t help but think of Orville and Wilbur Wright. After all, they paved the way for aviation as it exists today. Without their historic flight on December 17th, 1903, who’s to say where aviation would currently be. The Wright Brothers achieved this feat using their “Wright Flyer” aircraft, which [...]

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The Berlin Airlift: Spirit of Freedom

The Berlin Airlift Historical Foundation Keeps the Spirit Alive In 1988, one pilot founded The Berlin Airlift Historical Foundation with the goal of preserving the memory and legacy of "the greatest humanitarian and aviation event in history": The Berlin Airlift. At the end of WWII, a defeated Germany was divided into four sectors [...]

By |July 21st, 2016|Aviation History|Comments Off on The Berlin Airlift: Spirit of Freedom

Solar Powered Plane Completes US Crossing

Solar Powered! In a bid for what is planned to be the first round-the-world solar flight, Swiss adventurer, Andre Borchberg landed an experimental solar powered aircraft at New York's JFK airport on Saturday after taking off from Lehigh Valley International Airport nearly 5 hours earlier. Solar Impulse 2 arrived at roughly 4am eastern time after a beautiful flyby [...]

By |June 13th, 2016|Aviation News|Comments Off on Solar Powered Plane Completes US Crossing