If the Antonov An-2 Colt were a person, rather than the world’s largest biplane, it would be collecting Social Security and living in an assisted living hangar.
In the late 1960s flying over Vietnam, they called it ‘the golden BB’. It was a random unlucky enemy shot that could hit your aircraft in just the wrong spot, or you. A golden BB was usually something to worry about when cruising along at a comfortable altitude, maybe at night, mostly out of range of aimed concentrated triple-A, (AAA, or Anti-Aircraft- Artillery).
HMS Ocean departed late September 2016 for a 6.5 month deployment to serve as Fleet Flagship of coalition naval strike operations against the Islamic State. Despite this prominent mission, this could well be her last deployment, as despite a recent $100 million upgrade, the 20 year old amphibious assault ship has a date with the Turkish scrapyard 2018.
The first 737 NG with ‘blended winglets’ flew in September 2000. Winglets were built into the following C-40 production, and retrofitted to those already in service. Wait…, what? Blended Winglet?
The Lockheed Martin RQ-170 Sentinel is a still largely classified US surveillance UAV with the characteristics of a low radar cross section or ‘stealth’ aircraft. Little was known of its existence prior to some grainy photos at the Kandahar airport in Afghanistan in 2007. Dubbed then, by a senior editor at Aviation Week magazine; ‘The Beast of Kandahar’.
I constantly compared the models I was making, and attempted to do better than Viewpoint’s real-time models, I wanted to ‘beat that guy!’, whoever he was, and make my models look better. Some years later, when Barlow Blake came to work with us at CG2, I found out that the ‘that guy’ who was the super prolific talented artist who was my unannounced rival, was a chap named John Griffin.