Archive for March, 2007

2007 Avalon Airshow

This one is in Australia.  I’ve never been down under, but I’m thinking this would be a great time to plan a trip.  It’s Fall down there, so I’m thinking tickets might be a bit cheaper (feel free to confirm this conjecture).  I found lots of blog entries about the show.  Finally, I’ve found some good pictures to share, here on Air Show Buzz, and one of the members there has a few more posted here.

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March 29, 2007 at 7:55 am 2 comments

Up periscope!

When I was in the Army I was with the Corp of Engineers.  Late one Friday, as I was working at Battalion Headquarters, the Sergeant Major let the Commander’s driver leave early for a weekend excursion.  Shortly after the driver left, the phone rang.  I answered it to find the Post Commander (a Brigadier General) asking for my commander.  I got him on the phone and a few mintures later he came out of his office.  My commander was bald, and when he was mad the chrome dome turned red.  Trust me it – it was red this time.  He asked for his driver.  I explained that the CSM had let him go early.  He sighed, looked at me, pointed the the van outside, and asked “can you drive that thing?”.  My reply was a crisp “yes, sir!” and I was told to round up a few people and then we left.  We drove out to a small lake we had been assigned to dredge out.  We all got out the van and stood their amazed to find our new crane in the middle of the lake with about only 15 feet of the top of the crane sticking out of the top of the water.  Did I mention we’d only had the crane in our unit for about 3 months?  My commander wasn’t happy.  We found out later that terrorists/vandals had broken the locks off the flood gates and let the water back into the lake. 

Why did I share this story?  Because I saw these photos and it brought back some memories.

March 28, 2007 at 8:06 am Leave a comment

Unacceptable behavior

Having your own blog gives you the ability to say your mind.  I didn’t think that could be a bad thing.  However, some people know where the line is, and then they cross it.  This is unacceptable:

Scoble is taking the week off blogging, because of this.  More on Techmeme.   I don’t like this.  I don’t support it.  Kathy – I don’t know how I can be of any assistance, but please know you have my support and sympathy.  I’m terribly sorry that hateful people have made you fear for your life.  I think it is awful.

March 27, 2007 at 6:58 am Leave a comment

Thunder Over Reno Movie Trailer, It’s on their website

I visited the TOR website this morning. Since there is a trailer there, I’m going to assume it is official now. And if that is the one….I LIKE IT much better than what we’ve seen before. It’s a much better trailer.  As I’ve said before, I’m really hoping this helps promote the air races.  I love that they’ve captured some of that throaty growl of those engines and got it on the trailer.  It gets the blood pumping!

March 23, 2007 at 6:43 am 3 comments

The Heritage flight

Here’s a good video that shares some history and background on the Heritage Flight that takes place at airshows across the USA.  It’s a good investment of two minutes.

March 20, 2007 at 6:56 am 1 comment

A380 Landing at Kennedy

Nice shot of the A380 landing.

March 20, 2007 at 6:46 am Leave a comment

One question

After reading this, I just want to know:  Why were the teachers drinking alcohol so early in the day?  “A before school Mexican board/faculty/staff dinner.”  Isn’t “before school”, um, IN THE MORNING!? 

That quote is from the letter.  The write up suggests the dinner was the day before – or maybe the Saturday prior to that Monday at school.  Anyway, this might be a blog to watch for some fun stuff.  I know this is old news, but I found the letter via Pop Candy on USA Today.

March 19, 2007 at 8:28 am Leave a comment

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