One of the hardest parts of preparing an article, and I think most writers will agree with me here, is getting the beginning just right. What's the right "point of entry" to the subject being discussed? What aspect of it should you address first?
Although we welcome Santa into our homes and hearts this time of year, carefully choosing his favorite cookies and waxing eloquent on the magic he uses to shove his girth into the chimney, we know very little about Santa in his role as aviator.
When John F. Cooley began building the Cooley Air Ship in 1910, he intended it to be the largest airplane ever flown. Cooley was ahead of his time, of course, but it's hard to fault the man for dreaming big.
We must invest in the American workforce and continue to fund research to stay ahead of our competitors -- and our enemies. The only way America will continue to lead in the aerospace industry is if we continue to stay ahead of our global competitors.
The problem with new technologies is that it's not always clear how useful they are especially in the beginning. Take, for example, the Air Force's X-37B scheduled for its third blast off. Though still in the experimental stage, it seems to be "operating within its designated parameters."
Ever since Sean Connery donned a Bell Rocket Belt in the 1965 movie, Thunderball, every guy over the age of reason has wanted a jet pack of his own. Fortunately, Raymond Li, a Chinese-born Canadian, has come up with the JETLEV R200.
Grass. Booze. Cocaine. Veteran pilot Whip Whitaker (Denzel Washington) hits the drug-abuse trifecta. And that's just hours before he straps himself into the cockpit of a 50-ton jet, with 96 passengers and six flight crew members aboard.
Strong winds swept old ash from the largest volcanic eruption of the 20th century into the atmosphere Tuesday, creating flight hazards across the Gulf of Alaska and Kodiak Island, the second-largest island in the U.S.
Fighting off the G forces is a lot of work, quite frankly, especially when you don't have the controls in your cockpit. Two Face does his best to give me a heads up with calls like "Let's get some... here we go!"