Video Reveille Travis Airport June 23, 2023


Flying Boxcar Video


Travis Air Force Base - Museum


These old aircraft are at the Museum on Travis Air Force Base in California.  Nice aircraft.

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Renewables are the Cheapest Power Options


In March 2021, Bloomberg New Energy Finance found that "renewables are the cheapest power option for 71% of global GDP and 85% of global power generation. It is now cheaper to build a new solar or wind farm to meet rising electricity demand or replace a retiring generator, than it is to build a new fossil fuel-fired power plant. ... On a cost basis, wind and solar is the best economic choice in markets where firm generation resources exist and demand is growing."[80]: 24 

They further reported "the levelized cost of energy from lithium-ion battery storage systems is competitive with many peak-demand generators."[80]: 23  BNEF does not disclose the detailed methodology and LCOE calculation assumptions, however, apart from declaring it is "derived from selected public sources".[80]: 98  Costs of gas peakers are substantial, and include both the cost of fuel and external costs of its combustion. Costs of its combustion include emission of greenhouse gases carbon monoxide and dioxide, as well as nitrogen oxides (NOx), which damage the human respiratory system and contribute to acid rain.[81]



Beth and I Travelling in Comfort


Beth and I flying on military planes.  I am a retired Marine and Beth and I can fly on our US Military Planes - space available. The US military flies a lot of missions, and they let servicemen and women, and retirees permission to fly if there is room.  Here we are on an Air Force C-117 flying from Rota, Spain to South Carolina.  An Army CH-47 Helicopter was being transported from Afghanistan. It was very beaten up.  Beth asked the Army SNCO if they were going to junk the helicopter. No, he said, we are going to fix it up and fly it for another 25 years.

View From KC-135 Boom Oregon

Shot from the KC-135 refueling position McChord AFB in Washington State to Travis AFB in California.

Photos From The Refueling Position in the Bottom Rear of an Air Force KC-135


KC-135 Photos Taken From the Boom Operator Position in the rear nelly of the Aircraft Over Washington and Oregon in 2010. I think the photos include Mount St Helens and Spirit Lake.

I took the photos of the mountains above from the refueling control station in the rear bottom ot the aircraft looking down.  

KC-135 refueling aircraft.  The KC-135 is similar to the Boeing 707. It was first brought into service in 1957, and is projected to stay in continuous for many years going forward.

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We flew home from the Panama Canal cruise from March Air Reserve Base east of Los Angeles to Pope Field on Fort Bragg, North Carolina, on an Air Force Reserve C-17 on Jan 6, 2020. Nice flight, thank you, Air Force. We were the only passengers.

Our military is getting prepared for possible conflict with Iran. The plane was going to continue on with a load of ammunition.  400 Marines left March just before us and the 82nd Airborne at Fort Bragg was busy getting prepared.

Stay safe, ladies and gentleman. Here is hoping it does not develop into a big war. We are tired of continuous conflict in the middle east.

It is not all big cargo plane.  Here we are on a small comfortable plane, a C-37.


Caught a C-37 from Macdill Air Force Base in Tampa to Peterson Air Force Base in Colorado Springs.  Very nice ride. Will drive slowly to the coast via national parks.


DAT - Developer Adjustment Tool (My Marine knives on the wall, very effective when negotiating with aggressive developers)



Join the military, become a US citizen


Struggling to overcome recruiting shortfalls, the Army and the Air Force have bolstered their marketing to entice legal residents to enlist. Read More


Wind Turbine Generated Electric Power



Where are American Wind Turbines Manufactured?

I asked then Artificial Intelligence (AI) program Bard bard.google.com  

Where are American Wind Turbines Manufactured?

Wind turbines are manufactured in a number of states across the United States. The top five states for wind turbine manufacturing are:

  1. Iowa
  2. Texas
  3. Colorado
  4. Illinois
  5. North Carolina

These states have a number of factors that make them attractive for wind turbine manufacturing, including:

  • Proximity to wind resources: These states are located in areas with strong wind resources, which is essential for wind turbine manufacturing.
  • Availability of skilled labor: These states have a large pool of skilled labor, which is necessary for the complex manufacturing process of wind turbines.
  • Favorable government policies: These states have adopted favorable government policies, such as tax breaks and grants, to encourage wind turbine manufacturing.

The wind turbine manufacturing industry in the United States is growing rapidly. In 2021, the industry employed over 100,000 people and generated over $20 billion in revenue. The industry is expected to continue to grow in the coming years, as the demand for renewable energy continues to increase.

Here are some of the major companies that manufacture wind turbines in the United States:

  • General Electric
  • Vestas
  • Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy
  • TPI Composites
  • LM Wind Power

These companies are responsible for manufacturing a wide range of wind turbine components, including blades, towers, generators, and nacelles. The components are then assembled into wind turbines, which are then installed at wind farms across the United States.


Think for a minute how nice that is. We build the Wind Turbines in America, and use them to harvest wind to create "green" electricity.

Our Evolution


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Milton Rubenfeld and Gefilte Fish

Milton "Milt" Rubenfeld was a Sarasotan who flew for the Royal Air Force and U.S. Army during World War II, later becoming one of the five founding pilots of the Israeli Air Force in Israel's War of Independence. They:

 “dropped their bombs on the front end of the column. They then pulled up and began to come around to strafe the tanks and trucks.... As he was pulling up, Rubenfeld's plane was hit by antiaircraft fire or by fragments from his own bomb and began to fall to the west, thick black smoke trailing behind.”

“Rubenfeld nursed his plane to Kfar Vitkin, a moshav on the coast just north of Netanya, and bailed out over the Mediterranean at only a thousand feet altitude. His parachute opened just before he hit the water, four or five miles from shore. Rubenfeld had suffered three broken ribs, a hurt groin, and several cuts, and faced a long swim to the beach.”

“I swam for a couple of hours. When I finally gave up, I stood up and the water was only up to my knees. I'd been swimming for hours in water I could have stood up in at anytime. I didn't realize it because I was so far out. The farmers at Kfar Vitkin were shooting at me as I was coming in out of the water. They thought I was an Arab pilot. (Rubenfeld, pers. comm.) Not knowing any Hebrew, Rubenfeld turned to the next best thing - he began shouting in Yiddish. Unfortunately, his Yiddish was almost as limited as his non-existent Hebrew, consisting of the words "Shabbos" and "gefilte fish", which he repeatedly shouted. The locals must have understood, for they pulled him out of the water and held him safely.”

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