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LTV A7 Corsair II

LTV A7 Corsair II

A couple of days ago, we were camped in Montrose, Colorado. On our way out of town, we passed the Airport where this Ling Temco Vought (LTV) A7 Corsair II was mounted on a pedestal. I read that the last of these subsonic Navy attack aircraft has been decommissioned.

The sight of this (clickable) image (courtesy The Better Half) brought memories back to me. In the early sixties, I was stationed at the US Naval Missile Center, Point Mugu, CA. We had the big brother of the A7 on our aircraft line. Our F8U Corsair I aircraft were used to control drone aircraft flown downrange to be used as targets for air to air missile practice.

Later in my aerospace career, I was assigned to a project where our customer was LTV in Dallas, TX. The job was to evaluate and demonstrate Forward Looking Infrared (FLIR) sensors potentially to be installed in the Corsair II. We spent a couple of weeks with prototype equipment at NAS Dallas.

It is always nice to see these old aircraft preserved for posterity. I do not know if any of these are still flown by civilians in refurbished aircraft. It would be nice to see one flying.

D-Day Astronomical Data

Invasion Map

Astronomical Data from the US Naval Observatory for Normandy, France on June 6, 1944, shows that the “OPERATION OVERLORD” invasion took place with a sixteen hour sunrise to sunset time and under a full moon during the night. I do not know if the astronomical timing was a factor in setting the date of the invasion. Nothing is mentioned in the Wikipedia Article as to astronomical information.

It was the greatest military undertaking in history, where the tactics and diversions were carefully planned. Operation Overlord and its sub-operations made for a very complex and ultimately successful invasion to free Europe from the Axis and Nazi stranglehold. Supreme Commander Ike had this to say to the Allied Forces as they prepared for the invasion:

You are about to embark upon the Great Crusade, toward which we have striven these many months. The eyes of the world are upon you. The hopes and prayers of liberty-loving people everywhere march with you. In company with our brave Allies and brothers-in-arms on other Fronts, you will bring about the destruction of the German war machine, the elimination of Nazi tyranny over the oppressed peoples of Europe, and security for ourselves in a free world.

— General Dwight D. Eisenhower, Letter to Allied Forces

(Clickable Image)

A Classic Wickenburg Street Hot Rod

Street Rod

As The Better Half and I were parking in the supermarket lot on Thursday last, a “seasoned” gentleman was firing up his modified coupe to depart. TBH captured this (clickable) image of this beautiful classic.

The car was a beauty with what appeared to be meticulous detailing and lots of shiny chrome in the right places. The audible experience was half of the pleasure at seeing this rod with a throaty growl from the manifolds with each rev of the throttle. It was beautiful.

We haven’t posted much nor have we posted frequently here since we are sidetracked with a few “chores” to address our upcoming excursions with the RV. The big guy is currently at the dealer having some warranty squawks worked as well as periodic maintenance.

We also have become involved with our genealogy since we wish to visit some of the gravesites of ancestors buried in Colorado; one great grandmother in western Colorado (Montrose) and uncles, aunts, grandparents and some more great grands in the center of the state (Pueblo). The sister of TBH does this as a hobby and has been very helpful in showing us the ropes as we are getting into the ancestry thing.

Classic Throwback Thursday

Shiny old classic

It seems that the old car guys around town like to get their classics displayed every chance they get. The Better Half and I attended an “arts and crafts” event in the downtown area last month only to be pleasantly surprised at several of the classic cars parked there.

I did not bring my regular camera nor the pocket sized one, so I made this photo using the Samsung Android Smartphone. I am still learning how to use the camera in it even though I have had it for quite some time. I tend to want to use a camera that is specifically made for making digital photos rather than an all-in-one doodad like the phone. I’m thinking that the streaks caused by the sunlight gleaming off of the shiny parts of the classic may not have been as prominent with my regular cameras.

Clickable image.

Nevada Northern Railroad Museum

Baggage CartsVintage Railway Express TruckMuseum Rail Yard

On our way out of town this morning, we drove by the Nevada Northern Railroad Museum, located in Ely, Nevada. We did not stop and go in, but The Better Half managed to get these shots as we drove by.

Left to right, we have some vintage baggage carts displaying the museum banner, a classic Railway Express Delivery Truck and the north end of the NNRM Rail Yard with vintage equipment. All are clickable images.

As we take this trip, we are on a faster schedule than affords us to spend some time visiting places like this museum, but we are taking notes to be considered for future visits to these areas.

Sharp Classic on the Road

Sharp ‘56 Chevy

You can tell from our posts on the other blog that we’re currently on a road trip. We have completed visits in K-stan with family members, both mine and The Better Half’s, so now the second part of the trip is devoted to go see stuff in the beautiful American West.

We were just into Nevada after transiting the Sierra Nevada Mountains when TBH spotted this very shiny 1956 Chevrolet Bel Air Coupe coming down the road. Even though we were closing at 110 MPH (plus), she got this nice shot through the front window of the RV.

When I separated from active duty with the Navy, my folks had one of these (in blue) which I borrowed from time to time until I saved enough to get my own wheels, which, of course, weren’t any match for the classic ‘56, but they got me around.

Train Mural

Train Mural in Progress

We saw this on FecesBook® a couple of days ago, so The Better Half and I went down to the Library in Civic Center yesterday and she took this (clickable) image of the artist putting on some finishing touches to the mural. There is a lot of enthusiasm for this mural and a clamoring for more to be commissioned.

The subject is the Town’s landmark railroad engine, AT&SF No. 761 crossing the colorful desert. The link takes you to a post we made about a new paint job on the iconic static display on Railroad Street, just a few hundred yards from the mural, last November.

Lately, TBH and I have been getting more active in attending events around town, like the team steer roping and our likelihood of going to more events in the coming weeks. There is a “Cowgirl Up” art exhibit at the Desert Caballeros Western Museum in town currently and we’re probably going to see that this next week.

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