Calendars

With the new year right around the corner, a number of 2017 calendars are hitting the market which cater to aircraft enthusiasts. We’ve assembled a collection of several that caught our attention, which are now available through our online store. You’ll find calendars focusing on WW1 and WW2 warbirds, general and commercial aviation, and military jets, all captured in beautiful air-to-air photography or portrayed by talented aviation artists.

Click here to view our current selection, and be sure to check back often, as new calendars will be continually added!

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Blogger Gautier Hattenberger has figured out a creative way to give his ancient Game Boy a 21st century makeover: repurposing it as a drone flight controller.

The process involved a lot of problem solving and tech-speak but, put simply, he transformed the the Game Link into a USB port using an Arduino and FTDI semiconductor combination, allowing it to hook up with a laptop and the drone’s software.

For those wishing to try it for themselves, the plans were published on the Paparazzi UAV blog and the associated code is available on GitHub. Meanwhile, the rest of us can check out the awesome results in the video after the jump.

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FLIR Systems, which produces heat-seeing cameras, reportedly turned their new 380-HDc camera on an F-35 performing at the recent Farnborough International Air Show, resulting in the awesome 1080p video after the jump.

The 62 lb camera is a remote controlled device intended for use on helicopters, and highlights the heat anomalies of the cutting edge fighter as it uses its unique hovering capabilities.

The camera is slated to begin service with the Royal Norwegian Air Force next year, where it will see use aboard AW101 helicopters in search and rescue operations.

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We’ve already seen what the A-10’s massive GAU-8 cannon is like, both in the air and on the ground. However, one enterprising hobbyist has decided to use this legendary firepower as inspiration to merge his two great loves: RC models and Nerf.

YouTuber “ajw61185” equipped his FreeWing A-10 (available here in a “heavily upgraded” version) with a stripped down Nerf Rival Zeus blaster which was installed in the aircraft’s nose. The blaster is connected to a remote trigger and operated with the same transmitter as the model itself.

It can apparently fire 12 foam balls in less than half a second, which were used to waste cardboard tanks.

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The USAF has released a never-before-seen, 360 degree video filmed from the cockpit of a Lockheed U-2 Dragon Lady as it takes off and flies at the edge of space.

This is reportedly the first time the public has been given views from this vantage point (unless you want to include the U-2 flight MythBuster Adam Savage took over San Francisco awhile back).

The Dragon Lady has been a vital part of U.S national security since its introduction during the Cold War, and is able to gather intelligence from a location without being anywhere near it. According to former U-2 pilot Lt. Gen. Robert Otto, the aircraft carries “incredible” sensors and could be flying over New York City while taking pictures of Washington D.C.

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In order to commemorate the 60th anniversary of the Avro Vulcan’s arrival at RAF Waddington, Aviation Heritage Lincolnshire has launched a new aviation heritage trail that tells the story of an aircraft that “helped ensure that the Cold War never became ‘hot'”.

Sites along the “Vulcan Trail” recall the famous Falklands “Black Buck” raids and the development of air to air refueling, as well as a tense moment in October 1962, when Vulcan crews were prepared to scramble during the Cuban Missile Crisis. Included are stops at Waddington Aviation Viewing Experience, home of Vulcan XM607, and Robin Hood Airport near Doncaster, which houses Vulcan XH558 – the last flying example of the type which was recently retired for permanent static display. Also included is Waddington village cemetery, which holds the remains of three airmen who were killed when Vulcan XA897 crashed at Heathrow on October 1, 1956.

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The Imperial War Museum has launched a crowdfunding campaign aimed at conserving their rare Handley Page Victor on behalf of the UK.

The museum’s example, XH648, is the only one of its kind in the nation. Originally built as a B1 model in the late 1950s, the aircraft was later converted to a B1A and went on to serve with the Far East Air Force during the Indonesian Confrontation. In 1965 it was again converted, this time to a B(K)1A two-point tanker, and continued to operate until 1976.

The Victor is said to be in good condition externally, although external corrosion has been spotted. The campaign’s £450,000 target will help assess the aircraft’s condition and fund conservation efforts, which are expected to take up to five years.

Interested parties can contribute to the effort here.

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An online petition has been launched to reopen the Virginia Aviation Museum in Richmond, which was reportedly closed by the Virginia Science Museum last month.

The petition states that the museum was closed “with little advance warning and without the concurrence of the Virginia Aviation Historical Society”, the organization that formed and maintained the facility for many years.

The reason for the closure was said to be “extensive repairs” that could not be justified. However, the petition states that “the Science Museum’s own engineers concluded that the building would be good for at least ten more years” and further that the museum has “ample funds to make the repairs and to operate the museum”.

The petition seeks the establishment of a contract between the Aviation Museum and the airport authorities to keep the facility open for the foreseeable future. To sign the petition or obtain additional information, click here.

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After facing foreclosure and bankruptcy proceedings, the situation at the Evergreen Aviation & Space Museum in McMinnville, Oregon may have finally stabilized. Property at the site, including the space museum and the neighboring Wings & Waves Waterpark, will reportedly be acquired by Utah businessman Steve Down and a group of investors in a $10.9 million deal.

The move will make Downs a co-landlord along with Maine developer George Schott, who was part of a group that acquired the museum itself last year in a $22 million deal. Down will reportedly operate the waterpark as a for-profit business and develop a four-star hotel nearby.

The deal, which is said to be “very favorable to the museum”, is set to close on August 5th.

(OregonLive via The Air Museum Network Photo via Wikimedia Commons)

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We’ve already seen how the A-10’s massive GAU-8 Avenger is reloaded, and now, thanks to YouTuber “AiirSource Military”, we know what firing it sounds like from the cockpit.

The GoPro footage after the jump was captured at the 2016 installment of Hawg Smoke, a biannual competition that gathers A-10s from various Air Force units for strafing, high-altitude dive-bombing, low-angle high-delivery and Maverick missile tests.

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