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Who Watches the Watchers?

Posted by on May 31, 2017 in Featured, Weird & Wonderful | 0 comments

Have you ever noticed that pilots, who are pretty stylish as a rule (see – bomber jackets, aviators, jumpsuits and Tom Cruise) sport some seriously technical looking watches, often on a day-to-day basis?

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AERO Friedrichshafen 2016

Posted by on Jun 30, 2016 in Featured, Weird & Wonderful | 0 comments

AERO Friedrichshafen is now held annually rather than every two years. The 2016 show saw a whopping increase in stands, displays and traffic – air and foot!

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Best Seat in the House

Posted by on May 31, 2016 in Featured, Weird & Wonderful | 1 comment

In the early months of 1972, NASA and the Cape started final preparations for the penultimate Apollo mission – Apollo 16.

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Time To Remember

Posted by on Apr 1, 2016 in Featured, Weird & Wonderful | 0 comments

When he first opened his workshop in Saint-Imier, Switzerland in 1884, Leon Breitling started out on a journey marked by the high demands of an exclusive industry.

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Pilgrimage to Oshkosh

Posted by on Aug 30, 2015 in Featured, Weird & Wonderful | 0 comments

Where can you experience flying demonstrations of an F35, Airbus 350, Harrier Jump Jet, together with veteran aircraft in huge numbers and a re-creation of the Pearl Harbor attack, all in the one day? Oshkosh EAA Airventure 2015!

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I Have a Drone

Posted by on Aug 30, 2015 in Featured, Weird & Wonderful | 0 comments

Unmanned aerial vehicles have been copping the wrath of many in the aviation industry lately, but the reality is, they’re here to stay. Aviator takes a look at a concept that has the potential to push the envelope of human imagination.

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Skydive!

Posted by on Jun 29, 2015 in Featured, Weird & Wonderful | 0 comments

Flying a skydive plane might look like a routine exercise from the ground but it’s not until you actually fly a jump sortie that you realise how complicated it is.

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The Innovator

Posted by on Feb 2, 2015 in Featured, Weird & Wonderful | 1 comment

With a second child on the way and the spare cash tin suddenly empty, Bevan Anderson’s wife Rochelle told him that if he wanted to continue flying, he needed to find an income stream to fund his “very expensive hobby”. So he created AvPlan...

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The Anti-Apartheid Mission

Posted by on Oct 31, 2014 in Featured, Weird & Wonderful | 0 comments

In 1981 the Springboks’ visit to New Zealand caused mayhem in the streets - protesters clashed with riot police and used a Cessna aeroplane to strafe Eden Park and to drop flour bombs during the third and final test match in Auckland.

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A Day in the Life of an Airshow Pilot

Posted by on Mar 3, 2014 in Featured, Weird & Wonderful | 0 comments

It seems that just about everybody, young and old, enjoys the spectacle of airshow flying. But what goes on behind the scenes in the lead-up to those 12 minutes of aerial ballet?

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Jetman

Posted by on Jan 31, 2014 in Featured, Weird & Wonderful | 0 comments

In 2006, former fighter pilot and Boeing 747 captain, Yves Rossy (now better known as Jetman) became the first man in aviation history to fly with a jet-propelled wing

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Sleek Machines

Posted by on Nov 4, 2013 in Featured, Weird & Wonderful | 0 comments

There’s an old saying in aviation, attributed to Marcel Dassault: “For a plane to fly well, it must be beautiful.” Nicole Murrell seeks to define beauty in some of her favourite aircraft.

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Watch in History

Posted by on Nov 4, 2013 in Featured, Weird & Wonderful | 0 comments

For five generations, Breitling has stood for aviation and through its quality, the brand rapidly gained favour among aviation pioneers in need of reliable and accurate instruments. Thanks to these chronographs, Breitling became an integral partner in the conquest of the skies.

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Qantas 747-400: Record Breaker

Posted by on Oct 2, 2013 in Featured, Weird & Wonderful | 0 comments

In 1989, the delivery flight of Qantas' first Boeing 747-438, VH-OJA “City of Canberra”, presented the airline with an opportunity to claim the record for the first ever non-stop civil flight between England and Australia.

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Flying SpaceshipOne

Posted by on Aug 1, 2013 in Featured, Weird & Wonderful | 0 comments

My first flight in SpaceShipOne was a gliding drop from 50,000 feet and it was a real eye opener.

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Mystery Plane

Posted by on Jun 1, 2013 in Featured, Weird & Wonderful | 0 comments

The Rockwell X-30 was an attempt to create a viable single stage to orbit spacecraft. The project was cancelled prior to the first craft being built.

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Failure to Launch

Posted by on Apr 30, 2013 in Featured, Weird & Wonderful | 1 comment

The A700 AdamJet promised to revolutionise the Very Light Jet class - unfortunately the leader of the VLJ revolution ultimately fell on its own sword.

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Strut Your Stuff

Posted by on Apr 2, 2013 in Featured, Weird & Wonderful | 0 comments

What does a pilot with a wee case of acrophobia do about curbing his fear of heights? He agrees to do a wing walk atop a Boeing Stearman....

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Passing the First Test

Posted by on Feb 1, 2013 in Featured, Weird & Wonderful | 0 comments

Former US Navy fighter ace Bill Bridgeman saw action in the Pacific during World War Two and eventually became a test pilot for Douglas Aircraft.

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The Lonely Sky

Posted by on Dec 5, 2012 in Featured, Weird & Wonderful | 0 comments

This is the story of an experimental high-speed aeroplane and the test pilot who flew it.

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The Bristol Brabazon

Posted by on Oct 2, 2012 in Featured, Weird & Wonderful | 0 comments

Seeking a large, luxurious transatlantic airliner, the government eventually endorsed the Bristol Brabazon, a huge propeller-driven aeroplane designed by the Bristol Aeroplane Company.

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Supersonic Sideliner

Posted by on Aug 1, 2012 in Featured, Weird & Wonderful | 0 comments

Can you imagine a supersonic aircraft flying in Qantas livery? Well, that could have been the case during the 1970s after the flying kangaroo ordered six Boeing 2707 supersonic transports (SSTs), the American version of the Concorde.

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World’s Largest Aircraft: Giant Russian K-7 Flying Fortress

Posted by on Jul 19, 2012 in Weird & Wonderful | 2 comments

As many as 12 gunner positions, which included an electric cart running along the tail booms to transport gunners to two tail machine guns.

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Easyjet to Test Greener Electric Taxiing

Posted by on Jul 19, 2012 in Weird & Wonderful | 0 comments

UK-based bargain airline easyJet is supporting the development of an electric taxiing system in a bid to cut its fuel consumption and to enhance its environmental credibility.

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Unmanned Chopper Makes First Combat Flight

Posted by on Jul 19, 2012 in Weird & Wonderful | 0 comments

the unmanned aircraft is a modified K-MAX intermeshing rotor helicopter with the ability to lift a payload of over 2,721 kg

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Honda Jet Lifts Off

Posted by on Jul 19, 2012 in Weird & Wonderful | 0 comments

After nearly fifteen years in development, HondaJet is still claimed to be the most advanced light business jet aircraft, offering advantages in performance, comfort, quality and efficiency.

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