Very VERY small airplanes

Israel Aircraft Industries is developing an butterfly-sized UAV.

One month until EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2012!

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Ocean scientist Norman Kuring of NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center pieced together this composite image of Europe, Asia, North Africa, and the entire Arctic. It was compiled from 15 satellite passes made by Suomi-NPP on May 26, 2012.

Photo of the week

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B-25 at the Kansas City Airshow, 2007. Photo taken by Kenneth P. Katz.

An informative blog about air transport

I discovered Leeham News and Comment and it’s really excellent.

50th anniversary of the last B-52 to roll off the assembly line

Fifty years ago today, the last B-52 (B-52H 61-040) rolled off the Boeing assembly line in Wichita, Kansas. That airplane is still in frontline duty today.

Visualizing the spatial scale of creation, from the sub-atomic to the entire universe

Wow! An outstanding visualization by Cary and Michael Huang.

NRO spysat launched

A United Launch Alliance (ULA) Atlas V rocket has successfully launched the NROL-38 spysat into orbit. More details are in the NRO and ULA press releases.

Shenzhou-9 spacecraft docks with Tiangong-1 space station

The Shenzhou-9 spacecraft has docked with Tiangong-1 space station, achieving a major milestone for the Chinese space program. More information can be found here here, here, and here.

Senior Airman Mark Forester – American hero

Senior Airman Mark Forester, USAF was posthumously decorated with the Silver Star for gallantry in action in Afghanistan.

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This image was taken on Senior Airman Mark Forester’s camera the same day he and Army Sgt. First Class Calvin Harrison, (pictured to the left) were killed. Forester was awarded the Silver Star posthumously for leading the team to rescue his fallen comrade, Harrison. Forester was fatally shot by enemy sniper fire in the rescue attempt during the battle Sept. 29, 2010 in Uruzgan Province, Afghanistan.