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What Can't We Learn From Bob Hoover?

I was saddened to hear about the passing of Bob Hoover last week. AOPA's Tom Haines wrote a wonderful tribute to Mr. Hoover. I'm disappointed to say that I didn't follow his exploits as closely as I could have. (And I presume to write an aviation blog!?) However, in reflection, I find that I've learned a lot more than I realized from Mr. Hoover.

I have seen him fly an airshow. I watched as he flew maneuvers in a Twin Commander that many people wouldn't attempt in an Extra 300. Here's a great YouTube video of him flying:

SpaceX One-Ups New Space Race with Interplanetary Transport System

SpaceX just announced that it's taking humanity to Mars and beyond. SpaceX made their announcement on the heels of Blue Origin announcing their New Glenn launch system - a big step from their suborbital New Shepard rockets aimed at space tourism. SpaceX's Interplanetary Transport System (ITS) will be larger than the Saturn V, the largest rocket humanity has produced so far.

Pipistrel's HY4 First Flight - Is Hydrogen Fuel Cell Aviation Becoming Practical?

A Pipistrel aircraft recently completed its first flight at the Stuttgart airport. Why is this cool? It's the world's first 4-seat aircraft powered by hydrogen fuel cells. The aircraft is part of the HY4 Project that aims to build a fleet of these aircraft and start a network of clean, efficient air taxis.

Doc Flies!

Two Solar Aircraft Make History in One Week

Last week the
Solar Impulse 2 completed it's around-the-world flight
. This was a historic accomplishment for aviation...they made the entire flight using solar energy. I've been writing about this project since 2009 and it's awesome to finally see it completed. Congratulations to the Solar Impulse team!

Cobalt in Detail - David Loury the Patient Dreamer

I recently wrote an article about the announcement of the Cobalt Co50 Valkyrie. It's a gorgeous airplane that promises to top the piston single market with a speed of 260 knots...and it seemed to appear out of nowhere as a working prototype.

VSS Unity Unveiled, Christened, Endorsed by Stephen Hawking

Warning: If you love science, aviation, or spaceflight, the video above may bring tears to your eyes. It includes footage from the ceremony on February 19th, 2016, where Sir Richard Branson officially unveiled Virgin Galactic's new SpaceShipTwo, named VSS Unity.

SpaceX Falcon 9 Can Land Too

Just over a month ago, Jeff Bezos' space tourism company, Blue Origin, successfully landed the booster stage of a rocket after launch. This was a major step toward making space travel more affordable. Elon Musk's company SpaceX has just taken that advancement a step further by landing the booster stage of a Falcon 9 rocket after launching a payload into orbit.

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