Category: aviation

‘70s concept art imagines a Conroy Virtu…

‘70s concept art imagines a Conroy Virtus transport plane carrying a future space shuttle.

“Sierra Uninhaited Aerial System” …

“Sierra Uninhaited Aerial System” in the hangar at NASA Ames, 2006.

The Lockheed XFV-1, circa 1954.

The Lockheed XFV-1, circa 1954.

(University of Nebraska Libraries)

(University of Nebraska Libraries)

“An Erickson Air-Crane, Inc. helicopter …

“An Erickson Air-Crane, Inc. helicopter climbs away on an Autonomous Landing and Hazard Avoidance Technology LIDAR test flight from NASA’s Dryden Flight Research Center.” (NASA)

NASA’s vomit comet in flight.

NASA’s vomit comet in flight.

A-Plane: Behold the Atom Powered Plane on a vi…

A-Plane: Behold the Atom Powered Plane on a vintage “Into Space” cigarette card from @nypl. Their collection is quite something.

(New York Public Library)

FIRST FLIGHT – On December 17, 1903 at 10:30am…

FIRST FLIGHT – On December 17, 1903 at 10:30am at Kitty Hawk, North Carolina, an airplane (in the bottom image) rose up for a few seconds to make the first powered, heavier-than-air flight in history. The first flight lasted 12 seconds at a distance of 120 feet. Orville Wright piloted the plane while his brother, Wilbur, observed. The Wright brothers took three more flights that day, each one lasting longer than the other with the final flight going a distance of 852 feet in 59 seconds.

(Sources: New York Public Library, NASA, Archive.org, Wikimedia Commons)

Sally Ride in a T-38 jet at Ellington Air Forc…

Sally Ride in a T-38 jet at Ellington Air Force Base near NASA Johnson, June 15, 1983. (NASA)

A B-720 aircraft full of crash test dummies at…

A B-720 aircraft full of crash test dummies at NASA’s Dryden Flight Research Center, 1988.