Just 2000 mile to cover first 5 States. No time for state of chassis. Let’s roll!

Before riding out from Santa Clarita California  for Arizona, New Mexico, Colorado, Utah, and Nevada,  I  established co-ordinates!


 Incidentally these rock formations were formed by the San Andreas Fault.  In 1873  Tiburcio Vásquez  an alleged bandit, hid in these parts for a year.  His name is in stone while the posse are long forgotten. This area I understood later to be one of the more used locations for Hollywood’s cinematic old west.  Amusing to read too, that scenes from Mel Brook’s Blazing Saddles were shot here!

I recall the sky being carpeted with stars and occasional strobe lights from jets.  Near dusk on one of the high bluffs, I swear I saw a giant owl looking back at me.   Now, I may have had a bourbon with a stogie, but normally that wouldn’t induce hallucinations. It was something wild!  I was hoping for a cougar! Speaking of which the lady companion at the time wasn’t.


 From a let down to a let up

 This is the  “Rhino”, “Flying Footlocker”, “Flying Brick”, “Lead Sled”, the “St. Louis Slugger”  “World’s Leading Distributor of MiG Parts” or “the triumph of thrust over aerodynamics”.



 Moreover we could have done with an F.4 Phantom to cover the square mileage and acreage to come.  



This one (above) was at Boron California beyond the North Gate of Edwards AFB.  A roadside attraction now.  It had done it’s service.



 Anhedral-dihedral wings is the  unique feature.  An imperfect analogy would be a lady with an attractive but curious physical feature like a slightly angled nose.  It’s simile not sexism.  

 Let’s move along….

 I’m here with folk at Edwards Air Force Base.

They talk nowadays about ‘girl power’   Here’s a Riel deal from Canada


This first episode is a little saccharine and gung-ho fly the flag but the series Jetstream in it’s entirety is worth watching.  It has more character development and narrative arcs than your very average movie critic words speaking about fictional moovees.  It has a surprising ending too!

 Guess who fails to make the cut?  Wrong!  Guess again!

  Another real person is USAF. Major Malachowski with whom I spoke at Edwards AFB in 2006.

2011  Major Caroline Jensen took her place in the USAF demonstration-team Thunderbirds.  It goes against the anti-sexist leanings of this webpage and is wrong but ……..

mmmmmmMajor Caroline  YowsaYowsaYowsa  and Captain Gina Jennings

 caroline jensen 

 pic credit USAF.

 and Captain (at the time of this photo) Gina Jennings

US Air Force (USAF) Captain (CAPT) Gina Jennings

US Air Force (USAF) Captain (CAPT) Gina Jennings

 pic credit USAF

 Major Jensen and Captain Jennings and friends routinely fly at twice the speed of sound regularly while doing higher mathematics under negative 7, 8, or 9 G. 

 There are hundreds of similarly inspiring women from China to Chile in aviation who ought to be icons of inspiration for girls, ladies and women.  More so than someone called Madonna or Lady Ga Ga; but this evidently is not the case. 

 The same applies for women in other scientific fields.  Yet the culture celebrated by global media today is largely on the sporting field or on the pop stage. 

 Bizarre times. 

Basic flying rules written by another who knew……..

Try to stay in the middle of the air. Do not go near the edges. The edges of the air can be recognized by the appearance of ground, buildings, sea, trees and interstellar space. It is much more difficult to fly there.

When a prang seems inevitable, endeavour to strike the softest, cheapest object in the vicinity as slowly and gently as possible-attrib. RAF

If you’re faced with a forced landing; fly the thing as far into the crash as possible. (Bob Hoover, a renowned aerobatic and test pilot)  Bob was with Yeager on that first sound barrier flight in 1947

When a flight is proceeding incredibly well, something was forgotten.

Mankind has a perfect record in aviation; we never left one up there!

The only time you have too much fuel is when you are on fire.

The Piper Cub is the safest airplane in the world; it can just barely kill you. Attributed to Max Stanley, Northrop test pilot.

You’ve never been lost until you’ve been lost at Mach 3. Paul F. Crickmore test pilot

There are more planes in the ocean than submarines in the sky.

The three most common last words in aviation are: “Why is it doing that?”, “Where are we?” “Oh S#!+!”

© Maurice O’Sullivan Aherne 2013. All Rights Reserved.


 Maybe someone in WP will remove the ‘Like’ button below and elsewhere.  If I was looking for approval, I’d be in politics!


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