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Monthly Archives: February, 2020

AN AMUSING SIDE TO IT ALL

I AM THANKFUL to find humor in presidential matters of late. Here are tidbits, both Red and Blue, most of them recent, one vintage, from a variety of sources. On … Continue reading

February 29, 2020 · 2 Comments

AN ENGLISH ECCENTRIC PART 3

WE’VE heard of Noel Pemberton-Billing setting his headmaster’s office ablaze, designing a combined cabin cruiser/aeroplane and other inventive ideas, some successful, others less so. Today in the concluding Part 3, … Continue reading

February 28, 2020 · Leave a comment

AN ENGLISH ECCENTRIC PART 2

NOEL PEMBERTON-BILLING, pioneer aviator, aeroplane manufacturer, outspoken adventurer, succeeded and failed a goodly number of times in his early years. Founder of Supermarine, Pemberton-Billing built no aeroplanes as renowned as … Continue reading

February 27, 2020 · 2 Comments

AN ENGLISH ECCENTRIC PART 1

MY INTEREST IN Noel Pemberton-Billing arose from my GMax/Microsoft Flight Simulator hobby: It was Pemberton-Billing who designed the 1913 P.B.7 flying boat which I modeled. Here, in Parts 1, 2, … Continue reading

February 26, 2020 · Leave a comment

AN AERO ENGINEER PHILOSOPHER PART 2

THERE WAS APPARENTLY a time when philosopher-to-be Ludvig Wittgenstein had nary a thought on existential propositions. Mechanical engineering diploma in hand, Wittgenstein had an immediate goal of earning a doctorate … Continue reading

February 25, 2020 · Leave a comment

AN AERO ENGINEER PHILOSOPHER PART 1

WERE IT NOT for London Review of Books, I wouldn’t have known that philosopher Ludwig Wittgenstein had the “childhood dream of becoming the greatest aviator since Orville and Wilber Wright.” … Continue reading

February 24, 2020 · Leave a comment

AUTOMOTIVE NEWS UPDATE

THESE DAYS, I get most of my automotive ken from the weekly Automotive News, the primary journal of worldwide automotive industry happenings. Here are a few tidbits. Some educate me, … Continue reading

February 23, 2020 · Leave a comment