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     B-25J “Killer B” represents the sights and sounds of a bygone era. The world is fortunate that the individuals of the Valiant Air Command in Titusville, Florida, preserve the meticulous process of pulling props through, starting smokey engines and making those radials rumble the area. With nearly 10,000 B-25 aircraft produced, these events used to be commonplace, but now only a handful of these aircraft continue to fly. These few birds carry the spirit of those who fought in WWII, allowing future generations to experience the era first hand.

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I went to the Paine Field Flying Heritage Collection in Washington state this summer; right next to Boeing’s Washington Plant. The Collection is owned by Microsoft cofounder Paul G. Allen and contains aircraft, artillery and armored vehicles. I have many more pictures and I’ll probably submit them about twice a week if that’s okay with you.

1 & 2) Spitfire Supermarine Mk. VC. Allocated to RAF No. 312 Squadron (a Czech unit) in 1942. Squadron Leader Thomas Vybiral used this aircraft to perform a daring raid on enemy shipping at St. Peter Port, Guernsey where he was hit by flak just behind the cockpit.

After extensive repairs the Spitfire served with other RAF units during the war and eventually became an instructional airframe and gate guard before being sold to a museum in Canada in 1964. Purchased by the FHC in 1991 and is in complete flying order.

3 & 4) Hawker Hurricane, numerically the most important fighter of the Battle of Britain and responsible for the most confirmed kills during the battle

5, 6, 7 & 8) B-25J Mitchell, famous for the Doolittle Raids on Japan. This B-25 was built in Kansas City during the last days of 1944 and was one of 117 B-25s modified to carry a Hughes E1 fire control radar for training.

The plane served in the Royal Canadian Air Force for ten years before being sold as surplus in 1961 to the Cascade Drilling Company of Calgary, where it served as a “water bomber.” In the 1990s it was bought by the FHC and restored to wartime and flying condition.

9 & 10) North American P-51D Mustang. A veteran of the Eighth Airforce’s 353rd Fighter Group and flown by Captain Harrison “Bud” Tordoff who used it to shoot down a Me 262.

After the war it served in the Royal Swedish Air Force and was later sold to the Dominican Republic, from which the plane was bought in 1998.

Text and pics submitted by @cavalier-renegade (thanks a whole bunch man!)

¿Quién no echa una mirada al sol cuando atardece?
¿Quién quita sus ojos del cometa cuando estalla?
¿Quién no presta oídos a una campana cuando por algún hecho tañe?
¿Quién puede desoír esa campana cuya música lo traslada fuera de este mundo? 

Ningún hombre es una isla entera por sí mismo. Cada hombre es una pieza del continente, una parte del todo. Si el mar se lleva una porción de tierra, toda Europa queda disminuida, como si fuera un promontorio, o la casa de uno de tus amigos, o la tuya propia.

Ninguna persona es una isla; la muerte de cualquiera me afecta, porque me encuentro unido a toda la humanidad; por eso, nunca preguntes por quién doblan las campanas; doblan por ti.

John Donne.

Galicia, doeme verte chorar.

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25th of every month “journal” 06

I decided to record myself every month because I haven’t done anything like it before and I’d like to see how my voice, hair and other things change over time. I can’t see the changes other people see on me, so it’d be a cool thing, even before I start taking hormones. Kinda like a timeline. So, bear with me, I’m not really a vlogger, but just a curious guy with a youtube account.

Sorry about the audio getting out of sync at some points. One day I’ll learn how to video edit.
Also sorry about the  Doctor Who ‘The Flesh’ Goo Pod “review”. I’m sure your kids will like it if they’re still selling that. Good ol’ goo. :P