Saturday, July 08, 2017

very seventies, and the only photo I believe I've seen with the factory original tires from 1970-72. Not many muscle car owners could keep from frying them fast

cool pipes too, the flames, well... not terrible for a diy painting

hard core fans buy a his and hers... apparently

a type of ice scraper I've never seen before

Cool airplane, and check out how neat they did the interior. 1930, Los Angeles

'Safespot' publicity, Southern California, 1933

Trunion Bascule Bridge aka Ford Ave. Bridge, May 13, 1930 - Alleged to have been (at that time) the World's largest Bascule Bridge.

the building seen under the bridge is the Long Beach Ford Manufacturing plant (thanks David!)

George Carlin and his TA

steam roller, 1910, Los Angeles

1932 Los Angeles gas station, cool gas pumps

check out the cool spare tire advertising piece, and the rear bumper, that looks quite home made

this is an odd looking car in Los Angeles, 1920's or 10s

a Diamond T armored truck

The Diamond T Motor Car Company was formed by Charles Tilt of Chicago in 1905. During the first 6 years, custom built passenger cars were manufactured by hand in the rear of a small one story garage. Diamond T switched exclusively to building trucks, discontinuing its passenger line in 1911.

quite a contrast in the fleet of delivery trucks

how freaking hard does a car have to hit a power pole to snap it off up by the top?

1951 Sepulveda Blvd, South of Mulholland Drive, the driver said she was doing 35 mph, and fell asleep at the wheel. Busted arm, pelvis, and scrapes, and probably was ok after she got out of the hospital.

mistakes are often immediately apparent, and seldom do we get a 2nd chance to do something safely

Friday, July 07, 2017

there isn't another bridge with more warning that it's going to be a close shave, and this trucker sure had a clear warning

night trains in Denmark

old and retired

Diamond T and a nice camper

the old Eldora Xmas tree and clocks are still around

Kubota tractor drag racing, drag strip or swamp...

even as a team sport!

4 Wheel Parts has a magazine, and also make it available as a free online digital mag.

you can even click on the tile icon, and get a full scope look at all the pages if you want to take a glance at all of them, and select a certain article or advert.

like this article I wanted to look at, how to safely get someone pulled out of a jam, why the writer doesn't talk about snatch blocks is a mystery. That ought to be a big part of this article. A snatch block (a lot like a pulley) can double your winch pulling power, or effectively change the pulling direction (instead of straight, you can anchor the pulley and pull from around a corner) for future issues, or to get to the current issue:

last month I mentioned a franchise bike repair business operated from a van that takes care of customers in a city, and I just learned of a more specialized bike repair company, they service bike fleets. Cops, security patrol, etc

American Bike Patrol Services doesn't get jumbled up in the hit or miss business of on call repairs, they are more scheduled, and that's by doing preventative maintenance on fleets of bikes, the ones that cops, security companies, etc have.

That's a pretty damn good idea too! Because patrolling bikes are often crashed when used in cityscapes, like the inevitable stairs

'62 Corvette "Gulf Oil" race car originally bought from the Yenko dealership and raced by Dick Thompson, the famous Corvette racing dentist, sold for 1.65 million in 2015

In 14 races, the Gulf Oil ’62 Corvette finished first in class 12 times including wins at Daytona and Sebring and captured the 1962 A-Production Championship.

Following the end of the 1962 season, the Corvette returned to Yenko Chevrolet and was purchased by Tony Denman, who continued to campaign the car. It returned to Daytona for the 250-mile race, as well as the 3 Hours of Daytona, placing 6th and 22nd overall, respectively, which translated to a 2nd in class on both occasions.

 In 1963 was converted to street specifications and sold at the end of the season and then the Corvette was driven as a street car, repainted green, and then red, and then passed through just four owners before being purchased by a Corvette expert, who found the car being used as a daily driver by a college student who was completely unaware of its racing history.

Although a number of the car’s racing components were missing, Ernst was able to track down the missing parts through Denman, who had kept the components in his parents’ garage before selling them in 1979. Ernst was able to buy the missing parts back in May 1985, reuniting the Corvette with its original engine block, cylinder heads, exhaust manifold, Yenko heavy-duty suspension, Stewart Warner gauges, and roll bar, amongst other original components.

New York’s Museum of Modern Art added a all original 1968 Fiat 500 to its permanent collection. It will share gallery space with the museum’s 1959 Volkswagen, and 1961 Jaguar E-Type

The model acquired by MoMA packs a 500-cc engine that offers only 18 horsepower and has a top speed of 59 mph.

the fire that melted off the wing of a 767 last October at O'Hare airport resulted in an NTSB report that took 12 months to get released to the public. Do they think we'll forget if they delay long enough?

It took at least a minute from the time the plane stopped until the copilot reported shutting off fuel to the engines, according to a transcript of the cockpit’s voice recorder. (That's a big damn problem when some idiot doesn't understand fire 101, turn off the damn jet fuel pumps immediately!)

What was learned? Pilots aren't able to be yelled at from the cabin, there's no way to shut off the engines from the cabin in order to deploy the emergency exit chutes, and it's obvious that locking the door to the pilots will cause big damn problems in similar emergencies like this when the engines catch the plane on fire, and the pilots and cabin crew can't prioritize, because they are trying to follow checklists.

Pilots told investigators that it took a long time to depressurize the cabin, which was required in the evacuation checklist before shutting off the engine and ordering an evacuation. The captain described the checklist as “cumbersome.”

Sully proved why a good pilot should do the right thing, not the checklist, in an emergency

After the past 6 months of horrible airline treatment of passengers, it's no wonder why this report was delayed. Airlines didn't want a dogpile of bad publicity preventing people from flying. Those planes have to keep on schedule whether full or empty, and if they are all empty, they're losing money at a rapid rate for the airlines, which go out of business. If the airlines fail, airports fail. When airlines, and aiports fail, the govt will bleed red ink like mad, and quickly learn the cost of a failed system that the govt will have to prop up with ridiculous amounts of money.

Here's the info from the report, keep in mind, the plane was moving at 154mph when the engine broke apart

According to the NTSB, passengers said they heard a loud bang during takeoff and the aircraft wobbled. Flames were detected almost immediately. Passengers moved from the right side of the plane to the left, shouting at flight attendants to open emergency doors as the plane came to a halt and the cabin filled with smoke. The effort to evacuate the plane was hindered by the undamaged engine still running.

One passenger told investigators he could see flames coming from the right wing and windows on that side of the aircraft began to crack. He said the crew was telling passengers to stay in their seats, and thinking that was odd because the right side of the plane was in flames.

"He stated the only thing to do was get out of the airplane fast, which he did," the NTSB reported.

The passenger said he opened a left exit hatch, climbed on the wing and tumbled down the slide, resulting in an injury. He said he stood up to get away from the plane and was blown over by the thrust of the still-running left engine.

Flight attendants said they weren’t able to contact the cockpit to coordinate the evacuation with the pilots. Passengers had begun racing to the left side of the plane even before it stopped on the runway. Some people insisted on trying to bring their bags with them despite repeated calls to leave them by flight attendants.

there was only one MOH awarded to a European Theater fighter pilot in WW2. Isn't that crazy? Of all the mind blowing courageous and heroic actions of the WW2 pilots over Europe, only one day's exhibition of bravery was enough to get the brass to part with the top medal

and it wasn't until I read the story just now, that I understand why I've seen so many photos of the P-51 named Ding Hao!

So, what did the pilot (James Howard) do to earn that single medal of honor, that one medal that no other command in all of WW2 fighter pilot commands would get?

He commanding the 356th Fighter Squadron, and flying escort for B-17s  of the 401st Bombardment Group (Heavy) on a bombing mission to attack the AGO Flugzeugwerke in Oschersleben, Germany, which at the time was building Focke-Wulf Fw 190 Würger (Shrike) fighters for the Luftwaffe.

 Separated from the rest of his squadron after shooting down a Messerchmitt, Howard sighted a swarm of some 30 German fighters attacking a formation of B-17s across the bomber stream.

Howard pressed his attacks for the next 30 minutes (an eternity in aerial combat), single-handedly defended the B-17s, repeatedly and aggressively attacking the attackers and shooting down five more of the Luftwaffe fighters.

Even after his four .50 caliber machine guns had run out of ammunition James continued to simulate attacks on the German fighters. There were no fewer than 16 accounts of Howard’s exploits that day when the bomber crews debriefed.

 The leader of the bomber formation, which itself earned a Distinguished Unit Citation for their attack on German aircraft production that day, reported that “for sheer determination and guts, it was the greatest exhibition I’ve ever seen. It was a case of one lone American against what seemed to be the entire Luftwaffe. He was all over the wing, across and around it. They can’t give that boy a big enough award.”

His command, the 356th Fighter Squadron was part of the 9th Army Air Force. The men in the 9th were on loan to the 8th Air Force for bomber escort duty until the D-Day invasion.

 After D-Day the 354th F.G. reverted to its primary function as Tactical Air Force supporting Patton's troops on the ground, destroying enemy ground facilities.

The 356th Fighter Squadron was part of the 354th Fighter Group ("Pioneer Mustang Fighter Group") of the Ninth (9th) Air Force. There were 3 squadrons that made up the Group, the 356th FS, the 355th FS, and the 353rd FS (the highest scoring fighter unit in the entire war).

Why did he name his P51 "Ding Hao!" well he was born in China. Yeah, I think he was probably the only guy born in China flying P51s over Europe, and he also had been a pilot in the Flying Tigers.

James Howard was born on the 13th of April, 1913, in Canton, China. His father, an American ophthalmologist, was there to teach eye surgery to Chinese doctors. In 1927 Howard’s family returned to St. Louis, Missouri.

His first squadron assignment was with VF-3 Flying Chiefs,  flying Grumman biplane fighters from the USS Enterprise (CV-6) based at Pearl Harbor in Hawaii beginning in late 1939.

To get into the war, Howard resigned his commission in the Navy to join General Chenault’s American Volunteer Group (the Flying Tigers) in June of 1941.

Howard flew 56 missions over Burma in Curtiss P-40 Warhawk fighters, scoring a total of six confirmed kills, two of which were achieved during air-to-air combat.  And that is why the Ding Hao! had a scoreboard of Japanaese and Nazi flags