Category: Planes

B-21 Update: The Next Major Milestone is First Flight

I just got a friendly comment on my post about the new B-21 “Raider” stealth bomber. That post is a few years old and the person was asking for an update. Actually, I need to […]

Return of the Age of the Airship

During World War I, Germany was at a disadvantage in one very important aspect of warfare: its navy was severely outclassed by Britain’s. Before the war began, H.G. Wells wrote the book The War in […]

Is Supersonic Air Travel Returning?

It might just be symbolic that on a leap day, NASA administrator Charlie Bolden announced plans to build a quiet, supersonic X-plane as a test bed for future air travel. The $20M Quiet Supersonic Technology […]

The New Stealth Bomber: Comparing it to the Old Stealth Bomber

The Air Force revealed today the first rendering of its new long range bomber: the B21. At first glance, it looks just like its last bomber, the B-2 Spirit – not so fast. Although this is only […]

The Warthog Lives On – What Other Warplanes Led Long Lives?

The venerable A-10 Warthog aircraft is renowned for its ability to absorb damage, and seemingly has nine lives on the battlefield. It certainly has nine lives in the halls of Congress and within the upper echelons […]

Aviation is Going Green – and It Needs to.

Planes are dirty – real dirty. In fact, according to a recent report by the Center for Biological Diversity, by 2050, carbon emissions by commercial aircraft will triple, generating 43 gigatonnes of carbon dioxide and […]

Planes with Frickin’ Laser Beams

Last month the Air Force announced that it will likely have a fighter-mounted directed energy pod in a time frame that is “a lot closer than . . . a lot of people think,” according to Air […]

Flying Cars: Not Science Fiction Anymore

When I was six years old, I told my older cousin, Tanis, that one day I’d be flying myself to work. More than 30 years later, I had bought my first plane and was using […]