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23RD Annual Fly-In and Classic Car Show

23rd Fly-in and Car Show

Clickable image, clockwise from upper left - Devil under the hood, Wickenburg Flight Line. PB4Y Privateer (modified) and a nice Ford T-Bucket Roadster

The Better Half and I gave up our weekend sleep-in to venture down to the local airfield to observe and participate in the 23rd Annual Wickenburg Fly-In and Car Show. It was pretty much the same old stuff, but very enjoyable on a beautiful Saturday morning.

Since we gave up having breakfast before the event (they start and finish very early 7-11AM), we made the rounds, bought a T-shirt commemorating the event and headed back home to chow down, thus getting back to our usual schedule. Later in the day, TBH prepared a sumptuous helping of Asian Broccoli Beef (tenderloin beef, of course). It has been a good weekend thus far.

Sunday promises to be clear, according to the forecast, with spring-like temperatures in the low 90’s. We love our little Arizona Town and homestead.

CF&I Mine Rescue Car

Mine Rescue Car

After finishing our business at a cemetery in Pueblo, CO last week, we drove past this antique Pullman railroad car. The Better Half managed to capture the (clickable) image above.

I did some research on line and found that this car was used in the first half of the 20th century by the Colorado Fuel and Iron Co. as a training venue for mine rescue operations:

CF&I Mine Rescue Car No. 1 is believed to be the only remaining wooden Mine Rescue Car in the United States. Between 1923 and 1941 this converted Pullman railroad car was used as a training vehicle for mine emergency procedures and first-aid triage techniques. After retiring the car it was used as a company office in the steel mill. Exhibits inside the car relate to mine rescue and mine safety.

The railroad car is located in the Steelworks Park currently under construction:

Originally envisioned as an integrated landscaped campus, the Steelworks Park is the first step in accomplishing this vision for the 5.7 acre former 1901 CF&I Administrative Complex. With generous funding from the Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) and The LeVert Hoag Foundation, the park will be located adjacent to Interstate 25 in our north parking lot. It will feature shaded landscaping with seating and a variety of industrial artifacts, including Mine Rescue Car No. 1, a Davenport locomotive used in the Allen Coal Mine, a large ladle used for pouring steel, two coal carts, and a variety of other artifacts.

When my brothers and I were kids, we visited Pueblo several times where our Grandmother and an aunt and uncle lived. On one of those trips, our uncle, who was an employee of CF&I took us on a public tour of the Steel Mill and its facilities.

More about the Steelworks Museum at the link.

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

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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.

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