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The Eightballers

27 March 2017

 

111221-N-OY799-360 ARABIAN GULF (Dec. 21, 2011) An MH-60S Sea Hawk helicopter from the Eightballers of Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron (HSC) 8 picks up stores from the flight deck of the Military Sealift Command fast combat support ship USNS Rainier (T-AOE 7) during a replenishment at sea with the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74). John C. Stennis is deployed to the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility supporting Operation Enduring Freedom. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Kenneth Abbate/Released)

Eightballer MH-60S Sea Hawk picking up stores—U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Kenneth Abbate

The Eightballers (Helicopter Combat Squadron 8) fly Sikorsky MH-60S Sea Hawks and this one ranks with the most artistically interesting.

130420-N-KD696-444 PACIFIC OCEAN (April 20, 2013) An MH-60S Sea Hawk helicopter from the Eightballers of Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron (HSC) 8 hovers over the flight deck during an air power demonstration aboard the aircraft carrier USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74). The John C. Stennis Carrier Strike Group is returning from an eight-month deployment to the U.S. 5th and 7th Fleet areas of responsibility. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Jose L. Hernandez/Released)

Eightballer MH-60S Sea Hawk—U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Jose L. Hernandez

130418-N-YW024-255 PACIFIC OCEAN (April 18, 2013) Sailors aboard the aircraft carrier USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74) attach ordnance to an MH-60S Sea Hawk helicopter from the Eightballers of Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron (HSC) 8 during a weapons transfer. The John C. Stennis Carrier Strike Group is returning from an eight-month deployment to the U.S. 5th and 7th Fleet areas of responsibility. (U.S. Navy Photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Katarzyna Kobiljak/Released)

Sailors aboard the aircraft carrier USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74) attach ordnance to an Eightballer MH-60S Sea Hawk helicopter—U.S. Navy Photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Katarzyna Kobiljak

130221-N-QI595-096 U.S. 5TH FLEET AREA OF RESPONSIBILITY (Feb. 21, 2013) An MH-60S Sea Hawk helicopter from the Eightballers of Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron (HSC) 8 provides cargo transportation during a replenishment-at-sea for the aircraft carrier USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74). John C. Stennis is deployed to the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility conducting maritime security operations, theater security cooperation efforts and support missions for Operation Enduring Freedom. (U.S. Navy Photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Marco Villasana / Released)

An Eightballer MH-60S Sea Hawk transferring stores while the ships are underway—U.S. Navy Photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Marco Villasana

121025-N-OY799-083 ARABIAN SEA (Oct. 25, 2012) Sailors hook cargo nets to an MH-60S Sea Hawk from the Eightballers of Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron (HSC) 8 on the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74) during a replenishment-at-sea with the Military Sealift Command fast combat support ship USNS Bridge (T-AOE 10). John C. Stennis is deployed to the 5th Fleet area of responsibility conducting maritime security operations, theater security cooperation efforts and support missions for Operation Enduring Freedom. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Kenneth Abbate/Released)

Sailors hook cargo nets to an MH-60S Sea Hawk from the Eightballers of Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron (HSC) 8 aboard the aircraft carrier USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74)—U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Kenneth Abbate

PACIFIC OCEAN (Sept. 19, 2012) An MH-60S Sea Hawk helicopter from the Eightballers of Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron (HSC) 8 picks up supplies from the Military Sealift Command fast combat support ship USNS Bridge (T-AOE 10). (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Charlotte C. Oliver/Released) 120919-N-HV737-128 Join the conversation www.facebook.com/USNavy www.twitter.com/USNavy navylive.dodlive.mil

An MH-60S Sea Hawk helicopter from the Eightballers of Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron (HSC) 8 picks up supplies from the Military Sealift Command fast combat support ship USNS Bridge (T-AOE 10)—U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Charlotte C. Oliver

U.S. 5TH FLEET AREA OF RESPONSIBILITY (Feb. 21, 2013) Sailors clear the area as an MH-60S Sea Hawk helicopter from the Eightballers of Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron (HSC) 8 picks up cargo from the flight deck of the Military Sealift Command fast combat support ship USNS Bridge (T-AOE 10) during a replenishment-at-sea with the aircraft carrier USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74). John C. Stennis is deployed to the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility conducting maritime security operations, theater security cooperation efforts and support missions for Operation Enduring Freedom. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Kenneth Abbate/Released) 130221-N-OY799-226 Join the conversation http://www.facebook.com/USNavy http://www.twitter.com/USNavy http://navylive.dodlive.mil

Sailors clear the area as an MH-60S Sea Hawk helicopter from the Eightballers of Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron (HSC) 8 picks up cargo from the flight deck of the Military Sealift Command fast combat support ship USNS Bridge (T-AOE 10)—U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Kenneth Abbate

130129-N-OY799-111 U.S. 5TH FLEET AREA OF RESPONSIBILITY (Jan. 29, 2013) An MH-60S Sea Hawk helicopter from the Eightballers of Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron (HSC) 8 picks up stores from the Military Sealift Command fast combat support ship USNS Bridge (T-AOE 10) during a vertical replenishment with the aircraft carrier USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74). John C. Stennis is deployed to the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility conducting maritime security operations, theater security cooperation efforts and support missions for Operation Enduring Freedom. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Kenneth Abbate/Released)

An MH-60S Sea Hawk helicopter from the Eightballers of Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron (HSC) 8 picks up stores from the Military Sealift Command fast combat support ship USNS Bridge (T-AOE 10)—U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Kenneth Abbate

130410-N-YW024-211 PACIFIC OCEAN (April 10, 2013) An MH-60S Sea Hawk helicopter from the Eightballers of Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron (HSC) 8 carries ordnance from the aircraft carrier USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74) to the Military Sealift Command fast combat support ship USNS Bridge (T-AOE 10) during a weapons transfer. John C. Stennis is deployed to the U.S. 7th Fleet area of responsibility conducting maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Katarzyna Kobiljak/Released)

An MH-60S Sea Hawk helicopter from the Eightballers of Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron (HSC) 8 carries ordnance from the aircraft carrier USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74) to the Military Sealift Command fast combat support ship USNS Bridge (T-AOE 10)—U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Katarzyna Kobiljak

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