Friday, February 28, 2014
Thursday, February 27, 2014
Born February 27, 1910. Died December 21, 1990.
We don't make them like him, anymore.
"Johnson was an American system engineer and aeronautical innovator. He earned renown for his contributions to many noteworthy aircraft designs, especially the Lockheed U-2 and SR-71 Blackbird spy planes, but also including the P-38 Lightning, P-80 Shooting Star, and F-104 Starfighter, among others. As a member and first team leader of the Lockheed Skunk Works, Johnson worked for more than four decades and is said to have been an "organizing genius". He played a leading role in the design of over forty aircraft, including several honored with the prestigious Collier Trophy, acquiring a reputation as one of the most talented and prolific aircraft design engineers in the history of aviation. In 2003, as part of its commemoration of the 100th anniversary of the Wright Brothers' flight, Aviation Week & Space Technology ranked Johnson 8th on its list of the top 100 "most important, most interesting, and most influential people" in the first century of aerospace."
Wednesday, February 26, 2014
Tuesday, February 25, 2014
Twofer Tuesday: From Inside & Out, The Biman Bangladesh, Final Douglas DC-10 In Passenger Service, Edition.
Photo courtesy of Ian
Photo courtesy of Robbie Shaw
While the Biman DC-10 was the subject of the photo shoot, a passenger inside decided to get one of the Cessna Citation photo ship.
Shot locations: Somewhere over England.
Sunday, February 23, 2014
Friday, February 21, 2014
Corporate Conglomerates: Whether By Air Or Rail, "The Urge To Merge" Is Alive And Well In Transportation Industry.
If you want some real entertainment, Google the histories of U.S. Airways and Norfolk Southern Railroad.
The list of airlines and railroads absorbed to become the two companies seen here is vastly long, and extremely distinguished.
And, kinda' sad, too.
Shot location: CLT (Photo courtesy of Norfolk Southern)
Thursday, February 20, 2014
Big News Out Of Texas: United Airlines, Aviation Partners Scimitar Winglets, And A Boeing 737. You, And The Airflow, Will Never Look At Wingtips The Same Again.
The search for improved aerodynamics, and it's twin-sister, improved fuel efficiency, is as old as powered flight itself. Aerodynamic efficiency leads to faster speeds, greater payloads, and if done correctly, lower fuel burn. And, in case anyone was asleep during Business 101, less fuel burn means more money in your pocket.
Enter the Scimitar Winglet.
Similar in concept to the wingtip of an MD-11 (only much more pronounced), the design was expected to be seen first on the soon to go into production Boeing 737 MAX. Well, United Airlines, and its corporate bean-counters, saw things in a more immediate economic sense. With a large fleet of 737's already in service, Aviation Partners latest offering could really save a lot of fuel, and thus, a whole lot of money in the long run. Neat stuff.
From United Airlines: "The new Winglet design further reduces aircraft drag, compared with the basic "blended winglet" United uses on its current fleet. The new design will reduce fuel consumption by up to an additional 2 percent per aircraft, and United plans to retrofit its 737-800 and 737-900ER aircraft with the new Winglet."
The word is that United also plans to equip their fleets of Boeing 767 and 757 aircraft with Scimitar Winglets, as well.
Shot location: IAH (Photos courtesy of our Texas Smartphone Division)