This Memorial Day is different. Mostly, I start my Memorial Day by letting JoALT et al sleep in while I hie myself to a breakfast spot to get a quick meal and then go into the annual Memorial Day rotation – traveling to different places in my town to remember my departed comrades.
I didn’t know that during WWII, Charles Lindbergh visited the flyers of P-38 Lightnings and he taught them how to get phenomenal mileage from their planes.
Everywhere Lindbergh went in the South Pacific, he was accorded the normal preferential treatment of a visiting colonel, although he had resigned his Air Corps Reserve colonel’s commission three years before. In Hollandia, Lindbergh attached himself to the 475th FG, flying P-38s. Although new to the aircraft, Lindbergh was instrumental in extending the range of the P-38 through improved throttle settings, or engine-leaning techniques, notably by reducing engine speed to 1,600 rpm, setting the carburetors for auto-lean and flying at 185 mph (298 km/h) indicated airspeed which reduced fuel consumption to 70 gal/h, about 2.6 mpg.... [Read More]
China has been attacking the U.S.A. ever since the days of Richard Nixon, in many ways subtle and not subtle. But their attacks have grown more devious, more corrupting, and are preparing them for assaults on America that will be devastating when they are unleashed.
Yes, they have been spying and stealing technical secrets, violating copyrights, trademarks and the plain language of contracts for decades. But the current state of affairs calls for a confrontation, and I am glad to see President Trump bring a confrontation that is clever and likely to succeed.... [Read More]
The U.S. Navy has plans. They want to build ships. In fact, they want about ten new ships per year for the forseeable future. I am generally in agreement that I want America to have a strong navy.
A new briefing paper was just released today by the Congressional Research Service. They have a bunch of background information for Congress. The people who read this are staffers who work for congresscritters and a ton of Beltway Bandits. But just for your edification, here are a couple of key paragraphs from the executive summary. I will put a link in a comment.... [Read More]
I’ve been skeptical about UFO claims since the 60s. Phil Klass was more my style. He also did excellent reporting about the early days of GPS. What do you think about this story. Was it another case of Dime trying to impress his girlfriend.
When I heard the news on the radio (BBC on NPR) today, I said a prayer for Roxie. Odds are that she is safe at home and not in Khartoum, but I don’t know, and it was not so long ago that she was visiting a dig in Sudan. John Walker, please provide an update on Roxie’s wellbeing.
I write a weekly book review for the Daily News of Galveston County. (It is not the biggest daily newspaper in Texas, but it is the oldest.) My review normally appears Wednesdays. When it appears, I post the review here on the following Sunday.... [Read More]
The fourth satellite to reach orbit and the oldest one still in orbit was launched in 1958. My father, Roger Easton, designed it. Air Force colonel Asa Gibbs that the Navy place small payloads on the Test Vehicle launches. I’m wearing the red coat in this picture which was taken a week or two before its launch.