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Also helping in cinematography
Aside from Chinooks and Blackhawks, other helicopters making their way in Hollywood films are the Bell 206 JetRanger and the Bell UH-1 Iroquois aka Huey. According to rotaryaction.com, the JetRanger is the most popular helicopter to be used on the big and small screens while the Huey is the most popular helicopter to be used for shooting aerial scenes.
The Bell 206 JetRanger
The two-bladed JetRanger, manufactured by Bell Helicopter, can carry 1 crew and 4 passengers. The $700,000 helicopter is powered by an Allison 250-C20J turboshaft engine and has a maximum speed of 139 mph. It was first introduced in 1967.
Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt in Mr. & Mrs. Smith
Will Ferrell as anchorman Ron Burgundy in front of their TV station's JetRanger helicopter
Roger Moore as Agent 007 James Bond
The JetRanger starred in many movies such as the 2007 action-comedy film Mr. & Mrs. Smith, 2004 comedy Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy, and the 1981 James Bond flick, For Your Eyes Only.
Alias' heroine Sydney Bristow played by Jennifer Garner
It also appeared in several TV series such as Alias (Maternal Instinct episode), Smallville (several episodes), and 24 (in season 6).
Bell UH-1 Iroquois
Also manufactured by Bell Helicopter, the UH-1 Iroquois can carry 1-4 crew and 14 passengers. Powered by a Lycoming T53-L-11 turboshaft engine, it can fly up to 135 mph. The military helicopter was first introduced in 1959.
The Living Daylights movie poster
Even if it is mostly used behind the lens in cinematography, the UH-1 Iroquois also starred in the 1987 James Bond movie, The Living Daylights.
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US defense major Lockheed Martin said on Monday that it will offer its latest fifth generation F-35 fighters to meet Indian Navy’s requirements for carrier-based combat aircraft.
Lockheed Martin’s Vice President for Business Development Orville Prins told India Strategic that a presentation about the aircraft was made to the Indian Navy recently after it expressed interest in the newer generation of aircraft for its future carrier-based aircraft requirements.
“We have received the Request for Information (RFI) from the Navy seeking information about the F-35 aircraft, which are capable of taking off from aircraft carriers. We are going to offer our aircraft to them,” Lockheed Martin vice president Orville Prins said.
News agencies also reported that last week top executives from Lockheed Martin met with officials from the Ministry of Defense and conveyed to them that the United States had made the F-35 Lightning-II available for IAF’s 5th generation fighter requirements.
Lockheed Martin’s Vice President for Business Development, Rob Weiss told Press Trust of India after the meeting that they had indicated that the F-35 was ready to be in reckoning for India’s fighter needs beyond the induction of the 126 Multi Role Combat Aircraft. The offer would come in handy for India as the country’s security experts have been struggling to find partners to develop futuristic 5th generation fighters.
“In the next few years a number of countries are joining the F-35 programme and Indian Air Force could also consider joining,” Weiss said. “We briefed top IAF officials about the new fighters.” With embedded antennas, aligned edges, internal weapons and fuel and special coatings and material, the F-35 fighter uses stealth to pick and choose engagements while reaming undetected by enemy defence systems.
Representatives of Lockheed Martin, which is developing the aircraft, have indicated in the past that the aircraft could be available to India if the Indian Air Force (IAF) opted for the F-16 Super Viper in its quest for some 200 Multi Role Combat Aircraft (MRCAs) but recently, the company made a presentation to the Indian Navy without this condition.
Commenting on other projects of the company in India, Prins said the C-130 J Hercules aircraft are likely to be delivered to the IAF by February next year, two months ahead of the original schedule.
He said IAF is also planning to order six more aircraft as the construction of ground infrastructure is also going on schedule at the Hindan air base near here.
Prins said the IAF has also shown interest in the air to air refuelling tanker-version of the C-130J, which can be offered to it by the company.
- India Strategic
- The Times of India
News Airbus A320, b777, B787, Boeing 737, Boeing Dreamliner, Obama
In a meeting with his Russian counterpart last week, President Barack Obama lauded Russian Technologies plan to buy 50 Boeing 737s.
“I am especially pleased that Boeing and Russian Technologies are moving forward with a $4 billion deal on 50 Boeing 737s,” Obama said.
Russian Technologies (Rostechnologii) announced June 1 that it had chosen Boeing’s 737 over Airbus’ A320 for the large new narrow-body airliner order. The state-owned company operates carrier Rosavia and is working with Aeroflot on a deal for that carrier to lease some of the jets.
Thursday last week, Boeing announced it had signed a five-year contract extension with Russia’s VSMPO AVISMA Corp. and an agreement with Innovation Center of Skolkovo, Russia, during Russian President Dmitry Medvedev’s U.S. visit.
VSMPO AVISM has supplied raw material and titanium parts to Boeing since 1997. The extension continues deliveries of titanium forgings and rough-machined titanium forgings for Boeing’s 787 Dreamliner, 777 and 737 aircraft through 2015.
“This contract is another milestone in Boeing’s longstanding relationship with Russian Technologies/VSMPO-AVISMA — our strategic partner and supplier in Russia,” Boeing Commercial Airplanes President and CEO Jim Albaugh said in a news release.
Boeing expects to spend as much as $27 billion on Russian titanium, aerospace design-engineering services and other services and materials over the next 30 years.
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John Travolta: From Hollywood to Aviation
John Travolta - the actor
Previously discussed were aircraft venturing into Hollywood, but now, it’s the other way around with John Travolta, a famous Hollywood actor, dancer, singer who ventured into aviation by buying and piloting aircraft.
Born February 18, 1954, John Joseph Travolta starred in movies such as Saturday Night Fever, Grease, Pulp Fiction, and Ladder 49. Twice nominated for Academy Award for Best Actor and a Golden Globe Awardee for Best Actor – Motion Picture Musical or Comedy, John Travolta is married to Kelly Preston. Their son, Jett, died in 2009 due to a seizure attack. They also have a daughter named Ella Bleu and a third child on the way which was announced by the couple last May 18.
John Travolta - the pilot
Even before venturing into acting, Travolta dreamt of becoming a pilot. It is said that he had a room full of model planes when he was younger. This dream is now fulfilled with him owning and piloting five aircraft which are a customized Boeing 707-138, three Gulfstream jets and a Learjet. Three were sold and the remaining two, the Boeing 707 and a Gulfstream jet, are parked right in his very home. A runway and taxiway is also situated in his very home. His 707 bears the name Jett Clipper Ella, and also bears the marks of Qantas since he is an official goodwill ambassador for the Australian airline.
Aboard his 707, Travolta brought relief goods, doctors, and scientologists to Haiti when a disastrous earthquake struck the country.
In 2007, Travolta was criticized for lecturing about global warming yet flying jets which contribute to a lot of carbon emissions. He justifies himself that even though he is not the ideal person to speak about global warming, he says that he is concerned about the issue and his jets are used for business purposes.
USS George H.W. Bush also known as CVN 77 successfully fired two Evolved NATO Sea Sparrow missiles and two Rolling Airframe Missiles (RAM) for the first time, to conclude its first Combat Systems Ship’s Qualification Trials (CSSQT), June 23.
CSSQT is part of the series of qualifications and certifications the aircraft carrier must undergo in preparation for her upcoming maiden deployment.
According to Combat Systems Officer, Cmdr. John B. Vliet, CSSQT is a combined effort between the Combat Systems, Operations and Weapons departments to test the aircraft carrier’s self-defense systems.
“It’s an end-to-end testing of the Combat Systems Suite, to include tactics, techniques, and procedures,” Vliet said. “It’s an operational verification of the ship’s warfighting and self-defense capabilities. Combat Systems with Operations department has worked around the clock for the last six months, grooming equipment and training for this exercise. More than 200 personnel have directly or indirectly supported this evolution.”
The Evolved NATO Sea Sparrow missile is a semi-active missile that requires feed from directors to locate its target, and the RAM is a passive missile, meaning the missile uses built-in sensors to home in on targets.
All of the missiles used during the launch were telemetry missiles, which are live missiles that have the warheads replaced with data recovery technology used to gauge accuracy.
Ramirez and McWilliams, on board experts for the missile systems, said that the launch was the culmination of months of hard work and preparation that included more than 40 maintenance checks, going aloft to fix radar, multiple pre-fire checks, and 21 “detect-to-engage” pre-fire drills.
“We’ve been preparing for this evolution ever since the ship left the shipyard and we took ownership of the system,” said McWilliams. “This was one of the hardest evolutions Combat Systems department will have to do during the existence of this aircraft carrier.”
Pugh, the Gold Team NATO supervisor’s console operator, noted that the success also had an impact on the morale of the operators and crew.
“This test makes or breaks the defense mentality of the entire ship,” he said. “It’s the first step in a trust-building foundation, between the systems operators and the rest of the crew.”
- UNITED STATES NAVY
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Transformers movie poster (2007)
Aside from helicopters, other aircraft have been featured and continue to be featured in Hollywood films. Usually, warplanes star in action films to bring more oomph to the films. But these bad boys don’t come cheap because they cost thousands of dollars to “act.” Some go for solely CGI instead. Still, these thousand-dollar aircraft bring in more audiences so no loss but more gain for the producers.
Director Michael Bay on set of Transformers at Holloman Air Force Base
One movie that incorporated both real aircraft and CGI is the blockbuster film Transformers. Other than land vehicles, this film used aircraft like an F-22 Raptor for the character Starscream. Starscream is one of the enemy Decepticons which originally transforms into an F-15 Eagle based on the cartoon movie The Transformers: The Movie which was released on August 8, 1986.
Real airmen as extras on the set of Transformers at Holloman Air Force Base
Other aircraft used were F-117 Nighthawks, CV-22 Osprey, A-10 Thunderbolt II, C-17 Globemaster III, MH-53 Pave Low, HH-53 Super Jolly Green Giant, AC-130 Gunship, C-130 Hercules, MQ-1 Predator, and Air Force One. Looks like these bad boys aren’t just cutout for war but also for “acting”, too, so move aside Herbie.
Transformers 2: Revenge of the Fallen movie poster (2009)
Most of us thought that prominent fighter aircraft used in first Transformers film were mind-blowing but our whole heads got blown off when we saw the sequel Transformers 2: Revenge of the Fallen. Starring again was the C-17 Globemaster III, and new planes like the F-16 Fighting Falcon and the SR-71 Blackbird. The SR-71 Blackbird was used for the character Jetfire. This character was depicted as a VF-1S Super Valkyrie, as an F-14 Tomcat, and as a Sukhoi SU-27 In earlier toy models.
On set of Transformers 2: Revenge of the Fallen at Smithsonian Air and Space museum
Part of the SR-71 Blackbird on set of the sequel
Autobots logo on the tail fin of Michael Bay's private jet
Though not an aircraft, another bad boy… girl rather, was featured in the sequel. The USS John C. Stennis aircraft also starred in the film making it bigger and better.
The USS John C. Stennis carrier
On board the USS John C. Stennis carrier for Revenge of the Fallen
Actor Josh Duhamel as Capt. William Lenox
Aside from blowing our minds and/or heads off, Hollywood blockbusters keep us asking for more and with Transformers 3 being released on the 1st of July next year, will it finally blow every bit of us away?
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News Bombardier Global Express, Falcon 2000, Falcon 50, Gulfstream G-IV, Jay-Z
Media outlets from TMZ to Perez Hilton are reporting that Jay-Z is being sued for stiffing a Miami-based charter jet company, Air Platinum Holding, to the tune of $250,000 for not paying his flight bills back in 2009.
TMZ.com reports that Jay-Z — real name Shawn Carter – only paid Air Platinum Holding for 37 hours of service on one of its private jets. Leaving Beyonce’s husband with a total of $137,485.00 owed for the remaining 18 hours (that amount also includes international fees, taxes, and more).
According to the report, Jay-Z also owes $8,500 for 17 hours of domestic catering, $3,000 for catering on four international flights and $8,500 in international fees.
Air Platinum Holding owner Mickael Cowen even explained to MiamiNewTimes.com last year that he would never allow Jay-Z to charter another one of his jets.
“I won’t fly Jay-Z ever again,” Cowen explained. “He owes me $200,000.”
TMZ attempted to reach a rep for Jay-Z for comment on the lawsuit, but their phone calls went unreturned.
Air Platinum is an exclusive club which offers its members the access to a wide selection of luxury travel options ranging from private jets to luxury watercrafts. The fleet of private jets includes the Gulfstream G-IV SP, two Bombardier Global XRS planes, the Falcon 2000 and Falcon 50.
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The CAF Red Tail Project
During World War II, African Americans were trained as pilots by the U.S. Army Air Corps but racial discrimination was still rampant that time whether within or outside the army. They were tasked to operate as segregated units and were not allowed to train or fight together with white Americans even if they were fellow countrymen. Thus, they painted their P-51s’ tails with red paint in order to distinguish themselves among others.
Tuskegee pilots in front of a P-40
The Tuskegee airmen were dedicated to serve their country even if they were not treated well. And this dedication honed their skills resulting to them being the most requested fighter escorts to white bomber pilots. Their abilities were so remarkable that only 66 died in the war and 32 became prisoners of war, which also gave them the nickname “Red Tail Angels.”
The Red Tail Angels initially flew P-40 Warhawks, changed into P-39 Cobras, then P-47 Thunderbolts, and finally, P-51 Mustangs.
And now, a non-profit group dedicated to spreading the heroic performances and contributions of the legendary Tuskegee airmen have conducted the Red Tail Project. This project was established in order to tell the heroic tales of the Tuskegee airmen through restoring a P-51 C Mustang.
Aside from restoring a P-51 C Mustang, the project also aims to educate the youth about the Tuskegee pilots through school presentations and a traveling museum (according to the project’s website).
They also join air shows in different parts of the U.S.
The restored P-51C in flight
This ambitious project comes with a heavy price tag so they accept donations for the project. Contact information and other further details can be found on their website at http://www.redtail.org.
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NASA managers this week plan to request new launch dates for the final two shuttle flights to accommodate preparations on space station equipment scheduled to fly on the STS-133 mission, originally targeted for September.
If approved, NASA would postpone until Oct. 29 the launch of shuttle Discovery on STS-133, which includes installation of the modified Multi-Purpose Logistics Module Leonardo cargo carrier for long-duration flight on the station and delivery of spare parts for several key station systems.
Previously scheduled missions by international partners and Sun angle heating issues would in turn bump shuttle Endeavour’s launch with the Alpha Magnetic Spectrometer, a $2 billion multinational particle detector, on the STS-134 mission from November to Feb. 28, 2011.
STS-134 currently is the final shuttle flight on the manifest. A decision about whether to fly an additional station cargo delivery mission on shuttle Atlantis around June 2011 is pending.
On the other hand, Famed Mercury astronaut John Glenn, the first American to orbit the Earth, is urging NASA to keep its space shuttles flying beyond their planned 2010 retirement to fill a gap in U.S spaceflight capability until a suitable replacement arises.
“Starting at the end of this year, and probably for the next five to ten years, the launches of U.S. astronauts into space will be viewed in classrooms and homes in America only through the courtesy of Russian TV,” he wrote. “For the ‘world’s greatest spacefaring nation,’ this is hard to accept.”
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“Equipped with luxurious interiors to suit their delicate taste, private planes make the trips of their wealthy owners more comfortable and enjoyable.” So who are these damn lucky people? Let’s count to ten.
10. Donald Trump and his “golden” Boeing 727-23
Trump’s 1968 vintage Boeing 727-23 was reconfigured to hold 23, with pale leather armchairs, oil paintings, and Waterford crystal lamps. Inside it you will find 24 carat gold seat belt buckles, with a bedroom and bathroom that also has 24 carat gold sink and faucets. The Trump logo on the side of the aircraft is 30 feet long, 4 feet high, and also made of 23 carat gold leaf. The plane is valued at around US$50 million and has a yearly maintenance fee of about US$2 million.
9. Roman Abramovich and his Boeing 767-33A
A Russian businessman and the main owner of the private investment company Millhouse LLC, Abramovich owned a private Boeing 767-33A/ER, registered in Aruba as P4-MES. It is known as “The Bandit” due to its cockpit paint detail. This 767 may look ordinary on the outside, but its interior is reportedly outfitted with chestnut and decorated with gold. Originally the aircraft was ordered by Hawaiian Airlines but the order was canceled and Abramovich bought it from Boeing and refitted it to his own requirements. Interior details or images are not available anywhere. P4-MES was frequently parked at the Harrods Aviation facility at Stansted Airport, UK.
Abramovich is currently the 3rd richest man in Russia and the 50th richest man in the world according to the 2010 Forbes list with an estimated fortune of $11.2 billion.
8. The Sultan of Brunei and his Boeing 747-430
Inside Sultan's B747
The Sultan bought this B747 brand new for at least $100 million and had it fitted with a special interior and features such as washbasins of solid gold and Lalique crystal at an additional cost of some $120 million. The Sultan has several other aircraft, but this is his largest.
7. Jimmy Buffett and his Grumman HU-16 Albatross
This former military Grumman HU-16 Albatross amphibian aircraft owned by singer-songwriter Jimmy Buffett is named The Hemisphere Dancer. In 1996, it was shot at in Jamaica by local police who suspected it of carrying drugs.
6. Air Force One
The aircraft used to transport President George W. Bush on important state and domestic visits, Air Force One is a Boeing 747-200B that has been heavily modified with secure communications systems, electronic equipment, a self-contained baggage loader, front and aft air stairs, and the ability to refuel in-flight.
Former Pres. Bush on Air Force One
5. Mark Cuban and his Boeing 767-277
Billionaire Mark Cuban, who owns the Dallas Mavericks NBA basketball team, reportedly had custom-made seats installed on the aircraft that are large enough to accommodate the team’s tallest players.( Read more…)
4. Elvis Presley and his Convair 880
Named “Lisa Marie” after Elvis’ daughter, this Convair 880 was customized with 28 seats instead of the usual 110. The tail of the now preserved jet was painted with The King’s personal TCB logo, which stands for Takinâ Care of Business.
3. Bill Gates and his Bombardier BD-700 Global Express
Owned by Challenger Administration LLC on Bill Gates behalf, this Bombardier Global Express jet can carry eight people at a cruising altitude of 51,000 feet for a distance of 6,500 nautical miles, a range that permits nonstop Tokyo-New York or Los Angeles-Moscow.
2. Wayne Huizenga and his de Havilland Canada DHC-6-320 Twin Otter
One of the most rugged and reliable utility transport aircraft ever built, the unpressurized Twin Otter can carry up to 19 people and take off from and land on rough strips as short as 100 yards. This aircraft appeared in a seaplane chase scene in the James Bond film Casino Royale.
Wayne Huizenga's Twin Otter
1. Harrison Ford and his Cessna 525B CJ3 Citation Jet
Harrison Ford pilots his own CJ3, which can carry six people in comfort for some 1,900 nautical miles. Ford is considered so good a pilot that the FAA asked him to be the spokesman for the runway incursion awareness and prevention campaign that the agency started in 2001.
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