Tagged: Florida

The Last Flights of Space Shuttle Discovery

The web has been flooded with pictures and stories of the Space Shuttle Discovery’s move from Florida to its permanent home at the Udvar Hazy Center at the Smithsonian in Virginia.  I was there for the arrival in Virginia,...

B-25s at Tico 2012

The Valiant Air Command’s show commonly known as “TICO” (which comes from the Titusville Coca Airport) this year worked around a “Doolittle Raider” theme, since this year is the 70th anniversary of the famous carrier launched raid.  As we...

Flying FIFI at Tico 2012

TICO is the annual fundraising airshow for the Valiant Air Command down in Titusville, Florida.   The airport is literally in the shadows of the Kennedy Space Center on the east coast of Florida.  Since what seems like the beginning...

John C. Evans discusses the development of the P&W J-58 engine used in the A-12 and SR-71 Aircraft

Pratt & Whitney Aircraft J-58 (JT11D-20) Characteristics’. Maximum Thrust           34,000 Lb Military Thrust              23,900 Lb Weight                         6,250 Lb Length                         215.940 In Maximum Diameter      55.43 In Sea Level Air Flow        326 Lb/Sec Compression Ratio       8.5:1 Total Pressure Ratio    2,93:1 Bleed...

EC-121T Warning Star, The Newest Yank

On January 14, 2012 just before noon the only flight-worthy EC-121 Warning Star throttled up its four 18-cylinder R3350’s and sent this Connie barreling down Camarillo’s runway; destination:  Yanks Air Museum, Chino airport.  Sliding the four throttles forward symbolized...

Blue Angels 2011

Every year 11,000,000 people look into the skies at airshows and see six blue and gold F-18s performing precision aerobatics representing the best the United States as well as the Navy and Marines have to offer.  The Blue Angels...

National Naval Aviation Museum

If you are headed to the Florida panhandle the Naval Aviation Museum is a great stop.  Located in Pensacola, it’s the nicest military museums in the country.  I haven’t seen all of them, but this one is superb.  There...

Dr.Sky Joins Media For Launch Of STS-135/ Shuttle Atlantis

Dr.Sky was given the high honor of being a part of the last space shuttle launch (STS-135), attending as part of the media. This was the first time that I have seen a live launch and memory of the event, will last a lifetime! I had arrived in Florida on July 7th, with poor weather prospects predicted for the Friday morning launch; (11:26AM EDT). Heavy rain was all around us for a good portion of Thursday, July 7th,