No props, no jets, no rockets – California's Spencer Lisenby just broke the world speed record for remote controlled aircraft, taking an unpowered RC glider transonic at 548 mph (882 km/h) using nothing but the wind. Well, that and an incredible degree of skill in a highly dangerous technique called dynamic soaring. And while it's more or less an extreme hobby at the moment, he's got some very interesting plans for the technique and the technology behind it.
Just after the First Gulf War, myself a young Corpsman at the time and a Marine Driver were northbound on Hwy 5 in a 5-ton truck. We broke down just east of Laguna Hills. We spent all day waiting for a tow. We had people honking, waving and bringing us food and other gratitude's.
This video more than I can express shares my feeling at that time. As grateful as I was, I couldn't help but feel some guilt to this day... feeling our Vietnam Vets deserved so much more than what they came home to.
To those era vets... and all the others... from an old Navy Corpsman...
How Microsoft Flight Simulator Recreated Our Entire Planet
We talk to Jorg Neumann (Microsoft) and Sebastian Wloch (Asobo) about the bleeding-edge technology that enabled them to recreate the digital twin of planet earth in the latest iteration of Microsoft Flight Simulator.
Very interesting look at how the planet was modeled.
Battle of Palmdale California - Full Scale plane goes rogue
The so-called 1956 Battle of Palmdale was not a proud moment for the United States military. After a Grumman F6F-5K Hellcat drone went rogue, two F-89 Scorpion jets started a calamitous pursuit to destroy it.
These state-of-the-art interceptors were armed with 208 rockets and carried cutting edge military targeting technology. Yet, even though their foe couldn’t fight back, the pilots of the jets couldn’t take the drone down. The Hellcat flew away from them without a scratch.
In their attempt to destroy the drone, they did, however, leave a path of destruction through Palmdale, California. By sheer luck, no lives were lost during the incident, but it took 500 firefighters to deal with the aftermath of the chase...