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

Seafair 2016: Welcome Aboard the USS Somerset (LPD 25) Amphibious Transport Dock

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

Seafair 2016: US Coast Guard Helicopter Search And Rescue Demo

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

FHC Skyfair 2016

This years FHC Skyfair was another great one. This was the third annual air and ground show put on by the Flying Heritage Collection at Paine Field in Everett, Washington (my second attendance having gone to the first in 2014). This years theme was to commemorate the upcoming 75 years since the beginning of the Pacific War in December… Read More FHC Skyfair 2016