Tuesday, January 31, 2012
A DC-4 passenger plane flies over Midtown Manhattan in this 1939 photo by Margaret Bourke-White. "You know how you think you're too smart to be swayed by the constant barrage of advertising, only to find yourself buying Coke Zero every day at lunch because of some perpetually repeated commercial with a gal in a bikini? Well, a large-size print of this photo hung in the lobby of the LIFE.com offices and was a constant presence, greeting us as we came to work every day and saying 'Until next time' when we left. So I guess when I see this image I can't help but be reminded that one of the miracles of modern technology is that it's possible to have a soft drink that both tastes great and is less filling. Also, it's just an all-around kick-ass pic." -- Michael Y. Park
They roar to their heart’s content. They swallow loads of oil. They spit thick fumes. They go in groups. Some go alone. They fly at supersonic speeds… They are machine birds.
All shot @ Al Ain Aerobatic show 2011.
Linking with this week’s Sunday Stills challenge.
The Atlantic Republic project is jointly developed in Russian-speaking LiveJournal community Atlantic Republic – A Dieselpunk Legend.
In March 2010, the setting was outlined in English on Dieselpunks.org and in January 2012, a short story by Ignat Solovey was published on the same network.
The year is presumably 1934, no exact date given. The Republic is going to celebrate its Centennial – with navy review, air parade, and every kind of festivals. Of course there are pirates, spies, at least one Mad Scientist, brave sailors and aviators, femmes fatales and lady adventurers. And lots of Dieselpunk – factories and workshops, weird airplanes, flying aircraft carriers, streamlined trains, air taxicabs, destructive secret weapons, etc. etc.
The multi-faceted story of the Republic unfolds in an alternative world a bit more happier than ours, no Great Depression or Nazi threat. Nevertheless, the Modern Atlantis does everything possible (and impossible) for self-defense, hence a multitude of military machines – along with civil cars, diesel trains, airliners and mailplanes. Enjoy.
Forgive us - but when confronted with a press release jam-packed with acronyms (TTH, DGA, NAHEMA, ALAT etc) the will to live is quickly eroded. Nonetheless, we present to you the first NH Industries NH90 Tactical Troop Transport in final operational configuration for the French armed forces. And yes, that's a TTH in FOC to you.
“…A career in flying was like climbing one of those ancient Babylonian pyramids made up of a dizzy progression of steps and ledges, a ziggurat, a pyramid extraordinarily high and steep; and the idea was to prove at every foot of the way up that pyramid that you were one of the elected and anointed ones who had the right stuff and could move higher and higher and even-ultimately, God willing, one day-that you might be able to join that special few at the very top, that elite who had the capacity to bring tears to men’s eyes, the very Brotherhood of the right stuff indeed.”
About a month ago I saw on UTube a Dutch documentary about the Indonesian struggle for Independence.
This documentary had some footage about a "propaganda" trip of the first president of the Republik, Mr Soekarno (Sukarno). He travelled in May 1945 with a Japanese L2D2 in the archipelago. The last three digits of the unit code are XX- 200. The images below are stills I took from that footage.
My question is: can that Tabby unit be identified?
Jacob Terlouw / The Netherlands.
the size difference is just incredible: boeing 707...:
the size difference is just incredible: boeing 707 vs. boeing 747
wolodymir nelowkin | airliners.net
Monday, January 30, 2012
French aircraft maker Dassault has made a new offer to Switzerland for its Rafale fighter jets after the government decided in November to buy Sweden's Gripen planes instead, a report said Sunday.
Dassault has sent a letter to parliament - which has yet to approve the November decision - offering 18 Rafale planes for 2.7 billion Swiss francs (2.24 billion euros, 2.96 billion dollars), repo
Death, glory, and Dave Bowman.
As a Navy Vet, I’m really happy with how this photo came out. I took my son, Brennan with me that day and we had a great time. I took this photo with my trusty DMC-GF1! It was such a lucky shot…I only wish that it was perfectly focused. But for a relatively inexpensive camera, it did a nice job. I had my 200mm telephoto lens out for this photo as #5 and #6 Angels did a fly-by the grandstand.
Hope you like it!