Northrop build the XBT-1. This all metal aircraft made its first flight in July 1935. By the spring of 1941 the SBD-3 Dauntless was in service. Douglas built 584 SBD-3s. The U.S. Army Air Corps (USAAC) also purchased almost 900 of these aircraft, designated the A-24 Banshee.
I watched a USAF Basic Military Training graduation ceremony on September 3, 2020. I finished basic training in October 1972. Watching the ceremony live stream on Facebook punctuated how much has changed.
The XF3D-1 made its first flight on March 23, 1948. Douglas test pilot Russell Thaw piloted the prototype. The USN ordered 28 F3D-1 Skyknights.
The Skyray was the first and last delta wing carrier aircraft for the U.S. Navy. It was also the last Douglas fighter accepted by the military. Douglas built 420 Skyrays.
The Skyraider entered service in 1946. Unlike many piston engine aircraft developed during World War II and not ready for service during the war the Skyraider had a long postwar career. When production ended in 1957, Douglas had built 3,180 Skyraiders. There were 8 major models and 37 versions.
The F-102 Delta Dagger was the first supersonic all-weather interceptor. The Convair F-106 Delta Dart was initially designated the F-102B. The F-106 has an airframe similar to the F-102. The F-106A made its first flight on December 24, 1956. The F-106 was the last U.S. purpose built interceptor.
Babylon 5 is a science fiction series that ran from 1993-1998. This series is set in the same century as the original Star Trek series. Babylon 5 shows a darker view of the future and human development. The dark view of the latter is probably due to a lack of human development. Contains spoilers.
The Cessna T-37 first flew on October 12, 1954. The T-37 was the primary jet trainer for the USAF from 1957 until 2009. The USAF began taking delivery of the T-37 in June 1956. The USAF retired the last of its T-37s in July 2009. Columbia, Ecuador, and Pakistan still have T-37s in service.
In 1954 Toho Studios released Gojira. The American version, released in 1956, is Godzilla: King of the Monsters!. Gojira had mixed reviews in Japan. Crowther Bosley of the New York times gave it a scathing review. It was Godzilla that started the Kaiju genre. This article contains spoilers.
Sikorsky built the CH-54 helicopter to meet the U.S. Army’s need for a heavy lift helicopter. The S-64 Skycrane first flew on May 9, 1962. The U.S. Army designated the helicopter the CH-54 Tarhe. The CH-54 served almost until the end of the U.S. involvement in the Vietnam War.
In 1961 the USAF wanted a large jet transport. Lockheed produced the C-141 on time and under budget. This brought military airlift into the jet age. The USAF purchased 284 C-141s. The Starlifter served the USAF from 1965 to 2006.
This cemetery is the final resting place for 400,000 active duty service members, veterans, and their families. The cemetery’s monuments tell the story of the United States from the Civil War to today.
Douglas developed the DC-4E to meet a United Airlines requirement for a long-range airliner. With the war the development the aircraft turned into a military transport. The C-54 Skymaster made its first flight on February 14, 1942. The USAAF and USN bought 1,162 of these aircraft.
Ford’s Theatre is where John Wilkes Booth assassinated President Abraham Lincoln. The theatre is restored to appear as it looked the night of President Lincoln’s assassination. Ford’s Theatre is an active theater that has live performances.
The U.S. Military gave two aircraft the designation B-26. The USAAC designated an aircraft, built by Martin, the B-26 Marauder. The USAF designated an aircraft, built by Douglas, the B-26 Invader. . The Marauder and the Invader served in World War II and the Invader served in other conflicts.
Luray Caverns is the largest caverns in the eastern United States. The Caverns is normally open every day. Luray Caverns is about 100 miles (160 kilometers) west of Washington, DC. Luray Caverns a pleasant day tip from the Washington DC metropolitan area.
In an unusual step the USAAC named an aircraft after a person, Major General William “Billy” Mitchell. The B-25 made its first flight in January 1939. The B-25 served in the USAAF and the USMC. British, Australian, Dutch, Chinese, and Russian units also flew the B-25.
A fictional story. A “B” movie actress gets conned into getting others to invest in a movie. The con artist has disappeared and the actress does what she normally does in a crisis. She goes to her cousin, whose husband is also a fan, for help. The husband comes up with a crazy solution.
A science fiction story about the world's first interstellar mission. It covers what the crew finds when it returns to Earth.
In 1978 (ABC attempted to cash in on the “Star Wars” popularity with the science fiction action series “Battlestar Galactica”. It was a big budget series with sophisticated special effects. In 2004 the Sci Fi network launched a reboot of “Battlestar Galactica”. This article contains spoilers.
There’s an old aviation saying: “If an airplane doesn’t look right, it won’t fly right.” That doesn’t stop aircraft designers, often with government support, from developing aircraft that don’t look right. Often times it causes many to ask, why?
There are at least three movies based on the Richard Matheson 1954 novel, “I Am Legend”. Each movie reflects its time. Each is set a couple of years after its release. They all used A list actors in the lead role. This article contains spoilers.
The C-5 Galaxy is the largest cargo plane in America’s military arsenal. Development began in 1965. The requirement was for a transport that can carry all the components of a U.S. Army division. The C-5M Super Galaxy has a cargo capacity of 281,001 pounds. It has a range up to 7,000 nautical miles.
The National Museum of Asian Art is located on the Mall in Washington, DC. The museum has art and artifacts from Asia’s long history. The sections include Japan, the Islamic World, the Indian Subcontinent, China, Korea, Japan, South Asia, and South East Asia. Admission is free.
A Science Fiction story about a U.S. Space Force spaceship that finds evidence of someone alive over 10 light years from where anyone should be.
The F-104 had superior performance at the expense of equipment and other trade-offs. The Starfighter could fly over twice the speed of sound and had a service ceiling of 58,000 feet Its sleek lines gave it the look of the fighter. The F-104 was based on what USAF fighter pilots said was needed.
The series premise was a family is sent into outer space and crash lands on an uncharted planet. Despite its many detractors the series ran for three years. The series spawned a movie in 1998 and a reboot series in 2018. This article has spoilers for some of the episodes.
Brooks AFB was named after Sidney Johnson Brooks, Jr. , a cadet who died in a flying accident. . Cadet Brooks may have blacked out from the inoculations he received before his fatal flight. This would be an ironic connection to the future Brooks AFB.
I posted 200 articles on HubPages. I joined HubPages over 5 years ago. The purpose of this article is to share what I think I know not to praise myself or complain about HubPages’ perceived shortcomings. There are many writers who are far more successful by any metric.
The USS Iowa (BB.61) was launched on August 27, 1942. It was the first of 4 Iowa Class battleships constructed. These were the last battleships to enter the U.S. fleet. Their combination of speed, maneuverability, and state-of-the-art fire control systems probably made them the best battleships.
The Bf 108A prototype, D-ILIT, first flew in June 1934. It was the first all-metal aircraft Messerschmitt built. Its advanced features included an enclosed cabin and an outward retracting landing gear. It had a speed range spectrum from 38 to 181 mph.
In the 1970s The Alamo was arguably more well-known than San Antonio. In the 1970s a visit to the Alamo reinforced some myths and exploded some misconceptions. The iconic view of the Alamo’s façade was a symbol of Texas independence and American “no surrender” tradition.
The Soviet Union began deploying the S-75 missile in 1958 and exported it to China within the year. The S-75 proved flying over airspace under its protection was dangerous. After 60 years it is still an active surface to air missile system.
“The Rise of Skywalker” is Episode IX in the Star Wars saga. This is supposed to be the last Star Wars episode. That appeared to be the case for Episodes III and VI. This article contains some spoilers for previous Star Wars episodes.
“Die Hard” premiered on July 12, 1988. “Die Hard” spawned 4 sequels. This movie's success inspired many movies with a similar plot line. This article contains spoilers for “Die Hard” and related movies.
The New York World’s Fair opened in New York in 1964. To young New Yorkers this was a wonderous place. To older New Yorkers it wasn’t as good as the 1939 World’s Fair. This article will give some passing mentions to a few other World’s Fairs and some related events.
The MiG-15 was the Soviet Union’s first “true” jet aircraft. Previous Soviet jets were made by fitting jet engines to existing piston engine airframes.
This 2004 animated Christmas movie was an instant classic. Tom Hank’s voice was used for six of the characters. It was the first all-digital capture film. It’s an understatement to state the animation was high quality.
“Star Trek” first aired on September 8, 1966. Its last first run episode aired on June 3, 1969. In many ways “Star Trek” took viewers where they had not gone before. I’ll put in some of my thoughts and feelings at the time in this article. This article contains spoilers.
The move “Midway” opened in theaters on November 8, 2019.In 1976 Universal Pictures and The Mirisch Corporation released “Midway”, a movie with an all-star cast. These movies depicted the 1942 battle of Midway. These movies cover the battle of Midway, and the events leading up to the battle.
“Blade Runner” opened in theaters in 1982. It opened to mixed reviews. Today the film is a Science Fiction classic. “Blade Runner” started the Sci Fi Noir and Cyber Punk genres. November 2019 is much different than what was predicted in “Blade Runner”. Flying cars aside that’s all for the good.
The F-80 shooting star was the U.S. military’s first operational jet aircraft. The first XP-80 made its first flight on January 9, 1944. The flight broke an American speed record. It reached a speed of 502 mph becoming the first American plane to exceed 500 mph.
Hershey, Pennsylvania, bills itself as “The Sweetest Place on Earth.” This article is based on my personal experiences, including missteps, during visits to the Hershey area. The visits span from 2002 to 2014.
“Inherit the Wind” was a 1960 based on the play. There were remakes but the original movie is the most memorable. This article will cover the movie and the actual events surrounding the trial of The State of Tennessee vs. John Thomas Scopes, in July 1925. There are spoilers.
The Yokosuka MXY7 Ohka was the only purpose-built suicide aircraft ever deployed. The MXY7 was rocket powered. A bomber would drop the Ohka and the Ohka pilot would start the rocket engine and attempt to crash the Ohka into an allied ship. U.S. Navy sailors nicknamed the aircraft “Baka”.
In 1991 I got to see it more as a native than a visitor. Many things were the same as they were when I left Korea in 1986. Some things had subtle differences. Some things may have been the same but I hadn’t seen or noticed them before.
The Consolidated B-24 Liberator served in many roles, including strategic bombing. It often flew missions alongside the B-17.
This 1994 action/comedy starring Arnold Schwarzenegger had a $115 million budget. Its cumulative worldwide gross was almost $379 million. In some quarters it was billed as a show with good family values. Others found that assessment odd because of the violence and strong language.
Fort McHenry is a National Park, National Monument, and a Historic Shrine. The Battle of Fort McHenry inspired a poem that became the United States of America's national anthem. The Fort is in Baltimore, Maryland.
“Paths of Glory”, “Town Without Pity”, and “Breaker Morant” are movies that involve soldiers being court martialed for capitol offenses. The movies involve soldiers of three different militaries from three different eras. They involve three different capital offenses.
The B-17 Flying Fortress symbolized American airpower in World War II during the war and ever since. General Henry “Hap” Arnold said, “The B-17 was airpower.” As with all legends there is myth and fact.
In 1985 the only thing many Americans knew about Korea was what Korean War veterans told them or what they saw on the popular television show M*A*S*H. This article is from the perspective of someone who had never been outside North America.
“The Angry Birds Movie 2” is another movie based on the video game, Angry Birds. The short “Hair Love” also plays with “The Angry Birds Movie 2” screenings.
Excalibur is the saga of King Arthur from his conception to his death. It has a talented cast; many went on to become household names. It has beautiful scenery, impressive sets, a fantastic score, and credible looking fights.
The Space Shuttle program began in 1972. The program ended on with the last flight on July 21, 2011. The program had triumphs and tragedies. Some of what the Space Shuttle achieved has not been replicated since the program ended.
The National Museum of the Marine Corps is adjacent to the Marine Corps Base Quantico. From 1978 to 2002 there was the Marine Corps Air-Ground Museum inside Marine Base Quantico. This article will cover the current museum and its predecessor.
Disney released a live action version of The Lion King in 2019. Live action seems a loose term since much of the action is CGI. The movie is available in 3D. One capsule will have spoilers for the live action and the animated movie.
An Air Force sergeant is murdered on an Army base in 1976. Two CID Agents investigate her murder.
July 4, 1976 was the 200th anniversary of the signing of The Declaration of Independence. Large and small Bicentennial celebrations were planned throughout the United States. New York celebrated the U.S. Bicentennial with Operation Sail.
Mount Vernon, George Washington’s home, is located along the Potomac River and about a ½ hour drive from Washington, DC. It is a historical and picturesque place to visit.
The F8F Bearcat is not normally on lists of the greatest airplanes. The Bearcat had good performance figures and unlike many other aircraft its actual performance often exceeded its brochure statistics. Despite its impressive statistics how it would have fared against, and with, World War II era ai
On September 18, 1965 the spy spoof, “Get Smart”, premiered. “Get Smart” was lambasted by the critics but became an iconic television series. . The show would be a prelude to some of the classic comedy movies of the 1970s. This article contains spoilers for some of the episodes.
The Lockheed Constellation started as a military transport. The Super Constellation had a range of 4,600 miles with an endurance of 20 hours. It could carry 20 tons of cargo. This made the C-121 a good candidate for some new military missions.
The Shenandoah Caverns are located in Quicksburg, Virginia. It is about 2 ½ hours driving time from Washington, DC, depending on traffic. It is the only cavern in Virginia that has an elevator. Besides the caverns there are other curiosities to see.
Aladdin (2019) is a live action version of the 1992 animated movie. Aladdin runs for 128 minutes. Its MPAA rating is PG. In most respects it isn’t as dark as the G rated original.
Great Falls Park is 15 miles (24 km) from Washington, DC. The park is 800 acres (325 hectares). Great Falls is a good place for a family outing.
Rogue One: A Star Wars Story gives the Rebel Alliance much more depth than the original Star Wars. Rogue One makes some amazing technical achievements. These achievements bring up ethical and legal questions. It also brings up the old question of “it can be done but should it be done”?
Lockheed Corporation wanted to build a transport aircraft that, according to Lockheed’s chief research engineer Kelly Johnson, “would carry more people farther and faster than ever before, and economically enough to broaden the acceptance of flying as an alternative to train, ship, and automobile.”
The Smithsonian’s Zoo in Washington, DC has 1,800 animals representing 300 species in 13 exhibits. The zoo spans 163 acres. It has large open areas for most of its large animals. This makes it good for the animals and good for viewing. This article is largely based on my personal experience.
Walt Disney released its live action version of Dumbo in March 2019. Tim Burton directed this version. Tim Burton’s reputation for remakes is to have many twists in the plot and in the scenery. Tim Burton did this in Dumbo. Time will tell if this version will have the original's staying power.
The P-36 was an all metal aircraft with a closed cockpit and retractable landing gear. In May 1937 a P-36 entered a fighter competition at Wright Field and won a contract for 210 aircraft. Deliveries began in April 1938. Other countries also purchased the P-36.
Many movies have plot lines similar to stories from antiquity. . How close movies follow ancient plot lines vary. This article contains spoilers for the ancient stores and the movies mentioned.
The F-117 was the first U.S. stealth aircraft. While previous aircraft had stealth features the F-117 was the first aircraft specifically designed to be invisible for all practical purposes. The F-117 was named the Nighthawk but the pilots gave it the nickname “The Black Jet”.
Williamsburg is the home of “Colonial Williamsburg” and there are many other nearby places to visit. There are many hotels and prices vary from bargain basement to high priced. It is a good place for a day trip, if you’re close enough, or a long stay.
The SR-71 Blackbird was the fastest production aircraft of all time. Its speed far outstripped any aircraft in any military inventory. The Air Force decided against using it as a fighter but ordered 33 of them as reconnaissance aircraft.
The Fifth Element shows the 23rd Century as a zany place. This makes it a fun movie action/adventure movie. This begs the question of how our time would look to the early 19th century?
Busch Gardens Williamsburg—also known as Busch Gardens, The Old Country—is close to the city of Williamsburg, Virginia. No matter the season, it is a fun place to visit, but it's especially magical during the holidays.
Northrop, in conjunction with McDonnell-Douglas, modified the YF-17 to make it a suitable fighter for the U.S. Navy. In June, 1975 the U.S. Navy (USN) announced its decision to acquire the aircraft and designated it the F-18. After modifications the Navy designated it the F/A-18.
The F-16 started as a concept to see if was possible to build a credible fighter plane that was significantly lighter and less expensive than the F-15, which was under development. The result was a multi-role fighter aircraft that is the workhorse of many air forces.
I've visited Virginia Beach a few times. Virginia Beach seems it would be similar to many other tourist cities along the U.S. Atlantic seaboard. Hopefully readers will find some parts amusing, some parts instructional, and some parts a time capsule.
The story revolves around three veterans and three New Year's Eve celebrations that span 100 years.
An anecdote about a social faux pas on Valentine's Day.
This is a look at some of the places and memories in New York City over the years. This article is mostly from personal experience. As with New York City in general some things have changed and some things remain constant.
There have been three films of note based on the 1957 Dr. Seuss book, “How the Grinch Stole Christmas”. The movies are faithful to the book’s story arc. They all add to what is in the Dr. Seuss book. This article contains spoilers.
The National Cryptologic Museum, located in Annapolis Junction, is in the shadow of the National Security Agency building. It houses the cryptologic history, which spans the history of the United States. This museum adds another dimension to the history of the United States.
On January 22, 1968 few people ever heard of the ship. By sunset of January 23 almost everyone in the United States knew of the USS Pueblo.
Top Gun and Armageddon were movies that had manly men doing manly things. These movies had women in them but it was the men who were doing the real work. While women can enjoy these movies they are, either by accident or design, geared towards showing men at their best.
On November 22, 1963 I lived in the Bensonhurst section of Brooklyn, New York. What would have been a forgettable day turned into a day everyone who lived it would never forget. The way things were on that day changed dramatically in a few short years.
The USS Liberty was built during World War II. In 1967 the USS Liberty (GTR-5) was listed in “Jane’s Fighting Ships” as a research vessel. It was an open secret the USS Liberty was a spy ship. Mistakes by others spelled catastrophe for the USS Liberty.
Grumman developed the F-14 Tomcat. The Tomcat’s development and U.S. Navy retirement were controversial. The F-14 made its mark on military and film history.
"Kelly’s Heroes", "Play Dirty", and "The Battle of the Bulge" are three World War II movies that are not among the most well-known. Each of these movies have at least one scene that is so memorable that by describing the scene people would immediately know if they’d seen the movie.
Matthew & Rachael Kristiansen start a normal day. Matthew drives to work and Rachael stays home. They are oblivious to the horrific events that were in progress.
Versions of the Boeing 747 have been used in the USAF and NASA beginning in 1974. The 747’s size made it a natural choice for certain missions. The 747 history of government service shows the aircraft’s capability, says something about our history, and current capabilities.
The Boeing 747 first flew on February 9, 1969. It was the reigning “Queen of the Skies” for the rest of the 20th century. Boeing sold 1,546 747s. It was the first of the wide body jetliners.
Ghostbusters was released in 1984. It has become a classic. In 2016 a Ghostbusters reboot was released. The reboot recast the Ghostbusters as women. The reboot received much harsh criticism.
This film carries on the tradition of the film series. It has the almost nonstop action with excellent special effects. It is 147 minutes of action, intrigue, some humor, and tips of the hat to the television series and previous Mission: Impossible films.
A popular movie topic is college life. Many of them are comedies. One could make the argument it’s difficult to make a movie about college life that isn’t a comedy. This article has spoilers for the movies covered.
The Boys from Brazil, Marathon Man, and The Odessa File are three thrillers about NAZIs who were engaged in diabolical activities years after the end of World War II. . Former NAZIs up to no good after the war was a common theme in movies. These movies were a cut above other such movies.
The USAF acquired the first Boeing B-707 in August 1956. Since then about 900 B-707s have been built for militaries and other government agencies.
Baltimore’s Inner Harbor is a nice place for a day trip if you’re close enough. It is also a good place for a longer visit. There are many places to visit at the Inner Harbor and more places to visit that are close by. What you can do on a visit depends on time and your budget.
The Boeing 707 prototype, a model 367-80 made its first flight on July 15, 1954. It first entered service on October 26, 1958. It soon became the symbol of air travel. Boeing built 1,010 civilian versions before stopping production. There are about 130 707s still in civilian service.
In 1951 the United States Air Force (USAF) issued design specifications for a transport plane. Lockheed built the C-130A Hercules. The YC-130 made its first flight on August 23, 1954. It is still in production and holds the record from the longest continuous production run for military aircraft.
The Metropolitan Museum of Art in Manhattan is one of the largest museums in the world. The Metropolitan Museum of Art (The Met) has a large collection of paintings and sculptures. It also has much more. The Met’s artifacts span all of recorded history from all cultures.
The Incredibles 2 opened in the U.S. theaters on June 15, 2018 and was shown with the short Bao. These movies appeal to both adults and children. The movies have story lines that parents can identify with.
“Air Force One” is the air traffic control call sign of a United States Air Force (USAF) aircraft carrying the President of the United States. A fleet of aircraft is at the President’s disposal. This article is about the aircraft in the presidential fleet and aircraft presidents have used.
“Colossus: The Forbin Project”, “Soylent Green”, and “The Stepford Wives” addressed social and political issues of the day. Spoiler alert. These movies did not have upbeat endings.
Aircraft linked together in flight is a common occurrence. For decades the idea linking aircraft together has resulted in many successes and some crazy concepts. Some concepts haven’t gotten past the concept stage. Some concepts beg the question of how it got past the concept stage.
The A-10 USAF aircraft designed specifically for close air support. It can carry 8 tons or ordinance. It has a 30mm Gatling gun that can fire up to 4,200 rounds per minute. Titanium armor protects the pilot and parts of the flight-control system.
Artwork on military aircraft has been around since the beginning of military aviation. Artwork for fun has on occasion become heraldry and in at least one case took on a practical purpose. As with all art forms sometimes it was censored.
This article doesn’t cover movies made by the Axis Powers before their downfall. This article tells about some movies that have the Axis winning the day. These movies say much about the times they were made. This article contains spoilers.
The Northrop F-20 Tigershark’s development began in 1975 as the next phase of the F-5’s development. Northrop hoped it could continue its success in foreign sales with the F-20.
“Casablanca” created a generation of devoted fans and has picked up more fans over the decades. This movie has been copied and parodied countless times. This article contains spoilers.
It is 2467. The space ship Tereshkova finds a planet with 21st century technology has interstellar capability. The crew is obliged to make contact.
“The Manchurian Candidate” put communism and anti-communism together. The result is a Cold War Era thriller that is a time capsule and timeless. This article contains spoilers.
The B-1 started as a concept in 1964. It is one of the three intercontinental bombers in USAF service today. It has a long and controversial history.
A discount store chain needs a commercial for an campaign to sell jewelry for Valentine's Day. Previous campaigns have failed so they want an innovative ad to show during the Super Bowl.
The F-111’s development became an example of how not to develop a system. Its combat debut gave many the impression it was an advanced weapon system that didn't work.
This article is about war movies where the major characters are ‘the enemy’ from an American point of view. These movies are different from war movies that cover both sides of a battle.
The Douglas DC-3 first flew on December 22, 1935. It entered service in May, 1936. With over 11,000 built it was the most widely used transport in the history of aviation.
This movie premiered 40 years after the release of the original Star Wars. It seems a good time to compare it with other Star Wars movies. Science fiction has changed much since the first Star Wars.
“It’s a Wonderful Life” is a perennial Christmas favorite. “It’s a Wonderful Live” is a fantasy with a Christmas setting. This movie is geared to an adult audience. This article contains spoilers.
This is a look back at some tourist spots in The District during the 1980s in December. Some things have changed and some things are the same. The article describes the situation 30 years ago.
This article uses 2 classic TV sitcoms and a movie and a movie series to illustrate how the characters might be judged if their genders were reversed.
In August 2011 the MQ-1 Predator passed the 1 million flying hours milestone. The USAF plans to retire the Predator in 2018. The Predator made its mark in aviation history.
The Addams Family and The Musters may have been the pinnacle of preposterous television show plots. These shows ran from 1964-66. Their runs were short but they gave a lasting impression.
I visited the museum on Yoido Island a couple of times in 1986 and in 1991. This article is about the museum that was on Yoido Island and some of its artifacts.
The 10th Victim (1965), Death Race 2000 (1975), and Rollerball (1975) are set in the 21st century. The premise of each movie revolves around the most popular sport in the world.
A continuation of The Cesium Flash stories. Alfred travels to his friend Mike's house. He has to convince Mike his traveling companion is an alien then figure out a way to convince important people.
I have posted 100 articles on HubPages. . The purpose of this article is to share what I think I know not to praise myself or complain about HubPages’ perceived shortcomings.
The U-2 made its first flight in August 1955 and U-2s are flying missions for the U.S. Air Force today. U-2 production ended in 1989. The U-2 is capable of operating through 2045.
Dunkirk should be considered on any list of great war movies. The movie is based on the evacuation of allied soldiers at Dunkirk from May 26 to June 4, 1940.
In movies and TV killing a woman is dangerous. This article contains spoilers for many movies and television episodes. Times are changing but tradition dies hard.
When the B-52 was designed in the early 1950s its speed was comparable to the front line fighters of the day. The USAF plans to keep the B-52 in military service beyond 2040.
In 1969 Rod Serling hosted the pilot for “Night Gallery”. The subsequent TV series ran from 1970 to 1973. The series was innovative and went through some interesting changes through the series run.
This is a continuation of The Cesium Flash. It fills in some of the back story. It also brings up some new questions.
Northrop delivered this P-61, serial number 43-8330, to the U.S. Army on July 28, 1945. This P-61 is one of only 4 P-61 in existence today.
Set in 1967. East German intelligence sends the CIA a letter supposedly from a woman who wants to defect. The CIA sends an agent to assess the situation and act accordingly.
The original “Total Recall” (1990) was a box office success. The 2012 remake had twice the budget of the original and was a box office disaster. This article contains spoilers for the original.
Before World War II some women pilots made their marks on aviation history. It was inevitable women pilots would be involved in every capacity in World War II.
The P-51 Mustang is the plane that won the battle over Germany. Other planes contributed but it was the Mustang that turned the air war over Germany irreversibly in the Allies’ favor.
Alfred, an astronomer, found a way to predict when and where UFOs would land. He previously sent Jay Lyons to watch a UFO landing. He disappeared. Now Alfred and Susanna was go to watch a landing.
Television has many common episode plots. It is possible to have a television series that runs over 100 episodes without using an original plot line and without repeating a plot line.
The Ju 52 at the National Air and Space Museum’s Udvar-Hazy Center is actually a Spanish built CASA 352. The Smithsonian also has a Ju 52, Werke Nummer 560049, in its collection, in deep storage.
The 1993 movie “Groundhog Day” has become synonymous with the concept of repeating the same events numerous times. Many movies made before and after “Groundhog Day” have a similar premise.
The P-38 Lightning was the first high performance aircraft Lockheed built. The P-38’s speed compared favorably to the single engine fighters at the start of the U.S. involvement in World War II.
The Spy Who Loved Me, Star Wars, and Alien each had strong women characters that were similar yet different from earlier women characters. This article contains spoilers.
The Quiet Man, Queen of Outer Space, and How to Murder Your Wife are three movies that have male chauvinism on full display. This article contains spoiler for these movies.
Vought designed the XF4U-1 with the concept of building a lightweight fighter around the most powerful engine available. F-4U production continued until 1952 and 12,571 were built.
March of the Wooden Soldiers was not the first Christmas themed movie. It was the first Christmas themed movie to become a perennial part of Christmas television programming. Article has spoilers.
Development for the F-15 was done with the maxim, “Not a pound for air-to-ground.” Air Force pilots and leaders believed the F-15 was a winner some outside experts were skeptical of its capabilities.
The Outer Limits was a Science Fiction anthology series that ran from 1963 – 1965. Here are a few episodes and some questions they pose. This article contains spoilers for the episodes highlighted.
The National Air and Space Museum’s Hawker Hurricane Mk. IIC, serial number LF686, is on display at its Udvar-Hazy Center, Chantilly, Virginia. Hurricanes served both from land bases and from ships.
Dracula: Dead and Loving It, Love at First Bite, and Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein are comedies from 3 different eras that have Dracula as a main character. This article contains some spoiler
Manassas National Battlefield is adjacent to the City of Manassas. This is the site of the First and Second Battles of Manassas.
It may be difficult to image a space movie without aliens. Outland, Apollo 13, and Armageddon are late 20th century space movies that don’t have aliens. They represent 3 different approaches.
The Spitfire and the Me-109 were iconic World War II aircraft. These aircraft had a deadly rivalry throughout World War II and beyond. These aircraft were generally loved by their pilots.
The Blue Max is set in World War I. It is among the best air combat movies. The story is centered on ‘the enemy’. The allied characters get only cameo appearances.
Alice and Molly are sisters in Brooklyn, NY, 1964. After a dreary day they go to see a movie together. During the movie they see themselves as the female characters in an action/adventure movie.
Harpers Ferry, West Virginia might seem to be a typical tourist trap. Harpers Ferry is a good place to learn and better understand U.S. history.
Some movies have titles that can give moviegoers, and later television viewers, the wrong idea of what the movie is about. This article contains some spoilers about the movies mentioned.
The Harrier was the realization of a concept to develop a combat aircraft that could take off vertically. It has served in many of the conflicts the U.S. and the UK have been involved in since 1982.
Some television shows have characters that are difficult or impossible to like. Despite these characters being unlikeable they are liked or even loved by the show’s fans.
Bridget O’Connor finds 1850s New York an American nightmare. Cathy MacGrew's day job isn't going well as her art career blossoms.
A fictional short story about a woman who returns from a vacation in Ireland and finds the job situation is getting worse. Was her vacation just a short respite from a lackluster life?
On June 14, 1945 the Army Air Forces (AAF) accepted the B-29-45-MO, serial number 44-89292, from the Martin plant at Omaha. This aircraft dropped the atomic bomb on Hiroshima.
The First Men in the Moon, Robinson Crusoe on Mars, and Journey to the Far Side of the Sun are three 1960s space movies. They all involve aliens.
A theme park android, designated Donna 998, has a short but unusual encounter with a park guest. This brief encounter has a long standing effect on the android.
The Mosquito TH 998 was transported to the United States on August 17, 1962. The aircraft has been in storage at the Paul E. Garber Facility in Silver Hill, Maryland since then.
Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea, Crack in the World, and Fantastic Voyage are Science Fiction Movies that have themes different from most science fiction movies of their era or any era. Spoilers!
The Smithsonian’s P-39Q-15-BE, serial number 44-2433, is currently on loan to the Niagara Aerospace Museum in Niagara Falls, New York. The aircraft doesn’t have a combat history.
In 1986 the movie Highlander opened in theaters. It has action and romance, good elements for a date movie. This article contains spoilers for the movies and some television episodes.
Many people, of various levels of expertise, make many predictions of what will happen in the future. Sometimes they put a date on when these predictions will come to pass.
Christmas Vacation is a 1989 Christmas comedy. Some things set Christmas Vacation apart from other Christmas movies. This article contains spoilers.
Not going is counter to what the experts in such matters say. I am not writing as an expert in such matters. If you are a company executive then this article is not meant for you.
A short story with a modern setting and A Christmas Carol type format.
Fail Safe is a drama about an accident which could lead to a nuclear war. Dr. Strangelove is a comedy about an insane United States Air Force general who tries to start a nuclear war. Spoilers here.
There is a Macchi C.202 Folgore suspended from the ceiling in the World War II gallery at the National Air & Space Museum in Washington, DC. It is one of the 3 remaining C.202s.
In America Election Day is within a week after Halloween. This short story combines Presidential elections with a Halloween theme.
Ellen Ripley and Sarah Connor were two capable characters who showed their capabilities and limitations in the first sequel. This article has spoilers to the original movies and to the first sequels.
The National Air and Space Museum’s collection includes a Nakajima Kikka. Nakajima received specifications for an aircraft based on the Me-262’s design.
The Fountainhead is a drama s about an architect who won’t compromise his designs. Ed Wood is a comedy about Ed Wood. This article contains spoilers for both movies.
In the Udvar-Hazy Center a Republic P-47, Focke Wulf FW-190, and Kawanishi N1K2-JA are on display near each other.
What gave The Day the Earth Stood Still its honored place in Science Fiction film history is the movie’s mature theme and message. This article contains spoilers.
One of the stars of the 1985 movie Top Gun was the F-14 Tomcat. One of the supporting performers was the A-4 Skyhawk. This supporting role could also describe the history of the Skyhawk.
After Star Wars there were many memorable outer space movies. They were rarely memorable because of the film’s quality or production values. This article contains spoilers.
The Apollo 11 coverage, which included live coverage of the first moonwalk, was arguably the most important TV event. This event displayed the great technological achievements mankind had made.
The last Arado Ar-234 Blitz (Lightning) in existence, Werke Nummer 140312, is on display at the Smithsonian’s Udvar-Hazy Center in Dulles, Virginia. . This aircraft served with KG 76 in 1945.
The Science Fiction classics Things to Come and Metropolis depict cities in the 21st century. This article contains spoilers for both these movies.
In June 1991 there was a World War II style victory parade on the Washington Mall.
Despiser and Iron Sky are two 21st Century low budget movies. These movies show what can be done with a small budget and a big imagination.
The HMS Reaper was constructed during World War II for wartime service. Its legacy is of more interest to aviation than to naval history buffs.
1968 saw the release of the movies Night of the Living Dead, Planet of the Apes, and 2001: A Space Odyssey. This article contains spoilers for these movies. These movies reflected 1968 and had a significant impact on the future of movies.
The National Air & Space Museum has a Ju 388L-1 (work number 560049) in deep storage at the Paul E. Garber Facility in Silver Hill, Maryland. It is the sole surviving Ju 388.
A fictional short story. Hans Barkhorn is a German historian in 2023. He performs historical research through time travel. He will go on a mission to 1923.
It is an excellent movie. I believe not knowing anything about it enhanced my viewing experience. Hayao Miyazaki wrote the screenplay and directed the movie.
The last Dornier Do 335 Pfeil (Arrow) is at the Smithsonian’s Udvar-Hazy Center. The aircraft is a Do 335A-0 Werke Nummer (Serial Number) 240102.
Village of the Damned, Gorgo, and The Day the Earth Caught Fire are three United Kingdom Science Fiction movies. This article contains spoilers for these movies and other movies mentioned in the article.
The HMS Barham fought in the Battle of Jutland in World War I and in a number of battles in World War II. There were many interesting aspects of her life, death, and aftermath.
The Beast from 20,000 Fathoms, Forbidden Planet, and Earth vs. The Flying Saucers are good examples of American Science Fiction movies in the 1950s. This article contains spoilers for these movies.
The National Air and Space Museum has a Ruhrstahl X-1 on display in the Udvar-Hazy Center. The Fritz-X had a short but deadly combat history before the Luftwaffe phased it out in favor of the Hs-293.