Amusing typo

Flew on American Airlines yesterday and today.

The plane both ways was an Airbus A319, a smallish but perfectly nice plane. It had a really fancy infotainment system built into the back of the seats, and I enjoyed following the flight with this view selected:

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but there was something bugging me about one of the menus, so on the return flight (where an hour ground delay once we loaded up gave me some time to actually look) I found what had been making something in my brain itch:

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I sent this to @AmericanAir while waiting for the plane to park (their people-less parking system apparently doesn’t work in rain), and they were nice with the response:

Good for AA for having SoMe savvy people around!

Craig Breedlove land speed project – Autoweek

Craig Breedlove land speed project – Autoweek.

 

Cool project. My brother, the AerospaceGenius, is interviewed.

 

They need one of these crowdsource funding thingos.

Navy Matters: A-10 Scrapping Justification Exposed

Please click through and read the whole thing. Something I hadn’t considered.

This is a Navy blog but I just can’t pass on the following Air Force item especially since it indirectly impacts Marine and Navy CAS.

DoD Buzz website quotes Air Force Gen. Mark Welsh as saying that scrapping the A-10 will save $4.2B over five years (1).  This apparently is the Air Force’s justification for letting the A-10 go.  Of course, the real justification is preserving the Air Force’s buy of F-35’s.  Be that as it may …

Let’s check that cost savings number out, shall we?

via Navy Matters: A-10 Scrapping Justification Exposed.

Terrific Southwest Airlines safety briefing video

Beats the others:

 

I think using humor to keep peoples’ attention beats all the pre-recorded announcements hands down.

Joy to The World, USAF Band style, at the Smithsonian

U.S. pilot scares off Iranians with ‘Top Gun’-worthy stunt: ‘You really ought to go home’ – Washington Times

In what only can be described as a scene out of Tom Cruise’s “Top Gun,” Gen. Mark A. Welsh III, Air Force chief of staff, describes how F-22 stealth jets scared off Iranian jets from a U.S. drone flying in international airspace.

via U.S. pilot scares off Iranians with ‘Top Gun’-worthy stunt: ‘You really ought to go home’ – Washington Times.

Click through to see what happened. I’ll be the in-cockpit tape of that gets out someday…and it will be cool.

 

Two other thoughts: are we now riding shotgun on drones (aren’t the drones so we don’t have to endanger pilots), and/or, was this bait to see what Iranian air intercept does?

Defikopter drone air-drops a defibrillator to EMTs on the ground

The Defikopter is a UAV that can be activated by a smartphone app to automatically take to the skies and drop a defibrillator to medical personnel on the ground, shaving precious seconds from the time it takes to receive treatment for cardiac arrest.

The idea for the drone comes from Definetz, a non-profit group dedicated to preventing deaths due to heart failure.

via Defikopter drone air-drops a defibrillator to EMTs on the ground.

Interesting idea. Won’t work here in the Land o’ the Lawsuit.

The Untold Story of the Battle of Camp Bastion

One year ago this month, under cover of night, fifteen Taliban, dressed as American soldiers, snuck onto one of the largest air bases in Afghanistan. What followed was a bloody confrontation highlighting a startling security lapse, with hundreds of millions in matériel lost in a matter of hours—the worst day for American airpower since the Tet Offensive. Yet the attack faded from view before anyone could figure out what went wrong. For the first time, Matthieu Aikins relives those heart-pounding moments and offers an extraordinary account of the Battle of Bastion

via The Untold Story of the Battle of Bastion.

Amazingly well written story of close combat by air wing Marines.

Sikorsky prize won: human powered helicopter successful!

Never bet against the humans.

Terrific article about this and the prize at PopMech. ht Instapundit.

Southwest Airlines mobile design fail

So, I was trying to sign up for the Rapid Rewards for Southwest on my iPhone.

I got nearly to the end before the design fail happened. I wonder what I should answer when I’m not sure of the question.

Heh

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Quantas mechanics have another work hazard

Ten foot pythons in the engine compartments/flap operators:

Snake clings to wing of Qantas plane – video | World news | guardian.co.uk_640x480

Click the link, I didn’t embed it here as I cannot turn off the autoplay.

From The Guardian.

The astonishing interactive map that show EVERY bomb dropped on London during the Blitz | Mail Online

I thought I knew rather a lot about WWII (for someone who didn’t live through it), but was completely shocked at the graphic representation of all the bombs that struck London:

If you’ve ever wondered how close London’s landmarks came to being blown up in the Blitz, a new interactive map has the answer.

The Bomb Sight project allows people to zoom in on a map of the capital to see the damage inflicted during the heaviest period of bombing by German planes.

via The astonishing interactive map that show EVERY bomb dropped on London during the Blitz | Mail Online.

Astonishing.

Meacham Hangar storm damage

This is impressive. It took me a bit to figure out what I was seeing, so after you watch the NBC5i video, I’ve annotated one screenshot with my explanation.

View more videos at: http://nbcdfw.com.

Wow.

 

Just in case you thought having your plane in a hangar during a storm guarantees safety…

 

FYI, I think the far left jet is a Fouga Magister (not shown in this picture, visible in the video).

Skydiver Fearless Felix jumps from 18 miles up

Skydiver “Fearless Felix” Baumgartner has done it again.

On Wednesday, Baumgartner took another stratospheric leap, this time from an altitude of more than 18 miles – an estimated 96,640 feet, nearly three times higher than cruising jetliners. He landed safely near Roswell, N.M. His top speed was an estimated 536 mph, said Brian Utley, an official observer on site.

via News from The Associated Press.

His goal is to beat the 1960 record of Capt. Kittinger of 19.5 miles up.

If you have a few minutes, read about Captain Kittinger’s life. Amazing fellow.

C-17 Globmaster fun

Yesterday a C-17 landed safely. It was also pretty spectacular, as it was on a 3,000′ general aviation strip 5 miles short of the McDill AFB runway.

Okay, but can they then fly it out?

From here:

http://www.airliners.net/aviation-forums/military/read.main/145598/