Sunday, September 11, 2016

"Dragon Lady" - Ultra-High Altitude Reconnaissance Aircraft

Dragon Lady
"Dragon Lady" - U-2S Ultra-High Altitude Reconnaissance Aircraft

Known as the Dragon Lady, the U-2 is a high-altitude intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR) aircraft. First flown in 1955, the U-2 has been steadily upgraded and has been in service for over 50 years. The U-2 is designed to operate at 70,000 feet or more. It carries a wide range of sensors and cameras to gather a multitude of intelligence information. The U-2S version features a redesigned airframe being enlarged nearly 30%. It has increased fuel capacity and features under-wing pods. The U-2 remains the most capable and reliable ISR platform flying today - manned or unmanned. For more information, please visit my website:

Saturday, August 6, 2016

"Graceful Lady" - Vickers Super VC10

Vickers Super VC10

Designed to a BOAC specification, the Vickers VC10 was one of the most beautiful airliners to fly the skies. The airliner featured quad Rolls Royce Conway jet engines mounted at the rear of the fuselage, a "T" tail and aerodynamically clean wings. The design offered excellent performance and a quiet cabin. The VC10 was loved by crew and passengers alike. One of the fastest subsonic airliners, as of 2016, a Vickers Super VC10 still holds the unofficial trans-Atlantic speed record for a subsonic flight from New York to London. Prints of this "Graceful Lady" are available through my website

Sunday, July 17, 2016

Astrojet - Convair 990

Astrojet Convair 990
Besides the supersonic Concord and Tu-144, the Convair 990 was the fastest commercial airliner ever produced. The design featured unique anti-shock bodies on the upper wings to reduce drag at high speed. The 990 used a civilian version of the GE J79 engine with a fan stage mounted at the rear of the engine. The high performance meant the airplane used a lot of fuel. With a smaller passenger capacity than its Boeing and Douglass competition, the airplane was not a sales success. Only 37 aircraft were sold.. As always, prints are available through my website