Tuesday, October 16, 2018

AVIATION: Was that a Sonic Boom I just Heard?

As Y'all know that legendous' Cry: Look, Up in the Sky! It's a Bird, it's an Aeroplane; Tuh-Duh-Duh-duh!

A year ago, Japan was reveling in its own unique version of "The Double," upon Japanese pilot Yoshihide Muroya having won that year's vaunted Red bull Air Race at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, whilst his fellow countryman Takuma Sato had won that year's Indy 500. As Muroya would be crowned the 2017 Red Bull Air Race Series Champion.

As I've got Zero Clue upon who's won this year's just concluded Red Bull air Races at Mother Speedway. Although I suppose I should have checked the Red Bull Air Race Championship's calendar before beginning this story, Eh? Since I was unawares' that the Date had changed again for the third year in-a-row...

Meanwhile, last year's Indianapolis Air Race ironically marked the 70th anniversary of Chuck Yeager breaking the illusive Sound Barrier in the Air, when he piloted the Bell X-1 Rocketship named Glamorous Glenis past Mach 1 on October 14, 1947.

While another piece of History was being attempted to occur upon this same Day in History. Yet it wouldn't be official until the following day...

Yet the above Aeroplanes' and Rocketcar, as the Thrust SSC oozes more irony having been steered by a RAF Fighter Pilot. All pale in comparison to arguably my favourite aircraft of All-time, the Lockheed SR-71.

Which ironically or Karmically, I was reminded of recently when listening to another Clive Cussler "Who-Done-It" action thriller. Where the "good Guy" Curt Austin, who's not related to Steve Austin; Oh Never Mind! Is whisked secret fully Overseas Somewhere, since time is of the essence to save the Damsel in Distress... Aboard a lone, remaining clandestine specially configured CIA SR-71 "Passenger Hauler!"

Which leads perfectly into another languishing (web) link I've been sitting on; Err floundering in thou Driftwood upon Nofendersville Isle. Revolving around this very same aircraft! Hey, what can I say? Since after all we're definitely NOT speeding towards an IndyCar race anytime soon. Since we're in the Doldrums of another ridiculously L-O-N-G Winter's six months Hibernation, Sigh'