Saturday, December 21, 2013

SHIELD Helicarriers from Marvel and the Movies

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. (
2. image (original helicarrier) (
3. image of hull # 64(from The Avengers) (
4. image, control deck of hull# 64. (
5. WIRED article. "Physics of the New SHIELD Helicarrier" by Rhett Allain. October 29, 2013. (  And previous article dated 07/09/2012 (
6.  Helicarrier takes a Nosedive!  (

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Gripen wins in Brazil

Gripen wins in Brazil

I am actually glad that Gripen has won a foreign contract for a change.  I think it would be a great idea for the USAF to have some squardons of Gripens as second line aircraft.

Sunday, December 8, 2013

Chant du Départ: Air Raid Pearl Harbor, This Is No Drill

Chant du Départ: Air Raid Pearl Harbor, This Is No Drill: Diamond Head, Oahu It's a beautiful place today. It was a beautiful place 72 years ago as the sailors, soldiers, Marines, airmen ...