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Purely Pacific Northwest >> John Eklund
Photographer John Eklund has captured the Pacific Northwest through a number of breathtaking time lapses that show the beauty and wild of the region. “I choose to shoot locations that appeal to the way I would like to interpret the story of time. Here in the Pacific Northwest, there are endless opportunities to document the magnificence of the world around us. I have discovered that when time is the storyteller, a special kind of truth emerges.”
How the Mig-31 repelled the SR-71 Blackbird from Soviet skies >> The Aviationist
The Blackbird design was a classified aircraft developed in the late 1950s used for reconnaissance all over the world. Able to cruise at over three times the speed of sound and as high as 85,000 feet, the Blackbird was nearly untouchable. Russia countered with an interceptor in the form of the the MiG-31 Foxhound. While able to reach a maximum speed of Mach 3.2, doing so for continued use would most likely destroy the engines. The MiG-31 was able to carry the R-33 long range missile which could reach speeds of over Mach 4 and one time in 1986, a Russian pilot had a lock on an SR-71. Had the Blackbird entered Russian airspace, the results would have been devastating.
The Harlem Hellfighters >> Huckberry
During World War I, The 369th Infantry Regiment became known by the enemy as the Harlem Hellfighters. Amidst constant racism, the first African-American soldiers to pass through basic training arrived on the battlefield in Europe and went on to spend 191 days in combat. This was longer than any other American unit and they were also the first Americans to receive the French military decoration for heroism. They were fearless and fought with honor and their story is one worth remembering.
These 7 Motivational Navy SEAL Sayings Will Kick Your Butt Into Gear >> Inc.com
Navy SEALs are tasked with highly specialized and intensely challenging job requirements. While recruits have to endure arguably the most physically and mentally demanding training in the Military, the intestinal fortitude and “never fail” attitude is what makes a Navy SEAL successful. The lessons learned during their career can easily translate to the civilian world for the common cubicle dweller. If you need some motivation, give this list a read.
Rare photos reveal fascinating views of the Apollo 11 moon landing >> Sploid
While you’ve undoubtedly seen the more popular photos from mankind’s trips to the Moon, there are still some excellent photos that many haven’t seen before. This view of Earth beyond the Lunar Module exterior as the docked Command Module was on it’s Trans-Lunar coast is just one example of the largely unseen archive. It’s hard to believe it’s only been 45 years since our first steps on the Moon.
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Aweosme article on the MiG-31. I've always found it to be one of my favorite interceptors and the best looking of all time (albeit that hideous main landing gear wheel arrangement). I think it will be quite interesting to see what happens with the MiG-41 and it's anticipated Mach 4 speed. Couple it with some of the missiles they have in development (check out the Novator K-100) and it would be a serious threat to any aircraft it faces.