F-111 Crew Escape Module Development

Video report by McDonnell Aircraft, 1965 or so.


Book review – Operation Pointblank 1944: Defeating the Luftwaffe

Operation Pointblank 1944: Defeating the Luftwaffe (Campaign 236)
Steven J. Zaloga
Osprey Publishing

What it’s about:

The decisive American air campaign to achieve air supporiority over Europe during World War II. This books is an analytical study at the strategic and operational levels of warfare. It’s not a book about airplanes, pilots and “there I was” accounts of aerial combat.

What I liked about the book:

  • Analytical approach.
  • Provides a thorough understanding of the strategic impact of the campaign on the conduct of the war.
  • Color maps of several significant USAAF Eight Air Force bombing raids.

What could have been done better:

  • Nothing that I can think of.


A superb book.


5 stars out of a possible 5.

Not another dumb jock

NCAA Division 1 football players are not renowned for their academic prowess. But that generalization doesn’t apply to University of Tennesseee quarterback Josh Dobbs, who is an aspiring aerospace engineer.

Lockheed Martin’s Mach 6 concept

Lockheed Martin has revealed its concept for a Mach 6 aircraft that it has dubbed the SR-72. Guy Norris of Aviation Week & Space Technology has analyzed this development.


Spectacular aerial view of Niagra Falls from an unmanned helicopter

Watch in 1080p HD for best quality. H/t to Mitch Baxter for bringing this video to my attention.

A-10 weapons training at Nellis AFB

Video by Airman 1st Class Rachel Maxwell & William Lewis, 99th Air Base Wing Public Affairs, by way of the AIRBOYD channel on YouTube.

Spitfire 944

In 2005, an 83 year-old World War II pilot is surprised to see 16mm footage of his 1944 Spitfire crash for the first time.