sunset from behind the wire

sunset from behind the wire

Thursday, September 4, 2014

National Championship Air Races (Part 1)



The National Championship Air Races will begin next week in Reno, NV. This is your count-down to the world's fastest motor sport - 2014. Some of the highlights of those races will be featured on this blog since I'll be there all week with my camera and unlimited and unfettered access from the aircraft pits and shops to the flight line. (I should have been a reporter for Fox News, but I fear that I'm nowhere near pretty enough)

Racing Biplane
The Air Races feature multi-lap, multi-aircraft races between extremely high performance aircraft on closed ovoid courses, which range between about 3 miles (Biplanes and Formula One) and about 8 miles (Jet, Unlimited) in length per lap.

Formula 1 Racing Aircraft
The first Reno air races, in 1964 and 1965, took place at Sky Ranch airfield, a dirt strip barely 2,000 feet (610 m) long, which was located in present-day Spanish Springs (near Reno). After Stead Air Force Base was closed in 1966, that field was turned over for public use and the races have been held there since then.

Reno-Stead Airport today is being reborn once again as the UAV test flight center for Northern Nevada. There will be a "DRONE ZONE" at the air races for the first time this year. The FAA will not let drone aircraft race each other unless they are inside of a tent or netted enclosure...unless children want to race them as privately owned (no insurance) hobby aircraft. Then they can race where and when they want to.

Tuning the Bearcat

Palestinians - the World's Most Accomplished Victims

Hamas Flag
Of all the groups of victims on the planet, the Palestinians have to be considered to be "world class". Their citizens populate 'foreign guest worker' ranks throughout the Middle East and they are servants of the wealthy Arab states.

Palestinian culture is one of victimhood, and they have no one to blame but themselves. The "international community" including the U.N. and dozens of other NGOs that have turned them into a welfare economy and fed their Islamist revenge fantasies of destroying Israel. Of course, that's what all Muslims would seem to fantasize about --- destruction of the US and Israel. ("Big and Little Satan", respectively)

The bottom line is the well worn statement that if Hamas laid down their arms there would be no more conflict with Israel and if Israel laid down their arms there would be no more Israel.

The present clash of arms is part of a conflict that goes back somewhere on the order of 4,000 years over who owns the land. It didn't begin today and it will not end today. The next US President is likely to be more pro-israel than Barack Hussein Obama, a closet Muslim. Therefore, the Israelis are unlikely to run out of napalm and bullets anytime soon. 

Rapprochement is the key to success on the West Bank, and in Gaza and that's precisely what Palestinian leaders are fighting against. War leads to misery on a massive scale and perpetual victimhood -- which the Palestinians revel in. War also means that sponsor nations like US ally Qatar, will continue to pump money into the Palestinian state, which fills the Swiss bank accounts of the leadership, the overflow sprinkles out onto the population in the form of payment for gunmen.

A new poll by the Palestinian Center for Policy and Survey Research shows 61% of both West Bank and Gaza Palestinians say they'd vote for the terrorist group Hamas' leader, Ismail Haniyeh, for president if elections were held today. 79% of those queried said they believe that Hamas won the war which, it clearly lost, and 72% favor exporting Hamas' terrorist tactics to the West Bank. While stupid is not an excuse for anything, the talent for self-delusion would seem to run deep with the population of Gaza. Maybe they need to be nominated for the first NATIONAL DARWIN AWARD?

The Israelis are tired of peace talks with Hamas, which is by every possible measure and meter, a terrorist organization bent on the destruction of Israel. Israel has been very circumspect during the present armed engagement and careful in its treatment of the Palestinians. I suspect that those days of tender treatment may be coming to an end as Israel's patience becomes frayed.