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Meanwhile, in the UK...
Lord West, former First Sea Lord, says he hopes experts will not choose to call a new polar research ship Boaty McBoatface, after the name tops a public poll.
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could have been worse - "wet dirty diaper" comes to mind. or "holey DeNofloat"
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A simple idea’s almost 30-year, $10 billion journey to the aircraft mainstream.
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its a lot like a hand mixer - if the blades run too fast you get a mess - if the peddles run too slow your hand hurts - say now, would they sell ron popeil that gear box?
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My wife just saw an article about football deaths among high school students, so I Googled "how many students die each year from football-related injuries?" I got article after article discussing how over a hundred students die EVERY YEAR. I assume there is an even greater number of incidents that don't end in death, but just permanent injury.

I then Googled "how many students die each year from band-related injuries?" I got a Wikipedia article on hazing.

Telling.
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when you say " band-related injuries” i always think in terms of spit-valves

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The shiest little viking.
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Latest update on our little minion.
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Some pics, as requested by Carlos, of the "Biafra Baby" take on the Boelkow Junior (itself a licensed copy of the Malmo MFI-9).  These are another civilian aircraft type turned into a close air support platform.  According to Wikipedia:

"Von Rosen had the planes painted in camouflage colours and fitted with rockets from Matra, and proceeded with a band of friends to form a squadron called Biafra Babies to strike at the airfields from which the federal Nigerian Air Force launched their attacks against the civilian population in Biafra. On May 22, 1969, and over the next few days, Von Rosen and his five aircraft launched attacks against Nigerian airfields at Port Harcourt, Enugu, Benin and other small airports. The Nigerians were taken by surprise and a number of expensive jets, including a few MiG-17 fighters and three out of Nigeria's six Ilyushin Il-28 bombers, were destroyed on the ground."

(https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Malm%C3%B6_MFI-9)

Pics come from a Google image search -- the first came from worldofwarplanes.eu, the second from boelkow-junior.de.

Only reason I heard about these was that I was poking around on Trade-a-Plane and saw one of these planes for sale.  Not with these markings (or the rockets, for that matter) -- instead, they'd painted theirs with a super-cute cow holding a bowling ball (making sure everyone knows it's a "Bowl Cow").  The wheel pants were even painted like bowling shoes!  Wish I had those pictures to share.
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+Carlos Jaen YES!  YES!  THAT'S THE ONE!  I honestly didn't get it at first, and then it hit me and I cracked up.  I seriously considered buying the plane JUST for the paint job joke.  :-)
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Okay, I like our club's planes. Really, I do. But compared to all these other GORGEOUS paint jobs at the Piseco Lake fly-in breakfast, our Archer looked a bit... dumpy.

Ah, well. Great time, good breakfast, and great people. I'd go back, whatever the plane looks like. 
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In response to Carlos's post about the asymmetric Rutan Boomerang, I give you the Blohm & Voss BV 141.  Another unusual, asymmetric design.  Only a handful built and none survive today.  Shame - it would fascinating to see one of these flying around.

From Wikipedia (where I borrowed the photo, as well): 

"Three prototypes and an evaluation batch of five BV 141As were produced, backed personally by Ernst Udet, but the RLM decided on 4 April 1940 that they were underpowered, although it was also noted they otherwise exceeded the requirements."
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Nope, according to the all-knowing wiki, it only had one engine.

The design was supposed to help in its intended role as a recon aircraft. Having the crew in the separate gondola to the side meant much better visibility all around (except, of course, to the left) and more room for camera equipment. The horizontal stabilizer was halved in part to provide a better firing arc for the rear-facing gunner.
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The Macy's parade is pretty fascinating!

Happy Thanksgiving!
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There was a little Texan party at the airport this afternoon. Love to see these still up and running!
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Having a devil of a time concentrating on work today, and here's why: it is a GLORIOUS Fall day out there, and I've got a great view of it from my desk.

Oh, and there's also a guy dangling off the roof. That's not helping matters.
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Hi there. When I logged into my phone your post was up on my screen. One of those fortuitous accidents as I never purposely log into circles. Hope all is well. I think of you often and saw a cute baby pic!
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Lovely flight last night. NYC shining all pretty...

Also, had a conversation with another pilot as I left the Princeton traffic pattern. His signal was so clear that I thought he was also at Princeton, but no. He was at Bay Bridge airport IN MARYLAND. Yowser, that's some good reception!
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i miss that view
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