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Plane of the Day

January 15th, 2021: Lockheed Vega
by Robert Phillips


Specs. (Vega 5C)
General Statistics
Crew: 1
Capacity: 6 Passengers
Wingspan: 41 ft
Length: 27 ft 6 in
Height: 8 ft 6 in
Empty weight: 2,565 lbs
Gross weight: 4,500 lbs
Engine: 1 × Pratt & Whitney R-1340C Wasp 9-cylinder air-cooled radial piston engine
Engine power: 450 hp


Performance
Cruise speed: 165 mph (143 kn)
Range: 725 mi (539 nmi)
Ceiling: 19,000 ft

Fun Facts

  • On January 15th, 1930 Amelia Earhart set a speed record for women in her Lockheed Vega at a speed of 171 MPH. She would become the first woman to fly across the Atlantic ocean in this same aircraft.
  • In 1933 Wiley Post became the first man to fly around the world solo taking only seven days, in his record-breaking Vega nicknamed “The Winne Mae.”
  • The Lockheed Vega first flew on July 4, 1927.
  • Many Vegas were outfitted for experimental porpoises and Wiley Post used “The Winne Mae” to prove the existence of the jet stream.

January 14th, 2021: Boeing 717
by Robert Phillips

Delta Air Lines Sees An Opportunity To Do More Regional Flying - Simple Flying

photo from Getty images


Specs. (717-200)

General Statistics

Crew: 2
Capacity: 110 Passengers
Wingspan: 93 ft 4 in
Length: 124 ft
Height: 29 ft 8in
Empty weight: 110,000 lbs
Max takeoff weight: 26,500  lbs
Engine: 2x Rolls-Royce BR715-A1-30s
Engine power:18,920 lbf (84.2 kN) each


Performance

Cruise speed: 444 kn
Range: 1,430 nmi
Ceiling: 37,000 ft

 


Fun Facts

  • The 717 was originally designated the McDonnell-Douglas MD-95.
  • 156 717s were built before production ended in 2006.
  • Like the MD-80 and MD-90 the 717 was developed from the Douglas DC-9.
  • The 717 is an extremely safe and has never suffered a fatal accident.

 

January 13th, 2021: Grumman F4F Wildcat
by Robert Phillips

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Specs. (F4U-4)

General Statistics

Crew: 1
Length: 28 ft 9 in
Wingspan: 38 ft 0 in
Height: 11 ft 10 in
Empty weight: 4,907 lbs
Gross weight: 7,423 lbs
Engine: 1 × Pratt & Whitney R-1830-76 14-cylinder air-cooled radial piston engine
Engine power: 1,200 hp


Performance

Maximum speed: 331 mph (288 kn)
Range: 845 mi (734 nmi)
Service ceiling: 39,500 ft


Armament

Guns: 4 × 0.50 in  AN/M2 Browning machine guns
Bombs: 2 × 100 lb bombs and/or 2 × 58 US gal drop tanks


Fun Facts

  • The F4F first flew on September 2nd, 1937.
  • Ace, Lt. Edward “Butch” O’Hare flew F4Fs and became an ace in a day after he shot down 5 Japanese G4M “Betty” bombers.
  • F4Fs were the main American naval fighters during the Battle of Midway.
  • The F4F was a rugged aircraft and Wildcat pilots came up with the famed “Thach Weave” maneuver.

January 12th, 2021: Douglas DC-3
by Robert Phillips


Specs. (DC-3A)

General Statistics

Crew: 2
Capacity: 21-32 passengers
Wingspan: 95 ft 2 in
Length: 64 ft 8 in
Height: 17 ft
Empty weight: 18,135 lbs
Max takeoff weight: 31,000 lbs
Engine: 2 × Pratt & Whitney R-1830-90C Twin Wasp 14-cylinder air-cooled radial piston engines
Engine power: 1,200 hp each


Performance

Cruise speed: 224 mph (195 kn) at 10,000 ft
Range: 1,600 mi (1,400 nmi)
Ceiling: 26,400 ft

 


Fun Facts

  • The C-47 was developed from the Douglas DC-3.
  • The DC-3 series is one of the most successful airliners ever built.
  • The DC-3 is an improved version of the DC-2.
  • The many cargo airlines in remote places still operate the DC-3 because of its versatility and low operating costs over 300 are still airworthy.

 

January 11th, 2021: Vought F4U Corsair
by Robert Phillips


Specs. (F4U-4)

General Statistics

Crew: 1
Wingspan:  41 ft 0 in
Length: 33 ft 8 in
Height: 14 ft 9 in
Empty weight:  9,205 lbs
Max take-off weight: 14,533 lbs
Engine: 1 × Pratt & Whitney R-2800-18W radial engine
Engine power: 2,380 hp


Performance

Maximum speed: 446 mph (385 kn)
Range: 1,005 mi (873 nmi)
Ceiling: 41,500 ft


Armament

6 × 0.50 in (12.70 mm) M2 Browning machine guns

8 × 5 in. high velocity aircraft rockets and/or 4,000 pounds of bombs

 


Fun Facts

  • F4Us saw service with the U.S. Navy and Marines during WWII and the Korean War.
  • The Corsair took it’s first flight on 29 May 1940.
  • Over 12,571 Corsairs were built before production ended in 1953.
  • The Corsair is famous for shooting down many Japanese planes during WWII.
  • The Corsair’s 1942–1953 production run is the longest of any U.S. piston-engined fighter.

January 8th, 2020: Airbus A380
by Robert Phillips


Specs. (A380-800)

General Statistics

Crew: 2
Capacity: 575-853 Passengers
Wingspan: 261 ft 8 in
Length: 238 ft 7 in
Height: 79 ft
Empty weight: 611,000 lbs
Max takeoff weight: 1,267,658 lbs
Engine: 4 × Trent 970-84/970B-84 turbofans
Engine power: 78,000 lbf


Performance

Cruise speed: 561 mph (488 kn)
Range: 9,200 mi (8,000 nmi)
Ceiling: 43,000 ft

 


Fun Facts

  • The A380 is the biggest commercial airliner ever built.
  • The A380 entered service on October 25th, 2007 with Singapore Airlines.
  • Emirates is the largest operator of the A380 with over 115 in service.
  • A380 production has ceased because of operational costs associated with the aircraft.

January 7th, 2021: Bell P-59 Airacomet
by Robert Phillips


Specs. (P-59B)

General Statistics

Crew: 1
Wingspan: 45 ft 6 in
Length: 38 ft 10 in
Height: 12 ft 4 in
Empty weight:  8,165 lbs
Gross weight: 11,040 lbs
Engine: 2 × General Electric J31-GE-5 centrifugal-flow turbojet engines
Engine power: 2,000 lbf each


Performance

Maximum speed:  413 mph (359 kn) @ 30,000 ft
Range: 375 mi (326 nmi)
Ceiling: 46,200 ft


Armament

1 × 37 mm M10 autocannon
3 × .50 cal AN/M2 Browning heavy machine guns

100 lbs of bombs


Fun Facts

  • The P-59 was the first American jet fighter.
  • The P-59 is considered a failure and many propeller driven fighters were faster.
  • There were only 66 P-59s built.
  • No P-59s saw combat service.

January 6th, 2021: Kitfox
by Robert Phillips


Specs. (Kitfox Classic IV)
General Statistics
Crew: 1
Capacity: 1 Passenger
Wingspan: 32 ft
Length: 18 ft 5 in
Height: 5 ft 8 in
Empty weight: 650 lbs
Max takeoff weight: 1200 lbs
Engine: 1 × Rotax 912
Engine power: 80 hp


Performance
Cruise speed: 110 mph
Range: 785 mi
Ceiling: 10,000 ft

Fun Facts

  • The Kitfox is a home-build plane meaning that it is built from a kit or plans.
  • The Kitfox is designed with folding wings making it easier to transport from a garage to the airport.
  • The Kitfox has STOL capabilities and can take-off from small unimproved airstrips.
  • Over 5,000 Kitfox kits have been delivered.

January 5th, 2021: Supermarine Spitfire
by Robert Phillips


Specs. (Spitfire Mk VB)

General Statistics

Crew: 1
Wingspan: 36 ft 10 in
Length: 29 ft 11 in
Height: 11 ft 5 in
Empty weight:  5,065 lbs
Max take-off weight: 6,700 lbs
Engine: 1 × Rolls-Royce Merlin 45 V-12 liquid-cooled piston engine
Engine power: 1,470 hp


Performance

Maximum speed: 370 mph (320 kn)
Range: 479 mi (416 nmi)
Ceiling: 36,500 ft


Armament

8 × .303 in Browning Mk II machine guns (A-wing)


Fun Facts

  • The Supermarine Spitfire first flew on March 5th, 1936.
  • The Spitfire is most famous British fighter of all time.
  • The Spitfire was arguably the best British fighter of WWII and became famous after the Battle of Britain.
  • Over 22,890 Spitfires were built between 1936 to 1947.

January 4th, 2020: Boeing 707
by Robert Phillips


Specs. (707-320C)

General Statistics

Crew: 3
Capacity: 141-194 passengers
Wingspan: 145 ft 9 in
Length: 152 ft 11 in
Height: 42 ft
Empty weight: 148,300 lbs
Max takeoff weight: 333,600 lbs
Engines: 4 × Pratt & Whitney JT3D-3/7
Engine power: 18,000 lbf (80 kN) – 19,000 lbf (85 kN)


Performance

Cruise speed: 478-525 kn
Range: 2,900 nmi
Ceiling: 40,000 ft

 


Fun Facts

  • The 707 was a revolutionary jet airliner that helped usher in the Jet Age.
  • The 707 was Boeing’s first jetliner.
  • The 707 entered service with, Pan American World Airways on October 26, 1958.
  • The 707 was developed into the KC-135, E-3, E-6 and E-8 for military use.

December 22nd, 2020: Douglas C-47 Skytrain
by Robert Phillips


Specs. (C-47B)

General Statistics

Crew: 4
Capacity: 28 troops
Wingspan: 95 ft 6 in
Length: 63 ft 9 in
Height: 17 ft
Empty weight: 18,135 lbs
Max takeoff weight: 31,000 lbs
Engine: 2 × Pratt & Whitney R-1830-90C Twin Wasp 14-cylinder air-cooled radial piston engines
Engine power: 1,200 hp each


Performance

Cruise speed: 224 mph (195 kn) at 10,000 ft
Range: 1,600 mi (1,400 nmi)
Ceiling: 26,400 ft

 


Fun Facts

  • The C-47 was developed from the Douglas DC-3.
  • The DC-3 series is one of the most successful airplanes ever built.
  • The C-47 is famous for dropping paratroopers into German-controlled France during the D-Day landings.
  • The many cargo airlines in remote places still operate the C-47 because of its versatility and low operating costs.

December 21st, 2020: Consolidated B-24 Liberator
by Robert Phillips


Specs. (B-24J)

General Statistics

Crew: 11
Wingspan: 110 ft
Length: 67 ft 2 in
Height: 17 ft 7.5 in
Empty weight: 36,500 lbs
Maximum takeoff weight: 65,000 lbs
Engine: × Pratt & Whitney R-1830-35 Twin Wasp, R-1830-41 or R-1830-65 14-cylinder two-row air-cooled turbosupercharged radial piston engines
Engine power (take-off): 1,200 hp each


Performance

Maximum speed: 297 mph
Range: 1,540 mi
Ceiling: 28,000 ft


Armament

10 × .50 caliber (12.7 mm) M2 Browning machine guns

8,000 lbs of bombs


Fun Facts

  • 19,256 B-24s were produced making it the worlds’ most produced bomber and multi-engine aircraft.
  • B-24s served in nearly every theater during WWII.
  • The B-24 was developed into the B-32 Dominator.
  • The B-24 was called the PB4Y in naval service.

December 18th, 2020: Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress
by Robert Phillips

Boeing B-17G "Shoo Shoo Shoo Baby" en route to the National Museum of the United States Air Force on Oct. 12, 1988. (U.S. Air Force photo)


Specs. (B-17G)

General Statistics

Crew: 10
Wingspan: 103 ft 9 in
Length: 74 ft 4 in
Height: 19 ft 1 in
Empty weight: 36,135 lbs
Loaded (maximum) weight: 65,500 lbs
Engine: 4 × Wright R-1820-97 “Cyclone” turbosupercharged radial engines
Engine power (take-off): 1,200 hp each


Performance

Maximum speed: 300 mph
Range: 1,850 mi
Ceiling: 35,600 ft


Armament

13 × .50 in (12.7 mm) M2 Browning machine guns

8,000 lbs of bombs


Fun Facts

  • The B-17 is one of the most recognizable bombers of WWII.
  • A B-17 shot down by the Japanese on the way to Pearl Harbor was the first American combat loss of WWII.
  • Over 47,000 8th Air Force crew members were killed in bombing raids against Germany.
  • A search and rescue SB-17 flew the first American sortie of the Korean War.

December 17th, 2020: Wright Flyer
by Robert Phillips

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Specs.

General Statistics

Crew: 1

Wingspan: 40 ft 4 in

Length: 21 ft 1 in

Height:   9 ft

Empty weight:  605 lbs

Loaded (maximum) weight: 745 lbs

Powerplant: 1 × straight-4 water-cooled piston engine

Engine power: 12 hp 


Performance
Maximum speed: 30 mph
Ceiling: 30 ft

Fun Facts

  • The Wright Flyer was the first successful powered heavier than air aircraft.
  • Instead of using ailerons, the flyer used warped wings to steer.
  • The Wright Flyer survived and is on display at the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum in Washington DC.
  • The Wright Brothers made their first flight in the flyer on December 17th, 1903.

 


 

December 16th, 2020: North American T-6 Texan
by Robert Phillips

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Specs. (T-6G)

General Statistics

Crew: 2

Wingspan: 42 ft

Length: 29 ft

Height: 11 ft 8 in

Empty weight:  4,158 lbs

Gross weight: 5,617 lbs

Powerplant: 1 × Pratt & Whitney R-1340-AN-1 Wasp radial engine

Engine power: 600 hp


Performance
Maximum speed: 208 mph
Range: 730 mi
Ceiling: 24,200 ft

Armament

provisions for three .30 cal. machine guns.


Fun Facts

  • The T-6 first flew in 1935.
  • Limited numbers of T-6s are still used to train pilots.
  • After WWII, T-6s could be purchased for extremely cheap prices (approximately $450) as a result a large number of   T-6s survive today.
  • The T-6 was known as the SNJ in the Navy.

 


December 15th, 2020: Lockheed-Martin F-22
by Robert Phillips


Specs. (F-22A)

General Statistics

Crew: 1
Wingspan: 44 ft 6 in
Length: 62 ft 1 in
Height: 16 ft 8 in
Empty weight: 43,340 lbs
Loaded (maximum) weight: 83,500 lbs
Powerplant: 2 × Pratt & Whitney F119-PW-100 augmented turbofans
Engine power: 35,000 lbf with afterburner


Performance

Maximum speed: Mach 2.25 (1,500 mph) at altitude
Range: 1,600 nmi (1,800 mi)
Combat Range: 460 nmi (530 mi)
Ceiling: 65,000 ft


Armament

2 × 20 mm (0.787 in) M61A2 Vulcan rotary cannon, 480 rounds
Air-to-air mission loadout:
6× AIM-120 AMRAAM
2× AIM-9 Sidewinder

Air-to-ground mission loadout:
2× 1,000 lb JDAM or 8× 250 lb GBU-39 Small Diameter Bombs
2× AIM-120 AMRAAM
2× AIM-9 Sidewinder
Hardpoints: 4× under-wing pylon stations can be fitted to carry 600 U.S. gallon (2,270 L) drop tanks or weapons, each with a capacity of 5,000 lb.


Fun Facts

  • The F-22 entered service in December of 2005.
  • The F-22 is an American stelth air superiority fighter.
  • The F-22 is one of the most agile fighter jets ever built.
  • Only 195 F-22s were built.

December 14th, 2020: Boeing B-47 Stratojet
by Robert Phillips


Specs. (B-47H)

General Statistics

Crew: 3
Wingspan: 116 ft ft
Length: 107 ft 1 in
Height: 28 ft
Empty weight: 80,000 lbs
Loaded (maximum) weight: 221,000 lbs
Engine: 6 × General Electric J47-GE-25 turbojet engines
Engine power (take-off): 7,200 lbf each


Performance

Maximum speed: 607 mph (527 kn)
Combat Radius: 2,013 mi (1,749 nmi) with 20,000 lb bombload
Ceiling: 40,050 ft


Armament

Guns: 2 × 20 mm (0.787 in) M24A1 autocannon
Bombs: 25,000 lb of ordnance.


Fun Facts

  • B-47s set many records including a transatlantic speed record.
  • The B-52 design is strongly influenced by the B-47.
  • The B-47 first flew in  December of 1947.
  • The B-47 was retired in 1967.

December 11th, 2020: Boeing 737 Next Generation
by Robert Phillips

 


Specs. (737-800)

General Statistics

Crew: 2
Capacity: 152 Passengers
Wingspan: 117 ft 5 in (with winglets)
Length: 129 ft 6 in
Height: 41 ft 2 in
Empty weight: 91,300 lbs
Max takeoff weight: 174,200 lbs
Engine: 2x CFM56-7Bs
Engine power: 24,000–27,000 lbf


Performance

Cruise speed: 455 kn
Range: 2,935 nmi
Ceiling: 41,000 ft

 


Fun Facts

  • The 737 Next Generation is the third-generation 737.
  • The 737 Next Generation first flew in February of 1997, and entered service with Southwest Airlines in December of 1997.
  • The most common 737 Next Generation variant is the 737-800.
  • The 737 is one of the most successful airplanes ever built.

December 10th, 2020: North American P-82 Twin Mustang
by Robert Phillips


Specs. (P-82G)

General Statistics

Crew: 2
Wingspan: 51 ft 3 in
Length: 42 ft 5 in
Height: 13 ft 10 in
Empty weight:  15,997 lbs
Max take-off weight: 25,591 lbs
Engine: 2 × V-12 liquid-cooled piston Allison V-1710 engines.
Engine power: 2,250 hp


Performance

Maximum speed: 461 mph (401 kn)
Range: 2,240 mi (1,950 nmi)
Ceiling: 38,900 ft


Armament

6 × 0.50 in (12.70 mm) M3 Browning machine guns

Rockets: 25 127 mm (5 in) rockets

Bombs: 4 1,000 lb bombs

 


Fun Facts

  • The P-82 was developed from the P-51H mustang. Although the P-82 looks like two P-51s joined at the wing it was actually a totally new design.
  • The P-82 was built too late to see service during WWII. However the P-82 did see service during the Korean war.
  • A P-82 scored the first aerial victory of the Korean War when it shot down a North Korean Yak-7U
  • A total of 275 twin mustangs were built.

 

December 12th, 2020: Lockheed-Martin C-130
by Robert Phillips

Straight-wing, four-engine turboprop-driven aircraft overflying water


Specs. (C-130)

General Statistics

Crew: 5
Capacity: 42,000 lbs
Wingspan: 132 ft 7 in
Length: 97 ft 9 in
Height: 38 ft 3 in in
Empty weight: 75,800 lbs
Max takeoff weight:  155,000 lbs
Engines: 4 × Allison T56-A-15 turboprop engines
Engine power: 4,590 shp each


Performance

Cruise speed: 320 kn (370 mph) at 20,000 ft
Range: 2,050 nmi
Ceiling: 23,000 ft with payload

 


Fun Facts

  • The U.S. Navy flew a C-130 off an aircraft carrier in trials but determined it was too risky for operational use on carriers because of the aircraft’s wingspan.
  • The C-130 has seen combat in places like Vietnam, Grenada, Panama, and the Persian Gulf.
  • Several C-130s have been converted to AC-130 gunships.
  • The civilian version of the C-130 is known as the L-100.

December 8th, 2020: Bell X-1
by Robert Phillips

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Specs. (X-1)

General Statistics

Crew: 1
Wingspan: 28 ft
Length: 30 ft 11 in
Height: 10 ft 10 in
Empty weight:  7,000 lbs
Gross weight: 12,250 lbs
Engine: 1 × Reaction Motors XLR11-RM-3 4-chamber liquid-fueled rocket engine
Engine power: 6,000 lbf


Performance

Maximum speed: 1,612 mph (1,401 kn)
Endurance: 5 minutes of powered flight
Ceiling: 70,000 ft


Fun Facts

  • .The X-1 was the first airplane to break the sound barrier in level flight.
  • Chuck Yeager first broke the sound barrier in the X-1 he named “Glamorous Glennis” on October 14th, 1947.
  • The X-1 was carried into the air by a Boeing B-29.
  • The first X-1 to break the sound barrier is on display at the National Air and Space Museum in Washington DC.

In memory of Brig. Gen. Charles “Chuck” Yeager
February 13, 1923 – December 7, 2020


December 7th, 2020: Curtiss P-36 Hawk
by Robert Phillips

DAYTON, Ohio -- Curtiss P-36A Hawk at the National Museum of the United States Air Force. (U.S. Air Force photo)


Specs. (P-36A)

General Statistics

Crew: 1
Wingspan: 37 ft 4 in
Length: 28 ft 6 in
Height: 8 ft 5 in
Empty weight:  4,567 lbs
Gross weight: 5,650 lbs
Engine: 1 x Pratt & Whitney R-1830-17 Twin Wasp 14-cylinder air-cooled radial piston engine
Engine power: 1,050 hp


Performance

Maximum speed:  313 mph
Range: 625 mi
Ceiling: 32,700 ft


Armament

1 × 0.30 in (7.62 mm) M1919 Browning machine gun
1 × 0.50 in (12.7 mm) M2 Browning machine gun

100 lbs of bombs


Fun Facts

  • The Curtiss P-40 was developed from the P-36 Hawk.
  • Lt. Phillip Rasmussen and His P-36A managed to get airborne and shoot down a Japanese A6M2 during the Japanese Attack on Pearl Harbor.
  • The first P-36 flew in 1935.
  • The P-36 was retired by Argentina in 1954.

December 4th, 2020: North American P-51 Mustang
by Robert Phillips

375th Fighter Squadron North American P-51D-5-NA Mustang 44-13926 (cropped).jpg


Specs. (P-51D)

General Statistics

Crew: 1
Wingspan:  37 ft 0 in
Length: 32 ft 3 in
Height: 13 ft 4.5 in
Empty weight:  7,635 lbs
Max take-off weight: 12,100 lbs
Engine: 1 × Packard (Rolls Royce) V-1650-7 Merlin 12-cylinder liquid cooled engine
Engine power: 1,490 hp at 3,000 rpm


Performance

Maximum speed: 440 mph (383 kn)
Range: 1,650 mi (1,434 nmi) with external tanks
Ceiling: 41,900 ft


Armament

6 × 0.50 in (12.70 mm) M2 Browning machine guns

1,000 pounds of bombs on two wing hardpoints

 


Fun Facts

  • The P-51 is remembered as the greatest fighter plane of WWII.
  • During WWII, P-51s destroyed 4,950 enemy aircraft.
  • The P-51 is known for escorting American bombers on missions over Nazi Germany.
  • The last dogfight between propeller driven airplanes was fought between an Honduran F4U-5 and a El Salvadorian P-51D.

December 3, 2020: McDonnell-Douglas DC-10
by Robert Phillips

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Specs. (DC-10-30)

General Statistics

Crew: 3
Capacity: 270 Passengers
Wingspan: 165 ft 4 in
Length: 181 ft 7.2 in
Height: 57 ft 7 in

Empty weight: 266,191 lbs
Max takeoff weight: 555,000 lbs
Engine: 3x GE CF6-50C
Engine power: 51,000 lbf per engine


Performance

Cruise speed: 473–507 kn
Range: 5,240 nmi
Ceiling: 42,000 ft

 


Fun Facts

  • The DC-10 is a wide-body airliner.
  • The DC-10 entered service with American Airlines in 1971.
  • The U.S. Air Force operates the KC-10, the military version of the DC-10, used for aerial refueling.
  • The DC-10 was developed into the MD-11.

November 30th, 2020: Martin B-26 Marauder
by Robert Phillips


Specs. (B-26G)

General Statistics

Crew: 7
Wingspan: 71 ft
Length: 58 ft 3 in
Height: 21 ft 6 in
Empty weight: 24,000 lbs
Loaded (maximum) weight: 37,000 lbs
Engine: 2 × Pratt & Whitney R-2800-43 Double Wasp 18-cylinder radial piston engines
Engine power (take-off): 2,000–2,200 hp each


Performance

Maximum speed: 287 mph (249 kn) at 5,000 feet
Combat Range: 1,150 mi (1,000 nmi) with 3,000 pound bombload and 1,153 US gal of fuel
Ceiling: 21,000 ft


Armament

11 x .50-caliber machine guns
4,000 lbs of bombs.


Fun Facts

  • The B-26 had the lowest loss rate of any USAAF bomber during WWII.
  • Early B-26s had the reputation of being “widow-makers” because of their high accident rate during take offs and landings.
  • Today only 7 of the 5,288 B-26s built survive today.
  • Four B-26s got airborne during the Battle of Midway and flew missions against the Japanese fleet.

November 24th, 2020: Boeing 727
by Robert Phillips

Image credit: Aero Icarus from Zürich, Switzerland, CC BY-SA 2.0 <https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0>, via Wikimedia Commons


Specs. (727-200)

General Statistics

Crew: 3
Capacity: 134 Passengers
Wingspan: 108 ft
Length: 153 ft 2 in
Height: 34 ft 11 in
Empty weight: 97,650 lbs
Max takeoff weight: 172,000 lbs
Engine: 3x JT8D-7/9/11
Engine power: 14,000–15,000 lbf


Performance

Cruise speed: 467-515kt
Range: 1,900 nmi
Ceiling: 42,000 ft

 


Fun Facts

  • The 727 first flew in 1963.
  • Many 727s were converted in to freighters.
  • The 727 was developed as a medium range narrow-bodied airliner.
  • D.B Cooper hijacked a Northwest Orient 727 and demanded over $200,000. He later parachuted out of the plane using the plane’s rear airstair. He was never heard from again.

 

November 23rd, 2020: Douglas SBD Dauntless
by Robert Phillips


Specs. (SBD-5)

General Statistics

Crew: 2
Wingspan:  41 ft 6 in
Length:  33 ft 1 in
Height: 13 ft 7 in
Empty weight:   6,404 lbs
Gross weight:10,700  lbs
Engine: 1 × Wright R-1820-60 Cyclone 9-cylinder air-cooled radial
Engine power: 1,200 hp


Performance

Maximum speed:  255 mph @ 14,000 ft
Range: 1,115 mi
Ceiling: 25,530 ft


Armament

2 × 0.50 in forward-firing synchronized Browning M2 machine guns.
2 × 0.30 in flexible-mounted Browning M1919 machine guns in rear.

2,250 lbs of bombs.


Fun Facts

  • The SBD was a long range dive-bomber and scout aircraft.
  • The SBD became famous for its actions against the Japanese fleet during the Battle of Midway.
  • The SBD was developed from the Northrop BT.
  • The SBDs used by U.S. Army Air Forces were designated as A-24 Banshees.

November 20th, 2020: Boeing 737 MAX
by Robert Phillips

Photo credit: @iowa_pilot (Joe Chapman)


Specs. (737 MAX 9)

General Statistics

Crew: 2
Capacity: 179 Passengers
Wingspan: 117 ft 10 in
Length: 138 ft 4 in
Height: 40 ft 4 in
Max takeoff weight: 194,700 lbs
Engine: 2x CFM International LEAP-1B
Engine power: 26,786–29,317 lbf


Performance

Cruise speed: 453 kn
Range: 3,550 nmi
Ceiling: 41,000 ft

 


Fun Facts

  • The 737 MAX is the fourth-generation 737.
  • The 737 Max first flew in January of 2016, and entered service with Malindo Air in May, 2017.
  • After the fatal crashes of 737 MAX 8s, the 737 MAX was grounded by the FAA for 20 months, the longest ever flight ban of a U.S. airliner.
  • The 737 MAX was cleared to return to service on November 18, 2020 by the FAA.

For more information on the 737 MAX Click Here


 

November 19th, 2020: Republic P-47 Thunderbolt
by Robert Phillips


Specs. (P-47D-40)

General Statistics

Crew: 1
Wingspan: 40 ft 9 in
Length: 36 ft 1.75 in
Height: 14 ft 8 in
Empty weight:  10,000  lbs
Max take-off weight: 17,500 lbs
Engine: 1 × Pratt & Whitney R-2800-59 18-cylinder air-cooled radial piston engine
Engine power: 1,200 hp


Performance

Maximum speed: 426 mph (370 kn) at 30,000 ft
Range: 1,030 mi (900 nmi)
Ceiling: 42,000 ft


Armament

8 × 0.50 in (12.70 mm) M2 Browning machine guns
Up to 2,500 lbs of bombs
Ten 5 in (130 mm) unguided rockets

 


Fun Facts

  • The P-47 was nicknamed the “jug” for its round appearance.
  • P-47s were known for their ability to survive large amounts of enemy fire.
  • During WWII, the P-47 was used by the U.S. Army Air Force in all theaters except Alaska.
  • America’s top ace in the ETO, Francis “Gabby” Gabreski flew P-47s.

November 18th, 2020: Curtiss C-46 Commando
by Robert Phillips


Specs. (C-46A)

General Statistics

Crew: 4-5
Capacity: 40 troops or 15,000 lbs of cargo
Wingspan: 108 ft
Length:  76 ft 4 in
Height: 21 ft 9 in
Empty weight: 30,669 lbs
Max takeoff weight: 45,000 lbs
Engine: 2 × Pratt & Whitney R-2800-51 Double Wasp 18-cylinder air-cooled radial piston engines
“Double Wasp” radial engines
Engine power: 2,000 hp each


Performance

Cruise speed: 173 mph (150 kn)
Range: 150 mi (2,740 nmi) at cruise speed
Ceiling: 24,500 ft

 


Fun Facts

  • The C-46 was derived from the Curtiss CW-20 airliner.
  • The C-46 was a rugged cargo plane.
  • The C-46 became famous for flying missions over “The Hump” (Himalayan mountains) during WWII.
  • Some C-46s are still flying cargo flights in Alaska with Everts Air Cargo.

November 17th, 2020: Consolidated PBY Catalina
by Robert Phillips

Consolidated PBY-5A Catalina in flight (cropped).jpg


Specs. (PBY-5A)

General Statistics

Crew: 10
Wingspan: 104 ft
Length:  63 ft 11 in
Height: 21 ft 1 in
Empty weight: 20,910 lbs
Loaded (maximum) weight: 35,420 lbs
Engine: 2 × Pratt & Whitney R-1830-92 Twin Wasp 14-cylinder radial engines
Engine power: 1,200 hp each


Performance

Maximum speed: 196 mph (170 kn)
Range: 2,520 mi (2,190 nmi)
Ceiling: 15,800 ft


Armament

3x .30 cal machine guns
2x .50 cal machine guns
4,000 pounds of bombs or depth charges.


Fun Facts

  • The PBY Catalina was developed as a patrol bomber for the U.S. Navy.
  • The PBY was used as an anti-submarine warfare aircraft and sunk several German U-boats.
  • PBYs were used to rescue downed B-29 crews in the pacific.
  • The PBY was known as the OA-10 in U.S. Army Air Force service.
  • Flight crews referred to rescue PBYs as the “Dumbo.”

November 13th, 2020: McDonnell Douglas F-4 Phantom II
by Robert Phillips


Specs. (F-4E)

General Statistics

Crew: 2
Wingspan: 38 ft 5 in
Length: 63 ft 0 in
Height: 16 ft 5 in
Empty weight: 30,328 lbs
Maximum take-off weight: 61,795 lbs
Powerplant: 2 x General Electric J79-GE-17A after-burning turbojet engines
Engine power: 17,845 Ibf per engine with afterburners


Performance

Maximum speed: 1,280 kn (1,470 mph) at 40,000 ft
Combat Range: 370 nmi (420 mi)
Ceiling: 60,000 ft


Armament

1× 20 mm (0.787 in) M61A1 Vulcan 6-barrel rotary cannon
Up to 18,650 lbs of weapons on nine external hardpoints


Fun Facts

  • The F-4 was originally developed for the U.S. Navy.
  • The F-4 made its first flight in 1958.
  • The F-4 was the main air superiority fighter of the U.S. Air Force, Navy, and Marines during the Vietnam war.
  • Some F-4 were turned into target drones and designated as QF-4s. The last QF-4 was retired by the U.S. Air Force in 2016.

November 12th, 2020: Convair B-36 Peacemaker
by Robert Phillips

Convair B-36 Peacemaker.jpg


Specs. (B-36J-III)

General Statistics

Crew: 13
Wingspan: 230 ft
Length: 162 ft 1 in
Height: 46 ft 9 in
Empty weight: 166,165 lbs
Maximum take-off weight: 410,000 lbs
Engine: 6 × Pratt & Whitney R-4360-53 Wasp Major 28-cylinder 4-row air-cooled radial piston engines + 4 × General Electric J47 turbojet engines
Engine power: 3,800 hp per R-4360-53, 5,200 ibf per J47


Performance

Maximum speed: 435 mph (378 kn)
Combat Range: 3,985 mi (3,463 nmi)
Ceiling: 43,600 ft


Armament

2× 20 mm (0.787 in) M24A1 autocannon in tail turret.

86,000 lb of bombs with weight restrictions, 72,000 lb of bombs on a normal mission.


Fun Facts

  • The B-36 has the longest wing span of any combat aircraft ever built.
  • No B-36s were ever used in combat.
  • One B-36s was modified to carry a nuclear reactor in order to test the idea of a nuclear powered airplane.
  • Some B-36s were modified to launch and retrieve RF-84 reconnaissance planes.

November 11th, 2020: SPAD S.XIII
by Robert Phillips


Specs. (SPAD S.XIII)

General Statistics

Crew: 1
Wingspan: 27 ft 1 in
Length: 20 ft 6 in
Height: 8 ft 6 in
Empty weight: 1,326 lbs
Gross weight:  1,888 lbs
Engine: 1 × Hispano-Suiza 8Ba, Bb or Bd Water cooled 8-cylinder vee-type
Engine power: 200 hp


Performance

Maximum speed: 131 mph at 3,300 ft
Range: 171 mi
Ceiling: 22,300 ft


Armament

2 x .303 in Vickers machine guns or on United States Army Air Service aircraft, 2 x Marlin M1917 or M1918 machine guns

4 x 25 lb Cooper bombs


Fun Facts

  • SPAD S.XIIIs equipped 15 of the 16 operational American pursuit squadrons at the end of WWI.
  • Only 6 original SPAD S.XIIIs survive.
  • America’s leading ace of WWI, Eddie Rickenbacker flew the SPAD S.XIII and shot down 26 enemy aircraft during the war.
  • The SPAD S.XIII is regarded as one of the best fighters of WWI.

November 10th, 2020: McDonnell Douglas F/A-18 Hornet 
by Robert Phillips


Specs. (F-18C)

General Statistics

Crew: 1
Wingspan: 40 ft 4 in
Length: 56 ft 1 in
Height: 15 ft 5 in
Empty weight: 23,000 lbs
Maximum take-off weight: 51,900 lbs
Powerplant: 2 × General Electric F404-GE-402 afterburning turbofan engines
Engine power: 17,750 lbf per engine with afterburners


Performance

Maximum speed: 1,034 kn (1,190 mph) at 40,000 ft
Range: 1,089 nmi (1,253 mi)
Ceiling: 50,000 ft


Armament

1× 20 mm (0.787 in) M61A1 Vulcan 6-barrel rotary cannon
9x hard points with capacity of 13,700 lbs. of mixed ordnance


Fun Facts

  • The F/A-18 is an multi-role naval fighter.
  • The F/A-18 was developed from the Northrop YF-17 which was a prototype light fighter for the U.S. Air Force.
  • The F/A-18 Hornet was developed into the larger F/A-18E/F Super Hornet.
  • The U.S. Navy Blue Angels used the F/A-18A until they switched to the F/A-18E Super Hornets earlier this year.

November 9th, 2020: Boeing 777 
by Robert Phillips

The Plane, Jet, Aircraft, Airport, The Boeing 777


Specs. (777-200)

General Statistics

Crew: 2
Capacity: 276-364 Passengers
Wingspan: 199 ft 11 in
Length: 209 ft 1 in
Height: 60 ft 9 in
Empty weight: 299,550 lbs
Max takeoff weight: 545,000 lbs
Engine: 2× PW4000 / Trent 800 / GE90
Engine power: 77,200 lbf per engine


Performance

Cruise speed: 499–511 kn
Range: 5,240 nmi
Ceiling: 43,100 ft

 


Fun Facts

  • The 777 is a wide-body airliner.
  • The 777 was originally designed as a trijet like the DC-10 and L1011.
  • The 777 is currently the world’s most ordered wide-body aircraft.
  • The largest 777 variant is the 777x series, these aircraft can accommodate up to 426 passengers and are scheduled to enter airline service in 2022.

November 6th, 2020: Ryan FR Fireball
by Robert Phillips

Ryan FR-1 Fireball VF-66 North Island 1945.jpg


Specs. (FR-1)

General Statistics

Crew: 1
Wingspan: 40 ft 0 in
Length: 32 ft 4 in
Height: 13 ft 11 in
Empty weight:  7,689 lbs
Gross weight: 11,652 lbs
Engine: 1 × Wright R-1820-72W Cyclone 9-cylinder air-cooled radial piston engine + 1 × General Electric J31-GE-3 centrifugal-flow turbojet engine
Engine power: 1,350 hp for Wright R-1820-72W Cyclone, 1,600 ibf for General Electric J31-GE-3


Performance

Maximum speed:  404 mph (351 kn) with both engines
Ferry Range: 1,620 mi
Ceiling: 43,100 ft


Armament

Guns: 4 × .50 in (12.7 mm) M2 Browning machine guns
Rockets: 8 × 5-inch rockets under wings
Bombs: 2 × 1,000 lb bombs


Fun Facts

  • The FR was the U.S. Navy’s first jet powered aircraft.
  • Only 66 Fireballs were built before WWII ended.
  • The Fireball was a disappointment and wasn’t as fast as propeller driven fighters.
  • A FR-1 made the first ever jet-powered landing on an aircraft carrier after its radial engine stopped working.

 

November 5th, 2020: Lockheed P-38 Lightning
by Robert Phillips


Specs. (P-38L)

General Statistics

Crew: 1
Wingspan: 52 ft
Length:  37 ft 10 in
Height: 12 ft 10 in
Empty weight:   12,800 lbs
Max take-off weight: 21,600 lbs
Engine: 2x Allison V-1710 V-12 liquid-cooled turbo-supercharged piston engines
Engine power: 1,475 hp each


Performance

Maximum speed:  414 mph
Range: 1,300 mi
Ceiling: 44,000 ft


Armament

4 × 0.50 in (12.70 mm) M2 Browning machine guns
1x 20 mm cannon

 


Fun Facts

  • America’s top scoring ace, Richard Bong shot down 40 planes in the P-38.
  • The top three U.S. Army Air Force aces all flew P-38s.
  • The P-38 had an unusual twin-boom design.
  • Both the Germans and Japanese feared the P-38. The Germans called it Der Gabelschwanz Teufel (“The Forked-Tail Devil”), while the Japanese called it “two planes, one pilot.”
  • The P-38 first flew in January 1939 and entered USAAF service in July 1941.

November 4th, 2020: Lockheed L-1649 Starliner
by Robert Phillips

A Trans World Airlines L-1649A Starliner in flight.


Specs. (L-1649A)

General Statistics

Crew: 4
Capacity: 99 Passengers
Wingspan: 116 ft 2 in
Length: 150 ft
Height: 24 ft 9 in
Empty weight:  91,645 lbs
Max takeoff weight: 156,104 lbs
Engine: 4 × Wright R-3350 988 TC18-EA-2 Duplex-Cyclone 18 cylinder air-cooled radial piston engines
Engine power: 3,400 hp each


Performance

Cruise speed: 377 mph at 18,600 ft
Range: 4,940 mi (4,290 nmi) with 19,500 lb payload, 6,180 mi (5,370 nmi) with 8,000 lb payload
Ceiling: 23,700 ft

 


Fun Facts

  • The L-1649 was developed from the L-1049 Super Constellation.
  • Only 44 L-1649s were built before production ended in 1958.
  • The L-1649 was the last model of the Lockheed Constellation series.
  • Only four Starliners survive today.

 

November 3rd, 2020: Boeing VC-25
by Robert Phillips


Specs. (VC-25A)

General Statistics

Crew: 26
Capacity: 76 Passengers
Wingspan: 196 ft 8 in
Length: 231 ft 10 in
Height: 63 ft 5 in
Max takeoff weight:  833,000 lbs
Engine: 4 × General Electric CF6-80C2B1 turbofan engines
Engine power: 56,700 lbf each


Performance

Cruise speed: 547.5 kn (630.1 mph)
Range: 6,800 nmi (7,800 mi)
Ceiling: 45,100 ft

 


Fun Facts

  • The U.S. Air Force operates two identical VC-25As that are identical to one another.
  • The VC-25 is only known as Air Force One when the president is aboard.
  • The two current VC-25s are A variants which were developed from the Boeing 747-200.
  • The VC-25As are scheduled to be replaced by VC-25Bs which where developed from the Boeing 747-8.

 

November 2nd, 2020: Hughes H-4 Hercules “The Spruce Goose”
by Robert Phillips

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Specs. (Statistics are projected)

General Statistics

Crew: 22 (on first flight)
Wingspan: 320 ft 11 in
Length: 218 ft 8 in
Height: 28 ft 5 in
Empty weight: 250,000 lbs
Max takeoff weight: 400,000 lbs
Engine: 8 × Pratt & Whitney R-4360 Wasp Major 28-cylinder air-cooled radial piston engines
Engine power:  3,000 hp each


Performance

Cruise speed:  250 mph
Range: 3,000 mi
Ceiling: 20,900 ft

 


Fun Facts

  • The Spruce Goose was created as a trans-Atlantic transport during WWII in order to cut down on losses caused by German U-boats.
  • As a result of wartime restrictions on aluminum, The Spruce Goose was made from wood.
  • Until the Scaled Composites Stratolaunch flew on April 13th, 2019, the H-4 had the longest wingspan of any aircraft that had ever flown.
  • The Spruce Goose is regarded as a failure and only made one successful flight that lasted for a minute.
  • The Spruce Goose was not completed before WWII ended.

October 28th, 2020: Boeing B-52 Stratofortress
by Robert Phillips


Specs. (B-52H)

General Statistics

Crew: 5
Wingspan: 185 ft
Length: 159 ft 4 in
Height: 40 ft 8 in
Empty weight: 185,000 lbs
Loaded (maximum) weight: 488,000 lbs
Engine: 8 × Pratt & Whitney TF33-P-3/103 turbofans
Engine power (take-off): 17,000 ibf each


Performance

Maximum speed: 560 kn (650 mph)
Combat Radius: 4,480 mi (3,890 nmi)
Ferry Range: 10,145 mi (8,764 nmi)
Ceiling: 50,000 ft


Armament

Guns: 1× 20 mm (0.787 in) M61 Vulcan cannon in the tail (removed from all operational B-52s in 1991)

Approximately 70,000 lbs of mixed ordnance; bombs, mines, missiles, in various configurations


Fun Facts

  • The B-52 set many records including a distance record for the longest unrefueled flight.
  • The last B-52 was delivered to the U.S. Air Force over 55 years ago.
  • The B-52 first flew in 1952.
  • The B-52 is expected to stay in U.S. Air Force service until 2050.

 

October 28th, 2020: Boeing B-29 Superfortress
by Robert Phillips

File:Boeing B-29 Superfortress.jpg


Specs. (B-29)

General Statistics

Crew: 11
Wingspan: 141 ft 3 in
Length: 99 ft
Height:  27 ft 9 in
Empty weight: 74,500 lbs
Loaded (maximum) weight: 133,500 lbs
Engine: 4 x Wright R-3350-23 Duplex-Cyclone 18-cylinder air-cooled turbosupercharged radial piston engines
Engine power (take-off): 2,200 hp each


Performance

Maximum speed: 357 mph
Range: 3,250 mi
Ceiling: 31,850 ft


Armament

10 x .50-caliber machine guns and 1× 20 mm M2 cannon

Up to 20,000 lbs of bombs over short distances or 5,000 lbs over 1,600 mi radius at high altitude or 12,000 lbs over 1,600 mi radius at medium altitude.


Fun Facts

  • The B-29 was one of the most advanced aircraft of WWII.
  • B-29s dropped the atomic bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki.
  • The B-29 was developed into the Boeing B-50.
  • The B-29 was reverse engineered by the Soviets as the TU-4.

October 27th, 2020: De Havilland Canada Dash 8 / Bombardier Q Series 
by Robert Phillips

white airplane flying during daytime


Specs. (Bombardier Q-400)

General Statistics

Crew: 2
Capacity: 76 Passengers
Wingspan: 93 ft 3 in
Length: 107 ft 9 in
Height: 27 ft 5 in
Empty weight: 39,284 lbs
Max takeoff weight: 67,200 lbs
Engine: 2 × Pratt & Whitney PW150
Engine power: 5,071 shp per engine


Performance

Max. Cruise speed: 360 kn
Range: 1,100 nmi
Ceiling: 27,000 ft

 


Fun Facts

  • The DHC-8 was developed by De Havilland Canada, when De Havilland Canada was sold to Bombardier, the aircraft was produced as the Q-series.
  • The DHC-8 is a regional turboprop airliner.
  • The DHC-8 was developed from four-engined DHC-7.
  • The First DHC-8 flew in 1983/

 

October 26th, 2020: Embraer 175
by Robert Phillips

passenger airliner


Specs. (ERJ-175)

General Statistics

Crew: 2
Capacity: 76 Passengers
Wingspan: 85 ft 4in
Length: 103 ft 11in
Height: 32 ft 4in
Empty weight: 48,083 lbs
Max takeoff weight: 89,000 lbs
Engine: 2× GE CF34-8E
Engine power: 14,200 lbf per engine


Performance

Max. Cruise speed: 470 kn
Range: 2,200 nmi
Ceiling: 41,000 ft

 


Fun Facts

  • The ERJ 175 is a narrow body regional airliner.
  • The ERJ 175 first flew in 2002
  • The ERJ 170/175 was developed into the ERJ 190/195.
  • The ERJ 175 is extremely popular and most US regional carriers operate them.

 

October 22nd, 2020: Northrop F-5 Freedom Fighter 
by Robert Phillips

File:Northrop F-5E (Tail No. 11419) (cropped).jpg


Specs. (F-5E Tiger II)

General Statistics

Crew: 1
Wingspan: 26 ft 8 in
Length: 48 ft 2.25 in
Height: 13 ft 4.5 in
Empty weight: 9,583 lbs
Loaded (maximum) weight: 24,675 lbs
Powerplant: 2 × General Electric J85-GE-21 afterburning turbojet engines
Engine power: 5,000 lbf each with afterburner


Performance

Maximum speed: Mach 1.4
Range: 481 nmi (554 mi)
Combat Range: 120 nmi ( 140 mi)
Ceiling: 51,800 ft


Armament

2× 20 mm (0.787 in) M39A2 Revolver cannon
7x hardpoints: 2× wing-tip AAM launch rails, 4× under-wing & 1× under-fuselage pylon stations with a capacity of 7,000 pounds.


Fun Facts

  • The F-5 is an American light fighter aircraft.
  • F-5 served with the South Vietnamese Air Force during the Vietnam war.
  • The F-5 is still in use with the U.S. Navy and U.S. Air Force as an aggressor aircraft.
  • The F-5 first flew in 1959 and was developed from the T-38 Talon.

October 21st, 2020: Boeing 787 Dreamliner 
by Robert Phillips


Specs. (787-8)

General Statistics

Crew: 2
Capacity: 219-243 Passengers
Wingspan: 197 ft 3 in
Length: 186 ft 1 in
Height: 55 ft 6 in
Empty weight: 264,500 lbs
Max takeoff weight: 502,500 lbs
Engine: 2x General Electric GEnx-1B or 2x Rolls-Royce Trent 1000
Engine power:64,000 lbf per engine


Performance

Cruise speed: 488 kn (560 mph)
Range: 7,355 nmi
Ceiling: 43,100 ft

 


Fun Facts

  • The 787 is a wide-body airliner.
  • The 787 has three main variants. These variants are the 787-8, 787-9, and 787-10.
  • The 787 Dreamliner first flew in 2009.
  • The longest version of the 787, the 787-10 can hold up to 330 passengers.

October 20th, 2020: Boeing C-17 Globemaster III
by Robert Phillips

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Specs. (C-17A)

General Statistics

Crew: 3
Capacity: 170,900 lbs
Wingspan: 169 ft 9.6 in
Length: 174 ft
Height: 55 ft 1 in
Empty weight: 282,500 lbs
Max takeoff weight:  585,000 lbs
Engines: 4 × Pratt & Whitney F117-PW-100 turbofan engines
Engine power: 40,440 lbf (179.9 kN)


Performance

Cruise speed: 450 kn (520 mph)
Range: 2,420 nmi (2,780 mi) with 157,000 lb payload
Ceiling: 45,000 ft

 


Fun Facts

  • The C-17 Globemaster III is a strategic and tactical airlifter.
  • The U.S. Air Force operates 223 C-17s.
  • The C-17 replaced the Lockheed C-141 Starlifter.
  • The C-17 can operate from small unpaved airstrips.

 

October 19th, 2020: Curtiss P-40 Warhawk
by Robert Phillips

File:Curtiss P-40Fs near Moore AAF 1943.jpg


Specs. (P-40E)

General Statistics

Crew: 1
Wingspan: 28 ft
Length: 37 ft 3.5 in
Height: 10 ft 8 in
Empty weight:  5,922 lbs
Gross weight: 8,515 lbs
Engine: 1 x Allison V-1710-39 V-12 liquid-cooled piston engine
Engine power: 1,240 hp


Performance

Maximum speed:  334 mph @ 15,000 ft
Range: 716 mi
Ceiling: 29,100 ft


Armament

6 × 0.50 in (12.70 mm) M2 Browning machine guns

50 to 1,000 lb bombs to a total of 2,000 lbs on three hardpoints


Fun Facts

  • The Curtiss P-40 was developed from the P-36 Hawk.
  • During the attack on Pearl Harbor, pilots George Welch and Kenneth Taylor managed to get airborne and down several Japanese fighters.
  • The P-40 flew with the Flying Tigers ( known officially as the 1st American Volunteer Group) in China against the Japanese.
  • Over 200 P-40 pilots became aces.
  • P-40s served in both European and Pacific theaters during WWII.
  • The P-40 first flew on October 14, 1938.

October 16th, 2020: General Dynamics F-16 Fighting Falcon 
by Robert Phillips

File:F16 SCANG InFlight.jpg


Specs. (F-16C Block 50 and 52)

General Statistics

Crew: 1
Wingspan: 32 ft 8 in
Length: 49 ft 5 in
Height: 16 ft
Empty weight: 18,900 lbs
Loaded (maximum) weight: 42,300 lbs
Powerplant: 1 × General Electric F110-GE-129 afterburning turbofan (for Block 50 version)
Engine power: 29,500 lbf with afterburner


Performance

Maximum speed: Mach 2.05 at altitude
Range:  2,277 nmi (2,620 mi) with drop tanks
Combat Range: 295 nmi (339 mi) on a hi-lo-hi mission with 4x 1,000 lb bombs
Ceiling: +50,000 ft


Armament

1× 20 mm (0.787 in) M61A1 Vulcan 6-barrel rotary cannon
2 × wing-tip air-to-air missile launch rails, 6 × under-wing, and 3 × under-fuselage pylon (2 of 3 for sensors) stations with a capacity of up to 17,000 lbs of stores


Fun Facts

  • The F-16 is an American air superiority fighter and multi-role aircraft.
  • The F-16 Fighting Falcon serves in the air forces of 26 different nations.
  • The F-16 is the world’s most numerous fixed-wing aircraft in military service.
  • The famous U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds use F-16s in their demonstrations to perform daring stunts and maneuvers.

 

October 15th, 2020: Boeing P-26 Peashooter
by Robert Phillips

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Specs. (P-26A)

General Statistics

Crew: 1
Wingspan: 28 ft
Length: 23 ft 7 in
Height: 10 ft
Empty weight: 2,196 lbs
Gross weight:  3,360 lbs
Engine: 1 × Pratt & Whitney R-1340-27 Wasp
Engine power: 600 hp


Performance

Maximum speed: 234 mph
Combat Range: 360 mi
Ferry Range: 635 mi
Ceiling: 27,400 ft


Armament

2 × .30 in (7.62 mm) machine guns or 1 x .30 (7.62 mm) and 1 x .50 (12.7 mm) caliber machine guns

2 × 100 lb GP bombs or 5 x 31 lb anti-personnel bomb


Fun Facts

  • The P-26 Peashooter was the U.S. Army Air Corps’ first all metal monoplane fighter.
  • Today only 2 original P-26s survive.
  • The P-26 Peashooter first flew in 1932.
  • The P-26s were being used by the U.S. against the Japanese in 1941.
  • The last P-26s were retired by the Guatemalan Air Force in 1956.

October 13th, 2020: Beechcraft King Air
by Robert Phillips


Specs. (C90)
General Statistics
Crew: 1-2
Capacity: 7 Passengers
Wingspan: 50 ft 3 in
Length: 35 ft 6
Height: 14 ft 3 in
Empty weight: 6,950 lbs
Max takeoff weight: 10,100 lbs
Engine: 2 × Pratt and Whitney PT6A-135A
Engine power: 550/410 kW


Performance
Cruise speed: 226 kn
Range: 1,321 nmi
Ceiling: 30,000 ft

Fun Facts

  • The King Air is a civil utility aircraft.
  • King Airs are used by several different militaries as training aircraft.
  • Beechcraft developed the King Air into the Super King Air Series.
  • One King Air was used as Lyndon B. Johnson’s personal transport for flights between Bergstrom Air Force Base and the Johnson family ranch. When Johnson was aboard, it used the callsign Air Force One.

 

October 12th, 2020: Lockheed L1011 TriStar
by Robert Phillips

File:Side view of L-1011 carrying Pegasus XL rocket..jpg


Specs. (L1011-500)

General Statistics

Crew: 3
Capacity: 246 Passengers
Wingspan:155 ft 4 in
Length: 177 ft 8.5 in
Height: 55 ft 4 in
Empty weight: 245,400 lbs
Max takeoff weight: 510,000 lbs
Engine: 3x Rolls-Royce RB211-524B
Engine power: 50,000 lbf


Performance

Cruise speed: 525 kn
Range: 5,345 nmi
Ceiling: 43,000 ft

 


Fun Facts

  • The Lockheed L-1011 TriStar first flew in 1970.
  • The L-1011 is a wide body jet airliner.
  • There are very few TriStars left.
  • Stargazer is a L-1011 is operated by Northrop Grumman. It was modified to serve as a mothership for rockets and satellites.

 

October 9th, 2020: Lockheed SR-71 Blackbird
by Robert Phillips

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Specs. (SR-71A)

General Statistics

Crew: 2
Wingspan: 55 ft 7 in
Length: 107 ft 5 in
Height: 18 ft 6 in
Empty weight:  67,500 lbs
Max takeoff weight: 172,000 lbs
Engines: 2 × Pratt & Whitney J58 (JT11D-20J or JT11D-20K) afterburning turbojets
Engine power: 32,500-34,000 lbf


Performance

Cruise speed: Mach 3+ (1,910 kn, 2,200 mph)
Range:  2,824 nmi (3,250 mi)
Ceiling: 85,000 ft

 


Fun Facts

  • The SR-71 Blackbird was the fastest plane ever built.
  • The SR-71 was a strategic reconnaissance aircraft.
  • The SR-71 was developed from the A-12.
  • A total of 32 SR-71s were built.
  • The SR-71 was retired in 1999.

 

October 8th, 2020: Boeing 747-400
by Robert Phillips

Boeing, Flight, British Airways


Specs. (747-400)

General Statistics

Crew: 2
Capacity: 416 Passengers
Wingspan: 211 ft 5 in
Length: 231 ft 10 in
Height: 63 ft 8 in
Empty weight: 412,300 lbs
Max takeoff weight: 910,000 lbs
Engine: 4x Pratt & Whitney PW-4000 or Rolls-Royce RB211-524 or GE CF6
Engine power: 62,100–63,300 lbf


Performance

Cruise speed: 504 kn
Range: 7,670 nmi
Ceiling: 45,100 ft

 


Fun Facts

  • The 747 is one of the most recognizable planes in the world.
  • The 747 is in the twilight of it’s career.
  • The 747 first flew in 1969.
  • Many cargo airlines use 747s as freighters.
  • The 747 has a second deck and is the only commercial airliner where passengers can sit in front of the pilots.

 

October 7th, 2020: Cessna 172
by Robert Phillips

Cessna, 172, Landing, Pilot, Aircraft, Propeller, Sky


Specs. (C-172R)
General Statistics
Crew: 1
Capacity: 3 Passengers
Wingspan: 36 ft 1 in
Length: 27 ft 2 in
Height: 8 ft 11 in
Empty weight: 1,691 lbs
Max takeoff weight: 2,450 lbs
Engine: 1 ×  Lycoming IO-360-L2A
Engine power: 160 hp


Performance
Cruise speed: 122 kn (140 mph)
Range: 696 nmi (801 mi)
Ceiling: 13,500 ft

Fun Facts

  • The Cessna 172 was developed from the Cessna 170.
  • The Cessna 172 is regarded as one of the most planes successful planes ever built.
  • More Cessna 172s have been built than any other aircraft.
  • A German pilot named Mathias Rust managed to land a Cessna 172 near Red Square in Moscow without being intercepted by Soviet air defenses.

 

October 6th, 2020: Boeing E-6 Mercury
by Robert Phillips

File:E-6B Mercury flies over Solomons Island in November 2014.JPG


Specs. (E-6B)

General Statistics

Crew: 22
Wingspan: 148 ft 2 in
Length: 152 ft 11 in
Height: 42 ft 5 in
Empty weight: 172,795 lbs
Max takeoff weight: 342,000 lbs
Engines: 4 × CFM International CFM-56
Engine power: 21,600 lbf (96.2 kn)


Performance

Cruise speed: 455 kn (524 mph)
Range:  6,600 nmi (7,600 mi)
Combat Range: 6,300 nmi (7,310 mi)
Ceiling: 40,000 ft

 


Fun Facts

  • The E-6 Mercury serves as an airborne command post in the event of a nuclear war and is commonly referred to as a “doomsday” plane.
  • The U.S. Navy uses the E-6 to convey messages from the National Command Authority (NCA) to ballistic missile submarines.
  • The E-6 has the capability to remotely control Minuteman ICBMs.
  • The E-6 was developed from the Boeing 707 and was the last 707 variant produced.

 

October 5th, 2020: North American F-86 Sabre 
by Robert Phillips

File:51st fighter interceptor wing at suwon, s.k.jpg


Specs. (F-86F-40-NA)

General Statistics

Crew: 1
Wingspan: 39 ft 1 in
Length: 37 ft 1 in
Height: 14 ft 1 in
Empty weight: 11,125 lbs
Loaded (maximum) weight: 18,152 lbs
Powerplant: 1 × General Electric J47-GE-27 turbojet engine
Engine power: 5,910 lbf


Performance

Maximum speed: 687 mph (597 kn) @ sea level
Range: 1,525 mi (1,325 nmi)
Combat Range: 414 mi (360 nmi)
Ceiling: 49,600 ft


Armament

6 X 0.50 in (12.7 mm) M3 Browning machine guns (1,800 rounds in total)
eight 5-in. rockets, 2,000 lbs. of bombs


Fun Facts

  • The F-86 was developed as a fighter and entered service with the U.S. Air Force in 1949.
  • F-86 pilots shot down 792 MiGs during the Korean War.
  • More than 5,500 F-86s were built.
  • A total of 40 F-86 pilots became aces over Korea.

 

October 2nd, 2020: Boeing 767
by Robert Phillips

United Airlines, Boeing, Boeing 767-300, N673Ua


Specs. (767-300)

General Statistics

Crew: 2
Capacity: 269 Passengers
Wingspan: 156 ft 1 in
Length: 180 ft 3 in
Height: 52 ft
Empty weight: 176,650 lbs
Max takeoff weight: 315,000 lbs
Engine: Two General Electric CF6-80C2B or two Pratt & Whitney PW4060
Engine power: 63,300 ibf


Performance

Max. Cruise speed: 459 kn
Range: 3,900 nmi
Ceiling: 43,100 ft

 


Fun Facts

  • The 767 and 757 were the first two Boeing airliners to be jointly developed.
  • The 767 is popular as a freighter and many cargo airlines operate them.
  • The 767 was developed into the KC-46 Pegasus.
  • The 767 is a wide-body airliner.

 

October 1st, 2020: Boeing KC-135 Stratotanker
by Robert Phillips

Airplanes, Line, Runway, Military, Planes, Jets


Specs. (KC-135R)

General Statistics

Crew: 3
Capacity: Up to 80 Passengers
Wingspan: 130 ft 10 in
Length: 136 ft 3 in
Height: 41 ft 8 in
Empty weight: 98,392 lbs
Max takeoff weight: 322,500 lbs
Engines: 4 × CFM International CFM-56
Engine power: 21,600 lbf (96.2 kn)


Performance

Cruise speed: 460.5 kn (529.9 mph)
Range: 1,303.5 nmi (1,500.0 mi) with 150,000 lbs of transferable fuel
Ceiling: 50,000 ft

 


Fun Facts

  • The KC-135 is used for aerial refueling and airlift missions.
  • The KC-135 is the U.S. Air Force’s primary aerial refueling aircraft.
  • The first KC-135 was delivered to the U.S. Air Force in 1957.
  • The like the 707, the KC-135 was developed from the Boeing 367-80.

 

September 30th, 2020: Airbus A319 
by Robert Phillips


Specs. (A319)

General Statistics

Crew: 2
Capacity: 124-156 Passengers
Wingspan: 117 ft 5 in
Length: 111 ft 0 in
Height: 38 ft 7 in
Empty weight: 90,000 lbs
Max takeoff weight: 166,000 lbs
Engine: 2x CFM56-5B
Engine power: 27,000 lbf (120 kn)


Performance

Max. Cruise speed: 514 kn
Range: 3,750 nmi
Ceiling: 41,000 ft

 


Fun Facts

  • The A319 is a shorter version of the A320.
  • American Airlines is the largest operator of the A319.
  • The A319 has been developed into the more modern A319NEO.
  • The A319 was designed to compete with Boeing’s 737-700.

 

September 29th, 2020: Lockheed P-2 Neptune
by Robert Phillips


Specs. (P-2H / P2V-7)

General Statistics

Crew: 7-9
Wingspan: 103 ft 10 in
Length: 91 ft 8 in
Height: 29 ft 4 in
Empty weight: 49,935 lbs
Loaded (maximum) weight:  79,895 lbs
Powerplant: 2 × Wright R-3350-32W Duplex-Cyclone 18-cylinder air-cooled radial piston engines + 2 x Westinghouse J34-WE-34 turbojet engines
Engine power: 3,700 hp for each Wright R-3350-32W Duplex-Cyclone, 3,400 lbf for each Westinghouse J34


Performance

Maximum speed: 363 mph (315 kn)
Range: 1,874 nmi ( 2,157 mi)
Ceiling:  22,400 ft


Armament
  • FFAR rockets
  • 8,000 lbs of ordinance including free-fall bombs, depth charges, and torpedoes

Fun Facts

  • The P-2 Neptune was a Maritime Patrol and Anti-Submarine Warfare Aircraft.
  • P-2s were produced under license in Japan as Kawasaki P-2Js.
  • Many P-2s were converted into fire tankers and used to fight forest fires.
  • A P2V-1 named “The Truculent Turtle” set the record for longest unrefueled flight from Perth to Columbus, Ohio.

 

September 25th, 2020: McDonnell Douglas F-15 Eagle 
by Robert Phillips


Specs. (F-15C)

General Statistics

Crew: 1
Wingspan: 42 ft 10 in
Length: 63 ft 9 in
Height: 18 ft 6 in
Empty weight: 28,000 lbs
Loaded (maximum) weight: 68,000 lbs
Powerplant: 2 × Pratt & Whitney F100-PW-220 afterburning turbofans
Engine power: 23,770 lbf per engine with afterburners


Performance

Maximum speed: Mach 2.5 at high altitude (about 16670 kn)
Range: 3,000 nmi (3,450 mi)
Combat Range:1,061 nmi (1,221 mi)
Ceiling: 65,000 ft


Armament

1× 20 mm (0.787 in) M61A1 Vulcan 6-barrel rotary cannon
11x hard points with capacity of 16,000 lbs. of mixed ordnance


Fun Facts

  • The F-15 is an American air superiority fighter and multi-role aircraft.
  • The F-15 is regarded as one of the best American fighter planes ever built.
  • The aircraft has been produced since 1972.
  • The an Israeli F-15 once landed without it’s right wing after it was involved in a mid-air collision.

 

September 24th, 2020: Bombardier CRJ-200
by Robert Phillips


Specs. (CRJ-200LR)

General Statistics

Crew: 2
Capacity: 50 Passengers
Wingspan: 69 ft 6 in
Length: 87 ft 10 in
Height: 20 ft 8 in
Empty weight: 30,500 lbs
Max takeoff weight: 53,000 lbs
Engine: 2 x GE CF34-3B1
Engine power: 8,729 lbf (38.84 kN)


Performance

Cruise speed: 424 kn
Range: 1,700 nmi
Ceiling: 41,000 ft

 


Fun Facts

  • The CRJ-200 is a regional jet designed by Bombardier.
  • The CRJ-200 was developed into the CRJ-700 series.
  • Production of the CRJ-100/200 ended in 2006.
  • Many regional airlines still fly the CRJ-200.

 

September 23rd, 2020: Beechcraft Model 18 / C-45
by Robert Phillips

flying blue and gray plane


Specs. (UC-45)

General Statistics

Crew: 2
Capacity: 6 Passengers
Wingspan: 47 ft 8 in
Length: 34 ft 3 in
Height: 9 ft 9 in
Empty weight: 5,420 lbs
Max takeoff weight: 7,200 lbs
Engine: 2 x Pratt & Whitney R-985-AN-1 “Wasp Junior” radial engines
Engine power: 450 hp


Performance

Max. speed: 225 mph
Range:  1,200 mi
Ceiling: 26,000 ft

 


Fun Facts

  • The Model 18 first flew in 1937.
  • During WWII Model 18s were used as transports and trainer planes.
  • The Model 18 was known as the C-45 in military service.
  • A few C-45s were converted into drone control aircraft (CQ-3s).
  • 240 Model 18s are still registered in the US and some fly at airshows.

 

September 22nd, 2020: Douglas DC-9
by Robert Phillips

File:Left side view of Delta Air Lines Douglas DC-9 (N3304L) taking off.jpg


Specs. (DC-9-15)

General Statistics

Crew: 2
Capacity: 65 Passengers
Wingspan: 89 ft 4.8in
Length: 104 ft 4.8in
Height: 27 ft 7in
Empty weight: 49,162 lbs
Max takeoff weight: 90,700 lbs
Engine: 2 x Pratt & Whitney JT8D-1
Engine power:14,000 lbf (62 kN)


Performance

Cruise speed: 478 kn
Range: 1,300 nmi
Ceiling: 35,000 ft

 


Fun Facts

  • The DC-9 was a very successful airliner designed Douglas.
  • DC-9s had built in airstairs in the tail of the plane.
  • The DC-9 was versatile and developed into the MD-80, MD-90, and Boeing 717 aircraft.
  • A few DC-9s are still flying as freighters.

 

 

September 21st, 2020: Cirrus Vision SF50
by Robert Phillips

N124MW Cirrius SF50 c n 0009 (28664083278).jpg

Image obtained from Markus Eigenheer from Genève, Schweiz – N124MW Cirrius SF50 c/n 0009


Specs. (SF50 G1)
General Statistics
Crew: 1
Capacity: 6 Passengers
Wingspan: 38 ft 8 in
Length: 30 ft 11 in
Height: 10 ft 11 in
Empty weight: 3,572 lbs
Max takeoff weight: 6,000 lbs
Engine: 1 × Williams FJ33-5A turbofan
Engine power: 1,800 lbf


Performance
Cruise speed: 240 kn (280 mph)
Range: 600 nmi (690 mi)
Ceiling: 28,000 ft

Fun Facts

  • The Cirrus Vision is one of the few single engined jets on the market.
  • It is the first certified civilian single-engined jet.
  • The SF50 is equipped with a whole aircraft ballistic parachute system for emergencies.

 

 

September 18th, 2020: Boeing-Stearman PT-17
by Robert Phillips

blue and yellow plane

 


Specs. (PT-17)

General Statistics

Crew: 2

Wingspan: 32 ft 2 in

Length: 24 ft 9 in

Height:   9 ft 8 in

Empty weight:  1,931 lbs

Loaded (maximum) weight: 2,635 lb

Powerplant: 1 × Continental R-670-5 7-cylinder air-cooled radial piston engine

Engine power: 250 hp 


Performance
Maximum speed: 124 mph
Range: 505 mi
Ceiling:13,200 ft

Armament

none


Fun Facts

  • The PT-17 was the main primary trainer of WWII.
  • After WWII the PT-17 was popular as a crop duster.
  • PT-17s are common at airshows.
  • Many wing walkers use PT-17s to perform their daring stunts.

 


 

 

September 17th, 2020: Fairchild Republic A-10 Thunderbolt II
by Robert Phillips

Gray Jet Fighter Flying Above Brown Mountain


Specs. (A-10A)

General Statistics

Crew: 1
Wingspan: 57 ft 6 in
Length: 53 ft 4 in
Height:  14 ft 8 in
Empty weight:  24,959 lbs
Loaded (maximum) weight: 50,000 lbs
Powerplant: 2 × General Electric TF34-GE-100A turbofans
Engine power: 9,065 lbf per engine


Performance

Maximum speed: 361 knots (439 mph) at sea level
Range: 2,240 nmi (2,580 mi)
Combat radius (CAS mission): 250 nmi (288 mi)
Ceiling: 45,000 ft


Armament

1 x 30 mm (1.18 in) GAU-8/A Avenger
11x hard points with capacity of 16,000 lbs. of mixed ordnance


Fun Facts

  • The A-10 is known as the Warthog.
  • The A-10 is used for close air support missions.
  • The A-10 is tough and can take heavy damage.
  • The A-10 is designed to take out enemy tanks and other armored vehicles.

 

 

September 16th, 2020: Douglas DC-6
by Robert Phillips

Chrome Airplane Flying during Daytime


Specs. (DC-6B)

General Statistics

Crew: 4
Capacity: 42-89 Passengers
Wingspan: 117 ft 6 in
Length: 105 ft 7 in
Height: 28 ft 5 in
Empty weight: 55,357 lbs
Max takeoff weight: 107,000 lbs
Engine: 4 x Pratt & Whitney R-2800-CB17
“Double Wasp” radial engines
Engine power: 2,500 hp (1,900 kW) with
water injection each


Performance

Cruise speed: 293 mph at 25,000 feet
Range: 2,610 nmi (4,830 km) with max payload
4,100 nmi (7,600 km) with max fuel
Ceiling: 25,000 ft

 


Fun Facts

  • The DC-6 was developed from the Douglas DC-4/C-54.
  • The DC-6 first flew in 1946.
  • Several DC-6 were converted into tankers and used to fight fires.
  • Some DC-6s are still flying cargo flights in Alaska with Everts Air Cargo.

 

 

September 15th, 2020: North American B-25 Mitchell
by Robert Phillips

B25, B-25, Mitchell, Bomber, Airplane, Aircraft


Specs. (B-25J)

General Statistics

Crew: 6
Wingspan: 67 ft 6.7 in
Length: 53 ft 5.75 in
Height: 16 ft 4.2 in
Empty weight: 19,490 lbs
Loaded (maximum) weight: 33,400 lbs
Engine: 2 x Wright Cyclone R-2600-29 14-cylinder radial engines
Engine power (take-off): 1,700 hp at 2,800 rpm


Performance

Maximum speed: 293 mph at 13,850 feet
Range: 1,350 miles with 974 gallons of fuel and 3,000 lb. bomb load
Ceiling: 24,500 ft


Armament

13 x .50-caliber machine guns
2 x 1,600 lb armor piercing bombs or 3 x 1,000 lb general purpose bombs and wing mounted 23lb parafrag bomblets or 6 x 325 lb depth charges


Fun Facts

  • B-25s flew over Kenston during WWII. The Kenston became known as the Bombers as a result.
  • The B-25 was a medium bomber.
  • The B-25 is famous for the Doolittle Raid. During the raid, 16 B-25s took off from the aircraft carrier USS Hornet (CVN-8). The B-25s bombed Tokyo and several other Japanese cities before crash landing in China.
  • The B-25 was named after General William “Billy” Mitchell.