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Fred Robel
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Discovered an interesting artifact when shooting up at the sun: there is small image of the eclipse in the glare (the small bluish crescent in LH of center)

Kind of cool.

Eclipse 2017

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Obligatory eclipse 2017 picture from Northeast Lower Michigan.

Shot on my iPhone 7 Plus, through a pair of sunglasses


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Also found a cool series of advertisements, for the Douglas DC-8, called "Jetland". Some kind of a fairy tale theme they were trying out in 1965.

#avgeek
#aviation
#aircraft
#advertising
#sixties
#hippy
#trippy
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8/18/17
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Got sucked into a Douglas DC-8 advertising rabbit hole. This one is pretty neat, showing the huge difference between the standard, and stretch DC-8.

We had many of each kind, flying freight for us, back in the 1990's. We even had our own STC (The "Rosie" door mod) for putting cargo doors into them. So as fast as we could buy them, we converted them to freighters. At least for a few years.

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#aviation
#aircraft

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We were vomited from our graduation
Walking in parade formation
The next class walking in
As we were lock-stepping out

Our tools were shiny
Our ideals crisp
Ironed and creased
By years of expert erudition

A celebratory drink
A nod and a wink
A backdoor deal
Done proper and right

Off to our new careers
To put that sheepskin to the test
One foot after the other
Gravity is working fine
Check!

Time will scratch and dent
All those fancy tools
Principles tend to bend
In ways that don't easily mend

Until we look back
All grizzled and grey
Failing to even recognize
The us that once was one fine day

Time grinds the hardest of granite
And not even you
Are more hard-headed
Than that


-FDR18AUG2017
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The P-47 Thunderbolt of WW2, had a wonderfully complex powerplant setup. A diagram is below, along with a photo taken at the National Museum of WW II Aviation in Colorado Springs, CO.

Complex and badass.

#avgeek
#aviation
#aircraft
#airplane
#ww2
#wwii
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8/17/17
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I'm done for now. I'll see you all when Google fixes its shit. Toodles!
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I realize I haven’t done a true aviation weekly post in a while and this actually won’t be a true one either. I wanted to talk a little bit about the Hellcat today since, one, I haven’t yet and two, there is actually an important date that coincides with…

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Found this interesting poster of the XB-70 Valkyrie, while looking around at things. Done in the style we now associate with Flight International cutaway posters.

Such a shame the US didn't incorporate this R&D aircraft into a commercial passenger aircraft program to compete with the Concorde. (I know, I know, market forces; sonic boom restrictions; yada yada)

At least we can go visit one of these in the US Air Force Museum in Dayton, Ohio.

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#avgeek
#cutaway
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