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IT Lahtinen said on April 28, 2017
Thank you Sir Rob. Your photo set is always a perfect start for the weekend.
David leigh-smith said on April 28, 2017
Agreed, put a smile on my face before leaving for the office.
Chuck A. Villanueva said on April 28, 2017
Josh Patterson said on April 28, 2017
I like the blower Bently. I would like to snag the 1/12 kit from Airfix. Is the Harrier hanging in Argentina somewhere? What’s with the Laird that looks like a Super Solution with the rocker bumps on the cowl?
Rob Pollock said on April 28, 2017
The Harrier is in Duveen Hall at Tate Britain in London.
Can’t quite recall air racer details – maybe soneone else knows.
Paul Barber said on April 28, 2017
The 262 with the 50mm cannon wins for me – fantastic!
Craig Abrahamson said on April 28, 2017
These are by far some of the best shots yet….I sure wish there was some narrative for all the photos (I have SO many questions for many of them) – where do you FIND all these pictures? That shot of the shuttle is amazing – I’ve never seen that one before (or ANY of them, for that matter)…and for the life of me, I can’t make out just WHAT the heck that is with the shock wave around the Red Bull object. Thanks again for the weekends “entertainment”, my friend.
Red Bull guy same as aircraft moving faster than air can get out of the way, creating pressure cone.
Oh….NOW I see it – it’s a skydiver (thanks). Dunno how I missed it – duh.
Bowman Roberts said on April 28, 2017
Great photos!! I especially like #7!! Never saw anything like that in my Army days!!
Went to a movie on Post one Sunday afternoon and was struck by nothing but guys in the audience!! Mostly sleeping in that airconditioned theater.
#7 – Russian women soldiers.
Christian Ristits said on April 28, 2017
So nice, what is this for a plane on No. 15?
French Mirage, I think.
Bernard E. Hackett, Jr. said on April 28, 2017
Thinking Mirage bomber version, from the Force de Frappe. Mirage IV?
Robert Royes said on April 28, 2017
Cool as usual, The last one’s nice, the hardware may have changed, but the flight deck dance goes on.
Simon Whitney said on April 28, 2017
Nice pics Rob, thanks for my Friday titter.
Thanks for the thought provoking miscellancy and variety of the photos. The first one stopped me, there’s a church of the Harrier? A VTOL cult? All it needed is a Charlton Heston statue below!
I’m with Bowman, in my day, the WACS were nowhere as attractive as the photos shown here everytime. They must be recruiting them for looks, these days. The few good looking ones back in the OLD ARMY were besieged with suitors and what not. Pawing the deck! Single men in barracks, a la Kipling.
Probably some kind of police somewhere for comments about women soldiers, especially Russian ones.
I have a photo of two U.S. women pilots who have just passed Navy Top Gun. Personally, I’m happy to acknowledge they’re smarter and tougher than am I. My contribution is more ‘Make mine a double….’ than Master of Mach 2.
Come on, Rob! You’re a sensitive, new age guy! And you can give them the benefit of your experience and photo collection. Bwahahahaha! Oh, yeah!
Hey, it might work for you, they aren’t buying it from me! But I’m OLD!
Jeff Bailey said on April 28, 2017
Fascinating! Is that a REAL Harrier? That must have set the folks who built Duveen Hall at Tate Britain in London a pretty penny. Or was it a farthing when it was built? Ha!
I too wish there were narratives with each photo.
I really like ALL the Friday Briefings! Thanks!
Rob Pollock said on April 29, 2017
If you search this item you can find articles about it and see how they hung it for display, and yes, it’s a real Harrier.
By the way, the Imperial War Museum also has a Harrier hung in more ‘traditional’ hover mode in their entrance hall, as an example of the service type rather than as an art object as seen here, but the Tate’s version is probably more arresting to view.
Re photo narratives, I tend to leave it for others to delve in to images that are of specific interest to them, and too, I’ve had many photos for a long time and simply can’t recall the details. For instance, I remember the dry-docked battleship above (#41) was Japanese, photographed in 1935, but can’t place the name or state it’s further history, but hopefully someone with an interest in WW2 naval warfare in the Pacific might want to research it further.
Jeff Bailey said on April 29, 2017
Rob, thanks for the additional information. Back in the summer of 1970 I had the extreme pleasure to spend a day at the Imperial War Museum while staying in London for a week. During that trip, I also saw the (then) rather new movie, the “Battle Of Britain.” I was immersed in history that trip! In 1970 there was still war damage from WWII in London & even more in parts of Germany. Thanks again.
My point – that I failed to add (above) – is that there was no Harrier in the Museum entrance at that time. LoL! I was there a bit before their time! Still, a fine experience.
Rob Pollock said on April 30, 2017
Actually, the ship comes back to me now: it’s the Fuso.
Luis Felipe Diaz said on April 29, 2017
As usual you posted a fantastic collection of pictures. I am looking forward every friday to see the photo collection. Great job!
Louis Gardner said on April 29, 2017
Thanks for sharing this collection with us.
The last photo of the Wildcats and Devastator planes on the deck of the Enterprise was an inspiration for me to build another plane for the Midway Group build. Thanks again Rob. Very cool indeed.
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