Monday, November 19, 2007

PHOTO OF THE DAY: November 19, 2007

First Snow

Tuesday, November 13, 2007

PHOTO OF THE DAY: November 13, 2007

November 2007

Sigh ... If money were no object!
This is a Lockheed F-104 "StarFighter." Although it first entered service for the US Air Force in 1956, it is still being flown by a few foreign countries. (The USAF stopped flying it over 20 years ago.) From the F-104, Lockheed substantially modified it for high altitude flying and renamed it the U-2. (Remember the spy plane: U-2?)
When originally built, it was called "The Missle With A Man In It," because it was actually faster than a shell fired from a battleship! The speed is over Mach 2.5 and, in fact, is the still the fastest ever flown by an aircraft at low altitude. At high altitude, only the SR-71 was faster. If the wings look stubby, it's because they are only 7' long! Landing speed is around 200 knots!
The aircraft in the photo is probably the only privately owned F-104.

Monday, November 05, 2007

PHOTO OF THE DAY: November 5, 2007

What is this all about?

I'm starting a new business in solar/alternative energy. Behind the R J Ranch house is a steep hill. Yesterday we placed an anemometer on a twenty foot mast on top of the hill to start recording wind velocities in order to determine if a windpower generator is practical for this location. We need at least a seven MPH yearly average to make it economically feasible.

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