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  1. I saw what is left of that plane in Toronto... I forgot the story, but there's a fairly cheeky video on youtube of it. I'll see if I can re-find it.
  2. It's tough. I haven't yet as an adult had to make the call. Not looking forward to it. Almost did a few years ago with a stray cat who found us after she was already pretty down and out. Buuut with domesticated animals, they're created by humans, devoid of the natural defenses of their wild counterparts, and it's not their fault they're totally dependent on us. So I feel it's a moral responsibility to do what we can. Anyway, we spent a mortgage payment or three on her, with no promises she'd pull through, and yet here she is, throwing her toy down the stairs and singing to it as I type.
  3. You always have such rich contributions on this forum. I genuinely was very excited when I got the notification that you had responded to me. Thank you. And I'll say, a B-17 is a very acceptable stand in for a DC-3 in my humble opinion. I flew to a little airport in western NY once. Not a commercial place, and there was the (movie aircraft) Memphis Belle, sitting parked right on the ramp. No public event, no crew, just sitting there, leaking oil out of the bottom (inverted) cylinders. My instructor taught me then that if those radial piston engines sat too long, they would remove the plugs to drain the oil that had leaked past the rings and "above" (actually, below) the piston and into the combustion chamber in the inverted cylinders, to get it to start. I think I could have stolen that plane that day, as there was literally NO ONE there. It was one of my favorite sleepy old airport experiences.
  4. I understand that this may feel personal for you, but it's fairly objective. Before I touch any nerves -which isn't my purpose, I'll disclose that airplanes, flight, and space travel are my first love. I have a degree in aerospace engineering, I did my flight training while I was in college. I only decided against commercial flying after visiting one of the largest commercial flight schools, where they told me the divorce rate amongst commercial aviation professionals was over 80%. I worked in the industry for a major supplier in aerospace, who sells to domestic and foreign, civilian and military customers. I finally gave up on everything because it was BORING. Flying is so much fun. But the industry moves slower than the government. You ask me to elaborate. It's like trying to prove a negative, but I'll try. Virtually every airplane that has been "new" in my lifetime, certainly in the commercial space, has been a variation of some formerly novel concept. They're all tubes with conventional wing sweep, and some high bypass turbofans slung underneath. By and large, a 78 is a 707 with a few tweaks over sixty years. I mean, what are the changes? Some plastic instead of aluminum. We call it composite, but it is nothing like the state of the art of advanced materials available at the time. It's got a "glass cockpit" which was given the fancy name and was hottest thing since sliced bread, because you know, it was a digital image of decades long established analog standards. What am I missing? Fly by wire, maybe. But that isn't new tech. All I'm really trying to say is, the pace of innovation SUCKS compared with the decades that preceded my lifetime. There's nothing happening today that makes a plane nerd giddy. And it sucks because I wish I could have experienced it. I had a professor who lived through and was PART OF the jet age, the space age, and the computer age in aerospace. I got to be part of Facebook age. I'm not knocking you and your love of flight. Trust me I get it. But look at the last fifty years and compare it to the twenty that preceded them. No comparison.
  5. As a Commonwealth subject, I'm surprised you've neglected to mention some of the utterly beautiful Commonwealth aircraft. Sea vixen, harrier, Lancaster, Vulcan etc etc etc. It is a shame that aircraft tech moves so SLOWLY. Big part of the reason I got it of that industry. Innovation exists, I was told, but it sure is hard to find. Some of those mid century aircraft really were cool in how they were such vast departures from the status quo. I think the most beautiful plane ever built was the DC-3/C-47.
  6. There are only four species (genus?) the forester taught me, with opposite branching. Remember "MAD Horse" Maple Ash Dogwood Horse Chestnut Since I see that deeply grooved bark and opposite branching, I say it's an ash.
  7. And which, if anyone so much as says the word "fuel", they can flood!
  8. KWRB


    Depends on whether it's the power unit off a baler, or a true purpose built U-2 power unit. I've seen the baler parts before, but I've never seen a U-2 for sale. The U-2 is on a frame, has a clutch, and has a grille like the front of a Farmall C. The baler units I've seen have a grille that's just a screen. I don't know if they made a "Super U-2" or such, with the C-123. Though I can't imagine why not.
  9. A B-17 story from the other side. This young man went to school where my daughter went. The athletic center at The Tilton School is a memorial to all the schools alumni veterans. https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Harl_Pease There's a large and wonderful tribute to both him and a Vietnam Medal of Honor recipient on the wall outside the gym where several blessed and fortunate children train and play games all year long, and hopefully are inspired to service and selflessness.
  10. When would one use a disc versus using a moldboard? I've only ever seen disc plows in old catalogs, never in real life. For that matter, I've never seen orchard implements or high crop implements with my own eyes either, but the function of the disc plows is confounding me.
  11. Buy that kid a tractor in need of a paint job next time!!
  12. My little one kinda coughed and gasped over the weekend on the other room. My old ass has never gone from half asleep and lying down to full speed so fast ever. I get to the kitchen in line 0.31 seconds and my wife who's with her is like "what?". Apparently nothing... Scared the absolute **** out of me
  13. Oh yeah, and my wife cleans A LOT. And her standards are HIGH. She changed over years ago to cordless Dyson products. Even the owner himself says he'll never release another corded product. For the power and weight, nothing beats it. And while I've standardized my tools to DeWalt after using that chainsaw, I have a Craftsman electric screwdriver with an integrated battery that charges by USB. it's not a gun shape, but a traditional screwdriver shape. It was more or less a trinket gift at Christmas, but I LOVE that thing. It's super handy.
  14. Love them. I didn't have battery anything until very recently. I needed one of those oscillating small space cutting tools, so I got the DeWalt 20v version. I've now got that, the little 4-1/2" circ saw, orbital sander, and a smaller drill driver. I was convinced when I used the dorky little electric chainsaw on our rescue truck to cut up a tree across a road. I thought the thing was a stupid purchase (actually it was donated new from a local business). Well, no frigging around with fuel and no yanking a pull cord at 2AM, and great torque. My next purchase will be a finish or brad nailer, as soon as I figure out which one suits my application. I dare say, in my mind, I use those nails interchangeably so I have some learning to do.
  15. I'm sure it's not a cure-all, but I said what I said because it's not worthless either. If it's possible, it could save a person's life.
  16. This is true. It's awful. It's wrong. It's avoidable. But it certainly is true. We have to take care of each other. And I mean that in this way. This kind of mindset is SO foreign, SO sick, and SO insidious, that someone's only hope may be for someone who cares for them to recognize and intervene. Nationally, the number 988 is now active as a suicide and mental health hotline. It's meant to work like 911 and can be used by anyone, whether the victim themselves or a concerned friend/family/citizen. Whatever it is, it's for but a season. There ARE better days ahead.
  17. KWRB

    Richard Pope

    I didn't see your previous post, but I wondered. I hadn't seen anything from him for quite some time. That's a real bummer. I only ever knew him on here, but he was a real nice guy. We'd shared some private messages in the past too. I mentally estimated his age based on some posts of his, and feared there was a health thing related to his disappearance. Well, rest in peace, and my life was ccertainly a small bit better for his brief and small presence in it.
  18. Idk. So far from what I've seen, William seems solid. Not that I follow Royal goings-on very closely.
  19. I just wish they made larger ones
  20. I think I see a Niedersachsen flag. That's where my town has had a high school exchange program for over 50 years. Everyone in my family ahs participated, and we're all still friends with the family we stayed with there. It's gorgeous. The town is in a region called the L√ľneburger Heide, that's a protected natural environment with heather and cool sheep. There's an annual festival to celebrate the heather every year called the Heather Blossom Festival. I'd be curious to know where in Niedersachsen your friends are from.
  21. Instead of a joke thread, we could make a "duh" thread. God knows I'd have more than a few moments to contribute...
  22. Given that that's a Bills fan bus, I bet it's seen a few sights. If those rivets could talk...
  23. okay I'll bite. What's the application?
  24. KWRB

    The Dog Thread

    Or do. The dryer will resolve that!
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