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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...

Tiger Moth - de Havilland DH 82

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Apparently this bi-plane was misidentified during my visit to the museum. A sign next to the plane indicated it was a de Havilland DH 82. Since the plane was parked on the edge of an isle and since I am not an aviator, I had no reason think otherwise. One of my visitors (SB Chatterjee) pointed out that the plane was perhaps a  Nieuport from WWI but not a Tiger Moth. So, at this point the only thing I am positive about is that it is a bi-plane. :-) If you can positively identify this aircraft, I'd be most appreciative.

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In today's short post we have a look at a bi-plane that was primarily used as a trainer, the de Havilland DH 82. This model took to the air in 1931 and honed the skills of many WWII pilots. Equipped with a 120 HP engine that would push this lightly constructed aircraft to speeds of 110 MPH, it required nerves of steel to fly one of these.

The bi-plane shown below is likely a replica. I was unable to find out for sure when this photo was taken nearly a year ago, but there was nothing I could see that hinted at this having been restored. Nonetheless, it's a very impressive looking aircraft. The cockpit has modern-day instrumentation (analog gauges)  which was quite nice looking.

Tiger Moth - DeHavilland DH 82
Tiger Moth - DeHavilland DH 82

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Thanks so much for clicking by. We'll catch you a little later!

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The Cockpit

Welcome back my good friends! I truly hope you've enjoyed a great holiday break with your family and friends and I thank you for your good wishes on previous posts. For me, it was a tremendously enjoyable time, one that created some special memories. That's what this time of year is all about, spreading the love and joy while being thankful.

I certainly enjoyed the time away from the blog as it provided an opportunity to review some of my plans for moving forward. To get back in the groove of things I'll begin with the image below of a WWI style airplane cockpit. It sort of represents getting back in control and taking off on the next mission. ;-)

This image was taken at the Military Aviation Museum in Virginia Beach (Summer 2011). Many of the aircraft on display are replicas, some are original aircraft with updated instrumentation and other equipment. This particular craft is a Fokker 2 replica.

The Cockpit
The Cockpit

Pardon the dust on that machine gun cover plate. That's one of those things you notice in post-processing, but being in a museum leaves no alternatives to fixing this before the shot anyhow. :-)

Let's zoom out just a bit.

The Cockpit - Zoomed Out View
The Cockpit - Zoomed Out View

Although the modern instrumentation limits any attempt at a retro look, I converted the tight shot to B&W anyway.

The Cockpit - B&W
The Cockpit - B&W

Thanks for visiting and have a wonderful day!

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LV-X373

Quick post today after a night of network issues and an early rise for a road trip. From the title above no doubt many will ask, "what's a LV-X373?" It's a historically accurate replica of a bi-plane manufactured by the Pur Sang Historic Aircraft Team at Parana city airport in Brazil. These are the toys of collectors and aviation buffs. I was struck by the beauty of it's long, sleek fuselage. It also occurred to me that this seems little more than a frame powered by a Kinner engine. :-)

LV-X373
LV-X373

Wishing you all a great day!

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