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
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
From practice sessions to the Seafair Boeing Air Show, it was great to see the US Navy Blue Angels McDonnell Douglas F/A-18C/D Hornet’s flying over Seattle and Lake Washington once again! As always the Blues put on a fantastic flying display and one I never tire of! I attended Friday and Sunday – Friday was nice… Read More Seafair 2016: Boeing Air Show – US Navy Blue Angels
It has been a busy aviation week in Seattle! I attended the Friday (sunny) and Sunday (from grey skies and low cloud to sunny!) Seafair Boeing Air Show which included the new “Amazon One” Amazon Prime Air Boeing 767-300, a new Boeing 737 MAX, US Army and US Coast Guard helicopters, warbirds from the Flying Heritage Collection and… Read More Seafair 2016: Boeing Air Show
As part of Seafair Fleet Week I went for a tour aboard USS Somerset (LPD 25 – Landing Platform Dock) the US Navy San Antonio-class Amphibious Transport Dock berthed at Pier 90 in Seattle, Washington (launched in April 2012 and commissioned into service in March 2014, it is based in San Diego, California and is 1 of twelve planned… Read More Seafair 2016: Welcome Aboard the USS Somerset (LPD 25) Amphibious Transport Dock
It was great to see the US Navy Blue Angels McDonnell Douglas F/A-18C/D Hornet’s flying over Seattle once again today! The were conducting practice sessions for this weekends Seafair Boeing Air Show. I can’t wait to see the full show down over Lake Washington!
US Coast Guard Eurocopter MH-65 Dolphin Search And Rescue (SAR) demonstration on Elliot Bay, Seattle today. This was part of the Seafair Fleet Week celebrations. Although a Coast Guard Cutter blocked my view of the end of the rescue, this was still the best way to see such an exercise, rather than being on the rescuing end!… Read More Seafair 2016: US Coast Guard Helicopter Search And Rescue Demo