- StumbleUpon "What was the slowest you ever flew the Blackbird?" Brian Shul, Retired SR-71 Pilot, via Plane and Pilot Magazine As a former SR-71 pilot, and a professional keynote speaker, the question I'm most often asked is "How fast would that SR-71 fly?" I can be assured of hearing that question several times at any event I attend. It's an interesting question, given the aircraft's proclivity for speed, but there really isn't one number to give, as the jet would always give you a little more speed if you wanted it to. It was common to see 35 miles a minute. Because we flew a programmed Mach number on most missions, and never wanted to harm the plane in any way, we never let it run out to any limits of temperature or speed.
A new technology for flight technology Concept The FanWing is a distributed-propulsion aircraft with a trapped vortex inside the rotor cage. A cross-flow fan near the leading edge of the wing transfers the work of the engine to the air along the entire wingspan. The resulting increased lift from the trapped vortex and the rearward acceleration of a large volume of air offers very short take-off-and-landing with quiet and efficient short-haul heavy lift capability. Safety The FanWing has safety features of no sudden stall at high angles of attack, no asymmetry if one engine fails and can auto-rotate (like a helicopter) to make a safe landing if all engines fail. Efficiency Documented efficiencies for the first prototypes were 20 grams of lift per Watt of shaft power and later wind-tunnel tests indicated 29 g/W. Milestones 1998 First take-off/proof of concept. 2005 VTOL capability first confirmed on an indoor tethered model. Recent Developments Abstract from the EU proposal 2013
Analysis: Does a civilized society really need guns? | | St. George News | STGnews.comSt. George News | STGnews.com Bryan Hyde is a news commentator and co-host of the Perspectives morning show on Fox News 1450 AM 93.1 FM. The opinions stated in this article are his and not those of St. George News. OPINION – A number of questions are being raised following the highly publicized Florida shooting case in which a neighborhood watch member shot and killed a young man. Race baiters have been quick to blame racism while gun control advocates are blaming easy access to firearms and laws that don’t require a person to flee before using deadly force in self-defense. But beyond the political posturing, there is a valid question raised by the incident: Do firearms in the hands of private citizens still have a place in civilized society? The answer to this question requires greater context than a simple “yes” or “no” response. As human beings, we have just two basic methods of conducting our dealings with one another; we can use persuasion or we can use coercion. Writer Marko Kloos explains why this is so:
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Two Targets, One Bullet: How the Ultimate Sniper Rifle Was Made | Danger... In 2007, when the Navy SEALs went looking for an alternative to the Barrett weapons system it already used — an ultra-high-caliber rifle capable of firing .5-inch cartridges at distances beyond 1,200 meters — it talked to the best weapons manufacturers across the globe. Eventually it contacted a small company with 50 employees, who, it had heard, could make a weapon suitable for its tactical and operational demands. [partner id="wireduk"] It didn’t buy American; it skirted around the excellence of German and Scandinavian weapons design; and, unsurprisingly, it didn’t call the Russians. It went British. It approached an enterprise that embodies a high-tech, design-focused approach, blending traditional British engineering with the latest technological innovation. The Portsmouth company, Accuracy International (AI), equips the British Special Boat Service and Special Air Service with sniper rifles. AI’s weapons are now part of long-range sniping lore. Story continues at Wired.co.uk…