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Overcoming Gravity with the X-13 and ZEL

There’s an old engineer’s joke when something gets dropped. They say “gravity check, still on.” Now I’m not going to distinguish between whether that’s an old joke or a joke for old engineers, but either way, aviation is all about...

More Wild Opera than “Humm”er

The Hummer is no longer with us. Some liked it, some didn’t. Either way it filled a certain niche in the market. Actually it was more of a auditorium that a niche. An in the automotive world no auditorium goes unfilled for long. The original Hummer was based on...

Everything’s Bigger In Texas

Let me tell you a story, which in this case happens to be the truth. I was traveling with a good friend. We were late for a meeting so when we picked up our hire car at Salt Lake City airport my friend drove I-15 north a little faster than normal, and his normal was...

The B-36 Peacemaker And The Tom-Tom Club

For not always clear reasons, bomber pilots and fighter pilots don’t appear to mix. It’s as if bomber pilots regard fighter pilots as hat-backward, spotty youths who’ve stolen dad’s keys while he was out of town. In return, fighter pilots regard bomber pilots as...

Love is blind – The Cupid Interview

Valentine’s day is here again. It’s fun, it’s fraught and … this blog’s family oriented, so I’m going to stop there. However, as much fun as it is for the lovers of this world; spare a thought for the guy who works overtime all day long....

The Isetta Bubble Car – Italy 1, Germany 0

In the 50s, post-war Europe was a dark place. There was much to recover from. But people were still people and they always found themselves at A when the really wanted to be at B. Cars were an expensive commodity and, despite all the rebuilding, space on the roads was...

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