An Oklahoma man was arrested on Saturday after leading police on a 208 mph chase.
Nineteen-year-old Hector Fraire first tripped a radar gun doing 84 mph on the Kilpatrick Turnpike in Oklahoma City, before speeding away as police tried to pull him over.
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According to the Oklahoma Highway Patrol, Fraire’s heavily modified 2011 Ford Mustang was then clocked doing 176 mph and 208 mph, and he tried to elude the chase vehicle by turning off his headlights and brake lights.
An Oklahoma Highway Patrol spokesman tells FoxNews.com that as the pursuing officer lost contact with the vehicle, he radioed ahead to any units in the area. A Canadian County Deputy sitting in a parking lot spotted the car and was able to intecept it. The driver then pulled over, dropped his keys out of the window, and was arrested and later charged with reckless driving and felony eluding.
With a long list of accomplishments and world firsts, Hiroyuki Hasegawa has died at the age of 71.We recently have heard the founder of legendary Japanese tuning company HKS, has passed away. The company's website in Japan posted news that Hiroyuki Hasegawa has died at the age of 71.
The cause of death is unknown at this time but we have reason to believe it was of natural causes. Hasegawa-san lived and worked in the area Fujinomiya City in Shizuoka Prefecture, Japan, where the HKS world headquarters are based.
In a picturesque area of Japan located near the the base of Mount Fuji, Hasegawa-san set out to create an empire in the emerging Japanese vehicle tuning market. Starting in back in 1973, a young Hasewgawa-san along with Goichi Kitagawa began tuning engines in a simple shed prior to an investment by Sigma Automotive to form the three initials of the company HKS Co. Limited. The former Yamaha engineer worked tirelessly at putting his new company on the map and by 1974 had developed the world's first aftermarket turbocharger kits available to the public.
By the 1980's, turbocharger kits and upgrades became the core business of HKS. Hasegawa's company, HKS also became the first in the world to offer staple tuning electronics like the turbo timer and the boost controller, where users could find extra horsepower and control boost through their HKS turbo kits or even factory turbo cars.
But HKS also set many new benchmarks in the world of racing by proving their product in competition. HKS was involved with Japanese Grand Touring Car (JGTC), Formula 3, Time Attack, the D1 Grand Prix drifting series and of course, drag racing of all kinds. HKS even developed a V12 engine for use in Formula 1 but the technology didn't see competition thus preventing the course of HKS history from changing. But HKS still became renowned around the world and set up expansions: HKS USA in the U.S., HKS Europe in the U.K. and HKS Thailand to meet the exploding demand for tuning parts and electronics.
We wanted to reflect on HKS founder Hiroyuki Hasegawa with some personal stories:
tags: nathan finneman , racing , hks , car , motorsport
As the USAF’s QF-4 Full Scale Aerial Target program winds down the jets and their pilots are making the rounds on the airshow circuit one last time. In July a pair of QF-4s attended America’s largest airshow, EAA Airventure in Oshkosh, Wisconsin. Our friends at Airshowstuff.com covered their final appearance at the show brilliantly, including capturing some awesome headcam footage of the pair of jets wheeling around the sky over Wittman Regional Airport.
The first video below starts with a section of QF-4s on the runway, and quickly the pair start their formation takeoff roll and climb out with the jet’s General Electric J79 turbojets in burner the whole way. You can see the pilot constantly cross check his formation position and his instruments throughout the departure. The Phantoms then proceed with a series of flybys. The second video shows the view from the ground of their maneuvers. The third video is of the Phantoms arrival from the cockpit point of view, and fourth includes a downright exhilarating series of flybys.
Warning, these videos contain gratuitous amounts of afterburner!By the end of November the QF-4 will have been totally retired from USAF service and the 82nd Aerial Targets Squadron will complete its transition to the QF-16. The remaining QF-4 airframes will be dragged out into the desert and used as ground targets.
You still have three opportunities to say goodbye to American F-4s once and for all. The QF-4s will be making the following appearances before bowing out:
14-17 Oct – Ft. Worth, TX
6 Nov – NASCAR Sprint Cup Flyover at Texas Motor Speedway
10-14 Nov – Nellis AFB, NV
tags: Nathan Finneman , breed of speed , breedofspeed , f4,
Legendary aviator Amelia Earhart was attempting to become the first female pilot to fly around the world when her plane disappeared over the Pacific Ocean in 1937.
Last month, the International Group for Historic Aircraft Recovery (TIGHAR) proposed the theory that she landed her plane safely on a remote island and died as a castaway.
Now, scientists say a new discovery shows a striking similarity between the pilot and the partial skeleton of a castaway found on an island in the country of Kiribati in 1940.
A historical photo provided the vital clue.
The legendary pilot
In May 1932, Amelia Earhart became the first woman to fly solo across the Atlantic Ocean, taking off in Canada and landing in Ireland.
Three years later, she flew solo from Hawaii to California, winning a $10,000 prize.
She was America’s darling, famous for being a daring, but modest, pilot.
Together with co-pilot Frederick J. Noonan, she was attempting to circumnavigate the globe when the plane disappeared somewhere near Howland Island, in the middle of the Pacific.
In August, TIGHAR’s Ric Gillespie said Earhart made more than 100 radio transmissions calling for help between July 2 and July 6 of 1937, ruling out the possibility of a crash landing.
Her calls were picked up as far away as Texas, Florida, and even Melbourne.
“She’s out there calling for help,” Mr Gillespie said, adding that she must have landed safely, because the radio wouldn’t have worked without the engine running.
A strange detail
The bones were uncovered on the island of Nikumaroro, also known as Gardner Island, which is about 400 miles south of Howland Island.
They were analysed in 1940, but a doctor said they were male, ruling out the possibility they belonged to Earhart.
However, when TIGHAR discovered the files in 1998, scientists said modern techniques proved the bones were “consistent with a female of Earhart’s height and ethnic origin”.
More recently, anthropologist Richard Jantz was preparing an updated evaluation when he noticed a strange detail: the skeleton’s forearms were considerably larger than average.
However, without knowing the dimensions of Earhart’s body, Dr Jantz had no way of comparing if her forearms were similarly longer than normal.
The fascinating science
TIGHAR turned to forensic imaging specialist Jeff Glickman for help.
Using a historical photo where both of Earhart’s bare arms were visible, he calculated the ratio between the bones in her lower and upper arm.
“Because there is tissue over the skeleton in living people ... the location of each bone end must be estimated,” he wrote in a report published last week.
Her clothing also added a layer of difficulty, however, he used the point of her shoulder, the crease of her elbow, and the indent of her wrist as landmarks.
“Given the evidence and my experience in the field of photogrammetry and photo interpretation, I estimate that the radius-to-humerus ratio of Amelia Earhart is 0.76,” he wrote.
In other words, the difference between her lower and upper arm was virtually identical to the partial skeleton, unearthed in the South Pacific.
The discovery doesn’t conclusively prove the castaway was Amelia Earhart, but it’s certainly another step in that direction.
tags: nathan finneman , flying , amelia earhart , found , crash
One of the greatest pilots in the history of aviation died this morning, according to reports.
Bob Hoover, a World War II fighter pilot, a former Air Force test pilot, and the chase plane pilot for Chuck Yeager when he broke the sound barrier for the first time, was 94.
A few years ago, the Federal Aviation Administration tried to ground Hoover, saying he was too old to fly. Aviators throughout the world shrieked with outrage until the FAA relented. Many of them had seen his famous air show act, which he performed with both engines on his plane turned off.
In 2012, a pilot in a P-51 ran out of options when his landing gear malfunctioned. He’d tried everything to deploy it but nothing worked.
Officials tracked down Hoover by telephone, then patched him in to the pilot of the stricken pilot.
“Boot enough rudder there at landing gear down speeds, get a side load on it, it would force it out and into the locked position,” Hoover said. “I’ve been there, I’ve done that a couple of times.”
Jeanes, on the phone from Dallas to Hoover in Los Angeles, encouraged Gardner to keep trying the maneuvers over Mobile Bay. “Just slip it, skid it, yaw it, whatever you have to do to get some air under the door.”
It worked. The landing gear deployed and the pilot landed the P-51 safely.
Having been shot down in World War II, he escaped near the end of the war by stealing a German fighter.
Had he remained at the POW camp a few days longer, the Allies likely would have reached him. But now he faced possible extinction at the hands of any friendly pilot who would presume his Focke Wulf was manned by the enemy.
Hoover said he hugged a cloud ceiling at about 4,000 feet, figuring he would duck up into it if he was spotted by any Allied aircraft. He planned on flying west until he saw signs of Allied territory. “I wanted to see windmills to be sure,” he explained. That would signal friendly Holland.
By the time he reached Holland, Hoover said, “My gas tank was registering close to zero.” He chose to land while he still had full control of the fighter, and selected an open field. Hoover dropped the fighter’s landing gear and settled in.
A ditch suddenly loomed ahead, and Hoover said he did not want to end up trapped in a German fighter on its back, where the Allies might not realize an American was inside. He said he “just reached down and sucked up the gear” to get the fighter to stop before tipping into the ditch.
Hoover said he wondered, “What the heck are you going to do now?” He didn’t have to wait long. “All of a sudden pitchforks came at me from every direction,” Hoover said. Dutch farmers who spoke no English were understandably angry with the man who emerged from the German fighter.
Providence intervened in the form of a British Army truck approaching. Hoover queried the truck’s occupants: “I hope you can help me. I’m a Yank; they think I’m a Kraut!” With perfect British aplomb, the soldiers whisked Hoover to safety.
Hoover said he did not consider his actions in escaping to be heroic. “I was no hero. I didn’t do anything but be stupid,” he chuckled. Hoover said, “It’s a stupid story. For about a year and a half I wouldn’t tell anyone that story.” But word got out years later at an air show, and Hoover acknowledged his feat, albeit with disarming self-criticism.
In 2010, Hoover delivered the Charles Lindbergh lecture at the Smithsonian Air & Space Museum.
With his death, it’s safe to say the nation will likely never hear first-hand stories like this again.
THESE GUYS ACTUALLY GET PAID FOR THIS.When watching this video, please don't do what we did. Don't second guess all of your life choices by asking yourself "why oh why did I not become a pilot?" It won't get you anywhere, but if you're young enough and subscribe to our website because you love aviation, stop thinking about it and just go do it.
Notice the patch on the back of the helmet. Pretty badass if you ask us.
Now that our little rant is over, let's see what we have here. We found a video filmed from the perspective of an Apache pilot. The whole thing is 16 minutes long, so we recommend you skip around. We don't expect you to watch the whole thing of course.
There are a couple of cool shots in the beginning and towards the middle that are notable. The pilot gets down between the trees and navigates a small patch of grass. It's really low and he seems to do it with no second thought. Also, he later pops back on the road and sorta chases a driver on the road. Bet they didn't mind that, but if unexpected, that might shake you up a bit.
tags: apache low level, nathan finneman , cool , breed of speed , colorado , amazing
Ninety-two-year-old World War II Spitfire pilot Joy Lofthouse recently got to fly a Spitfire again as part of the seventy-year anniversary of the use of the planes in the Air Transport Auxiliary (ATA).The ATA was used in WWII to “[ferry] Royal Air Force and Royal Navy warplanes between factories, maintenance unis and front-line squadrons.”
Following the anniversary flight, the BBC reported that Lofthouse described the opportunity as “lovely” and “perfect,” adding that it made her feel “quite young” again.CNN relayed Lofthouse’s stories of how treasured the Spitfire was and how “bomber pilots who flew with her late husband often wanted to hear about her experiences with the plane during post-war reunions.” Lofthouse said those bomber pilots would all say, “We’d have given our right arm to fly a Spitfire.”
In a 2011 video, Lofthouse and fellow ATA pilot Molly Rose recalled flying Spitfires during the war and pointed out that they had no contact with people on the ground once they were in the air. Rose said, “People are always puzzled that we literally had a compass, but no contact with the ground at all.”
They pointed out that radios were very new at the time and were reserved “entirely for combat.”
Lofthouse said people often ask if she ever landed at the wrong airfield. She smiled and said, “Well, if we did, I never told anyone. We just said, ‘Oh, a red light came on, and I thought we’d better pop off to the next place.'”
tags: nathan finneman , breed of speed, colorado , 92 year old flies , ww2 pilot , spitfire ,
There are many questions and not many answers about the spectacular car crash you are about to witness. Here’s what we know: it happened in St. Tropez, it involves a Porsche 918 Spyder, and the guy who just crashed a million dollar car must feel like the world’s biggest idiot right now. Unless he can afford to buy another car. Then I guess he’s just an idiot with a lot of money.
tags: nathan finneman , porsche 918 crash , crash , colorado , breed of speed,
We’re having a hard time discerning what is more impressive; the original design of a radial engine or a lone carpenter who made his own WORKING replica of one. By working, we mean that when he turns the shaft, all the gears and cylinders work to show you exactly what is going on inside.
This guy should be a show host somewhere, because his delivery on this seemingly boring subject is on point and really keeps you interested.
For those of you who are interested in this type of engine that powered many World War II-era warbirds, this is heaven. Ian Jimmerson, the highly skilled carpenter, removes all the parts step by step and explains what they do.
You can listen to the whole video yourself and really get to know these amazing engines, but we do want to make an observation, however. How did he do that and how long did it take? When he cranks the engine everything seems to be moving exactly as it should and without a hitch. It is beyond impressive. Just want to give him a shout out and say “amazing work!”
There are two separate videos in these series. The one you’ll see below here is part one where he explains everything in detail. Part two below that is a bit more detailed too, but that’s when he takes a drill to it and shows us that it actually works. Amazing stuff!
tags: wooden radial engine , nathan finneman , colorado , breed of speed , bos , amazing , aviation
This is what happens when an underground nuclear explosion basically makes the Earth hollow.
tags: nathan finneman , nuke, underground, explosion, amazing