The City of Light. 

Astronauts aboard the International Space Station took this space photograph of Paris, which is often referred to as the “City of Light.” The photo was taken around local midnight time on April 8, 2016 and the glow of the bright lights against the dark night sky illuminates the intricate web of streets that weave through the city.


F-35As from Edwards test readiness at Mountain Home AFB

The boys from Edwards and their new jets are on a det to Mountain Home.

I have been to Mountain Home while doing a PCS back in 79. The room didn’t cost a fortune and I needed to get paid.



Air Force photograph by Airman 1st Class Jessica H. Evans Maj. Ethan Sabin, 31st Test and Evaluation Squadron assistant director of operations, settles into the cockpit of an F-35A at Mountain Home Air Force Base, Idaho, Feb. 12, 2016. Sabin is assigned to the 31st TES from Edwards AFB, Calif., which is part of the 53rd Wing headquartered at Eglin AFB, Fla.
Air Force photograph by Airman 1st Class Jessica H. Evans An F-35A soars above the runway at Mountain Home Air Force Base, Idaho, Feb. 18, 2016. While here, the F-35s are scheduled to fly approximately four sorties a day with their 4th generation counterparts, dropping 20-30 inert weapons during multiple training scenarios throughout the test.


Source: F-35As from Edwards test readiness at Mountain Home AFB

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.


Avila-San Luis Harbor-Firestone Walker-Cholame-Blackwell’s Corner

The drive home from The Central Coast included several stops to see and do………………

Avila and San Luis Harbor were the first stop.

Seals were hanging around! I even got someone to take a couple of Missus ORPO and I.DSC_0129 DSC_0134 DSC_0140 DSC_0145 DSC_0159 DSC_0160 DSC_0164 DSC_0166 DSC_0167 DSC_0188 DSC_0189 DSC_0190 DSC_0194 DSC_0199 DSC_0204 DSC_0205 DSC_0221

Firestone Walker Deliciousness…………………………….

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The Junction of CA 46 and CA 41……….

Little James Dean, up on the screen
Wond’rin’ who he might be
Along came a Spyder and picked up a rider
And took him down the road to eternity

James Dean, James Dean, you bought it sight unseen

You were too fast to live, too young to die, bye-bye
You were to fast to live, too young to die, bye-bye
Bye-bye, Bye-bye, Bye-bye, Bye, bye



Blackwell’s Corner……………CA46 and CA33. The last stop for James Dean

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The unmistakable taste of space

“Back in the golden days of the American manned space program NASA shone with an almost divine light. The Space program was the embodiment of anything futuristic and the glare of rocket engines could elevate even the most mundane of products to a scientific breakthrough. Any brand even remotely connected to the space program proudly presented themselves as Space Age, or at the very least extraordinarily futuristic. American consumers were easily seduced”

“In 1957 William A. Mitchell of General Foods Corporation formulated a powder-based sweet and tangy orange-flavored drink, named Tang after the tangerine citrus fruit. The new drink hit the shelves in 1959, but did not fare well in the competitive American soft drink market. General Foods had aimed Tang at the breakfast table but despite promising more vitamin C than real orange juice America was not ready for a powder-based breakfast drink.”

The rest is at the link below.

The unmistakable taste of space


Scorpion’s first flight is milestone for Textron’s tactical jet

Scorpion’s first flight is milestone for Textron’s tactical jet

Textron AirLand engineering test pilot Dan Hinson couldn’t quit smiling Thursday afternoon.

Neither could others working on the Scorpion intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance strike aircraft under development at a Cessna facility in east Wichita.

Hinson, a former Navy pilot, and co-pilot David Sitz successfully flew the Scorpion for the first time on what was a beautiful Thursday morning.

“It was fantastic,” Hinson said after the flight. “It leapt off the ground.”

The first prototype of the new Scorpion military jet comes in for a landing after its first-ever test flight on Thursday. The jet was developed by Textron AirLand, LLC, a joint venture between Textron Inc. and AirLand Enterprises. Travis Heying/The Wichita Eagle
The first prototype of the new Scorpion military jet comes in for a landing after its first-ever test flight on Thursday. The jet was developed by Textron AirLand, LLC, a joint venture between Textron Inc. and AirLand Enterprises. Travis Heying/The Wichita Eagle
I think this little jet has possibilities……….just my take on it. It is an interesting project to say the least. I would love to see it built in Wichita.

Drones on carriers draw nearer

Drones on carriers draw nearer

From the Bayou Renaissance Man comes this today.

“We’ve mentioned the US Navy’s X-47B program before in these pages.  It’s a technology demonstrator rather than a prototype of a production aircraft, designed to test the operation of unmanned aerial vehicles on board and in the airspace around aircraft carriers.  If it works as planned, the Navy intends to develop a successor, more capable airframe under the UCLASS program, to become operational in the 2020’s.”

And you can take that to the bank, you miserable son of a bitch.

  • My Google Plus Bud, Jeff had this one up. Worth the read.

    Excuse the inappropriate language but this is really worth the read!

    I Think She IS Pissed, but oh so correct…

    Alan Simpson, Senator from Wyoming , Co-Chair of the Deficit Commission, calls senior citizens the Greediest Generation as he compared “Social Security” to a Milk Cow with 310 million teats.

    Here’s a response in a letter from PATTY MYERS in Montana … I think she is a little ticked off! She also tells it like it is!

    “Hey Alan, let’s get a few things straight..

    1. As a career politician, you have been on the public dole for FIFTY YEARS.

    2. I have been paying Social Security taxes for 48 YEARS (since I was 15 years old. I am now 63).

    3 My Social Security payments, and those of millions of other Americans, were safely tucked away in an interest bearing account for decades until you political pukes decided to raid the account and give OUR money to a bunch of zero ambition losers in return for votes, thus bankrupting the system and turning Social Security into a Ponzi scheme that would have made Bernie Madoff proud..

    4. Recently, just like Lucy & Charlie Brown, you and your ilk pulled the proverbial football away from millions of American seniors nearing retirement and moved the goalposts for full retirement from age 65 to age 67. NOW, you and your shill commission is proposing to move the goalposts YET AGAIN.

    5. I, and millions of other Americans, have been paying into Medicare from Day One, and now you morons propose to change the rules of the game. Why? Because you idiots mismanaged other parts of the economy to such an extent that you need to steal money from Medicare to pay the bills.

    6. I, and millions of other Americans, have been paying income taxes our entire lives, and now you propose to increase our taxes yet again. Why? Because you incompetent bastards spent our money so profligately that you just kept on spending even after you ran out of money. Now, you come to the American taxpayers and say you need more to pay off YOUR debt. To add insult to injury, you label us “greedy” for calling “bullshit” on your incompetence.

    Well, Captain Bullshit, I have a few questions for YOU.

    1. How much money have you earned from the American taxpayers during your pathetic 50-year political career?

    2. At what age did you retire from your pathetic political career, and how much are you receiving in annual retirement benefits from the American taxpayers?

    3. How much do you pay for YOUR government provided health insurance?

    4. What cuts in YOUR retirement and healthcare benefits are you proposing in your disgusting deficit reduction proposal, or, as usual, have you exempted yourself and your political cronies?

    It is you, Captain Bullshit, and your political co-conspirators called Congress who are the”greedy” ones. It is you and your fellow nutcases who have bankrupted America and stolen the American dream from millions of loyal, patriotic taxpayers. And for what? Votes. That’s right, sir. You and yours have bankrupted America for the sole purpose of advancing your pathetic political careers. You know it, we know it, and you know that we know it.

    And you can take that to the bank, you miserable son of a bitch.

Kitchen Dispatch: High Ground: help on the river’s journey

This is from my good friend and Fellow Lexican, Kanani Fong. She has an outstanding blog known as The Kitchen Dispatch. Go and read this. Really. Do it.

I am not the best wordsmith there is so I will let Kanani do it. I cannot add anything to this.

An F-35C launches for the 1st time by EMALS launch system

An F-35C launches for the 1st time by EMALS launch system - Click to expand

An F-35C Lightning II test aircraft piloted by Lt. Christopher Tabert launches for the first time from the new electromagnetic aircraft launch system. The new launch system will be installed on the aircraft carrier USS Gerald R. Ford (CVN 78). The F-35C carrier variant of the Joint Strike Fighter is distinct from the F-35A and F-35B variants with its larger wing surfaces and reinforced landing gear to withstand catapult launches and deck landing impacts associated with the demanding aircraft carrier environment. Initial carrier trials for the F-35C are scheduled for 2013. The F-35C is undergoing test and evaluation at Naval Air Station Patuxent River and Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst before delivery to the fleet.
U.S. Navy photo by David Sckrabulis/Released
Photo source: US Navy

Goofing around with the blog

Added a few changes. Got to have some pizzaz, dontchya think? Got a new background of sister ship of my jet from The RNoAF at a Tiger Meet.

The header pic is one that is unique to the Mojave Desert. Zzyzx Road. About an hour and a half from where The Missus and I live.


What happened when Héloïse Goodley swapped her designer heels for Army boots

Héloïse Goodley thought she had a dream job when she started work as a City banker. But at the age of just 27, she traded it in for four-minute meals, ironing her own bed and singing in Nepalese – all part of Army officer training at Sandhurst. Here, the first woman to write about life at the world-famous military academy reveals some of the bizarre practices she encountered there . . .

Right good looking young lady. She was fed up with what for most was a successful career in the banking industry……..Company-Family thing like the railroad in my home town. She “left the reservation.” Breaking tradition to do something greater than one’s own self.
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