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First flight of the Grumman F3F — Airplanes by Design

20 March 1935 was the first flight of the Grumman F3F.     US Navy video   __________________________________________________ Airplanes by Design features photographs of aircraft from a test pilot perspective, highlighting aeronautical engineering characteristics and flight test facts. WANTED: Your pictures and videos. Do you have pictures of aircraft that uniquely illustrate airplane design characteristics? […]

numbers and values — observations #24

Last week, I shared a quote from Daniel Lapin about the stories that the numbers tell here. I appreciate the wordplay and the truth of the principle he was illustrating.  There is a similar principle and duality in the words number and value, in this quote from Jack Welch, former GE CEO. Certainly, the visionary companies have […]

First flight of the Douglas XTB2D Skypirate — Airplanes by Design

13 March 1945 was the first flight of the Douglas XTB2D Skypirate. This photo shows the contra-rotating propellers. NACA Video: Stall Studies of the XTB2D ) Orthographic drawing   __________________________________________________ Airplanes by Design features photographs of aircraft from a test pilot perspective, highlighting aeronautical engineering characteristics and flight test facts. WANTED: Your pictures and videos. […]

stories or numbers? observations #23

Daniel Lapin tells a story about working for his uncle, a successful sales rep, as a young man. Upon returning from my 700-mile excursion with nary an order to show for my mileage, I began a lengthy and complicated explanation of why I had not sold any merchandise. He gently interrupted me, “Daniel, you don’t […]

First flight of the MiG-25 — Airplanes by Design

6 March 1964 was the first flight of the MiG-25.     Read more about the MiG-25 from the National Museum of the Air Force here. Visit the MiG website here. __________________________________________________ Airplanes by Design features photographs of aircraft from a test pilot perspective, highlighting aeronautical engineering characteristics and flight test facts. WANTED: Your pictures […]

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