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Those propellor vortices, though!

A brand spanking new MC-130J Commando II on it’s way to be delivered to Air Force Special Operations Command’s 353rd Special Operations Group at Kadena Air Base, Japan. Photo by Lockheed Martin.


ADDIS ABABA—Ethiopian Airlines is dispatching its first-ever flight operated by an all-female crew. The flight was scheduled to depart for Bangkok, Thailand, Wednesday night. The airline says it wants to promote women’s empowerment and encourage more African girls to pursue aviation careers.

Ethiopian Airlines CEO Tewolde Gebremariam said attracting more women to aviation jobs is one of the reasons for hosting the female flight, together with empowering women.

“It’s going to be very inspiring for all the women all over the world, aviation women and particularly the African woman. Because, as you know, here in the continent of Africa, we are lagging behind in women empowerment. So this is going to inspire all the school girls in Africa that they have a very bright future in the 21st century,” Gebremariam said.

The flight is being handled by women in every aspect – from planning, to aircraft maintenance, and from the pilots to air traffic controllers. Even upon arrival in Bangkok, all customs and immigration officers will be female.

Ethiopian Airlines says about one third of its employees are women. But the number is smaller when it comes to positions such as pilots and technicians.

This is an image of Ol’ Tomcat No. 3, with Grumman’s Chief Test Pilot, Chuck Sewell, at the controls. 

During aircraft testing, several test flights were flown with the right wing locked in the forward position of 20 degrees, and the left wing at 35, 50, 60 and 68 degrees of sweep in flight. 

Amazingly, it was discovered that in the event of an operational in-flight malfunction, the Tomcat would remain controllable enough for carrier landing in this configuration.

about the chapecoense flight, media outlets are already reporting about a crash in a mountainous zone about one hour away from medellín. the plane was coming from são paulo and made a stop in santa cruz de la sierra in bolivia. it was a charter flight operated by lamia, a company frequently used by clubs and national teams to travel within south america. there were about 80/85 people on board, including the crew. ambulances and rescue teams are already in the place. there are survivors apparently and nobody has talked about casualties yet. it’s raining heavily in medellín and the san nicolás valley, the area of the accident, which complicates rescue activities.

chapecoense is a club based in chapecó, in the state of santa catarina in brazil. the team and delegation were traveling to medellín, colombia to play the first leg of copa sudamericana final against atlético nacional on wednesday 30th november.


HMS Unicorn (172) - light aircraft carrier and primary aircraft repair ship.

Britain’s armoured aircraft carriers of the late 1930s and 1940s, which bore the brunt of retaliation against Royal Navy operations in the Mediterranean and later Pacific, have over time come in for heavy criticism. Their enclosed hangars were limited in size by armour, reducing the number of aircraft carried. In comparison American fleet carriers sailed with little armour but greater air cover from their own more numerous aircraft.

It was well understood and accepted, in trade for greater survivability, that repairs and the necessary major maintenance required to keep aircraft operating at high intensity while on station for extended periods of time was impossible within cramped hangars, without hindering flight operations.

The linchpin of British doctrine therefore, was HMS Unicorn, one of three planned vessels, able to service, repair and maintain the fleets aircraft, ferry those planes around or herself take to the offensive, with her own fully functional flight deck. She was a ship vital to Britain’s carriers during the war and a master of that which the armoured fleet carriers, always the focus of enemy assault, could not do.

Her design was highly specialised and undoubtedly unique. Essentially a mobile workshop, she was given a usable speed of 24 knots, ill-suited to combat, but that was not her job. One ship would service three fleet carriers, thus the Royal Navy would require three ships. Controller Admiral Sir Reginald Henderson - chief designer - recognised that in a crisis a spare deck would be invaluable and as such this mobile workshop would have all the features of a fleet carrier. Treaty obligations limited the number of carriers a nation could build however, and while Unicorn was in breach of those treaties her construction was allowed - but the admiralty didn’t push the issue and ordered only one, not three.

Thanks to the seemingly endless need for more convoy escorts during the years 1940-1942, Unicorn wasn’t finished until March 1943. She looked a little stunted once at sea, a result of her length, just 640 ft, in combination with her two massive 16ft 6″ hangars. Between the two, she could carry 48 aircraft with their wings folded and a further eight with wings spread for maintenance. Alone she could operate 69 of the folding Seafire IIIs. Above these hangars was an extensive system of rails and hoists, capable of lifting large engines from an aircraft and moving them to designated areas for work. At the bow she was open to the elements through rectangular openings, where a large engine repair shop and test compartment resided. The openings allowed engines to be run up to full power within the ship, letting sufficient airflow in and exhaust out. At the stern she was squared off, with the flight deck overhanging. Here powerful hoists could raise and lower a motorised lighter (pic 4/5.), bringing aircraft aboard for work.

By wars end Unicorn could service all aircraft in action with the British Pacific Fleet – Seafires, Fireflies and Barracudas, and the American Corsairs, Hellcats and Avengers. She was also an extremely well equipped secondary hospital ship, with a large sickbay, surgery and dental surgery. In addition, she had a respectable defensive armament, armour which could resist fair damage and a full radar suite, allowing her integration into the at-sea defence of the fleet.


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An F-35B Lightning II aircraft piloted by Royal Air Force test pilot and Squadron Leader Andy Edgell launches from the flight deck of amphibious assault ship USS America (LHA 6) equipped with inert 500-pound GBU-12 Paveway II laser-guided test bombs during flight operations. (U.S. Navy photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Kyle Goldberg/Released)
Lucky Strike

Poe Dameron x Reader Modern Setting!AU

Summary: Your excitement to meet the company’s most requested pilot was nearly zero. Little did you know you were going to swallow your words.
Genre: Romance/fluff
Rating: T
Warnings: Swearings
7,279 words

Notes: Here it goes the AU I’ve been talking about! FINALLY. Risking a Poe fic request on the way! Hope you guys enjoy out favorite posterboy being the pilot of an airline company. I ALSO HOPE I MADE HIM JUSTICE. Tell me if I’m torturing y’all with my bad Star Wars writing.Happy reading! <3

You had never met Poe Dameron and yet, he was the most debated topic between the flight attendants at the operational dispatch room. It even surprised you that with two years of working at Millennium airlines, that would be your first time in hosting one of Commander Dameron’s flights, given he was one of the most active and requested pilot for long flights – exactly the ones you preferred working on. 

But you always heard the chitchat between a few coworkers, pretty much gushing about his looks and how flirty but yet polite he was. You’d be honestly lying if it didn’t perk your curiosity for a little bit though you’d never truly admit it. 

And now you were about to meet the said man but your excitement wasn’t even one percent near to the other girls (and a few boys) giddiness. 

“So, I take it you were a part of Commander Dameron’s crew before…” You low key questioned Hanna, one of the few flight attendants that you’d previously worked before as you entered the conference room, clutching your shoulder bag to your side as she nodded in response. “You’re friends or something?”

She snorted quietly and glanced at you as if you’d just said the most absurd thing ever, her eyes rolling playfully as you finally sat around the huge table. 

“I wish! It was just a two hour flight.” Hanna sighed exaggeratedly as you chuckled quietly at her dreamy expression. “Never saw him again after that. Tough luck.”

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Cleanliness is close to….


Or, so goes the aphorism.

In the United States Navy….you can replace godliness with….


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Sailors aboard the aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71) scrub the flight deck with Aqueous Film Forming Foam (AFFF) during a flight deck wash down. The flight deck is scrubbed clean after the completion of flight operations to remove any fuel left behind from aircraft.

The jet fuel on the deck is not only flammable, but can be slippery and corrosive.

Acres of flight deck to keep clean on USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71)


>>Top photo: Seaman Bounome Chanphouang, USN

  • Royal Military Academy Sandhurst 
    • Officer Cadet - January 2006
    • Army Officer ( commissioned after 44-week training course )
    • Graduation Parade - 15 December 2006
  • Household Cavalry (Blues and Royals) 
    • Second Lieutenant - December 2006 
    • Lieutenant - December 2007
    • Bovington Camp, Dorset (4 months)
  • Royal Navy
    • June - August, 2008
    • Sub-Lieutenant 
    • Britannia Royal Naval College
    • HMS Iron Duke ( five-week deployment )
  • Royal Air Force
    • RAF Cranwell ( four-month training course )
    • RAF Wings - 11 April 2008
    • Flight Lieutenant Wales
    • Defence Helicopter Flying School at RAF Shawbury - graduated January 2010 
    • Search and Rescue Training Unit at RAF Valley Anglesey - transferred 26 January 2010 
      • C Flight No. 22 Squadron
      • 156 search and rescue operations
    • Falklands Islands Deployment - February-March, 2012 with No. 1564 Flight  
    • Operational Captain - June 2012
    • Left SAR/military - September 2013 ( due to privatization of SAR )
  • East Anglian Air Ambulance
    • 13 July 2015 - present
    • Pilot
    • Based in Cambridge
    • Donates full salary (approximately £40,000 per year) to the Air Ambulance charity 

  • Honorary Military Appointments
    • Royal Colonel of the Irish Guards - 10 February 2011
    • Honorary Air Commandant: RAF Coningsby - 3 October 2008 
    • Commodore-in-Chief: Scotland, Royal Naval Command - 8 August 2006 
    • Commodore-in-Chief: Submarines, Royal Naval Command - 8 August 2006 
    • Commodore-in-Chief: HMNB Clyde - 8 August 2006

RAF Hercules C-130J

The C-130J has a revised flight deck with modern glass-cockpit and head-up displays, allowing two-pilot, flight deck operation.

anonymous asked:

Hi Jacen, thanks a lot for doing this amazing blog :) My question is in the same vein as two previous ones. What would life be like as a TIE fighter pilot? As in do they have day-to-day duties beside flying, but also habits, organisation, hierarchy... Also, are there any good sources out there where I can read more extensively about that? Many thanks in advance!

Thank you so much! I should first mention that duties vary depending on what branch of the Army or Navy they serve with. The Imperial Army is concerned with ground operations, and the Navy operates in space. Pilots in the Navy are considered part of the Starfighter Corps, which is a division of the Flight Branch (which is responsible for all of the flight operations of starfighters and warships within the Empire). The Starfighter Corps are broken down as follows:

  • Element: 2 starfighters, a leader and a wingmate.
  • Flight: 4 fighters, broken up into 2 elements
  • Squadron: 12 fighters in 3 flights (6 elements)
  • Group: 36 fighters in 3 squadrons (9 flights, 18 elements)
  • Wing: 72 fighters in 2 groups (6 squads, 18 flights, 36 elements)

(One wing of various models of TIE fighters is the usual compliment of an Imperial Star Destroyer.)

The rank titles within the Flight Branch from highest-ranking to lowest-ranking are:

  • General
  • Colonel
  • Major
  • Commander
  • Captain
  • Lieutenant
  • Officer

The pilots in the Army, used for ground support, operate under a ground support wing. This is a result of the Army wanting dedicated starfighters, and the Navy wanting to retain control over them. A ground support wing is a unit of 40 fighters (10 flights of 4 fighters each), and they technically originated from the Starfighter Corps, although the Navy has no control over these pilots.

TIE pilots in both the Navy and Army are usually stationed on board starships, usually Star Destroyers or Super Star Destroyers. The majority of a TIE pilot’s time while on duty is spent in a cockpit, on patrol. While off duty, they have access to recreation areas (on most ships) and possibly (this is my speculation) flight simulators to practice with. Some units are on constant patrols, others are not, and most have regular meetings to discuss missions, schedules, problems, etc. Other pastimes would include eating/socializing in the mess halls, possibly working out, and sleeping. Imperial pilots are not independent and have little freedom to take up hobbies or do what they want, and their flight schedules are probably very full in order to keep them busy, tired and obedient.

As for the general culture within these organizations, a dominant attitude is extreme arrogance and pride at the fact that they flew for the Empire. Only about 10% of pilots training in the Imperial Academy graduate – the rest become gunners or support staff – so, for those who do, it becomes a very central piece of their identity. All pilots under the Empire were considered elite, but those in the Navy (called vac-heads) are often considered superior to those in the Army (ground-hogs) because they are better recognized and a symbol of the Empire’s power. Thus, there is a vicious rivalry between the two groups.

Another peculiarity is that the pilots are very proud to be flying in craft with no shields, no hyperdrive and no life support system. Within the Empire, these things are seen as cowardly to use, and so the pilots are happy to die in the underequipped fighters rather than use better protected ones. In the earlier years of the Empire, before supplies started getting depleted, it was very common for a pilot to never fly the same fighter twice (except in the extremely elite squadrons, who were allowed to customize their armour and fighters). Pilots never develop attachments to their craft, and that is viewed as a strength, along with the fact that they are viewed and view themselves as completely expendable. Everything the pilots are taught really serves to keep the troops subservient, and they usually have very strained social lives, relationships and senses of self as a result.

There isn't a whole lot of information available on the day-to-day life of an Imperial pilot, hence why I can only speculate about their practice routines. I would reccomend the Legends articles on TIE pilots, the Starfighter Corps and the Flight Branch. You might also want to look at the (more lengthy) articles on the Imperial Army and Navy. Wookieepedia is probably the most in-depth source on this stuff you’re going to find.

Alright, that got long. I hope it’s useful!

~ Jacen

New London-Tel Aviv flight to cost only 309 NIS - 19 February 2017

Israel’s Tourism Ministry announced on Thursday that a new low-cost flight from London to Tel Aviv would be operating from the end of June.
Operated by Wizz Air, the flights will operate four times a week and fly from Ben Gurion Airport in Tel Aviv to Luton Airport in London.
“Those who wish to book their flights early can order tickets on Wizz Air’s site for 309 NIS,” said a Wizz Air spokesperson. “This announcement emphasizes Wizz Air’s commitment to Israel. We hope the new, low-cost route will be received warmly by our customers.
"This new route will also advance tourism and business between our two countries.”
Israeli Tourism Minister Yariv Levin (Likud) said, “The Tourism Ministry sees Wizz Air as a partner who is helping to raise the number of tourists who come to Israel. We hope this will be a fruitful partnership and that direct flights to other destinations will be added in the future.”

Slowest Spinning Star Discovered!

Image Credit: NASA

The record-holder for the slowest spinning star has been uncovered by scientists at NASA’s Swift space observatory, whose science and flight operations are controlled by Penn State from our central Pennsylvania campus.

The discovery was first made due to an X-ray burst detected by Swift that had intense, extremely rapid fluctuations measured in milliseconds. 

“Observations with multiple space telescopes have revealed that, while other neutron stars spin multiple times a minute, this object rotates only once about every 6.5 hours – making it by far the slowest-spinning star in its class discovered to date,” –– David Burrows, Penn State professor of astronomy and astrophysics

Now the Swift observatory, which first detected the very unusual, very short X-ray spike produced by this object, has helped to reveal one of the

most extreme rotating magnetized neutron stars ever detected;

in other words, an extreme magnetar. 

This would be only the 30th magnetar ever known,

thanks to scientists at Swift’s observatory (and Penn State).