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March 11, 2017 Leave a comment

March 8, 1945 – Phyllis Mae Daley receives a commission in the U.S. Navy Nurse Corps. She will become the first African-American nurse to serve duty in World War II.

March 9, 1862 – The Battle of Hampton Roads between the ironclads U.S.S. Monitor and C.S.S. Virginia ends in a draw.

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Supermarine Spitfire Mk.III

March 8, 2017 Leave a comment

Defence of the Realm

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The legend of the Supermarine Spitfire was forged in the skies over Britain during the summer of 1940. The graceful looking aircraft made it easy for the British media spindoctors to turn R.J. Mitchell’s design in to an unbeatable weapon of war as far as the public image was concerned but this hid the truth that already its shortcomings were becoming obvious even before the Battle of Britain and the early Spitfire Mk.I and the slightly improved Mk.II would need replacing by 1941.

The Supermarine engineers returned to the drawing board and looked at almost every aspect of the aircraft taking in to account the lessons learned from the early experiences in service. Assigned the in-house designation of Supermarine Type 330 the Spitfire Mk.III would need to be faster than its predecessors in order to allow it to keep up with the latest German fighters and to achieve that the…

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Book Review: The Airplane, How Ideas Gave Us Wings

March 7, 2017 Leave a comment

An extremely pleasant surprise, this book is not a traditional history of aviation, cataloging the different makes and models of aircraft through the years. Instead, Jay Spenser has authored the “biography” of a thing. And just as a man’s character can be revealed through the trajectory of events and experiences on his path from youth to adulthood, the Boeing 787 “Dreamliner” is understood as the “grown-up” Wright Flyer achieved through a lifetime of technological advances. As a pilot and aviation aficionado, I came away seeing the airplane in a new light and perspective. (5 of 5 Stars)

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On Writing: Pete Wentz

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Lucifer’s Lexicon — Mainstream Media

March 3, 2017 Leave a comment

Mainstream Media — a tragic waste of protoplasm and electrons.

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