10.19.2017 Uncategorized No Comments

United Airlines B 747-400 ( 747-s being retired November 2017), at Fleet Week in San Francisco, October 2017

Photos compliments of Sal Hernandez Photos, retired UAL photographer, SFO

08.18.2016 Uncategorized No Comments

Incredible photos of an F-18 going down

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Check out all the smoke from the canopy rocket motors.

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There he goes ! So that’s what the striped handle does ! The left engine has the nozzle fully open, showing that #1 engine was developing no power.

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The white thing is the seat-stabilazing drogue chute. Notice  the pilot’s head pinned to his chest from the severe ‘G’  forces produced by the solid rocket motors in the ACES II  seat. They burn for about 2/10 of a second . . enough time to propel him at least 60 feet clear of the aircraft. Hellova ride.

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One millesecond from eternity for a beautiful FA-18. Check out the now-unoccupied ejection seat following the aircraft to glory.

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The moment-of-impact photo shows flame shooting out of the left engine .. . its ‘last gasp’. There goes the seat above the fireball. The pilot will be downing his first of several shots within the hour, soon as his hands stop shaking.


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And the pilot lived happily ever after . . .

12.20.2015 Uncategorized 1 Comment

Real Heroes – War Dogs – In the Air – On the Ground

Heroes Wonderful

So nice to see those brave









So nice to see those brave dogs being looked after!

my human









This is my human – there are many like it but this one is mine…
And the guy on the left has a  BIG smile on his face. It’s his dog and he is glad it found another lap to sit on instead of his. (Note the brown leash)

we fit









Oh Come On We Both Fit On This Thing!See!?

wing man









I totally saw the dog and is wonderful wing man, never really paid attention to anything else until I started reading the comments. Thank you to our military and their very special dogs who are sent into the worse case scenarios.

board rider









My son was half of a K9 couple. His first partner was Banjo, explosives detection. Oh, the stories we’ve heard! His second partner was Brit, drug dog. I have nothing but the utmost respect for all K9 teams.

thanks for your service









He/she deserved it! Thank you for your service, sweet little puppy.










Look at the power in the thighs and shoulders of this soldier. And that beautiful, determined face. I grew up being told by my Air Force father that women could never serve in combat. Oh, yeah? Tell that to this American soldier! To paraphrase Lincoln: “SHE who shall have borne the battle…”

fierce but sad









He looks so fierce, but sad.. Tears rolling down his/hers face.










They trust each other!










The dog survived, the handler sadly did not.









He is receiving a medal for his service to our Country…well deserved.

go for a walk









Let’s go for a walk they said.   It’ll be fun they said.

best friend









Best friend I could of ever asked for!!!

love one another









IF ONLY we humans would love one another this way too.

angel of war









Every K9 soldier would give their life for their partner, no question they are angels of war…bond beyond words.

Israeli soldier









Hey, that’s an Israeli soldier!

greater love hath no man









The love of a dog is the closest thing to the love God has for the human race. smile emoticon Greater love hath no man than to lay down his life for his friends …

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Thank you for your service. Now run free over the rainbow bridge.

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Not a K9 Soldier, but nonetheless a dog who will serve. His contribution to morale and mental health of the soldiers who found him, take care of him, and will hopefully bring him home with them should also be recognized. Not a War Dog, but still a Dog of War.

awesome picture









THAT is an awesome picture!!!

he ain't heavy









The sharp dried weeds/grass was probably hurting the dog’s feet. Saw another picture once where the human soldier was carrying his dog over
burning hot sand. If it’s too hot or cold on the ground for you to go barefooted, it’s too hot or cold for animals too. He ain’t heavy – he’s my brother!










This is the family of fallen Marine Cpl Dustin Lee. They were allowed to adopt “Lex”.

that's a marine









“that’s not a dog, THAT’S A MARINE.” – Gny Sgt. Leroy Jethro Gibb, USMC “NCIS”










He looks like he’s saying it’s okay – we got this covered.

looked after you









Look after them like they looked after you.

12.16.2015 Uncategorized No Comments


Hope you enjoy this great introduction to the Christmas Season.



“Starting with a single cellist on the floor of the National Air and Space Museum ‘s “Milestones of Flight” gallery, and swelling to 120 musicians, the U.S. Air Force Band exhilarated museum visitors with its first-ever flash mob. The six-minute performance featured an original arrangement of “Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring/Joy to the World,” led by the band’s commander and conductor, Col. Larry H. Lang. Unsuspecting museum visitors including tourists and school groups were astonished as instrumentalists streamed into the gallery from behind airplanes and space capsules and vocalists burst into song from the Museum’s second floor balcony.”


12.11.2015 Uncategorized No Comments

Boeing unveils the first 737 MAX — and its new production line

Originally published December 8, 2015 at 9:31 am
Updated December 8, 2015 at 5:08 pm

Boeing rolled out the first 737 MAX 8 outside the 737 final-assembly factory in Renton on Tuesday. (Mike Siegel/The Seattle Times)
Boeing rolled out the first 737 MAX 8 outside the 737 final-assembly factory in Renton on Tuesday. (Mike Siegel/The Seattle Times)

Seattle Times aerospace reporter

The first Boeing 737 MAX rolled off a spanking-new assembly line in Renton last week, and on Tuesday morning it emerged in a teal-colored livery from the paint hangar for a celebratory unveiling before up to 8,000 first-shift employees.

Until this year, the Renton plant housed two highly productive assembly lines, each churning out 21 single-aisle jets per month. In a rabbit-out-of-the-hat transformation, Boeing has now fitted within the same factory space a third assembly line for this new jet – one big enough to accommodate seven 737s nose to tail.

“The complexity of this is not so much the changes in the airplane itself, but more about how you weave this new airplane into a factory that’s been producing (the current 737) for 19 years now,” Keith Leverkuhn, vice president of the 737 MAX program, said in an interview Monday.

The smooth solving of this manufacturing puzzle is remarkable.

Without pausing its breakneck production pace of 42 jets per month, Boeing cleared space for the MAX by consolidating all the subassemblies that feed into the assembly lines and creating a highly automated and efficient fixture for installing the systems inside the empty fuselages that arrive from Spirit AeroSystems in Wichita, Kan.

In parallel, Boeing automated its wing manufacturing in an adjacent building to handle further production-rate increases.

Yet as the first finished MAX debuted Tuesday, Boeing faces a tough reality: Arriving late to market, its new airplane has already ceded ground to the rival Airbus A320neo family.

While the current 737 and A320 models divide the market roughly 50/50, at the end of November Airbus had firm orders for 4,443 neos compared with Boeing’s orders for 2,955 MAXs — a 60/40 market split.

Boeing’s MAX sales show no sign of closing that gap. Not only did the neo amass more than 1,000 orders before the MAX launched in December 2011, since then it has won 53 percent market share against the Boeing jet.

The MAX flight-test airplane celebrated Tuesday is expected to fly early in the new year. After roughly a year of test flying by a total four test aircraft, the first MAX delivery should go to Southwest Airlines in the third quarter of 2017.

Airbus is well ahead, with the first A320neo expected to be delivered by the end of this month.

 That lag leaves Boeing with “a product strategy problem,” according to Issaquah-based aviation analyst Scott Hamilton.

Writing on his Leeham.net website Monday, Hamilton said Airbus’ “commanding market share” means Boeing may be forced to launch a new airplane to replace the MAX as early as 2019 — which would inevitably depress additional MAX sales and so reduce the return on all the investment it’s made in Renton.

Preparing for flight

On Monday, with MAX No. 1 still tucked inside the paint hangar, journalists toured the new assembly line. Mechanics and engineers were busy conducting functional tests on MAX No. 2, which is missing only its new, fuel-efficient LEAP engines made by CFM International.

Two workers in the cockpit connected a rugged laptop to the airplane test equipment and through headphones talked to colleagues on the floor who were tending to the jet’s landing gear.

As they worked, with the airplane supported on mobile holding equipment, the landing gear swung up into the wheel bay and down again, apparently operating as it should.

Inside the jet, seven racks of computers and electronics boxes lined each side of the space that one day will be reconfigured into a passenger cabin.

The equipment will be used to gather and analyze every aspect of performance and stress during the upcoming flight tests.

Thick bundles of orange wiring, the color that identifies extra wiring installed purely for flight-test purposes, looped everywhere through the racks and along the ceiling and sidewalls of the cabin.

On the floor behind MAX No. 2, the wings and horizontal tail parts of No. 3 awaited the arrival of their fuselage.

In front of the airplane, the vast floor space was empty as far as the giant exit doors, indicating the scale of Boeing’s housecleaning. Within a year, MAXs should be lined up to fill this space.

A fast ramp-up

The third assembly line will allow the production rate in Renton to climb to 52 jets per month in 2018 and possibly past 60 per month by the end of the decade.

Leverkuhn said about 1,400 people were working on the MAX at peak during the design phase. That figure is declining as MAX engineering winds down and Boeing switches its engineering focus to the 777X in Everett.

For the MAX, the focus is now on production and getting ready to ramp up.

Greg Batcher, head of MAX manufacturing, said 241 people currently work on the final-assembly line.

About 190 of those are experienced mechanics who have worked producing the current 737 model for years.

About 50 are new employees hired for the MAX production line and given six months of training.

Those numbers should grow as the third assembly line fills with planes.

Leverkuhn said Boeing will build the first airplanes relatively slowly to understand all the intricacies of the new assembly process, then will ramp up quickly.

“The first airplane went together very, very well,” he said. “The second one is going together even better.

“This is the closest thing we’ve got to automotive production (rates),” Leverkuhn added. “We are going to have to hit 52 (jets per month), and it’s going to have to happen fast.”

The central innovation on the MAX is the new LEAP engine, which promises to make the jet 14 percent more fuel-efficient than the current 737.

The bigger engine also necessitates new engine pods and strengthened wings.

The MAX also introduces dramatic-looking forked wingtips and
a reshaped tail cone – both adding aerodynamic efficiency
– as well as larger flight displays in the cockpit.

Among all the high-technology on view Monday, there was one makeshift adaptation on its production line: Workers impaled two tennis balls on the downward-forked spikes of MAX No. 2’s left wingtip, which came close enough to the wall to worry someone about an inadvertent ding.

Leverkuhn said he expects all four test airplanes to be flying by mid-2016, and it’s likely Boeing will send one of them to the Farnborough Air Show in England in July.

“It will be a great showpiece,” he said.


12.05.2015 Uncategorized No Comments

Cockpit Evolution: – What a Difference

This will bring back memories for many of you of the airplanes you have flown and / or ridden in….

001 - 1903 - Wright Bros
1903 Wright Flyer

1916 - 17 - Jenny JN-4 Cockpit.
1916 – 17 Jenny JN-4 Cockpit

1927 - Charles A. Lindbergh's Spirit of St. Louis Cockpit
1927 Spirit of St. Louis

1925 - Douglas M-2 Cockpit of Mail Carrier Craft
1925 Douglas M-2

1920's - Award Winning Bellanca CF Monoplane
1920’s Bellanca CF

1916 - Fokker DVII German Fighter Aircraft from WWI - Flown by famous Ace Baron Von Richtofen
1916 Fokker D.VII

1939 - 1945 - British Supermarine Spitfire Fighter which helped win the Battle of Britain
1939 – 1945 Supermarine Spitfire Mk. VII

1941 - Nazi's Top Fighter from WWII - Focke Wulf FW 190 F.G
1941 Focke-Wulf Fw 190 F-8

1940's - Nazi Jet Fighter - Messerschmitt ME 262A - 1A - 1st Jet Fighter to enter service in WWII
1940’s Messerschmitt Me 262A-1a

1948 - 1954 - Bell X1 Rocket ship - Test Aircraft flown by Chuck Yeager and named Glamorous Glennis
1948-1954 Bell X-1

1944 - Boeing B29 Superfortress - Ship that dropped the two Atomic Bombs on Japan
1944 Boeing B-29

1930's - Grumman G21
1930’s Grumman G-21

1949 - DeHavilland DH 106
1949 De Havilland DH 106 Comet

1977-Current: General Dynamics/Lockheed F-16 Fighting Falcon Day Superiority Jet Fighter
1977 General Dynamics F-16 Fighting Falcon

1966 - 1998 - Lockheed SR-71
1966 – 1998 Lockheed SR-71A Blackbird

1953 - 1958 - Douglas DC-7. First Pressurized Douglas Four Engined Airliner.
1953 – 1958 Douglas DC-7

1958 - French Sud Aviation Caravelle Jet Airliner - In service for over 20 years with various models.
1958 Sud Aviation Caravelle

1969 - 2003 - First Commercial Supersonic Jet Transport. Built by both the French & British.
1969 – 2003 Concorde

1969 to Present - Boeing 747-8. First
1969 – Present Boeing 747-8

2009 - Currently Flying. Named the Dreamliner it has first widespread use of high-tech non metallic structural members.
2009 – Present Boeing 787

1984 - Currently Operating: Airbus A320 Narrow Body Airliner.
1984 – Currently Operating Airbus A320

2005 - Currently Operating.
2005 – Currently Operating Airbus A380

08.27.2015 Uncategorized No Comments

Aviation Legend and retired United Airlines Captain – Clay Lacy


08.10.2015 Uncategorized No Comments

Buzz Aldrin shows off his Apollo 11 expenses claim and customs form for trip to the moon

The famed astronaut billed NASA $33.31 for the historic space journey,

Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3183182/This-one-quite-surreal-famed-astronaut-Buzz-Aldrin-shows-expenses-claim-customs-form-trip-moon.html#ixzz3iRGIZui7
08.07.2015 Uncategorized No Comments

August 6, 1945 the A-Bomb was dropped on Hiroshima. Then 3 days later on Nagasaki to end WWII

1945 Naval Armada

This enormous naval facility was a well kept secret in the U.S. until very close to the conclusion of WW II in the Pacific.  The Japanese were, uncomfortably,  well aware of this base. Admiral Yamamoto, architect of the attack on Pearl Harbor, has been quoted as saying, before his own death, that it appeared, that Japan had  awakened  a sleeping giant. From these photos, it appears that the Admiral ’s observation was correct.

The great armada of ships and airplanes poised for the invasion of Japan…that never happened…because President Truman authorized the dropping of “A” bombs at Nagasaki and Hiroshima, resulting in the Japanese surrender. Just think of the American lives that  would have been lost had this invasion occurred. Be thankful that we had a President with the courage to make the call. Sadly, today, most Americans know little or nothing about this and the sacrifices made by those who bore that burden. It is not in the US history taught in our schools anymore… So keep this for posterity. There will never be another assemblage of naval ships like this again.

Click to see photos.

07.20.2015 Uncategorized No Comments

Doolittle’s Raiders – April 1942 (Thirty Seconds Over Toyko)

They once were among the most universally admired and revered men in the United States .. There were 80 of the Raiders in April 1942, when they carried out one of the most courageous and heart-stirring military operations in this nation’s history. The mere mention of their unit’s name, in those years, would bring tears to the eyes of grateful Americans.

Now only four survive.

After Japan’s sneak attack on Pearl Harbor, with the United States reeling and wounded, something dramatic was needed to turn the war effort around.

Even though there were no friendly airfields close enough to Japan for the United States to launch a retaliation, a daring plan was devised. Sixteen B-25s were modified so that they could take off from the deck of an aircraft carrier. This had never before been tried — sending such bi g, heavy bombers from a carrier.


The 16 five-man crews, under the command of Lt. Col. James Doolittle, who himself flew the lead plane off the USS Hornet, knew that they would not be able to return to the carrier. They would have to hit Japan and then hope to make it to China for a safe landing.

But on the day of the raid, the Japanese military caught wind of the plan. The Raiders were told that they would have to take off from much farther out in the Pacific Ocean than they had counted on. They were told that because of this they would not have enough fuel to make it to safety.

And those men went anyway.



They bombed Tokyo and then flew as far as they could. Four planes crash-landed; 11 more crews bailed out, and three of the Raiders died. Eight more were captured; three were executed. Another died of starvation in a Japanese prison camp. One crew made it to Russia.





The Doolittle Raiders sent a message from the United States to its enemies, and to the rest of the world: We will fight. And, no matter what it takes, we will win.

Of the 80 Raiders, 62 survived the war. They were celebrated as national heroes, models of bravery. Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer produced a motion picture based on the raid; “Thirty Seconds Over Tokyo,” starring Spencer Tracy and Van Johnson, was a patriotic and emotional box-office hit, and the phrase became part of the national lexicon. In the movie-theater previews for the film, MGM proclaimed that it was presenting the story “with supreme pride.”



Beginning in 1946, the surviving Raiders have held a reunion each April, to commemorate the mission. The reunion is in a different city each year. In 1959, the city of Tucson, Arizona, as a gesture of respect and gratitude, presented the Doolittle Raiders with a set of 80 silver goblets. Each goblet was engraved with the name of a Raider.



Every year, a wooden display case bearing all 80 goblets is transported to the reunion city. Each time a Raider passes away, his goblet is turned upside down in the case at the next reunion, as his old friends bear solemn witness.



Also in the wooden case is a bottle of 1896 Hennessy Very Special cognac. The year is not happenstance: 1896 was when Jimmy Doolittle was born.

There has always been a plan: When there are only two surviving Raiders, they would open the bottle, at last drink from it, and toast their comrades who preceded them in death.

As 2013 began, there were five living Raiders; then, in February, Tom Griffin passed away at age 96.






What a man he was. After bailing out of his plane over a mountainous Chinese forest after the Tokyo raid, he became ill with malaria, and almost died. When he recovered, he was sent to Europe to fly more combat missions. He was shot down, captured, and spent 22 months in a German prisoner of war camp.

The selflessness of these men, the sheer guts … there was a passage in the Cincinnati Enquirer obituary for Mr. Griffin that, on the surface, had nothing to do with the war, but that was emblematic of the depth of his sense of duty and devotion:

“When his wife became ill and needed to go into a nursing home, he visited her every day. He walked from his house to the nursing home, fed his wife and at the end of the day brought home her clothes. At night, he washed and ironed her clothes. Then he walked them up to her room the next morning. He did that for three years until her death in 2005.”

So now, out of the original 80, only four Raiders remain: Dick Cole (Doolittle’s co-pilot on the Tokyo raid), Robert Hite, Edward Saylor and David Thatcher. All are in their 90s. They have decided that there are too few of them for the public reunions to continue.

The events in Fort Walton Beach marked the end. It has come full circle; Florida’s nearby Eglin Field was where the Raiders trained in secrecy for the Tokyo mission. The town planned to do all it can to honor the men: a six-day celebration of their valor, including luncheons, a dinner and a parade.

Do the men ever wonder if those of us for whom they helped save the country have tended to it in a way that is worthy of their sacrifice? They don’t talk about that, at least not around other people. But if you find yourself near Fort Walton Beach this week, and if you should encounter any of the Raiders, you might want to offer them a word of thanks. I can tell you from first hand observation that they appreciate hearing that they are remembered.

The men have decided that after this final public reunion they will wait until a later date — some time this year — to get together once more, informally and in absolute privacy. That is when they will open the bottle of brandy. The years are flowing by too swiftly now; they are not going to wait until there are only two of them.

They will fill the four remaining upturned goblets. And raise them in a toast to those who are gone.


Their 70th Anniversary Photo