30 January 2014

Old F-16's, out of mothballs, flown as drones ... amazing!

 
 This little 4 minute Boeing video is really something   ...   a first for a full size jet airplane.

 
Thousands of planes that were grave yard bound, with costs in the hundreds of millions, now can be used as never before.

 
These F-16 aircraft have been in the bone yard at Davis-MonahanAZ for 15 years ... 
and are now being used as drones!
 
There is no end to new technology applications for the Defense Dept.

 http://video.boeing.com/services/player/bcpid1173939806001?bckey=AQ%7E%7E%2cAAAAukPAlqE%7E%2coAVq1qtdRjwBrIkHYj2MSytJiEK9s5fy&bclid=0&bctid=2684464741001
 
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27 January 2014

Vintage Photo's

RARE and INTERESTING HISTORICAL PHOTOS

 

Miss America 1924

 

 

 
Helen Keller Meeting Charlie Chaplin

 

 

 

 
Leather gloves worn by Lincoln to Ford's Theater on the night of his assassination.
Blood stains are visible at the cuffs.

 

 

 

 
Phoebe Mozee (aka: Annie Oakley). Famed for her marksmanship by 12 years old,
she once shot the ashes off of Kaiser Wilhelm II's cigarette at his invitation.
When she outshot famed exhibition marksman Frank Butler, he fell in love with her and they married.
They remained married the rest of their lives.

 

 

 

 

 
Very Young Lucy Lucille Ball around 1930

 

 

 

 

 
Amy Johnson, English aviator 1903-1941 One of the first women to gain a pilot's license,
Johnson won fame when she flew solo from Britain to Australia in 1930. Her dangerous
flight took 17 days. Later she flew solo to India and Japan and became the first woman
to fly across the Atlantic East to West, she volunteered to fly for The Women's Auxiliary Air Force
in WW 2, but her plane was shot down over the River Thames and she was killed.

 

 

 

 
Prison Garb 1924. Belva Annan murderess whose trial records became the musical "Chicago."

 

 

 

 
Female photojournalist Jessie Tarbox on the street with her camera, 1900's.

 

 

 
Roald Amundsen was the first person to reach the South Pole. At approximately 3pm on
December 14, 1911, Amundsen raised the flag of Norway at the South Pole and
named the spot Polheim — "Pole Home."

 

 

 

 

 
The extraordinary life of Maud Allen: Seductive US dancing girl who was sued for
being too lewd, ousted as a lesbian, and fled London after being branded a German
spy who was sleeping with the prime minister's wife.

 

 

 

 

 
John Fitzgerald Kennedy

 

 

 

 

 

 
Caroline Otero, courtesan, the most sought after woman in all of Europe. She associated herself with the
likes of Prince Albert I of Monaco, King Edward VII of the United Kingdom, Kings of Serbia,
and Kings of Spain as well as Russian Grand Dukes Peter and Nicholas, the Duke of Westminster
and writer Gabriele D'Annunzio. Six men reportedly committed suicide after their love affairs
with Otero ended. Two men fought a duel over her. She was famed for her voluptuous breasts.

 

 

 

 

 

 
Wedding day photograph of Abraham and Mary taken November 4, 1842 in Springfield, Illinois
after three years of a stormy courtship and a broken engagement. Their love had endured.

 

 

 

 

 
Billie Holiday at two years old, in 1917

 

 

 

 

 
Washington, D.C., circa 1919. "Walter Reed Hospital flu ward." One of the very few images in
Washington-area photo archives documenting the influenza contagion of 1918-1919,
which killed over 500,000 Americans and tens of millions around the globe.
Most victims succumbed to bacterial pneumonia following influenza virus infection.

 

 

 

 

 

 
Filming the MGM Logo

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
Amelia Earhart

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
Mae Questel ca. 1930's, the voice of Betty Boop and Olive Oyl, Minnie Mouse, Felix the Cat
(for three shorts by the Van Beuren Studios), Little Lulu, Little Audrey and Casper, the Friendly Ghost

 

 

 

 

 
Bea Arthur (née Bernice Frankel) (1922-2009) SSgt. USMC 1943-45 WW II. Enlisted and
assigned as typist at Marine HQ in Wash DC, then air stations in VA and NC.
Best remembered for her title role in the TV series "Maude" and as Dorothy in "Golden Girls".

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
In 1911, Bobby Leach survived a plunge over Niagara Falls in a steel barrel.
Fourteen years later, in New Zealand, he slipped on an orange peel and died.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
Emily Todd was Mary Todd Lincoln's half-sister. In 1856 she married Benjamin Helm,
a Confederate general. After Helm's death in 1863 Emily Helm passed through Union Lines to
visit her sister in the White House. This caused great consternation in the Northern newspapers.
Emily Helm took an oath of loyalty to the Union and was granted amnesty

 

 

 

 

 

 
Three days before his 19th birthday, George H.W. Bush
became the youngest aviator in the US Navy.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
Market Street, San Francisco after the earthquake, 1906.

 

 

 

 

 

 
All-American Girls Baseball, 1940's

 

 

 

 

 

 
1943 : Breast Protectors for War Workers

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
Mary Ellen Wilson (1864–1956) or sometimes Mary Ellen McCormack was an American whose
case of child abuse led to the creation of the New York Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children.
As an eight-year old, she was severely abused by her foster parents, Francis and Mary Connolly.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
Sacajawea. Stolen, held captive, sold, eventually reunited the Shoshone Indians.
She was an interpreter and guide for Lewis and Clark in 1805-1806 with her husband
Toussaint Charbonneau. She navigated carrying her son, Jean Baptiste, on her back.
She traveled thousands of miles from the Dakotas the Pacific Ocean. The explorers,
said she was cheerful, never complained, and proved to be invaluable.
She served as an advisor, caretaker, and is legendary for her perseverance and resourcefulness.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
Zelda Boden, circus performer, ca. 1910.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
A Confederate and Union soldier shake hands during a celebration at Gettysburg in 1913.
Image from the Library of Congress. July 1-3, 2013 marks the 150th Anniversary of the
Battle of Gettysburg.

 

 

 

 

 

 
Geraldine Doyle, who was the inspiration behind
the famous Rosie the Riveter poster.

 

 

 

 

 
Vintage Baked Potato Cart. A legitimate fast food lunch option back in the day.

 

 

 

 

 
Black physicians treating in the ER a member of the Ku Klux Klan

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
Cyclists ride in the first running of the Tour de France, in 1903.

 

 

 

 
Sergeant Stubby (1916 or 1917 – April 4, 1926), was the most decorated war dog of World War I and the only dog to be promoted to sergeant through combat. America's first war dog, Stubby, served 18 months 'over there' and participated in seventeen battles on the Western Front. He saved his regiment from surprise mustard gas attacks, found and comforted the wounded, and even once caught a German spy by the seat of his pants (holding him there till American Soldiers found him).

 

 

 

 

 
Nightwitches - Female Russian bombers who bombed
Germany during WW 2. They had old, noisy planes &
the engines used to conk out halfway through their missions,
so they had to climb out on the wings mid-flight to restart the props.
To stop Germans from hearing them & starting up the anti-aircraft guns,
they'd climb to a certain height, coast down to German positions,
drop their bombs, restart their engines in midair & get the hell out of dodge.
Their leader flew 200+ missions & was never captured.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
Marilyn Monroe meets Queen Elizabeth II, London, 
1956 Both women are 30 years old.

 

 

 

 

 

 
Chief Petty Officer Graham Jackson plays "Going Home" 
as FDR's body is borne past in Warm Springs, GA, where the 
President was scheduled to attend a barbecue on the day he died.
 
April, 1945.