Lockheed YO-3A Quiet Star – Silence Was It’s Only Protection

Here is an interesting little Vietnam War era aircraft developed in the heat of battle that unlike many experimental aircraft, actually worked out to be perfect for the role it was intended to undertake! The Lockheed YO-3A Quiet Star was a two-seat nearly silent observation and reconnaissance aircraft designed by the Lockheed Missile and Space Division for use by… Read More Lockheed YO-3A Quiet Star – Silence Was It’s Only Protection

Museum of Flight: Lockheed M-21 Blackbird – The CIA Spy Drone Mothership

The Lockheed A-21 Blackbird was a mighty Mach 3.2 single seat reconnaissance spy plane built for the CIA which would later be developed into the two-seat Lockheed SR-71A Blackbird operated by the USAF. The A-12 first flew in 1962 and was operated from 1963 to 1968. It was powered by two Pratt & Whitney J58… Read More Museum of Flight: Lockheed M-21 Blackbird – The CIA Spy Drone Mothership

Oregon International Air Show 2016: Breitling Jet Team

All the way from Dijon, France the Breitling Jet Team is the largest civilian aerobatic display team in Europe and they delivered the goods at the Oregon International Air Show at Hillsboro Airport near Portland, Oregon this year. The team flies seven (plus a spare) Czech designed and built Aero L-39 Albatros jets (formerly an Eastern Bloc… Read More Oregon International Air Show 2016: Breitling Jet Team

Oregon International Air Show 2016: USMC MV-22 Osprey Demo

There is something special about watching a big tilt-rotor Bell Boeing MV-22 Osprey V/STOL transport be put through its paces. The MV-22 Osprey flying display by the US Marine Corps Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron 161 “Greyhawks” (VMM-161 of the 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing at MCAS Miramar in California) at the Oregon International Air Show was no exception… Read More Oregon International Air Show 2016: USMC MV-22 Osprey Demo

Oregon International Air Show 2016: US Navy Super Hornet West Coast TAC DEMO

The Oregon International Air Show featured some ear blasting greatness from the US Navy Super Hornet West Coast Demonstration Team! Flying a Boeing F/A-18F Super Hornet aka “Rhino” two-seat multi-role fighter, the pilot literally screamed through the at speeds close to 1,125 km/h / 700 mph (edging on the sound barrier) on a number of fast low… Read More Oregon International Air Show 2016: US Navy Super Hornet West Coast TAC DEMO

Oregon International Air Show 2016: Heroes of the Pacific 75th Anniversary

Along with the usual aerobatic and military flying action, the Oregon International Air Show at Hillsboro Airport just outside of Portland, Oregon featured a Heroes of the Pacific tribute to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the beginning of the Pacific War during World War Two. The Japanese attack on Pearl Harbour, Hawaii on December 7th,… Read More Oregon International Air Show 2016: Heroes of the Pacific 75th Anniversary