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acrobat Max Schreyer doing daredevil bicycle flying stunt from long ramp. 1900.

May 9th, 2018 by admin

Riding a bicycle down a narrow chute from a tower 110 feet in the air, picking up speed on the downward part of the chute and then swooping upward off the curved end of the chute.

Just before the bike left the chute, he had to propel himself from the machine and dive forward in a graceful arc to land headfirst in a water-filled tank 100 feet from the end of the chute.

In their day, Schreyer and his fellow daredevils were probably household names. Schreyer, for example, had a career lasting nearly a quarter-century. He performed all over the United States, in Canada and in such European capitals as Paris and London.

Here is a launch he did from on top of a car sales building, where there were many manufactures advertised on the building, Maxwell, Oldsmobile, Mercer

Photographer William Hassler was there for the above event at Broadway and 59th Street on November 27, 1918.

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acrobat Max Schreyer doing daredevil bicycle flying stunt from long ramp. 1900.

kids love to play on planes, and tanks, and boats…. playgrounds have been gifted with some cool stuff to please them accordingly

March 16th, 2018 by admin

This pair of colorful ex-Soviet Army tanks are permanently caught in the crossfire, so to speak, in front of the Great Patriotic War Museum in Kiev, capital of the Ukraine.

captured from Egypt in the 6 Days war in 1976, on a playground in Israel

in Copenhagen

This retired warrior was one of thousands of OT-62 TOPAS amphibious tracked armored personnel carriers developed jointly by Poland and Czechoslovakia and produced between 1963 and 1972. Now resting in peace at last, this basic variant of the OT-62 TOPAS has retired to the pastoral Benesov District of the Czech Republic’s Central Bohemian Region.

The most famous playground tank of Omsk – with a T-62. In the village of Chernoluchye, near the city of Omsk in southwestern Siberia.

the small city Kiryat Shmona,in Israel is most well known for attacks by Katoesja rockets that are fired from Hezbollah fighters from Lebanon.

This USAF Lockheed T-33A “Shooting Star” ,Serial Number 53-5421,it is on loan to the Town of Los Gatos by the United States Air Force and it is located in the Oak Meadow Park. The aircraft has been in the playground area since July, 1974.

F7U Cutlass Fighter Jet in the Wheaton Regional Park Playground in the 1960s

a real Grumman F9F-2 Panther jet flown by the U.S. Navy in the 1950s, was originally installed in the park in 1960.

Air Force pilot Ted Tanner brought it to Costa Mesa more than 50 years ago.

“It was a hell of a deal,” said Tanner, who paid $1 to take the jet off the government’s hands. “I doubt I spent more than $500” to move the plane from a Tucson junkyard to Costa Mesa.

His service group, the Costa Mesa Exchange Club, bought the fighter jet used in the Korean War from the government in 1960 with the condition that they transform the plane into a playground landmark. His club refurbished it for the Lions Club Fish Fry parade weeks later, and installed it at Lions Park at 570 W. 18th Street that same year.

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kids love to play on planes, and tanks, and boats…. playgrounds have been gifted with some cool stuff to please them accordingly

the last kids of a president that joined the real military? Pres Teddy Roosevelt’s kids, 5 of 6 were in WW1, even his daughter.

January 12th, 2018 by admin

Bush 43 sure as hell didn’t.

Texas Air National Guard my ass

Ike’s reservist grandson married Nixon’s daughter and inspired CCR’s son about useless senator’s sons who were sheltered stateside during Vietnam

Ike’s son graduated from West Point on D-Day and served in both World War II and the Korean War. In both cases, though, the brass was so freaked out about protecting him from actual harm, you know, ’cause his dad would END them if anything happened to his son, so it’s not his fault really that he wasn’t really given a chance. Read what he has to say about it

Did you know that Snap On has a museum? It’s in Kenosha Wisconsin, it’s used mainly for corporate events and is not open to the general public.

December 28th, 2017 by admin

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Today’s Salute! the Iowa supreme court is hearing a speeding ticket case, and the city is guilty as hell! Little old lady on slippery roads doing 50-55 was speed camera hit with a 68 in a 55 zone bullshit ticket, and she AIN’T putting up with it!

September 26th, 2017 by admin

67 year old Marla Leaf, of Cedar Rapids, Iowa is going to take down some BULLSHIT corrupt local bastards! I wanna compliment her…., hell, I wanna hug her and buy her a beer!

Check out the quick facts!

The cops son is the only one she could appeal to

the city has speed cameras on the federal highway Interstate 380

Speed camera’s run by Gatso USA — the private, for-profit company

semitrailers and government vehicles are not ticketed by the automated Cedar Rapids interstate cameras

The Iowa Department of Transportation ordered the speed cameras removed a year before Leaf was ticketed in February 2015, but Cedar Rapids has been allowed to keep then while it appeals.

The Iowa DOT requires speed cameras to be at least 1,000 feet from a posted speed reduction, but Larew said the camera is 896 feet beyond a sign that reduces the speed limit from 60 mph to 55 mph.

In the Iowa’s court system for over two years, Leaf has said she was not speeding, especially because of slippery road conditions that day.

Leaf’s case argues that it is unlawful to give the authority to assess speeding — something it says is police work — to the private camera company, Gatso.

Can the assessment of a municipal violation be done, Leaf’s attorney, James Larew, asked, “by the police department appointing a friend of theirs to serve as a hearing officer?”

Larew also argued that there is no valid safety reason for the camera system on Interstate 380 — also the site of alleged speeding violations by the other parties to the case. He said the cameras don’t issue tickets to semitrailers and government vehicles, calling the discrepancy arbitrary and a violation of equal protection.

The camera system works by focusing on back license plates, which government vehicles do not have in Iowa. Patricia Kropf, an attorney for the city, told the court that the excluded vehicles are “just not in the database that we need to use to do this in a cost-effective manner.”

“In March 2015, the Iowa [Department of Transportation] ordered 10 of 34 camera locations on primary highways and interstates around the state turned off, and another three moved or modified, stating they didn’t improve the safety of the highway system. After losing an appeal to the Iowa DOT director, the cities of Cedar Rapids, Des Moines and Muscatine — three of six cities in Iowa with traffic cameras on state highways or interstates under Iowa DOT control — sued in June 2015 to keep the cameras on.”

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety says 142 communities in the United States use automated speed camera systems and 420 have automated red light cameras.

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Today’s Salute! the Iowa supreme court is hearing a speeding ticket case, and the city is guilty as hell! Little old lady on slippery roads doing 50-55 was speed camera hit with a 68 in a 55 zone bullshit ticket, and she AIN’T putting up with it!

this year, the EAA show at Oshkosh did not get a special edition Mustang, breaking a 8 year string of innovative upgraded Stangs. This year they got a Raptor, and it’s got some cool details

August 8th, 2017 by admin

Ford has raised more than $3 million for the annual event since 2008 by creating collector’s edition vehicles, with the F-22 F-150 Raptor this years special edition.

The finer details are the grill, and the side mirrors have a similar jet plane outlined lights, green and red, for port and starboard. I dig that

The F-22 F-150 Raptor was purchased by Gary Ackerman of Gaudin Ford in Las Vegas, Nevada. The vehicle has found the perfect home in that Ackerman serves as Honorary Commander/Ambassador for the United States Airforce’s F-22 Squadron at Nellis Airforce Base in Nevada.

Nicole Rush, Ford designer, and the Ford design fabrication team headed up interior enhancements. With the loftiest of expectations for unrivaled care and precision, building the F-22 F-150 Raptor was entrusted to Brad and Doug DeBerti at internationally renowned DeBerti Design. Betancourt says Ford could not have asked for a more purposeful execution of its vision than what the DeBerti team accomplished.

to see the special edition Mustangs:

John Fitch, far more than just a race car driver, and more than a racing team director. Not only did he date JFK’s sister, he was manager of Lime Rock, inventor of the sand barrel safety barrier saving over 17,000 lives, and a WW2 fighter pilot in the P51 Mustang

August 6th, 2017 by admin

To think of him only on terms of a Gran Prix race car driver is to miss the majority of his astonishing life.

But learn from that. To think of most people in terms of just one thing, is to miss the big picture of their lives, and odds are you’ll have missed the better parts.

Born in Indianapolis, Indiana, in 1917. He was a descendent of the inventor of the steamboat, John Fitch. Fitch’s stepfather was an executive with the Stutz Motor Company, which introduced him to cars and racing at an early age.

When WW2 broke out, he volunteered in spring of 1941, for the United States Army Air Corps. His service took him to North Africa, where he flew the A-20 Havoc and then on to England. By 1944, Captain Fitch was a P-51 Mustang pilot with the Fourth Fighter Group on bomber escort missions, and became one of the Americans to shoot down a German Messerschmitt Me 262 jet fighter.

When Fitch returned to the U.S., he was among many young pilots who’d developed the need for speed during the conflict. He became part of the Palm Springs set, hanging out with Joe Kennedy’s sons including Jack and Bobby, and dating his daughter. But he was increasingly interested in racing and by the 1950s had started to devote more and more time to the sport.

Fitch opened an MG car dealership and also began racing at

an 1846 map for travelers through the United States of America showing the railroads, canals & stage roads with the distances, and Disturnell’s new map showing all the canals, rail roads, telegraph lines and principal stage routes.

August 5th, 2017 by admin

Indicates drainage, state boundaries and shows many cities and towns with distances along roads and railroads. Indian tribes are indicated west of the Mississippi River.

Insets: Railroads & canal routes from Albany to Buffalo.–Map showing the rail roads between the cities of New York, Boston & Albany and the Hudson R. from N. York to Albany.–Rail road route from New York to Philadelphia.–Rail road route from Philadelphia to Washington.

Map of the United States and territories showing the extent of public surveys, Indian and military reservations, land grant R.R.; rail roads, canals, and other details

but seriously, to really have a good time looking at this map, go to

On Christmas Day, December 25, 1830, the Best Friend of Charleston became the first regularly scheduled steam locomotive passenger train in the United States.

August 5th, 2017 by admin

The locomotive made its initial run on the first six miles of track of the South Carolina Canal and Railroad Company. Chartered in 1827, the same year that the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad was incorporated, the South Carolina Canal and Railroad Company steamed out of Charleston. The new line was designed to make Charleston competitive with Savannah, Georgia, for the cotton trade.

Over the next three years the South Carolina Canal and Railroad Company became, for a time, the world’s longest railway line. The company was a predecessor of J. P. Morgan’s Southern Railway Company, which grew out of the realignment of southern railways following the Civil War.

This “Best Friend” was built in the late 1920’s for the centennial of the South Carolina Canal and Railroad Company.

According to a report in the City Gazette, November 22, 1821 issue, a railroad was suggested to run from Charleston to Hamburg and a branch on to Columbia. Horatio Allen (1802-1890) was the chief engineer for The South Carolina Canal and Railroad Company from 1829 – 1835. (This line is now a part of the Southern Railway System.) On December 19, 1827, The South Carolina Canal and Railroad Company was chartered. Work began, January 9, 1830, on the line to Branchville, SC which was 62 miles from Charleston and it was opened in November, 1832. The line to Hamburg (adjacent to Augusta, GA) was opened on October 1, 1833. The line was now the longest continuous railroad in the world, 136 miles in length, and first to carry the US mail. (Derrick 1930, 10) This route took passengers on the 11 ½ hour trip with 7 stops for $6.75 one way. (Edgar 1998, 283)

The “Best Friend” had a brief, but historic, life. It was completed and put into regular service on December 25, 1830. On June 17, 1831, three men were injured in an explosion. A tied down safety valve due to the noise of the steam escaping, caused the boiler to blow up. Parts of the “Best Friend” were used in construction of the “Phoenix.” The “Best Friend” having been designed by C.E. Detmold, chief engineer was Horatio Allen, who early on advocated steam power locomotion and Nicholas W. Darrell became the first railway engineer. Nicholas W. Darrell died in 1869 after running engines for many years and having the distinction of being the first man to open the throttle on the “Best Friend.” The “Best Friend of Charleston” was modeled after its forerunner “Best Friend” and was known as the first locomotive built in the United States and used in service of transportation. (Southern Railway System, 1)

The “Stourbridge Lion,” in 1829 was the first locomotive to run on tracks in America.

the tree transplant experts Environmental Design, from Texas, were called to Idaho to move a Sequoia, they used Caterpillar machinery

June 29th, 2017 by admin

St. Luke’s Health System in Boise is paying $300,000 to relocate the tree to city property, to make room for a hospital expansion.

The tree is believed to be Idaho’s largest Sequoia, not native to the state, it was sent to Boise as a seedling by naturalist John Muir, who played a key role in establishing California’s Sequoia National Park.

Muir, a Scottish immigrant to the United States, rambled around the Sierra Nevada mountains and took long treks across the country to Florida and through Alaska. His writing helped bring attention to the United States’ natural wonders and the threats they faced from logging and ranching. His book on the newly created parks of the West, Our National Parks, caught the eye of President Theodore Roosevelt, who visited Yosemite in Muir’s company to discuss future conservation initiatives.

The tree’s new home is twelve hundred feet away from where it was first planted in 1912.

In October, the tree’s roots were trimmed to keep them from expanding. This spring, wood and burlap walls were built around the root system, then steel pipes and airbags lifted the massive tree into position. Crews then rolled the tree down the street on airbags, getting the tree into its new position at the park by 11:15. On Monday, they leveled the tree and added more dirt from its original position to help it adapt.

David Cox told the AP this is the largest tree his company, Environmental Design, has ever moved.

I posted about another tree moving a couple years ago, it too was a Caterpillar powered move of incredible proportions