Steve Whitaker, Halifax based landscape photographer

Monday, 3 April, 2017

Photo by Steve Whitaker

Steve Whitaker is a landscape photographer, based in Halifax, England. He is also a drone pilot, a handy skill for people in his line of work. For instance, this photo of the snow coated Yorkshire Dales may not have been quite so easy to take, had an aircraft of some sort been needed.

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A scale model of an Airbus A310, by Martin Müller, in flight

Tuesday, 21 March, 2017

Now here’s a hobby, building large scale models of commercial airliners, which perfectly mimic the actual aircraft. That’s what Martin Müller does, and here’s one of his models, an Airbus A310, being put through its paces, indoors no less.

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Still-motion animation of Otto Lilienthal, the flying man, in flight

Friday, 24 February, 2017

The exploits of Otto Lilienthal, a German aviation pioneer living in the nineteenth century, who made the first successful flights in a glider aircraft, have been brought to life. In a sense.

Amsterdam based filmmaker Johannes Hogebrink assembled photos taken during one of Lilienthal’s flights, and created a still-motion animation of the endeavour.

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You call that an aircraft landing? Try these two on for size…

Monday, 4 April, 2016

Landing a helicopter aboard a naval vessel in boisterous seas… that’s not for the fainthearted.

Nor for that matter, is attempting to land a single engine aircraft upon a tiny platform, mounted to a vehicle, that is speeding along a runway, either.

I’m not sure which is the more difficult of the two…

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Forget window seats, SkyDeck is the way to fly with a view

Monday, 14 December, 2015

Aircraft SkyDeck/turret

Now here’s a way to fly, seated in a glass turret, called the SkyDeck, that is embedded in the fuselage of an aircraft, offering three-hundred-and-sixty degree views of the flight path.

They’re not the sort of thing you’ll see on all aeroplanes though, given their asking price starts at eight million dollars, but certainly an option to look out for the next time you’re choosing your seats when checking in for a flight.

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We all live in a disused aeroplane

Tuesday, 8 December, 2015

According to Bruce Campbell, aircraft are built strong and make for durable shelter… he should know, he lives in a converted Boeing 727, in a forest in the US state of Portland.

Apparently aircraft are withdrawn from service at the rate of three per day, either to be scrapped, or dispatched to an aircraft graveyard, so if making one into a home appeals to you, it may not be too difficult to acquire one.

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Flying machines that, quite simply, do not fly. Or not far anyway

Friday, 7 August, 2015

A collection of photos from Flugtag, or “flying day”, events that take place around the world, that have been arranged by energy drink manufacturer Red Bull for over twenty years.

Long story short, participants are tasked with building a machine, the quirkier and less flight worthy the better, that is supposed to fly over a body of water. Most of these… craft hit the water pretty quickly, but some have managed to notch-up some distance.

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Aircraft cabin air, definitely the sum of its many parts

Monday, 6 July, 2015

Frequent flyers especially may be interested in the air they breathe while cruising at thirty-thousand feet… put it this way, there are all sorts of surprising ingredients, as it were, in the mix. And then this, an explanation of the low humidity environment of many aircraft cabins:

Most airplanes use about 50% recirculated air and about 50% bleed air that comes from the engines. Bleed air isn’t supposed to be dangerous. Outside air is first pulled into the first compartment of the engine, where it’s compressed and then pumped into the aircraft, sometimes through a filter. Then, it’s decompressed and mixed with the recirculated air before being blown out those little eyeball vents above your seat. The air is stagnant, and at about 12-percent humidity, it’s also drier than a desert. However, the air mixture is supposed to be safe.

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A flight from London to Tokyo, as described by a pilot

Wednesday, 10 June, 2015

An in-depth description of a flight from London to Tokyo, aboard a Boeing 747, written by British Airways pilot, Mark Vanhoenacker… that is quite possibly a more enjoyable experience than flying is, or has become.

It’s been dark for hours now. There are three pilots on a flight this long and now it’s time for my break. A colleague takes my place in the right-hand seat of the cockpit. Before I go to the bunk, located at the rear of the cockpit, I stay for a moment by one of the side windows, to gaze out and up. If you look into the night sky from an airplane for more than a few minutes you may well see a shooting star. My eye catches something. I look, smile and say to myself, There’s another one. I don’t even mention them to a colleague; another will be along soon enough.

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The flight of the model P-51D Mustang, as seen by the model pilot

Thursday, 21 May, 2015

A remote controlled, scale model of a P-51D Mustang, a US single seat fighter and fighter bomber, that first flew in 1940, is outfitted with a camera that films its flight from the perspective of a would-be pilot. Somehow looping the loop, or landing for that matter, doesn’t seem so terrifying here…

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