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  •  Republished to History for Kossacks (9+ / 0-)

    I spent today at the Pearson Air Museum and am scheduled to do the Evergreen Air Museum this weekend. What this means is that I will probably be posting a couple of photo diaries about this.

    •  Can't wait... (6+ / 0-)

      to see what you post. I've been thinking about hitting the EAA museum down in Oshkosh for another visit one of these days.

      No one knows what it's like, To be the bad man, To be the sad man, behind blue eyes....

      by blueyedace2 on Wed Jan 02, 2013 at 04:33:08 PM PST

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    •  An excellent choice I think (4+ / 0-)

      I have just discovered these diaries, but I think we're being graced by something kind of special here. I have just dived into organic chem so I may not get to read them all in real time these next few months (lest I flunk) but they will be on my favorites list to read and rec, however belatedly.

      You gotta wonder at the stories behind this:

      They were loaded onto a catapult, fitted onboard normal merchantmen – known as Catapult Aircraft Merchantmen - then ‘shot off’ when the convoy was threatened, far out at sea (usually by a Focke-Wulf Fw200 Condor). After fighting the enemy aircraft, if within range of land, the pilot attempted to reach it, if not, he ditched near a ship or baled out!

      ...j'ai découvert que tout le malheur des hommes vient d'une seule chose, qui est de ne savoir pas demeurer en repos dans une chambre.

      by jessical on Wed Jan 02, 2013 at 04:47:47 PM PST

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      •  Organic chem? Have you read the one on ....... (4+ / 0-)
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        jessical, Otteray Scribe, 43north, KenBee

        ....dicellulose acetate (Dicel) production? (I worked as an industrial chemist for a time at a plant producing dicellulose and tricellulose acetate; at a commision dyers & finishers; and a company producing electrostatically flocked nylon 6,6 floor covering!)  :)

        Jack of all trades, master of none!

        The CAM ships were either bulk grain carriers or tankers (both have relatively clear decks) and the Hurricanes concerned were mostly 'clapped out' Battle of Britain' veterans (the pilots as well as the aircraft!), PLUS a few Fairey Fulmars.

        'Per Ardua Ad Astra'

        by shortfinals on Wed Jan 02, 2013 at 05:12:49 PM PST

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        •  Heh not nearly (4+ / 0-)

          I'm at that stage where the prof -- in most respects a quiet fellow, with a hard limp which tells the tale of hardships mastered and a generally kind and unassuming air, is all like "in three weeks you will be doing ACTUAL CHEMISTRY" and pushing us from the rigid and formulaic with which they fill over a year of your time to being able to reason with the stuff.  I'm 48 and the 22 year olds are looking at me funny, but need this for the mathematical biology grad programs.  Scared to death I'll get to the edge of the cliff and end up flailing arms and legs to the rocks below.  So the browser must close, it simply must, until I catch the air.  There are some fine and remarkable things about these essays though, and I will be back.

          The "di" prefix reveals British origins :)  I used it for years because when I was little I learned from UN chemistry books, until an American chemist poked me about it :}

          Off to bed...

          ...j'ai découvert que tout le malheur des hommes vient d'une seule chose, qui est de ne savoir pas demeurer en repos dans une chambre.

          by jessical on Wed Jan 02, 2013 at 05:28:38 PM PST

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    •  Looking forward to it Ojibwa! (1+ / 0-)
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      Always interested in other aircraft....

      'Per Ardua Ad Astra'

      by shortfinals on Wed Jan 02, 2013 at 05:02:12 PM PST

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    •  Evergreen (5+ / 0-)

      I'd like to do that one someday. I worked on the "Spruce Goose" (Hughes hated that name) from 73 to 78 while it was still in its' original hanger and hidden from public view. I couldn't even admit I worked on it. We were told to tell anyone who asked, that we worked on a secret government project. It was an interesting job.I even got to meet several of the crew that were on the flight.

    •  Please do (2+ / 0-)
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      shortfinals, Ojibwa

      I've managed to miss several opportunities to visit Evergreen.

      “that our civil rights have no dependence on our religious opinions, any more than our opinions in physics or geometry.” Thomas Jefferson

      by markdd on Thu Jan 03, 2013 at 07:53:22 AM PST

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