SpaceX Resumes Commercial Spaceflights

SpaceX has resumed its commercial spaceflight operations, the first in four months since its failed attempt in which its rocket exploded on a launch pad off the coast of Florida. The successful launch came on January 8, with the SpaceX … Read More

Did You Know? How Airplanes are Protected from Lightning

Lightning strikes the Earth approximately 25 million times per year, according to a report published by The Weather Channel. With temperatures reaching up to 1800 degrees Fahrenheit, these strikes can cause serious damage, igniting homes, structures, trees and more. But … Read More

Why Aluminum is Used to Build Airplanes

27% of all aluminum consumed occurs in the transportation industry, according to Aluminum Leader. This chemical element in the boron group is characterized by a silver-white color and soft, ductile texture. While it’s used in many different applications, one of … Read More

Fast Facts About the F-35

Developed by Lockheed Martin, the F-35 Lightning II is a fifth-generation combat aircraft with an unmatched level of versatility. But while most people have at least heard of the F-35, few know the muscle powering this airborne fortress. So, check … Read More

Aerospace Washers

Aerospace Washers Aircraft washers used in airframe repair are either plain, lock, or special type washers. Plain Washers Plain washers (figure 6-11), both the AN960 and AN970, are used under hex nuts. They provide a smooth bearing surface and act … Read More

Aerospace Rivets

Aerospace Rivets An aircraft, even though made of the best materials and strongest parts, would be of doubtful value unless those parts were firmly held together. Several methods are used to hold metal parts together; they include riveting, bolting, brazing, … Read More

Aerospace Bolts

Aerospace Bolts Aircraft bolts are fabricated from cadmium or zinc plated corrosion resistant steel, unplated corrosion resistant steel, and anodized aluminum alloys. Most bolts used in aircraft structures are either general purpose, AN bolts, or NAS internal wrenching or close … Read More