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?