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Russia debuts its first 5th Generation Fighter

Russia unveiled its newest fighter, and their first 5th Generation fighter, the Sukhoi T-50. The T-50 marks a new page for Russia in aircraft development sporting both stealth and touted super cruise capability.

Russia is developing the aircraft not only for internal bolstering of their air force but as a potential export. India has expressed interest in the new fighter as it is the only 5th Generation fighter aircraft available on the market today. The US's F-22 Rapter is a 5th Generation fighter, but it is not currently offered for export and the EU's Eurofighter Typhoon is considered a 4.5 Generation fighter with similar, not all the capabilities, to be classified as a true 5th Generation aircraft.

Island hopping anyone?

Have you ever dreamed of island hopping though the tropics? It is a personal goal of mine. One of the most interesting approaches in the islands of the America's is the approach to the airport on Saint Barthelemy island

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The beauty of the island is guarded by many challenges on the short 1600' usable strip. Two of the largest challenges are the bay on one side of the and a hill with a steeper grade than a standard approach on the other. For those of us preparing to fly there one day (I didn't say one day real soon) AvWeb has prepared a short clip showing some general tips to make your trip safe and relaxing.

Flying formation with a Sopwith Camel

I stumbled across this video with some details about flying the Sopwith Camel and some great video footage of a Spitfire flying form off a Camel. Check it out!

Cartoons and Airplanes, A Match Made in Heaven

I just came across a video that is guaranteed to please just about any pilot out there...and kids might even like it too. Air Show Buzz has released the first full episode of their new cartoon, Mike Da Mustang. It's about a group of animated aircraft and friends and does a great job showing how much fun flying can be. It has some other morals in there too...kids might pick them up while enjoying Mike's antics.

Thanks ASB and great work!

Franklin's Flying Circus

This is a great comedy act coming at you courtesy of Franklin's Flying Circus. Check out their website for plenty of other unique acts, including pirate wingwalking!

Airventure Withdrawal

Solar Impulse Flies!

The Solar Impulse project experienced a major victory on Thursday when their enormous aircraft flew for the first time! Although it was just a 350 meter "flea hop" at a height of one meter (well within ground effect,) it validated all the engineering work that Bertrand Piccard's team has been putting in over the last 6 years.

Badass Experimental

The Bear 360 exploded onto the experimental aircraft scene at this years Airventure. A combination of styles this warbird 'esque creation takes inspiration from both the P-51 and Bearcat. The radial engine screams Cat while the laminar flow wing is Mustang all the way.

Designed to be a meet both Russian and U.S. military standards this partnership between Sergei Yakolev, and Skip Holm looks to be a whole lot of fun. 360 horses, 210 knot cruise and a 180 degree/second roll rate mean it's got more than enough to keep me interested. Of course I was hooked at radial engine...

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