Air-Minded: On a Boom and a Prayer

Fighters don’t carry a lot of fuel, and what they carry they burn at a great rate. […]

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Air-Minded: Get Your Motor Runnin’ (Updated 11/6/19)

I’ve been thinking about the different methods of starting aircraft engines.

Today you start almost all aircraft piston engines the same way you start your car: by turning on the ignition and engaging an electric starter motor. Of course this wasn’t always the way. In the beginning you had to hand-prop them. If you own […]

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Air-Minded: PASM Photoblog XVIII

I don’t know why, with my fighter and trainer background, I should be drawn to this old Buff, but it fascinates me and I come back to it again and again. […]

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Air-Minded: PASM Photoblog XVII

It’s been four months since I last posted a Pima Air and Space Museum photoblog. I volunteer every Monday and always bring my camera. What I’m saying is that I’ve taken a ton of photos since my last update. Not all the ones in this post are mine, but most are. […]

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Air-Minded: Losing My Cherry

Meanwhile, that pretty little Cessna 172 at Pima Air and Space speaks to me every time I walk or drive past it, and no wonder. I lost my virginity to one of its sisters. […]

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Grifters Gonna Grift

Color me shocked to learn Trump has found a new way to prop up his money-losing businesses. […]

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Air-Minded: The Acorn Days

I first saw this document, unsourced, crudely edited, and incomplete, in an email sent around to volunteer docents at Pima Air and Space Museum. It grabbed my attention immediately, so I took the trouble to track down the source and obtain a complete, unedited copy. […]

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Eight-Legged T-Shirt Marauders, Oh My! (Updated 8/19/19)

Polly came home late last night and found a small tarantula at our front door. I took its photo because in spite of living in the Sonora Desert we don’t see them all that often. So if it’s all the same to you I’m taking this sighting as a good omen. […]

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