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AUTOGYROS IN SONG, LEGEND AND THE NEWS

OUTSPOKEN ENTHUSIASTS of fixed-wing aircraft claim that helicopters don’t really fly, they’re just so ugly that the Earth repels them. I wonder if this same opinion applies to another form … Continue reading

April 20, 2015 · Leave a comment

CLEARING THE FUEL-CELL AIR

FULL DISCLOSURE: I’ve been enthusiastic about automobile fuel-cell propulsion since the early 1990s when I learned about this means of producing electric energy. Not that my enthusiasm has been universally … Continue reading

April 19, 2015 · Leave a comment

IT’S GOOD TO BE HOME

“SHOW ME a person’s home,” someone or other must have said, “and I’ll tell you who that person is.” Homes can be modest or grand, elegantly traditional or jarringly post-modern. … Continue reading

April 18, 2015 · Leave a comment

DOMINGUEZ HILL 1910—AMERICA’S FIRST AIR MEET

AIRLINE PASSENGERS using LAX, Los Angeles’s major airport, may not realize it, but they’re near historic ground in pioneer aviation. The first air meet in the U.S. took place January 10 – 20, … Continue reading

April 17, 2015 · Leave a comment

POLITICAL NAME-CALLING

THE BBC World Service reported today a British Liberal Party spokesman said that political coalition could “give the Conservative Party a heart and Labour a brain.” Being an outsider to the … Continue reading

April 16, 2015 · 2 Comments

FIAT’S MOUSE—THE 500 TOPOLINO

THE FAME of Walt Disney’s Mickey Mouse gave a name to one of the world’s most charming automobiles, the Fiat 500 Topolino (Italian: Little Mouse, and Mickey’s nickname there). The … Continue reading

April 15, 2015 · 1 Comment

MY NATION—AND I MEAN MINE: MICROCON 2015

FROM TIME to time, people complain that they could do a better job of running things than the incumbent politicos. And, for a select few, they do just that. These … Continue reading

April 12, 2015 · Leave a comment
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