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.

 

The Apple Pan

Big cities always have their quaint and cool joints. In Los Angeles, I found The Apple Pan, which is no secret. Still, having a burger at a joint that is throwback to maybe 50 years ago was fun and tasty.

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The place is easy to find on Pico Blvd, with a few parking spots behind and more on the street. Inside you’ll find a counter staff by friendly guys who sling burgers, fries, and slices of dessert with amazing speed. I went with the hickory burger and fries. Check them out:

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Kind of cool the way the burger comes in that paper wrap. Keeps the mess off your shirt, too. By the way, those fries are very tasty. Great potato flavor! Will be back here to try some more items. Enjoy every meal.

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.

A drink at O’Hara’s, NYC

Kind of strange that for all my wanderings in New York City, I never found myself in O’Hara’s, which is located near the World Trade Center site. At last I stopped in here for a drink.

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For all the emergency responders, this place is a site of pilgrimage as it was a refuge on that terrible September day. At present, you’ll find patches and memorabilia posted on the wall from all over the world. The staff is friendly, the drinks reliable. Enjoy, but perhaps with a slightly heavy heart.

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