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...
The Focke Wulf Fw 190 and it's many variations were widely used during World War II. This single-seat German made fighter was designed by the German Ministry of Aviation.
Today's photograph shows the Air and Space Museum's restored F8 model, which entered service in 1941 and earned the nickname of the "Butcher Bird".
As I was writing this post I noticed in the Wordpress Dashboard that the previous post was a milestone of sorts. It was post number 100 for this young blog and it featured a sailing ship which sort of sums it all up as we continue to sail along through cyberspace. :-) This is what they call fun and I am enjoying the experience. For one, I've been fortunate to connect with a great community of photographers who not only support one another, but love to share in this wonderful craft. For that, I am truly grateful. Today's post takes us back in time to 1945 and a plane that served the U S Air Force during World War II. Throughout aviation history pilots would adorned their planes, both inside and out, with images that kept their morale up. After all, war is a tough business. In any case, the markings on the side of this B-25J Mitchell (named for General Billy Mitchell) was typical of what I've described above. This plane was a bomber manufactured by North American Aviation and featured two Wright R-2600 Cyclone engines, rated at 1750 horsepower each. Maximum speed for this aircraft is 275 MPH, but let's get back to the markings.
The image below shows an example of typical aircraft artwork during wartimes.
Have a wonderful day and we'll catch up to you along the way.