Photo of the Week – A340 Takeoff from Saint Maarten

Photo of the Week – A340 Takeoff from Saint Maarten

This weeks Photo of the Week is this stunning shot of the daily Air France Airbus A340 taking off from Saint Maarten SXM. Photo (c) ...
Airbus A350 XWB Route Proving to Hong Kong and Singapore

Airbus A350 XWB Route Proving to Hong Kong and Singapore

Airbus’ MSN005 developmental A350 XWB travelled to Asia on the second trip of its global route-proving tour to demonstrate the aircraft’s readiness for airline operations. ...

Helmet Cam – Riding a US Navy F/A-18C Hornet

Posted by Michael May 17th, 2012 / No Comments

Enjoy this helmet cam video and ride with US Navy F/A-18C Hornet East Coast Demo pilot Capt. Michael “STAB” Allen as he performs at the Thunder Over Michigan airshow.

The F/A-18 is highly maneuverable, owing to its good thrust to weight ratio, digital fly-by-wire control system, and leading edge extensions (LEX). The LEX allow the Hornet to remain controllable at high angles of attack. Canted vertical stabilizers are another distinguishing design element, one among several other such elements that enable the Hornet’s excellent high angle-of-attack ability include oversized horizontal stabilators, oversized trailing edge flaps that operate as flaperons, large full-length leading edge slats, and flight control computer programming that multiplies the movement of each control surface at low speeds and moves the vertical rudders inboard instead of simply left and right.

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