I was walking in the garage last night after the symphony concert and saw this glorious Toyota pickup. Turns out it belongs to one of our viola players. I never knew viola players could be so cool. I think he said it’s a 78, with about 160k on the clock. I would have thought it would be more. But it just looks so…
Azores Airlines retired its last A310, and used the occasion to do some hooning before the old bird was put out to roost. This particular aircraft entered service with Swissair in 1983, and had been flying for Azores for 18 years. Aside from the music, this is a neat video from inside the cockpit and from the ground.…
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I out this inside my Texas Flood post a few minutes ago, but it’s worth watching. It may well be one of the greatest guitar performances ever. Ever.
It’s still raining in Texas. Along the Colorado River (the Texas Colorado, that is), there is a chain of six dams that form what is known as the Highland Lakes. The dams were built in the 1930s to control flooding and provide electricity. Lake Austin, which is above downtown, and Ladybird Lake (formerly Town Lake),…
It’s been a pretty wild ride. I’m not sure where all the time went.
Watch as this Ryanair 737 gets some serious drift on takeoff from Birmingham, England during tropical storm Ali. In typical understated fashion, the airline said, “This flight from Birmingham to Alicante departed as normal (in windy conditions) and the flight continued without incident.” Once airborne, the flight…
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Yesterday it was 89 and muggy. High temperature for today was 79 degrees at 12:01 am. And don’t let that picture fool you. It’s dark and cloudy and windy and otherwise miserable.
When editing some shots from the airport last Friday, I was adjusting the angle and hit the wrong key. So I decided to run with it. I’ve been experimenting with other crops, because really, you can only take so many pictures of airplanes landing. I kind of like this. What does Photography/Oppo think?
Welcome to Waco. Currently napping in the car. Even if it stops raining now, there will be a 30-minute hold for lightning.
....and the Marine Corps showed up.
Before today, the longest commercial airline flight in the world, measured in great circle miles and time in the air, was Qatar Airways Flight 921, with service between Doha, Qatar and Auckland, New Zealand. QR 921 covers 9,033 statute miles (14,538 kilometers) and has a scheduled flight time of approximately 17 hours…
Welcome to This Date in Aviation History, getting of you caught up on milestones, important historical events and people in aviation from October 10 through October 12.
July 1941. “Twenty-mule-team-drawn combine. Walla Walla County, Washington. This outfit gets to work at 6 in the morning. Knocks off at 11 for rest, food and water for mules and men, goes back to work at 1 and works till 6.”
I was doing some reading about the combination CEL and TCS lights that came up on my 2003 Odyssey today. And I found this video.
In this dramatic photograph, we see the third X-1 being mated to its B-50 Superfortress mothership. Before the jacks were installed, they used a pit dug in the runway and then (presumably) backed the mothership over top of the X-1, as shown in the next photo.