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  1. It should be noted that the B-36 flying with the B-50 is no ordinary B-36--note the lack of the normal bubble canopy for the crew. That is the NB-36 testing the use of nuclear reactors to supplement the power of the normal engines. That different front is a 11 ton lead-lined compartment protecting the crew from radiation. Nothing much seemed to come from the tests. Read about it at http://www.aviation-history.com/articles/nuke-american.htm
  2. If you can find the serial number, you may be able to order the lineset ticket from the archives--I'm not sure if they go back that far. It will tell you the components it was built with. It's $20 from askmccormick@wisconsinhistory.org.
  3. The serial number should be stamped into the driver's side frame rail near the front. However, it may take a lot of scraping and cleaning to find it. Without a VIN tag, that would be the only other place to find the number.
  4. The speed on the ice is limited to less than 15 mph or greater than 25 to avoid breaking the ice. Not sure I fully understand it but the wave created is a problem between 15 and 25.
  5. There is a Flickr page of Chicago Midway Airport photos going back to the 1920s. Lots of pictures of what air travel used to look like. https://www.flickr.com/photos/twa1049g/page1 You can scroll through the photostream and when you see something of interest, clicking on it will bring up a larger version often with a description of what it is.
  6. The #44 diesel switcher was used at the East Moline Works and possibly also at Farmall. It came from the IH owned Chicago, West Pullman & Southern Railroad.
  7. A Hoyt-Clagwell. 🙂 It does have a strong resemblence to a Fordson.
  8. You can order a lineset ticket for your truck with the serial number you have which will identify what axle it was built with. https://www.superscoutspecialists.com/store/p-406-line-setting-tickets.aspx
  9. A number of homes washed away and one death. https://www.wave3.com/2022/09/04/flash-flooding-southern-indiana-washes-away-homes-womans-body-found-downstream/
  10. Production did take off quickly, but from what I've read, this started well before Pearl Harbor when the war in Europe began to appear likely and then actually started in 1939. "In May 1940, Franklin D. Roosevelt called for the production of 185,000 aeroplanes, 120,000 tanks, 55,000 anti-aircraft guns and 18 million tons of merchant shipping in two years and congress approved the addition of 3000 planes to the Army Air Force" per Wikipedia. Another statistic was munitions production tripled from 1939 to 1940 and tripled again in 1941. Things were well underway prior to Pearl Harbor to provide support to England and its allies although I'm sure production was turned up even further after the US entered the war.
  11. Troy was at the Harvester Homecoming show at the former IH Engineering Center in Fort Wayne yesterday as was this other CO-Transtar.
  12. The Binder was introduced in 1975. Per Crismon's book, "It was a very basic truck, at the low-cost end of the Loadstar line aimed at the farm market" and he has a photo showing it with the standard grille. I never realized that grille was used with the MV engines which this one has in addition to the diesels. Probably it covered a larger radiator for more cooling, but that wouldn't be needed on the basic truck.
  13. I'd agree that is a diesel grille, but the engine could easily have been changed in 40+ years. The VIN indicates it was built in Chatham where the diesels were built vs Springfield for the gas models. My 1972 specs indicate the 1850 GVWs ran from 23,660 up to 30,200#, a 1750 maxed out at 26,000#
  14. Not unlike the unauthorized demo of the Boeing 707 prototype the same year. I wonder which one happened first? And I suspect Randy did do something similar, although not in a Vulcan.
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