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The language of the cockpit is technical, obscure – and irresistibly romantic | Aeon Essays
"I like how different the language of the sky is from everyday English – indeed, we might give it its own name, Aeroese (though it’s also sometimes, and less aspirationally, called Aviation English). Above all, I love how Aeroese can somehow manage, in its technical, obscuring precision, to capture the high romance of flight – an aspect of my job, no matter how much I love it, that in the cockpit we rarely have reason to consider directly." This is a lovely piece of writing.
travel  writing  flight  domainlanguages  aircraft 
26 days ago by infovore
Nadezhda Popova, WWII ‘Night Witch,’ Dies at 91 - NYTimes.com
"The Po-2 biplanes flown by the Night Witches had an advantage over the faster, deadlier German Messerschmitts: their maximum speed was lower than the German planes’ stall speed, making them hard to shoot down." Flying by night, with no radar or radio, dropping bombs on German positions; remarkable women, all.
obituary  ww2  russia  flight 
july 2013 by infovore
Op-Ed Contributor - Flying with the Dragon Lady - NYTimes.com
"I’ll never forget the adrenaline surge of landing what was basically a multimillion-dollar jet-powered glider on its 12-inch tail wheel from a full stall while wearing a space suit. And I’ll always remember the peace of sitting alone on the quiet edge of space, out of radio contact for hours."
u2  flight  history  surveillance  writing 
may 2010 by infovore
check out the size of this compass rose | deputydog
"...the compass... measures a whopping 1.21km in diameter. according to wikipedia, ‘it is inclined to magnetic north (around 13 degrees east of true north) and is used by pilots for calibrating heading indicators’." Blimey. That's big.
navigation  flight  photography  geography  marking  illustration  terrain  huge  massive  enormous 
july 2008 by infovore

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