August 19, 2014   41 notes
youlikeairplanestoo:

The man. The myth. The legendary Sean D. Tucker putting some work in during AirVenture 2014. If you haven’t seen Sean perform you’re truly missing out.
"Yeah Baby!"
Photo by Michael Favuzzi.

Met him and Mike Goulian at Sun n Fun, both super nice guys.

youlikeairplanestoo:

The man. The myth. The legendary Sean D. Tucker putting some work in during AirVenture 2014. If you haven’t seen Sean perform you’re truly missing out.

"Yeah Baby!"

Photo by Michael Favuzzi.

Met him and Mike Goulian at Sun n Fun, both super nice guys.

August 19, 2014   221 notes
worldairlines:

Concorde

worldairlines:

Concorde

(via jarrettaviation)

August 19, 2014   26 notes
westjet757:

kzielplanes:

British Airways Aérospatiale-BAC Concorde 102 (G-BOAD) at LHR
Retired October 23, 2003, currently displayed at Intrepid Air & Space Museum in New York City.
Photo courtesy of my father, prior to his flight on sister ship G-BOAC.

i’d faint if i saw a Concorde at my gates.

westjet757:

kzielplanes:

British Airways Aérospatiale-BAC Concorde 102 (G-BOAD) at LHR

Retired October 23, 2003, currently displayed at Intrepid Air & Space Museum in New York City.

Photo courtesy of my father, prior to his flight on sister ship G-BOAC.

i’d faint if i saw a Concorde at my gates.

(via jarrettaviation)

August 19, 2014   12 notes
Heading out of San Francisco towards Hawaii in about 2 hours.

Heading out of San Francisco towards Hawaii in about 2 hours.

August 19, 2014   38 notes

jarrettaviation:

takingoff:

Air-to-Air Photography // Behind the Scenes

By: Taking Off 

Have you ever wondered how the photographs of our fleet in flight are created? What about the video above? This type of imagery is known as air-to-air photography. Meet Pouya Dianat, the master mind behind our air-to-air footage and learn how he captures these mesmerizing moments.

1. How long have you been a photographer and when did you start capturing air-to-air photographs?

I’ve been a photographer for about a decade now working for various newspapers, magazines and clients along the way. When we started working with Delta, I knew this would be the best way to share the wonder of flight with our travelers. A lot of folks thought these images and footage were done in CGI (computer generated imagery), but this is very much a real photo shoot, requiring planning and coordination by a team of 20 people. From four pilots, two producers, two photographers, a cinematographer, a digital tech, air traffic control personnel, Boeing, Delta’s marketing team and myself as the director, all trying to figure out how to get a helicopter and a Learjet up in the air to document the new Boeing plane.

2. What’s your favorite aspect of capturing air-to-air photography?

I marvel at planes and flying – I still think it represents what human innovation is capable of doing. Aircraft floating through the skies never ceases to amaze me. Photographs of planes on the ground always have felt like grounded birds. I want to see them soaring in the air. 

3. What’s the biggest challenge of capturing air-to-air photography?

There’s a lot of coordination and safety details involved in a shoot of this nature. Working with our aerial consultant/photographer counterpart, Mike Isler and the talented crew at Wolfe Air in Los Angeles. We had several meetings to run through our shot list. Each shot required that our pilots, the 737-900 pilots, the cinematographer, photographer and myself were ready to capture a shot with coordinated movements between the cameras and planes all at once.

 4. What kind of aircraft are you typically in when you shoot this type of footage?

We used a Learjet and helicopter to capture the footage seen above. The still images were being captured by a robotic arm mounted on the wing and controlled from inside the plane by Mike. At the same time, we were also directing two periscopes mounted on the bottom and top of our Learjet. The movements of our plane, the Delta 737-900, and the still and video images all had to be coordinated in unison. 

5.  What’s your favorite part about working for Delta?

As a director, I love to see coordination happen at it’s finest. I like seeing different parts of a complex process come together seamlessly. Air-to-air shoots require the same coordination that Delta’s thousands of flights need.

Stay tuned for more air-to-air footage from Pouya!

I love Delta. This would be my dream job, aviation and photography!

August 19, 2014   16 notes
senior-crown:

Happy birthday to “Habu” Col. Rich Graham! A veteran of Vietnam, Col. Graham flew both the F-4 Phantom and the F-105 Thunderchief flying Wild Weasel missions. He was selected to fly the SR-71 in 1974 and later commanded the 9th Strategic Reconnaissance Wing from 1987-1988, where he was in charge of all the SR-71’s, U-2’s, T-38’s and KC-135Q’s. Col. Graham retired from the US Air Force in 1989. Since then, he has come out with four wonderful books on what it was like to live and fly like a Habu.
http://area51specialprojects.com/graham_bio.html
http://www.amazon.com/Richard-H.-Graham/e/B001IO9Q8E

senior-crown:

Happy birthday to “Habu” Col. Rich Graham! A veteran of Vietnam, Col. Graham flew both the F-4 Phantom and the F-105 Thunderchief flying Wild Weasel missions. He was selected to fly the SR-71 in 1974 and later commanded the 9th Strategic Reconnaissance Wing from 1987-1988, where he was in charge of all the SR-71’s, U-2’s, T-38’s and KC-135Q’s. Col. Graham retired from the US Air Force in 1989. Since then, he has come out with four wonderful books on what it was like to live and fly like a Habu.

http://area51specialprojects.com/graham_bio.html

http://www.amazon.com/Richard-H.-Graham/e/B001IO9Q8E

August 19, 2014   9 notes
threesixtyfivequotes:

Day Seventeen
"If we all worked on the assumption that what is accepted as true is really true, there would be little hope of advance." - Orville Wright

Happy birthday, Orville!

threesixtyfivequotes:

Day Seventeen

"If we all worked on the assumption that what is accepted as true is really true, there would be little hope of advance." - Orville Wright

Happy birthday, Orville!

August 19, 2014   103,889 notes

onlyyouoccupymymind:

frog-and-toad-are-friends:

stars-and-storybooks:

I love this joke cause you can literally use it with whatever they say
If they say yeah sure then “that’s the spirit!!!”
But then if they say I really don’t then this…

that’s great and all but I’m pretty sure that’s Ted Bundy

I’m sure it is ^^

(Source: palestass)

August 18, 2014   32 notes

meganorr:

Mike And The Mechanics // All I Need Is A Miracle

August 18, 2014   26 notes

capcomcharlie:

Happy Birthday to Gene Kranz!

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gene_Kranz

(Source: various, via kaiyves)

August 17, 2014   69 notes

lightthiscandle:

Here are photos of the Mercury 7 astronauts eating watermelon in the desert.

I like the third picture of Gus either spitting out a seed or blowing a kiss at the camera.

(via jump-suit)

August 17, 2014   23 notes

asonlynasacan:

On top, Al Worden drinks a drink like a boss at a post-Apollo 15 luncheon (LIFE photo from Google Cultural Institute, 1971). 

On the bottom, what he was probably thinking at the time

"Dave said he was still in command even though the mission is over. But that’s none of my business."

August 17, 2014   16 notes
lightthiscandle:

asonlynasacan:

lightthiscandle:

asonlynasacan:

Hey girl. :wink:
Can you dust the inside of this capsule for me? Thanks.  Dave Scott in a Soyuz simulator, from a 1973 Aviation Week. Thank you senior-crown!

What is even going on in this photo

I don’t know either!
"Hey girl, can you get me and Alexei sandwiches? We are hungry."

Dave’s sandwich face = the best face

"Hey babe! Don’t forget to put on that French maid outfit."

lightthiscandle:

asonlynasacan:

lightthiscandle:

asonlynasacan:

Hey girl. :wink:

Can you dust the inside of this capsule for me? Thanks.
Dave Scott in a Soyuz simulator, from a 1973 Aviation Week. Thank you senior-crown!

What is even going on in this photo

I don’t know either!


"Hey girl, can you get me and Alexei sandwiches? We are hungry."

Dave’s sandwich face = the best face

"Hey babe! Don’t forget to put on that French maid outfit."

August 16, 2014   130 notes

projecthabu:

     Launch Complex 39 at Kennedy Space Center, on Northern Merritt Island, Florida, was built in the mid-1960s, to launch the Saturn V moon rocket for peaceful exploration of space. Over the years, this complex launched every Saturn V, Saturn IB, all the Space Shuttle missions, and an Ares I rocket. Needless to say, this is the most iconic launch facility in history. The complex is split into two launch pads; 39A and 39B. Both pads launched Saturn rockets and shuttles, but the future of these pads will tell very different stories.

     The first photo in the set shows the crawlerway leading out to Launch Pad 39A. This path holds the weight of the crawler transporter as it moves the launch vehicles from the Vehicle Assembly Building to the pad. The second and third photos display the pad itself, which is now owned by SpaceX. As you can see, the shuttle launch tower is still in place, but this will eventually be scrapped, and SpaceX will convert the area for use with the Falcon 9 Heavy rocket. When this vehicle launches, it will be the most powerful rocket currently flying. The fourth photo shows a Liquid Hydrogen tank, which stored propellant for the space shuttle.

     Photo number five shows Launch Pad 39B, photographed from Launch Control Center, 3.5 miles away. The sixth photo shows the pad up close. NASA removed the shuttle launch tower from this facility, and constructed three large towers, used for lightning suppression, shown up close in the seventh photo. This pad configuration allows multiple types of launch vehicles to operate here, and will allow commercial companies to rent the facility when NASA doesn’t need it. NASA’s primary use for 39B will focus around the enormous Space Launch System (SLS), which is the most powerful rocket in history, edging out the Saturn V boosters that previously launched here. 

     The SLS mobile launch platform and tower, stored next to the Vehicle Assembly Building, can be seen in in the eighth photo. Our final photo shows a shuttle mobile launch platform next to the new SLS launch platform and tower. 

August 16, 2014   2 notes

paraparaparadigm:

Interesting how everyone always says you should reconnect and talk to old friends, yet nothing ever seems to come out of it…

With some people maybe, but I don’t think that’s entirely accurate.