The President with 5 Stars Also Had Wings

If you are looking for a poster child for "overachiever" you might consider Dwight D. Eisenhower. This Kansas farm boy rose from modest beginnings to become one of only five Americans to achieve the five-star rank of General of the Army and the only one of those to become President of the United States. (see note... Continue Reading →

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The Greatest Things Since Sliced Bread

The next time you use the phrase "the best thing since sliced bread," you might want to consider how recent of an invention that is. The first commercially-available device that made it possible to sell pre-sliced loaves in mass quantities was developed by Otto Frederick Rohwedder. His prototype was built in 1912, but it wasn't... Continue Reading →

When the Flight Attendant Tells You How to Fasten Your Seat Belt, Pay Attention

Captain Tim Lancaster was in command of British Airways Flight 5390 on June 10, 1990, when the windscreen failed and he was sucked out of the cockpit. The plane, a BAC 1-11, was at 17,300 feet, one-hour into its flight between Birmingham Airport in the United Kingdom and Málaga, Spain, when incorrect retention bolts on... Continue Reading →

With a Little Help From My Friend Adversary

The SR-71 Blackbird was one of the greatest tools of espionage ever built. Flying at speeds of Mach 3, it could out-fly any enemy fighter or surface-to-air missile. In addition to its unmatched speed, the design of the aircraft made it nearly invisible to radar. In short, it was a technological marvel that gave the... Continue Reading →

It’s a Bird… It’s a Plane… It’s an Inflatoplane!

Goodyear, the manufacturer of tires, developed an inflatable airplane called GA-468, but commonly known as the Inflatoplane. The Inflatoplane's performance was comparable to that of a a J3 Cub. The airplane was wheeled out like a wheelbarrow and inflated in about 5 minutes using less air pressure than a car tire. The two-cycle 40-hp Nelson... Continue Reading →

Would You Like a Window Seat, Aisle Seat, or Just Wait For the UFO?

Nevada is home to one of America’s most secretive military facilities, the classified base known as Area 51. Located in a dry lake bed in central Nevada, the government refused to even acknowledge Area 51’s existence until recently, and the base has been rumored to house everything from a top secret test site to recovered... Continue Reading →

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