Pratt & Whitney & the Pinch of Pure Power…

The Pratt & Whitney PW1000 Geared Turbo Fan (GTF) family of engines is no stranger to troubles, but its recent mid-air shutdowns on Indigo (an Indian low-cost airline) flights and the subsequent grounding of all A320 NEOs (with faulty PW1000 series engine) by Indian authorities have brought it back to the limelight. Designed as a quieter and … Continue reading Pratt & Whitney & the Pinch of Pure Power…

India’s “UDAN” with “More Electric Aircraft”…

The civil aviation industry in India is slated to become the 3rd largest aviation market in the world by 2026 and has been one of its fastest growing industries over the last three years. With the UDAN (Ude Desh Ka Aam Nagrik) initiative in place to boost regional air transportation, the government further aims to … Continue reading India’s “UDAN” with “More Electric Aircraft”…

The Billion Dollar Question: Import or Indegenise?

The Indian armed forces revered as one of the most powerful and professional forces in the world is backed by 1.21 billion people and an economy of over $2.4 trillion. Yet, when it comes to arming itself with modern weapon systems the army is forced to look towards foreign nations/vendors. As India grows its international … Continue reading The Billion Dollar Question: Import or Indegenise?

Future of Warfare: Flying Aircraft Carriers…

Aircraft carriers, with their fleet of aircrafts and weapons, are undoubtedly one of the single most powerful units of military might. With a single carrier strike group packing enough firepower to neutralize almost any potential adversary, they have become an extremely potent tool for power projection. However, even with all their bells and whistles, they are limited by … Continue reading Future of Warfare: Flying Aircraft Carriers…

SR-71: Secrets of the secret plane…

Developed by Lockheed Martin Skunk Works, SR-71 AKA "the blackbird" is undoubtedly one of the greatest aircraft ever produced. An aircraft that has inspired and continues to inspire generations of aeronautical engineers. It is a prime example of human ingenuity and technological advancements, flying faster than a bullet ( it was capable of sustained Mach … Continue reading SR-71: Secrets of the secret plane…

The Conjoined Twins…

Are those two aircraft flying really close to each other or is it a single aircraft? Well, don't worry if you can not make sense of this picture, many get confused looking at this weird twin fuselage aircraft. Know as the F-82 Twin Mustang it was the last piston powered aircraft ordered into production by the … Continue reading The Conjoined Twins…

The Plywood Bomber…

"Necessity is the mother of all inventions" No other saying could more fittingly describe the circumstances that lead to the creation of this magnificent aircraft - De Havilland Mosquito also affectionately known as "Timber Terror" or "Wooden Wonder". An aircraft made up of spruce, birch plywood and Ecuadorean balsa that could be easily manufactured by … Continue reading The Plywood Bomber…

The Plane with a Hula Hoop…

During the mid 20th century the aviation industry was still in its infancy and engineers and designers across the globe were flirting with numerous concepts to make aircrafts bigger, soar higher and fly faster. The onset of World War II provided them with some much-needed lift and as a result, we have had numerous unique aircrafts … Continue reading The Plane with a Hula Hoop…

10 Mindblowing facts about C-130 Hercules…

The C-130 has the longest continuous production run in the history of military aircraft (1954-Present) with over 2500 aircraft spread across 32 variants. C-130 J of the India Air Force holds the world record for the highest landing of an aircraft in its class. C-130 also holds the world record for being the largest and … Continue reading 10 Mindblowing facts about C-130 Hercules…

LCA Tejas: A Radiant Fighter or A Glaring Misstep?

LCA Tejas a single-engine, supersonic, lightweight multi-role fighter, will soon be celebrating its first anniversary (post induction) with the Indian air force. But even before it does that, the IAF would start taking in bids from foreign aircraft manufacturers for single engine fighter Jets under the "Make in India" flag, in order to replace the MiG-21s … Continue reading LCA Tejas: A Radiant Fighter or A Glaring Misstep?