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Just gorgeous.

Saturday, August 9th, 2014

– Wiccapundit

This is a video of Boeing preparing the 787 Dreamliner for the Farnborough Air Show.  Check out the deck angle on takeoff at about 00:30 in the video.  Whoa!  That is impressive.

This is a stark reminder of the difference between civilized people and barbarians.  Americans conceive, design, and build machines such as these.  Barbarians fly them into buildings.


The Elegant P-51 Mustang

Thursday, April 12th, 2012

– Wiccapundit

Truly one of the most beautiful aircraft ever designed is the North American P-51 Mustang.  A few interesting facts:

1. The Brits asked North American to build the prototype in 120 days.  They did it in 117.  Nowadays it would take 120 days just to set up the committee to decide on the shape of the conference table to meet at to discuss choosing the name of the plane.

2. The most common variant, the P-51D model, had a top speed of 437 mph at 25,000 feet.  By way of comparison, the Cessna Citation Mustang light-jet business aircraft introduced in 2007 has a top speed of 0.63 Mach at 25,000 feet, which is 436 mph.   The performance of a 70+ year-old propeller-driven, reciprocating-engine design is just as impressive as the most modern, high-tech, computer-designed jet aircraft.

3.  When the US changed its tactics from defensive use of the Mustang to offensive use, the Luftwaffe lost 17% of their pilots in just a one-week period.  The great German ace Adolph Galland stated that that was the moment Germany lost the air war.

4. Civilian-owned Mustangs have dominated the Reno Air Races Unlimited Gold category.  The course record in that race at Reno is held by the highly-modified P-51 Dago Red, which averaged over 500 mph during the race.

Just amazing.  And as beautiful as they come:


More cool flying stuff

Tuesday, November 29th, 2011

– Wiccapundit

Moar flyin’!  I want one of these:

And one of these:

And maybe one of these:


Gallery of the Intrepid – Women In Aviation Edition

Thursday, September 29th, 2011

– Wiccapundit

In which your Wiccapundit gets to indulge: (1) his love of all things aviation; (2) his respect for people who demonstrate exceptional skills and tremendous achievements; and (3) his appreciation for the lovelier half of the population.

Jackie Cochran is even more awesomer than Teh Awesome.

(Jackie in the cockpit of the F-86 Sabre she used to break the sound barrier; with her friend and wingman Chuck Yeager.  You might have heard of him.)

In her 20’s, the incredible Ms. Cochran learned to fly in just three weeks, and quickly obtained her commercial pilot’s certificate (not “license,” because the FAA doesn’t understand what a “license” is).  She then proceeded to establish, oh, just a few aviation records:

First woman to enter the Bendix Inter-continental Air Race (in 1935).

First woman to break the sound barrier, flying the first production airplane to break the sound barrier (with Chuck Yeager as her wingman).

First woman to fly Mach 2.

First woman to land on and take off from an aircraft carrier.

First woman to pilot a bomber across the North Atlantic (in 1941).

First civilian woman to receive the Distinguished Service Medal, for her leadership in creating and commanding the Women’s Air Force Service Pilots (WASPs), which transported military aircraft overseas during World War II.  Also a recipient of the Distinguished Flying Cross.

First woman to fly a jet aircraft across the Atlantic.

The only woman ever to be President of the Federation Aeronautique Internationale.

Five-time winner of the Harmon Trophy as the outstanding female aviator in the world.

Still holds more distance and speed records than any pilot living or dead, male or female.

Oh, yeah, and she worked as a test pilot for both Northrop and Lockheed, and was one of 13 women in the Mercury 13 Project, which considered the use of women as astronauts.  The candidates were not accepted for training, however, as NASA’s requirements for astronauts at the time were that they be military jet test pilots and hold engineering degrees.  In 1962, no women met both those requirements.

She was also a highly successful businesswoman, despite the lack of a formal education.  A lifelong Republican, she narrowly lost a bid for Congress, losing by only 3,199 votes to the first Asian-American Congressman, Democrat Dalip Singh Saund.  This was one of the few failures in her storied career.  (If you can call NOT being elected to Congress a failure.)

She devoted considerable time and money to charitable causes, particularly those assisting persons from impoverished backgrounds like her own.

And to top it off, she was pretty hawt:


Gallery of the Intrepid – Pilot’s Edition

Monday, August 15th, 2011


Here is a cool 3D recreation of the U.S. Airways Flight 1549 ditching in the Hudson River, complete with audio.  When Captain Sullenberger takes the controls from the First Officer (who was flying the plane), he says calmly: “my airplane.”  No muss, no fuss; just quiet competence.  No panic; just getting the job done.

Well done, Captain.   Ever think of running for President?

h/t Ann Barnhardt


Delta Air Lines: Bah!

Thursday, June 23rd, 2011

– Wiccapundit

Frequent readers of this little blog know that I am an airplane nut.  Ever since I was a kid, I have loved everything aviation-related.  Even as an adult flying commercial, I would waffle over taking the aisle seat for comfort, or the window seat so I could stare out the window.  It has taken the particular genius combination of airline stupidity (charge for checked bags and everything else they can suck out of you) and government unpleasantness (TSA stands for “They Suck Ass”) to make someone who loves to fly HATE to get on an airplane.

Add this one to the long-as-my-Johnson list of reasons I won’t set foot on a commercial flight, particularly not one of Delta’s:

Delta Partners With Saudi Arabian Airlines; Jews Now Can’t Fly

Jews and Israelis, or passengers carrying any non-Islamic article of faith, will not be able to fly Delta Air Lines flights from the U.S. to Saudi Arabia under Delta’s new partnership with Saudi Arabian Airlines. (emphasis added)

I suppose that a witch wearing a pentagram and flying on Delta to Saudi Arabia would be right out.  Like I’d ever be caught dead entering a backwards, barbaric, Stone Age sandpit like that.

Or like I’d be caught dead EVER taking another flight on Delta.

(h/t to AoSHQ, of course)


Maybe Obama can hire this guy to help figure out how to pay for Obamacare.

Tuesday, March 23rd, 2010

– Wiccapundit

The Pudding Guy – 12k Chocolate Puddings Into A Lifetime Of Free Flights

Guy spends $3,140 on 12,150 individual servings of pudding, trades in UPC codes on them for 1.25 million frequent flyer miles, continues to utilize frequent flyer promotions to amass miles five times faster than he spends them (with all the perks that come with American Airlines Advantage Gold status), and even got an $815 tax deduction for donating the pudding to the Salvation Army.  America, what a country!

(From Djmick Life, via the usual sources.)

While we’re at it, have we mentioned the exceptional values available on fine Red State Witch pudding merchandise to be found at our Zazzle merch page?  Pudding – it’s not just for dessert anymore.


Gallery of the Intrepid

Wednesday, March 17th, 2010

– Wiccapundit

From the archives of AOPA, the Aircraft Owner’s and Pilot’s Association, comes this story of a man who didn’t let a life-changing accident stop him from fulfilling his lifelong dream.

Logan Flood was a commercial cargo pilot building time toward his goal of becoming an airline pilot.  He suffered second- and third-degree burns over most of his body after an early-morning crash in icy weather.  He lost all or part of every finger of his right hand, and his contact lenses had melted onto his eyes.  He was given a 13% chance of living, but he survived and recovered from his injuries.

He resumed flight instructing six years after the accident, but believed that flying for the airlines was out of the question.   When one of his flight students encouraged him to try anyway, he obtained a “statement of demonstrated ability” medical waiver from the FAA, and applied to several airlines.

He now flies regional jets for Republic Airlines.  His flame-scarred face sometimes causes people to stare at him in airport terminals.  But some people do understand:

A flight attendant told him one passenger took her aside to ask whether Flood had been injured in an aircraft accident.

When the flight attendant said yes, the passenger asked her to relay a message.

“Tell him he’s got guts,” the passenger said. “Tell him I admire him.”

I’d fly with him any day.


“Maybe we should have left the crates of vodka back at the terminal…”

Tuesday, March 2nd, 2010

– Wiccapundit

This takeoff looks like the way I feel getting out of bed some mornings.

Why let all that good runway concrete go to waste? Yeesh.

The controller’s comment at 2:10 is priceless.


It’s Friday. Time for Teh Crazeh Video.

Friday, February 26th, 2010

– Wiccapundit

Yeah, I would so try this.

America, where everyone is free (for now) to try risky stuff like this.