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July 28, 2005

Entertainment and Education post...

I do like complex mechanical thingys.

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Pacific Ocean (July 25, 2005) – The Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76) performs a high speed run during operations in the Pacific Ocean. Reagan and embarked Carrier Air Wing Fourteen (CVW-14) are currently underway conducting Tailored Ships Training Availability (TSTA). U.S. Navy photo by Photographer’s Mate 1st Class James Thierry

Man, she's moving, ain't she? Now that takes some power!

Hi-res, click here.

Wonder what it's like to land on a carrier? At night? Of course you do! (dial-up visitors, 1.8 meg video file)

H/t, Boudicca, the once-upon-a-time 'non-commenting commenter' as Castle Argghhh!

Interesting day in history:

1914 Austria-Hungary attacks Serbia, igniting WW I. The dumbest war of the last century starts - which leads to one heckuva lot of the wars that follow... the mis-handling of the peace pretty much guarantees WWII.

1931 Congress makes "The Star-Spangled Banner" the national anthem

1932 MacArthur evicts the bonus marchers from their encampment in Washington. One of many times the government has promised soldiers something, then reneged. Not Mac's (or his aide, Eisenhower's) finest moment.

1943 FDR announces an end of coffee rationing in US. Thank heaven!

1945 Kamikazes sink their last ship, DD Callaghan, off Okinawa.

1945 US Army B-25 crashes into 79th floor of Empire State Bldg, 14 die.

Let's close with more video... there's a reason the manual specifies a 'rate of descent at touchdown' limit. I don't know if the pilot in this video should be rebating his flight pay because he broke the airplane, or should get a bonus because he managed to keep the damage down! Regardless of whether the pilot knew it was going to be or not...

...this was a good landing, not a great one. (dial-up visitors, 4.5 meg video file. Compressed file available here, though I don't know how much that helps!

Anudder H/t to Boudicca!