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Thunderbirds F-100 Super Sabre by rlkitterman
Thunderbirds F-100 Super Sabre
From 1964 to 1968, the U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds stunt squadron flew the North American F-100 Super Sabre.  This F-100D was retired in 1977 and donated to the National Museum of the United States Air Force (Wright-Patterson AFB, Dayton, Ohio).
NASA F-104A Starfighter by rlkitterman
NASA F-104A Starfighter
Introduced sixty years ago in 1954, the Lockheed F-104 Starfighter was the first American jet fighter to exceed Mach 2 in regular service.  NASA used this F-104A as a test plane and chase plane, as its supersonic performance outmatched most other craft.  It was retired in 1975 and donated to the Smithsonian, which put the Starfighter on display in front of the planetarium at the National Air and Space Museum in Washington DC.
Nozomi Riding into the Sunset by rlkitterman
Nozomi Riding into the Sunset
A Nozomi (Hope) Shinkansen bullet train rides into the sunset, passing through Shizuoka station on its journey west from Tokyo to Nagoya and Osaka.  It must have been doing about 300 kilometers/hour (180+ miles/hour) here, three times faster than the trains on the JR Tokaido main line, and sounded like a low-flying jet airplane.
Lockheed NT-33A Special Test Plane by rlkitterman
Lockheed NT-33A Special Test Plane
In the mid-1950s, Calspan SRL Corporation (Buffalo, New York) converted some Lockheed T-33 Shooting Star trainers into NT-33A special test planes.  For 40 years, the NT-33A tested flight control systems in ways even the most advanced simulators could not.  After its retirement in 1997, the NT-33A was put on display at the National Museum of the United States Air Force (Wright-Patterson AFB, Dayton, Ohio).  If any of you are flying planes right now, consider that your aircraft may have been influenced by the NT-33A.
Pave Low IV 68-10357 by rlkitterman
Pave Low IV 68-10357
Based on the Super Jolly Green Giant, the Sikorsky MH-53M Pave Low IV is a massive, grim-looking special-operations helicopter.  It flew with the U.S. Air Force from 1967 to 2008, an impressive 40 years of military service, before being replaced by the Osprey tiltrotor.  At nearly 90 feet long with a 72-foot rotor, it is one of the largest helicopters to have been in U.S. military service.  For their special missions, Pave Low IV helicopters were equipped with advanced sensor/electronics systems and three machine guns. 

Pave Low IV 68-10357 participated in Operation Ivory Coast, the 1970 mission to rescue American POWs from Son Tay prison in Vietnam, and is now on display at the National Museum of the United States Air Force (Wright-Patterson AFB, Dayton, Ohio).  Transformers fans might recognize the Pave Low IV as Blackout and Grindor from the Michael Bay movies.  Neither Decepticon fared terribly well; Blackout got shot by Captain Lennox and Grindor got his head pulled in two by Optimus Prime.
Today, I visited a Japanese heritage railway for the first time.  I rode an SL excursion train on the Oigawa Railway, which was an excellent trip, as I got to see plenty of beautiful scenery and classic steam locomotives and other rolling stock.  I ended up taking 806 pictures, so I will put some of my personal favorites here as soon as I can organize the folder.  Hope you are all enjoying Halloween wherever you are!
  • Mood: Bliss
  • Listening to: Life's Railway to Heaven by the Statler Brothers
  • Reading: The Superior Person's Book of Words
  • Watching: The Right Stuff
  • Playing: Trainz Railroad Simulator 2006
  • Eating: Yakitori
  • Drinking: Draft beer


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pianolady32 Featured By Owner 1 day ago  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you so much for the watch!
uncle-sam-hk Featured By Owner 2 days ago
Thanks for the fav!
Jimlogan1701 Featured By Owner 2 days ago  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you for the fav :-)
kanyiko Featured By Owner 4 days ago  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Many thanks for the :+fav:!! ^_^
OliverBPhotography Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
Thanks a lot for all the favs! :thanks:
Furuhashi Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2014  New member
Thank you so much for many favourites!
pianolady32 Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you for the favorites! Bunny Emoji-66 (Thank you arigatou) [V3] 
OriliaBlackwood Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2014  New member Hobbyist General Artist
Thx for faving x3 <3
SiwySzczur Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2014
Nice gallery:)
rlkitterman Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you very much!
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