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US Naval Research Laboratory LOFTI-1 Satellite
During the Cold War, the U.S. Naval Research Laboratory designed and built several satellites such as LOFTI-1.  This antenna-and-sensor-covered sphere was launched with the Transit 3B navigation satellite aboard a Thor-Ablestar rocket on February 22, 1961 to investigate the possibility of communicating with submarines at sea using very low frequency radio signals beamed to and from the ionosphere.  LOFTI-1's orbit decayed in about a month, destroying the satellite ahead of schedule, but not before it had shown the U.S. Navy that satellite-submarine VLF communication would not work well.  This replica of LOFTI-1 at the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum's Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center (Chantilly, Virginia) resembles another U.S. Navy satellite launched around the same time, the secret Galactic Radiation and Background (GRAB) spy satellites that carried equipment for the Solrad science experiment and Project Dyno's Tattletale reconnaissance program.  The satellite also resembles one of the droids from the Star Wars series, such as the training remote or some kind of Imperial probe. 
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Balls Out Model
This model of a World War II-era U.S. Army Air Force (USAAF) Republic P-47D Thunderbolt fighter was exhibited at the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum's Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center (Chantilly, Virginia) as Balls Out, whose nose art depicted a charging bull.  Like a bull, a Thunderbolt was hard to stop -- while it couldn't outmaneuver a Messerschmitt or Zero, it could survive attacks that brought down many other fighters.  The real Balls Out is kept flying by Lewis Air Legends of San Antonio, Texas.
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USN Boeing-Stearman N2S-5 Kaydet Trainer
The Boeing-Stearman Model 75 Kaydet biplane, one of the most common trainers of the interwar and World War II periods with almost eleven thousand planes built, was officially designated N2S by the U.S. Navy, whose aviators nicknamed it Yellow Peril.  This N2S-5 at the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum's Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center (Chantilly, Virginia) shows off its Lycoming R-680 radial engine, which could produce up to 330 horsepower. 
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JGR Unstreamlined Boxcab EF58.25 Model
Shortly after World War II ended, Japanese Government Railways (JGR) designed a new 2-C-C-2 electric express passenger engine to replace engines destroyed in the war as passenger traffic returned to prewar levels.  EF58.1 resembled the EF57 as a boxcab with a long balcony over each pilot bogie, but it had roller bearings on all axles.  Unfortunately, these 31 early EF58 engines were unreliable, and production was suspended in 1948.  When Japanese National Railways (JNR) resumed EF58 production in 1952, it redesigned the engines as the familiar streamliner and rebuilt the first 31 engines to match the later 141 engines.  This large-scale model of EF58.25 at the Railway Museum (Omiya, Saitama) shows the locomotive in its early unstreamlined form.
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Model 1961 Nissan Cedric Custom
The Nissan Cedric was introduced for the 1960 model year to compete with the Prince Gloria and Prince Skyline, which Nissan took over a few years later when it bought Prince in 1966.  With its aristocratic British name and stacked headlights like the Mercedes-Benz Grosser limousine, the Cedric was meant to evoke a European luxury car.  This model of a 1961 Nissan Cedric Custom in blue and grey is displayed at the Nissan showroom in Yokohama.
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Hello everyone!  I am back from a few days in New York City, where I walked all over the place.  I will be sharing some of my pictures from my trip, as I really enjoyed the past few days and hope you will enjoy learning about New York with me!
  • Listening to: Vogel im Kafig
  • Reading: Spoof on Titan
  • Watching: Attack on Titan (Shingeki no Kyojin)
  • Playing: Scrabble
  • Eating: Pizza
  • Drinking: Beer

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R.L. Kitterman
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:iconcalamityjade:
CalamityJade Featured By Owner 11 hours ago  Professional General Artist
Thanks for the fav! :hug:
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:iconkanyiko:
kanyiko Featured By Owner 4 days ago  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Many thanks for the recent faves!! :hug:
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mrbill6ishere Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2017  Student General Artist
RIP John Hurt 
1940 - 2017
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:icontcr11050:
tcr11050 Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2017  Student Traditional Artist
Hey R.L. Kitterman, Here's a question I want to ask you: Do you remember when you visited Strasburg Pennsylvania, do you remember in one of the stores you visited where they had like leftover Wooden Thomas stuff that were discontinued and they were selling them in small baggies?
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:iconrlkitterman:
rlkitterman Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2017  Hobbyist Photographer
Thanks for asking!  Unfortunately I don't remember whether or not I saw those things.
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:icontcr11050:
tcr11050 Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2017  Student Traditional Artist
Drat, well thanks for answering.
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:iconrlkitterman:
rlkitterman Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2017  Hobbyist Photographer
I'll have to keep an eye out for them next time I go to Strasburg though!
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kanyiko Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you very much for the faves!! :hug:
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RuthALawrence Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you very much for the fave!
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NatMatryoshka Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks for faving my Rey cosplay :3
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