Sunday, January 26, 2014

Lex Anteinternet: Keeping a Swimming Pool at NCHS

Lex Anteinternet: Keeping a Swimming Pool at NCHS: I was on the Natrona County High School swim team in 1978-1979 and 1979-1980.  I might have been in 1980-1981 as well, my senior year, but ...

Saturday, January 25, 2014

The Aerodrome: P-51C "Betty Jane"

The Aerodrome: P-51C "Betty Jane":

P-51C "Betty Jane"

P-51C "Betty Jane"

This is the Dual-Seat P-51C Mustang "Betty Jane". I'm
not sure if it has the original Packard engine or not (the Allison
wasn't fully introduced until the D model), but I saw it fly in the
airshow when it had a fuel system malfunction and had to land to get
repaired. It took off again later that day.

Very pretty plane.

The Aerodrome: F/A-18D

The Aerodrome: F/A-18D:


All of these are the same F/A-18-D. CLick for full size.


The  F/A-18 is a modern, supersonic, and Aircraft Carrier capable
fighter/attack aircraft (F/A). It is still in service primarily with the
US Navy and US Marine Corps, but also with the Royal Australian Air
Force and the Spanish Air Force. 

This was at the Natrona County Airport airshow in 2006. I've got a lot
more photos from that airshow, but I wont put them up all at once.

The Aerodrome: F-15 E Strike Eagle

The Aerodrome: F-15 E Strike Eagle:

F-15 E Strike Eagle

F-15 E Strike Eagle. Click for Larger

F-15 E Strike Eagle.

The F-15 E is basically the same as the regular variants of the F-15,
however the F-15 can be used for ground attack, rather than the regular
F-15's, which are "pure fighters".

Friday, January 24, 2014

The Aerodrome: A couple of flyby's

The Aerodrome: A couple of flyby's:

A couple of flyby's

F-15 & P-51

F-15 & P-51D

F-15 & P-51D

From L-R F/A-18, F-86, and AD-1 Skyraider

A couple of flyby's. All from the same airshow. Click for larger, as always.

The Aerodrome: Boeing C-17 Globemaster III

The Aerodrome: Boeing C-17 Globemaster III:

Boeing C-17 Globemaster III

C-17 Globemaster III. Click for Larger
This is the C-17 Globemaster III, a larger military transport aircraft.

This specific one, serial 0185, is a  Boeing C-17A Lot XII Globemaster
II, and is named "Spirit of America". The "0" in front of "185" may
indicate a ten year old aircraft.

For more information about the C-17, go here.

The Aerodrome: Bell 206 Helicopter

The Aerodrome: Bell 206 Helicopter:

Bell 206 Helicopter

 While driving around in the prairie, I saw this helicopter hovering
very low to the ground, almost on the ground. It then began to move
forward very fast, and flew almost directly overhead. Luckily I was able
to get out in time and take a few pictures.

I suspect this is a Bell 206, which is a single engine or twin engine
twin rotor multipurpose helicopter. They are made by the Bell Helicopter
Textron company is Mirabel, Quebec. For more information, look here.

I suspect this one was flying a pipeline.

Thursday, January 23, 2014

The Aerodrome: Osa's Ark - A strange Plane

Osa's Ark - A strange Plane

Osa's Ark
I was looking through pictures I took to find an interesting picture to start off the blog. I think this fits nicely.

This is a Sikorsky S-38. A quote gleamed from it's Wikipedia Page explains it nicely. 
"The Sikorsky S-38
was an American twin-engined 8-seat amphibious aircraft. It was
sometimes called 'The Explorer's Air Yacht' and was Sikorsky's first
widely produced amphibious flying boat which in addition to serving
successfully for Pan American Airways and the U.S. Army, also had
numerous private owners who received notoriety for their exploits."
This particular aircraft (this might actually be a replica, not sure) is
the "Osa's Ark", which belonged to Martin an Osa Johnson, two American
explorers. There is a whole gallery of original photographs of this
plane here.

Interesting indeed.

Saturday, January 18, 2014

In Memorium

Flags at half mast, at Casper College, in memory of Chief Warrant Officer 3 Andrew McAdams, 27, killed when an MC-12 reconnaissance aircraft crashed in Afghanistan during a nighttime mission on January 14, 2014.