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A Girl , A Dragon , and A Spacesuit

POSTED BY: OUT2THEBLACK
UPDATED: Sunday, September 6, 2009 04:26
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Saturday, August 22, 2009 9:13 AM

OUT2THEBLACK




One of my recent posts about activities of the Independent Spaceborne Forces , and our out-of-atmo forays , reminded me to look for an article by a favorite aviation journalist...

The relevant stories are available online , and are highly-recommended reading :

'...It's one of the things that never ceases to amaze me about flying. In the most unexpected moments and corners of the world, you land your airplane, thinking you're very far from home. And then you talk to a fellow pilot there, get a welcome note, or recognize a kindred spirit in the face of a stranger, and you realize that you're not so far from home, after all.'

http://www.flyingmag.com/flyinglessons/1376/from-dream-to-reality-a-gi
rl-a-plane-and-a-space-suit.html


http://www.flyingmag.com/turbine/1379/dragon-hearts.html

'...There is frost accumulating inside the windows of my cockpit. I reach a gloved hand up and scrape a clear opening in the ice. The long, graceful lines of the left wing extend almost 50 feet into the impossibly thin air surrounding us. Normally when I fly, I'm off the surface of the planet, but still deep within the ocean of air that cushions and protects us from the vast and icy universe beyond. But today, even the majority of that atmospheric ocean lies beneath me. I'm not so much flying in it as I am surfing just beneath its surface.'

'...I look left, then right, and finally just sit quietly, in awe of the planet I call home. It's such a complex place -- at once a vast and powerful rock, spinning slowly through the cosmos, and a unique and delicate ecosystem sustained by an impossibly fragile cushion of air. An ecosystem, I remind myself, that I have left in order to purchase this view and out-of-planet experience.'

'...But somewhere in the mix is also something else: a shared love of flying for the pure joy of flying, and a shared love for the same remarkable but challenging lady. I don't pretend to truly understand. I haven't wrestled the Dragon to the ground, or spent long, solitary nights on patrol high above the Earth, over hostile territory, with only the mission and the stars to keep me company.'

'...We may dream about many new and shiny things, but we love best those things we know intimately well -- unvarnished, unfiltered, and through touch, sense and memorable shared experience.'






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Saturday, August 22, 2009 10:24 AM

FLORALBUNNY


ah, sweet writing...

bun

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Saturday, August 22, 2009 12:40 PM

MEATPUPPET42


Night flying is when you see the best stuff.

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Sunday, August 23, 2009 7:43 AM

FLORALBUNNY


I remember quite vividly a night flight through a thunderstorm. I was too young to be afraid. We were in a great big airliner, after all. What could happen?

bun
Frisky Browncoat

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Sunday, August 23, 2009 2:49 PM

TDBROWN


My first flight on a jetliner was a night flight from Chicago to Seattle. I was 15. It was a moonlit night, and I can still remember how beautiful the mountains looked by moonlight. Our Pilot had a flair for the dramatic. He came in low over the mountains, and as they fell away, he said "Ladies and Gentlemen, the city of Seattle!" and the lights of Puget Sound lay spread out below us. Amazing... and I was hooked on flying.

"Might have been the losing side, still not convinced it was the wrong one." -Mal

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Monday, August 24, 2009 3:20 AM

SPACEANJL


Flying over a huge thunderstorm in the Middle East. Lightning going across the sky beneath the plane, and clear stars above us.

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Monday, August 24, 2009 12:11 PM

TDBROWN


One of the strangest things I've seen on a commercial flight (Besides what goes on inside the plane lol) happened in the daytime over Arizona. There was a layer of icy cold but clear air just below the aircraft, and just above some wispy cirrus c;ouds. A series of 7(!) "circular rainbows" appeared simultaneously beyond the left wing of the craft. They were literally circles of color, all the bands of the rainbow in perfect circles, very clear and not at all hard to see. Most had clear centers, like rainbow donuts, but a couple were violet in the center.

-So guess who didn't have his camera where he could get at it?

"Might have been the losing side, still not convinced it was the wrong one." -Mal

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Tuesday, August 25, 2009 12:27 PM

OUT2THEBLACK


Quote:

Originally posted by TDBrown:
One of the strangest things I've seen on a commercial flight (Besides what goes on inside the plane lol) happened in the daytime over Arizona. There was a layer of icy cold but clear air just below the aircraft, and just above some wispy cirrus c;ouds. A series of 7(!) "circular rainbows" appeared simultaneously beyond the left wing of the craft. They were literally circles of color, all the bands of the rainbow in perfect circles, very clear and not at all hard to see. Most had clear centers, like rainbow donuts, but a couple were violet in the center.

-So guess who didn't have his camera where he could get at it?

"Might have been the losing side, still not convinced it was the wrong one." -Mal




What you're describing is called a 'glory'.

It's also known as a " Flyer's Cross ", because of the way that the aircraft silhoulette ( wings & fuselage ) appear inside the circular bows , with the shaded aircraft parts appearing at roughly right angles to one another inside the arcs .

You're right , it is quite the privilege to see such a thing , and very inspiring , when you are in your own aircraft .

Ideally , there is a bright white cloud deck , or the top of a big fluffy cumulus , on which it is all projected , which makes it even more vivid...

You shouldn't feel too bad about not grabbing the camera , because it's usually a pretty transitory experience , and the time taken getting the camera may cause one to miss it...

They're difficult to photograph well , anyway...

A GLORY is a delightful phenomenon formed when light is scattered backwards by individual water droplets. The light source usually is the sun. Glories are visible directly opposite the sun, centered at the antisolar point below the horizon except at sunrise and sunset. While an observer’s shadow plays no role in the phenomenon, it provides an easy way to find the antisolar point. This is because shadows converge on the antisolar point, therefore, glories typically accompanied by your shadow or that of the aircraft you are in.

Mountain climbers and folks in aircraft see glories.

When the shadow itself is oddly distorted by perspective it is called a "Brocken spectre".


http://www.ovs.com/weather_cafe.htm

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Tuesday, August 25, 2009 12:31 PM

TDBROWN


Thanks! I knew they had to have a name. Glory.... very appropriate!

"Might have been the losing side, still not convinced it was the wrong one." -Mal

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Tuesday, August 25, 2009 12:46 PM

OUT2THEBLACK


You're welcome ! Wishing smoothh air , happy flying , and many future glories...

Here's a picture , though it's not a great one , it may give folk a rough idea about these things...

http://www.ovs.com/wxcafe/glory_vincent_lowe.htm

The image here is that of a brocken spectre taken in NE England by photographer Vincent Lowe (shown w/permission) in February 2006. Wiki Hopegill Head for a look at this beautiful ‘fell’.

http://www.absoluteastronomy.com/topics/Glory_(optical_phenomenon)

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Saturday, September 5, 2009 5:43 PM

MEATPUPPET42


One day I was flying near thunder storms and came out of cloud, the aircraft was wrapped in a very bright, white glow, several long white shafts of light extended from our nose for about thirty feet. The aircraft looked as though it had 6 or 7 luminous unicorn horns of static electricity attached to it.
One of the more memorable nights flying.

I love it. It's like wiping your ass with silk.

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Saturday, September 5, 2009 8:03 PM

PIRATENEWS

John Lee, conspiracy therapist at Hollywood award-winner History Channel-mocked SNL-spoofed PirateNew.org wooHOO!!!!!!


Quote:

Originally posted by TDBrown:

One of the strangest things I've seen on a commercial flight (Besides what goes on inside the plane lol) happened in the daytime over Arizona. There was a layer of icy cold but clear air just below the aircraft, and just above some wispy cirrus c;ouds. A series of 7(!) "circular rainbows" appeared simultaneously beyond the left wing of the craft. They were literally circles of color, all the bands of the rainbow in perfect circles, very clear and not at all hard to see. Most had clear centers, like rainbow donuts, but a couple were violet in the center.

-So guess who didn't have his camera where he could get at it?




I saw similar in Tennessee early morning rainbows below the airliner in status without rain, that "followed" the airliner continuously for 100 miles. They were oily metallic chemtrail residue (barium and aluminum added to kerosine jetfuel) for terraforming the planet. Things like this take the fun out of flying, like airport strip searches by illegal aliens



We even get circular metallic rainbows on clear dry days now, thanks to chemtrails.



Quote:

"The use of human subjects will be allowed for the testing of chemical and biological agents by the U.S. Department of Defense, accounting to Congressional committees with respect to the experiments and studies. The Secretary of Defense may conduct tests and experiments involving the use of chemical and biological agents on civilian populations."
-PUBLIC LAW 95-79 TITLE 50 CHAPTER 32 SECTION 152





Quote:

"Others are engaging even in an eco-type of terrorism whereby they can alter the climate, set off earthquakes, volcanoes remotely through the use of electromagnetic waves. So there are plenty of ingenious minds out there that are at work finding ways in which they can wreak terror upon other nations.It's real, and that's the reason why we have to intensify our efforts, and that's why this is so important."
-Secretary of Defense William Cohen, Conference on Terrorism, Weapons of Mass Destruction, and U.S. Strategy, University of Georgia, April 28, 1997





Quote:

"Restrictions on use of human subjects for testing of chemical or biological agents - (b) Exceptions - Subject to subsections (c), (d), and (e) of this section, the prohibition in subsection (a) of this section does not apply to a test or experiment carried out for any of the following purposes: (1) Any peaceful purpose that is related to a medical, therapeutic, pharmaceutical, agricultural, industrial, or research activity. (2) Any purpose that is directly related to protection against toxic chemicals or biological weapons and agents. (3) Any law enforcement purpose, including any purpose related to riot control. (e) “Biological agent” defined: In this section, the term “biological agent” means any micro-organism (including bacteria, viruses, fungi, rickettsiac, or protozoa), pathogen, or infectious substance, and any naturally occurring, bioengineered, or synthesized component of any such micro-organism, pathogen, or infectious substance, whatever its origin or method of production, that is capable of causing (1) death, disease, or other biological malfunction in a human, an animal, a plant, or another living organism; (2) deterioration of food, water, equipment, supplies, or materials of any kind; or (3) deleterious alteration of the environment."
-US Code Title 50 US Code Chapter 32 Section 1520a







"A total world population of 250-300 million people, a 95% decline from present levels, would be ideal. Most of the people will have died and the rest of us will be cannibals. We're too many people; that's why we have global warming."
-Ted Turner, billionaire founder of CNN News
www.archive.org/details/HeyThereObamaDrinkTheKoolAid

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Saturday, September 5, 2009 11:05 PM

MEATPUPPET42


chemtrails- what a load of shit. nice picture of the skulls in the contrail.
contrails-water vapor from the combustion process condenses into a visible cloud of water droplets or ice crystals.


"A total world population of 250-300 million people, a 95% decline from present levels, would be ideal. Most of the people will have died and the rest of us will be cannibals. We're too many people; that's why we have global warming."
-Ted Turner, billionaire founder of CNN News
www.archive.org/details/HeyThereObamaDrinkTheKoolAid

Inventing reavers should solve this problem.

I love it. It's like wiping your ass with silk.

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Sunday, September 6, 2009 4:26 AM

TDBROWN


I apologize.... it seems that my innocent observation has triggered yet another outburst of silliness from one of the Trolls.

Sorry.

"Might have been the losing side, still not convinced it was the wrong one." -Mal

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