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This Date in Aviation History: October 20 - October 23 This Date in Aviation History: October 20 - October 23

Welcome to This Date in Aviation History, getting of you caught up on milestones, important historical events and people in aviation from October 20 through October 23.

Okay, I'm an idiot Okay, I'm an idiot

I think it comes from looking at old airplanes all day. Thanks to those who gently pointed out my error. I need to get out more.

What now, Kinja? What now, Kinja?

I’ve got Aviation History posts that I have scheduled that I need to edit. I used to be able to click on Manage Ttyymmnn and see all of my scheduled and past post. Now all I see is this. Any ideas?

Good Morning, Oppo Good Morning, Oppo

It’s Day 2 of the Great Austin Boil All Your Waterpalooza.

They said Californy is the place you oughta be... They said Californy is the place you oughta be...

The Elmer Thomas family, loaded up and headed for California from Muskogee, Oklahoma in 1939. Google says it’s about 1,500 miles from Muskogee to Los Angeles, but that’s over modern roads and interstates. I wonder how long it took them to get there, and if they even made it.

Good Morning, Oppo Good Morning, Oppo

We woke up this morning to discover that the City of Austin, along with my outlying neighborhood, are under a boil water order until further notice.

It's beautiful It's beautiful

I was walking in the garage last night after the symphony concert and saw this glorious Toyota pickup. Turns out it belongs to one of our viola players. I never knew viola players could be so cool. I think he said it’s a 78, with about 160k on the clock. I would have thought it would be more. But it just looks so…

Low Flying Friday Low Flying Friday

Azores Airlines retired its last A310, and used the occasion to do some hooning before the old bird was put out to roost. This particular aircraft entered service with Swissair in 1983, and had been flying for Azores for 18 years. Aside from the music, this is a neat video from inside the cockpit and from the ground.…

This Date in Aviation History: October 17 - October 19 This Date in Aviation History: October 17 - October 19

Welcome to This Date in Aviation History, getting of you caught up on milestones, important historical events and people in aviation from October 17 through October 19.

Texas Flood Redux Texas Flood Redux

I out this inside my Texas Flood post a few minutes ago, but it’s worth watching. It may well be one of the greatest guitar performances ever. Ever.

Texas Flood Texas Flood

It’s still raining in Texas. Along the Colorado River (the Texas Colorado, that is), there is a chain of six dams that form what is known as the Highland Lakes. The dams were built in the 1930s to control flooding and provide electricity. Lake Austin, which is above downtown, and Ladybird Lake (formerly Town Lake),…

My twin boys turned 13 today My twin boys turned 13 today

It’s been a pretty wild ride. I’m not sure where all the time went. 

Crosswinds Aren't Just For Landings Any More Crosswinds Aren't Just For Landings Any More

Watch as this Ryanair 737 gets some serious drift on takeoff from Birmingham, England during tropical storm Ali. In typical understated fashion, the airline said, “This flight from Birmingham to Alicante departed as normal (in windy conditions) and the flight continued without incident.” Once airborne, the flight…

This Date in Aviation History: October 13 - October 16 This Date in Aviation History: October 13 - October 16

Welcome to This Date in Aviation History, getting of you caught up on milestones, important historical events and people in aviation from October 13 through October 16.

Austin Weather--LOL WUT? Austin Weather--LOL WUT?

Yesterday it was 89 and muggy. High temperature for today was 79 degrees at 12:01 am. And don’t let that picture fool you. It’s dark and cloudy and windy and otherwise miserable.

Something Different Something Different

When editing some shots from the airport last Friday, I was adjusting the angle and hit the wrong key. So I decided to run with it. I’ve been experimenting with other crops, because really, you can only take so many pictures of airplanes landing. I kind of like this. What does Photography/Oppo think?

Got up at 4 am for a marching band contest in Waco Got up at 4 am for a marching band contest in Waco

Welcome to Waco. Currently napping in the car. Even if it stops raining now, there will be a 30-minute hold for lightning. 

I went to the airport today.... I went to the airport today....

....and the Marine Corps showed up.

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