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Flying the Airbus A380

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The Airbus A380

Flying in the Airbus A380 can be a very exciting adventure for world travellers. If are lucky enough to fly in the Emirates Airlines A380-800 First Class private cabins, you may well say that you flew in the best cabin in the world.

The Airbus A380 First Class Cabin Lounge

A380Airbus.com launched

Be sure to visit http://a380airbus.com, the new website with advanced information for the Airbus A380 Airplanes from around the world. Including a section of the Emirates Airlines A380 First Class cabin accommodations and features.

 

Ford ‘Red Tails’ Edition Mustang GT to Celebrate Tuskegee Airmen

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Ford ‘Red Tails’ Edition Mustang GT Celebrates Tuskegee Airmen, Supports Education Program for Young Aviators.

  • One-of-a-kind 2013 Ford Mustang design inspired by World War II squadron of African American P-51 Mustang fighter pilots to be sold at charity auction July 26 at EAA AirVenture in Oshkosh, Wis.
  • Sale will benefit the EAA Young Eagles organization
  • Ford auction vehicles have collectively raised more than $1.5 million in recent years to support Young Eagles
  •  Ford is the exclusive automotive partner of EAA AirVenture Oshkosh

DEARBORN, Mich., July 20, 2012 – The engineering and design teams at Ford Motor Company have produced a truly unique “Red Tails” edition 2013 Ford Mustang GT. This car will be sold at the Gathering of Eagles charity auction July 26 during the Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA) AirVenture Oshkosh 2012 – the World’s Greatest Aviation Celebration.

All proceeds from the car donation and sale will benefit the EAA Young Eagles program, which has provided free introductory flights to more than 1.6 million young people since 1992, helping inspire and motivate the next generation of leaders, aviators and innovators.

Ford is the exclusive automotive partner of EAA AirVenture Oshkosh, held July 23-29 at Wittman Regional Airport in Oshkosh, Wis.

“The perseverance and excellence displayed by the Tuskegee Airmen are qualities we also celebrate at Ford,” said Edsel B. Ford II, a member of Ford’s board of directors. “With this year’s beautiful ‘Red Tails’ edition Mustang, we’ve captured the recognizable symbols in honor of their important role in our history, and paired it with the innovation our Ford design and engineering teams build into all of our products.

“Through this project,” Ford added, “we take great pride in continuing our support for EAA and the Young Eagles organization.”

The Ford “Red Tails” Mustang GT celebrates and commemorates the contributions of the Tuskegee Airmen, comprised of the 332nd Fighter Group and the 477th Bombardment Group, during World War II. This courageous squadron of P-51 Mustang pilots was the United States’ first African American military airmen. Known for the red tails of their planes, the Tuskegee Airmen saw combat in more than 1,500 missions in World War II.

This one-of-a-kind car is secured under VIN 00051 in honor of the P-51 Mustang planes flown by the Tuskegee Airmen. The design of the modified 2013 Mustang GT 5.0-liter glass-roof coupe will unify the creative connection of the World War II fighters with a contemporary flair for the serious collector.

The exterior will showcase a unique polished aluminum nonproduction finish paint, accented with Race Red and School Bus Yellow, consistent with the P-51 fighter plane’s red tail cues and the logos and markings of the United States Army Air Corps, 332nd Fighter Group and Squadrons

Unique interior details of this “Red Tails” Mustang include a modified navigation screen, instrument cluster and rear seat-delete. The car’s Recaro seats will include the embroidered “Red Tails” logo and floor mats embroidered with the 332nd Fighter Group logo. Additional features include a “Red Tails” script in the illuminated sill plates and puddle lamps that project “Red Tails” imagery when the doors open.

With a Ford Racing 2.3-liter twin-screw Whipple supercharger, handling pack, unique side exhaust, performance quad exhaust from SVT, Forgiato 20-inch aftermarket wheels, GT500 Brembo brakes and rear diffuser, the “Red Tails” Mustang will exude power and performance.

Mustang Chief Designer Darrell Behmer, Design Manager Melvin Betancourt and Chief Nameplate Engineer Dave Pericak led the design and engineering teams that developed the “Red Tails” Mustang.

The Young Eagles Auction is part of the EAA Gathering of Eagles at the EAA AirVenture Museum. The Gathering of Eagles annually draws more than 1,000 aviation enthusiasts in support of Young Eagles and other EAA programs that inspire young people to become engineers, aviators, astronauts, scientists and innovators – the aviation pioneers of tomorrow.

“Ford is a longtime, committed partner of EAA and AirVenture, bringing value to those who make Oshkosh the pinnacle of their aviation year,” said Rod Hightower, EAA president and CEO. “These specialty vehicles allow EAA to provide support to its valuable programs and dedicated members in helping us grow the next generation of aviators.”

The “Red Tails” edition joins four other one-of-a-kind Mustangs created by the Ford design and engineering teams for the EAA Young Eagles Auction in recent years, each generating excitement among aviation and automotive enthusiasts alike. Ford vehicles sold at auction during past EAA AirVenture events have collectively raised more than $1.5 million to support Young Eagles.

Other unique vehicles produced by Ford in support of EAA Young Eagles include the Mustang AV8R, with cues from the F-22 “Raptor,” which in 2008 helped introduce the glass-roof canopy and delivered a record auction contribution of $500,000. In 2009, Ford’s AV-X10 “Dearborn Doll” Mustang was crafted in honor of World War II aircraft. In 2010, two automotive icons – the late Carroll Shelby, a former U.S. Air Force flight instructor, and Jack Roush, longtime P-51 pilot – collaborated for the first time to create the SR-71 “Blackbird” Mustang inspired by the legendary reconnaissance jet. Last year’s “Blue Angels” Mustang celebrated 100 years of United States naval aviation.

During EAA AirVenture, Ford will offer attendees access to the latest advances in automobile technology at the Ford Hangar, as well as many of the industry’s most revered classics at the popular Cruisin’ Legends area on the grounds of Wittman Regional Airport. Ford activities include top-tier entertainment and interactive components that will add excitement for the hundreds of thousands of aviation fans in attendance.

To participate in the auction, candidates must prequalify by contacting Elissa Lines in the EAA Development Office, 800.236-1025; or email elines@eaa.org by July 23. Visit www.airventure.org/gathering for more information.

Sponsors supporting the build of the “Red Tails” edition Mustang include 3dCarbon, Creations n’ Chrome, Ford Racing, Forgiato, Kay Graphics, Roush Performance Products and Takata.

To stay connected to all Ford EAA AirVenture news, connect with the Ford EAA AirVenture team on Twitter at http://www.twitter.com/FordAirventure or visit http://www.FordAirventure.com.

For more information on EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2012, visit http://www.AirVenture.org.

X-37B, Unmanned Air Force space plane lands

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 An unmanned Air Force space plane dropped out of orbit and glided to a computer-controlled California landing early Saturday to close out a classified 469-day military mission.

The reusable Boeing-built X-37B Orbital Test Vehicle touched down on a runway at Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif., at 5:48 a.m. PDT (GMT-7). The Air Force did not provide any advance warning of the re-entry and landing time and no technical details about the vehicle’s performance were released.

The Air Force’s unmanned X-37B spaceplane glided to a pinpoint landing at Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif., Saturday after 15-and-a-half months in orbit on a classified military mission.

But in a statement, the Air Force said the autonomous landing by the nation’s “newest and most advanced re-entry spacecraft” was executed “safely and successfully.”

“With the retirement of the space shuttle fleet, the  OTV program brings a singular capability to space technology development,” Air Force Lt. Col. Tom McIntyre, X-37B program manager, said in the statement. “The return capability allows the Air Force to test new technologies without the same risk commitment faced by other programs. We’re proud of the entire team’s successful efforts to bring this mission to an outstanding conclusion.”

The X-37B was launched atop a United Launch Alliance Atlas 5 rocket that took off March 5, 2011, from Florida’s Cape Canaveral Air Force Station. It was the second flight for the Air Force Orbital Test Vehicle program following a successful 224-day maiden voyage in 2010. The spacecraft used for that mission is expected to be relaunched in October.

As with the initial test flight, details about the program’s just-concluded second mission are classified.

(Credit: U.S. Air Force, CNET)

New Air Swimmers, Amazing RC flyers

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Just When You Thought It Was Safe to Get Out of the Water!

Air Swimmers are the hottest toys of 2011!

Air Swimmers swim through the air with incredibly smooth and life-like motion. These amazing fish provide hours of remote control indoor fun in even the smallest of rooms (not for outdoor use). They require only four AAA batteries (one in the body, three in the controller) and have complete up, down and 360 degree turning control.

Simply fill your Air Swimmers with helium inexpensively at any party store, florist shop, or grocery store that carries balloons. The body is made from a high quality, durable nylon material that will stay inflated for weeks! You can fill it again and again. Remote control has never come to life so magically!

 

Meet the Boeing Phantom Eye high altitude aircraft

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From Boeing Official News

Boeing unveiled its hydrogen-powered Phantom Eye unmanned airborne system during a ceremony in St. Louis on July 12. The protester, who stay in the air at 65,000 feet for up to four days, is powered by two 2-liter four-cylinder engine providing 150 horsepower each. It has a wingspan of 150 feet, will cruise at about 150 knots and can carry up to a payload of 450 pounds.

“Phantom Eye is the first of its kind and could open a whole new market in collecting data and communications,” Darryl Davis, president of Boeing Phantom Works, said today at the opening ceremony in St. Louis. “It’s a perfect example of turning an idea into a reality. It defines rapid prototyping efforts and demonstrate the art-of-the-possible when dealing with constant intelligence surveillance and reconnaissance. Capabilities inherent in the design of Phantom Eye willingness to offer game-changing opportunities for our military clients, civil and commercial matters. ”

 

Boeing Defense and Space Security President and CEO Dennis Muilenburg addresses the crowd of employees gathered in St. Louis to see the Phantom Eye, a hydrogen-powered unmanned aerial system.

Later this summer, Phantom Eye will be shipped to NASA’s Dryden Flight Research Center at Edwards Air Force Base, California to begin a series of soil tests and taxis in preparation for its first flight in early , 2011. That first flight is expected to last between four and eight hours.

“The program is moving quickly, and it’s exciting to be part of a unique aircraft,” said Drew Mallow, Phantom Eye program manager for Boeing. “The hydrogen propulsion system will be key to the success of Phantom Eye. It is very efficient and offers great fuel economy, and its only byproduct is water, so that an aircraft is also environmentally responsible.”

USAF Thunderbirds at Sun ‘n Fun 2012

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SUN ’n FUN CAMPUS, LAKELAND, FL. – The United States Air Force (USAF) Thunderbirdsmilitary jet demonstration team announced today that the SUN ‘n FUN International Fly-In & Expo has been selected as a general aviation event venue on the 2012 Thunderbirds appearance schedule. The announcement was made today at the International Council of Airshows (ICAS) Convention currently underway in Las Vegas, NV. The 2012 SUN ’n FUN International Fly-In & Expo will be held March 27-April 1 on its campus at Lakeland Linder Regional Airport in Lakeland, Florida.

“SUN ’n FUN is honored and excited to hear that the world recognized military jet team – the Thunderbirds – has included our event on their 2012 schedule,” said SUN ’n FUN President and CEO, John “Lites” Leenhouts. “Their participation will headline our 2012 event adding to the exciting array of aircraft and activities already planned for our 38th annual celebration. We are delighted that the Thunderbirds will return to the skies over Lakeland, knowing the remarkable impact their appearance made on all our guests and friends throughout Polk and Hillsborough Counties in 2008 and 2010. The Thunderbirds plan to arrive at SUN ’n FUN during the second half of the six day SUN ’n FUN event. They may engage in individual media flights and a team training flight prior to their scheduled performances on Saturday and Sunday, March 31 & April 1.Advanced discounted ticket packages to SUN ’n FUN are available on the SUN ’n FUN website atwww.sun-n-fun.org.

 

According to the U.S. Air Force, the Thunderbirds (officially named the U.S. Air Force Air Demonstration Squadron) perform precision aerial maneuvers demonstrating the capabilities of Air Force high-performance aircraft to people throughout the world. The Thunderbirds squadron is an Air Combat Command unit composed of eight pilots (including six demonstration pilots), four support officers, three civilians and more than 130 enlisted personnel performing in 25 career fields. The air demonstration is a combination of formation flying and solo routines.The four-aircraft “Diamond Formation” demonstrates the training and precision of Air Force pilots, while the solo aircraft highlights the maximum capabilities of the F-16 “Fighting Falcon,” the fighter jet employed by the Thunderbird team.

 The Thunderbirds perform approximately 30 maneuvers during their demonstration. The entire Thunderbird performance, including ground and air routines, runs about an hour and fifteen minutes.

 

In addition to their responsibilities as the official U.S. Air Force aerial demonstration team, the Thunderbirds are part of America’s active combat force. f required, the team’s personnel and aircraft can be quickly integrated into a fighter unit at Nellis Air Force Base, Nevada, where the F-16s can be made combat-ready in less than 72 hours.