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Re: August (2016)
« Reply #11 on: August 11, 2016, 02:20:31 PM »
August 11, 1967 Doumer Bridge



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The President of the United States of America, authorized by Title 10, Section 8742, United States Code, takes pleasure in presenting the Air Force Cross to Colonel Robert M. White (AFSN: 0-24589A), United States Air Force, for extraordinary heroism in military operations against an opposing armed force as an F-105 Mission Commander and Pilot of the 355th Tactical Fighter Wing, Takhli Royal Thai Air Base, Thailand, in action near Hanoi, North Vietnam, on 11 August 1967. On that date, Colonel White led the entire combat force against a key railroad and highway bridge in the vicinity of Hanoi. In spite of 14 surface-to-air missile launches, MiG interceptor attacks, and intense anti-aircraft artillery fire, he gallantly led the attack. By being the first aircraft to dive through the dark clouds of bursting flak, Colonel White set an example that inspired the remaining attacking force to destroy the bridge without a single aircraft being lost to the hostile gunners. Through his extraordinary heroism, superb airmanship, and aggressiveness in the face of hostile forces, Colonel White reflected the highest credit upon himself and the United States Air Force.
 Action Date: 11-Aug-67

Service: Air Force

Rank: Colonel

Company: Deputy Commander for Operations

Regiment: 355th Tactical Fighter Wing

Division: Takhli Royal Thai Air Base, Thailand
...This Day in Aviation

For your Thunderchief, go to https://www.ecardmodels.com/index.php/1-47-republic-f-105-thunderchief-paper-model.html
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Re: August (2016)
« Reply #12 on: August 12, 2016, 11:12:40 AM »
August 12, 1990 Sue the Tyrannosaur Discovered



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On this day in 1990, fossil hunter Susan Hendrickson discovers three huge bones jutting out of a cliff near Faith, South Dakota. They turn out to be part of the largest-ever Tyrannosaurus rex skeleton ever discovered, a 65 million-year-old specimen dubbed Sue, after its discoverer.

Amazingly, Sue’s skeleton was over 90 percent complete, and the bones were extremely well-preserved. Hendrickson’s employer, the Black Hills Institute of Geological Research, paid $5,000 to the land owner, Maurice Williams, for the right to excavate the dinosaur skeleton, which was cleaned and transported to the company headquarters in Hill City. The institute’s president, Peter Larson, announced plans to build a non-profit museum to display Sue along with other fossils of the Cretaceous period.

In 1992, a long legal battle began over Sue. The U.S. Attorney’s Office claimed Sue’s bones had been seized from federal land and were therefore government property. It was eventually found that Williams, a part-Native American and member of the Cheyenne River Sioux tribe, had traded his land to the tribe two decades earlier to avoid paying property taxes, and thus his sale of excavation rights to Black Hills had been invalid. In October 1997, Chicago’s Field Museum purchased Sue at public auction at Sotheby’s in New York City for $8.36 million, financed in part by the McDonald’s and Disney corporations.

Sue’s skeleton went on display at the Field Museum in May 2000. The tremendous T.rex skeleton–13 feet high at the hips and 42 feet long from head to toe–is displayed in one of the museum’s main halls. Another exhibit gives viewers a close-up view of Sue’s five foot-long, 2,000-pound skull with its 58 teeth, some as long as a human forearm.

Sue’s extraordinarily well-preserved bones have allowed scientists to determine many things about the life of T.rex. They have determined that the carnivorous dinosaur had an incredible sense of smell, as the olfactory bulbs were each bigger than the cerebrum, the thinking part of the brain. In addition, Sue was the first T.rex skeleton to be discovered with a wishbone, a crucial discovery that provided support for scientists’ theory that birds are a type of living dinosaur. One thing that remains unknown is Sue’s actual gender; to determine this, scientists would have to compare many more T.rex skeletons than the 22 that have been found so far.
... History.com

You can get your own Tyrannosaur skeleton at http://paperm.jp/template/template.asp?code=lv_dinosaur&ref=redirect
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Re: August (2016)
« Reply #13 on: August 13, 2016, 11:27:36 AM »
August 13, 1899 Alfred Hitchcock Born



Because of the picture, I'm going to throw the Ravensblight Raven in for the model, http://ravensblight.com/Raven.html

If you are looking for more of a challenge, there is always the Bates House, http://www.haunteddimensions.raykeim.com/index660.html

It sure didn't seem like it was 1980 when he died.  Man, I'm getting old
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Re: August (2016)
« Reply #14 on: August 14, 2016, 01:57:12 PM »
August 14, 1985 Michael Jackson Takes Control of Beatles' Publishing Rights



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It was during their collaboration on 1983's "Say Say Say" that former Beatle Paul McCartney is said to have advised King of Pop Michael Jackson to invest some of his enormous wealth in music publishing. It was sound financial advice that McCartney may have come to regret giving on this day in 1985, when Michael Jackson purchased the publishing rights to the vast majority of the Beatles' catalog for $47 million, outbidding McCartney himself.
... History.com

I thought it was rather timely that this one came up just after Mauther did his Beatles vignette.
You can find it at http://papermau.blogspot.com/2014/08/the-beatles-cavern-club-diorama-paper.html

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Re: August (2016)
« Reply #15 on: August 15, 2016, 01:42:32 PM »
August 15, 1914 Panama Canal Opens to Traffic



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The American-built waterway across the Isthmus of Panama, connecting the Atlantic and Pacific oceans, is inaugurated with the passage of the U.S. vessel Ancon, a cargo and passenger ship.
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Finally open.  It's a really interesting story of political sleeziness, empire building, a tremendous amount of dirt moved, and the fight against malaria.  If you haven't read up on it, I suggest you look it up.

Funny that I haven't seen anything about a 100th Anniversary Celebration.

It looks a lot different now than it did then.  You can find the Papercrafts.It model of the canal mules at http://www.paperdiorama.com/paper-models/trains/mitshubishi-panamas-mule-diorama/

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Re: August (2016)
« Reply #16 on: August 16, 2016, 12:36:04 PM »
August 16, 1940 James Nicolson Earns Victoria Cross



Air Ministry, 15 November 1940.

The KING has been graciously pleased to confer the Victoria Cross on the undermentioned officer in recognition of most conspicuous bravery : —

Flight Lieutenant James Brindley NICOLSON (39329) — No. 249 Squadron.

During an engagement with the enemy near Southampton on 16th August 1940, Flight Lieutenant Nicolson’s aircraft was hit by four cannon shells, two of which wounded him whilst another set fire to the gravity tank. When about to abandon his aircraft owing to flames in the cockpit he sighted an enemy fighter. This he attacked and shot down, although as a result of staying in his burning aircraft he sustained serious burns to his hands, face, neck and legs. Flight Lieutenant Nicolson has always displayed great enthusiasm for air fighting and this incident shows that he possesses courage and determination of a high order. By continuing to engage the enemy after he had been wounded and his aircraft set on fire, he displayed exceptional gallantry and disregard for the safety of his own life.


This took place in the Battle of Britain.  For further information see http://www.thisdayinaviation.com/16-august-1940/



Though I could not find a model of his plane, this one is as close as I got.  http://www.ecardmodels.com/index.php/1-32-hawker-hurricane-iib-betty-paper-model.html
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Re: August (2016)
« Reply #17 on: August 17, 2016, 03:23:09 PM »
August 17, 1946 First Human In-Flight Test of the Ejector Seat



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Sergeant Lawrence Lambert, U.S.Army Air Forces, was the first person to eject from an aircraft in flight in the United States during tests at Wright Field, Ohio. The test aircraft was a modified Northrop P-61B-5-NO Black Widow night fighter flying 302 miles per hour (486 kilometers per hour) at 7,800 feet (2,377 meters). Sergeant Lawrence parachuted safely.
  ... Today in Aviation History (I'd also like to congratulate Bryan for his 1,000th post over there)

Fly Models offers the P-61 Black Widow.

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Re: August (2016)
« Reply #18 on: August 19, 2016, 12:08:47 PM »
August 19, 1812 'Old Ironsides' Earns the Nickname



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During the War of 1812, the U.S. Navy frigate Constitution defeats the British frigate Guerrière in a furious engagement off the coast of Nova Scotia. Witnesses claimed that the British shot merely bounced off the Constitution's sides, as if the ship were made of iron rather than wood. By the war's end, "Old Ironsides" destroyed or captured seven more British ships. The success of the USS Constitution against the supposedly invincible Royal Navy provided a tremendous boost in morale for the young American republic.
... History.com

I believe Fly Models and Mantua offer models of the USS Constitution, but when I saw this one, I decided it would be the model I would present.



Who (at least in the U.S.) wouldn't want a model of Old Ironsides in a bottle.  You can find it at http://beckermayer.com/titles/ship-in-a-bottle-build-the-uss-constitution/

The USS Constitution has seen a lot of history, and it is sad to see some of its 'non-glory' years, but it is interesting.  You can see more of its past at http://www.maritimequest.com/warship_directory/us_navy_pages/sailing_ships/constitution/uss_constitution.htm
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Re: August (2016)
« Reply #19 on: August 19, 2016, 11:17:57 PM »
August 20, 1975 Viking I Space Probe Launched



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The Viking 1 space probe was launched from Kennedy Space Center, Cape Canaveral, Florida, aboard a Titan IIIE/Centaur rocket. For the next ten months it traveled to Mars, the fourth planet of the Solar System. Once there, it was placed in orbit and began sending telemetry data back to Earth. A Viking Lander descended to the planet’s surface, landing at Chryse Planitia.

This was the first time that a spacecraft had landed on another planet. The orbiter continued to operate over the course of 1,485 orbits. As it ran low on fuel, mission controllers boosted it into a higher orbit to prevent it falling to the planet. Orbiter operations were terminated 17 August 1980. The lander operated for 6 years, 116 days, before the mission was terminated by a faulty transmission which resulted in a loss of contact, 11 November 1982.
... This Day in Aviation

You can find the lander at Lower Hudson Valley, http://jleslie48.com/gallery_models_apollo.html

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Re: August (2016)
« Reply #20 on: August 22, 2016, 05:02:05 PM »
August 22, 1953 Aborted Bell X-1D Test Flight



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After one successful glide flight with Bell Aircraft Corporation test pilot Skip Ziegler, the X-1D rocketplane, serial number 48-1386, was scheduled for its first powered flight with the Air Force project officer, Lieutenant Colonel Frank Kendall (“Pete”) Everest.

The Bell X-1D was one of four second generation X-1 rocketplanes, each designed and built to investigate a different area of supersonic flight. The X-1D was for aerodynamic heating research.

After being carried to altitude by the Boeing EB-50A Superfortress mothership, Pete Everest saw the nitrogen pressure was dropping. Pressurized nitrogen was used to push the ethyl alcohol/liquid oxygen propellant to the Reaction Motors XLR11-RM-5 engine. With insufficient pressure, the X-1D’s flight had to be cancelled. Everest tried to jettison the fuel so that a landing could be made safely. There was an internal explosion. Fearing that a larger explosion or fire would jeopardize the bomber and its crew, Everest abandoned the X-1D, climbing up into the bomber. The X-1 was then dropped. It crashed onto the desert floor and exploded.
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Couldn't really find an X-1D, but there are a number of X-1's.  I couldn't locate Kampfleigger's X-1C, but here are three that I found:
http://genius.x0.com/pmdirectory/mamecraft/x1.html
http://www.ecardmodels.com/index.php/1-33-bell-x-1a-research-aircraft-paper-model.html
http://www.fiddlersgreen.net/models/aircraft/Bell-X1.html
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Re: August (2016)
« Reply #21 on: August 23, 2016, 05:10:49 PM »
August 23, 1931 Barbara Eden Born



Saying 'Barbara Eden was the Jessica Rabbit of my age', is probably a stretch, but she was definitely iconic.

For the model, let's go with Gary Pilsworth's Jeannie Bottle, http://www.tamasoft.co.jp/pepakura-en/gallery/gallerydetails.php?id=310
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