February 2012

Every Once In A While, An Incredible Artist Deploys

by Daniel Russ on February 29, 2012

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  I discovered these watercolors on a BBC website. These are the sketches of Matthew Cook, UK Soldier in Afghanistan, in 2009               Source: BBC   Save Related Posts:Shotgun EngravingsConcept Tanks. Click To Enlarge.Engraved Handguns. Click to Enlarge.Tsuba.The A2 Bomber Jacket Was Often A Canvas II.

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Creamed Chipped Beef, Or SOS

by Daniel Russ on February 28, 2012

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  My father mentioned this to me even though he said it was really good. Creamed Chipped Beef. Or for some reason it took on the moniker of SOS or Shit On A Shingle. You take chipped beef, air dried slivers of beef and cover it with a creamy white sauce.   Here is one […]

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The Chinese Civil War Was One Of The Largest, Bloodiest Wars Few Have Ever Heard About.

February 27, 2012

      This war was far too long and complicated to cover here in one article. What is interesting is that the war itself was in motion before the Japanese invaded and occupied China, and it picked up with deadly intensity afterwards. The weapons purloined and copied from occupiers and supporters on both sides […]

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The Gloster IV Float Plane.

February 26, 2012

  The British were among the first pioneers of flight along with the French, the Italians and the Americans. England is, of course, a large island surrounded by oceans. Thusly, the British had led the world in naval power. Therefore it made sense that the British would also be among the first to develop float […]

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The Bell X-16, The Plane That Never Was.

February 25, 2012

  First of all the Bell X-16 was never completed. Competing against Fairchild and Martin Aircraft, Bell won the contract. Although wind tunnel test and materials tests went favorable, the fact is that the first one was 80% finished when the United States Air Force cancelled it in favor of the RB-47. Secondly, it was […]

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The Bell X-2, The First Plane To Go Three Times The Speed Of Sound.

February 24, 2012

The Bell X-1 broke the sound barrier. Although highly advanced , the United States was still looking to develop another test bed that would go even faster and solve problems with flight at higher speeds. The first problem that needed to be solved was the thermal barrier. Extreme heat resulted from the friction in transonic […]

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The Mig 8 “Utka”.

February 23, 2012

  Not every MIG was a fighter aircraft. One in particular was single engine high wing forward canard aircraft covered in cloth and configured with a pusher propeller. The idea was to discover the aeronautical characteristics of a forward canard on supersonic aircraft. The Mikoyan i Gurevich Design bureau also wanted to see how swept […]

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Despite Treaties To Reduce Nuclear Stockpiles, We Are Spending More On Nukes Now Than We Did During The Cold War.

February 22, 2012

  The National Nuclear Security Administration is a government agency whose job is to secure the nation’s stockpile of nuclear weapons. It is also the overseer for weapons development. The problem here is that the NNSA is a lot like Congress and lobbying firms. One hand washes the other, and there is no effective oversight. […]

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Behemoth Steel Forges That Once Made Bombers.

February 21, 2012

Boing Boing is my favorite blog. Recently they featured a piece about the huge forging presses that once made heavy bombers and gigantic transports in the United States. This is from an article from The Atlantic Magazine and it is about the mammoth machines we created to make the machines we used to wage war. […]

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The Soviet Sigma 4 SAM Interceptor, The First Delta Wing, First Tail Less Configuration.

February 20, 2012

  1934 to 1936. One of the first, if not the first airplane designed without a rear vertical stabilizer was the Sigma 4 SAM. “M” stands for the designer, Aleksandr Moskalyev who was unconstrained by the trends of his day and used an incredibly agile imagination to come up with better aircraft designs. He sketched […]

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The Ant-25 Was A Giant.

February 19, 2012

It had a wingspan of 112 feet. Fully loaded it weighed 17,000 pounds. It flew almost 7000 feet in the air.   The year? 1937.   Few historians have paid attention to the advanced aircraft designs that came out of the Soviet Union prior to and during World War II. The fact of the matter […]

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Sometimes An Artist Joins The Army. Neil Leinwohl.

February 18, 2012

I used to work for Neil Leinwohl, a creative director/art director at Korey Kay in New York. In the ensuing years, I have discovered that he is far more than an advertising art director. He served in Vietnam with the 34th and 79th Engineers and was a paratrooper with the 82nd Airborne at Fort Bragg. […]

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America’s First Submarine Was Invented During The Revolutionary War.

February 17, 2012

    Early Submarine Design And Development In The 18th Century.   Lenoardo Davinci sketched his idea for a submersible vehicle in the 16th century. He was of course a major visionary and his vision came to life when Cornelius Drebbel built a prototype that rode around under the waves of the Thames for almost […]

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Dreams Of Space Is A Great Blog! You Must Visit This Nostalgic Collection.

February 16, 2012

          “A simple book covering all aspect of space travel including history, physics, U.S. and Russian space efforts, building a space station, manned exploration of the Moon, and exploration of the planets. It has wonderful paintings of all these things devoting a page or two to each topic. “A Maxton Book […]

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The Dubats.

February 15, 2012

  Every nation in Europe had holdings in Africa at one time, and almost none of it benefited the occupied. The Roman model of Auxiliary regiments made of locals adapted by the modern Roman Benito Mussolini. Colonel Bechi, at Mussolini’s behest raised a regiment of soldiers loyal to Italy to patrol familiar territory: the Italian […]

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Even The Civil War Couldn’t Stop Joseph Forrest From Sending His Wife A Valentine Card.

February 14, 2012

  Joseph Forrest loved Elizabeth Ehrhart. They lived in Macon County, Illinois before the Civil War. In those days when the life expectancy of a person was far shorter than we enjoy today, it was not unusual for courting couples to begin romance before the age of consent, and simply date and wait. Thusly, three […]

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Eberhard von Breitenbuch’s Attempt On Hitler’s Life.

February 13, 2012

Eberhard von Breitenbuch was a cavalry officer cast in the die of Prussian horse handlers who achieved the rank of Rittmeister, or cavalry master in the Wehrmacht. He served on the Russian front in Army Group Center. He was a subordinate and admirer of General Geunter Fluge and Field Marshall Ernst Bush. Both of these […]

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Axel von dem Bussche Tried To Kill Hitler With A Coat

February 12, 2012

In 1937, Axel von dem Bussche was 18 but after proper schooling entered the German Army as an officer. During those lean times, it was a logical choice. Nazis had resources and jobs when others were still suffering. He joined enthusiastically but secretly was aghast at the activities of the Nazis. In 1942, he watched […]

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The Silbervogel, Or Silverbird, A Supersonic Sub Orbital Nazi Super Weapon.

February 11, 2012

  The Sanger Silverbird was a revolutionary design for a jet powered super sonic plane that could deliver a nuclear bomb to America from stratospheric altitudes upwards of 80,000 feet. It had an engine cooling system that circulated the jet’s own fuel to keep temperatures down. The plane was flattened at the bottom to add […]

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New Country: South Sudan.

February 10, 2012

South Sudan split from Sudan on November 9th, 2011. It is recognized by the United Nations and represents the further splitting of countries that has gone on unabated since World War II. The Capitol city is Juba. To the south is Ethiopia, and Kenya, and Uganda. The Congo and the Central African Republic is on […]

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