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

    popscycle Fahren Away

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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)
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  2. 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...
  3. popscycle

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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.
  4. popscycle

    popscycle Fahren Away

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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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  5. 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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  6. popscycle

    popscycle Fahren Away

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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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    popscycle Fahren Away

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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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