|It's funny because socialism is bad.|
|(From the pdf linked above. Interesting stuff. Note the importance of Polish (Silesian) coal)|
|From the Beeb.|
Not patronage is the recent difficulty the Nuffield Foundation has had with its charitable efforts to care for old people, which the Rowntree Committee thought was incompatible with the new British social security. This will now be fixed by the formation of a Corporation for the Care of Old People, which will make sure that all old people get the same benefits of Nuffield private charity.
|Confusing the Ministry with the magazine will never get old!|
|What kind of summer fun picture would The Economist run? I idly wondered as I thumbed through the 11 August Time.|
|Mustn't make contemporary political comment, mustn't|
--Sorry, couldn't hold it in any longer.
|Imagine the Democrats losing the Solid South!|
|I think there might be a case for putting benzedrine |
|Don't think I'm exaggerating here, either. This paper is terrible right now, and the extracts from 1847 are even worse.|
|Designed by the same team that did the Comet, and using the same construction methods. Hmm. By Julian Herzog, CC BY 4.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=28875798|
|It may not be a flying pig, but the article does say that it has a "beam of 6.83 feet." I'm pretty sure that other fighters don't have "beams."|
|Higher performance than the Skua, too. (At least, the later, Merlin version.)|
What kind of airscrews might they be attached to what kind of turbine? Today’s installment is mainly devoted to provisions for extremely fine pitch, needed when the airscrew is directly driven from the main compressor, and for windmilling (to brake a diving aircraft, as, for example, the Wyvern, while dive bombing), and reverse pitch, for short deck landings. Because control system failures might lead to the airscrew entering fine pitch at the wrong time and either overspeeding or overloading the engine, there have to be all sorts of “safety stops” in the system.
|I suppose there's a perfectly good reason they didn't use a "Castle," but this seems a bit cruel.|
|So, fifty percent total hull losses? By RuthAS - Own work, CC BY 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=6024502|
British European Airways has acquired, under a 28-year lease, the ground floor and basement of Stafford Court in Kensington to serve as its new arrival and departure point for all passengers and freight flying in and out of London, replacing the Airways Terminal. The special bus service from London to Northolt will continue to be operated by the London Passenger Transport Board. Details about new pilots’ license exams, the helicopter license issued by CAB for passenger service, to Los Angeles Airways are shared.
“In the opinion of the New York banking world,” American airlines are not being run very efficiently, and government subsidies would just make that worse. Three paragraphs explain Swedish airline policy. Pan American Airways Clippers carried 4478 passengers from San Francisco and Los Angeles to Hawaii in June. Pilots are politely requested to stop jamming each other with weather requests, and just listen to the regular weather reports for the London area that are being specifically broadcast for them.
|Building the Severn Bridge, 1947. Look at the cute excavator! By Brian Gerald Gwyn Hobbs, CC BY-SA 2.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=19174320|
“Facts About Childbearing” The birth rate shows a decline from 22.8 in the March quarter to 22 in April-June. “Does this mark the end of that extraordinary boom in births which, ever since 1939, has confounded the prophets?” Is it because of demobilisation? I know that this is a burning question for James and Auntie Grace. I’ve seen their charts and graphs and the fancy slide rule work they use on their “algorithms.” I also know that, stripping away the maths, their theory is that the birth boom was due to “pent up demand” for babies as a result of the Depression, and I know that Britain is a problem for their theory, since the timing of the slump was so different. The Economist is convinced that it is all down to soldiers marrying their sweethearts before they go off to war, so it also puts the causes back in the past, although to a later period. Anyway, it thinks that if the “impetus” provided by all those marriages is “exhausted” during the forthcoming period of “economic difficulties,” there might be a “precipitate” fall in the population of workers at the very time when the number of pensioners reaches heights never before known, and that something should be done about this by making childbearing more attractive.
|Assorted Tafts having fun, so it is possible.|
|Definitely not Henry Kaiser country.|
|The Legislative Council, 1948.|
|Ventile cycling suit. From segrasgra.|
|Spreading the wealth of Fortune's Italy pictorial around.|
|The only surviving Yak-15. By Alan Wilson - Yakolev Yak-15 '37 yellow', CC BY-SA 2.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=26900126|
|Sunburn? Because of the crazing?|
Dubbo Airport with Narromine, because “Narromine” is a sillier name than “Dubbo.” Also, something about fog. The Tudor VII (the experimental Tudor I with Hercules engines) visited London. It was hoped that the Hercules would cure the Tudor VII’s problems with swing by virtue of its symmetrical thrust line (a fancy way of saying that the engine is round). This did not happen, and as far as A. V. Roe is concerned, the Tudor doesn’t have any more swing than any other tail wheel aircraft, British Airways be hanged. The Hercules Tudor costs a little more and has 700lb less payload, as the Hercules installation weighs 200lb more, but it might have fuel economy at height, has better takeoff performance, and is quieter. In BSAA’s Tudor IV trials, fuel consumption was 0.985 nautical miles per gallon at 41% METO power while flying at a full load of 80,000lbs (32 passengers and lots of fuel). The takeoff run was 1150 yards and the landing 1000 yards. The Azores landing isn’t explained.
|Now we know what Frank Tichenor looked like. Not at all the magnificent Colonel Blimp I imagined from his Roosevelt-hatin' editorials. In fact, he looks, and sounds, a bit depressed.|
“May be the Answer” Frank Tichenor reads a letter from a reader, whose wife is going to make him stop flying, because it isn’t safe. He thinks that planes should be safer. So does Frank. How will we get that safety plane? I don’t know, says Frank. Maybe the government should do something. “At Last:” Frank has been fighting for a Department of Defence ever since the sainted Billy Mitchell told him it was a good idea. Now, if only it becomes an “airworthy” reality, because everything is better when it is airworthy.
|The fact that Hoyt has a similar guest editorial in the Fairchild company monthly makes me think that the fix might be in. Or that I'm extra-cynical today, thanks to learning that the reason that he has the same name as the Senator is that he's the Senator's nephew. Meritocracy, everybody!|
|Actually vaguely interesting with the Interstates coming up.|
|There's a lot more at the linked blog post.|
|No wonder the publisher's depressed.|
|The Byrnes' twelve hundred house development at Harundale in 1947. While I'll take my "194Q" gloats when they're due, I'm going to make an exception for this bit: "Undertaken by the Burne Organisation, a construction giant whose leadership sought national dominance in the housing field by creating a 988 square foot residence for $6,750, the enterprise ended in financial disaster owing to escalating costs of transporting the steel-framed, prefabricated dwellings to the site --precisely the reason the Levitts had rejected this method."|
|Fortune doesn' t usually do padding, but this reads like padding.|
|The mistaken sun burn science is pretty interesting given America's relationship with melanin, just saying. By D. Gordon E. Robertson - Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=6958915 Gravol has come up around here before.|