Goodbye Cruiserface, Hello Happyface: The (old) Long and (new) Short Of It All

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Day Trippin'' started by popscycle, Apr 24, 2014.

  1. popscycle

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    Air Force Museum Pics 149: This is another in the series of pics (i.e., there were just too many to list at once) taken during a day trip to the Air Force Museum in Dayton, OH. Having a ton of pictures to process, we are converting and showing these pics as we go, taking care to explain when appropriate, to help alleviate winter riding blues.

    Below is a picture I took of the Bell P-59B Airacomet, America's first jet fighter. The P-59 was powered by two General Electric J-31s of 1,650 lbs. thrust each that were developed from the British Whittle engine. The P-59 had a top speed of 450 mph, a limited range of 450 miles and a ceiling of 43,400 feet. Designed and built under great secrecy in the early 1940s, Bell eventually built over 50 of the A and B models. The plane was, however, significantly under powered.

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    It is notable that the first XP-59A was shipped by rail from NY to Muroc (CA) with a fake propeller attached to the nose to disguise the true nature of the plane. Below is a video of that development.

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  2. popscycle

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    Bridge Shots: Here's several more of the old mill/factory bridge pics from this past week, one of which was previously posted in the Show Us Your Bike @ The Bridge thread.

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    An ADV Quick Pic: Below is close-up pic of the Bell P-59 that I found after posting the first one. I "popped" this one just a bit.

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    (Quick Pic = Left over, unused or modified ride pictures of late that are laying around and may have some visual interest)
  4. DesertPilot

    DesertPilot Been here awhile

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    Looks like the XB-70 snuck into the background there -- an aircraft from the 21st Century that should have happened, instead of this one we ended up with...
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    When I was at the museum, they were leaving large amounts of space empty in the middle of the hangers. One of the workers said it was for special events; however, that meant cramming a lot of the planes together, often with smaller planes under the wings of bigger ones. Being a big fan of the XB-70, I thought that beauty should occupy a space of its own.
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    An ADV Quick Pic: A sure sign of spring is when the forsythia starts to bloom - saw a good stand of it along the road yesterday and pulled over to get a quick picture without getting off the bike.

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    (Quick Pic = Left over, unused or modified ride pictures of late that are laying around and may have some visual interest)
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  7. DesertPilot

    DesertPilot Been here awhile

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    That XB-70 and the (unfortunately cancelled) X-20 occupy the top of my list, followed by the X-15 and SNC's Dream Chaser (see link below). The SR-71 may occupy a distant 5th

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    Getting My Gravel Legs Back: Despite being overcast with only a little drizzle, the redhead got out onto the back roads so these old legs could get some gravel time. We started out on this tame stretch of road where standing for the bumps and ruts was minimal. Most of it was smooth and fast like that shown below, where I stopped for a flora and fauna stretch. The road was only a little damp in the low areas like this one.

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    Air Force Museum Pics 150: This is another in the series of pics (i.e., there were just too many to list at once) taken during a day trip to the Air Force Museum in Dayton, OH. Having a ton of pictures to process, we are converting and showing these pics as we go, taking care to explain when appropriate, to help alleviate winter riding blues.

    Below is a picture I took of the Fisher P-75A Eagle, GM's 1940s Fisher Body venture into building fighters. The P75 was powered by an Allison V-3420 of 2,885 hp. The P-75 had a top speed of 430 mph, a range of 2,600 miles and a ceiling of 36,400 feet. Initially designed to fill the need of a fast-climbing fighter, unsatisfactory performance resulted in only eight of the initial 2,500 ordered being produced. It should be noted that GM also produced the Grumman TBF Avenger during WWII.

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    Note: The big cylinder to the left in the picture is the large KH-9 spy satellite.
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    Air Force Museum Pics 151: This is another in the series of pics (i.e., there were just too many to list at once) taken during a day trip to the Air Force Museum in Dayton, OH. Having a ton of pictures to process, we are converting and showing these pics as we go, taking care to explain when appropriate, to help alleviate winter riding blues.

    Below are pictures I took of the KH-9 Hexagon reconnaissance satellite, a cold war era spy satellite that was declassified in 2011. Also called "Keyhole 9", some 20 of these were built and put into orbit between 1971 and 1986.

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    Built by Lockheed each bird was 60 ft. long with a 10 ft. diameter and weight 30,000 lbs. You get a better idea of the size from the picture below, where a group of people were being given an explanation of the camera system. Film from the camera system went into one of four film re-entry/recovery modules that were jettisoned back to earth.

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    The Hexagon was the largest and the last of the U.S. satellites that used and then returned photographic film to earth from orbit. As shown below, the primary camera system was designed by Perkin-Elmer to take stereo images, with a forward looking camera on the port side, and an aft looking camera on the starboard side. Images were taken at altitudes ranging from 90 to 200 miles.

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    Below is a museum photo of one of the guts of a film recovery module. Needless to say, getting film from the dual cameras into the recovery module was no trivial thing. You can probably thank spy sat technology development for your digital camera.

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    A few more to follow.
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    Just returned home a few days ago from a run out west. While rolling out of Kingman, Arizona on Route 66, this quaint road-side park caught my eye. Instantly, I thought of your thread and looped back around to check it out. Figured maybe you would enjoy a few pictures and some associated data.

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    SANTA FE LOCOMOTIVE NO. 3759

    Presented to the city of Kingman as a historical monument in 1957 by the Santa Fe Railway Company.

    This "Mountain Type" coal burning steam locomotive was built in 1927 by the Baldwin Locomotive Works. It was rebuilt and converted to oil fuel in 1941.

    No. 3759 was on the passenger run between Los Angeles and Kansas City for many years making ten round trips monthly.

    Average east-bound speed was 54.3 MPH; west-bound 60.2 MPH. Kingman was a "water stop" on the east-bound run.

    No. 3759 traveled a total of 2,585,600 milesduring its years of service and made the final steam powered run from Los Angeles to Barstow in 1953 when diesel power replaced steam on the Santa Fe line.


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    Specifications:

    Gross Weight Including Tender - 468,800 Lbs.

    Weight On Drivers - 236,000 Lbs.

    Tractive Force - 66,000 Lbs.

    Cylinder Size - 30" x 30"

    Diameter of Drivers - 80"

    Boiler Pressure - 230 PSI

    Tender Capacity (Water) - 20,000 Gal.

    Tender Capacity (Fuel Oil) - 7,107 Gal.

    Overall Length - 108' 7"

    Top Speed - 100 MPH


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    Then - after arriving in Needles, California - I stumbled across a couple of interesting murals.

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    No Train Of Late, Old Place Instead: Thanks to @GAS GUY, we have some trainage. Haven't seen much train stuff myself (yard was dead today), but I did run by this old place in the woods the other day and went back for several pics. Below is one of those I went back for. Will post one with the bike in the pic later.

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  13. jeickerman

    jeickerman Full of it.

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    Fire damage?

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    Looks like it. Being alone at the time, I didn't go up to or in the place. I am trying to find out what it was.
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    Air Force Museum Pics 152: This is another in the series of pics (i.e., there were just too many to list at once) taken during a day trip to the Air Force Museum in Dayton, OH. Having a ton of pictures to process, we are converting and showing these pics as we go, taking care to explain when appropriate, to help alleviate winter riding blues.

    Below are two pictures I took of the Martin X-24B lifting body, a 1970s R&D rocket plane, parked next to the XB-70. The X-24B was designed and developed to prove that an aircraft-like vehicle could glide down through the atmosphere, using the body itself for lift, for a precise landing on a runway. The X-24B had a Reaction Motors XLR-11 rocket of 9,800 lbs. thrust and could reach 1,164 mph and a ceiling of 74,100 ft.

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    The X-24B’s flat bottom and long nose provided surface area to improve gliding qualities, increasing range and maneuverability. It flew 36 times between 1973 and 1975, making 12 gliding-only flights and 24 powered flights with gliding landings. In all its flights, a NASA modified B-52 “mothership” launched the X-24B at around 45,000 feet. This concept aircraft helped pave the way for the space shuttle.

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    Just a few more to go.
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    What A Difference Two Days Make: Below are two road shots taken two days apart.

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    Trees are starting to leaf out.

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    Incidentally, these are some fine gravel roads. Fast too but watch out for low area snot. More to follow.
  17. DesertPilot

    DesertPilot Been here awhile

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    Yes! Life is good! Thanks for those shots!
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    Mystery Shack: I have ridden by this place dozens of times and never noticed it until this year. Just off the side of a gravel road and usually hidden by foliage, the structure has remnants of a metal, antenna-like tower frame with two legs coming out of the roof and the others on the side of the building. Also interesting is the raised concrete/stone structure jutting out of the ground.

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    Adding to the mystery is the hole and pipe in front of the building.

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    You can see the two legs of the tower frame inside the building. Also, note the fuel (oil?) tank behind and electrical (conduit) wiring.

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    A visit to the local historical society is now planned. We will report back on this one.
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    jeickerman Full of it.

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    You have a fun mystery on your hands here!

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    Yes, and now I have to ride the redhead to Princeton to investigate. We have fully transformed from cruising to investigative riding. In other words, we've gone from cruiserface to happyface to investigatorface. :lol3