Solar Impulse 2 has landed in Hawaii

Solar Impulse 2 has landed in Hawaii after a 4 day 22 hour flight from Japan.

Progress 60 supply mission to ISS

After the failure of Progress, Cygnus/Antares and Falcon 9/Dragon resupply missions to ISS, Progress 60 successfully launched at 12:55 AM EDT today to bring supplies to the ISS.

New Horizons on final approach to Pluto

Ponder the title of this post” “New Horizons on final approach to Pluto”. Wow! The spacecraft has made its final course correction burn and the flyby will be on July 14, 2015.

Image credit: NASA/Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory/Southwest Research Institute

Bell 525 Relentless first flight

The Bell Helicopter 525 Relentless had its first flight on July 1, 2015. The pilots were Jeff Greenwood and Troy Caudill. The 525 is a twin-engine (General Electric CT7-2F1), fly-by-wire aircraft with an ARC Horizon flight deck based on the Garmin 5000H avionics system. It is designed for missions such as oil and gas, corporate, search and rescue, EMS, and firefighting.

Image credit: Bell Helicopter

Image credit: Bell Helicopter

The aviation photography of Nir Ben Yosef

One of the finest aviation photographers today is Nir Ben-Yosef, whose primary focus is the Israel Air Force. Check out his on-line gallery.

Akin’s Laws of Spacecraft Design

There’s a lot of wisdom in these laws, learned the hard way and at great cost.

Retirements: EA-6B Prowler and QF-4 Phantom II

The Grumman (now Northrop Grumman) EA-6B Prowler, which entered service in 1971, has retired from operational US Navy service. It still remains in service with the US Marine Corps. Ottosen Photography has a nice article on its website about the EA-6B and its retirement.

An EA-6B Prowler attached to VAQ-134 lands aboard the aircraft carrier USS George H.W. Bush (CVN 77) after conducting strike missions against ISIL targets. Image credit: U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Brian Stephens/Released)

An EA-6B Prowler attached to VAQ-134 lands aboard the aircraft carrier USS George H.W. Bush (CVN 77) after conducting strike missions against ISIL targets.
Image credit: U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Brian Stephens

The QF-4 full scale aerial target is retiring from service in the 82nd Aerial Targets Squadron at Tyndall AFB. It will remain in service with Detachment 1 of that unit for a short while longer at Holloman AFB, and when retired there, the era of F-4 Phantom flight operations in the American military will come to an end.

The final, of 314, QF-4s produced since 1998 landed at Tyndall Air Force Base, Fla. Nov. 19. It will be used as an unmanned-full-scale-aerial target during training exercises. Image credit: U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Christopher Reel

The final, of 314, QF-4s produced since 1998 landed at Tyndall Air Force Base, Fla. Nov. 19, 2013.
Image credit: Senior Airman Christopher Reel

The 82nd Aerial Target Squadron's last QF-4 Phantom takes off from the runway May 27 marking the end of almost 20 years of its use at Tyndall.  Image credit: Senior Airman Alex Echols

The 82nd Aerial Target Squadron’s last QF-4 Phantom takes off from the runway May 27, 2015 marking the end of almost 20 years of its use at Tyndall.
Image credit: Senior Airman Alex Echols

Solar Impulse flies across the Pacific to Hawaii

Solar Impulse, the solar powered aircraft attempting an around-the-world flight, is currently over the Pacific Ocean, flying from Nagoya, Japan to Hawaii. As I type, it has been aloft for 2 days, 9 hours, 14 minutes. The pilot for this leg is André Borschberg.

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SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket fails on ascent; CRS-7 mission is a failure

The SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket carrying a Dragon resupply vehicle for the International Space Station failed today on ascent.

Dragon and Falcon 9 ready for launch on CRS-7 mission Image credit: SpaceX

Dragon and Falcon 9 ready for launch on CRS-7 mission
Image credit: SpaceX

B-29 and SB2C at KBDL

Each the only flyable aircraft of their type in existence, both the B-29 and the SB2C-5 arrived yesterday at Bradley International Airport. The aircraft are owned by the Commemorative Air Force and the visit is hosted by the New England Air Musuem.

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