Daily archives: September 12, 2003


Test Beds

I’ve just been to the Museum of Science and Industry and checked out the aviation hall. Interesting stuff-

Avro Lancasters were used as flying test beds for jet engines. Video of the tests is online here.

The Avro 707 isn’t quite a flying wing, but I have a soft spot for the delta wing planes such as this and the Vulcan.

A picture of the Hafner Rotachute (more) hiding away in the corner of a painting has given me ideas for another novel way to land assault troops. The Germans used similar devices for spotting from U-Boats.

But the most affecting plane in the whole display is still the tiny Yokosuka OHKA, a suicide jet that was pretty much a desperate last gasp from the Japanese.


I Went Down, Down, Down And The Flames Went Higher

It’s not a good day for well known Johns. John Ritter has died. He was one of those American comedy actors who I sort of knew about but never really saw- I remember him most for one episode of Buffy.

John II is Johnny Cash, who was discharged from hospital on Wednesday only to pass away this morning. As I write this, the news is just breaking and hasn’t made it onto any websites I’ve looked at.

Update: It didn’t take long for the BBC to put the story up.

Johnny Cash, Ring of Fire (And before anyone gets offended that I’m suggesting either John is headed to hell, just ask yourself- what was the first Johnny Cash song you thought of?)