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How Amelia Earhart Financed Her Expeditions

December 28, 2022

Amelia Earhart is best known for her flying endeavors, but many people don’t know about the fascinating and creative ways she funded her expeditions. Cosmopolitan Editor, Lecturer In 1928, Earhart became aviation editor for Cosmopolitan magazine. Her first article was published in November of that year. In her articles, she answered readers’ questions about aviation…

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CAD and Industrial Engineer Joseph Kastner holds a model printed with a Phrozen Sonic Mega 8K Resin 3D Printer

Joseph Kastner Brings 3D-Printing to Pacmin Studios

November 11, 2022

What is Additive Manufacturing? Commonly interchanged with the term 3D printing, additive manufacturing is “the process of creating an object by building it one layer at a time.”1 Historically, standard manufacturing has been a subtractive process in which an object is created by cutting away at a volume of material. How Has Additive Manufacturing Changed…

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AI-generated image of an airline pilot. Generated with Midjourney version 4.

You Won’t Believe These Images Were Generated by a Computer

November 1, 2022

Since the introduction of GANs (Generative Adversarial Networks) in 2014, AI Image generation has escalated at an alarming rate. Recently, systems like DALL·E and Stable Diffusion have put AI image generation into the hands of the public. Users can generate amazing images from the input of simple text prompts. When Did it Start? Artist Harold…

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Pacmin Studios Model of the 10th-Anniversary Boeing 777-200ER ecoDemonstrator on Display at Farnborough International Airshow

Aircraft Manufacturers Answer the Call to Reduce Carbon Emissions. Boeing Prepares 777-200ER SAF ecoDemonstrator for Flight Tests

October 11, 2022

Aircraft manufacturers and airlines worldwide are answering the call to reduce carbon emissions and increase fuel efficiency. In this article, we’ll look at some of Boeing’s initiatives in their ecoDemonstrator program. From 2012 through 2022, Boeing’s ecoDemonstrator program has tested over 230 technologies across nine airplanes. Of these 230 technologies, about one-third have been implemented…

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Conservation: Preserving History and Fostering Legacy of the United Air Lines DC-8

September 14, 2022

What is Conservation? According to ICOM (International Council of Museums), conservation includes “all measures and actions aimed at safeguarding tangible cultural heritage while ensuring its accessibility to present and future generations.”1 Additionally, Alisa Eagleston-Cieslewicz, Curator of Conservation at SFO Museum describes conservation as “providing an ethical framework” that guides the decision-making process regarding the treatment of…

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Evolution of Aircraft Paint and Livery Design

August 31, 2022

Humble Beginnings In the first decades following the invention of the airplane, paint was expensive, heavy, and had poor adherence. For these reasons, airplane manufacturers would leave the exterior of their aircraft bare, or, with minimal markings such as titles or emblems. It wasn’t until after the Second World War that innovations in paint and…

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