Yellowstone National Park boasts 4 mountain ranges and at least 70 peaks over 8,000 feet tall. At almost 11,000 feet tall, Electric Peak is the third tallest mountain in Yellowstone. With its snow-covered face catching the day’s last sun rays, it’s a majestic sight to behold. Photo by Neal Herbert, National Park Service.
Born on 2 July, 1897, in Atchison, Kansas, Amelia Earhart became the first woman to fly solo across the Atlantic Ocean, earning her the U.S. Distinguished Flying Cross. After visiting a Long Beach airfield and getting a ride in an airplane, Amelia “knew I had to fly,” and fly she certainly did. Shortly after this life changing experience, Amelia saved enough money to take flying lessons from female aviator, Anita Snook. From her first lesson, Amelia immersed herself in everything to do with aviation. She read everything about flying she could get her hands on and spent the majority of her free time at the airfield.
In 1921, Amelia finally purchased her own biplane - a second-hand Kinner Airster that she painted yellow and named The Canary. The following year, she flew The Canary to an altitude of 14,000 feet, setting a world record for female pilots. Her next airplane was a yellow Kissel which she named Yellow Peril. Over the forthcoming years, Amelia flew around America as well as Canada. In 1932, Amelia became the first woman to fly solo nonstop across the Atlantic, pushing her into the limelight.
Amelia decided she would try to become another first - the first woman to fly around the world. After problems with the propellers during the first attempt, Amelia and her second navigator, Fred Noonan, set off once again in June of 1937, flying to South America, Africa, Asia and Lae, New Guinea.
Amelia and Fred departed Lae on the 2nd of July. Unfortunately, they never made it to her their next destination, Howland Island. When the duo didn’t arrive at the scheduled destination, a search party was assembled but Amelia and Fred were gone. The main theory is that she ran out of fuel and crashed and sank, however, another theory suggests she was captured by Japanese forces. The book, Amelia Earhart Lived suggests that Amelia survived the flight and moved to New Jersey where she created a new life for herself.
Whatever the truth may be, what became of Amelia Earhart is one of the most peculiar mysteries in the world.
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-rey to run kylo ren though with her lightsaber
-luke to use the force in order to throw kylo ren off a cliff
-finn (iconic jedi) exploding kylo ren with the power of the force
-poe taking kylo ren up in his jet and tossing him out when they reach 20,000 feet
-leia to cut kylo rens head off in front of a cheering audience
-rose from engineering using kylo ren as a punching bag
-kylo ren accidentally impaling himself with his stupid ass lightsaber
-bb8 to run kylo ren over and back over him time and time again until he dies
National Armor and Cavalry Museum, Fort Benning Part 1
The National Armor and Cavalry Museum is a non-governmental museum and is located in Fort Benning, Georgia. Recently it closed down for a $35 million renovation on 90,000 square feet and 30 acres of land. It has a projected reopening of around 2020. The majority of the exhibits have since the museums closure been shipped to the Patton Museum in Fort Knox. Notable possessions included a Panther II, the T28, a T29E3 and the XM08.
1 to 3) Type 95 Ha-Go. Japanese WWII era light tank. Considered one of the best tanks of its time in 1935, it was a sufficient tank when it came to facing infantry such as the Chinese but was soon outclassed. It was not meant for tank-to-tank combat and perished quickly when pressed into. Some 2,200 were made, making it the most numerous Japanese tank of the war.
4 to 6) Marder II. German tank destroyer of WWII mounting a 7.5-cm anti-tank gun and based off of the Panzer II chassis. It’s high profile and thin armor made its crew vulnerable to anything over .50 cal. Nonetheless, it provided much needed mobile firepower and was in service from 1941 to 1943. Only four Marder IIs remain today. This vehicle was on display in the Ordnance Museum at the Aberdeen Proving Ground, USA, for many years. In 1989 it was returned to Germany on loan in exchange for restoration. It was also in the Wheatcroft Collection for some years before returning to Fort Benning in 2012.
7 & 8) Panther II. Never made beyond a single chassis, the Panther II was a German design proposal of WWII. It incorporated thicker armor than the Panther, shared the suspension of the Tiger II, had a new “schmalturm” turret and a more powerful engine providing 200 hp more. Plans to replace the original Panther design with the Panther II were already underway before the first Panther had even seen combat. But a final meeting was held where it was decided that production of the Panther II would cease, and work would focus on the basic Panther. The example shown is the original Panther II prototype chassis with a basic Panther’s turret.
9 & 10) Panzer II. German light tank of WWII. A stopgap while the Panzer III was being produced it nonetheless went on to play an important role in the early years of World War II. The Panzer II was the most numerous tank in the German Panzer divisions beginning with the invasion of France. By the end of 1942, it had been largely removed from front line service and it was used for training and on secondary fronts. Its chassis remained in use as the basis of several other armored vehicles. This vehicle was captured in Libya during World War II and was on display in the Ordnance Museum at the Aberdeen Proving Ground, Maryland for many years.
It’s so surreal to think that at this very second a giant rock 2,000 feet across is hurtling toward the Earth and will pass by at 7 pm EST. It’s out there in the total silence and emptiness of space, and we’re just down here doing our thing, and most people don’t even know a rock the size of a small mountain is about to whiz by.
Could I request a scenario with Tsukishima, Nishinoya and Bokuto where they make her go sky diving and when they get done she's in tears? How would they support her? Female pronouns please!
Honestly, I’ve been avoiding this post since I’ve joined back in December. But, it needs to get done eventually. Sorry if it’s not at my usual level of quality. They’re also kinda short. Sorry.
You generally considered your boyfriend to have good ideas; he wasn’t reckless, he enjoyed playing things safe. So when he suggested skydiving, you were fairly quick to agree. No way would Kei make you do something dangerous or scary.
But boy, were you wrong. When you peered over the edge of the door 10,000 feet in the air, you were terrified. Still, you steeled yourself; maybe the fall was actually fun. It wasn’t. You were pretty sure if you didn’t pee before taking off, you’d have done it in the air. And when your parachute deployed, suddenly changing the velocity you were going, you were ready to hurl. Swallowing it down, you braced yourself and waited for all this to be over.
Eventually, you reached the ground, where you did not land gracefully, and looked at Kei who landed a moment before you. He had an excited look in his eye, smile starting to spread on his face. He looked at you with a face that asked, “That was fun, yeah?”
You couldn’t help yourself, adrenaline too high; tears spilled out of your eyes and Kei’s expression changed form excited to worried. He unclipped himself from his parachute and rushed over to you where he did the same for you, then pulled you into his arms, rubbing your back and shushing you comfortably.
When he pulled away, he tilted your head up and looked in your eyes. “I’m so proud of you, _____. You did something scary and survived. Now you never have to do it again,” he spoke encouragingly.
“Never again,” you sniffed.
“Never again,” he agreed.
The only reason you agreed to this was because he would not stop pestering you about it. You loved your boyfriend’s tenacity, but sometimes you hated it.
The whole way up to the right altitude, you clutched the edge of the seat with one hand and nearly broke Yuu’s hand with your other. He, naturally, just smiled that crazy smile he whole time. When it was time to jump, you were ready to ask the pilot if you could just chicken out and fly back down to the surface when Yuu pushed you out of the plane. In that moment you had two things on your mind: 1) murdering your boyfriend, 2) AAAAHHHHHHHH!!!!
You thought, Maybe I should close my eyes the whole way down, but realized you’d probably go splat. Yuu, on the other hand, seemed to be doing flips and you swore you heard, “ROLLING THUNDER SKY MODE” but the wind made it hard to be sure.
You did land, and without death, and somehow miraculously on your feet, while Yuu tumbled all over. You quickly unbuckled your parachute and helmet and thanked any deity out there for bringing you back to the earth safe.
Soon, Yuu made his way to you and saw you were visually shaken. Instead of searching for “the right thing” to say, he decided to simply tell you what was in his head.
“Good job, _____. Now you’re for sure less wimpy than Asahi-san!” His eyes were alight as he spoke and his smile was childlike, yet genuine.
He didn’t have to say much to make you feel comforted. You knew that a compliment from Yuu was anything but a lie–he was very honest about his feeling, both positive and negative.
Though, you did make him promise not to make you do that again.
“Next time we can go zip lining,” he exclaimed and you knew you were doomed. He was lucky he’s cute.
It was impossible to resist the puppy eyes, and Koutarou knew that. He used it on you, too, that manipulative bastard. That was how he somehow convinced you, the person most afraid of heights in the world, to sign a waiver to go skydiving. That was how he had you plummeting to your death on a lovely Saturday afternoon.
That was how you twisted your ankle. When you finally got to the ground, you landed a little funny. Koutarou didn’t notice at first, and when he saw you still sitting on the ground after he undid himself of his parachute and helmet, he came to help you out of yours, talking excitedly the whole way over. So when he saw your hand over your already swelling ankle, he immediately deflated.
“I’m so sorry, _____. I never should have made you skydive. I’m a horrible boyfriend,” he whispered whilst looking at the ground in between your feet. “We should break up, I’m no good.”
Something about seeing your boyfriend down brushed away any fear you were feeling. You needed to comfort your cinnamon roll and ensure he wouldn’t leave you.
“It’s not your fault, Kou,” you tell him gently. “I know that if I really didn’t want to go, you wouldn’t have made me. That’s because you’re a wonderful boyfriend. And besides,” you added, “you can’t break up with me until I make you my manservant for the next three days while my ankle heals.”
“Really? You’re not mad?” He asked, giving you those goddamned sad puppy eyes.
Something about comforting Koutarou comforted you, too. Even after this crazy experience, nothing changed between you two and that was comforting.