Archive for August, 2006


Green Light for Blue Origin

Thursday, August 31st, 2006

The FAA has approved Blue Origin‘s plans to build a spaceport near Van Horn, Texas.

space, blue origin, spaceport



Wednesday, August 30th, 2006

This week it sucked to be Pluto.

Photo by Jaye Claire


What did Varifrank See?

Saturday, August 26th, 2006

Varifrank saw something in the sky, something he’s not fully willing to talk about:

Imagine you’re hiking in the high desert of the eastern Sierra Nevada Mountains. It’s twilight, and you’re heading back towards camp. You hear a high-pitched mechanical whine out on the horizon, so you look up from the trail to see what it might be and you see “something”.

Something that is absolutely astounding.

You are an aviation enthusiast. You are intimate with most of the current technology in aviation, but you have never seen anything quite like this before. In fact, no one has.

You know what it is, but more importantly, you also know what it means.

You also know that you probably shouldn’t be seeing what you are seeing.

It sounds like he was hiking just west of the Nellis Range Complex. Interesting, very interesting.


“I Hope And Pray We Don’t Get Hit Again-BUT….”

Friday, August 25th, 2006

Words can’t express my anger at the Democrats and ‘Progressives’ when I read this:

If an attack occurred just before the elections, I have to think that at least a few of the voters who persist in this “Bush has kept us safe” thinking would realize the fallacy they have been under.

If 5% of the “he’s kept us safe” revise their thinking enough to vote Democrat, well, then, the Dems could recapture the House and the Senate.

This post is on the very well financed Huffington Post site. Huffington hosts many of the top ‘progressive’ bloggers. No one can say this guy is some kind of obscure lunatic just because he is openly hoping to see thousands of Americans die because he doesn’t like President Bush.

This guy is speaking for the heart and soul of the hate crazed Democrat party. They are all about hate. They hate the President, and they hate the country. Most of all they hate themselves.

Every Democrat blogger or elected offical who does not disavow this Shaw creature with no if’s and’s or but’s should be considered by all decent people to have joined the enemies of the United States.

bds, moonbat, hate, treason,democrats


Highway diesel not for use in diesel highway vehicles

Friday, August 25th, 2006

I’ve noticed that recently all the local diesel pumps have this sticker. The sticker makes no sense.

What has changed about 2007 vehicles that makes them unable to use diesel? And why call it “highway diesel fuel” and then prohibit its use in highway vehicles?

I’m very confused.

diesel , diesel fuel, truck, car


A Tough Old Bird

Thursday, August 24th, 2006

The F-111 is a very tough bird. It really exuded strength and power. We don’t fly them any more in this country, but they still fly the Vark in Australia. One of their crews had an exciting morning last month. (hat tip: F-111 Net)


A Career Up In Smoke

Wednesday, August 23rd, 2006

     Photo by kteague.

For some time I’ve been following ‘Cockpit Conversation’, a blog by a professional pilot working in northern Canada.  It’s one of the best pilot blogs on the web.

Today the author posted a heart breaking entry.  This is one of the most gut-wrenching blog posts I’ve ever seen.  My heart goes out to Aviatrix.


First Pictures – Boeing 747 Super Duper Guppy

Sunday, August 20th, 2006

This article has some of the very first pictures of the new specially modified Boeing 747-400 that will be used to transport large parts of the Boeing 787 between overseas vendors and Boeing Seattle. It is a very,very large airplane. Ugly? Or Charming? You be the judge.

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Boeing, B747,B787, aviation, aircraft


Culture War, or The Captain’s Bra

Thursday, August 17th, 2006

The Air Force has its own culture of course. And within the overall USAF culture there are many distinct tribes and subcultures. I was in fighters, not transports. I acknowlege the equal importance of the fighter community and the trash haulers transport operators in the global air power big picture. Still, I can’t claim to understand everything about the rituals and mores of our cousins in the heavy lift world.

I’m pretty sure I could have lived with the Captain’s Bra, but I just can’t stand it when those guys put their spoons in their flight suit pockets!

USAF,Air Force, Pilots


Another Navigator Blog

Thursday, August 17th, 2006


I found a good blog, with the bonus that it is written by another former F-4 navigator and current computer geek. 

He has done some great original reporting on the recent pro-terror marches in Washington DC, complete with many pictures.

Don’t walk, run to Conservative Propaganda.