Life’s good when you’re on top! Photo by Ryan Blanding.
Really nice detail on the vortices left in the wake of a Mig-29 flown by The Swifts, one of Russia’s premier flight demonstration teams. Fun fact: According to Wikipedia, the Swifts have had the same roster since 2008! Photo by Oleg Botov. Used with permission.
After a two week lapse in flying (thanks wind!) I got to go back up with my instructor Mic and we went through all of the maneuvers in one go. If we were to continue my “Good, Bad, and the Ugly” theme all 3 categories would’ve definitely been represented on this flight.
I was a little apprehensive when my instructor suggested we go up and do all of the checkride maneuvers. I was thinking more like an easy day in the pattern doing crosswind work since the winds were howling pretty good. Ultimately it was great to practice maneuvers like I would on the checkride, that’s exactly what I need at this point. I’ll have time to study individual things on my own before the checkride. Besides, I might as well take advantage of that guy in the right seat while I’ve got him!
All in all a good flight despite flubbing a few of the maneuvers. I suppose any day you get to fly is a good one.
Easily some of the best plane spotting commentary I’ve ever heard. Kudos, sir. (Semi NSFW?)
Staying nice and dry on a rainy day inside the cockpit of this Beechcraft Duchess (BE76). Photo by Ed Dunens.
Too good not to share.
A U.S. Air Force T-38 Talon aircraft and B-2 Spirit aircraft fly in formation during a training mission over Whiteman Air Force Base, Mo., Feb. 20, 2014. The B-2 is a multi-role bomber capable of delivering both conventional and nuclear ammunition. (DoD photo by Staff Sgt. Jonathan Snyder, U.S. Air Force/Released)
Miss this bird.
Pacific Ocean (Nov. 15, 2003) — An F-14D Tomcat assigned to the “Tomcatters” of Fighter Squadron Three One (VF-31) makes an arrested landing aboard USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74). Stennis and her embarked Carrier Air Wing Fourteen (CVW-14) are at sea conducting Composite Training Unit Exercise (COMPTUEX) in preparation for an upcoming deployment. U.S. Navy photo by Photographer’s Mate 3rd Class Mark J. Rebilas. (RELEASED)
Always reblog Tomcat.
U.S. Air Force Lt. Col. Scott Walker, an F-16 Fighting Falcon aircraft pilot and the commander of Detachment 93, 495th Fighter Group, prepares to take off at Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan, Feb. 18, 2014. (DoD photo by Senior Airman Kayla Newman/Released)
In CLOSE formation with a Sukhoi Superjet 100. He could just about get his nose in the back of a C-27J! Photo by SuperJet International.
A gorgeous nighttime descent into London from the flight deck. Photo by Michael Phillips.