The Fall of American One

The Fall of American One

The aircraft was named ‘Flagship District of Columbia’ and was only the 12th Boeing 707 ever made. It was delivered to American Airlines in February 1959 so at the time America was taking its first steps into the void of outer space it was a mere 3 years old. It hadn’t long been out of it’s periodic inspection and with less than 8,000 hours on the airframe N7506A was expected to have a long and productive life ahead… a wish that would be dashed in a few short minutes.

The New York skyline

 

An American Airlines Boeing 707 at LAX

 

Changes in apparent span and the effects of sideslip on a swept wing when yawed

 

The 707 rudder control system

 

Wreckage from American Airlines flight 514

 

The Calverton crash still smoking

 

A New York ticker tape parade

 

The flight recorder trace from the American One’s final moments

 

A reconstruction of the track of Flight One

 

Images under Creative Commons licence with thanks to Jon Proctor, San Diego Air & Space Museum Archives, the Civil Aeronautics Board and Ted Quackenbush.

RAF Form 414, Vol. 15

RAF Form 414, Vol. 15

The Royal Air Force’s Pilots Flying Logbook is a sturdy publication, cloth bound in blue with gold printing on the cover, on the inside of which are the instructions for use. Para 1, sub para (a) it states that the Book is an official document and is the property of Her Majesty’s Government… well, good luck trying to get this one back!

The star of the Top Gun movie

 

The much admired RAF Phantom QWI badge

 

The island of Cyprus was famous for its rough red Kokinelli wine

 

The 20mm SUU23A Vulcan cannon

 

A typical Cypriot meze

 

Mrs A moving yet again

 

Receiving my 1000hrs Phantom badge

 

 

 

The F4 rear office

 

The arrival of son No1

 

Images under Creative Commons licence with thanks to Gage Skidmore, Google Earth, Thomas Fedor and Cyprus Tourism.

Don’t Upset the Jet 2

Don’t Upset the Jet 2

Last week we chatted about historic incidents that led to aircraft upsets. This week we talk to a newly qualified airline pilot who is undergoing advanced Upset and Recovery Training at a British training school. We also speak to the school’s chief pilot and one of the instructors, an ex Mig 29 pilot.

 

Basem undergoing upset training at BAA in a Grob

 

 

One of the BAA’s Extras

 

Basem off to be turned upside down!

 

Adrian… Basem’s ex Mig 29 instructor

 

Images under Creative Commons licence with thanks to Capt Nick Anderson

Don’t Upset the Jet 1

Don’t Upset the Jet 1

With the arrival of jet powered airliners, commercial pilots entered a new world of high altitude flying in large swept wing aircraft at velocities approaching the speed of sound. They were often unprepared for the challenge and before long unexpected and unexplained loss of control events began to worry the world of aviation. These events initially occurred when an aircraft was upset from its normal benign straight and level environment and ended up in a high speed dive, something that was rare in the earlier days of straight winged, piston powered airliners. Hence, they became known as Jet Upsets.

Coffin Corner!

 

Upsets involve extreme attitudes

 

Less than perfect cockpit design often contributes to upsets

 

A Pan Am B707

 

 

 

China Airlines A300

 

The tragic result of the China Airlines upset

 

Images under Creative Commons licence with thanks to Boeing Company, Geni, the NTSB/CAB, Guido Allieri and the JTSB.

Giants of Ukraine

Giants of Ukraine

In the world of Slavic folk tales there are giants in Ukraine but as aviators the ones we are interested are the giants that the fabled aircraft designer Oleg Antonov designed. This is his story.

The OKA1 glider

 

Antonov at the Leningrad Polytechnic

 

The OKA38 Stork

 

The An-2

 

The An-12 Cub

 

The An-24 Coke

 

The vast An-22 Cock

 

The huge An-124 Condor

 

The flight deck of the An-124

 

The mighty Mryia, An-225, carrying a Buran project space shuttle

 

The destruction of a dream, the Mryia was a victim of the Russian invaders who recently attacked Ukraine

 

Oleg Antonov

 

Images under Creative Commons licence with thanks to the Antonov Design Bureau, the Leningrad Polytechnic Institute, the Central Design Bureau for Gliders, Arpingstone, Igor Dvurekov, Dmitriy Pichugin, Toshi Aoki, Yevgeny Pashnin, Vasiliy Kob and Дизайнер: А.Безменов.