Monthly Archives: June 2016

Rolls’ Testbed Flies While I Am There – Twice!

On my previous visit to Tucson, I saw the Rolls Royce owned Boeing 747 engine testbed.  This was converted for the Boeing 787 Trent engine development program (hence the registration N787RR).  The Number Two engine was removed and replaced with … Continue reading

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Squaw Valley Olympic Village

Ski resorts are designed around the winter season and, come the summer, they can often be rather deserted.  The weather was warm and sunny during our visit to Squaw Valley Olympic Village but the place was far from quiet.  There … Continue reading

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Departure of Solar Impulse

Having been to Moffett Field for the arrival of Solar Impulse and then made another visit to the hangar while they were there, I wasn’t going to miss the departure.  This might not seem like a difficult decision to make … Continue reading

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Sunset on the Aquarium

I have been to the aquarium at Monterey a few times and those trips have made their way on to this blog before. The whale watching trip with Monterey Bay Whale Watch headed back to the marina in the early … Continue reading

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Mustang Motion

The Society of Aviation History visit to Airmotive Specialties in Salinas gave us a great opportunity to look around the restoration facility.  One of the Mustangs was not being worked on though.  It was due to be picked up by … Continue reading

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Truckee

Prior to visiting Truckee, I knew virtually nothing about it.  I knew some people who had visited and liked it but I knew not much at all other than that it was a station on the railroad over the Sierras.  … Continue reading

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Marineflieger Tornado

Tornado was a tri-national program.  The UK, Germany and Italy were the partners that developed and produced the aircraft.  There was only one export customer which was Saudi Arabia.  All of the users continue to operate the aircraft although all … Continue reading

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Are You Waving at Me?

Tail slapping wasn’t the only thing that the humpbacks were doing a lot of. Waving with a flipper was also going on a lot. I don’t know what this means but it is cool to see because it makes it … Continue reading

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What Does 40 Years of Design Get You?

The Boeing 747-8 has not been a terribly successful program.  Boeing decided to update the 747 family with new engines and revisions to the wing along with a stretch to the fuselage.  The resulting jet was delayed by its own … Continue reading

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Is There Anywhere a Sea Lion Can’t Sleep?

I am always amazed by the places that sea lions can get to. They can be found on man made structures or rocky outcrops all the time. They will sleep in any space. How they find their way there without … Continue reading

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