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The largest helicopter ever made, the soviet Mil V-12, powered by four engines (the most powerful available at the time) in a transverse layout, only two were ever made, and it still holds the record for the largest payload ever lifted by a rotorcraft, 40 metric tons.

Rejected by the soviet military as she was deemed unnecessary for their needs.

Panzer V “Panther” Ausf.G of Fallschirm-Panzer-Division 1. “Hermann Göring” accompanied by elements of Fallschirm-Panzergrenadier-Division 2 “Hermann Göring” are going through a forest near Kodersdorf (Görlitz) to get to their operational area to eve of the battle of Bautzen (battle of Budziszyn).
Saxony, Germany, 20 April 1945.


OA-7 launches to orbit with S.S. John Glenn.

Orbital ATK’s seventh Commercial Resupply Services mission to the International Space Station lifted off earlier today (April 19) from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station.

An Atlas V 401 rocket blasted off from SLC-41 at 11:11am EDT with the S.S. John Glenn Cygnus cargo freighter. Cygnus, with its 7,600 pounds of cargo, is expected to arrive at the orbiting outpost early Saturday morning, April 22.

OA-7 marked the first use of United Launch Alliance’s new RapidLaunch program which enabled customers to select, process and launch their payloads to orbit within a span of just a few months. Although launch contracts typically take between 1-2 years between signing and launch, Orbital ATK saw OA-7 launch just five months after signing a contract with ULA.

This was the third Cygnus spacecraft to launch from Cape Canaveral following the OA-4 and OA-6 missions in 2015 and 2016. In an interesting historical note, the S.S. John Glenn launched atop an Atlas V rocket, a descendant of the rocket family that the spacecraft’s namesake astronaut rode into orbit in 1962.



Bell X-22 experimental tilting ducted fan V/STOL (vertical and/or short take-off and landing) aircraft.

Takeoff was to selectively occur either with the propellers tilted vertically upwards, or on a short runway with the nacelles tilted forward at approximately 45°.

The program started in 1966, and was eventually cancelled in 1988, with only two units produced, the second being made after the first crashed. 

General characteristics

Crew: two + six passengers
Length: 39 ft 7 in (12.07 m)
Wingspan: 39 ft 3 in (11.96 m)
Wingspan (front wing): 22.916 ft (6.98 m)
Height: 20 ft 8 in (6.31 m)
Empty weight: 10,478 lb (4,753 kg)
Max takeoff weight: 17,644 lb (8,003 kg)
Powerplant: 4 × General Electric-YT58-GE-8D turboshaft engines, 1,267 hp (945 kW) each
Propellers: three-bladed propellers mounted in wingtip swivelling ducts, 7 ft 0 in (2.13 m) diameter


Maximum speed: 221 kn (254 mph; 409 km/h)
Service ceiling: 27,800 ft (8,500 m)
Hover ceiling in ground effect : 12,000 ft (3,658 m)
Hover ceiling out of ground effect : 6,000 ft (1,829 m)


Britain’s Cold War nuclear bombers:

The Short Sperrin - August 1951, an insurance policy for the truly space-age endeavors being undertaken at Handley Page and Avro - only two were built.

The Vickers Valiant - May 1951, a very capable but less advanced aircraft, crucially available much sooner than the competition.

The Avro Vulcan -  August 1952, the most iconic and enduring design, rugged and highly maneuverable at high altitude, they were effectively immune to interception by early jets.

The Handley Page Victor - December 1952, with its crescent-shaped swept wing it was the most aerodynamically advanced aircraft to fly at that time. Downward lift on the tailplane also meant that in calm winds the aircraft would level itself out and land smoothly without input from the pilot.

The Vickers Valiant B.2 - September 1953, an all black one-off badass independently developed by Vickers. Capable of 640 mph (1030 km/h) at sea-level it could even outrun the Boeing B-47 Stratojet. It was scrapped in 1958 however, ironically as new missiles would force the ill-suited V-Bombers to low altitude - where this thing thrived. When Vickers test pilot Brian Trubshaw saw the bomber’s muscular shape in the Vickers design office, he signalled his approval, then added “And paint the fucker black”. Best of the lot.

The TSR-2 - September 1964, it represented the same generational jump in capability as the Vulcan and Victor had from the Lancaster. As an all-weather mach 2+ low level penetrator, the aircraft was groundbreaking. Spiraling costs, a hostile press and an idiotic Labour government however, all contrived to steal a truly magnificent aircraft and valuable export product from the nation. As James Holland said: ”…it’s the culmination of 20 years of being at the top of their game - makes you wanna weep".


    September 2, 2015

    A particularly impressive spectacle was seen over the Space Coast of Florida this morning. At 6:18 AM, an Atlas V 551 rocket launched from SLC-41 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station. The 500 series core stage roared along with its five solid rocket boosters. The Centaur upper stage successfully put the Mobile User Objective System 4 (MUOS4) satellite on station. This spacecraft will remain in geosynchronous orbit, allowing our US Navy a higher bandwidth for 21st century tactical communications.

    This, being United Launch Alliance’s 99th launch, was business as usual; all except for an incredible visual display. Most of the time, launches from The Cape are accompanied by many clouds, severely limiting visibility. Not so for this launch. The rocket lifted off just before dawn, cresting the shadow of the earth as it penetrated the upper reaches of the atmosphere, showing a back-lit vapor plume expanding rapidly as it sailed skyward. The vehicle could be seen until it arced over the horizon, out of view. The sight was stunning. Never has man produced a more visually beautiful thing than rocketry.

Two Royal Air Force Hawker Tempest Vs, no doubt at full pelt, intercept a V1 flying bomb during the latter stages of the Second World War. The V1, also known as the doodlebug or buzz-bomb, posed quite the problem for Britain as only the latest fighters could catch the things and once they did, simply shooting at one still detonated its high explosive contents. The solution was to fly up to within 6 inches of the V1s wing and use the airflow over the interceptor’s own wing to induce an unrecoverable spin. Damn hairy stuff.