Monthly Archives: September 2012

Northrop P-61 Black Widow

The Northrop P-61 Black Widow has always been one of my favorite fighters of World War 2.

Conceived as a night fighter that served in, European, Mediterranean, China-Burma-India, and Pacific theaters of war, the P-61 and a comparatively short service career with the US Army Air Corps and later the USAF, and US Government serving from 1943 to 1954.

There are a few preserved non flying examples located the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum:

The National Museum of the USAF:

My photo of the P-61 on display at the National Museum of the USAF.

There’s another at the Beijing Aviation Museum:

The P-61 at the Beijing Aviation Museum (at left)

Now you’ve read a little about the Black Widow it’s time to fly. Grab your P-61 POH (you know I have one…). Also, review the film below:

Then head to the Mid Atlantic Air Museum. They are restoring one to flyable condition (that’s the only one I know of). The site is updated regularly so periodically check in and take a look at their progress (maybe throw then a few bucks to help out).

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Spainsh Air Force CL-415s in action

Spending Sunday trolling the interwebs when I should be doing someting productiive and low and behold:

Spanish Air Force CL-415s kickin’ ass one pass at a time, putting out wildfires.

I enjoy seeing the intense physical activity it takes to fly a multiengine multicrew airplane in this environment.

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources has the 415’s predessor, the CL-215 in service:

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Originally published September 30, 2006.

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by | September 30, 2012 · 5:57 am

One Team, One Scream

Originally published September 29th, 2010. 

I apologize for missing the TDL post for yesterday – I was up and out early to help move a neighbor; TDL completely slipped my mind. First time I’ve done that…my apologies once again.

-Todd

 

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by | September 30, 2012 · 5:55 am

Enjoy.
I am.

Among The Joshua Trees

We were in Lancaster and Palmdale today.

One of my usual stops is BevMo! It is a candy store of Wine, Spirits and BEERS!!!!!!!!!!!

The photos are of the items I procured. If it has an off the wall name and is not yellow and fizzy, I will probably like it.

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Speaking of Generations…

Found this on the Mothership:

Talkin’ Bout My Generation

Originally published on September 29th, 2009.

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One Wonders What Lex Would Have Thought…

… of this:

I have an ideer.

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