I spent this morning fielding quotes from moving companies, since my friends and relatives can't help me with U-Haul. I was pretty stressed, to say the least. A few came back with scary 4 figures, and then I settled on one with 3 figures that still gets good reviews from many New Yorkers including magazines.
I mean, the fact that I have very few things, mostly clothes, and only 1.5 items of furniture ought to more than make up for the mileage, and it has. Moving my bedroom 200+ miles will cost the same as moving a studio across town. It's ok.
On to the next installment! (After this, there will be one more.)
This is the 1903 Wright Flyer. Keep this in mind as you look at all the amazing flying machines that followed in its wake (well I couldn't say "footsteps" (and even "wake" is nautical) (and it never flew high enough to leave a trail) ...
...all the amazing flying machines that followed its 12 seconds of flight.
Amelia Earhart's Lockheed Vega, in which she broke two records in 1932:
1) First solo flight by a woman across the United States (Los Angeles, CA to Newark, NJ) and
2) First solo flight by a woman across the Atlantic Ocean (Newfoundland to Ireland)
Looks like I took a photo of the DC-3 after all
I cannot remember what cockpit I stepped into here because I was too busy gawking at the thing that was behind it. But it is fairly old, so after seeing the multi function displays of the Boeing 747, here you can see some of the gauges and switches the older generation of pilots had to fiddle with.
The custom-built Bell LongRanger II Spirit of Texas flown without incident around the world in 1982 - over 26 countries in 29 days - by H Ross Perot, Jr and J. Coburn. (H Ross Perot being the son of Dallas-based EDS founder and former 1992 (?) presidential candidate Ross Perot.)
Milestones of Flight
Top: The Bell X-1 in which Air Force Capt. Charles "Chuck" Yeager flew faster than the speed of sound in 1947 (Mach 1.06 / 700mph / 1,127 mph).
Bottom: The SpaceShipOne, which arced above the atmosphere and glided back to earth in a 24-minute flight.
This is the 7th Lockheed F-104 Starfighter ever built. It was used by NASA for about 20 years from the 1950s, as a chase and test plane. The Starfighter was known as the "missile with a man in it" and was the first US jet fighter to fly at Mach 2, twice the speed of sound.
A model of Pioneer 10, which was the first spacecraft to fly by Jupiter in 1973 about a year after its launch, and later became the first man-made object to reach Pluto. Its mission ended in 1997. The last weak signal from Pioneer 10 was received in 2003. Subsequent attempts to contact the craft have been unsuccessful, but it is the first earth object to leave our Solar System. It is heading for the constellation Taurus, and will reach the star Aldebaran in approximately 2 million years (!)
The North American X-15 (don't you love that sweep?) was a rocket powered research jet commissioned in 1959 to take atmospheric flight one step closer to space flight. It reached Mach 4-6 (between 4 and 6 times the speed of sound) and operated at altitudes over 100,000 feet (30,500 m)
We're getting closer to space, the last frontier, and our last installment of the series.