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Lockheed SR-71B Cockpit Design
July 11, 2024

Lockheed SR-71B Cockpit Design

Among the 32 Lockheed SR-71 Blackbirds built, only two were equipped with two seats as trainers. The example shown here went on to log nearly 4,000 hours of flight time – more than any other Blackbird – and is now on display at the Kalamazoo Air Zoo museum in Kalamazoo,…

Embraer Pylon Flap
July 11, 2024

Embraer Files Patent for New Control Surfaces

In a patent filing published in January, Embraer has revealed possible plans to incorporate entirely new control surfaces in their future aircraft designs. Described as “longitudinal control augmentation surfaces,” they resemble elevators and are shown in patent images to be affixed to the engine pylon trailing edges of the company’s…

July 10, 2024

FIDO – Setting Runways Ablaze to Enable Foggy Airport Operations

In the midst of World War II, after Royal Air Force pilots deftly escaped harrowing dogfights and deadly bombing missions in enemy territory, they often returned to their home airfields only to succumb to impenetrable fog and smoke that made landing impossible. In extreme cases, such conditions forced crews to…