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Bob Hoover, one of history’s greatest pilots, dead at 94

Source: MN Public Radio

One of the greatest pilots in the history of aviation died this morning, according to reports.

Bob Hoover, a World War II fighter pilot, a former Air Force test pilot, and the chase plane pilot for Chuck Yeager when he broke the sound barrier for the first time, was 94.

Having been shot down over Nice, France in World War II, Hoover spent 16 months as a POW, spending much of the time in solitary confinement as punishment for two dozen escape attempts. Finally, he succeeded just before the end of the war by stealing a German fighter.


Read more: http://blogs.mprnews.org/newscut/2016/10/bob-hoover-one-of-nations-greatest-pilots-dead-at-94/

I used to service Bob's Shrike at Byerly Aviation in the early 90's. Met him a few times and he was just SUCH a great guy.

Soar gently, my friend!!!

Bob's rolls were perfect 1G maneuvers - he could pour tea without spilling a drop!

And, with both engines off in the Shrike, performed aerobatics!

London City Airport evacuated; 'chemical incident' reported

Source: CNN.com

(CNN)London City Airport was evacuated on Friday after a number of passengers reported feeling unwell, police said.

Reports of a chemical incident sent three fire engines and "a range of specialist appliances" to the scene, the London Fire Brigade said in a statement.

Officials said the cause of the incident is unknown.

"The airport has been evacuated as precaution," London's Metropolitan Police said.

The city's ambulance service said it was treating 26 patients at the scene for difficulty breathing. Two patients were taken to the hospital, the service said.

Read more: http://www.cnn.com/2016/10/21/europe/london-city-airport-evacuated/index.html?adkey=bn

The closer. Secretary Clinton just did it...

Her closing remarks at the Al Smith Dinner have me with a lump and a tear.

Madame Secretary

Trump just laid a turd - "Hillary is so corrupt"

FUCK YOU TRUMP!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

He's being booed!!!!

Netflix admits its plan for China has failed


Netflix's goal of reaching every country on earth has run into a regulatory buzzsaw in China.
The streaming video service, which issued an otherwise sterling earnings report on Monday, acknowledged that its expansion plans have come up short in a market with 1.4 billion potential customers.

"The regulatory environment for foreign digital content services in China has become challenging," Netflix said in a letter to shareholders.

Instead of launching its own service in the famously restrictive market, it will instead license content to local companies. It expects only modest revenue from the licensing business.
Western media and tech companies have been trying to crack the China market for decades. But content is heavily censored by Beijing, and many websites, including Google (GOOG) and Facebook (FB, Tech30), are blocked.

Netflix (NFLX, Tech30) debuted in Asia last September, starting with Japan. At the time, CEO Reed Hastings said he was working on plans to be in every country in the region in 2016 -- including China.

It wasn't long before the company's ambitions grew to include the entire globe.
In January, Netflix launched in 130 more countries, including many that are tricky for international media companies. It started using the hashtag #netflixeverywhere.

But several countries, including North Korea and Syria, remained off limits. China was missing, too.


Happy 76th Birthday John Lennon!!!

Newest Clinton ad after the release of the Trump "Access Hollywood" tape

My apologies if this has been posted before (I couldn't find it).

Rachel Maddow says reports coming in about GOP looking over contingencies if Trump done


Thank you Napkinz for the link!


Tulsa shooting stirs memories of bloody race riot


Editor's note: This story contains language some people may find offensive.

Tulsa, Oklahoma (CNN)When the police shooting of unarmed father Terence Crutcher happened on September 16 in Tulsa, the city's reaction was furious -- but peaceful.


But the incident also shed fresh light on a dark moment in American history that has largely been forgotten -- or was never learned.

Ninety-five years ago on the very streets where protestors marched in September, chanting against the police killings of unarmed black men in America, hundreds of African-Americans died in just one terrible day.

It is known as the Tulsa Race Riot of 1921. But that is not how the granddaughter of one of the survivors sees it.


'Black Wall Street' boasted 300 businesses

Black Wall Street boasted more than 300 black-owned businesses including two theaters.

Black success, Brown said, was the source of friction in the town because it "caused some envy and anger among white people who commented, 'How dare those negroes have a grand piano in their house, and I don't have a piano in my house'," she said.

Not everyone was well off -- but Tulsa was fast becoming known as a place of opportunity for blacks who wanted to make a good living. What they didn't know is that by the end of the night on June 1, 1921, their neighborhood would be decimated.

Historians say the spark was an encounter between a 17-year-old white girl named Sarah Page and a 19-year-old black man named Dick Rowland.


I'm well-over the 4 paragraph rule, but I encourage everyone to read about this event.

Last living Doolittle Raider recalls America's revenge attack



At Georgia's Perry-Houston County Airport on Friday a B-25 named Show Me sat at the end of Runway 36. Its powerful propeller twin engines shook the seats as the bomber waited to takeoff -- a little bit like Jimmy Doolittle and his raiders did in 1942 aboard the USS Hornet.

Eighty men volunteered for that mission -- what turned out to be a one-way air attack -- vengeance for Japan's strike on Hawaii that crippled the US Navy fleet and left 2,403 dead.
For them, Pearl Harbor was their 9/11.

After four months, it was time for payback.


On April 18, 1942, Doolittle and co-pilot Richard E. "Dick" Cole sat in the cockpit of their B-25 going over a preflight check list with the engines running.

"I was setting the engine cowl flaps and watching to make sure the engines didn't overheat," said Cole, now 101 years old and a retired Air Force lieutenant colonel.

"It was a bit hectic," he said, because crews were scrambling. The mission launch was moved up by 12 hours because of fears that Tokyo had been tipped off.


A typical B-25 takeoff uses about 2,000 feet of runway. But the Hornet's deck allowed the planes as little as 300 feet to get airborne — otherwise they'd drop off the edge and crash into the ocean.

Amazingly, the mission pilots had been trained to be able to take off as slowly as 75 mph with as little as 250 feet of runway.


With the natural winds, combined with speed from the moving ship, the B-25s only needed to get up to about 23 mph to fly off the Hornet, Cole said. Japan was about 650 miles away.

A flag on the deck green-lighted the takeoff. It was time.


MUCH more at link.
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