Category Archives: Aviation

Week 869: I really do think we just got the Mayan date system wrong

NOAA’s GOES-R looks at a bruised continent yesterday. Smoke from fires in the west. 3 hurricanes in the east. Not shown: earthquake in Mexico. DPRK missiles. https://twitter.com/s_m_i/status/906022435866107905 Unidentified USAF aircraft crashes on the Nevada Test Range. Possible classified project? “Some … Continue reading

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“Questa piedra maladetta — this cursed rock”

I usually repost my MetaFilter threads over here, but I missed this one about the opening of St. Helena Airport in May 2016. Turns out that all the big spending and hand wringing was a waste of time because the … Continue reading

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McDonnell Douglas Product Registration Form

(Origin unknown. Emailed to me in 1994. All mistakes, inconsistencies, etc. come from the original document) McDonnell Douglas Aircraft – Space Systems – Missiles Important! Important! Please fill out and mail this card within 10 days of purchase Thank you … Continue reading

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Air Force Week in Los Angeles

Midway through the FMDiSC meeting this morning, I got an email message saying that there was going to be a low altitude multi-plane flyby in conjuction with the opening ceremonies for Air Force Week Los Angeles. A U-2 spy plane … Continue reading

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24 or so Flickrs per second

Going against the tide of Flickr curmedgeons, here’s some Flickr video from the QC archives: Alkali flies on the ground at Mono Lake. They don’t bite at all, but it’s unnerving walking around them and seeing them flee and reorient … Continue reading

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Nukes vs. Zeppelins vs. Pterodactyls

A couple of worthy stories over on Airminded. The first comes from a DOE atomic bomb test in 1957 to see what would happen if a Navy airship was used to deliver a nuclear depth charge. In short, the bomb … Continue reading

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A380 at LAX

I was at LAX for the visit of the Concorde in October 1974, so I’m obliged to go see the Airbus A380 during it’s visit to LAX this week. Larger photo on the Flickr page.

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Things going on while I was reconfiguring the server

The only thing missing from the surveillance video of the SUV driver crashing through an Augusta mall is the Blues Brothers soundtrack. Bonus points to the deputy sheriff who barely keeps from laughing during his interview. The state of air … Continue reading

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Things I Like – August 2006 “New Blog” edition

1. John Fitch. What do you do after you’ve been a P-51 fighter pilot, competed and won the Mille Miglia, and invented the “yellow barrel” crash drums you see on freeway interchanges. Go for a class speed record at Bonneville … Continue reading

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Flying Flying Wing

A chance to see a 60 year old UFO fly doesn’t come by that often, so the big event this weekend was a drive out to the Palm Springs Air Museum to see the original N9M flying wing prototype fly. … Continue reading

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