The contour of this F-5E’s nose and fuselage was modified by Northrop-Grumman, to shape the sonic boom that emanates from it, reducing its intensity. The program, called the Shaped Sonic Boom Demonstration, was a joint effort between NASA, Northrop-Grumman and the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA).

     After this modified boom was recorded thousands of times, using an F-15B as a close-up chase aircraft, a Blanik L-23 Glider from afar, and an array of 42 sensors on the ground, the data showed that the noise level of the modified boom was 1/3 less intense than one emitting from an unmodified F-5E.

     This interesting R&D aircraft can be viewed at the Valiant Air Command Warbird Museum in Titusville, Florida, just outside the gate of Kennedy Space Center.


"Well, let it pass, he thought; April is over, April is over. There are all kinds              of love in the world, but never the same love twice."

                          —  F. Scott Fitzgerald, “Magnestism” 

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"316 Days Since", collaborative series between Jordan Tiberio and I,

                                  New York, NY, March 2013. 


Banpresto Ichiban Kuji Stardust Crusaders lottery, 11 October 2014.

  • A Prize:  Blue Star Platinum 27 cm figure.
  • B Prize:  Jotaro Kujo action figure.
  • C Prize:  Heroic Stands WCF figures.
  • D Prize:  Jotaro Kujo ceramic plate.
  • E Prize:  Ceramic coffee cups with J-shaped handles.
  • F Prize:  Bandanas.
  • G Prize:  Heroes WCF figures.
  • H Prize:   Desk mats.
  • Last One Prize: Green Star Platinum figure.

Double chance prize will be an alt colorway Star Platinum.



"I could have shown you the modes as they appear in one of the FEA models of a violin I got from John Masters. However, at hand I have some of the animations from actual measurements using George Stoppanis software, so I enclose some of the gifs showing the B1 modes in a Hardanger fiddle and a violin. I also show the strongest radiating mode in the 1kHz range in the Hardanger fiddle where you see the f-hole wings mode a lot.”


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