Video: KC-135R refuels a B-52H

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Three Space Telescopes Team Up On M81 (Bode’s Galaxy)

Russian ballistic missiles

This website has some nice 3D interactive models of Russian ballistic missiles.

Source: US. Department of Defense

 

Good grief!

From the annals of buffoonery, a controller at ATL told a Delta pilot who was landing to go around as a “joke”.

I’m a big fan of air traffic controllers, who in my experience are skilled professionals. This outlier needs to get the boot.

NASA documentary from the 1960s about Lunar Orbiter program

Photo of the week

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A Douglas C-47 Skytrain, known as Whiskey 7, flies alongside a C-130J Super Hercules, May 30, 2014, over Germany. The C-47 came to Ramstein Air Force Base, Germany, for a week to participate in base activities with its legacy unit, the 37th Airlift Squadron, before returning to Normandy to recreate its historical role from World War II and drop paratroopers over the original drop zone in Sainte-Mere Eglise, France. Image credit: Staff Sgt. Sara Keller/U. S. Air Force

First flight for Solar Impulse 2

Solar Impulse 2, the solar aircraft from the team of Bertrand Piccard and André Borschberg, completed its first flight on June 2, departing from the Payerne aerodrome in Switzerland. The pilot was Marcus Scherdel.

If all goes according to plan, Solar Impulse 2 will attempt the first non-stop solar-powered flight around the world in 2015.

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Image credit: Solar Impulse

Book review – Bf 110 vs Lancaster 1942-45

Bf 110 vs Lancaster 1942-45 (Duel 51)
Robert Forczyk
Osprey Publishing
2013

What it’s about:

The RAF Bomber Command night offensive against Germany, focusing on the primary British bomber (Lancaster) and a key German night fighter (Bf 110).

What I liked about the book:

Excellent coverage of the machines, the technology, the people, the battles and the “big picture”.
Superb illustrations.
Good photographs.

What could have been done better:

Nothing comes to mind.

Summary:

This book is what we have come to expect from Osprey: a consistent format, well executed in every way, at an affordable price.

Rating:

5 stars out of a possible 5.

Operation Overlord – 70 years later

This June 6 marked the 70th anniversary of Operation Overlord, the Allied invasion in Normandy, France. While the troops on the beaches and later in the bocage naturally get the most attention, the invasion never would have been possible without a massive air effort.

P-47 pilot Hal Shook describes the combat missions he flew on D-Day as commander of the 506th Fighter Squadron.

To reduce fratricide, Allied aircraft supporting the invasion were marked with prominent “invasion stripes“.

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Lockheed F-5 (reconnaissance variant of the P-38 Lightning) with invasion stripes Imager credit: US Army Air Force via Wikipedia

 

Bad day for naval aviation

AV-8B crash

TH-57 crash

F/A-18E crash