Aviation

Little Butch the Monocoupe 110 Special

Little Butch the Monocoupe 110 Special

In this post we have a look at one of the fastest sports planes of the 1940s, "Little Butch" (N36Y). I found it literally hanging from the rafters in the Smithsonian's Air & Space Museum located in Chantilly Virginia. I have always loved planes, particularly vintage planes from the past.

 

Tracking and Data Relay Satellite

Tracking and Data Relay Satellite

Back in the 1980s NASA developed and deployed a system to improve space to ground communications for both manned and unmanned space flight. The Tracking and Data Relay Satellite took on the acronym TDRS (pronounced tee-dris) and remains highly successful in the transference of data...

Space Shuttle Discovery

Space Shuttle Discovery

Today’s image comes via the Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center, also known as the Air and Space Museum where the Space Shuttle Discovery has landed and found it’s final home. This awesome machine has a special place in my heart since it was THE shuttle that returned us to flight after the Challenger accident

F-14 Tomcat

F-14 Tomcat

I have always had a fondness of U S Navy and Air Force jet fighter planes, so much so that a few scale models have found their way into a small collection. So when I saw the F 14 Tomcat on the floor of the Air and Space Museum I could hardly wait to get a closer look. Technically, the one featured in this post is a Grumman F-14 D (R) Tomcat which was manufactured in the mid 1970′s.