Wednesday, October 21, 2015

USC Engineering School Alumni Profile

“My real-world experiences as a pilot and aerospace engineer give me a specifically unique perspective when designing unmanned air vehicles and systems for airplanes. The really great part is being able to truly appreciate airplanes and aircraft engine designs not only for their historic and aesthetic value, but also as a clear manifestation of functional art.”

— Joseph Bok, B.S. AE ’85, M.S. '99; CEO, Aero Telemetry, Inc.

Thursday, January 29, 2015

Aero Telemetry's WWI Kettering Bug full size replica

Initially commissioned for a History Channel Television Show commemorating the 100th Anniversary of the start of World War I, the full-size replica of the Kettering Bug will now be the subject of an intense one-hour TV documentary that will feature the various aspects of the airplanes design, it’s secretive military history, the famous people behind the development, and the airplane’s contribution to the advancement of early aviation technology.

The background and technical details of the Kettering Bug have been meticulously researched for historical accuracy and re-designed with many of the same materials and techniques that were used to build the original. In commemoration of the 100 year anniversary of WWI, this amazing full-size replica is being prepared for its first flight by Joe Bok and his Aero Telemetry Team. 

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Hollywood Takes to the Air Event

Aero Telemetry was honored to have their Hughes H-1 Racer on display in the front lobby of The Academy's Linwood Dunn Theater in Hollywood two weeks ago. The 4 night event was a celebration of Aviation and Cinema.  The first night was a presentation given by Oscar winners Craig Barron and Ben Burtt called The Illusions of Flight: Behind the Scenes of Hollywood's Aviation Classics.  For those in attendence it was a packed house and an amazing presentation!

Below are some pictures of our H-1 Racer display.

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Hollywood Takes to the Air | Events Presented by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences

Spend an evening in Hollywood at the Academy of Motion Pictures Linwood Theater with Oscar Winners Craig Barron and Ben Burtt as they present “The Illusions of Flight: Behind the Scenes of Hollywood’s Aviation Classics” on August 14th at 7:00pm.

The presentation will feature never before seen footage of the Aero Telemetry flyable models
constructed for Academy Award winning movie The Aviator.

In addition, the event will feature Aero Telemetry's Hughes H-1 Racer Airplane as well as several other models from classic films such as the Right Stuff and Raiders of the Lost Ark which will be on display in the main lobby of the theater.

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Friday, July 11, 2014

Overweight model airplane crashes

This B-29 fully loaded with fuel, smoke oil, and X1 parasite weighs more than the AMA LMA limit of 125lbs. Hot day, high humidity, high density altitude, number 1 engine running bad, and appears to have limited rudder control. This is the 5th or 6th time he crashed one of these, and this time almost takes 10 peoples heads off.

YouTube Video B29 Crash Warbirds Over Delaware 2014 

Monday, June 30, 2014

Aero Telemetry's Spruce Goose built for the movie The Aviator

The Spruce Goose flew several times over two days in the Long Beach Harbor. The first test flight took place on the afternoon of Sunday November 23, 2003.
Joe Bok's rendition of the Hughes Flying Boat made its' Hollywood Film debut on November 24, 2003. The airplane was loaded onto a barge and moved into a location near the Queen Mary.  Several vintage Navy boats were moved into a position that would align them with the camera and the model's anticipated flight path.  The Aero Telemetry Spruce Goose made several breath-taking flights that day.

Part of the crew launched and recovered the huge model from a floating barge, while the flight crew were positioned on a vintage World War II US Navy Patrol boat. Academy Award winning visual effects director, Rob Legato, filmed the amazing footage of the Spruce Goose as it passed by the stern of the PT boat to recreate the famous flight of the Spruce Goose.

To read more about this incredible build and flight check out the website for all things Spruce Goose!