Aleksey Petrovich Maresyev, Fighter Pilot Who Defied Death

Aleksey Petrovich Maresyev, Fighter Pilot Who Defied Death

Aleksey Petrovich Maresyev was a Soviet fighter ace during the World War II. He was born in 1916 in the small city of Kamyshin on the banks of the Volga River. In 1937, he joined the Red Army and served in the border patrol aviation unit as a technician – but all he did, according to Maresyev, “was put the tail of the plane into the proper parking position.” A year and a half later he was sent to a pilot school in the city of Bataisk in the south…

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Combat Kangaroos

Combat Kangaroos

Mutant Marsupials Take Up Arms Against Australian Air Force The reuse of some object-oriented code has caused tactical headaches for Australia’s armed forces. As virtual reality simulators assume larger roles in helicopter combat training, programmers have gone to great lengths to increase the realism of their scenarios, including detailed landscapes and in the case of the Northern Territory’s Operation Phoenix- herds of kangaroos (since disturbed animals might well give away a helicopter’s position). The head of the Defense Science & Technology Organization’s Land Operations/Simulation division reportedly instructed developers to model…

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Goodyear Inflatoplane

Goodyear Inflatoplane

Back in 1950’s Army needed some inexpensive new ways to make a rescue aircraft – they decided to give the inflatable aircraft a chance in 1955. The Goodyear GA-466 Inflatoplane was an improbable rubber aircraft designed for the United States Army as a compact rescue aircraft. The Inflatoplane experimental aircraft was made by the Goodyear Aircraft Company, a part of Goodyear Tire and Rubber Company. The Goodyear Company built their famous blimps as well as military aircraft under licence such as versions of the Vought Corsair. Therefor this was just…

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Top Gun Trivia

Top Gun Trivia

Top Gun is a 1986 American action movie directed by Tony Scott. The movie stars Tom Cruise (Lt. Pete “Maverick” Mitchell), Kelly McGillis (Charlotte ‘Charlie’ Blackwood), Val Kilmer (Lt. Tom ‘Iceman’ Kazansky), Anthony Edwards (Nick “Goose” Bradshaw), and Tom Skerritt (Commander Mike “Viper” Metcalf). Maverick is a young Naval aviator aboard the aircraft carrier USS Enterprise. He and his Radar Intercept Officer (RIO) “Goose” are given the chance to train at the Navy’s Fighter Weapons School. Once on board the school, Maverick fights its way to be the best pilot…

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