Wing Commander R. Cook (ret.), OBE,
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|Actually the Pratt and Whitney J48, which is a licensed Tay, which is an enlarged Nene. By Greg Goebel - http://www.flickr.com/photos/37467370@N08/7454027698, CC BY-SA 2.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=20324862|
|As it turns out, BSAA Star Tiger and Star Ariel didn't crash on a deserted island or go through a portal into a parallel dimension, nor were the passengers abducted by aliens or stewardesses from the future. They probably just ran out of fuel or flew into the sea.|
|HMS Theseus is so ready for leave in Japan (1951). There's a picture of it launching in this week's Flight, with a coy reference to "certain features" being obscured by canvas, but it turns out that it was Warrior that was used in the flexible deck trials to which Farren obliquely refers. Speaking of Farren, I wasn't able to find biographical information, but I did find this.|
|Ordering the competition from Curtiss is one way to make Ryan look good.|
|On the one hand, Air Commodore Sir Vernon Brown is busy creating modern air safety. On the other, air safety is boring, so I understand why there's no Wikipedia biography.|
|Kiribati has declared them a maritime protected zone.|
“Beaten and Broke” ATT has broken the telephone strike. The operators have agreed to $3--$4 a week and come back to work. I get twenty minutes of long distance every Thursday when I’m on base. The trick is being on base and not some Godforsaken place like Fort Rupert (not the same as Prince Rupert) doing radio readings in the cockpit of a grounded B-24.
"Super-Armed Peace" "Two years after the defeat of German militarism, 19,000,000 men in the world are under arms; this costs the world about $27,400,000,000 a year, not counting what is spent on atomic and other secret research," according to Hanson W. Baldwin of the New York Times, whose research shows that there are more soldiers under arms today than at the eve of war in 1938. Only seven nations spend as little as 10% of their budgets on armaments. China has the largest armies, Russia the largest ground force, while America gets along with 670,000. America can't disarm until the communists stop being terrible, and Russia is waiting for the next Great Depression to turn America fascist soon. If fighting communism is best done with money, the World Bank, now three years old, isn't doing very much; its biggest loan so far was $250 million to France for 30 years at 3 1/4%, plus a 1% commission on the outstanding balance that goes to its special fund.
On the Record" Palestinian Arabs and Jews are besieging the United Nations. The Arab rulers of the five surrounding countries have chipped in hire Henri Cattan to speak for everybody of an Arabic inclination, which sounds like quite a job for one lawyer! In another story, the paper covers the fact that the air-conditioning is on too high down at the New Zealand end of the committee room! What?
|There's a vague point about the UN not having good housekeeping, but that's the story.|
"For 1,413 Lives" Field-Marshal Kesselring was sentenced to death by firing squad for the Ardeatine Massacre and the reprisal killings of 1078 other Italans; List and Maximilian v. Weichs were indicted for the killing of 13,000 people in the Balkans and Norway.
"More Important than Battles" Korea is divided between communists, who are less terrible this week, but terrible; and General Hodge's military administration in the south. General Hodge can be mentioned in the same breath as Wendell Willkie, so he must be one swell guy, says Auntie G.
"Bloodsucking Rice Worms" Is a verse from a little ditty that Hsiao Kuai-leh sang over the radio in Shanghai last week. It's about rice sellers in Shanghai, who are not happy about it. But, then, neither are the people who have to pay the price of rice, which is up 100% in a month.
|Lewis Lapham. By Source, Fair use, |
|All Wikipedia says is that ultrasonic cleaners came into use "about 1950." Watch this space for further developments.|
|The stuff people will make up about California history!|
|I can't find an image of either an Uncle Tom or its Red Angel successor for the life of me, so here's a Blackburn Firecrest, instead.|
“Naval Aircraft” This is a continuation of that series of talks at the Royal Aeronautical Society, by Commander Torrens-Spence, who James really doesn't like, I find out. The commander thinks that carriers should have planes for air cover, surface strike, “the deliberate engagement of ship-based aviation” with land-based, to cover landings, and something called “set-piece raids,” by which the Commander means to remind everyone that he flew on the Taranto strike. Let me stop the Commander right there, because James reminds me that he’s a Swordfish man. As an Avenger driver, I can sympathise. Neither of us got to enjoy the holt "get" what it's like to fly a Corsair or a Seafire off the deck, but I think the Commander might have a different idea about the costs of providing standing air cover for convoys, or fighting short-legged land planes in a “high-performance” carrier fighter if he had. It’s not that it’s impossible, it’s that it is hard, you’re never going to get rid of leakers, and as the Old Man points out, an entire Japanese attack wave “leaked” at the Marianas. They were out of fuel, so it didn’t turn out too bad, but if you saw the Intrepid and Bonhomme Richard burn. . . Maybe it’s the ham in me talking, but it just makes sense that if you want to be able to shoot rockets at incoming bogies, get rockets; not planes disguised as rockets.
|Viking 10, although currently they're called "Neptunes."|
London Airport has the best telecommunications system in the world, the Ministry of Civil Aviation says. Eighteen teleprinters handle 1000 outgoing messages a day, some sent to as many as three addresses for each message. There are many radios and associated D/Fs. As many as 25 aircraft a day still ask for old-fashioned M/F bearings, so “old habits die hard.” The met section produces three forecasts a day. The transmitting side has 16 transmitters and many telephones. GCA is installed, but staffed only in daylight hours. Airfield Control Radar will be installed shortly, and used along with the Standard Cathode Ray Tube Automatic Direction Finder, similar to the one shown to PICAO.
|Breda-Zappata B.Z. 308|
|This has nothing to do with the New York stunt. It's the Kee Bird B-29 that ran out of fuel on a "top secret mission to the North Pole" in 1947.|
"Considered Opinion" So far, Americans haven't let their sympathy for Europe's Displaced Persons to influence their insane-but-profitable views on immigration. For example, "Mississippi's frog-voiced" John Rankin said the other day that letting "so-called refugees" in whould just lead to "communism, atheism, anarchy and infidelity." (Infidelity! Will those foreigners stop at nothing?) This week, though, the House Judiciary Committee commenced hearings on William G. Stratton's bill, which would admit 400,000 DPs over four years by using the unfilled wartime annual quotas. The paper also covers what the new labour rules are going to look like in some detail, with some editorial slanting to suggest that they're a great idea, because the editor can be that way. For example, it's mighty pleased that Phil Murray is cracking down on communist unions at the CIO. And the sidebar in this page is a massive excerpt of a twaddling Senate speech by "Senator Henry Cabot Lodge, grandson of a famed statesman, an artillery officer in World War II, and a junior member of the Foreign Relations Committee." I guess we know who the publisher's friends are! (It's about how the Greece/Turkey thing is a good idea but. . .)
|While we're on the subject of the statesmanship of Henry Cabot Lodge.|
"Waiting for the Day" The Supreme Court has ruled that the railroads regional rates discriminate against the South and the West. Jubilant governors celebrate the dawning if a new day of universal prosperity.
Americana says that the 625 registered lobbyists in Washington earned $4 million last year.
"Change in the Wind?" The stock market just keeps going down, even though first quarter profits were satisfactory, and business is getting the labour rules it says it wants, and production of goods and services keeps on increasing. Although the increase was very small, showing that "the boom was about to peak." (I don't see how that shows anything at all, but I am just a student engineer, not a giant-brained financier.) So why is the stock market down? Maybe it is because prices are up, there is a "buyers' strike," employment is down, consumer credit is up, and inventories are rising. Or maybe it's because Wall Street is just in that mood.
|These pictures were pretty generic in 1944/45. I'm not sure people appreciate just how dangerous it was to fly a high performance plane on and off a carrier in 1945.|
"Setback" Three helicopters crashed this week, including two Bell 47Bs that at least seemed to break up in mid-air. Bell has grounded the fleet until they figure out what is happening. Time says taht this is shocking and surprising to all the enthusiasts who think that helicopters are "extra safe and extra easy to fly." Time explains that they are actually hard to fly. Fortunately, Laurence Bell says, helicopters are only nine years old, so it's okay if they explode in flames in mid-air.
"Golden Days" The Wall Street Journal says that the one thing that the Class of '47 doesn't have to worry about is a job. Engineers, chemists and physicists will go to the biggest money and the widest choices, as companies like GEneral Motors have been shopping the campus for the best prospects for months. MIT's 548 seniors can turn down two jobs for every one he picks. 49 PhDs have 25 job offers apiece. (Except it's better than that, because they don't count us poor Navy hitch-ups.) The average going wage for a Bachelor of Science is $225--$300 a month, while PhDs can fetch up to $500. A liberal arts decree is worth 15% less, but there's plenty of jobs out there in finance and sales, and the article doesn't say anything about long term chances for a whip-smart Stanford graduate who can talk rings around you about literature and sociology and history and stuff.
|In case you were ever wondering how much job security it took for the Greatest Generation to invent the three-martini lunch.|
|Also not the first Blackburn naval strike aircraft, the prewar Shark was the metal-clad counterpart to the Swordfish. The Navy ordered 200 (and the RCAF 12, which were built at Boeing Vancouver in a very curious episode), then scrapped them because by the outbreak of WWII, it had over 600 Swordfish alone for seven carriers.|
|In a strange synergy, while the former CO of 617 Squadron didn't found a cult commune in British Columbia in 1948, the 7th Marquess of Exeter, Martin Cecil, did; in 100 Mile House. The former cultists live in a neighbourhood behind the original road house inn, and the kids like to tell scary stories about them. On the other hand, there's a celebratory mural depicting their history on the wall of one of the town's two malls.|
Civil Aviation News
Scientific American, May 1947
|I am going to let this stand on its own. It's Greyhound's fault, really.|