Friday, August 5, 2016

10 of My Favorite Space Jockeys

Welcome back to my blog about balloons, rocket ships, airplanes, space travel, Star Wars, sci-fi, and everything about flying! This time we will look at some of my favorite space pilots. After you read the list, won't you add some of your favorites!


10. Maya from Space 1999.  I think she was the first redhead I fell in love with. I would share my balloons with her any day. Maya was a metamorph who could shape shift into a mean ape like creature when she wanted. In that shape she might even get Chewbaca to fall in love with her. She also piloted my favorite space ship of all time the Eagle.





9. Flash Gordon. In 1936 Buster Crabbe had played him in a serial. I used to watch this every Saturday leading into Tom Baker's Doctor Who. He also flew one of my favorite space age pulp fiction rockets.




8. Hawk. He also had one of the coolest ships. I always wanted him to hang out with Hawk from Spenser from Hire. Imagine if Commander Cisco was more like Hawk, Deep Space Nine would of been bad ass.. Excuse me.




7. Pappy Boyington. Now this man got to fly the coolest real plane ever! What more do you have to say!




6. Starbuck. Card playing, rogue, playboy. He was what Han Solo could of been. Plus he had a cool ride.




5. Sky Captain. Great humor and great plane. Humor and modesty always wins me over. Even if he had a little thing on the side with Angela Jolie...




4. Mark from Battle of the Planets. Cool bird costume. He stands up a bit above Jason, Jason came off like he wanted to be Han Solo.




3.Nick Ryder. You have to be cool to be able to play off the fact you a flying a pink belching helicopter named Mimi.




2.MacReady. Granted he only flew the helicopter rarely in The Thing, but he is one of the coolest characters ever. Specially how he tells off the alien in the end before he throws a stick of dynamite at him. (My father is watching me now, I got away with cursing once already...)




1. Captain Kirk. Do I have to say more...



Monday, August 1, 2016

Snoopy Vs. The Red Baron!!!




Welcome back to my blog about balloons, rocket ships, airplanes, space travel, Star Wars, sci-fi, and everything about flying! This time I share my favorite act from many air shows I have seen! The Red Baron Vs. Snoopy!






Some Videos:
 

and then again...



~Max

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Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Top 10 Strangest Experimental Planes

Welcome back to my blog about balloons, rocket ships, airplanes, space travel, Star Wars, sci-fi, and everything about flying! Today I am going to share with you my favorite weird and wonderful experimental planes throughout history!!!

10.  SNECMA Atar Volat

French: Beginning in 1956, the French engine manufacturer SNECMA built a series of wingless test rigs called the Atar Volant, as precursors to a winged aircraft. Only the first of these was unpiloted and the second flew freely, both stabilized by gas jets on outrigger pipes. The third had a tilting seat to allow the pilot to sit upright when the fuselage was level and had the lateral air intakes planned for the free flying aircraft, though it always operated attached to a movable cradle.

The ninth flight, on 25 July 1959, was planned to make limited moves towards the horizontal but with insufficient instrumentation and a lack of visual benchmarks the aircraft became too inclined and too slow to maintain altitude. Morel was unable to regain control and escaped with an ejection at 150 m (492 ft). He survived but was badly injured; the aircraft was destroyed and a planned second prototype did not receive funding.
Wikipedia Entry: Click Here!

9.  Akaflieg Darmstadt/Akaflieg München DM1


German: The DM1 was built as a single-seat glider from steel-tubing, plywood and bakelite impregnated plywood, with a cockpit in the extreme nose of the junction of the triangular mainplanes and fin. Launching the DM1 was to be by piggy-back or aero-tow.

Wikipedia Entry: Click Here!




8.   Horten H.VI


German: The Horten H.VI was a flying wing aircraft designed by the Horten brothers during World War II.
Based on the Horten H.IV, the H.VI was an enlarged version of the H.IV, with the goal of comparing their flying wing designs against the very large span Akaflieg Darmstadt D-30 Cirrus.

Wikipedia Entry: Click Here!

7.   Sack AS-6

German: During the summer of 1944, JG 400, who flew the rocket-powered Messerschmitt Me 163B "Komet", was moved to Brandis. They found the AS-6 there and tried to fly it, but the only attempt resulted in a collapsed landing gear leg. The AS-6 was damaged in a strafing attack during the winter of 1944-45, and was broken up to salvage the wood. All that was left was the miscelleneous metal parts, and these were thrown into the aircraft salvage area. In all probability, this is why American troops who entered the Brandis air base in April 1945 found no traces of the Sack AS-6.


6.  Stipa-Caproni

Italian: Dubbed “the barrel-shaped plane” or “the cask plane”, this forerunner of jet airplanes was designed by engineer Luigi Stipa, and built as a prototype by Caproni di Milano-Taliedo. It featured a large cylindrical fuselage that enclosed the engine and propeller, so that the air thrust in the metal tube by the rotating blades could make the propelling system more dynamic. However, the craft’s shape increased its drag and counteracted the benefits of the engine’s heightened efficiency.
The Caproni-Stipa took off only for a brief series of test flights, and was demolished in 1933. However, a 3/5-scale replica of it was recently built in Australia, with full-color photographs attesting to some successful flights in October 2001.

Monday, July 11, 2016

Top 50 Hot Air Balloon Festivals This Year!

Welcome back to my blog about balloons, rocket ships, airplanes, space travel, Star Wars, sci-fi, and everything about flying! Today I will share with you this great site that lists all of Hot Air Balloon Festivals around the world. Check them out and list below your favorite 50 festivals below!

Hot Air Balloon.com Event Site

Illustration from Max Telller from Max Teller's Amazing Adventure by Chris Dowgin
 ~Max

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Sunday, July 10, 2016

Top 4 Space Agencies


 Welcome back to my blog about balloons, rocket ships, airplanes, space travel, Star Wars, sci-fi, and everything about flying! Today I got curious about who has the ability to go into space. I mean which countries? There has to be more now than Russia,China, and us...



This is a list of government agencies engaged in space programs related to outer space and space exploration. As of 2015, 70 different government space agencies are in existence; 13 of those have launch capability. Six government space agencies - the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO), the European Space Agency (ESA),the China National Space Administration (CNSA), the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA), the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) and the Russian Federal Space Agency (RFSA or Roscosmos) have full launch capabilities; these include the ability to launch and recover multiple satellites, deploy cryogenic rocket engines and operate extraterrestrial probes. Only four currently operating government space agencies in the world - The NASA, the RFSA,the ISRO and the CNSA - are capable of human spaceflight.

Well India is the only new guy who can  send people into space. I think aliens are keeping us down... literally!


~Max

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George W. Bush's Space Program

Welcome back to my blog about balloons, rocket ships, airplanes, space travel, Star Wars, sci-fi, and everything about flying! Sorry about the lapse in posting. I took some gruff from a bigger boy on the playground about my enjoyment of rockets and I decided I hated rockets. Then I learned to ignore him after I found out he loves bull frogs. They say he even has bull frogs on his underwear... That is fine and it is fine I like rockets. I don't think I ever hated them.

So it has been awhile since I looked up anything about rocket ships, so I started looking up what replaced the space shuttle. I knew from my father that George W. was a nitwit, but when I was searching about a new space shuttle I found out my dad was right.

When he was president he stopped the development of the Lockhead Martin X-33 space shuttle replacement for a cold war Apollo 13 alternative called the Orion. Here are the photos of both ships.

X-33 Futuristic
Orion Apollo Retro





























What do you think? This is what I had expected by now.

Space 1999 Eagle Ship














Or at least this!

Flash Gordon Ship from the 50's

Well here are the links about the various rocket ships. Below your welcome to post your favorite rocket ship and if you think we will ever use it.

Orion: NASA website.
X-33: Wikipedia Entry.
Eagle Transporter: Wikipedia Entry.
Flash Gordon: Wikipedia Entry.

~Max

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