Month: March 2009

Driggs Skylark Biplane

This beauty hangs in the Public Museum in Grand Rapids, Michigan: The Driggs Aircraft Company of Lansing, Michigan, built only twenty-one Skylark biplanes between 1929 and 1931. Most of them were used in Western Michigan and Northern Indiana for training pilots, stunts in airshows, or carrying passengers on short business and pleasure trips. The Skylark […]

I refuse to be drawn into this theory

I’ve been told that the seeming disregard for sensible and responsible fiscal policy these days is because it’s all part of a master plan to let the market completely tank and stay tanked for the 2nd quarter 401(k) statements. At which point no one will care if the program is scrapped or at least taxed. […]

Mystery Plane

Guest Post by Threat Watcher Rob at the Threat Axis Log. This was a flight demonstrator for the Shaped Sonic Boom program. The thought was that a modified underside of the aircraft’s fuselage could potentially reduce the sonic boom that an aircraft made when going supersonic (Mach 1+) speeds. The newest jet engines – i.e. […]

Pics of Damaged USS Hartford

The other day the story about a collision between the attack sub USS Hartford (SSN 768) and the amphibious assault ship USS New Orleans (LPD 18) made the news. Here’s a couple of pics I found of the damaged Hartford heading into port (reportedly Bahrain, which would make sense.) And here’s another, showing just how […]

Friday Linkzookery – 20 Mar 2009

Should the F-117 stealth fighter be transferred to Israel? Parts One and Two I’ve suggested this a number of times. I think there’s a pretty good reason to do it. Teaching Old Aegis New Tricks Upgrading SM-2 systems to engage ballistic missiles. Iran’s Push Into Nicaragua: Why Is No One Concerned? Ahmadinejad considered Ortega’s ascension […]

New Amphib Hit by Sub

Someone’s in trouble: Two U.S. Navy vessels — a nuclear-powered submarine and an amphibious ship — collided during the early morning hours Friday in the Strait of Hormuz between Iran and the Arabian peninsula, the U.S. Navy’s 5th Fleet reported. The military said in a statement that the incident occurred around 1:00 a.m. local time […]