Best photographs of 2014

Night sky photos on Space.com

Israeli Defense Forces

AVweb

Smithsonian Air and Space

Aviation Week & Space Technology annual photo contest

Code One (Lockheed Martin)

US Air Force to close three bases in the United Kingdom

The US Air Force that us oldsters remember continues to shrink. RAF Mildenhall, RAF Alconbury and RAF Molesworth will all close.

Redesigning Santa’s Sleigh for Aerodynamic Efficiency

A little late for Christmas but still amusing.

http://www.popsci.com/why-santas-sleigh-poorly-designed-aerodynamic-efficiency

Flying a Jet in the Los Angeles Storms, December 12, 2014.

An excellent view into a professional aircrew at work.

The JetHead Blog

“That’s some catch, that Catch-22.” –Captain Yossarian, Catch-22

Here’s the deal, captain: you’re flying a 65 ton jet into Orange County airport, the famously short 5,700 foot runway. The stopping distance required there is increased drastically if that runway is wet–and yesterday, “wet” was an understatement: Los Angeles was drenched in a ten-year storm dumping inches of rain in a matter of hours.

And here’s the catch: you want to have the least amount of fuel–which is weight–on board for landing to permit stopping on the short, rain-slicked runway, but at the same time, as much as possible for a divert if necessary to Los Angeles International Airport or to Ontario Airport, both of which have long runways.

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But it gets worse. The best bet for a diversion is Ontario, because the inbound air traffic is light compared to always busy LAX. But you’ve been watching on radar two thunderstorms…

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