Saturday, August 27, 2016

1936 Pontiac motorhome, Coachwork by Russell's of Bexhill, heading to auction with Bonhams

As purchased, the Pontiac had been painted khaki in anticipation of its being used as an ambulance during WW2

The Dunn family's financial advisor, explains that Captain Dunn had contracted polio on his honeymoon, which left him paralysed and requiring the use of a wheelchair.

During WW2 Captain Dunn was evacuated to Wales on account of his disability. In 1946 he died, leaving everything to his widow.

 Apparently, the van had been placed in storage in 1940, raised on blocks and with the spark plugs removed and oil tipped into the cylinder bores. Every few months Mrs Dunn would turn the engine over on the starting handle, a practice she repeated right up to her death in 1991

The interior remains just as it was found, though a boat builder was commissioned to re-varnish the woodwork in the correct dull gloss finish. All curtains and linoleum are original, as are all the fixtures and fittings. All the interior equipment came with the motorhome

Abbott and Costello Meet the Keystone Kops

Jack Benny (a favorite of mine) in the B 24 named after his movie "Buck Benny Rides Again"

In The Jack Benny Program’s 1936-37 season, writers instituted “Buck Benny Rides Again,” a spoof of movie westerns that would go on to become one of Benny’s most popular running segments.

In 1940 it was crafted into a movie musical, and was a decent success, making the 10th largest revenue for a movie that year.

In the movie, Jack in conned into going to Nevada, and he brings his entourage into the movie with him, including his pet polar bear, Carmichael.

It was just a week ago that I posted Jack Benny christening a B 24 in Libya on a USO tour

petroliana porn

The inlet cowling literally exploded. Flight #WN3472 from New Orleans to Orlando

Target kites, 1st I've ever heard of them

The late Dr. Paul Garber, former Historian Emeritus of the National Air and Space Museum, was instrumental as his services as a civilian were loaned to the Navy Department in early December, 1941 and became part of the Navy's Special Devices Division of the Bureau of Aeronautics with a Navy commission in May, 1942.

Dr. Garber devised a controllable Target Kite which was used for gunnery practice; a fully rigged example of his Mk 1 kite, made by Spaulding, is on exhibit with a Mitsubishi "Zero" screened on the kite fabric. Paul Garber became aware that Admiral John H. Towers reported that the Navy required some sort of airborne moving gunnery target; Garber believed that a kite might solve the problem. He worked after hours along with two kite flying buddies, Lloyd Reichert and Stanley Potter, and also with Paul Gwillow, to come up with a rough target kite which had a keel and rudder and could be controlled by two lines. Work on a prototype target kite leading to production began in earnest in the Fall of 1942. Firing tests were conducted in January, 1943 and the first production units from a trial order with Comet Models reached the field for test by May, 1943.  Thanks Steve!

ha HA! Good one!

Ventura Nats, next weekend

A little late, but Happy 100th, Boeing!

Licensed Pilots vs. Drone Operators

The FAA announced that as of February 2016 there were more registered drone operators than there were licensed pilots in the U.S. (325,000 drone operators vs. 320,000 licensed pilots).

Of the total number of licensed pilots in the U.S. only 6% (39,621) are female.

Friday, August 26, 2016

The Witch -B 24 in the Snow White squadron had a cool unique thing about it, the mission markers were little witches

The Load Handler (How to unload a truck fast and easy)

mission symbols nor often seen on a scoreboard, train tracks and donkey carts

in France carts were shot if they were heading towards the front, as they were suspected to be Germans trying to bring ammo and supplies to the fighting forces. If the carts were heading in any other direction they were presumed to be farmers actually moving supplies for the farm

Thanks Steve!

How much does the high bidder think Wayne Carini's temp ownership is worth when flipping a car? 2,000% markup. That is stupid. If they had bought the car from the original seller it would have cost them 30k, not 600k
After sitting in a Georgia garage since the 1950s and spending a year and a half in the hands of television’s Wayne Carini, this 1921 Stutz Bearcat has found a new home.

According to a person posting on the H.A.M.B. who was attempting to purchase the car before Carini flew in and picked it up in April 2015, the asking price was $30,000.

After some cleanup and repair by Stuz specialist Evan Ide, including new plugs and wires, a new water pump, and fresh pushrod guides, the unrestored beast rolled onto the lawn at Pebble Beach in August.

This year, Carini put the car up for sale at the Bonhams auction. The high bid when the gavel dropped. The price? $594,000, including premiums.

The first owner of this 1921 Stutz was a doctor in Maryland. In 1931 he purchased a large farm in  Georgia, and drove this Stutz Bearcat over 600 miles to his new home. After the long journey the Stutz was running a little rough and was put away in a barn. It was found to have a bad head gasket.

Twenty years later, after active duty in the war, Hagins returned to Georgia and set about repairing the Stutz, but soon after he had removed the head and begun work on the car, he passed away.

 He left his entire estate to his caretaker, who left the car untouched - still up on bricks with its head off. The car was recently discovered by a retired army officer who was hunting on the property.

Did they find Roth's truck, or just the grill?

Galpin Motors announced that it has found the famed and long lost Ed Roth 56 Ford F-100 Pickup, and though there isn't much to lend credibility to the green truck being the real deal in the photo except a bolt on grill bar, if anyone knows the difference between real Roth stuff and some wanna be, it's the people at Galpin.

Lucky Bastard's club certificate was another humorous thing, if you survived a jump with a parachute made by Irving

side effect of prohibition, a borrowed Stutz touring car with a bootlegger driver, July 1924

Actor James Cagney christening the B-17 Yankee Doodle Dandy at Framlingham Airfield England, 1944.

Cagney toured US military bases in the UK on the USO tour. He refused to give interviews to the British press, preferring to concentrate on rehearsals and performances. He gave several performances a day for the Army Signal Corps of The American Cavalcade of Dance, which consisted of a history of American dance, from the earliest days to Fred Astaire, and culminated with dances from Yankee Doodle Dandy.

The Air Force got a B-52 bomber back into service after it sat collecting dust for seven years in the boneyard

On Feb. 13, the B-52H—with the serial number 61–0007—left the desert. This is the first time the Air Force has “regenerated” one of these bombers from the Boneyard back to active duty.

The “61” in the refurbished bomber’s serial number is short for … 1961. The bomber can—amazingly—still fly decades later, after some necessary maintenance work. 

Reactivating Ghost Rider was not easy. Personnel from the 2nd, 5th and 307th Bomb Wings, repairmen from the Air Force Material Command and the Defense Logistics Agency were all called in just to get the bomber back in the air.

The Air Force will likely want to replace the B-52’s older twin-engine pods with four larger, more efficient motors.

Engine-maker Pratt and Whitney developed the TF-33 turbofan in the 1950s. Compared to more modern jets, the design is horribly inefficient and increasingly expensive to keep running. Replacing any one of a B-52’s eight engines costs $1.5 million, and every 6,000 flight hours, the engine is shipped to Tinker [Air Force Base in Oklahoma] for an overhaul, which replaces most components with new ones,

The flying branch could save additional costs by using an engine already in service on other aircraft, such as the C-17 transport. New powerplants would make it both cheaper and safer for the Air Force to fly the massive bombers. However, at least one of the service’s senior officials has already admitted that there isn’t any money for this kind of improvement program.

King Of The Mountain, street racing movie

Ford celebrated the 1972 Summer Olympics with a special limited-edition red-white-and-blue Sprint package for the Mustang, Maverick, and Pinto.

The Sprint Décor Group option was conceived to jumpstart sagging sales during one of the Mustang’s worst sales years. The package was one of the most striking in the marque’s history, which made it a popular seller.

50 of the 1972 Mustang Sprint convertible were produced and shipped to the Washington, D.C., sales district for the annual Cherry Blossom Parade.

The Wall of Remembrance is coming to San Diego in mid Sept. It is a 100-foot-long wall listing the military personnel, police, firefighters and civilians who have died as a result of war and acts of terrorism over the last three decades.

The huge blocks of names are reminiscent of the Vietnam memorial wall. But this memorial has an added element, a back side with pictures and brief text of events dating back to 1983,

The other side has a timeline of the War on Terror, which goes back as far as 1983, covering: 1983 Beirut bombings on U.S. military barracks when 241 American military personnel were killed by a truck bomb while stationed in Beirut, Lebanon;
Gulf War Operations Desert Shield and Desert Storm;
the Battle of Mogadisu in 1993 in Somalia;
Bosnia intervention in the 1990s;
USS Cole bombing in Yemen in 2000;
September 11 attacks;
War on Terror operations in Afghanistan (Operation Enduring Freedom, Operation Freedom Sentinal);
 War on Terror operations in Iraq (Operation Iraqi Freedom, Operation New Dawn and Operation Iron Resolve);
the Ft. Hood, Texas shooting;
 the 2012 attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya;
 the Boston Marathon bombings;
the shooting at the Chattanooga, Tennessee military recruiting station;
 and the terrorist attack at a health center in San Bernardino.

September 16th and 17th 2016
Indian Motorcycles of El Cajon San Diego,
345 N. Magnolia

Thursday, August 25, 2016

Miss Lace, a character from a comic strip by the artist who made Terry and the Pirates, was graciously conferred by the artist to a Lt who requested its use for his B 17

he was also famous for Steve Canyon.

In his support for the forces Caniff produced a comic strip dedicated to and centering on the forces during the war, it was initially a special version of ‘Terry and the Pirates’, concentrating on the character ‘Burma’ and only published in military newspapers. However after complaints were made about its inaccessibility to the general public it was re named ‘Male Call’ and the main character called ‘Miss Lace’.

The strip was produced until 7 months after V-J day and ‘Miss Lace’ became the inspiration for B-17 nose art ‘Bit o Lace’ after Caniff received a request from Lt John Bauman to use the character ‘Miss Lace’. Caniff responded in the affirmative and sent a sketch back entitled ‘Bit o Lace’ with the message “A bit of lace for Lt John Bauman and the gang, with my very best wishes”

A B-24M in the 374th Squadron of the 308th Bombardment Group (China)

 Although most people never had the chance to see Caniff’s legendary, although rarest, comic strip Male Call, and it's featured femme extraordinaire Miss Lace, you can now buy Caniff’s unique contribution to the war effort, combining sex and humor, in its entirety on Amazon.

I just got mine, and they were the only in stock of their published examples, but there are a hell of a lot of others,
 Caniff became popular overseas and on the home front for his painstakingly accurate research and attention to detail in Terry and the Pirates, which has gone into history as one of the most important comic strips of the era.

 However, the comic strip was a continuing daily strip, and with many GI’s often being away from newspapers for long periods of time due to being in battle, the continuity of the strip often became lost, making Terry virtually unreadable to the men that it celebrated.

 As a service to the US armed forces, Caniff developed a second “gag a day” Terry and the Pirates strip that he would draw and submit to overseas military camp newspapers completely separate from the on-going Terry comic strip. Popular for his smart and sexy heroines, Caniff chose his popular character Burma, a con-artist turned singer, as his central character. In each strip Burma would be put in a fun and often sexy situation involving her interactions with American GIs.

 However, when the editor of the Miami Herald learned that a second version of the strip was being given away to overseas papers for free, he complained to the Tribune that he was being “cheated.” Always takes one jerk to wreck everything. Caniff was forced to end his daily Terry strip with Burma in just less than four months.