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Jan 27, 2023 5 tweets 7 min read
#PoliceReform #TyreNichols #Tyre #Video #Riots - Bodycam footage pf Tyre Nichols' murder by 5 police officers is due for release tonight. Police across USA are bracing for riots and violence. But violence will only harm and destroy communities with NO benefit. Please don't do it. #RodneyKing #TyreNichols + Memphis, HELL NO trend. 1992's Los Angeles Rodney King riots did great harm. This was both the immediate damage and massive subsequent economic devastation as companies and customers stayed away. What do #riots do to the communities they devastate?
Jan 27, 2023 5 tweets 6 min read
#FirepowerFriday #WW2 #ships: #Germany's mighty and handsome 52,600-ton 8x15" battleship Tirpitz at speed↖️ and Tromso fjord, #Norway↗️. ↙️↘️Perhaps on November 12, 1944 when she was sunk by RAF Lancasters. Her clean lines betray a lack of AA. Photo: ACME. 2/ Per…, here's a #USNavy manual excerpt on Tirpitz identifying what is what.
Jan 26, 2023 6 tweets 10 min read
T-34 #military #history – The apex of Soviet Christie suspension #tanks is the 33 mph T-34/85 with the L/55 D-5T 85mm main gun. Note: the larger vehicles (T-34/76, T-34/85, British A-27 and A-34) had five wheels a side). #military #history – The most-famous Christie suspension vehicle is the Soviet T-34/76. It lacked the hybrid solid rubber tire road wheel/track configuration but just superb wide traction tracks helping it sprint over terrain its opponents couldn’t handle.
Jan 25, 2023 4 tweets 4 min read
#RussiaUkraineWar #Challenger2 #UkraineArmy Challenger 2 tank: 447 built 1998-2002. World's best tank? L/55 120mm barrel. Crew: 4. Armor: 2nd gen. Chobham. 63 long tons! 1,200 bhp; V12 diesel; 37 mph. Ukraine to get 14. Great video from @PhilLoder. 1/ @PhilLoder 2/ Challenger 2 has digital fire control computer, laser rangefinder, 8 periscopes and 2 x 7.62mm machine guns. How would it fare vs. #RussianArmy's T-72B3, T-90 / T-90M or T-14 Armata? @Burntime0101's great photos show Megatron emitting a smoke screen!
Dec 21, 2022 6 tweets 5 min read
#USNavy #USAF #avgeeks #aviationlovers - NATF-22? Yes, there could have been a navalized F-22 stealth a la F-14 Tomcat with swing wings, Mach 2.25 supercruise, heavier landing gear, and so much more. So why did the US Navy opt for the F-18 and F-35 instead? I'll tell you... 1/ Image 2/ Congress wanted the NATF-22 but the US Navy pushed back. The swing wings would have compromised stealth and added to the maintenance woes. As it was, the F-14 was already far too expensive especially in the absence of the #USSR's military, which is why the F-14 was retired. Image
Dec 18, 2022 6 tweets 8 min read
#Hurricane #USNavy #OTD: December 18, 1944, Admiral Halsey catastrophically orders the US Navy’s vaunted TF38 into #TyphoonCobra. TF38 has seven fleet carriers, eight battleships, ~60 light carriers, cruisers, and destroyers. In all, USA loses three... 1/ 2/ destroyers on Dec. 18 killing 790 sailors. USS Iowa @ussiowa, CL Miami, etc., damaged. Light carriers Langley and Cowpens (above tweet) roll through 70 degrees, sending airplanes overboard or into each other, starting big fires. 146 aircraft lost!!!
Dec 18, 2022 9 tweets 11 min read
#avgeek #aviation #USNavy #airplane - Vought OS2U Kingfisher; 1519 built starting 1938. Used by US Navy, Royal Navy, Royal Australian Air Force and the Soviet Navy. 450 hp; 1 x .30 cal (one fixed forward; one ring mounted in back) + bombs or depth charges. 1/ 2/ OS=Observation Scout, U=Vought and 2=2nd plane by Vought for Observation Scout duty. Some had wheels vs floats. Were they convertible or built that way? OS2Us flew from land, naval air stations, or were catapult-launched off battleships, heavy cruisers or light cruisers.
Dec 18, 2022 10 tweets 14 min read
#PuertoRico #Castles #travelphotography #SanJuan: Castillo San Felipe del Morro / El Morro astonishes. It is a massive triangular fortress draped guarding the harbor. It may be the second largest fortress in the entire New World, second only to nearby Castillo San Cristobal. 1/ 2/ #UNESCO El Morro five tiers of wedding cake #ramparts must soar up to 100 feet above the #ocean. The Spanish started construction in 1539. To enter, one crosses a splendid multi-acre lawn on the landward approach they deliberately cleared of all obstacles.
Dec 17, 2022 10 tweets 11 min read
#Metz #France #travel - #NotreDame cathedral reveals itself at the end of a narrow street… It is beautiful Gothic architecture, with a mid-height central tower and two taller flanking transept towers much further at back. It’s all lit up at night. 1/ 2/ #travel #France - #NotreDame of Paris caught on fire a few years ago. Here is another heartbreaking Notre Dame fire... but this is Metz in 1877... The other images show three other stages of evolution - two earlier and one now. #architecture
Dec 17, 2022 7 tweets 8 min read
December 17, 1903, 10:35 am, Orville Wright makes the world's first powered, controlled, sustained flight of a heavier-than-air aircraft flying 120 feet in 12 seconds (6.8 mph). #WrightBrothers #airplanes #avgeek #STEM 1/ 2/ It took place at Kill Devil Hills, Kitty Hawk, North Carolina. Though 700 miles via train, boat and foot from Wilbur and Orville Wright's Dayton, Ohio hometown, it offered excellent headwinds and near complete privacy as it was undeveloped and very hard to get to at the time.
Dec 17, 2022 4 tweets 5 min read
If you like that Hawaii, California, Arizona, Texas are states, you'll also love it if beautiful #PuertoRico becomes a state. And I'm glad it's under discussion.🇵🇷🇵🇷🇵🇷 #StatehoodForPR… 2/ #travelbloggers #DiscoverPuertoRico #Love #Beauty - Here's stunning, romantic San Juan, Puerto Rico... I strongly recommend visiting it. You'll love doing so, and you'll help the local economy and wonderful people. Win-win!
Dec 16, 2022 9 tweets 9 min read
#avgeek #aviation #RoyalNavy #aviationlovers – The remarkable Westland Wyvern naval strike airplane featured contra-rotating propellers and a mighty, behind-the-cockpit 3,200-hp Rolls Royce Eagle engine. This configuration allowed a cut down nose... 1/ ImageImageImageImage 2/ optimized for aircraft carrier naval aviation. 127 built, 1946–1951. Six W.34 prototypes↖️. 7 x TF.1 pre-production planes↗️ built in 1946. 9 x TF.2 ↙️↘️built in 1949. These used either a Rolls-Royce Clyde or 3,560 hp Armstrong Siddeley Python turbo-prop. ImageImageImageImage
Dec 16, 2022 5 tweets 4 min read
#ThursdayNightMassacre #FreeSpeech
#TravelTips Assassination Coordinates - Wait, doesn't Tesla track AND NEVER PURGE every movement of every Tesla it's ever sold to harvest and for who knows what other nefarious reasons? Please be consistent.🙏 #privacymatters Image 2/ I understand, appreciate, applaud and agree with Elon Musk's need for safety. Surely he understands our concerns on safety vs of mocking them. Remember his #BranchCovidians comment? I do. I worry about open carry, conceal carry, flooding USA with guns and ammo, etc. #Safety.
Dec 3, 2022 6 tweets 7 min read
Dudley Moore and Bo Derek in 10. I recognize the spot. It's Playa del Audencia, in Manzanillo, Mexico. I'll post photos of it after the clip. Thank you @TSting18. 1/ @TSting18 2/ And here is Playa del Audencia, where they filmed the wonderful Dudley Moore and fabulous Bo Derek in 10 (above), more recently. It's truly a beautiful place.
Dec 2, 2022 6 tweets 9 min read
1/ #B21 #B21Raider #avgeek #aviation #B21Reveal (tonight; 8pm). The #USAF's new B-21 Raider long-range stealth bomber aircraft leverages existing technologies, fast computer design, better production, etc., while echoing the now ~30-year-old B-2 Spirit. @kadonkey @Sylvia70485099 2/ Six B-21 Raiders are already in production. 100(?) planned. The B-21 honors Jimmy Doolittle's #WW2 raiders who flew B-25 Mitchell bombers off the Hornet to hit Tokyo in 1942. The new bomber is actually smaller in size and capacity than the B-2 Spirit.
Dec 2, 2022 6 tweets 10 min read
#A380 #Boeing #Airbus #avgeek - The world's largest passenger plane, the wide-body two-story Airbus A380, entered service with @SingaporeAir in Oct. 2007. 254 built through 2021 when production ended. @Emirates bought ~half. 1/ @Sylvia70485099 2/ I love Boeing B-747s, but the A380 feels even bigger and statelier despite the decidedly awkward proportions in these glamor shots. :) The project started as the A3XX in the mid-1990s. Surprisingly, neither was the first double-decker passenger liner.
Dec 2, 2022 6 tweets 8 min read
1/ #avgeek #aviation #airplanes #USAF - April 20, 2016: A quartet of Lockheed F-22 Raptors salute the OTD 100th Anniversary of the Lafayette Escadrille over the Lafayette Escadrille Monument, just west of Paris. The first squadrons to get the F-22... @Sylvia70485099 @kadonkey Image @Sylvia70485099 @kadonkey 2/ were the 94th and 27th Fighter Squadrons. The 94th carries the Lafayette Escadrille's legacy, which is actually quite sad since it buried it. Here the French Air Force buzzes the same with some Mirage 2000s and a Rafale. Image
Nov 30, 2022 7 tweets 8 min read
Yes, but if we had 100% background checks, gun permits, red flag laws, and made our background checks meaningful, gun makers would lose business. Neither they, Congress nor the NRA want that. What's 40,000 lives a year when there's money involved? #GunSense #2A #2ndAmendment 1/ 2/ #massshooting - Flooding the market with #guns doesn't make us safer but the opposite. Note sales/deaths spikes in 2013, 2016, 2020. Sources: ↖️…. ↗️↙️….↘️ ImageImageImageImage
Nov 8, 2022 7 tweets 8 min read
#Hurricane #USNavy: December 17/18, 1944, Admiral Halsey catastrophically orders his vaunted TF38 straight into #TyphoonCobra. TF38 has seven fleet carriers, eight battleships, ~60 light carriers, cruisers, and destroyers. In all, the USA loses three... 1/ 2/ destroyers on December 18 killing 790 sailors. BB Iowa, CL Miami, etc., damaged. Light carriers like Langley and Cowpens (above tweet) roll through 70 degrees, sending airplanes overboard or into each other, starting bad fires. Total aircraft lost...
Nov 8, 2022 4 tweets 6 min read
#OTD #WW2 - Operation Torch starts Nov. 8, 1942. Anglo-American Force hits Vichy North Africa in Morocco and Algeria. Hitler reacts quickly invading Vichy from Occupied France. Nov. 10: French fleet scuttled at Toulon. Nov. 16: Torch ends. @Sylvia70485099 ImageImageImageImage @Sylvia70485099 2/ #OTD #WW2 #History - Operation Torch starts Nov. 8, 1942. On Nov. 9, Oran and Algiers surrender.
BR: © IWM NA 90: French coastal gun near Algiers.
BL: © IWM NA 89: British soldiers in Algiers. ImageImageImageImage
Nov 8, 2022 6 tweets 4 min read
#avgeek #aviation #ColdWar #USAF #WW2 - Birmingham, Alabama's Southern Museum of Flight has DC-3, F-14, Beechcraft Starship, F-4N Phantom II, A-4F, T-33, F-86D/F-86L, D-21, Mi-28, Tuskegee trainers, model ships, and much more! Please follow me! 1/ ImageImageImageImage 2/ There are exterior displays right next to the museum's main building and also a bunch at a field a couple of blocks away. Here are Bell-UH-1H Huey, A-7E Corsair II, F-4N Phantom II, A-4F Blue-Angel, T-33 and an F-86D/F-86L Sabre.