A few years ago there was a guy in our neck of the woods who was into radio controlled cars. The cars he had were loud and we supposed some people thought the sound was obnoxious. The cars were fast – really fast. he and friends would travel to another town and race on Sundays in an abandoned parking lot.
One Sunday he came home with a “hound dog look” on his face. We asked him what was wrong and he said that while he was racing his cars with friends, someone had come through the parking lot and deliberately run through the course, crushing his car and others.
We thought of him when we saw this.
There’s something special about that moment when someone flies their $2,000 drone into some electrical wires, or their RC plane goes up and down in 10 seconds.
(We love the dog at 0:53 seconds in the video. Good puppy!)
We were working on a project on the computer last night and when we were able to shut the computer down and go to sleep, we were happy campers. Unfortunately, Bill Gates and his minions had other ideas for us, which reminded us of this cartoon we saw the other day:
The trick for the National Air and Space Museum was to display the plane in its jet formation. The plane has only been displayed publically in the propeller configuration. The new design was made possible by the plane’s shape shifting properties. Although The Museum of Flight staff was concerned about this formation change, they worked with our conservation staff so that the shift was safe and temporary. Once the shift took place the jet underwent a total review by our conservation department and appears to be in remarkable shape.
The plane was originally housed in an undisclosed location near Washington, DC from about 1941 to the early 1970s. In 1975, the plane was moved to another location in Southern California where it stayed until 1979. After 1979, the jet went missing. It was through the careful work of The Museum of Flight staff and former Army nurse Lieutenant Diana Prince that the plane was finally discovered on a quiet estate in Potomac, Maryland in 2012. After the discovery, The Museum of Flight moved the plane to Seattle where it went on display in April of 2013.
The jet is well ahead of its time. It used stealth technologies in the 1950s long before the Lockheed YF-12A and the SR-71 Blackbird were introduced. The engines on this plane allowed Wonder Woman to travel through space. Keep in mind that NASA’s North American X-15 took the United States to the edge of space in the 1960s, but it was Amazonian technology that had Wonder Woman traveling into deep space in the 1950s.