NTSB findings on the fatal mishap at the 2011 National Championship Air Races in Reno

The root cause of one of the worst general aviation mishaps has been determined to be untested modifications leading to catastrophic failure, according to the NTSB. Here is the link to the NTSB docket.


Photo of the week

NASA’s Cassini spacecraft has returned a stunning image.

The Sikorsky Entrepreneurial Challenge

Do you have a breakthrough concept for flight and are looking for sponsorship? Check this out.

More on Neil Armstrong

An EAA obituary for Armstrong, who was an EAA member.

Armstrong’s talk at EAA AirVenture in 2003.

A blog post by Guy Norris on AW&ST’s website.

Armstrong’s talk to the Society of Experimental Test Pilots.

Neil A. Armstrong, RIP

The man who commanded the greatest flight in history, and one of the milestones of human history, died today.

Neil Armstrong was a lot more than the person who was fortunate to win the Apollo crew scheduling lottery, and thereby become the person who piloted the lunar module Eagle on the first manned lunar landing and the first to leave a footprint in the lunar regolith. He was an Eagle Scout, a Korea War hero, and an excellent research pilot and aerospace engineer whose contributions to the field would have been notable had he never flown in space. His superb skills were demonstrated during the Gemini 8 mission, when he narrowly averted disaster in what might have been America’s first fatal space flight. His contributions to the Apollo program as an engineer were significant.

After his historic mission and for the remainder of his life, he conducted himself with modesty and reserve, a true gentleman in a culture that increasingly rewards the loud, vulgar buffoon. His life had its share of problems, including the tragic death of his 2-year-old daughter in 1962. But through everything, he was a class act.

Armstrong’s authorized biography is a superb book to learn more about this great man.

It’s a beautifully clear night in western Massachusetts and the moon hangs high overhead. Go outside and take a look at it, in honor of Neil Armstrong.

Next up for Mars: Insight

NASA has selected a new Mars mission, to drill within the Martian crust.


X-51A flight #3 fails

The third X-51A flight failed.


How Curiosity’s entry, descent and landing technique evolved

The inside scoop from NASA.

Photo of the week


KC-135R, 190th Air Refueling Wing, Kansas Air National Guard, Forbes ANGB, Topeka, Kansas. Photo by Kenneth P. Katz.

Warbird Alley

Warbird Alley is a outstanding online resource about historical military aircraft, focusing on flyable aircraft now in private hands.