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Fill ‘er Up

Fuel Stop

As we departed this morning from last night’s campground, we stopped at a nearby fuel station to fill the tank. When we were done, we took on 56 gallons of diesel which cost a nice round $200. The price of diesel back home is seventy cents less than we paid today. Welcome to Taxifornia.

At that price, the cost per mile of travel was $0.38 as compared to an average of $0.26 we got during our eclipse excursion in August and September. We got 9.5 miles per gallon on this last tank of fuel.

Since I don’t seem to be able to talk family and friends to move out of the maxtax state, I will just have to put up with the extra expense to see them from time to time. In the long run, it is worth it to us to be with our folks.

Tulare, CA B-17 on Display

B-17

The Better Half snapped this (clickable) image of a B-17 parked at Tulare Airport, just alongside CA SR 99. There are a number of aircraft on display with this WWII bomber and a Vietnam era F-4 Phantom parked close to the road. The B-17 is placarded with AMVETS signage by the fence in front.

We departed the Los Angeles area this morning and made our way up through “The Grapevine” mountain pass which is Interstate 5 from the north San Fernando Valley to Grapevine, CA. When we came through here last April, we had gusty winds up to 30 knots through the pass, but this time not so much winds and just a lot of traffic.

One more travel day tomorrow then we will be taking a break for the week and the Thanksgiving Holiday. If I don’t post between now and then, please have a blessed and safe Thanksgiving.

Sky Divers over Blythe, CA

Sky Divers

Today started out a bit overcast as we crossed from Arizona to California. Just after the border, The Better Half pointed out what appeared to me to be a Shorts Sky Van twin-engine airplane apparently on a final approach to Blythe airport. Just after that, she took this (clickable) image of five sky divers with chutes deployed a couple of hundred feet from touchdown. She saw four others in the distance (no photo) shortly after that.

Evidently, there is sky diving activity in the area. The Shorts airplanes are popular for sky diving.

Many years ago, I agreed to go sky diving with my sister for her fortieth birthday. Fortunately, she came to her senses and called it off before we both were going to jump out of a perfectly good airplane.

Classics Seen Today

Classic 1 Classic 2

These are only two of several (maybe a dozen) classics headed eastbound along both Interstate 10 and US 60 as we made our way westbound. I didn’t read about any event with classic cars happening in our neck of the woods, but all these guys were definitely heading in that general direction.

I didn’t take the time to identify either of these classics, but they certainly awaken the nostalgia just seeing them. Thank you to The Better Half for taking the (clickable) images.

We will be on the road until Monday at which time we will pause for Thanksgiving week at a family venue in North Central Kalifornistan. Good thing the whacko CalPoliticos haven’t revoked Castle Doctrine yet.

Rifle Police Cruiser

Rifle Police Vehicle

Last month on our excursion to witness the All American Eclipse, we stopped for provisions at a Walmart in Rifle, CO. During our entire trip, we would, as necessary, stop at Walmart Supercenters because they have groceries, sundries, souvenirs and most everything else we might need while on the road.

On our way out of town, The Better Half took this (clickable) image of a local police cruiser. We liked the picture of a rifle on the side of the unit. Rifle, CO, a town of about 9500 souls, seemed to be a nice little place along I-70 in the arid northwestern part of the state.

I found this little tidbit in Wikipedia about a local Rifle restaurant owner making national news in 2014:

In the summer of 2014, a popular local restaurant, Shooter’s Grill, made national news when it was advertised that the owner encouraged the servers to participate in open carry. Patrons of the restaurant were also welcome to display their firearms when dining.

I really don’t remember the incident from the news I read, but it is an interesting take on the kind of folks living in that part of the state (i.e. away from the big cities).

Landmark in Iowa

Brownells

As the big RV lumbered down I-80 westbound passing Grinnell, Iowa, The Better Half took this clickable image of the main headquarters of The World’s Largest Supplier of gun parts and accessories. We have been customers of this place in the past and probably will be in the future.

The building in the image above is largely truncated. It actually extends about five times the width seen in the photo. It would be difficult to capture the whole building with a standard lens since it is so close to the highway.

Just a note about the “fly-over” country we have seen on our trip regarding firearms: there are plenty of gun stores and places to buy ammo and shooting supplies. There is a lot of hunting in these areas and, no doubt, low crime rates because of the availability of defensive weaponry.

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.

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