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There was a Bomber gas station in Canada too! Had a Lancaster!

October 18th, 2017 by admin

But unlike the B17 Bomber Gas Station in Milwaukie Oregon, the one in Canada didn’t last long, as the plane was quickly desired for fire fighting, and after they fixed it up, and were taxing to take off, a fire broke out in the nose, and that was the end of that. It was scrapped.

In 1947, the Canadian Government decided to sell a number of Lancasters. The RCAF struck KB885 off inventory and sold it to Charlie Parker of Red Deer, Alberta for $275.00.

Charlie saw his new Lancaster as a potential magnet to draw customers to his service station

He began to tow his new bomber from the base on country roads and across farm fields. For a time it was bogged down in wet ground but finally, after the ground froze, it completed its trip to Charlie’s gas station that he named, “Bomber Service.”

Health reasons forced Charlie Parker to sell “Bomber Service” in 1954.

Two years later, the business was purchased by Walter Mielke who was approached by Troutdale Airmotive Company of Oregon, who offered to purchase the Lancaster for $6000 and convert it into a fire-fighting water bomber.

The offer was accepted on the condition that the Lancaster was also replaced with a surplus P-40 Kittyhawk and it was moved to “Bomber Service”.

In the fall of 1956 two air force mechanics from assisted with prepping the Lancaster for flight. New Rolls-Royce Merlin engines were fitted and run-up, the elevators, ailerons, and rudders, were refurbished, new tires were installed, and a makeshift runway was bulldozed in a nearby field.

As the big moment arrived in January, 1957, pilot-mechanic E. Robinson taxied the Lancaster through the snow to her new runway. Just before take-off hydraulic problems developed and while Robinson worked on the hydraulic system a fire ignited in the interior of the nose section. Before it was extinguished the complete nose section burned off and fell to the snow. The once proud bomber was towed back to the service station and later sold for scrap.

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The Pacific Coast Highway, 1915, an area near Seattle was a plank road. Made by car clubs, not the local, county, state or federal government

February 3rd, 2017 by admin

It was the creation, not of government, but of a loose affiliation of auto clubs in Oregon, Washington and British Columbia. The group chose an official north-south route and placed signs along the way identifying it as the Pacific Highway. Outside of major cities, the road was rough and unpaved but navigable. Following is a photo taken in 1915 of the route’s grand opening along a stretch of highway that was plank paved near Seattle.

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The Pacific Coast Highway, 1915, an area near Seattle was a plank road. Made by car clubs, not the local, county, state or federal government

the T Rex bike

June 30th, 2016 by admin

A talented engineer and bicycle fabricator in Portland, Oregon has created a giant rideable Tyrannosaurus rex-shaped dinosaur bike, which he has named Sue.

The 90-pound art bike is about 12 feet long from head to tail, which is apparently the same size as a 12-year-old young adult T. rex. The head is a marionette that can be moved by the rider to mimic the movements of a living dinosaur (its jaw even opens and closes). The arms, which are attached to the pedals, are also movable.

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the T Rex bike

abandoned limestone mine in Kentucky transformed into underground bike park… coolest thing you’ll see all day

February 12th, 2015 by admin

The complex includes about 12 miles of 45 trails marked by different technical skills and riding styles — and by features such as jumps and a cargo container that been integrated into a bike overpass.

1970 Cuda, original owner/racer, and the car is stolen in 2001… and found this year, but cops could not seize and return it… because Oregon has a 3 year statute of limitations, after 3 yrs, stolen property belong to the thief!

August 12th, 2014 by admin

In June, they received a letter from Budget Towing in Northeast Portland that said their car was being stored at Budget, but the person storing it there had not paid the bill, so it was going up for auction.

The Whites said they received the letter because the Department of Motor Vehicles lists them as the owners.

Before they could act, the man storing the car had paid the bill and had the car delivered to his home.

The Whites called police.

“It’s stolen property. Go get it!” said Rick White.

But they said police told them they could not recover the car, even though the Whites have the title.

Sergeant Pete Simpson with the Portland Police Bureau said the statute of limitations, three years, ran out, and with no crime to prosecute, police can’t just get a warrant and get the car, like some might think.

Police said the man who has the car is Lee Sitton, who lives near Troutdale. He is listed in state records as the manager of AAC General Contractors in Gresham.

He did not return calls asking him who sold him the car, and why he did not title the car within 30 days of buying the car, as required by Oregon law.

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The Boeing 40, the lowest bidder in the 1925 Post Office contract for San Fran to Chicago air delivery

March 4th, 2014 by admin

When the Post Office asked for bids on the Chicago-San Francisco route in 1927, Boeing won with the lowest bid. In 5 months they had modified a 1925 design and built 25 examples of the plane shown above, the big and rugged 40A. By mid year they had pioneered the first comprehensive air transport service in America. With a 400 hp Pratt and Whitney, the planes cruised at 110 mph while carrying a 1000 lb payload of mail and passengers. Seventy seven were built between 1925 and 1932. Three remain, one each at the Henry Ford Museum, The Museum of Science and Industry in Chicago and the sole flying example based at the Western Antique Aeroplane and Automobile museum in Hood River, Oregon
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this is why women model in advertising… but after getting flack from idiots, this Ducati shop manager showed the how stupid critics are, by giving them what they want… equal opportunity to look at men modeling the same Ducati, in the same pose

November 19th, 2013 by admin

Everybody happy now? The shop owner is brilliant, give them what they want, prove they were idiots to bitch about the human condition without offering a better solution, and demonstrate the equal rights isn’t just a phrase. I feel sorry for all the beautiful women put out of work by cranky activists… beautiful women can only suffer by the activism of others who condemn the natural method of sexing up advertising. Above, you see the opposite, and I think it’s incontrovertible… women in advertising sells, men in advertising is ridiculous, but prove a point

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the SkiWay Cloudliners of Mt Hood (Portland Oregon) worlds longest and largest tram at the time

October 23rd, 2013 by admin

I love a B 17 bomber story, here is a good one , a surplus B 17, a guy who couldn’t fly one, who wrote bad checks, and couldn’t get a permit to move it and build a gas station

January 14th, 2013 by admin

In Milwaukie Oregon, on the 99e highway, also known as McLoughlin Blvd, 6 miles south of Portland Oregon. Between I5 and the 205

Shortly after WWII , Art Lacey went to Kansas to buy a surplus B-17. His idea was to fly it back to Oregon, jack it up in the air and make a gas station out of it.

Zora Duntov and the Chevrolet skunkworks built 40 special 1959 Biscaynes, Police specials… Zora used his as the test mule

January 18th, 2012 by admin

348/350 HP law-enforcement pursuit vehicles, featured in Motor Trend (Dec. 58)