How Jet Engines Work

You see them leaving beautiful, long, icy contrails in the sky. They can be seen at a much closer distance while on the runway at the airport. Sometimes you are treated to a very close but brief look at the huge intake blades of a jet engine from the jetway window while boarding a plane. Most are content knowing that turbo-fan jet engine perform reliably while in the air. The folks at Hitemco are honored and proud to play a humble, yet, critical role to keep 'em flying. If you've ever wondered how a jet engine really works without all the engineering mumbo-jumbo, you can see it by clicking here.  

After 68 years in the aerospace industry, and having a hand in producing every single C-17 in the Air Force’s inventory, an original Rosie the Riveter got her first flight in one on Monday.

Some technologies and a ton of good deeds are sometimes hidden from view and tucked away behind a bulkhead, wing tip or under a cowling. These components, services and actions are needed for overall flight requirements, and typically elude attention and remain unacknowledged. As such, sometimes Hitemco’s role in providing critical surfaces on critical aerospace technologies for turbofan engines, rockets, and landing gear, are also usually also hidden from view, or, can be easily taken for granted. 

Into this same category falls ’ Rosie the Riveter ’ which was an honored title given to women who answered the call and contributed a critical role in the WWII, USA military manufacturing mission. It is heartening to see this acknowledgement go to group of hard working Americans whose dedication, determination and actions were crucial at a critical time in history, and the acknowledgment and award for ' Rosie the Riveter ' can be viewed here. 

10 Airplane Things You Don't Know The Purpose Of...

As technology evolves, aircraft component design and Hitemco coating processes become more and more fascinating every day. However, some everyday things that you may be amazed at are..The mysterious triangle symbol over your seat -  The flange sticking out of the wing -  The hum when you board the plane -  Tomato juice - Do you find yourself ordering a tomato juice when you’re on a plane? Opening window shades for landings and take-offs - Winglets -  Sidestick - Bleed air system -  The eye level indicator on cockpit window - The hole in your window -  

Feel free to check out this video of 10 Things Airplane Things You Don't Know The Purpose Of here.

Dramatic Helicopter Mission

Our industry isn't always all about flying to exotic locations for a vacation by commercial plane, cool new military jets, or space ships going to Mars. Hitemco also plays a part in keeping rotor craft flying, and rotor craft also share an critical part in our lives wether we know it or not.  From private, to commercial, to military platforms, in both visible and hidden missions, rotor craft effect our comfort zone decisions around the risks we take from mountain climbing to fishing. One very important Helicopter rescue mission can be seen here.

Six Times the Speed of Sound

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"Engineers at Lockheed Martin’s Skunk Works® are working on the successor to the SR-71 Blackbird retired in 1998. With a top speed of Mach 6, or six times the speed of sound, the SR-72 will be twice as fast as its predecessor. An optionally piloted hypersonic aircraft, the SR-72 will have long range strike and reconnaissance capabilities. Lockheed Martin announced the project in 2013, and has been working on technologies for the plane for over a decade."

Interesting article on this remarkable aircraft...read here

the hitemco blog: what's on our mind?

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For most of our long history, to the external world we have been a pretty quiet company.   Internally, things are very loud and lively.   We solve problems.   Lots of problems.   Materials problems, automation problems, supply chain problems, IT problems, and on and on.    Our shift to a new web platform allows us to keep our site fresh and also gives us the chance to share some of our thinking with you with our new blog tab .   We will share what technical developments we are watching, industry trends, business concepts, innovative materials that might be of interest, what we are working on, notable things that our customers or partners are involved in, and occasional random stuff we just think is cool, amusing, or important.

We hope that you will follow us (RSS feed), give us some feedback, share with friends, and send us some ideas that you want us to research or write about.

Before we share more of our thinking we thought you might enjoy this great video from Derek Mueller (Veritasium) called "The Science of Thinking".   You can watch it here.

Enjoy,

Tom