Tuesday, August 30, 2011

August 30

2011 --  California-based aerospace company AeroVironment unveils the Shrike vertical take-off and landing unmanned aircraft system.

North Korean Air Force Commander Ri Pyong-chol (center) looks on while leader Kim Jong-il (left) talks to Russian President Dmitry Medvedev in Ulan-Ude last week2011 -- The presence of North Korean Air Force Commander Ri Pyong-chol on leader Kim Jong-il's visit to Russia causes South Korea to speculate that North Korea is seeking help to modernize the county's armed forces in general, and the air force in particular.

2011 -- A French Mirage 2000C performing a surveillance mission in the Baltic region today landed safely in Lithuania after a mid-air collision with a Lithuanian L-39 Albatros, a French Air Force spokesman said.

The two pilots from the Lithuanian L-39  ejected after the collision and are safe.  The Mirage 2000C is able to return to its home base in Siauliai, in northern countries. The vertical tail of the aircraft was damaged during the collision.The French jet is one of four participating in a North Atlantic Treaty Organization four-month patrolling mission over the Baltic countries. Denmark's Air Force will replace the French in September.

2010 -- Two men who authorities said were carrying "mock bombs" and may have been on a "dry run" for a terrorist attack have been arrested in Amsterdam after their flight from Chicago landed.

2010 -- the U.K.'s Brighton Photography Biennial will feature an exhibit with pictures of private jets flown by several African dictators and other heads of state.

2005 -- Air National Guard personnel made 600 rescues one day after Katrina made landfall on the Gulf Coast,

100 by helicopter and 500 by pararescue specialists in zodiac boats.

2005 -- A 172nd Airlift Wing aircrew and C-17 (Mississippi Air National Guard) flew the Air Guard's first Hurricane Katrina¹ relief mission. It lasted three days.

2004 --  American astronomer Fred Lawrence Whipple died.  

During WW II, he invented a device for cutting tinfoil into chaff to confuse enemy radartracking Allied aircraft. He was awarded a Certificate of Merit for this in 1948. He also invented a "meteor bumper" or "Whipple shield", which protects spacecraft from impact by small particles by vaporizing them.

1995 - Operation Deliberate Force: NATO forces commence air operations in support of the United Nations Protection Force, with the task of protecting the Sarajevo Safe Area.

Combat operations are later suspended on September 14, 1995. During that period, Royal Air Force aircraft fly 268 missions and drop thirty-two 1,000 pound bombs and forty-eight laser guided bombs during attacks on twenty-two targets.

1983 -- Guion S. Bluford Jr.² became the first black American astronaut to travel in space, aboard the third flight of the shuttle Challenger on the eighth Space Shuttle Mission.

The Challenger spent six days in space, during which time Bluford and his four fellow crew members launched a communications satellite for the government of India, made contact with an errant communications satellite, conducted scientific experiments, and tested the shuttle's robotic arm. Just before dawn on September 5, the shuttle landed at Edwards Air Force Base in California, bringing an end to the most flawless shuttle mission to that date.

1982 -- First flight F-5G (later renamed the F-20) Tigershark at Edwards AFB, California.

1979 -- After Hurricane David hit Dominica, Martinique, Puerto Rico, Guadeloupe, and the Dominican Republic, killing 6,000 people and leaving 150,000 homeless, U.S. Air Force Military Airlift Command C-5s, C-141s, and C-130s moved 2,881 tons of supplies and 1,358 passengers on 251 missions to the area through November 21.

Jamaica also received 32 tons of cargo and 35 passengers for assistance.

1974 -- Detachment 13 of the 41st Air Rescue and Recover Wing saved 36 Koreans from the flood waters surrounding Kwang Ju, Korea.

1974 -- A U.S. Air Force C-5 flew Military Airlift Command's first long-range, air refueled mission over water for Operation Cold Juice, flying from Dover AFB, Delaware, to Clark AB, Philippines.

The aircraft covered the 10,600 statute miles in 21 hours, and 30 minutes. KC-135s transferred 289,000 pounds of fuel. A total of eight Cold Juice demonstration flights were flown with the last flights in January 1975 leading to the development of cell air refueling procedures and techniques for strategic airlift.

1958 -- Chinese communists, with Soviet backing, threatened to invade Taiwan, Quemoy and Matsu. Chinese MiG-17s began to fly over the nationalist-held island. Nationalist Chinese F-86 pilots from Taiwan shot down 32 MiGs² (with three probables and 10 damaged).

1958 -- U.S. Air Force Tactical Air Command deployed its Composite Air Strike Force of B-57s, F-100s, F-101s, and C-130s to Taiwan, while Pacific Air Forces sent an F-86D squadron from Okinawa to provide night defense alert and the Air Defense Command deployed a squadron of F-104s during Operation Double Trouble or X-Ray.

MATS C-118s, C-121s, and C-124s airlifted the Composite Air Strike Force and ADC squadron, while later supporting the effort with 144 C-124 missions. The rapid deployment of the Composite Air Strike Force earned a Mackay Trophy.

1955 -- The U.S. Air Force proved its worldwide ability to deploy fighters.

An F-84F Thunderstreak formation left England and reached Austin, Texas, in 10 hours, and 48 minutes.

1950 -- Before dawn an experimental B-29 flare mission illuminated the Han River in the Seoul area for a B-26 strike on an elusive enemy pontoon bridge, but it could not be found.

B-26s attacked the permanent bridge.

1913 -- American inventor Lawrence B. Sperry successfully demonstrates the first gyroscopic automatic stabilizing device for powered airplanes when Lt. Patrick N. L. Bellinger pilots a U.S. Navy flying boat designated C-2 and relinquishes full control to the autopilot.

¹ Hurricane Katrina makes landfall near New Orleans, Louisiana, as a Category 4 hurricane on August 29, 2005. Despite being only the third most powerful storm of the 2005 hurricane season, Katrina was the worst natural disaster in the history of the United States. After briefly coming ashore in southern Florida on August 25 as a Category 1 hurricane, Katrina gained strength before slamming into the Gulf Coast on August 29. In addition to bringing devastation to the New Orleans area, the hurricane caused damage along the coasts of Mississippi and Alabama, as well as other parts of Louisiana.

n all, it is believed that the hurricane caused more than 1,300 deaths and up to $150 billion in damages to both private property and public infrastructure. It is estimated that only about $40 billion of that number will be covered by insurance. One million people were displaced by the disaster, a phenomenon unseen in the United States since the Great Depression. Four hundred thousand people lost their jobs as a result of the disaster. Offers of international aid poured in from around the world, even from poor countries like Bangladesh and Sri Lanka. Private donations from U.S. citizens alone approached $600 million.

The storm also set off 36 tornadoes in Mississippi, Alabama, Georgia, Pennsylvania, and Virginia, resulting in one death.
²  Guion Stewart Bluford II was born in Philadelphia in 1942. From an early age, "Guy" was fascinated with flight and decided he wanted to design and build airplanes. In 1964, he graduated from Penn State with a degree in aerospace engineering. Deciding he'd need to know how to fly planes if he wanted to build them, he entered the U.S. Air Force and graduated with his pilot wings in 1965. He was assigned to a fighter squadron in Vietnam, where he flew 144 combat missions. After combat service, he became a flight instructor and in the 1970s went on to receive a master's degree and doctorate in aerospace engineering from the Air Force Institute of Technology.
In 1979, he was accepted into the U.S. astronaut program. He made his first flight in 1983 as a mission specialist on the eighth shuttle mission. He later flew three more shuttle missions, logging a total of 700 hours in orbit. After returning from NASA, he became vice president and general manager of an engineering company in Ohio.

³ The MiGs have a capability of 60,000 ft. and 635 knots with afterburner. The Sabres have a top altitude of 48,000 ft. and speed of 600 knots. Yet the Nationalists routed the MIGs. The big difference lay in pilot quality: the Nationalist airmen were eager and carefully trained—their flying time in Sabres alone ranged from 300 to 1,400 hours. The Communists appeared inexperienced and indecisive, poor in gunnery and teamwork.

The U.S. Air Force air-transported its newest 1,400 m.p.h. F-104 Starfighters from the U.S. to Formosa and airborne in a matter of days.


Makanna Simply said...

A Bar Association charter flight was hijacked by terrorists. When the terrorists made their press release, they said that, until their demands were met, they would release one lawyer per hour.

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Velma said...

The war in Libya is over. More precisely, governments and media have decided that the war is over, despite the fact that fighting continues. The unfulfilled expectation of this war has consistently been that Moammar Gadhafi would capitulate when faced with the forces arrayed against him, and that his own forces would abandon him as soon as they saw that the war was lost. What was being celebrated last week, with presidents, prime ministers and the media proclaiming the defeat of Gadhafi, will likely be true in due course. The fact that it is not yet true does not detract from the self-congratulations.

Pol said...

Ron Paul also thinks "any enthusiasm for our Libyan misadventure is premature…”

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Timothy New said...

The world needs a lot more pilots.

Demand for pilots continues to grow worldwide, especially in Asia.

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