Posts Tagged ‘flight’

Meet Cora

March 16, 2018

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Flight through the Orion Nebula

January 15, 2018

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Black Hawk Rescue

October 27, 2015

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The Black Hawk in the video is operating, in my opinion, at the edge of its capabilities because of the less dense air at 14,000 feet. Notice how it kind of bobbles up and down as it nears the injured man. During a flight many years ago in my Cessna 172 I took off from Colorado’s Front Range airport just east of Denver and had to make a sharp turn after take-off to stay on my Loran’s navigational beacon (before the days of GPS). It was summer and in addition to the altitude the air was also less dense from the heat. I was a bit heavy, but within safety limits, from the camping gear on board (just finished three days of camping with my son in the mountains). The mushy control seen in the bobbles of the helicopter is something I experienced in the above turn after take-off. That spooky partial loss of control startled me so much it has stayed with me for over 50 years. My hat is off to the awesome flying skills of the helicopter pilot.

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Imperial Eagle flight

May 3, 2015

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Electric Helicopter: First manned flight

December 12, 2011

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The miraculous flight

June 24, 2011

Thanks to Dennis V for the following link. It is interesting to listen to the radio transmissions and to see the airspeed, altitude and attitude of the plane during the miraculous flight. For those not flight savvy any airplane has a stall speed. My small Cessna stalled (fell out of the air) at about 58 MPH and many airliners stall around 120 MPH. During the simulated flight you can simultaneously watch (a pilot keenly watches it during landing) airspeed and altitude. With no engine thrust altitude is “airspeed in the bank” in other works you can easily swap altitude for airspeed and vice versa. The trick is not to run out of airspeed before you touch down at a pre-determined point thus landing is the trickiest part of flying. Check out the below link I think you will enjoy it.

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History of Flight

May 2, 2011

 

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Bad Karma

April 14, 2011


Thanks to Don B for the above image

The Art of Flight

February 28, 2011

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How computer glitches can impact your flight

December 1, 2010

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