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

Scott Fancher, head of the 787 Dreamliner program, said Boeing was first aware of the horizontal stabilizer issue last week, but it didn’t escalate into an issue affecting flight tests until Thursday morning. The company said that the problem involves improper installation of small, composite pieces called “shims” where the horizontal stabilizers.

Boeing: ‘Very Disappointed’ With 787 Problem –

Dec 042012

C-130 Hercules

“That airplane stopped right opposite the captain’s bridge,” recalled Flock. “There was cheering and laughing. There on the side of the fuselage, a big sign had been painted on that said, “LOOK MA, NO HOOK.”

Altogether, the crew successfully negotiated 29 touch-and-go landings, 21 unarrested full-stop landings, and 21 unassisted takeoffs at gross weights of 85,000 pounds up to 121,000 pounds. At 85,000 pounds, the KC-130F came to a complete stop within 267 feet, about twice the aircraft’s wing span! The Navy was delighted to discover that even with a maximum payload, the plane used only 745 feet for takeoff and 460 feet for landing roll.

(Thanks to Deryl Moses for this forwarding.)

Rear Admiral James H. Flatley, III (Ret).

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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.