Saturday, June 30, 2007

Mount St. Helens

Mount St. Helens dome, as seen from the remote camera at Brutus.
USGS Photograph taken on June 1, 2007.

Friday, June 29, 2007

Boeing B-47A

Boeing B-47A (NACA 150) shown on the ramp near NACA High-Speed Flight Research Station at South Base of Edwards Air Force Base, California, in 1953.

The B-47A Stratojet's wing is mounted high on the fuselage with a sweep back of 36 degrees and a span of 116 feet, with wing vortex generators installed. A two engine pod under each wing, and an additional engine pod at each wing tip using General Electric J-47-GE-23 turbojets. The airplane is fitted with a nose boom for measuring airspeed, altitude, angle-of-attack and angle-of-sideslip, and an optigraph for measuring the movements of target lights on the wing and tail.

Wednesday, June 27, 2007

The Lyon Canyon Coal Mine

The Lyon Canyon Coal Mine. Lion Canyon. Meeker Quad. Rio Blanco County, Colorado. 1911.

Sunday, June 24, 2007

John Minor Wisdom U.S. Court of Appeals Building

John Minor Wisdom U.S. Court of Appeals Building located in New Orleans, LA. Exterior shield detail. Italian Renaissance Revival style, three story marble building built between 1909-1915. Architect: James Gamble Robers of architectural firm Hale and Rogers, 7/8/06

Friday, June 22, 2007

USS Russell

Pearl Harbor, Hawaii (Dec. 20, 2006) - Holiday lights shine from Arleigh-Burke class guided-missile destroyer USS Russell (DDG 59) as she sits moored pier side Naval Station Pearl Harbor. Ships currently moored in Pearl Harbor will participate in the 2006 Holiday Light Judging Competition. Regional commanders will tour the harbor and judge the ships based on innovation, brilliance, enthusiasm, energy conservation and overall categories.

Thursday, June 21, 2007

Naval Mobile Construction Battalion

Fort Hunter Liggett, Calif. (Dec. 2, 2006) - Members of Naval Mobile Construction Battalion Four (NMCB-4) demonstrate the proper donning of the Chemical Protective Overgarment during field exercise Operation Bearing Duel. NMCB-4 is homeported at Naval Base Ventura County, Port Hueneme, Calif.

Tuesday, June 19, 2007

F/A-18F Super Hornet

PERSIAN GULF (June 15, 2007) - An F/A-18F Super Hornet, from the "Black Knights" of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 154, lands on Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74). This arrested landing marked Stennis' 100,000th trap since it's first initial trap in January 1996. Stennis and Carrier Air Wing 9 are on a scheduled deployment in support of maritime operations. Maritime operations help set the conditions for security and stability in the maritime environment, as well as complement counter-terrorism and security efforts of regional nations.

Sunday, June 17, 2007

National Assembly

Sketch by Jacques-Louis David of the National Assembly taking the Tennis Court Oath.

Saturday, June 16, 2007

Riveter at work on Consolidated bomber

Riveter at work on Consolidated bomber, Consolidated Aircraft Corp., Fort Worth, Texas in 1942.

Friday, June 15, 2007

Space Walking

STS-117 mission specialist Steven Swanson participates in the mission's second extravehicular activity. Among other tasks, Swanson and fellow astronaut Patrick Forrester removed all of the launch locks holding the 10-foot-wide solar alpha rotary joint in place and began the solar array retraction.

Tuesday, June 12, 2007

Space Shuttle Atlantis

Trailing smoke and fire, Space Shuttle Atlantis roars into the sky past the U.S. flag on its journey to the International Space Station on mission STS-117. Liftoff was on-time at 7:38:04 p.m. EDT on Friday, June 8.

Sunday, June 10, 2007

F/A-18C Hornet

An F/A-18C Hornet assigned to Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA 106), the "Gladiators", skids its tires just before completing an arrested recovery aboard the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75).

Saturday, June 9, 2007

Thursday, June 7, 2007

Saturn V

The first stage of the huge Apollo Saturn V moon rocket is lifted by crane for installation into the B-2 test stand at the Mississippi Test Facility.

Wednesday, June 6, 2007

Tuesday, June 5, 2007

Space Shuttle Discovery & Hubble

Space Shuttle Discovery's crew witnessed this bright full moon from orbit during a December 1999 mission that included servicing the Hubble Space Telescope (the top of which is seen on the right). To the left is Earth's horizon; the full moon on that day, Dec. 22, was brighter than average because it was full at nearly the same time it was at its closest to the Earth at a time when the Earth was relatively close to the sun.

Monday, June 4, 2007


This in-flight view of NASA's two-seat F-16XL #2 research aircraft clearly shows that the left and right wings are definitely not mirror images of each other. Nevertheless, pilots who have flown the highly modified aircraft at NASA's Dryden Flight Research Center, Edwards, Califronia, state that the asymmetry created by modifications to its left wing for the Supersonic Laminar Flow Control (SLFC) project was easily handled by the F-16XL's flight controls, and that the plane handled well. The unique aircraft flew 45 research missions over a 13-month period in the SLFC program which ended November of 1996. The project demonstrated that laminar or smooth airflow could be achieved over a major portion of a wing at supersonic speeds by use of a suction system. The system drew a small part of the boundary layer air through millions of tiny laser-drilled holes in a titanium "glove" fitted to the upper left wing. Data acquired during the program will be used to develop a design code calibration database which could assist designers in reducing aerodynamic drag of a proposed second-generation supersonic transport.

Sunday, June 3, 2007

USS Winston S. Churchill (DDG 81)

Guided-missile destroyer USS Winston S. Churchill (DDG 81) sails among other Navy vessels on her way to Fleet Week 2007 in New York City.

Friday, June 1, 2007