We are now starting to get some pictures from the next Captain America movie that will be coming out in 2014. The one picture included with this post appears to show Two new Helicarriers (hull #s 42 and 65) in drydock.
These appear to be 'improved' versions of the one that we saw in the 2012 Avengers movie in that the four side fans appear to be fixed in place. No more raisng/lowering the side fans when the ship is in the ocean. Deck layout still appears to be the same. Top angle flight deck is for landing and the lower, straight deck is for take-offs. These new Helicarriers also appear to show some extra power for lifting off. Repusor (ala Ironman) technology?
Background information is that Tony Stark/Stark Industries built the huge flying ships for the extra-governmental intelligence and defense agency known as S.H.I.E.L.D. (Strategic Homeland Intervention, Enforcement and Logistics Division).
1. Marvel Movies wikia website. (http://marvel-movies.wikia.com/wiki/File:Helicarriers.png).
2. image (original helicarrier) (http://marvel.wikia.com/S.H.I.E.L.D._Helicarrier).
3. image of hull # 64(from The Avengers) (http://marvel-movies.wikia.com/wiki/File:S.H.I.E.L.D.Helicarrier.jpg).
4. image, control deck of hull# 64. (http://marvel-movies.wikia.com/wiki/The_Avengers_(film)/Gallery).
5. WIRED article. "Physics of the New SHIELD Helicarrier" by Rhett Allain. October 29, 2013. (http://www.wired.com/wiredscience/2013/10/physics-of-the-new-shield-helicarrier/). And previous article dated 07/09/2012 (http://www.wired.com/wiredscience/2012/07/could-s-h-i-e-l-d-helicarrier-fly/).
6. Helicarrier takes a Nosedive! (http://www.movieweb.com/news/6-things-we-cant-wait-to-see-in-captain-america-the-winter-soldier).
I was unable to post this when the news broke on the 26th of this month, but I am finally getting around too it now. The Mars rover named Curiosity has discovered water locked into the soil of the red planet.
Each cubic foot of Martin soil has about two pints of liquid water, usually bound to other minerals reports the article in The Guardian news report by Alok Jha.
For more information, copy and paste the url for this article listed below in the Ref section.
1. The Guardian. "Nasa's Curiosity rover finds water in Martian soil" September 26, 2013. ( http://www.theguardian.com/science/2013/sep/26/nasa-curiosity-rover-mars-soil-water ).
This week there was a surprising announcement by Textron CEO Scott Donnelly at the Air Force Association technology conference outside of Washington, D.C. It seems that Textron teamed up with Cessna to design a new, low-cost jet fighter designed for countries that have very tight defense budgets (i.e. The United States for one).
As described and revealed in a photograph, the Scorpion is a versatile twin-engine Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (ISR)/Strike aircraft. Engines are expected to be built by Honeywell (specifically the Honeywell TFE731s). Empty weight of 11,800 pounds and max speed of 450 knots and a ceiling of 45,000 feet. Textron/Cessna is targeting a operating cost of $3000.00 a flight hour for this aircraft.
To this blogger, the Scorpion looks like a fixed wing F-14 Tomcat with its wings in the extended position. But I'm thinking that this could be a great aircraft for Great Britain and Japan for their respective "aircraft carrier" programs if the Scorpion can be navalized.
1. www.flyingmag.com. "" by Stephen Pope. September 17, 2013. (http://www.flyingmag.com/aircraft/jets/scorpion-light-attack-jet-nobody-asked?cmpid=enews091213&spPodID=030&spMailingID=17904912&spUserID=NTI1OTk5OTQ5OTMS1&spJobID=229891228&spReportId=MjI5ODkxMjI4S0). image from same website.
I finally have something interesting to post here...
Called "Tradinno", this massive mechanical dragon has been declared the world's largest 4-legged walking robot by Guinness World Records 2014.
It is a 11-ton dragon that has a length of 51 feet and a wingspan of 40 feet. This behemoth was built by Germany's Zollner Elektronik AG. This robot was built for show buiness - but we will not be seeing it on a new season of"Game of Thrones" or a updated Harry Potter project. Instead, this robot will appear in a old folk play called "Drachenstich". It is performed every August in the Bavarian town of Furth im Wald.
For more details, just copy and paste the link below in the "Ref" section.
1. nbcnews.com. "World's largest walking robot is a fire-breathing dragon ... of course" by Helen A.S. Popklin. Sept. 13, 2013. (http://www.nbcnews.com/technology/worlds-largest-walking-robot-fire-breathing-dragon-course-8C11150626). image from same website.
A article posted by Ken Isaac (aka "RCKen") on RCUniverse.com has finally appeared just in time for the West Texas Warbirds 2013 event over this year's Labor Day weekend.
Click on the link below to read the entire article and see great radio control model pictures and videos. Photo with this blog post is my personal picture from the event showing Bryan McLarty and his Japanese "Val" dive bomber.
This is just GREAT! I try to keep politics out of this specific blog and let my other two blogs handle that. That being said however, this article talks about the Feds going out on wild goose chases in a Cessna business jet. I don't like what this program is doing. And I will add that I don't like what the IRS has become - a weapon of the Democractic Party/President Obama. Then the other scadels that have taken place with the current administration for the past five years. And blaming George W. Bush for your problems is very lame.
I have been a life long fanatic for aviation and space related subjects since my parents took me out to a airshow when I was four or five years old.
Solo in a Cessna 150/152 in college, but never was able to get my Private Pilot's license. Love to fly whenever I get a chance to. Until recently, I was into radio control model airplanes. Had to sell them off due to current fincial times.
As for UFOS, I have seen them since the 7th grade. But I haven't witness any more since I turned 30 something - or paid attention enough to see them I should say.
After the Death of Barney Hill, Betty was returning home one night from visiting his grave and she looked up into the night time sky to see a light getting bigger and bigger.
For more details, please read the excellant book CAPTURED! by Stanton T. Friedman, MSc., and Kathleen Marden. This particular encounter one must read directly.
As for the drawing itself, it is done in pencil in a regualr size 8 x 11 size sketchbook. I have been meeaning to post this for months now and finally got around to scanning it and uploading it to the blog on May 29, 2009.