Friday, September 30, 2011

Eglin F-35 number increases to four

Two F-35A Lightning II joint strike fighters were delivered to Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., with 33rd Fighter Wing-piloted F-16 Fighting Falcons escorting the jets to their new home Aug. 31, 2011. Labeled as AF-10 and AF-11 by Lockheed Martin, the JSFs bring the total count of the fifth-generation fighter aircraft at Eglin AFB to four. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Joely Santiago)

Thursday, September 29, 2011

F-22 Raptor

An F-22 Raptor flies over Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska, Sept. 21, 2011, after a four month stand down. Air Force senior leaders recently approved an implementation plan that will allow the F-22 to resume flight operations. The stand down of the fleet was directed May 3, 2011, as a safety precaution following 12 separate reported incidents of pilots experiencing hypoxia-like symptoms. (US Air Force photo/Senior Airman Cynthia Spalding)

Sunday, September 25, 2011

WWI Poster


America gave you all you have to give, give it - she needs it now!

Monday, September 19, 2011

Famous places in Yokohama: Americans

Japanese print shows a man and a woman visiting the shore in Yokohama, Japan.

Sunday, September 18, 2011

EA-6B Prowler

PATUXENT RIVER, Md. (Sept. 16, 2011) An EA-6B Prowler from the "Salty Dogs" of Air Test and Evaluation Squadron 23 (VX-23) flies over Southern Maryland on a biofuel blend of JP-5 aviation fuel and camelina oil. The Prowler successfully completed its inaugural biofuel flight here continuing the Navy's surge toward energy independence. (U.S. Navy photo by Kelly Schindler/Released)

Thursday, September 15, 2011

New York City firefighters man the rails with Marines

NEW YORK (Sept. 8, 2011) New York City firefighters man the rails with Marines assigned to the 3rd Battalion, 9th Regiment aboard the amphibious transport dock ship USS New York (LPD 21) as the ship prepares to pass the National September 11 Memorial. New York has 7.5 tons of steel in her bow recovered from the World Trade Center and is in New York City for events and ceremonies surrounding the 10th anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Corey Lewis/Released)

Sunday, September 11, 2011

USS Samuel B. Roberts (FFG 58)

The guided-missile frigate USS Samuel B. Roberts (FFG 58) arrives in Port Louis, Mauritius for an 8-day Africa Partnership Station East port visit.

Saturday, September 10, 2011

Tamagushi

Print shows Tamagushi, a courtesan, full-length portrait, with several hairpins, seated, reading a scroll; picture hanging on the wall above her shows geese descending on the Nihon embankment.

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Dracula

"4 May--I found that my landlord had got a letter from the Count,
directing him to secure the best place on the coach for me; but on
making inquiries as to details he seemed somewhat reticent, and
pretended that he could not understand my German.

This could not be true, because up to then he had understood it
perfectly; at least, he answered my questions exactly as if he did.

He and his wife, the old lady who had received me, looked at each
other in a frightened sort of way.  He mumbled out that the money had
been sent in a letter, and that was all he knew.  When I asked him if
he knew Count Dracula, and could tell me anything of his castle, both
he and his wife crossed themselves, and, saying that they knew nothing
at all, simply refused to speak further.  It was so near the time of
starting that I had no time to ask anyone else, for it was all very
mysterious and not by any means comforting.

Just before I was leaving, the old lady came up to my room and said in
a hysterical way:  "Must you go?  Oh!  Young Herr, must you go?"  She
was in such an excited state that she seemed to have lost her grip of
what German she knew, and mixed it all up with some other language
which I did not know at all.  I was just able to follow her by asking
many questions.  When I told her that I must go at once, and that I
was engaged on important business, she asked again:

"Do you know what day it is?"  I answered that it was the fourth of
May.  She shook her head as she said again:

"Oh, yes!  I know that!  I know that, but do you know what day it is?"

On my saying that I did not understand, she went on:

"It is the eve of St. George's Day.  Do you not know that tonight,
when the clock strikes midnight, all the evil things in the world will
have full sway?  Do you know where you are going, and what you are
going to?"  She was in such evident distress that I tried to comfort
her, but without effect.  Finally, she went down on her knees and
implored me not to go; at least to wait a day or two before starting.

It was all very ridiculous but I did not feel comfortable.  However,
there was business to be done, and I could allow nothing to interfere
with it.

I tried to raise her up, and said, as gravely as I could, that I
thanked her, but my duty was imperative, and that I must go.

She then rose and dried her eyes, and taking a crucifix from her neck
offered it to me."

Dracula by Bram Stoker

http://www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/345

Monday, September 5, 2011

Friday, September 2, 2011

Air Force Jets

A 33rd Fighter Wing F-16 Fighting Falcon escorts an F-35A Lightning II joint strike fighter Aug. 31, 2011, en route to Eglin Air Force Base, Fla. More F-35s are scheduled to arrive at Eglin AFB in 2011, including at least one short takeoff/vertical landing variant, BF-6. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Joely Santiago)

Thursday, September 1, 2011