I was a Naval Aviator for a time... it was awesome. We all start training in Pensacola, and while I was waiting for a class to start I was able to volunteer at the National Naval Aviation Museum.
That was SO cool.
Also... what a crazy museum full of oddball, mostly forgotten, aircraft. I loved every minute of it. » 11/19/14 4:53pm Wednesday 4:53pm

Lots of people say X looks just like Y! I find this argument pretty annoying. For example, a bunch of people insulted the Russian Buran Space shuttle for looking like the US Space Shuttle, and the TU-144 for looking like the Concorde.

The reason these arguments are annoying is that the laws of physics and fluid… » 11/19/14 2:15pm Wednesday 2:15pm

I owned an '81 westy and I've regretted selling it ever since.

The L Jet is actually great - assuming you plug up all the vacuum leaks. Regardless how healthy the engine, this thing will be epochly slow. I can remember crossing Wyoming in a 45kt headwind, on the interstate, and being unable to get out of second gear. » 11/18/14 11:44am Tuesday 11:44am


Somebody died trying to make space more accessible for the human race. they were pushing the boundaries of what science, technology, and mankind can do.

What's the last noteworthy thing you did. If somebody wrote a book about your life Buxer would anybody read it? I would love to know about the life of the… » 10/31/14 3:37pm 10/31/14 3:37pm

It's an absolutely fantastic idea! There is a bit of room for improvement in the design, such as shrouded rotors, but overall it's a great way to get desperately needed lifesaving equipment to people in need quickly. Kudos to the young inventor who thought of this - I expect his idea will eventually save many lives.

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I don't know who is making an issue of this, but it really sounds like a tempest in a teapot. I have been a huge fan of flight sims since they first came out for a 486. I have shot down more MiG 29s, and SU-27 than I can count. I never saw China or Russia complaining about that. » 10/09/14 11:23am 10/09/14 11:23am

I'm in Monterey, CA at the moment and my commute is awesome!

The worst I've ever endured was living in Woodbridge, VA and working at the Pentagon. The average claims to be 40ish minutes, but it never took me less than 2 hours. That was HELL. Fuck the DC area. » 10/06/14 1:11pm 10/06/14 1:11pm

I hate to be rude to my beloved DoD... but wasn't getting away from the mighty "Battle Phrog" the entire reason for spending BILLIONS on the V-22?

Now they've decided that the Phrog is useful anyway - I bet these are much cheaper than Ospreys. » 10/02/14 3:32pm 10/02/14 3:32pm

I had the good fortune to see prototype versions of these about 3 years ago. Sikorsky brought their actual flying test bed and a military mock up to the Pentagon and set them up in the courtyard. What I found most amazing about them was how small they are! At least the flying demonstrator was strictly a one person… » 10/02/14 2:32pm 10/02/14 2:32pm