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Thread by @ThomasWictor: "(1) I've had a migraine all day, so I'll try to write it off. This is one of the anime addicts who I blocked. (2) He's all sad and mopey abo […]"

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(1) I've had a migraine all day, so I'll try to write it off.

This is one of the anime addicts who I blocked.
(2) He's all sad and mopey about war and humanity.

The painting he uses as a header is funny.

It's a totally inaccurate rendition of...everything.
(3) The bomber is the Convair B-58 Hustler.

It had a three-man crew.
(4) For whatever reason the painter put canard wings under the pilot's position.

The real B-58 didn't have them.
(5) The B-58 was an amazing aircraft.

It used four General Electric J70 turnbojets, the same power plant used on the Lockheed F-104 Starfighter.
(6) So the B-58 had FOUR Starfighters strapped to the wings.

The F-104 was an incredibly hard aircraft to fly.
(7) The main user of the F-104 was the West German Luftwaffe.

We left ours in natural metal, but the Germans used a really cool dark-green and slate-gray camouflage scheme with those sinister Iron Crosses.
(8) The Germans called the Starfighter the "Widowmaker" because so many of them crashed and killed the pilots.

If you ejected, you'd hit the tail.
(9) Both the B-58 Hustler and the F-104 Starfighters were failures.

But the same engine was used in two airliners.
(10) The Convair 880.
(11) And the Convair 990.
(12) Because of those incredible engines, they were the fastest airliners ever built.

But they were narrow-body, medium range jets, so both of THEM failed.
(13) All these magnificent designs, and they were all failures.

My brother Tim is obsessed with any aircraft powered by the General electric J79 turbojet.
(14) There was a guy who had THREE Convair 880s at a boneyard in the Mojave Desert.

After tons of negotiations, Tim was allowed to come to come to the boneyard to go inside the aircraft and take photos.
(15)_ He was so excited that he told our father, and our father said, "Oh, I'd like to come along."

Tim said, "He's going to sabotage it. I just know it. But I can't say no."

So they drove all the way to the Mojave.
(16) After ten minutes, my father started saying, "Are you done yet? Are you done yet? Are you done yet?"

He had diabetes.

"I have to go eat now. I have to go eat now. I have to go eat now."
(17) So after 20 minutes, they left.

Tim had planned on spending the whole day there.

The boneyard then SCRAPPED all three aircraft.
(18) But there's a bright side.

Elvis Presley had a Convair 880.

It's the only fully preserved 880 in the world, and it's on display at Graceland.
(19) So after we move to Vegas, Tim is going to Graceland, to Graceland, in Memphis, Tennessee.

Elvis used to fly from Memphis to Denver, to Colorado Mine Company.

He'd go there to get the Fool's Gold Loaf.

You know what that is?
(20) It's a sandwich that consists of a loaf of buttered bread, a full jar of creamy peanut butter, a full jar of grape jelly, and a pound of bacon.
(21) Elvis would fly out to Denver in his Convair 880 to pick up 20 or 30 Foll's Gold Loafs.

Sometimes he himself would eat two at one sitting.

Two buttered loaves of bread, jars of creamy peanut butter, two jars of grape jelly, and two pounds of bacon.
(22) So someday Tim will FINALLY get to go inside a real Convair 880.

We flew them as very small children, from Maracaibo, Venezuela, to Miami, but the memories are very vague.
(23) I've been all over the country, but Tim has to only California, Oregon, Colorado, Minnesota, Texas, and Florida.

So he'd going to spend a year on the road.
(24) I'll take care of everything while he's catching up.

"Are you done yet? Are you done yet? Are you done yet?"

If only our father HEARD what Tim said he wanted to do in response to that.
(25) AND MY MIGRAINE IS GONE!

Thanks, Dad.

I appreciate it. Say hi to Mom for me...
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