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Avro Shackleton AEW.2 WR960 Dougal by rlkitterman
Avro Shackleton AEW.2 WR960 Dougal
Named for polar explorer Sir Ernest Shackleton, whose ship Endurance survived a year in Antarctic ice, the Avro Shackleton was a Royal Air Force maritime patrol aircraft based on the WWII-era Avro Lancaster bomber.  Powered by four Rolls-Royce Griffon engines, each driving two contra-rotating propellers, the ear-splittingly loud Shackleton entered service in 1951.  Some planes were equipped with radar arrays to serve as AWACS planes and designated AEW.2 (Airborne Early Warning, Type 2).  Intended to serve as a temporary transitional type between the Fairey Gannet AEW.1 and Hawker Siddeley (later British Aerospace) Nimrod AEW.3, it ended up serving Britain right up until the end of the Cold War.  The last Shackleton was retired in 1991 and replaced by the American-built Boeing E-3 Sentry.  Nicknamed Dougal, WR960 was based out of RAF Lossiemouth Base (Morayshire, Scotland) from which it watched the North Sea for Soviet incursions.  It flew for over 9700 hours before being donated to the Manchester Museum of Science and Industry in 1983.
Gift Horse by rlkitterman
Gift Horse
For 2015, the occupant of Trafalgar Square's fourth plinth is "Gift Horse" by Hans Haacke, a large statue of a skeletal, riderless horse.  It sits opposite the equestrian statue of King George IV, and is (according to Mr. Haacke) a combination of "The Anatomy of a Horse" by George Stubbs, represented by the accurate replica of the skeleton, and "The Wealth of Nations" by Adam Smith, represented by a stock ticker on the ribbon tied around the horse's front leg.  In the spring of 2016, it will be replaced by "Really Good," David Shirley's sculpture of a hand making a thumbs-up gesture.  I managed to see "Gift Horse" silhouetted against the evening light on my way across Trafalgar Square to Piccadilly Circus.
NER 4-4-0 M-1621 by rlkitterman
NER 4-4-0 M-1621
The North Eastern Railway M-class 4-4-0 locomotives were designed by Wilson Wordsell in 1892 as his first NER express passenger locomotives.  Similar to his brother Thomas's earlier F-class engines, the twenty M-class engines were built at Gateshead Works, and were in turn followed by thirty Q-class and sixty R-class engines.  These locomotives were assigned to the East Coast Main Line, where their performance on the London-Aberdeen "dining train" in cooperation with the GNR and NBR was closely recorded during the 1895 "Race to the North" against the LNWR/Caledonian Anglo-Scottish express on the West Coast Main Line.  Pulling a 105-ton train, the NER 4-4-0 engines were observed to have maintained an average speed of 62 miles per hour on the York-Newcastle section and an average speed of 66 miles per hour on the Newcastle-Edinburgh section.  The only survivor, M-1621, was retired by the LNER in 1945 and donated to the National Railway Museum in 1975.  It is on display at the Locomotion Museum (Shildon, Durham County, England).
Another Wannabe Wizard by rlkitterman
Another Wannabe Wizard
Today, September 1, is when student wizards ride the Hogwarts Express to school in J.K. Rowling's Harry Potter series.  London King's Cross is where Harry and his friends board the train, so the Harry Potter gift shop has set up a promotional gimmick in the station: visitors can put on a scarf from one of the four houses (Gryffindor, Ravenclaw, Hufflepuff, or Slytherin) and pretend to push a luggage trolley through the wall separating the real world from Platform 9 and 3/4.  The attendant seems to be thinking to herself "Another wannabe wizard..." as the latest tourist takes her turn.
Douglas DC-7 Flagship Vermont Cockpit by rlkitterman
Douglas DC-7 Flagship Vermont Cockpit
The nose of American Airlines Douglas DC-7 airliner N334AA "Flagship Vermont" is preserved at the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum in Washington, D.C.  Visitors are able to walk into the fuselage and look at the cockpit. Even on a 1956 propeller plane, which many of us would consider primitive in the 21st century, there are quite a lot of controls, indicators, gauges, and other components, all with some contribution to the function of the aircraft.
Today is my first day as a graduate student at George Mason University, which means I'm going back to school!  If everything goes according to plan, then I will spend the next couple of years or so studying political science and international relations there, and will receive a master's degree in 2017.  In the meantime, I'll be doing a lot of reading and writing, which might cut down on my opportunities to travel around and see new things.  I should still be able to remain fairly active here on Deviant Art, though that may also be affected if I find a new job in the Washington DC area.  Wish me luck!
  • Mood: Optimism
  • Listening to: Devilman Theme
  • Reading: House of Cards by Michael Dobbs
  • Watching: Hellsing Ultimate
  • Playing: Scrabble
  • Eating: Turkey and cheddar sandwich
  • Drinking: Ginger ale


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Brit31 Featured By Owner 4 days ago  Hobbyist Photographer
Cheers for the faves! :)
kanyiko Featured By Owner 6 days ago  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Many thanks for the :+fav:!! ^_^
Pajunen Featured By Owner 6 days ago  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you for the +fav and watch!
rlkitterman Featured By Owner 6 days ago  Hobbyist Photographer
You're very welcome!
Justin-Murphy Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2015
Hey rlkitterman, Since you were in Japan for about a year, more or less... Do you know what kind of chime whistles the majority of steam engines have?  Are they 5-chimes or 6-chimes?
rlkitterman Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2015  Hobbyist Photographer
I don't remember exactly, but the 5-chime whistle seems likely.
Justin-Murphy Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2015
Thank you! They sound very nice, and since you visited Japan, I thought you might know.
rlkitterman Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2015  Hobbyist Photographer
I agree; they do sound nice!  I wish I could have gotten a closer look at them.
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buffyka Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2015  Hobbyist Photographer
Thanks for the fave! :)
rlkitterman Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2015  Hobbyist Photographer
You're welcome!
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