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Battle of Britain Commemorative Coin

24 March 2017

 

Battle of Britain Commemorative Coin obverse—Joseph May: Travel for Aircraft

Battle of Britain Commemorative Coin cover—Joseph May: Travel for Aircraft

Battle of Britain Commemorative Coin fold out text of the Battle of Britain as well as of the coin—Joseph May: Travel for Aircraft

Battle of Britain Commemorative Coin reverse—Joseph May: Travel for Aircraft

Battle of Britain Commemorative Coin reverse side text—Joseph May: Travel for Aircraft

The Butch O’Hare F4F Exhibit in Terminal 2 at ORD Backstory

23 March 2017

 

The Butch O’Hare Exhibit in Terminal 2 of O’Hare International Airport—photo by Joseph May:Travel for Aircraft

Terminal 2 at O’Hare has a wonderfully done exhibit honoring the airport’s namesake, Edward Henry “Butch” O’Hare—with the post on it found here. Happily, as it turns out, it was done in art by a family friend, Moosh Mackenzie, who also credits Don Burg, Kiwi Woodworks, Cushing Printing and Gaylord Architectural. Well done!

The Butch O’Hare Exhibit in Terminal 2 of O’Hare International Airport—photo by Joseph May:Travel for Aircraft

The Butch O’Hare Exhibit in Terminal 2 of O’Hare International Airport—photo by Joseph May:Travel for Aircraft

Super Guppy!

22 March 2017

An Aero Spacelines B-377 Super Guppy sitting on the flightline at Joint Base San Antonio-Randolph TX, in March 2017, which is operated by NASA it has cargo space that is 25 feet in diameter and 111 feet long—U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Stormy Archer

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NASA’s Super Guppy engine starts—NASA image

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NASA’s Super Guppy with a bit of artistic convergence—NASA image

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The volume, and ability to load outsized cargo, of the fuselage is shown well from this aerial perspective (note the crew entry is from the right)—NASA image

New Orleans, LA - Orion EM-1 departs Michoud Assembly Facility for Kennedy Space Center in Florida. The vessel was loaded onto NASA's Super Guppy cargo aircraft.

The NASA Super Guppy readying for departure for the Kennedy Space Center with the Orion EM-1 capsule—NASA image

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Fog enhances the other-world-like quality of the Super Guppy—NASA image

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The Super Guppy on the taxi way beginning another flight mission for NASA—NASA image

New Orleans, LA - Orion EM-1 departs Michoud Assembly Facility for Kennedy Space Center in Florida. The vessel was loaded onto NASA's Super Guppy cargo aircraft.

The Super Guppy unlatched—NASA image

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The Super Guppy’s cargo deck looking forward from the tail—NASA image

New Orleans, LA - Orion EM-1 departs Michoud Assembly Facility for Kennedy Space Center in Florida. The vessel was loaded onto NASA's Super Guppy cargo aircraft.

The Orion EM-1 laded onto the Super Guppy’s cargo deck—NASA image

New Orleans, LA - Orion EM-1 departs Michoud Assembly Facility for Kennedy Space Center in Florida. The vessel was loaded onto NASA's Super Guppy cargo aircraft.

The Orion EM-1 capsule being placed onto the Super Guppy’s cargo deck—NASA image

The heat shield for Orion EM-1 arrives at the Shuttle Landing Facility (SLF) operated by Space Florida at NASA Kennedy's Space Center.

The Super Guppy at the Kennedy Space Center—NASA image

NASA’s Super Guppy aircraft touches down at the Shuttle Landing Facility at the agency’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida, carrying the Orion crew module adapter structural test article (STA). The STA will be offloaded and transported to the Neil Armstrong Operations and Checkout Building high bay for further testing. Photo credit: NASA/Kim Shiflett

NASA’s Super Guppy touching down to deliver a portion of the Orion crew capsule to the Kennedy Space Center—NASA/Kim Shiflett image

Sadly…

21 March 2017

Sadly, we must report the passing of John J. Piazza, Sr. who owned the excellent private collection he shared with the world known as the Armed Forces Military Museum (the museum review is here).

The museum is closed for now as the caretakers work to keep it a unified collection and not one to be pieced out.

Their website, Armed Forces Military Museum, has more information about the future of the museum as well as a proper death notice and obituary for Mr. Piazza. We wish them well as we do the Piazza family—Mr. Piazza was a good Marine his entire adult life.

The Starship Enterprise NCC-1701

20 March 2017

Federation Star Ship USS Enterprise (NCC-1701) model formerly aboard the USS Enterprise (CVN-65)—U.S. Navy image

Federation Starship USS Enterprise (NCC-1701) formerly aboard the USS Enterprise (CVN-65)—U.S. Navy image

Happily, at times, life imitates art. This model was originally donated to the aircraft carrier (recently decommissioned) USS Enterprise (CVN-65). The design of starship is just so cool with its huge engines, primary saucer section and secondary hull which could separate on the successor Starship Enterprise, and idea of exploration. Obviously, the concept of phased array technology had not existed for Gene Roddenberry at the time but the idea of beaming about the place is a heck of a concept which I suppose is based on quantum physics somehow.

The metal model is 15″ x 6″ x 7¼” in size and has resided as an artifact since 2006 in the Naval History and Heritage Command as NHHC 2006-48-4.

 

Federation Starship USS Enterprise (NCC-1701) model formerly aboard the USS Enterprise (CVN-65)—U.S. Navy image

El Eterno Viajero—Saluti!

17 March 2017

 

Marqués de Burgos, the label—Joseph May:Travel for Aircraft

The art and two sayings caught our eye and whimsy 🙂

Marqués de Burgos, El Eterno Viajero means The Wanderer Forever :)—Joseph May:Travel for Aircraft

A Hellcat and a Bearcat and a Hornet

16 March 2017

 

Cmdr. Frank Weisser (Blue Angles lead solo) with an F6F Hellcat and an F8F Bearcat over the Salton Sea (The Hellcat and Bearcat were the first two aircraft models used by The Blue Angels after their beginning in 1946)—U.S. Navy photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Ian Cotter

Cmdr. Frank Weisser (Blue Angles lead solo) with an F6F Hellcat and an F8F Bearcat over the Imperial Valley (The Hellcat and Bearcat were the first two aircraft models used by The Blue Angels after their beginning in 1946)—U.S. Navy photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Ian Cotter

Cmdr. Frank Weisser (Blue Angles lead solo) with an F6F Hellcat and an F8F Bearcat over the Salton Sea (The Hellcat and Bearcat were the first two aircraft models used by The Blue Angels after their beginning in 1946)—U.S. Navy photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Ian Cotter