B-2 Bomber Flyover of the 2017 Rose Bowl   Leave a comment


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On Jan. 2, 2017, B-2 Spirit “Spirit of Kitty Hawk” with 509th Bomb Wing from Whiteman Air Force Base, Missouri, opened the 103rd Rose Bowl Game game, between the Big Ten Conference Champion Penn State Nittany Lions and the Pac-12 Conference Champions the University of Southern California Trojans, at the Rose Bowl stadium in Pasadena, California with the traditional flyover.

The top air-to-air image showing the Stealth Bomber during the flyover (from above) was taken by Mark Holtzman, a photographer and pilot, founder of West Coast Aerial Photography, a company specialising in aerial photography based in Los Angeles.

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The Northrop (later Northrop Grumman) B-2 Spirit, also known as the Stealth Bomber, is an American heavy penetration strategic bomber, featuring low observable stealth technology designed for penetrating dense anti-aircraft defenses; it is a flying wing design with a crew of two. The bomber can deploy both conventional and thermonuclear weapons, such as eighty 500 lb (230 kg)-class (Mk 82) JDAM Global Positioning System-guided bombs, or sixteen 2,400 lb (1,100 kg) B83 nuclear bombs. The B-2 is the only acknowledged aircraft that can carry large air-to-surface standoff weapons in a stealth configuration.

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General characteristics

  • Crew: 2: pilot (left seat) and mission commander (right seat)
  • Length: 69 ft (21.0 m)
  • Wingspan: 172 ft (52.4 m)
  • Height: 17 ft (5.18 m)
  • Wing area: 5,140 ft² (478 m²)
  • Empty weight: 158,000 lb (71,700 kg)
  • Loaded weight: 336,500 lb (152,200 kg)
  • Max. takeoff weight: 376,000 lb (170,600 kg)
  • Powerplant: 4 × General Electric F118-GE-100 non-afterburning turbofans, 17,300 lbf (77 kN) each
  • Fuel Capacity: 167,000 pounds (75,750 kg)

Armament

  • 2 internal bays for ordnance and payload with an official limit of 40,000 lb (18,000 kg); maximum estimated limit is 50,000 lb (23,000 kg).
  • 80× 500 lb class bombs (Mk-82, GBU-38) mounted on Bomb Rack Assembly (BRA)
  • 36× 750 lb CBU class bombs on BRA
  • 16× 2,000 lb class bombs (Mk-84, GBU-31) mounted on Rotary Launcher Assembly (RLA)
  • 16× B61 or B83 nuclear bombs on RLA (strategic mission)
  • Standoff weapon: AGM-154 Joint Standoff Weapon (JSOW) and AGM-158 Joint Air-to-Surface Standoff Missile (JASSM).

Posted January 5, 2017 by markosun in Aircraft, Aviation

TV Channel 222 has had the Holiday Fireplace going 24/7 for six Bloody Weeks!   Leave a comment


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Shaw TV’s ‘The Frame Channel’ is a perpetual scenery saturated experience. It usually shows great landscapes, beaches, rivers, popular city locations, famous bridges and meadows with fluffy sheep etc. It is for people who just want to let their minds relax. Come the holiday season the channel narrows its focus. It only shows a fireplace all the bloody time. The same fireplace all the time. Over and over and over. Sometimes a lumberjack’s arm appears in the bottom left corner of the screen and adds a log or two to the fire.

To watch this fireplace for more than 3 minutes would be strange behaviour. A person would have to be on some really good 1980’s acid to get their senses warped enough to get immersed in the looped fireplace for any length of time. Either that or a pyromaniac with a 70 inch wall screen and no money to fill his jerrycan with gasoline. Hopefully The Frame channel discontinues the perpetual flames by Valentines Day.

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Posted January 5, 2017 by markosun in Television

A Rare Situation where a Girl gets to Ride her Pet   Leave a comment


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Hannah Simpson, of Southland, New Zealand, rides a 7-year-old dairy cow most days. It started when her parents said she wasn’t allowed to have a horse, the then-11-year-old got creative. Now she and Lilac race across fields and master jumps, as documented on Simpson’s Instagram page. Simpson, who works at a dairy farm, says she’s tried to ride other cows but has only had one other that could jump. While Simpson admits she was a particularly adventurous kid when she started, she wouldn’t necessarily advise other people to try riding cows.

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In the United States some rodeos have cow riding for women. These are not docile dairy cows, but mean ornery spinster cows. Hannah should consider joining the circuit. 

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Posted January 5, 2017 by markosun in Animals, Offbeat

Toddler helps his twin brother who is in trouble   Leave a comment


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A two-year-old boy in Utah is being hailed as a hero after he somehow summoned the strength to move a dresser that had toppled over and trapped his twin brother.

The incredible incident occurred last week when the two rambunctious toddlers, Bodie and Brock Shoff, were climbing on top of the set of drawers and their combined weight caused it to fall to the floor.

In the process, Brock became dangerously wedged under the dresser, much to the consternation of his brother Bodie.

Rather than run and get help, the level-headed youngster simply regains his bearings from the fall, assesses the situation, and then sets about rescuing his brother.

Although the first few attempts prove futile, eventually Bodie seems to muster a miraculous level of force and actually moves the dresser from atop the struggling Brock, allowing him to squirrel out from the predicament.

Amazingly, the boys’ parents were completely unaware of what had happened until they spotted the downed dresser on the nanny cam monitor and rushed into the room.

Initially uneasy about sharing the video with the world, the Shoff’s ultimately concluded that the frightening scene should be seen so that other parents could be more aware of such dangers in the home.

Fortunately, in this instance, young Brock was up and running moments after being freed from the dresser, seemingly no worse for wear from the jaw-dropping misadventure.


 

Posted January 4, 2017 by markosun in Energy

Politico-Toons   Leave a comment


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Posted January 4, 2017 by markosun in Art, Politics

The Steam Gracing the Winnipeg Skyline Thanks to Polar Vortex   Leave a comment


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The city of Winnipeg is located in north-central North America. It is so far away from the Atlantic and Pacific oceans that the city never receives moderating weather influences from those bodies of water during the winter months. The only big body of water close to Winnipeg is Hudson Bay, located straight north on the edges of the Arctic circle. The Bay turns into a huge iceberg during winter which leads to a bone chilling event called a “Hudson Bay Polar Vortex”. This is a very bone chilling weather front that descends down onto Winnipeg.  When the HBPV hits the city the steam really starts rising.

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Winnipeg is by far the coldest big city in Canada. It is ranked fourth in the world behind three Siberian cities. No moderating influences from the oceans.

 

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Super-tough Winnipeg construction workers doing it in this crazy weather.

 

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Posted January 4, 2017 by markosun in Weather, Winnipeg

Australia’s Best Rated Beach, one small problem, it is located on an Island 2,100 miles off the Australian Mainland   Leave a comment


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This is an A-1 Gold Star Paradise located in the Indian Ocean, roughly midway between Australia and Sri Lanka. The Territory of the Cocos (Keeling) Islands, also called Cocos Islands and Keeling Islands, is a territory of Australia. The beaches are spectacular.

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Did your favourite make the cut? Incredible beach that you’ve probably never heard of is named Australia’s best – as Bondi fails to make the top 20

  • Beach expert Brad Farmer released his book, 101 Best Beaches 2017, with Cossies Beach taking the top spot
  • It is a remote beach in the Indian Ocean, 3,000 km north-west of Perth, and can be reached by a 4.5hr flight
  • Cossies was named after Australian Governor-General Peter Cosgrove in the Cocos (Keeling) Islands  

Natural beauty has landed a remote beach in the Indian Ocean the prestigious title of Australia’s best beach.

Tourism Australia’s beach ambassador Brad Farmer released his book on Saturday, 101 Best Beaches 2017, crowning Cossies Beach – named after Governor-General Peter Cosgrove – in the Cocos Islands as the country’s top sandy shore.

‘It’s as near to perfect as a beach can be,’ Farmer said, comparing it to the Whitehaven Beach in the Whitsundays.

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Farmer has been writing about beaches for the past 30 years and has seen about 4,000 Australian beaches in his lifetime.

With his colleague Professor Andy Short, a coastal geomorphologist, Farmer spent almost half a year trekking around Australia’s coastline to assess the nation’s top beaches.

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Territory of Australia
• Annexed by the
British Empire
1857
• Transferred to
Australian control
1955
Area
• Total
14 km2 (5 sq mi)
• Water (%)
0
Population
• July 2014 estimate
596
• Density
43/km2 (111.4/sq mi))

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Posted January 3, 2017 by markosun in Nature