Air Force One

Today’s post takes a look at Air Force One from the Reagan Era. This airplane now resides at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library in Simi Valley, California, USA.

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Here’s a lock at the cockpit, which is quite primitive compared to the panels in today’s aircraft.

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Lots of analog instrumentation there. Perfectly functional as the many years of service proves. Inside the passenger area, you’ll find rather spartan accommodations for a head of state. Sorry, I wasn’t able to snap any photos of that area.

If you enjoy vintage aircraft and American History, this is definitely worth a visit.

 

Locomotive No. 90

As mentioned in the previous post, I was checking out the steam trains in Strasburg, PA, USA. Here’s a simple iPhone photo of Locomotive No. 90.

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Baldwin Locomotive Works built that beast in 1924. I’m sure there has been some repairs and rebuilds since. Still impressive. Here’s a better shot taken with a Nikon D810 of the running gear:

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Some heavy steel there. As you can see, in magnificent condition thanks to the hard work of the team that keeps these machines on the rails. Check it out someday.

Pulling and Pushing

I haven’t seen one of these aircraft in a long time. There are two engines, but both on the centerline, one pulling and one pushing.

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And here’s a look at the aft engine between the tail booms:

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One of these days I have to go up in a plane like this. Would be interesting to experience the flying characteristics and see how it handles. Blue skies above, prepare for takeoff.

Published in: on May 20, 2016 at 1:02 pm  Leave a Comment  
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Martin’s Bar-B-Que Joint

Rolled into Nolensville, Tennessee, USA on a mission for some quality BBQ. Martin’s is right there on the main road, easy to find with lots of parking.

imageOutside I spot this mobile smoker, which can easily accommodate an entire hog. Surely a sign of quality on the way.

imageInside there’s plenty of seating with the scent of juicy meats in the air.

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And here’s a look at the brisket platter with two sides.

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Tasty, with a unique sauce amping up the flavor, Martin’s delivers. Check it out when you’re in the area.

Published in: on April 22, 2016 at 12:32 pm  Comments (1)  
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