Hunched at the command console of the AIR&SPACE web site, I detect a vague grumbling drone that is probably airborne. It's been longer than I can stand to admit since I was an active pilot, but the senses still spring to life at the suggestion of an airplane in flight.
Suddenly, a pair of slab-sided vertical fins rise above the rooftops, followed by the singularly awkward profile of a B-24. A Liberator. That can mean only one thing: The Collings Foundation!
'Spirit of Steamboat' by Craig Johnson.
The novella Spirit of Steamboat is a thank-you note to the Greatest Generation from a Wyoming rancher. It's also a hair-raising aerial adventure story wrapped within a charming mystery. Enclosed within are yarns of Wyoming history and a medical procedural. It's also A Christmas Carol for our times.
I can tell you a story about that, as author Craig Johnson would say.
In a community hall at the White Mountain checkpoint, Lance Mackey is within striking distance of winning the 2007 Iditarod.
That is the One Thousand Mile sled dog race everyone has heard about. Mackey is the musher no one in the lower 48 who doesn't pay attention to the sport of marathon sled dog racing has ever heard about.
I'm not the one to tell you what it is about the Irish, or the Irish fiddle. There's no hope to do that without a pedigree and aside from a great-great-great someone or another somewhere up the Anglo-Saxon family tree, I haven't got one. I'm an American mutt from the lower 48 with as much elan as a Walmart throw rug.
A QuickTime VR Panorama movie from the cockpit of the Vickers Vimy. Use the left-right arrows to spin the point of view.
A QuickTime VR Object movie of the Vickers Vimy. Use the left-right arrows to spin the Vimy. Use the up-down arrows to zoom in and out of detail.
I recently created a QuickTime VR Object movie for Quality Furniture Restoration of one of the pieces they restored for a client.
It turned out rather well, I thought
It's an old, vague pilot superstition that fatal accidents tend to happen in groups of three. I hate it when that seems to be true...
One of the triumphs of the AIR&SPACE website was an opportunity to get inside the B-2 stealth bomber for a cockpit QTVR photo shoot.
One of my fascinations is with the artwork of M.C. Escher.
Escher tried to portray infinite repeating patterns in a fixed space.