Happy Hour

"IF A LIFETIME CAN BE LIKENED TO A DAY, THEN THIS IS HAPPY HOUR!"
BUCK PENNINGTON

Mother, Mother Ocean

Mother, Mother Ocean, I've heard you call
Wanted to sail upon your waters since I was three feet tall
You've seen it all, you've seen it all
Watched the men who rode you, switch from sails to steam
In your belly you hold the treasures, few have ever seen
Most of 'em dream, most of 'em dream
Yes, I am a pirate, two hundred year's too late
The cannons don't thunder, there's nothin' to plunder
I'm an over-forty victim of fate
Arriving too late, arriving too late

Yoda

"Size matters not. Look at me. Judge me by my size, do you? Hmm? Hmm. And well you should not. For my ally is the Force, and a powerful ally it is."
―Yoda, to Luke Skywalker

Counted the Stars

Counted the stars on the 4th of July
Wishing we were rockets bursting in the sky
Talking about redemption and leaving things behind
I have these pictures and I keep these photographs
To remind me of a time
These pictures and these photographs
Let me know I'm doin' fine
We used to be so happy once upon a time
Once upon a time
But the sun sank west of the Mendocino County Line
And the sun sank west of the Mendocino County Line


""SOME SEE A GLASS AS HALF FULL, SOME SEE IT AS HALF EMPTY, I JUST WANT TO KNOW WHO’S DRINKING MY RUM."
Rumbear

Thursday, July 08, 2010

NASA 747 SP from Cal City


Taken from California City on a walk with my grand daughter. We saw it earlier with the F/A-18 chase airplane in close formation. This was at a slightly lower altitude. This has special instrumentation and stuff in it.

5 comments:

Parrothead Jeff said...

Cool! Those SP versions always look a bit strange to me :)

Old Retired Petty Officer said...

The first airliner that could fly LA to Sydney non stop. Almost 40 year old technology. This is the one with the opening in the aft fuselage for instrumentation linking to space research.

Buck said...

It has STUFF in it? Who knew? ;-)s

Old Retired Petty Officer said...

We can't use the term "Secret Squirrel" anymore. Some of the special electronics and software folks got offended. No sense of humor, sometimes.
Therefore, it is stuff or just that 'tron shit. I am so glad that I am just a Crew Chief.

Buck said...

We can't use the term "Secret Squirrel" anymore.

Hey... I was one of them for a few years, back in the day. I spent about four years with USAF Security Service, the predecessor of USAF Electronic Security Command.

Back before we had all these spiffy spy satellites with the resolution to read license plates from space and intercept emissions of all sorts (not to mention the EC-XXX birds which we had back in the day, too) we had "listening sites" that ringed the periphery of the Ol' Evil Empire. I spent time on two of those... in extreme northern Japan (Wakkanai) and on Turkey's Beautiful Black Sea coast (Sinop, and it really was beautiful). Those were prolly the most interesting two tours in my kinda-sorta-illustrious career.

I will not go down and tell my children I didn't have the courage, the conviction, the commitment or the character to fight for this country...Don't go home and let your children down~~ LTC Allen West

Publius Flavius Vegetius Renatus

‎"Igitur qui desiderat pacem, praeparet bellum.("Therefore, he who desires peace, let him prepare for war")" from "Epitoma Rei Militaris," by Vegetius (Publius Flavius Vegetius Renatus)