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Snafu Snatchers OA-10A Catalina by rlkitterman
Snafu Snatchers OA-10A Catalina
During World War II, the U.S. Army Air Force (USAAF) used the naval Consolidated PBY Catalina flying boat, but reclassified it OA-10.  A total of 380 Catalinas were used in the Pacific Theater of Operations for DUMBO search and rescue (SAR) missions, and others were sold to allies such as Brazil.  This particular Catalina patrolled the Amazon basin for the Brazilian Air Force (FAB), and was donated to the National Museum of the United States Air Force in 1984.  It is on display as one of the "Snafu Snatchers" of the 2nd Emergency Rescue Squadron.  I think the Catalina looks a bit odd sitting on its wheels rather than floating in the water.  Also, I believe the gentleman in the blue T-shirt and khaki shorts may be my father.
1885 Topeka Station by rlkitterman
1885 Topeka Station
According to the B&O Railroad Museum, this picture was taken in 1885 at the Topeka, Kansas railroad station.  By this year, the Atchison, Topeka, and Santa Fe Railway (AT&SF) had already gained access to California via the Southern Pacific and unsuccessful Atlantic & Pacific railroads, was well on its way to becoming a completely transcontinental railroad, and had just built a branch line from the Barstow junction to the port city of San Diego.  Within two years, the AT&SF would also reach Los Angeles, connecting Chicago (and therefore the Midwest and East) with southern California.  At Topeka, the crew of a 4-4-0 steam locomotive pose for a picture while preparing their passenger train for departure.
USAF Medal of Honor by rlkitterman
USAF Medal of Honor
First awarded in 1863 to the Union soldiers who hijacked the Confederate steam locomotive The General during the Andrews Raid, the Medal of Honor is given to a member of the U.S. military who has "distinguished himself conspicuously by gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty while engaged in an action against an enemy of the United States," to quote the Code of Federal Regulations.  After being established in 1947 as a distinct branch of service, the U.S. Air Force created its particular version of the Medal of Honor.  Unlike the Army and Navy medals, which contain the head of the Roman goddess Minerva in the center, the Air Force medal contains the head of the Statue of Liberty in the center.  Above the inverted star, the medal is decorated with the word VALOR and a modified Air Force crest of winged thunderbolts.  As of 2015, eighteen Air Force Medals of Honor have been awarded.  A large-scale representation of this medal is on display in the park outside the National Museum of the United States Air Force (Wright-Patterson AFB, Dayton, Ohio).
Hi everyone!  I just finished my Golden Week vacation and am returning to my usual teaching schedule.  This past week, I went to:
- Yokosuka: Visited the battleship HIJMS Mikasa and learned about naval history.
- Yokohama: Saw some interesting trains at the Hara Model Railway Museum.
- Tokyo: Went to the Star Wars Visions art exhibition in Roppongi Hills and saw some toys in Akihabara.
- Oigawa Railway: Rode the Kawane-ji steam train to Senzu and back.
Now to wait another four months for my next vacation....

PS: Norfolk & Western Railway 4-8-4 J-611 is back in steam!
  • Mood: Cheerful
  • Listening to: "No Time for Caution" by Hans Zimmer
  • Reading: House of Cards by Michael Dobbs
  • Watching: My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic
  • Playing: ...with trains
  • Eating: Seasonal bento box
  • Drinking: Shizuoka-Cola


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Brit31 Featured By Owner May 14, 2015  Hobbyist Photographer
Thanks for faving my mail train :)
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rlkitterman Featured By Owner May 9, 2015  Hobbyist Photographer
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