Short takeoff and landing (STOL) might prove a practical alternative to VTOL in the early days of electric aviation. VTOL aircraft use an enormous amount of energy lifting themselves off the ground, dramatically cutting the range they can squeeze out of a battery system. But an STOL plane like theRead More →

22 December 1945: Test pilot Vern Louis Carstens made the first flight of Beech Aircraft Corporation’s new Beechcraft Model 35 Bonanza. Five prototypes were built. The first two were used as static test articles. The third prototype, NX80150, serial number 3, was the first to fly. “. . . WichitaRead More →

Countries and airlines have banned flights from South Africa, due to the new variant of the Coronavirus in South Africa which may be responsible for the recent surge in infections. Sudan has banned travellers from South Africa, Britain and the Netherlands from 23 December 2020. The ban will last 3 weeksRead More →

After 66 years of service, all good things eventually come to an end, and now the iconic “Red Bird” and “Blue Bird” chase planes are headed to the boneyard. “Red Bird” and “Blue Bird” are the names of Boeing’s two Canadair T-33 chase jets – two vintage aircraft Boeing usesRead More →