RARE PHOTOS: ANNIVERSARY OF THE BOEING 727’S FIRST FLIGHT

Today is the 53rd anniversary of the Boeing 727’s first flight. What a day. At the time, the 727 was a risk and important to the success of Boeing. Luckily for everyone, not only was the first flight a huge success, but the aircraft would go on to help redefine domestic air travel.

My first ride in a jet airliner was in a 727 of Northwest Orient. My Mom, two younger sisters and I rode in one from Billings MT to New York JFK with a stop in Minneapolis-Saint Paul in February of 1968. We were on our way to Germany to join Dad where he was working for an Air Force Contractor.

The meal service was really good and we could get a Coke or othere soft drink by just letting the stewardess know.

The Boeing 727's first flight - Photo: Boeing

Air-to-air photo of the Boeing 727’s first flight – Photo: Boeing

More pics and the full story at the link below.

Rare Photos: Anniversary of the Boeing 727’s First Flight

Getting some heavy weather

Mother Nature is at it again. We are in for some rain and very high winds this afternoon and evening.

Our immediate forecast includes winds up to 75 mph according to the Wind Warning, with the rain. For those who think the desert is a dry and warm place should come here at this time of year………….

It has snowed a handful of times since we came to California. When I was working the ballast trains, it snowed at Amboy out there along the old 66/A T & S F in December of 2007.

California City Forecast for 31 January 2016

New Flavour!

As I posted earlier, here it is!

This was procured at the Stater Bros Market in Ridgecrest on Wednesday when taking The Missus to DMV to renew her driver’s license. We now make it a day with a stop at Wally World, Stater Bros and the KFC before heading back to Casa de Sharon y Glenn in beautiful California City.

This Thunderstruck is quite hoppy with a clean finish. I got it on the condition that I let Missus ORPO have the bottle. It is painted and not a paper or one of those clear labels. The stencil treatment is what makes Stone products a bit pricey. I do love what comes out of that awesome brewery in Escondido!

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Still Here

Fear not, dear readers! I haven’t gone anywhere. It has just been one of those weeks.

I am still adjusting to the graveyard shift hours, specifically the four ten hour ones I am currently working. Add in a wicked head and upper chest cold from Hades…………and the three foot and lower leg issues. The amiltriptyline is handling the neuropathy fairly well but the capsulitis and plantar faciitis are not a lot fun. It hurts like hell when I get up out of the rack and do something simple, like walking to the bathroom.

I should be back in harness fairly soon with some rather unique beer posts to start.

The Los Angeles County Air Show will be happening at Fox Field in Lancaster in March. I think I will attend and pay the rather stiff admission so the Nikon will get a work out. The Blue Angels Number 7 was in town this past week to let the Antelope and Fremont Valleys know they will be the headliners.

 

Happy New Year

To all who follow and read this humble little blog, Missus ORPO and I extend our Best Wishes for Happy and Prosperous New Year.

Tonight is Kings versus Flames Hockey and Rogue Dead Guy Ale.

SALUT!

Dead Guy Ale
Rogue Dead Guy Ale. I found it at a convenience store in Paso Robles on the way back home from Monterey.

Ugh

I ended up leaving work today with what has become a rather nasty cold……

The coworkers were all for me going home with the hacking I was doing.

Can’t say as I blame them.

Got the Kings at Oilers game on so that helps……………..I love hockey.

New Pictures of Snow!

The Tehachapi had a nice amount of snow on the East Slope. I had the Nikon and at the turn off from CA 58 to California City Boulevard is a bare lot. I actually stood in the bed of The Titan to get these.

It was slowly warming up from a low of 21 degrees at Edwards AFB…..The sky looks great on mornings like this.

I hope everyone enjoys these……………………………….

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Eddie Rickenbacker – His Life and Accomplishments

The man had a colorful growing up, to say the least!

A short biography about Captain Rickenbacker that was on my Facebook news feed this morning from Disciples of Flight.

Captain Eddie Rickenbacker Consider it luck, skill, or just plain determination: Captain Eddie Rickenbacker survived, by his own count, 135 brushes with death before finally succumbing at the respectable age of 82.  He flew numerous combat missions in World War 1 and survived multiple serious airplane crashes after the war.  Learn more about the dangerous,

Source: Eddie Rickenbacker – His Life and Accomplishments

These Stunning Photos Capture Night Ops Aboard The USS Dwight D. Eisenhower 

America’s second oldest operational aircraft carrier, the USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN-69) is hard at work in the Atlantic training with its escorts and air wing for its next deployment. Part of this training includes executing night operations, just as they would in combat. These photos capture this colorful but dangerous world in awesome detail.

I have worked the Flight Deck on three ships, Independence, Ranger and Kitty Hawk. I was a Fly 1 Blueshirt(Aircraft Handler) and an Elevator Operator/Sound Powered Phone Talker on my first year plus on Independence and in squadrons in the Air Wing of Ranger and The Hawk.

The first time I went up on deck at the age of 19, I was absolutely terrified. One learns to keep one’s head on a swivel. I still have a few scars left on me from a bounce down the deck when I didn’t turn fast enough.

Source: These Stunning Photos Capture Night Ops Aboard The USS Dwight D. Eisenhower