Dec 042012

A bunch of you have indicated you would like to go up to the Hiller with me for another tour. Great. Anytime. Let’s set the date. Being associated with the museum and the terrific staff and bunch of volunteers there is one of the best experiences of my life. Each visit I learn additional things from the exhibits, the staff, the experiences of the retired docents, and often from our very knowledgeable visitors.

The photo above gives you a full sweep of 100 years of mechanized flight. From the earliest open stick and wire biplanes on the right, through slick composite skinned jets and Boeing’s SST, and into the future of aerospace represented by the blue seats to the left. There, each year, hundreds of young people have the opportunity to go through an entire ground school, air traffic control, and virtual flight learning experience.

Another trip up to the Hiller? You bet! Just name the day.

Dec 042012

The flight simulator dome in this picture is some 30 feet in diameter with a 360 degree projection. Soon, Israeli pilots will be able to train for specific tactical attack missions, including dealing with advanced air defenses and night vision, all while “flying” in relation to four other aircraft.

Israel, with its limited air space for training, is now taking flight simulation far beyond developing flying skills. With this new simulator, now under development in Belgium, pilots will be able to greatly increase their skill and confidence for a specific assignment.

The illustration shown is not specifically from this new simulator, but one can get an idea of how it might appear to the trainee. Note also these F-16s, which Israel uses quite extensively, are scooting along close to the ground. Look for a future post regarding new terrain-avoidance technologies. Also look for a post about the highly modified F-16I.

****And then there is that 30 feet diameter dome pictured above. It reminded me of a popular program of the late 60’s. Can you guess which one? Here, I’ll help you. The following are signs that were visible at various times during the program. They are the VILLAGE MAXIMS ( The first one is a personal favorite):

“Questions are a burden to others; answers a prison for oneself”

“Humour (the British spelling is another clue) is the essential ingredient of a democratic society.”

“A still tongue makes a happy life.” and

“Of the people, By the people, For the people.”

And of course there was “Rover”, here seen about to met out some very unpleasant punishment on our erstwhile hero.

OK, in honor of the Concourse Auto Show being in town, here is another clue. You of course will recognize a Lotus 7, another personal favorite. Who is the Character and the actor?

That was fun. Well, as they say in The Village, “Be seeing you.”

THE PRISONER episodes are available on this AMCTV link. Very high quality. A word of warning, though. After you have watched a few episodes, the theme music will stick in your head just like that old “Plop, Plop, Fizz, Fizz, Oh what a relief it is” jingle used  to do.

Oh, I’m sorry, did I get that spinning in your head again, too?    😉

Dec 042012

There has been much controversy of late about possible redundancy regards developing a second engine for the F-35B. Through the magic of photo shop the secrets behind that system of propulsion can now be revealed. It would appear to be the same concept being applied to our current economic situation, which begs the question, “Will it fly?”

Dec 042012

It would seem that not only are Iranian UAVs of a sophisticated design, they could well pose the threat of a cruise-missile like weapons delivery system.

Below are excerpts and link.

The commander highlighted the growing applications of UAVs in Iran’s armed forces, and announced that the Air Force command headquarters plans to form a command-and-control center for UAVs.

The two hi-tech drones named ‘Ra’d’ (Thunder) and ‘Nazir’ (Harbinger) are capable of conducting long-range reconnaissance, patrolling, assault and bombing missions with high precision.

Fars News Agency :: Iranian Air Force to Deploy UAVs along Borders.