Starting when I was about two, I watched Top Gun every day. I only drew air to air missiles— there is no honor dropping bombs. In my fantasies, I was good enough that I would just blow enemies’ wings off— I made sure the pilot had a chance to get out. By the time I was five, I was conflicted. Dogfighting was antiquated; fighter pilots had become button pushers. Where had the best pilots turned? Then I saw Wayne Handley perform at the Reno Air Races and everything was clear. Top Gun 2 is going to be a disaster.
Lots of knowledge on the floor today at @hustontextilecompany as a batch of community supported wool cloth is packed for shipping. This CSC wool comes from farms managed to be net carbon negative, #climatebeneficial , and is woven by Huston Textiles on Missile Way here at the former Mather Air Force Base.
The box is open at Williams for aerobatic training in the venerable ASK-21 as well as MDM-1 Fox. The Willams Fox has been flown to win five US national titles in Advanced and Unlimited categories. Waiting to make its debut at a California contest, great opportunity get into contest flying, or if you already fly powered contests, move up to gliders in a world class machine!
Brazilian art star Paulo Iscold presents his current opus to students from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo. What is it? An ultra high modules carbon fiber, ultra high aspect ratio, fly-by-wire (because the wing is too thin for mechanical linkages), fully automated flaperon’d superwing that will fit an ASG-32 fuselage. It’s called the Nixus Project, check it out on Facebook, Paulo is doing this one with open books.
It’s so cold that I’m just admiring jackets. Here’s a serious piece of hardware— dad’s Air Force issue jacket with the full collection of patches, Velcro’d on so you can take them off and not look like a tool at the bar. And the cutest thing you’ll see until the next puppy vid in your feed; my matching mini flight suit. Little more difficult to avoid being a tool wearing a flight suit, but an 8 year old can pull off the look on Halloween. 😉😗🤣
The CWU-45 Nomex Fliers’ jacket from my dad’s collection (actually I stole it from him back in Jr High). Copper Scovill zippers feel like knobs on an old stereo. Velcro safety pockets, which I promise you are the next big thing. The cut is extra short and extra poofy— making you look like a poo green toasted marshmallow— but somehow it is very cool.
Grandfather’s Navy issue silk flying scarf. He flew FM-2s (Wildcat) in WW2, and after the war went on to fly the Hellcat, Corsair, Panther and finally Cougar jets. Silk scarves were intended to provide a soft material between pilots’ necks and their leather flying jackets. The constant head on a swivel routine caused irritation— silk was a downright debonair solution. The US had a vibrant silk industry on the east coast until the material was replaced by nylon for most military applications like parachutes. Now it’s all but impossible to find any domestic silk production.