Dated: July 3,  2008
Smoke it .... if you got it!

A fun and crazy page with photos related to my hobbies, such as Black Powder Shooting.

Black Squirrel - Mississippi Delta
Bedford County Pennsylvania Rifle
Squirrel Rifle in .36 caliber
with "Loop & Hoop" patchbox

    Bedford County Rifle detail & Powder Horn

Ruger "Old Army" Cap & Ball
Ruger "Old Army" Black Powder Revolver
0.45 Caliber Cap & Ball
Purchased in 1974 with Factory Brass "Dragoon" Grip
Faux Stag-horn Grips corrected my pull off the target

British Cap Badges
British Regimental Cap Badges
Small Sampling from my 20-year collection.
Royal Scots, The Queen's "Bays", 6th Innskilling Dragoons, North Humberland Fusiliers (my first badge),
 Durham Light Infantry, Royal Engineers, Royal Tank Regiment, Army Service, Lincolnshire, 22nd Dragoons,
Army Ordnance(plastic), 9th Lancers, Royal Artillery, Royal Sussex, 11th Hussars, Royal Lancaster "King's Own",
Royal Artillery, North Hamptonshire,  The Black Watch Highlanders

Military Hat Collection
Nice WW2 Italian examples.

Map Collectioin
WW2 Map Collection
My favorite are the cloth Air Force maps.
Four "silk" maps are shown on top of paper maps.

Beretta Double-Action 0.40 Caliber
Home Defense is top priority.

Work is not a hobby . . . . . . but it can be fun at times.

E-4B Advanced Airborne Command Post

US Air Force E-4B Airborne Command Post
  The E-4 acts as a flying command post for the President and/or the Strategic Air Force during times of war.  The E-4 was developed from a Boeing 747-200 in the early 1970s by the Program Office at Electronic Systems Division located at Hanscom Air Force Base, MA.  This was the first Boeing 747 certified with the General Electric CF-6-50 engines installed.  The E-4B had further advancements with SHF satellite antenna dome mounted on the top and improvments in the LHF trailing wire antenna used to communicate with submarines.
  The aircraft is painted with special white paint to reflect the flash from a nuclear blast.  The aircraft is designed to withstand a blast of EMP energy by isolating the computers and equipment from exposure.  The cockpit windows has fine copper wire mesh imbedded in it to protect this vulnerable position from exposure.  A universal in-flight refueling receptical was installled in the nose to allow it to fly for 3 days without landing.
  At the time of its design, the E-4 carried the largest American Flag on any aircraft in the US Air Force inventory.

MD10-10 N357FE

MD10-10 N357FE Carbon Brake Testing
    This aircraft was undergoing evaluation of the MD11 Carbon Brakes at Mojave Desert.  The aircraft had test monitoring equipment installed to record stresses on the gear and the brake pedal input and brake pressures.   The aircraft made several taxi braking maneuvers and landings in order to activate the anti-skid system and watch for adverse dynamic responce.  The flight test was a low, circular pattern over the airport and usually a steep landing approach.  On one approach, the Captain really cranked in the banking but just couldn't align with the runway, resulting in a missed approach.  But it was fun.  After working the brakes hard, we flew back to LAX airport with gear down to cool them, crossing directly over downtown LA.
     Two years earlier, I watched an MD10-30 perform a Rejected Take-Off at Edwards AFB.  The performance of the MD11 Brakes was outstanding with only a minor fire caused by leaking brake fluid.  Some brakes have seen 2000 landings.

Downtown LA
View of Down-town LA on our return flight.
What passenger airliners provide passengers this view of LA?

Cooling the Brakes
Cooling the Brakes for the next test flight.
Proof that 54-inch MD11 wheels can be installed on an MD10-10 - - -
- - with a little extra Engineering.

The End