The B-52: From Strategic Bomber to Hairstyle to American New Wave Band

The Boeing B-52 Stratofortress was—and continues to be—a major contributor to the United States military, as well as allied forces. Introduced in February 1955, this heavy bomber has since undergone six decades of operational service and continuous upgrades, including upgrades to payload and offensive avionics system. Despite 60 years’ worth of changes, one thing has [...]

By |February 14th, 2018|General Aviation|0 Comments

How Are Aircraft Engines Tested?

Aircraft engine testing, especially on commercial flights, is top-priority to ensure safety for everyone on board. According to the FAA, more than 42,000 flights and 2,587,000 passengers traveled in the United States in 2016. Seeing exactly how many people rely on commercial aircraft for domestic transportation further emphasizes the importance of engine testing. All Weather [...]

By |February 5th, 2018|Technology|0 Comments

5 Places Every Aviation Enthusiast Should Visit

The United States is home to some of the world's best aviation museums. Whether you were a fighter jet pilot, are a commercial pilot, or are working towards becoming a private pilot, you'll enjoy these aviation attractions. Passengers, engineers, and aeronautic geeks will also marvel at the history of flight. Each attraction has its own [...]

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Plane of the Week: Boeing C-40 Clipper

Boeing is an iconic company that produces equally iconic aircraft. One of these includes the Boeing C-40 Clipper, the military version of the Boeing 737. This aircraft came from a military need for logistics support and these aircraft are still in service today. Identifying a Need The C-40A, also known as the C-40 Clipper, is [...]

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Airport Hotels: Conveniently Luxurious

Hilton Hotels and Resorts symbolize the transformation of full-service luxury hotels. Ever since Conrad Hilton opened his first hotel in Waco, Texas in 1927, the company has in some ways set a standard in the hospitality business. Hilton is credited with several firsts in the industry including the first hotel in the world to install [...]

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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 [...]

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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 [...]

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Plane of the Week: Boeing-737

In 1967, the Boeing-737 took its first flight. The narrow-bodied business jet was one of the most popular commercial airliners. The 737 series is the best-selling commercial plane in history. Lufthansa acted as the first company to use the plane commercially and over time other airlines ordered it. The most use came from airliners such as [...]

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Boeing to Test Turbulence-Detecting Lasers on Commercial Flights

Boeing equipped its long-range 777 with a laser to discover turbulence before coming in contact with it. If the laser proves efficient, the plane, crew, and any passengers on board will be saved from a rough ride. Troublesome Turbulence Photo Credit: CBC News | Technology and Science, Ted S. Warren In-flight turbulence is [...]

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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 [...]

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