projecthabu:

     Here, we have the Saturn V rocket, housed inside the Apollo/Saturn V Center at Kennedy Space Center near Titusville, Florida, just a few miles from Launch complex 39, where these beasts once roared into the sky.

     When we look at the enormous first stage of the Saturn V rocket, called an S-IC, we think “spaceship”. Truthfully, the Saturn V first stage never actually made it into space. The stage only burned for the first 150 seconds of flight, then dropped away from the rest of the rocket, all while remaining totally inside Earth’s atmosphere. The S-IC stage is merely an aircraft.

     Even more truthfully, the S-IC stage displayed here at the Apollo/Saturn V Center at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida, never flew at all. It is a static test article, fired while firmly attached to the ground, to make sure the rocket would actually hold together in flight. Obviously, these tests were successful, (e.g. she didn’t blow up), and she sits on our Apollo museum today. I wrote more about this particular stage in a previous post, (click here to view.)

     The rest of the rocket, the second and third stages, called the S-II and S-IVB stages, did fly into space. The S-II put the manned payload into orbit, and the S-IVB was responsible for initially propelling that payload from earth orbit to the moon, an act called “trans-lunar injection” (TLI).

     The particular rocket in this display, except for the first stage, is called SA-514. 514 was going to launch the cancelled Apollo 18 and 19 moon missions.

     The command/service module (CSM) in the photos is called CSM-119. This particular capsule is unique to the Apollo program, because it has five seats. All the others had three. 119 could launch with a crew of three, and land with five, because it was designed it for a possible Skylab rescue mission. It was later used it as a backup capsule for the Apollo-Soyuz Test Project.

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centreforaviation:

Old Neglected DC3 Cockpit

centreforaviation:

Old Neglected DC3 Cockpit

dirty-gunz:

coffeeandspentbrass:

eldetamazuladurango:

Colt 1911 38 Super Match toda rameada con cachas oro

Gorgeous.

the brown-ness in me says yes but the purist in me says no

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centreforaviation:

The largest private jet i ever handled. The interior is like a dream of a luxury hotel.

centreforaviation:

The largest private jet i ever handled. The interior is like a dream of a luxury hotel.

georgy-konstantinovich-zhukov:

A US Air Force F-4E at Korat Air Force Base in Thailand during the Vietnam War.
(USAF)

georgy-konstantinovich-zhukov:

A US Air Force F-4E at Korat Air Force Base in Thailand during the Vietnam War.

(USAF)

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toocatsoriginals:

Convair XC-99 - Prototype Heavy Cargo Aircraft Based on the B-36 Peacemaker

First flew in 1947. Could carry over 100,000 lbs of cargo or 60,000 lbs of cargo 12,000 nautical miles. Only one was built, but it served with the United States Air Force until 1957, primarily ferrying spare parts for B-36 Peacemaker bombers - 7.400 hours of flight time and 60 million pounds of cargo were carried. The sole XC-99 is part of the National Museum of the United States Air Force collection, awaiting restoration.

via Travel for Aircraft

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toocats:

F-111 Aardvark showing off compatible munitions.
Via Detail & Scale

toocats:

F-111 Aardvark showing off compatible munitions.

Via Detail & Scale

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flytofight:

Originally designed as a strategic nuclear bomber for the U.S Navy, the Douglas A3D Skywarrior enjoyed a long carrier based career as a conventional bomber, photo/recon platform, tanker, and electronic attack aircraft.  

So versatile was the Skywarrior the USAF ordered over 100 of them and used them in a similar capacity.  The USAF version was the B-66 Destroyer, it has been uncommon in American military aviation for the USAF to adopt and retrofit USN aircraft into its inventory, another great example was the A-7 Corsair ii.  

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toocatsoriginals:

Sunken Consolidated PBY Catalina
source

toocatsoriginals:

Sunken Consolidated PBY Catalina

source

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georgy-konstantinovich-zhukov:

F-4 Phantom IIs of the German Air Force.

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centreforaviation:

Chasing IMC on my way to 5B2

centreforaviation:

Chasing IMC on my way to 5B2

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majorgeneralgiggy:

Close up of an F16 in an aggressor aircraft wearing a helmet styled after the old USSR helmets

majorgeneralgiggy:

Close up of an F16 in an aggressor aircraft wearing a helmet styled after the old USSR helmets

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flytofight:

Grumman F-14 Tomcat in VX-9 (NAS Point Mugu detachment) paint scheme.

flytofight:

Grumman F-14 Tomcat in VX-9 (NAS Point Mugu detachment) paint scheme.

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tsamthepoet:

Woah.