The CERP seeks to integrate eight new Rolls-Royce F130 engines per aircraft to replace the Pratt & Whitney TF33s, which are original equipment on the B-52Hs, built in 1962. The engines will be digitally controlled, requiring new pylons, new twin-engine nacelles, and wiring to connect the powerplants to the B-52 cockpit. The project is part of an overall modernization of the B-52 fleet that includes digital wiring, new communications, and a new radar, among other improvements.
The B-52, also called Stratofortress, U.S. long-range heavy bomber, designed by the Boeing Company in 1948, first flown in 1952, and first delivered for military service in 1955. Though originally intended to be an atomic-bomb carrier capable of reaching the Soviet Union, it has proved adaptable to a number of missions, and dozens of B-52s remained in service in the early 21st century. Not bad for an aircraft that first flew in 1952!
The AFC In The Great War 1914-1918
Along with artist Norman Clifford, Aviation Club member Lance Halvorson has produced a magificent book, ‘The Australian Flying Corps in the Great War 1914-1918.
The Australian Flying Corps in the Great War 1914-1918 is a history of combat operations, technical details and training notes/summaries, unique to the history of the AFC in the war. The history comprises ‘war diary’ experiences of squadron aircrew, maps, technical drawings and photos, some not seen before. They provide a comprehensive insight into squadron preparations and activities from their deployment in 1916 to their return to Australia at the war’s end. Full details about the book, and how to obtain a copy of it are at The Australian Flying Corps In The Great War 1914-1918
Seattle DASH-8 crash
Youtube video featuring some of the tower transmissions and, at the end, video of the loop and the intercept. Note the low termination of the loop! Note, also the professionalism and calm nature of the controller.
On Friday 1 April 2016, the first Australian-owned Fokker D.VIII took to the air for the first time. Operated by the Caboolture-based museum, The Australian Vintage Aviation Society, the aircraft, powered by an original 1918 rotary engine, flew three times on Friday.