For history buffs and those with an interest in aviation, exploring the technological development and progression that was seen during the years of the World War II can prove to be very rewarding. More advanced aircraft designs, new technology and innovation that resulted in a new breed of designs is one of the hallmarks of this time period and can provide a fascinating subject of study for those who possess an interest in the history of aviation. With plenty of books, publications and Read the rest of this entry »
The Red Baron, whose real name was Manfred Albrecht Freiherr von Richthofen, is probably the most famous fighter pilot in history.
The Red Baron was assigned to the Imperial German Army Air Service in the first world war. He’s credited with 80 combat victories in the air and was a national hero in Germany. He was awarded the Blue Max, which was the highest military honor.
In 1916, Richthofen finally faced British ace fighter Major Lanhoe Hawker. The Red Baron piloted an Albatros D while Hawker flew in Read the rest of this entry »
An airplane needs air flowing over its surfaces to be able to fly. The pilot controls different parts of the airplane to make it climb, descend and turn.
The wings have a different shape on the top and bottom which creates a difference in air pressure over the wing. This is what allows the plane to stay in the air. Toward the end of each wing is a rectangular flap that moves up or down. These are called the ailerons and Read the rest of this entry »
From basic concepts like lift and drag to new materials and computer assisted technologies the world of aerodynamics offers much to be learned. If you are interested in the workings and development of aircraft, or even the history and stories of old ones, understanding more regarding the basic concepts of flight can be a very important step. Further education on the devices and materials in use and their historical counterparts can be most enlightening.
Since the first days of flight, many things have changed. The advances in aeronautics have made traveling the globe as easy as going to the grocery store. Certain fundamental aspects of flight have, and will always, remain the same. One of these constants is Bernoulli’s principle. In a nutshell, Bernoulli’s principle helps explain to us exactly how planes get off the ground, and stay in the air.
The Bernoulli principle can be explained quite simply. If you were to imagine the profile of an aircraft wing, you would notice the top portion of the wing curves Read the rest of this entry »
There is a saying that you are more likely to die on your way to the airport than during air travel. This is due in no small part to the many design improvements that have made flying what it is today. Back in 1903 when the Wright brothers flew their Wright Flyer I with its spruce frame and 12 horsepower engine they probably would not be able to imagine the C5 Galaxy or the Concorde.
The first Read the rest of this entry »
One common misconception is that there is only one gyroscope in an airplane. Gyroscopes maintain a perfect balance so by using these tools pilots can use make certain systems are leveled out when they are unable to see the ground for whatever reason. For the purpose of this article we will talk about the main gyroscope called the artificial horizon.
The artificial horizon is important because it lets a pilot know at what angle the nose of the plane is facing, whether it is down, up or level. It also lets the pilot know the angle of the Read the rest of this entry »
It’s hard to believe that it has been over 100 years since the Wright brothers flew the first airplane, the Wright Flyer I, for 12 seconds and 102 feet into the history books. It was one of the most important inventions of the 20th century and today airplanes are everywhere.
The Wright Flyer I was constructed from lightweight spruce wood and the surface areas where covered using Muslin, which is a loosely woven cotton fabric. For the Read the rest of this entry »
Vertical Take off and Landing Jets have come a long way since they were first proposed in 1948. Initially, most VTOL jets were what are now referred to as “tailsitters”, which meant that the plane would have to physically orient itself so that it’s tail portion was pointed towards the ground to land, and therefore “sitting on its tail”. It was quickly realized that this sort of maneuvering was not exactly practical on a day to day basis though, and the jet industry quickly switched to research on other designs Read the rest of this entry »
Since its inception in the early 20th century, the aircraft carrier has evolved into being one of the biggest deterrents that nations have against military action. New aircraft carriers are run by nuclear power plants and often carry up to 90 aircraft and helicopters. The newest class of American aircraft carrier is the Gerald R. Ford class, which currently has two separate carriers currently under construction, one of which is supposed to join the fleet as early as 2015.Additional information can be found at Read the rest of this entry »