A TBM-3 Avenger of Composite Squadron (VC) 84 with 5-inch High-Velocity Aircraft Rockets (HVAR) pictured after the pilot took a wave-off during an attempted recovery on board the escort carrier Makin Island (CVE 93)
Note that the rockets are the naval version of the HVAR.
In 1959 Remy Van Lierden was flying over the Katanga region in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. He was flying a helicopter and returning to the base that he commanded in Kamina. As he passed over a clearing in the jungle he noticed a large animal laying out in the sun. What he saw was a 50 foot long snake, with green and brown scales. He couldn’t believe his eyes and neither could his passengers. He circled around and made several passes off the monstrous snake, however he flew away when it got into the striking position and thought it was too dangerous to contour to fly over the animal.
During one of the passes he made a passenger on his aircraft snapped this picture to prove what they saw. The snake in question is clearly large and it’s easy to see how it could have been a threat to a low flying helicopter. It’s believed that the snake is a Titanoboa which is thought to be extinct, and has been for millions of years. But it’s possible that the species may have survived. The natives claim that the snake pictured here is a small one and that they can get up to twice and three times the size.
Best British flying ace of World War II, James “Johnny” Johnson (James Edgar Johnson, 1915 - 2001) with a Labrador named Sally. In the background Spitfire fighter Mk.IX (Supermarine Spitfire Mk.IX).
Johnson first combat missions completed in December 1940 as part of 616 Squadron. During the patrol raids over occupied Europe, he claimed his first victory confirmed: June 26, 1941 brought down to “Spitfire» Mk.IIA Bf.109E German fighter over northern France. During his military career, James Edgar Johnson personally won 34 victories in aerial combat (27 of them on the "Spitfire» Mk.IX) and seven in the group. In addition, three personal and two group wins considered probable; He destroyed 10 aircraft on the ground. Johnson became the highest scoring fighter pilot, flying in the war on "Spitfire”. All planes were downed single-engine fighters.
Also known as; exolinguistics, xenolinguistics and astrolinguistics, is the hypothetical study of alien language and linguistics. The nature of the study is purely hypothetical and speculative since even the search for intelligent alien lifeforms has proved (what we have been led to believe) to be unsuccessful.
Since it is unlikely that intelligent alien lifeforms (IALFs) would speak any earth languages, it would rely heavily on the fact that we would ave to communicate as all humans do when they are unsure that they are on the same verbal page - through body language and other forms of non-verbal communicative methods such as sign language and facial expressions.
It may be possible that the ET species may have no form of the type of language (verbal and non-verbal) that we have on Earth, so it is speculated that the likely possible language that we could communicate in would be in a mathematical sense, which has now been defined as an astrolinguistic system since 2013.
Other philosophical arguments point out that ‘if a lion could speak, we would not be able to understand him.’ This is on the grounds that language only acquires meaning through a community of speakers using it as part of their 'form of life’ (way of life). Hence beings with a radically different way of life would not be able to make sense of the others’ utterances.
It is hard to determine how we would communicate with intelligent alien life forms if and when the time comes, as the mechanics of linguistics of earth language is hard enough for humans to conceptualise - it would be extremely difficult to learn space Spanish also. (!)
Howard Hughes, 1947, inside the Spruce Goose, “the flying boat”, a cargo transport plane made of wood that could land on water and had the longest wingspan of any aircraft ever. It made only one flight before being shelved.
This was at the same time as Hughes was taking over RKO Pictures and Studios, which he quickly drove into the ground.
Admiral Ugaki is seen before his kamikaze mission.
On 15 August 1945, Emperor Hirohito made a radio announcement conceding defeat and calling for the military to lay down their arms. After listening to the announcement announcing Japan’s defeat, Ugaki made a last entry in his diary noting that he had not yet received an “official” cease-fire order, and that as he alone was to blame for the failure of his valiant aviators to stop the enemy, he would fly one last mission himself to show the true spirit of bushido.
His subordinates protested, and even after Ugaki had climbed into the backseat of a Yokosuka D4Y “Judy”, Warrant Officer Akiyoshi Endo—whose place in the kamikaze roster Ugaki had usurped—climbed into the same space that the admiral had already occupied. Thus, the aircraft containing Ugaki took off with three men, as opposed to two each in the remaining ten aircraft. Prior to boarding his aircraft, Ugaki posed for pictures (one above) and removed his rank insignia from his dark green uniform, taking only a ceremonial short sword given to him by Admiral Yamamoto.
Endo served as radioman during the mission, sending Ugaki’s final messages, and a final message at 19:24, reported that the plane had begun its dive onto an American vessel. However, U.S. Navy records do not indicate any successful kamikaze attack on that day, and it is likely that all aircraft on the mission (with the exception of three that returned due to engine problems) crashed into the ocean, struck down by American anti-aircraft fire.
The next morning, the crew of American landing craft LST-926 found the still smoldering remains of a cockpit with three bodies on the beach of Iheyajima Island. The third man, his head crushed and right arm missing, wore a dark green uniform and a short sword. The Americans buried the bodies in the sand, and apparently the sword was taken as a souvenir by one of them.
Future of Flight Taking Shape: Electric Motors and Shape-Changing Wings Pass Tests
A passenger seated over the wing of a future airplane might have a very different view out the window if two recently completed NASA flight tests are any indication.
Last week the agency announced a large model aircraft equipped with 10 electric motors attached to rotatable wings and rear tailplanes had successfully completed an initial test flight. If all goes well, the new design could make next-generation unmanned aerial vehicles for long-endurance military, agriculture and other monitoring missions. A personal aerial vehicle version of the design could also carry up to four people when scaled.
Meanwhile, a separate team announced equally satisfactory airworthiness results for a jet equipped with wings built without traditional flaps. Instead, the jet flew 22 research flights with monolithic wings whose trailing edges bend and flex. The morphing wings have been cleared to be built into future large transport aircraft. See pictures and learn more about the two advances below.