aerial platform


Heinkel He-111H-22 medium bomber used by the Luftwaffe as an aerial launch platform for the V-1 flying bomb, as the loss of the french launch sites located in the northern coast of the country (following the D-Day invasion) meant they no longer had enough range to reach England from any site located in German territory.

The bomber crews developed a tactic, called “lo-hi-lo” where they would fly extremely low over the North Sea for as long as possible, and once they reached the launching point, they would sharply ascend, launch the missile and immediately dive back to a low flight path, this to avoid detection by the excellent and extremely effective British radar network.

This will be the first time in history a bomber was capable of launching a cruise missile, one of the many innovations (even if, with a 40% failure rate, it was a very futile campaign) developed by the Germans as their situation grew desperate. 

Watch on

Impressive airplane view of the coral reefs around the bahamas, I believe.

Moving Wind Clan Headcanon

Once a Wind Clan gets the blessing of the Windsinger to have a noble spot in the Windsong, the clan must create their own floating kite lair, which is then tethered carefully on to the rest of the Windsong. However, if a dragon clan finds itself suffering wanderlust and curiosity, wanting to explore a new area and join another flight, the Windsinger gives his blessing to any that want to make the travel.

Instead of moving into an entirely new clan, the dragons untie their lair from the main Windsong body and head out to their destination, the clan leader or an appointed navigator using their wind magic to lead the way. The clan then settles into their new ‘home’. The clan maintains most of their lair on their aerial floating platform kite, but there is a good ladder for scooting up and down into the plains of their home away from home, such as in the Great Furnace or the Pillar Of the World. (I’ve been told the pillar makes for a rather nice tether spot for the Windsong Lair Kite.)

However, it’s not entirely unheard of for a Wind home to go mysteriously missing; the highest noted instances of this happening are within the middle of the Sea of A Thousand Currents, potentially from methane vents that disturb how the Windsong Lair Kite maintain itself in the air.

Captive differences
  • Fossorial snake:

I like to dig and bury myself. You may not see me using my hideboxes; I might prefer to just remain buried in the substrate. I should never be kept on substrate that doesn’t allow ‘digging’, unless I am in a quarantine or hospital cage. If I am hungry, looking for a mate, or unhappy, I will climb over and around the obstacles in my enclosure in search of food, a mate, or a better microclimate. Normally you will find me under rocks or other cover.

  • Terrestrial snake:

I like to move along the surface of my enclosure, but I will climb in my enclosure if it is offered. I will probably use my hideboxes, but I may curl up anywhere if there is enough cover. I would like to have substrate that offers tunnelling, as I will frequently use it after meals or when in shed - two circumstances in which I feel very vulnerable. Normally you will not find me sitting in a tree for days on end, but I will go anywhere to hunt.

  • Arboreal snake:

I like to sit on branches or vines or platforms. I will climb readily and ably between branches, but I will also sit for hours on an aerial ambushing platform, ready to hunt any birds that fly into my enclosure. I am not likely to tunnel through my substrate but you may find that a particulate substrate helps with humidity requirements (I am more likely to need higher humidity, depending on my species). I should be given opportunities to hide, but you may want to use cover rather than hideboxes (or both! both is good!). Normally you will find me crawling through the trees, or set up in a quiet position to ambush my dinner.

Cpl. William Hopkins, a native of Clovis, Calif., a spotter with Company F, 2nd Aviation Assault Battalion, 82nd Combat Aviation Brigade’s Pathfinders, looks through the scope of the Barrett .50-caliber sniper rifle while Sgt. Lucas Cordes, a native of Hillman, Mich., a sniper team leader with Co. F, 282 CAB, waits for the Uh-60 Black Hawk to turn around so they can commence an aerial firing platform exercise, Jan. 26, 2012, in Logar Province, Afghanistan. (January 26, 2012 - Photo by Spc. Cody Barber)