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Inside the amazing Spruce Goose at the Evergreen Aviation and Space Museum

first_img The Spruce Goose, SR-71, spaceplanes and MiGs at Evergreen Aviation and Space Museum Evergreen is no one-trick goose, er, pony. Immaculate aircraft from every decade of flight fill two massive hangars, plus several aircraft outside. In the shadow of the Goose is a PBY Catalina, one of the oldest airworthy DC-3s (that you can also go inside), several Cold War-era jets and more. Across the parking lot, past the theater building, is the museum’s collection of more modern aircraft: an SR-71 Blackbird, A-10 Warthog, MiG-23 and a multitude of helicopters. Going a bit higher and faster, the “space” part of the museum includes a Titan missile, X-38 experimental re-entry vehicle, and several replicas of Apollo-era landers and modules. 63 Photos It was 1942. The Second World War was raging. The US needed to get men and supplies across the Atlantic, a passage menaced by German U-boats. Famed shipwright Henry Kaiser had an idea, and he enlisted the help of legendary aircraft designer and business mogul Howard Hughes to bring it to fruition: an enormous flying cargo ship. The H-4 Hercules, aka the Spruce Goose, was born.Hughes would be accused of war profiteering, and, perhaps out of spite, finished and even flew the H-4. It flew once, and only for 26 seconds. Afterward it lived in a climate-controlled Long Beach hangar until Hughes’ death in 1976. In the ’90s, the H-4 made one last trip to its permanent home not far from Portland, Oregon, to the excellent Evergreen Aviation and Space Museum. The Spruce Goose is a marvel even now, over 70 years since its first, and last, flight. You can even go inside… which I did.  Share your voice Ghost blimps haunt a humongous hangar at the Tillamook Air Museum Apocalypse then: Inside the chilling Titan Missile Museum The fabulous flying boats of the Solent Sky museum Boeings, bombers and biplanes at the Seattle Museum of Flight More tours 1 The Evergreen is also one of the more expensive museums I’ve toured. $27 to get in, plus $30 for a 15-minute, or $50 for a 45-minute, tour of the flight deck of the Spruce Goose. Given the size and variety at the museum, however, I felt I got my money’s worth. If you have limited time in the area, you could spend the morning checking out the ghosts of blimps past at Tillamook Air Museum, and do Evergreen in the afternoon, as I did, for a day of amazing aviation history.  As well as covering TV and other display tech, Geoff does photo tours of cool museums and locations around the world including nuclear submarines, massive aircraft carriers, medieval castles, airplane graveyards and more.  You can follow his exploits on Instagram, Twitter, and on his travel blog BaldNomad. He also wrote a bestselling sci-fi novel.  Tags Evergreen Air It’s hard to miss the Evergreen Aviation and Space Museum. There’s not one but two 747s out front and one is stuck on the roof of a waterpark, believe it or not. In the museum’s main parking lot, between the two main buildings, you pass sleek MiG-29s and F-14s, and even catch a glimpse of the H-4 itself, sitting behind the enormous glass-walled front of the museum. Geoffrey Morrison/CNET Inside is one of the most impressive spaces I’ve ever seen. The H-4 dominates the expansive hangar while other aircraft sit under its 321-foot (98-meter) wings, looking almost like toys. On a family trip to California when I was a kid I saw the Spruce Goose in its geodesic Long Beach home. I barely remember it, but standing under the wing it’s like I’m a kid again. I took the guided tour of the Goose’s interior, snapped lots of photos, asked lots of questions, and even recorded this sweet 360 video from the cockpit: Comment Seaplanes to spaceplanes The Evergreen Aviation and Space Museum has many of my favorite aircraft, and all in excellent shape. I wish you could go inside more of them, but that’s an expensive proposition, given the wear and tear this would inevitably cause to these classic aircraft. Culture Photography Aviation Militarylast_img read more

Deputy sheriff 11 others killed in California shooting

first_imgA Ventura County Sheriffs officer stands near a vehicle near the Borderline Bar and Grill, where a mass shooting occurred on 8 November 2018 in Thousand Oaks, California. Photo: AFPA gunman killed 12 people including a sheriff’s deputy after he walked into a Southern California bar and started shooting late on Wednesday night, police said.The gunman was also killed, Ventura County Sheriff Geoff Dean told a news conference early on Thursday, though it was not immediately clear by whom.An unknown number of people were wounded during the attack at the Borderline Bar and Grill, a country & western venue in the Los Angeles suburb of Thousand Oaks.“It’s a horrific scene in there,” Dean said. “There is blood everywhere and the suspect is part of that.”Officials said shots were still being fired when the first officers arrived at the scene.The dead officer was identified as Sergeant Ron Helus, a 29-year veteran of the department, Dean told reporters. Helus and a California Highway Patrol officer were the first to arrive at the bar and went inside just before 11:30 p.m. PST (0730 GMT).After a lull of about 15 minutes, more officers went inside and found the suspected gunman dead of a gunshot wound. It was not clear whether he killed himself or was killed by officers, Dean said.It was the latest mass shooting to rock the United States, six days after the death of two women at a yoga class in Tallahassee, Florida and 12 days after an anti-Semitic gunman entered a synagogue in Pittsburgh and killed 11 worshippers.President Donald Trump, who has resisted a surge in calls for tougher gun controls since 17 students were shot dead at Stoneman Douglas High School in Florida earlier this year, said on Twitter that he had been “fully briefed on the terrible shooting in California.”Witness John Hedge told ABC News he was near the front door of the California bar when the shooting began. “I just started hearing these big pops. Pop pop pop,” he said. “There was probably three or four. I hit the ground. I look up. The security guard … was shot, he was down. The gunman was throwing smoke grenades all over the place. I saw him point to the back at the cash register and he just kept firing.”Dean estimated that 10 to 15 people, including one with a gunshot wound, had gone to area hospitals. He said he thought their injuries were minor, and that most of them were likely injured as they escaped, some by breaking windows.“There were people hiding in restrooms, people hiding in attics,” Dean said.Dean said that the shooter had a handgun and that at this early stage in the investigation he believed he had only one gun. Witnesses described a rapid sequence of shots that it made them think he was using a semi-automatic weapon.Thousand Oaks was named the third-safest city in the United States for 2018 by the website Niche.“I’ve learned it doesn’t matter what community you’re in,” Dean told reporters when asked if he was surprised this happened in Thousand Oaks. “It doesn’t matter how safe your community is. It can happen anywhere.”Taylor Von Molt, 21, told CNN that the shooter was wearing what looked like a bandana and a hoodie and was a burly man.She said she was part of a group of line dancers that met at the bar for a college night every Wednesday.None of the civilian victims were identified. Helus died while being treated at an area hospital several hours after he was shot, Dean said.last_img read more

Partythemed sandesh sweettalk voters in Bengal

first_imgKolkata: ‘Sandesh’ has been dressed up. It is on a catwalk either as the Trinamool’s ‘jora ghash phul’ (twin-flower), BJP’s Lotus, Congress’ Hand symbol, or the hammer and sickle of CPI (M). These “Election sweets” are just flying off the shelves at Balaram Mullick and Radharaman Mullick — one of the oldest confectioners in the city or Shibani Sweets at Sodepur (the northern suburb). With the humble ‘nakuldana’ (flour-sugar balls) and ‘Laddoo’ taking centre stage in rural West Bengal’s Lok Sabha elections, the confectioners in the city are not leaving any opportunity to bank on the frenzied ambience. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: Mamata ‘Sandesh’ (the cottage cheese sweet) is readily coming up in any form you wish. They have been flying off the shelves since the election drums were rolled. “We have been making these sweets during elections for many years. This year also the response is very good,” Poppy Mullick of Balaram Mullick and Radharaman Mullick told IANS. Asked which of the party-themed sweets was selling the most, she jokingly said “no comments” mentioning that all the items were being sold. Also Read – Lightning kills 8, injures 16 in state Regarding the bulk orders placed by workers, Mullick gave a hint that ‘the state’s ruling party’ Trinamool Congress tops the chart. They have priced a sweet of 250 grams at Rs 150. The Sodepur sweet shop that specialises in theme sweets during football and Cricket World Cup events, is offering decorative tray filled with huge sweets replicated as party symbols. Trinamool’s ‘jora ghash phul’ (twin-flower), BJP’s Lotus, Hand symbol of Congress, hammer and sickle of Communist Party of India-Marxist (CPI-M) have been given a sweet twist. They are carefully placed on the tray and the empty space is also filled with the Kheer Sandesh making it almost appear as a huge cake. “We are offering these big trays whose price range from Rs 800-2,000 and a small Sandesh is Rs 70,” Sanjib Das, store’s staff said. Das is elated as this year they are getting a “huge response”. He mentioned that customers are so impressed that they are asking for larger sizes. The ‘Trinamool’ Sandesh are in great demand followed by BJP’s. Sweets of other parties like Congress and CPI (M) are being sold but lesser than the others,” Das said. Orders can also be customised as per the customers’ demand. They also ensure that the customers get the freshest of quality, so after placing the order with alterations one shall have to wait for a little time. Almost fourteen to fifteen men are toiling hard to churn out these sweet delicacies laced with aesthetic appeal. “This is just the beginning, I am sure that as the election heat picks up, the demands will keep soaring. We will try our best to deliver,” Das said. While Mullicks will stick to sweets with party symbols, Shibani Sweets will try to come up with sweets replicating leader’s face if any customer demands. Amidst the high voltage campaigns, these sweets will add a dash of goodness and will be savoured by the supporters and the members of the winning party and candidates, the shop said. Already in the state, Trinamool Congress’ Birbhum district President Anubrata Mondal’s directive to party workers to hand over nakuldana and water to people to keep them cool in the oppressive summer months and the BJP’s decision to distribute laddoo among the people as a counter move has added to the sweetness of the electoral contest. The seven-phased election in the state will commence on April 11 and the last date of the poll is May 19. Votes will be counted on May 23.last_img read more

The Creator of the Worlds First PopUp Ad Apologizes for Everything

first_img Hear from Polar Explorers, ultra marathoners, authors, artists and a range of other unique personalities to better understand the traits that make excellence possible. 2 min read Pop-up ads are, at best, a nuisance or, at worst, delivery systems for corrupting viruses that have signaled many a hard drive’s demise. In reflecting on the Internet’s 25th anniversary, Ethan Zuckerman, the creator of the code behind the very first pop-up ad, wants to say that he’s sorry.   Zuckerman, the director of MIT’s Center for Civic Media penned an essay for The Atlantic on how advertising became the web’s predominant business model, and what that means for internet users today, especially when it comes to privacy.Related: OkCupid Founder: ‘If You Use the Internet, You’re the Subject of Hundreds of Experiments’Zuckerman writes the idea for the pop-up ad came about while he was working for the web-hosting service Tripod.com in the mid-90s. “The model that got us acquired was analyzing users’ personal homepages so we could better target ads to them. Along the way, we ended up creating one of the most hated tools in the advertiser’s toolkit: the pop-up ad.””It was a way to associate an ad with a user’s page without putting it directly on the page, which advertisers worried would imply an association between their brand and the page’s content. Specifically, we came up with it when a major car company freaked out that they’d bought a banner ad on a page that celebrated anal sex. I wrote the code to launch the window and run an ad in it. I’m sorry. Our intentions were good.”Related: How to Stop Google From Using Your Name and Face in AdsZuckerman argues that while an ad-supported Internet lowers financial barrier to entry, making it possible for platforms like Facebook and Twitter to build the sizable communities they have now, he sees the model as inherently broken. His suggestion is to move more widely towards a subscription model that would encourage people to pay to use the sites they love, while taking targeted data collection and surveillance out of the equation.Tell us: Do you think Zuckerman is on the right track? How do you feel about online advertising?  August 15, 2014center_img How Success Happens Listen Nowlast_img read more