Solar Plane Set for New Record-Breaking Flight
Everybody Needs A Hobby of the Day: This past Sunday, former Cal quarterback Joe Ayoob fulfilled a lifelong dream by setting a new world record for Longest Paper Airplane Throw.
The folded piece of A4 paper designed by KRON-TV producer John Collins soared across a hangar at McClellan Air Force Base for 226ft. and 10in., besting Stephen Kreiger record of 207ft., 4in. set in 2003.
“Some people might think, ‘What’s the big deal? It’s just a paper airplane,” Ayoob later told ESPN. “But it’s a world record. It took a lot of time for John, and it took a lot of time for me working with John to achieve this. … It’s very rewarding, and I’m very proud of this record.”
Well, it looks like it’s actually going to happen. Real Air Force pilots flying real production model F-35s before the year’s end.
From Defense News:
The U.S. Air Force will begin training on new fifth-generation F-35 Joint Strike Fighter (JSF) aircraft before the end of the year, the program’s top official said.
The 33rd Fighter Wing at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., will take delivery of 20 F-35A-model conventional take-off variant aircraft with Block 1 training software after a brief informal operational evaluation so that instructor pilots can begin their training, said Vice Adm. Dave Venlet, the new JSF program executive officer.
“We’re going to put them in the hands of the fleet and the Air Force is going to be operating [Conventional take-off and landing aircraft] in training at Eglin before the year ends,” Venlet told a luncheon hosted by the National Aeronautic Association.
However, because it is unusual for an aircraft to be delivered to line pilots before formal operational testing is complete, Venlet said that the program will conduct an abbreviated informal test prior to handing over the new fighters.
“It’s not a full operational test, it doesn’t resolve any measures of effectiveness,” he said.
However, it will provide an independent evaluation to the services as to how well the new fighter performs in the real world.
Pretty darn cool considering all the bad news we’ve heard about the airplane over the last year.
Apparently, even the Marines’ embattled B-model short take-off and vertical landing is picking up the pace with 30 vertical landings so far this year. That jet will hopefully conduct sea trials in the fall, according to the article.
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I was going to try for a Dickensian thing, but I couldn’t work out how to work it. Anyway, two things about living on a working air base: it’s great because there’s amazing aircraft flying over all the time, it’s frustrating because there’s noisy aircraft flying over all the time.
When I was in the shower this afternoon, I ducked as two Super Hornets flew over. It was only when they were past that I realised I was on the second floor of a four storey building. I wouldn’t be surprised if anyone on the top floor found it quite easy going to the toilet right about the same time.