Posts Tagged ‘jet’

Militaristic Playground: C-130 Paratroopers, F-18 Blue Angels, and a Giant F-8 Crusader – Larsen in the Parkside

Thursday, May 5th, 2016

Larsen Playground on 19th in the Parkside has quite a military bent, non? This mystery comes from our history. Let’s take a look.

C-130 paratroopers coming to kill you, just like in Operation Market Garden:

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And an F-18 Hornet from the much-talked-about U.S. Navy Blue Angels:

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And here’s your giant Chance-Vought F-8 Crusader:

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Remember to whisper Mors Ex Supera as you drive by on 19th…

Crazy NASA 502 Flight Eight Miles Over Frisco – The Bendiest Contrails You’ll Ever See – Science!

Thursday, March 24th, 2016

People were wondering about this flight out of China Lake yesterday:

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Turns out it was this, or so they say.


Another Failed Donald Trump Biz: “TRUMP ICE” – But Don’t Drink THIS Kool-Aid – The Label’s Good for a Laugh Tho

Thursday, March 3rd, 2016

I LOL’ed when I saw this, as seen on The Donald’s aging corporate jet, the one that used be a low-cost Mexican airliner, from a now-bankrupt airline:

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So, when you’re on Air Trump One, this is supposed to be your souvenir, as if being on ATO equates to being on Air Force One

Turns Out that Donald Trump’s Vaunted Personal Jet Came from a Bankrupt Mexican Airline – But Look at All that GOLD!

Monday, February 29th, 2016

Take the tour:

And then compare Air Trump One with Air Force One.

And then watch as this quite narrow narrow-body airliner bounces from one bankrupt airline to another.

That’s not too baller, huh?

And Donald, Rolls Royce jet engines have NOTHING to do with luxury cars. I’ve never heard anybody ever make this connection, AAMOF. RR engines are no more or less “luxurious” than anything from GE or Pratt & Whitney or anywhere else.

Basically, what this long since out of production 757 is is a super Boeing 737. That means that it has a narrow width (which comes from a decision made in the 1950’s with the ancient 707) by today’s standards. Donald could have gone with a used 767 widebody, as other billionaires do. Of course, there’d be some downsides with this decision, but it would have been the ballier choice, one that would have been made by a baller. (And if you wanted to go fishing in some small out of the way place, you could have a small, regular corporate jet.)

And oh yes, you’ll never ever be President, Donald Trump, despite what people say.

Play us out, actual baller jet:

SF Paratransit Vans Now [DO NOT] Have the Name of the Driver on the Side, As If They Were Fighter Jets?

Tuesday, April 14th, 2015

[UPDATE: Hoo boy, I’ve just discovered the red circles on the sides of these vans are to honor those “who helped make paratransit possible” – see Comments. My bad. But seriously, I thought regular drivers had their names stamped on the side to give them more pride in work, to encourage them to drive and park more safely. (Of course, I still think that’s a good idea, even if the drivers wouldn’t like it…)]

Well, this kind of thing should be mandatory for Toyota Prius drivers:

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And Interim Mayor Ed Lee’s Chevy Volt should have this too, the better to spot when it’s double parked.

If I were a driver, I’d ask for a radio call sign like Maverick, Goose, or Jester…

The End of an Era: 2014 is the Last Time Any Airline Will Boast of Its Boeing 747 Jumbo Jets – Air China’s 747-8

Wednesday, November 26th, 2014

I was surprised to see this ad:

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Here’s how things looked back in 1968:

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And here’s how things looked back in 2008 for Boeing’s jumbo jet competition, the Airbus A380.

Where’s our jumbo jet scorecard?

Boeing 747 1st Generation = SUCCESS! Unquestionably, but now obsolete

Boeing 747 2nd Generation = SUCCESS! Unquestionably, but pretty much obsolete

Airbus A380 1st Generation = FAILURE! Pretty much. A big money pit for Airbus

Boeing 747 3rd Generation = FAILURE! Approaching obsolescence faster than expected 

See a pattern here?

A380 Superjumbo Update: Where’s Your Messiah Now, SFO? Things Just Aren’t Working Out with the Big Airbus

Thursday, September 4th, 2014

Even back six years ago, even back in aught-eight, this kind of press release from SFO seemed more optimistic than average.

Anyway, we spent a lot of money getting ready for the Airbus A380 double-decker and we do get a handful of flights* every week, but things just haven’t worked out.

Oh look, it’s a Lufthansa A380 filled with German tourists going home after their summer vacations in the bay area, high above Daly City: 

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I’ll tell you, the reason why we still use a lot of four-engined Boeing 747-400 jumbos at SFO is because we already have them. They’re there, hundreds of them. But they guzzle a lot of fuel, so, not too long ago, the A380 was considered to be The Future. But it’s a guzzler too. So The Future now belongs to large twin-engine aircraft like the Boeing 777 models (present and future) and the slightly smaller twin-engined Airbus A350 line.

So all that hype coming out of SFGov about the A380 being “green,” well that was a lot of hogwash. The A380 was/is just another jetliner and SFO took steps to accommodate its massive size and that’s fine, but it wasn’t/isn’t/will never be a game changer the way the people at SFO were hoping for (or lying about – I still can’t tell why they were so excited as late as 2008, when the promise of the A380 was already being questioned).

Anyway, here’s the update:

A380 Continues To Pose Challenges For Heathrow – The A380 was tapped to help capacity-strapped airports, but could it end up hurting them?

Arguably, the A380 was specifically designed for Heathrow, which has a runway shortage and a NIMBY neighbour problem. So great, here’s a giant plane that’s really quiet – isn’t that great? Well, read the link above to see how things are working out when the rubber meets the tarmac.

SFO also has a runway shortage and a NIMBY neighbor problem, but our airport is a lot smaller and, as stated, those A380’s aren’t really working out and nobody’s really buying them anymore, so we’re not going to have to deal with Heathrow’s problems. No no, we’ll just muddle through.

But the skeptics have already been proven correct, after just six years.

One wonders what SFO’s next overhyped fad will be…

*More so in the summer, when the French and the Germans really pine to come here, so they can stay “Near Union Square” in a fleabag hotel only to get bitten by bedbugs, only to be told that said fleabag hotel doesn’t have bedbugs so GTH. On behalf of San Francisco, I wish to say, “Sorry, French and German people.”

Progress Report at SFO: Goofy New ATC Tower, Unsafe Old ATC Tower, Tower Crane, AA Jet – Pukao Mounted!

Wednesday, April 23rd, 2014

Ah, progress!

You see, first the new air traffic control tower was all like this.

But now it’s all like this:

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Pukao are the hats or topknots formerly placed on top of some moai statues on Easter Island. They were all carved from a very light red volcanic stone scoria, which was quarried from a single source at Puna Pau.”

Donald Trump Really Really Wants You to See His New (Actually It’s Quite Old) Boeing 757 – Funny Video

Thursday, April 10th, 2014

Well, somebody’s got to work for Donald Trump, I s’pose. Here’s lovely Amanda Miller showing off Donald Trump’s latest wing bling.

For some reason, this not-so-fresh video clip shows up on YouTube when searching for the term San Francisco  – I don’t know why.

Anywho, for DJT to call this nearly quarter century old ride “quiet” is a laugh riot. Yes Donald, it’s quiet compared with your former half-century-plus-old Boeing 727, but that’s about the best thing you can say about the matter.

Trumpy didn’t think his old airplane was heavy enough, so he had plenty of gold added inside. Is that a good thing?

And why such a small “home theatre” screen?

And Amanda, how much extra do you get paid over what you’d get working for an actual human being? Something to think about.

And Donald, what about Trump Ocean Resort Baja Mexico?

The peanut gallery:

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That chick looks so stiff and uncomfortable…. Fail

OMG I want to bang that girl so bad it hurts!!!! owie!!!

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dang i hate gold but I REALLY wanna go on there if i wanna go to England!

Samuel L Jackson Selfies Show Him Going from Glad to Sad on His Recent Trip to Beijing, China – Air Quality

Wednesday, March 26th, 2014

Here’s SLJ on a small, snake-free plane on his way to China:

“‘Bout to go wheels up from London to Beijing. Might have to get my slumber on!”

But when he got there, he was dissatisfied with the Air Quality (AQ) level:

“Even w/ lights, you can only see 2 1/2 blocks…maybe! AQ 312!!”

Poor SLJ!