This is a snapshot taken of the Ops Building tower. Click on it to get a full-size image.
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The Biggest Little Air Show at our museum on Ford Island is always fun. But we’re still at war, and today, in remembrance, there was a boot and a snapshot for each of our recently fallen. Thousands of boots. An acre of boots. There are times when I’d like to share a picture with Dick Cheney but he’s too busy enjoying the Halliburton dollars earned from government wartime contracts.
Looking around Dillingham Field yesterday, I spotted this J5A Piper tied down on the flight line. It had obviously been there a long, long time. The struts were so rusted that the landing gear collapsed, bending the port wingtip. It reminded me of those annoyingly sad television commercials for injured, abandoned pets in which Sarah MacLachlan moans minor-key dirges. The Piper’s airworthiness sticker was dated 1984, and when I looked up the FAA NC number, I discovered that she had been built in 1941, belonged to somebody in Washington state, and the registration is due to expire in two months. I wonder if she’s repairable?
When the Rosetta explorer spacecraft transited Mars in 2007, it took several pictures of the red planet, but the European Space Agency has been sitting on them. They were finally released this week. Click on the above image for a bigger version. Just in time to wonder where Helium is, or where Dejah Thoris is hanging out!