Saturday, December 25, 2021
1917 Harley-Davidson Messenger Pigeon Carrier was used in the movie "The Spirit of St. Louis" after its use in WWI. Subsequently, it was bought by Steve McQueen without the Pigeon Carrier attachment.
a 1951 Studebaker Commander used in filming The Muppet Movie in 1979, is in the Studebaker National Museum, and they'd like to raise $175,000 to restore it.
I have no idea why they think it will require so much money, I'm pretty sure for 1/2 that amount they can buy a restored one from a museum or private collector, and switch the parts needed to the movie carhttps://www.gofundme.com/f/restore-the-muppet-car
It turns out, there's a story to this dealership Santa with a real 54 Bel Air on his lap, that was forgotten for 57 years
because these photos have no information with them, and no context, I will guess he's getting promoted because he's being presented with a jacket
The circuit breaker kept popping when the test pilots tried lowering the landing gear on the XB-70. This, was a big problem, and needed a solution before the fuel ran out that kept them in the air.
The engineers figured out that they needed to bypass the breaker with a jumper.
Co Pilot Joe Cotton (photo above with the plane) saved this 750 million dollar (5.5 bil. in today's money) aircraft from destruction with a paperclip.
April 30th, 1966.
Al White and Joe Cotton prepared to take AV/2 past the final hurdle to having "unlimited" status for Mach 3 flight -- a 30+ minute run at Mach 3 to fully heatsoak all systems. Shortly after takeoff, Cotton retracted the landing gear. The nose gear jammed into its door, and as good as things had been going, they were going bad now. The attempt to lower the gear using the normal hydraulic system failed. Trying the backup electrical system, Cotton heard a "pop" as THAT system went dead. Given the Valkyrie's long, graceful neck, and the intake design, retracting the main gear and landing on her belly wasn't possible -- in fact, it was so impossible that North American had never attemped to simulate it!
White first brought the XB-70 around for a touch-and-go, hoping that a hard impact on the main gear would knock the nose gear loose and let it fall to the extended position. Even after a second try, however, the nose gear remained jammed. At this point, bailing out and losing the aircraft was quickly becoming the only option.
But there was fuel to burn away in any case, so while people on the ground pulled out plans and diagrams, White and Cotton circled around Edwards slowly but surely.
Finally, Cotton was sent to the back of the cockpit to open service panels and check on things for the people below. After more than an hour of this (and 2 hours of flying), the problem with the backup system was traced -- hopefully -- to a circuit breaker.
Now all Cotton had to do was find a way to short circuit the unit by closing two contacts. Of course, the Valkyrie had no on-board toolkit -- that would have made things too simple. But Cotton HAD brought along his briefcase with his various notes and plans, and opening it, he found a good, thick paperclip (actually, it was part of a legal-style paperclip, not a conventional one) .
Straightening out the paperclip, then grasping the middle of it with a leather glove, Cotton carefully reached in and ZAP! short circuited the breaker. As Al White hit the switch to extend the gear, and was rewarded with the sound of a working backup system, Cotton gratefully dropped into his seat. As several newspapers exclaimed the following day, a "39 cent paperclip saves $750 million aircraft!"
the maximum takeoff weight was more than half a million pounds
the pilot was 65 feet in front of the nose gear.
The chain of pastry shops "VIENA CAPELLANES" founded in 1873 is going to restore and relaunch a peculiar delivery vehicle, bodied like the old autogyro invented by Juan de la Cierva.
This original vehicle is one of the three delivery vans that were manufactured in 1935, based on the chassis and engines of the English car Singer Popular 9 HP.
The three vehicles were requisitioned during the Spanish Civil War, and at the end only one of them was returned, which was repaired and continued to provide delivery service until 1946.
The bodywork of the vehicles was carried out completely by hand in the workshop of Pablo Díaz Fernández, in Madrid, builder of the original Juan de la Cierva prototypes
Friday, December 24, 2021
I popped the release and I lifted the hood,
Well, as you can imagine, I turned mighty quick,
We stood there a bit, not too sure what to say,
I said “no way, Santa” and started to grin,
His round little mouth, all tied up like a bow,
So as not to disturb all the neighbors in The Retreat ,
Then, taking our places to roll down the hill,
The sound that erupted took him by surprise,
With Hoosiers a’ crying and side pipes aglow,
And Santa’s grin widened, approaching his ears,
Then he yelled “can’t recall when I’ve felt so alive!”
Ol’ Santa was stunned when I gave him the keys,
Then the 440 exploded with that great exhaust sound!
Power shift into second, again into third!
Then I heard him exclaim as we blasted into fourth and out of sight,
finally, time to post the Christmas photos I've been collecting all year, and I hope you have a fun Christmas!
Eggleston’s 1976 exhibition Color Photographs, held at the Museum of Modern Art, New York, was considered a pivotal moment in the development of color photography as a contemporary art form and widely credited with increasing recognition of the medium.