Tagged With: Airplanes

Ginger Dream

We’ve long contemplated building an RV-8. Superior’s XP-400 engine is suddenly out of the options (kudos to Superior for their buyback), but we still look at Van’s as a kit we’d like to build. Look at the RV-8, and contemplate it in Navy Blue,, with flat black nose, and appropriate (read: semi-inappropriate) nose art. Ginger … Continue reading »

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Tiger Moths over Highclere

We chanced to stumble across a picture this morning of three de Havilland Tiger Moths flying over Highclere Castle: Fans of Downton Abbey will, of course, recognize the location.  They may also recall that, early in the show, the Abbey was used as a convalescent home for soldiers wounded in World War I.  As it … Continue reading »

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Up too late, we find that our evening Jeopardy episode has as a category “Famous Gingers.” We cleaned up. Looking forward to some good sleep, followed by a decent breakfast: a (lightly, so as not to damage the sourdough flavor) toasted English muffin, topped with kippers, sautéed in a touch of butter, and with a … Continue reading »

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A Family Connection

For those unaware, we grew up on Baa Baa Black Sheep (under its alternate title, Black Sheep Squadron-occasionally in the local Officers’ Quarters). We chanced to discover upon the following: https://www.radialconversions.com/ http://www.rotecengines.com/Projects/BrianKelly.html Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1HdqLQEpZoA Upon referral to Dad (who also introduced me to airplanes, and to proper–read: round) engines, he said “That radial RV is … Continue reading »

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Dog is my Copilot

(As seen at http://www.vansairforce.com/community/showthread.php?t=150454)

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“I have come to learn about the contrarian nature of the winds. It seems that while in the air, I alone command their direction. That is to say, that there will always be a head wind, irrespective of my direction of travel.”

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Any further commentary about our procrastination will henceforth be met with derisive laughter, then immediate deletion.

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State Actor?

International law; specifically, discussing the Argentine attack on a Liberian tanker in the Falklands War. Prof. S.: Were they state actors?  They had airplanes with guns.  Do any private companies have airplanes with guns? Smartarse Student: Blackwater.

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Airport Security

TSA to continue allowing small knives on planes, this time on purpose.  Because, really, they’ve been so effective at catching them thus far.

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Down and Locked

When flying a retract, one always checks to ensure the landing gear are down and locked; failure to do so may result in undesired effects. The expression carries over, though. We also use the expression to describe fixation: “he had his head down and locked,” which means he was concentrating completely on one thing (usually … Continue reading »

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