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OTD – Josef Goebbels’ Diary – 13th March 1945

14 March 2015

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The de Havilland Mosquito is the most undersung for what it did in WW II aircraft — join us in giving one to the public — which would be THE only flying Mossie in the public trust

Originally posted on The People's Mosquito:

From the diary of Germany’s Reich Minister of Public Enlightenment and Propaganda Josef Goebbels, March 13th 1945:

Goebbels“This evening’s Mosquito raid was particularly disastrous for me because our Ministry was hit. The whole lovely building on the Wilhelmstrasse was totally destroyed by a bomb.  The throne-room, the Blue Gallery and my newly rebuilt theatre hall are nothing but a heap of ruins.

I drove straight to the Ministry to see the devastation for myself. One’s heart aches to see so unique a product of the architect’s art, such as this building was, totally flattened in a second. What trouble we had taken to reconstruct the theatre hall, the throne-room and the Blue Gallery in the old style! With what care had we chosen every fresco on the walls and every piece of furniture!

And now it has all been given over to destruction.

In addition, fire has now broken out in the ruins…

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Boeing’s Red Barn — inside timber

11 March 2015

Boeing’s Red Barn — inside timber

47° 31′ 07″ N / 122° 17′ 50″ W

Red Barn — photo by Joseph May

Red Barn and the balance of Boeing’s original Plant 1 back in the day (the small red building at front center is the current Red Barn at the Museum of Flight which now occupies the property) — photo by Joseph May

The Red Barn is the spiritual center of the Boeing Aircraft Company. It is part of the Museum of Flight and is the main office of the former Plant 1 which was established in 1916 but grew to the complex seen in the diorama, above. Eventually, growing success saw the close of the plant but the present day factory complex remains in Seattle

Red Barn — photo by Joseph May

The Red Barn’s drafting shop had plentiful natural lighting — photo by Joseph May

Red Barn — photo by Joseph May

Inside the Red Barn are early aircraft as if under construction — photo by Joseph May

Red Barn — photo by Joseph May

The workplace in warm tones of the Red Barn — photo by Joseph May

Red Barn — photo by Joseph May

Exhibits, tools, models and more are in the Red Barn — photo by Joseph May

Red Barn — photo by Joseph May

Manager’s Office in the Red Barn — photo by Joseph May

Red Barn — photo by Joseph May

Wind tunnel models on display in the Red Barn as is the post-and-beam construction of the building — photo by Joseph May

Red Barn — photo by Joseph May

Red Barn’s woodworking area with each belt driven machines powered by the overhead driveshaft  — photo by Joseph May

You can take the virtual tour here :)

Stinson SR Reliant Floatplane

11 March 2015

Stinson SR Reliant Floatplane

Stinson SR Reliant Floatplane — photo by Joseph May

Stinson SR Reliant Floatplane — photo by Joseph May

Stinson manufactured and sold the SR Reliant for much less than comparable aircraft of its day. Additionally, it could carry four adults instead of one pair, as we common at the time. This example is fitted with floats for waterborne operation as well as a distinctive orange and black livery — it can be seen today at the Museum of Flight.

Stinson SR Reliant Floatplane — photo by Joseph May

Stinson SR Reliant Floatplane — photo by Joseph May

Stinson SR Reliant Floatplane — photo by Joseph May

Stinson SR Reliant Floatplane — photo by Joseph May

Stinson SR Reliant Floatplane — photo by Joseph May

Stinson SR Reliant Floatplane — photo by Joseph May

Sowers and Halloran — pilots who know all about speed

10 March 2015

Sowers and Halloran — pilots who know all about speed

Aeronca's "Flying Bathtub" — their C-2

Robert G. Sowers, Larry  Kean and Pat Halloran — Larry Kean photo

Our thanks to Larry Kean for thinking to send this image. The image includes two of the USA’s most accomplished pilots.

Robert Sowers piloted a Convair B-58A Hustler to win the Bendix Trophy in 1962. The story and the aircraft, as it is displayed today, can be seen in, Convair’s B-58 Hustler — Mach 2 hot and Bendix Trophy cool. Sowers also is the 115th qualified pilot of the SR-71 program. His friend, Pat Halloran, also flew the SR-71 (600 hours) as well as the U-2 (1600 hours).

Together they have knowledge and stories of some of the most advanced aircraft flown (B-58, U-2 and SR-71) — all flying at the edge of extreme performance envelopes. additionally, Sowers checked out Halloran in the SR-71, it being a small world.

Sowers (pronounced, sours) mentioned he suggested the name for the operation, Heat Rise, since the Hustler’s skin temperature would have to be constantly monitored during the dash flight of just over two hours duration. Additionally, the two horizontal red stripes on the tail identified the aircraft individually for Operation: Heat Rise. He also had to eject from SR-71 61-7957 after a double generator failure near Beale AFB. Later, Sowers flew commercially, after his USAF service, and piloted singer Charlie Pride for a time. While flying Charlie Pride in a Fairchild F 27 a midair collision challenged Sowers to land the aircraft with an engine out as well as a loss of some flight control. Robert Sowers is not a man who talks much, and has less printed of him, so this information is invaluable.

Halloran (pronunced, hall-oran) has much printed of him as he makes presentations to flying groups as well as serving in high-level positions. 100 combat missions in Korea in the F-84 along with his U-2 and SR-71 missions.

Again, our thanks to Larry Kean for the image, insights and seeing two good people who served in the USAF enjoying their friendship and retirement. Thanks too for his corrections :)

 

Boeing’s Red Barn — outside red

9 March 2015

Boeing’s Red Barn — outside red

47° 31′ 07″ N / 122° 17′ 50″ W

Red Barn — photo by Joseph May

The former HQ of the Boeing Airplane Company — photo by Joseph May

Here it is.

The birthplace of the Boeing Airplane Company, known as the “Red Barn”, it is a post-and-beam construction filled light from windows as well as skylights. Built as part of a larger complex — which grew with time until the manufacturing and offices which now builds airliners was moved down the way — what remains, as part of the Museum of Flight is the kernel of the original facility.

Red Barn — photo by Joseph May

Plant 1, est. 1916 — photo by Joseph May

Though aged about a century the building is in brand new condition and should be seen both inside and out, especially the interior which will be seen in next Wednesday’s post.

Red Barn — photo by Joseph May

The Red Barn — photo by Joseph May

Red Barn — photo by Joseph May

The Red Barn is an intimate part of the Museum of Flight — photo by Joseph May

Red Barn — photo by Joseph May

The way to the Red Barn’s office — photo by Joseph May

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A quiet corner outside the Red Barn — photo by Joseph May

 

Gee Bee Zee

9 March 2015

Gee Bee Zee

Gee Bee Model Z — photo by Joseph May

Gee Bee Model Z — photo by Joseph May

Built by Granville Brothers Aircraft, in the early 1930s for the closed circuit pylon air race, the Model Z was lightweight with a huge engine. It was also fast, winning the Thompson Trophy in 1931. Known as the GB Model Z, the overall aircraft design became known popularly as Gee Bee (GB for Granville Brothers) and came to symbolize air racing of aviation’s Golden Age. This aircraft is exhibited in the main hall in the Museum of Flight.

Gee Bee Model Z — photo by Joseph May

Gee Bee Model Z — photo by Joseph May

Hawkeye moving on up!

5 March 2015

Hawkeye moving on up!

Grumman E-2C Hawkeye moving from the hangar deck of the USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76) to the flight deck — U.S. Navy photo by Mass Comm Spec 3rd Class Timothy Schumaker

Grumman E-2C Hawkeye moving from the hangar deck of the USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76) to the flight deck — U.S. Navy photo by Mass Comm Spec 3rd Class Timothy Schumaker

 

 

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