Friday, August 26, 2016

The Witch -B 24 in the Snow White squadron had a cool unique thing about it, the mission markers were little witches

The Load Handler (How to unload a truck fast and easy)

mission symbols nor often seen on a scoreboard, train tracks and donkey carts

Thanks Steve!

How much does the high bidder think Wayne Carini's temp ownership is worth when flipping a car? 2,000% markup. That is stupid. If they had bought the car from the original seller it would have cost them 30k, not 600k
After sitting in a Georgia garage since the 1950s and spending a year and a half in the hands of television’s Wayne Carini, this 1921 Stutz Bearcat has found a new home.

According to a person posting on the H.A.M.B. who was attempting to purchase the car before Carini flew in and picked it up in April 2015, the asking price was $30,000.

After some cleanup and repair by Stuz specialist Evan Ide, including new plugs and wires, a new water pump, and fresh pushrod guides, the unrestored beast rolled onto the lawn at Pebble Beach in August.

This year, Carini put the car up for sale at the Bonhams auction. The high bid when the gavel dropped. The price? $594,000, including premiums.

The first owner of this 1921 Stutz was a doctor in Maryland. In 1931 he purchased a large farm in  Georgia, and drove this Stutz Bearcat over 600 miles to his new home. After the long journey the Stutz was running a little rough and was put away in a barn. It was found to have a bad head gasket.

Twenty years later, after active duty in the war, Hagins returned to Georgia and set about repairing the Stutz, but soon after he had removed the head and begun work on the car, he passed away.

 He left his entire estate to his caretaker, who left the car untouched - still up on bricks with its head off. The car was recently discovered by a retired army officer who was hunting on the property.

Did they find Roth's truck, or just the grill?

Galpin Motors announced that it has found the famed and long lost Ed Roth 56 Ford F-100 Pickup, and though there isn't much to lend credibility to the green truck being the real deal in the photo except a bolt on grill bar, if anyone knows the difference between real Roth stuff and some wanna be, it's the people at Galpin.

Lucky Bastard's club certificate

side effect of prohibition, a borrowed Stutz touring car with a bootlegger driver, July 1924

Actor James Cagney christening the B-17 Yankee Doodle Dandy at Framlingham Airfield England, 1944.

Cagney toured US military bases in the UK on the USO tour. He refused to give interviews to the British press, preferring to concentrate on rehearsals and performances. He gave several performances a day for the Army Signal Corps of The American Cavalcade of Dance, which consisted of a history of American dance, from the earliest days to Fred Astaire, and culminated with dances from Yankee Doodle Dandy.

The Air Force got a B-52 bomber back into service after it sat collecting dust for seven years in the boneyard

On Feb. 13, the B-52H—with the serial number 61–0007—left the desert. This is the first time the Air Force has “regenerated” one of these bombers from the Boneyard back to active duty.

The “61” in the refurbished bomber’s serial number is short for … 1961. The bomber can—amazingly—still fly decades later, after some necessary maintenance work. 

Reactivating Ghost Rider was not easy. Personnel from the 2nd, 5th and 307th Bomb Wings, repairmen from the Air Force Material Command and the Defense Logistics Agency were all called in just to get the bomber back in the air.

The Air Force will likely want to replace the B-52’s older twin-engine pods with four larger, more efficient motors.

Engine-maker Pratt and Whitney developed the TF-33 turbofan in the 1950s. Compared to more modern jets, the design is horribly inefficient and increasingly expensive to keep running. Replacing any one of a B-52’s eight engines costs $1.5 million, and every 6,000 flight hours, the engine is shipped to Tinker [Air Force Base in Oklahoma] for an overhaul, which replaces most components with new ones,

The flying branch could save additional costs by using an engine already in service on other aircraft, such as the C-17 transport. New powerplants would make it both cheaper and safer for the Air Force to fly the massive bombers. However, at least one of the service’s senior officials has already admitted that there isn’t any money for this kind of improvement program.

King Of The Mountain, street racing movie

Ford celebrated the 1972 Summer Olympics with a special limited-edition red-white-and-blue Sprint package for the Mustang, Maverick, and Pinto.

The Sprint Décor Group option was conceived to jumpstart sagging sales during one of the Mustang’s worst sales years. The package was one of the most striking in the marque’s history, which made it a popular seller.

50 of the 1972 Mustang Sprint convertible were produced and shipped to the Washington, D.C., sales district for the annual Cherry Blossom Parade.

The Wall of Remembrance is coming to San Diego in mid Sept. It is a 100-foot-long wall listing the military personnel, police, firefighters and civilians who have died as a result of war and acts of terrorism over the last three decades.

The huge blocks of names are reminiscent of the Vietnam memorial wall. But this memorial has an added element, a back side with pictures and brief text of events dating back to 1983,

The other side has a timeline of the War on Terror, which goes back as far as 1983, covering: 1983 Beirut bombings on U.S. military barracks when 241 American military personnel were killed by a truck bomb while stationed in Beirut, Lebanon;
Gulf War Operations Desert Shield and Desert Storm;
the Battle of Mogadisu in 1993 in Somalia;
Bosnia intervention in the 1990s;
USS Cole bombing in Yemen in 2000;
September 11 attacks;
War on Terror operations in Afghanistan (Operation Enduring Freedom, Operation Freedom Sentinal);
 War on Terror operations in Iraq (Operation Iraqi Freedom, Operation New Dawn and Operation Iron Resolve);
the Ft. Hood, Texas shooting;
 the 2012 attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya;
 the Boston Marathon bombings;
the shooting at the Chattanooga, Tennessee military recruiting station;
 and the terrorist attack at a health center in San Bernardino.

September 16th and 17th 2016
Indian Motorcycles of El Cajon San Diego,
345 N. Magnolia

Thursday, August 25, 2016

Miss Lace, a character from a comic strip by the artist who made Terry and the Pirates, was graciously conferred by the artist to a Lt who requested its use for his B 17

he was also famous for Steve Canyon.

In his support for the forces Caniff produced a comic strip dedicated to and centering on the forces during the war, it was initially a special version of ‘Terry and the Pirates’, concentrating on the character ‘Burma’ and only published in military newspapers. However after complaints were made about its inaccessibility to the general public it was re named ‘Male Call’ and the main character called ‘Miss Lace’.

The strip was produced until 7 months after V-J day and ‘Miss Lace’ became the inspiration for B-17 nose art ‘Bit o Lace’ after Caniff received a request from Lt John Bauman to use the character ‘Miss Lace’. Caniff responded in the affirmative and sent a sketch back entitled ‘Bit o Lace’ with the message “A bit of lace for Lt John Bauman and the gang, with my very best wishes”

A B-24M in the 374th Squadron of the 308th Bombardment Group (China)

 Although most people never had the chance to see Caniff’s legendary, although rarest, comic strip Male Call, and it's featured femme extraordinaire Miss Lace, you can now buy Caniff’s unique contribution to the war effort, combining sex and humor, in its entirety on Amazon.

I just got mine, and they were the only in stock of their published examples, but there are a hell of a lot of others,
 Caniff became popular overseas and on the home front for his painstakingly accurate research and attention to detail in Terry and the Pirates, which has gone into history as one of the most important comic strips of the era.

 However, the comic strip was a continuing daily strip, and with many GI’s often being away from newspapers for long periods of time due to being in battle, the continuity of the strip often became lost, making Terry virtually unreadable to the men that it celebrated.

 As a service to the US armed forces, Caniff developed a second “gag a day” Terry and the Pirates strip that he would draw and submit to overseas military camp newspapers completely separate from the on-going Terry comic strip. Popular for his smart and sexy heroines, Caniff chose his popular character Burma, a con-artist turned singer, as his central character. In each strip Burma would be put in a fun and often sexy situation involving her interactions with American GIs.

 However, when the editor of the Miami Herald learned that a second version of the strip was being given away to overseas papers for free, he complained to the Tribune that he was being “cheated.” Always takes one jerk to wreck everything. Caniff was forced to end his daily Terry strip with Burma in just less than four months.

A locomotive that derailed and plunged from a cliff into Lake Superior has been discovered after 106 years.

Canadian Pacific Railway Locomotive No. 694 was discovered by shipwreck hunters in July, about 230 feet deep in the waters of Lake Superior, near Marathon, Ontario.

The 694 had been operating for only four years when it crashed into the lake.

The train crashed into a rock slide that had covered the tracks, subsequently sending the locomotive off a cliff, and into the lake.

Terry Irvine, longtime driver of London, Ontario, heard of the 694 in 2013. With a team, he returned in 2014 to try and find the lost locomotive.

Chevy dealerships in Texas are too stupid to insure is my opinion. Once again, thieves stole more than $200,000 worth of wheels and tires off new vehicles in Texas

I just reported on another 4 Texas dealerships getting ripped off last November

This is exactly like the last example, 45 tires last time, one box truck from 1 to 5 in the morning near San Antonio. This time 48 vehicles, one box truck, began at 130 am near Dallas.

“They cut the locks on the gates to the rear where all the inventory stock was kept,” Martin said.

He noted that the thieves also defeated the light system, knocking out the large bright lights that are typically on.

Surveillance video shows a large box truck arriving at 1:22 a.m., but because it was so dark, police aren’t sure how many suspects were involved.

Martin said the thieves spent “probably a good four hours” stealing the wheels and tires.

Project underdog update, getting to the dyno, the adventure begins

Betty Lou's Buggy

Color footage of the Betty Lou coming down hard and blowing out a tire on landing... in color

interesting call board, the nicknames of the crew were under the pilots window on the B 17 "I'll Get By", so here's to them, the guys that put it all on the line

may even be different planes with the same name, doesn't change a thing about these two cool photos getting posted together

car salesman beaten and kidanpped during a car test drive in southwest Houston.

On a Monday night in Jan 2016, a guy asked to test drive a Dodge Challenger.

"I knew that guy was a little sketchy when I first met him. He kept on talking weird and I thought let's just go on a quick test drive and come back," Martinez said. When they began the test drive Martinez says he noticed two men in another car tailing the Charger.

Then, the salesman said the driver pulled over and hit Martinez. Before he knew it, two guys from the second car were on him hitting him and then throwing him in the trunk.

From the trunk, Martinez called 911, set up the "Find my iPhone" app on his cell, called the cops and let them know  the situation and description of the car.

When the driver stopped, Martinez popped the trunk, pushing a button. He says the kidnappers had a gun, Martinez grabbed it, and shot one of them in the neck.

The suspects drove off and left the victim behind. Police used the victim's phone, which was still inside the stolen car, to track the suspects. Police caught up with them, but they gave chase. Police followed them until they struck a postal truck. At that point, the suspects jumped out of the car and disappeared.

Police found Martinez walking along the freeway and drove him to a hospital to check out his injuries.

How many cops does it take to chase a moped in Michigan? 11. That is one bored bunch of donut eaters with nothing else to do. You know there was some high 5s when they heard there was a suspect to chase (think Supertroopers)

this is just terrific! Shovelnose and Handlebar... what a great way to get to thank Bob Hope and Jerry Colonna for a USO tour stop at Furth in Germany in June '45!

A photo recon P-51 in the 10th PRG, 12-E Squadron, belonged to Lt Ed Kenny

Hope who wrote about it in his 1945 book So This is Peace. In it he wrote: "From Darmstadt we went to Furth, and did an hour or so of stuff for the HQ men of the 10th Tactical Reconnaissance Group, a P-51 Mustang fighter squadron [sic]. The first thing I saw when I landed was a Mustang with me and Shovelsnoot [sic] painted across the nose. My attorneys are still trying to contact the pilot, Lt. E. J. Kenny. I'd have dealt with him myself, but he was a pretty big guy and I wanted to see Berlin with both eyes." 

Airstream Dodge fuel truck and the Inter Island Airways of Hawaii sea-plane

nose art in a hat box, ready to be taken out and installed... the unique Reddie Teddie

all over the North African coast, and the rest of the med, and they have the map to prove it

Why paint pin up art on the airplane, when you could just shellac some photos on?

impressive photo, and the image had no notes, so Steve helped me out, and let me know those are deliberate smoke screens

But print this in a poster size and you'll be damn impressed. Original is  for a better look at high res

Smoke Screen Generators

Unlike this one,

This one is using rocket-assisted takeoff units (often used with heavy bomb loads on short fields)

Both systems are attached to mounted wing racks normally used for additional small bombs

the Great White shark look