Flight Sim ~ Google Earth Secret

January 5, 2008 at 1:57 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

If you can’t be bothered to go out and buy a proper Flight Simulator such as Microsoft Flight Simulator X (a very good flight simulator which will be described in detail later) and you like flight simulators, then this might be the thing for you.

Download Google Earth (completely free and presents the whole world to you in photographs. Just click or search where you want to go and… you’re there, looking at photographs of that area- amazing). Inside google earth, there is a hidden flight simulator. You can fly two different planes, an F-16 Fighting Falcon and another much slower plane, an SR22. The SR22 is much easier to fly by the way so you might want to start with that. You can fly over anywhere in the world, over Google Earth’s amazing scenery. To use the flight simulator, open Google Earth and press ctrl+alt+A with windows or command+option+A in Mac OS. Then select what plane you want, where you want to start and fly!

Google Earth Flight Simulator

Picture above from http://www.appscout.com

For more information on the Google Earth Flight Simulator, see: http://sebgray.wordpress.com/2007/09/18/google-earth-secret/

J and edited by K

The SR-71 Blackbird- a bit of interesting information

January 5, 2008 at 12:38 pm | Posted in Jet, Plane | Leave a comment
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The Lockheed SR-71 Blackbird was a US spy plane which first flew in 1964. It was used to spy mostly on Russia for many years. It was first built to replace the Lockheed U2, another older spy plane. The U2 was very good but when one was shot down by a Russian interceptor, it was thought that a new, better spy plane was needed. In those days, when Stealth technology did not exist, the way to make spy planes hard to detect and hard to shoot down was speed and height. Though no longer in service, the SR-71 has set many speed and height records and remains the fastest (with speeds of over Mach 3.2) and highest (with heights of about 85,000 feet) flying plane ever built. Now speed and height is not needed quite so much for spy planes, thanks to Stealth technology, making a plane invisible to radar.

The SR-71 Blackbird was developed from the A-12 Blackbird which looks so similar it is almost impossible to tell them apart. Originally it was going to be designated as the RS-71 for Reconnaisance Strike. But the USAF chief of staff (Curtis LeMay) wanted to call it the SR-71 for Strategic Reconnaisance, which he preferred. So, he modified President Johnson’s speech about the aircraft to say SR-71 instead of RS-71, which created the belief that Johnson had made a mistake. It was easy to believe that Johnson had made a mistake, as he had done it before, calling the A-12 the A-11.

Another close cousin of the SR-71 Blackbird is the YF-12 Blackbird. This, also looking extremely similar (except the end of the nose) was a high speed interceptor version of the SR-71. It was never used.

J

The SR-71 can be seen at Duxford Aviation Museum

K

A-12 BlackbirdSR-71 BlackbirdYF-12 Blackbird

Left: A-12 Blackbird from http://greyfalcon.us/

Middle: SR-71 Blackbird from http://www.globalaircraft.org

Right: YF-12 Blackbird from http://www.wvi.com

Construction

January 3, 2008 at 7:11 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

For all the viewers and readers out there, this site is currently under construction and pages may not be completed ….etc…

k

Info

January 2, 2008 at 7:23 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Hey people

Happy New Year!

The picture of the Eurofighter Typhoon at the top of the page came from http://quicklink.all.googlepages.com/eurofighter.htm by the way

Also as well as posting information on planes, we might post some information on Flight Simulators occasionally.

We are both back in business now, J is back from France and I (K) am back from xmas holiday resting !!

J+K

J= France

December 29, 2007 at 11:43 am | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Oh yeah… J has been away some time in France again i couldnt tell you because I havn’t been on since Xmas eve.

That’s why there has been almost no posts… sorry!

k

Merry Xmas & Happy New Year

December 29, 2007 at 11:41 am | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Merry christmas everyone…hope you have a happy new year also…make some good resoloutions !!

Sorry i couldnt say merry xmas on xmas or boxing day or the next day..i hadnt been on it for ages….this my first time since xmas eve! 🙂

k

Raptor

December 22, 2007 at 9:40 am | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

To see more of the F-22 Raptor go to >> http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mdRVbr1OfKc

k

Eurofighter

December 22, 2007 at 9:38 am | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment
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To see more of the magnificant Typhoon go here >> http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DcFZcF17GJk&feature=related

k

A very ugly plane

December 21, 2007 at 12:34 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | 1 Comment

Possibly one of the most ugly planes we have found yet is the Dassault Super Etendard. Dassault is French and they make a lot of very nice planes, such as the Dassault Mirage 2000 and Dassault Rafale (both among our favourites). But the same cannot be said for the Super Etendard. We are sure that it is probably a very good plane in the way that it works, but how much more ugly can a plane get!? Looks a bit like a very strange duck (no offence to any very strange ducks reading this). The worst part is the nose!

Dassault Super Etendard

Picture from http://www.militaryfactory.com

J

Guest writer

December 20, 2007 at 7:04 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | 1 Comment

Hi, I’m Seb, and I’m guest writing for this blog.

You can find my personal blog herehttp://sebgray.wordpress.com- give it a click!

Bye for now!

Seb

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