A Consolidated PBY-5A Catalina Flying Boat of Patrol Squadron VP-61 in flight during a patrol in the Aleutians in March 1943.
VP-61 was based at Otter Point Naval Air Facility, Umnak Island, Alaska (USA), at that time.
In the Battle of the Aleutian Islands (June 1942-August 1943) during World War II (1939-45), U.S. troops fought to remove Japanese garrisons established on a pair of U.S.-owned islands west of Alaska. In June 1942, Japan had seized the remote, sparsely inhabited islands of Attu and Kiska, in the Aleutian Islands. It was the only U.S. soil Japan would claim during the war in the Pacific. The maneuver was possibly designed to divert U.S. forces during Japan’s attack on Midway Island (June 4-7, 1942) in the central Pacific. It’s also possible the Japanese believed holding the two islands could prevent the U.S. from invading Japan via the Aleutians. Either way, the Japanese occupation was a blow to American morale. In May 1943, U.S. troops retook Attu and three months later reclaimed Kiska, and in the process gained experience that helped them prepare for the long “island-hopping” battles to come as World War II raged across the Pacific Ocean.
The first purpose-built American night fighter of WWII, the Northrop P-61 Black Widow entered production in late 1943. It was the first US aircraft equipped with radar, eventually replacing the menagerie of British night fighters that had fought with US squadrons through the first years of the war.
The P-61 went through several prototype iterations before finally being standardized in production; all designs kept the basic layout of a twin boom, twin engine aircraft with various armament fits. Initially armed with two quadruple .50 cal turrets in the nose and rear nacelle, the AAF wanted more firepower, resulting in the deletion of the nose turret and addition of a quartet of 20mm cannon in the belly. The top turret, similar to the ones on the B-29 Superfortress, proved to be problematic in combat, and most European theater aircraft were shipped without it.
While better than many of the Allied night fighters already in operation, the P-61 was not without its problems. It lacked the room for external stores and fuel, limiting its range and usefulness in a battlefield mostly devoid of heavy bomber targets, suffered from relatively low speeds, and while able to take on most aircraft could not keep up with newer, more advanced aircraft. The P-61C, which arrived too late to be introduced during the war, addressed some of these problems, but with the advances in jet aircraft immediately after the war the aircraft soon fell into obsolescence.
After the war the P-61 was quickly phased out of the AAF, with only a few remaining operational in Japan, Alaska, and Germany. The F-15 Reporter reconnaissance variant stayed operational for longer, providing mapping services in the early days of the Korean war. P-61s also served as testbeds for early ejection seat experiments and weather experiments. The last flight of the type was in 1968 when a civilian F-15A broke up on takeoff and was destroyed; a P-61 is currently under restoration to airworthiness by the Mid Atlantic Air Museum, which may finally return the type to the air.
Pictures are The Beatles and Brian Epstein at the Westwood Hotel in Anchorage, Alaska, 27th-28th June 1966. On their way to Japan, the group had to make an unscheduled stop in Alaska to avoid Typhoon Kit. In these photos, taken by Robert Whitaker, bored Beatles and Brian are taking polaroid photos of each other while they wait out the typhoon - I think there is a real feel of the ‘eye of the storm’ to the photos, literal and metaphorical. In the last image John, George and Brian are examining a polaroid picture (reflected in John’s glasses?)
“It seems to me that with everything going on, someone ought to be looking after you.“
[Brian on 3 December 1961, proposing the notion of him managing the Beatles to John, Paul, George and Pete. Quoted in The Beatles: A Biography by Bob Spitz.]
I asked this 4 years ago and I love it so much =w=
I loved the idea of their nicknames: Alaska the Land of the Midnight Sun and Japan the Land of the Rising Sun.
They reminds me night and day, moon and sun, dark and light, etc…
I think Sedna is proud to have Kiku as neighbor
Art by the nice and great @eagiel <3
“When adults say, “Teenagers think they are invincible” with that sly, stupid smile on their faces, they don’t know how right they are. We need never be hopeless, because we can never be irreparably broken. We think that we are invincible because we are. We cannot be born, and we cannot die. Like all energy, we can only change shapes and sizes and manifestations. They forget that when they get old. They get scared of losing and failing. But that part of us greater than the sum of our parts cannot begin and cannot end, and so it cannot fail.” ― John Green, Looking for Alaska
Based off of Closer by The Chainsmokers ft Halsey.
It had been four years since my last heartbreak and I was set on keeping it that way. After everything that happened I wasn’t going to sacrifice my heart for anyone.
I still look back on the day I moved away and honestly I regret part of what I did that day, because when I moved away I left so much. I left my everything. I left Jack my boyfriend and I left my family. He was my only family and that day four years ago I left him. My parents died and left me with a huge inheritance, due to the businesses they owned, and I was the nineteen year old billionaire who had no clue what to do with her life. I was hurt and I was going to travel with the hopes of forgetting any pain in my body. Turns out I caused more pain than imaginable when I heard he moved on.
I was in Germany when I heard that he was seeing someone else and that day I just decided it was best if I forgot about him and everything about what we were. I traveled to Portugal, Spain, Morocco, South Africa, Germany, Italy, France, Norway, Sweden, Russia, China, Japan, Alaska, Mexico, Brazil, Argentina, Haiti, and Iceland. It was the most incredible four years of my life and I don’t regret leaving him to do it. Yet, I do regret that I left someone who I loved and who loved me. During my journey I figured out what I was good at and I realized who exactly I wanted to be. I was good at writing about my experiences and traveling.
I realized I was good on my own.
Right after my last stop in Iceland I headed home. Well the place that once was my home. Technically everywhere I stopped became my home at one point. I made friends here and there, but I had to leave them behind because I was too afraid to stay in one place for too long. I didn’t want to get attached to anyone.
Now that I’m standing outside of my apartment in London I’m hesitant to open the door. I had continued to pay for my apartment back here in London because I knew I’d eventually come back. I’d eventually settle down for sometime before possible picking up my life and moving her again.
As I stand outside the door to my apartment I see a familiar face standing down the hallway. I quickly scurry into my place before shutting the door behind me.
“If that was who I think it was, I might just be getting on another flight to who knows where.”
She left four years ago. She said she was sorry, but it had to be done. I begged her to stay but she didn’t listen and soon after I never heard a thing from her. In her defense I never tried to reach out to her either, but the phone goes both ways. After the first year of her being gone I got over her and tried to move on with another girl, but that girl wasn’t Y/N. Nothing was the same.
Occasionally I’d check on her Instagram and one day I saw her the happiest she’d ever been. She was in Japan with a group of people and I realized that she had moved on as well. She genuinely looked happy and I knew that she needed to go. She actually did need to travel and get away, so she could heal. Now she’s a famous blogger who travels across the world.
I never thought I’d see her again in person after she left because she was never here in London for more than two days or so. She would occasionally stop home and then leave to another place shortly after. In fact I tried to avoid going out when I heard she was home because I didn’t want to run into her. I didn’t know how to react.
During the time she was finding herself I was also finding myself. I started making YouTube videos and I found some joy in doing that. I was able to meet new people who I realized were important to me. I just never thought I’d see the one person I would always consider important to me.
Then I did.
Walking into her apartment next door was Y/N with a backpack and two suitcases. She was back and I can’t tell if I’m ready or not.
I was currently on the way to a hotel where Zoe was having the launch for her book and other products. I was with Josh, Conor and Mikey, while Joe, Oli, and Casper are trailing behind in another car. It was good to be getting out because I’d be able to get my mind off of what I think was Y/N.
Part of me hopes it was her, but the other part wants it to be a random look alike.
“Mate we’re here. Are you gonna get out of the car or what?” Mikey nudges me and I nod before opening the door and stepping out into the cold air. Once we walk into the hotel we head up to the penthouse that was rented out for the night.
“You’re here.” Zoe smiles as we all enter and I give her a small hug before looking around to see if Oli and the other have arrived yet. I see Joe standing by the bar and I head over.
“Hey man.” I smile and he turns around and let’s out a small laugh.
“I thought we were gonna be the last people here. Turns out it was you.”
“Very funny.” I smile before ordering a vodka lemonade.
“Jack man I think you should come see this.” I feel a nudge on my side and I roll my eyes.
“Mikey what now?”
“Okay fine just don’t be surprised when you see someone you’ve been avoiding for the past four years.” He laughs and Conor who is sitting to my left also turns around.
“Y/N is here? Where?” He stands up and Mikey points to the girl in a short black dress who is talking to Zoe.
“Did you forget she has one of the biggest blogs in the world?” Joe laughs and I roll my eyes.
“I tried to, but it turns out I can’t escape her today. I thought I saw her walking into the apartment next to us and now this?” I take a sip of my drink and Conor places a hand on my back.
I was at a book launch for my friend Zoe who I had met two years ago when we were both on vacation and I was absolutely happy to be focusing on this instead of Jack.
“I’m so happy you’re back in London. It’ll be good for you to settle down for a little while.” She gives me a second hug and I nod in agreement.
“Yeah I think it’ll be good because I know I eventually am going to start traveling again. Maybe now I can act like a normal person and stay in one place for more than three months.”
“Go get a drink relax a little. Go talk to my brother. He and his friends are here. Some of them are very cute and I think I know which one you’d love.” She motions towards the bar and I nod.
“Not gonna lie, I’m a little intimidated.” I mumble and she grabs my arms before pulling me toward the bar.
“Joe you remember Y/N. The one who never stays in London long enough for me to film with her.” Zoe jokes and he turns around along with some of his friends who are huddled around each other.
“Yeah I remember. She’s got the blog with the pictures of practically everywhere in the world.” He jokes and I nod.
“Where was the best place? By the way I’m Josh.” A tall red head asks before shaking my hand. I take a deep breath and try to think about my answer.
“I loved everywhere I went. I think Iceland was really beautiful in its own way. It was nice to be in such a scenic place and get to just experience nature. Most of the places I went were hectic like Japan and China. I did like Portugal a lot though. That was actually the first place I visited.” I smile and he turns someone next to him around.
“Jack was just in Portugal with his family last week.” I look up at the person face and I freeze. Conor also turns around and looks at me. We all become quiet and Zoe looks at me with a raised eyebrow.
“Do you guys know each other?”
“Yeah we dated for two years before I went traveling.” I admit and she looks sympathetic.
“I’m going to go and make a phone call. I never called my parents to let them know I’m back.” I make up an excuse and walk away from the whole situation. I head out to the balcony where nobody is currently sitting and I walk to the far end of it so I can be alone.
“I know we haven’t spoken in four years, but don’t expect me to forgot that your parents died when you were nineteen. I was there in the car, I remember.” I hear a voice and I know it’s Jack.
“Jack I didn’t think you’d be here. I didn’t even think you would be here in London. I expected you to be in Brighton.”
“I moved a year after you left. Turns out you moved as well.”
“I did and it just so happened you moved right next door to me.” I look over at him instead of looking down to the street below.
“You changed a lot.” I immediately let the words slip from my mouth and he nods.
“So did you.”
“I didn’t mean it like that. I mean I didn’t know you when you had a nose ring or a skull tattoo.”
“And I didn’t know you when you were the famous blogger.”
“Yeah about that… I never wanted to become a blogger. I just wanted to post my picture and keep a journal of what I did. People just started to like it.” I laugh and he nods while laughing.
“You never liked being popular or the center of attention.”
“Still don’t, but I’m trying to act more extroverted. I remember Conor always trying to get me to talk louder and be less afraid when we were younger.”
“He did that with Anna a lot. Now she never shuts up.” He jokes and I nod.
“How is she?” I ask and he shrugs.
“Like any other teenage girl. She was actually the one who showed me your blog.” He admits and he pulls out his home to show me a picture.
“Still doesn’t look like you. You must be adopted.” I tease and he glares at me for a second before smiling.
We stand in silence for a few seconds before he decided to ask the real question.
“When are you leaving?” He asks and I’m taken aback. “I mean because you’re always traveling. I’m just assuming you’ll be gone within a few days.”
“Um well I’m actually staying for a few months or so. Then I have a trip to Australia for a month and I’m gonna also visit New Zealand while I’m at it and I’m just gonna have some fun. I do plan to come back after that trip and stay for another few months.”
“I always wanted to go there. It looks cool.”
“You should go.” I encourage him and he shrugs while looking at me.
“You travel alone. I’d feel a little weird walking around Australia and exploring by myself.”
“Come with me.” I encourage and he looks shocked.
“I mean it Jack. I did love you at one point and I still do. Leaving you was a mistake, but I love traveling and I needed to do what I did. But you should come with me on the next journey. Maybe we’ll find something to salvage between us.”
“I think that might work.” He cautiously answer and I move closer to him.
“I never got over you Jack. I just need you to know that. I never stopped loving you and I don’t go a day without thinking about the day I left and wondering if I made the worst decision of my life.”
“You didn’t Y/N. You did the right thing and somehow we ended up here tonight and are actually talking. Things aren’t ruined Y/N. They most definitely aren’t.”
I hope you enjoyed this imagine. It was requested anonymously and it just so happened I was about to start writing this anyway lol. Thanks for the support!
Recently there has been a lot of
confusion as to my involvement and place in the band ISSUES, since I
took a break from touring to focus on my passions. After much thought
and discussion, I regret to inform you that I am officially parting ways
with the band as of now. To some this may come a shock, to others, you
may have seen this coming from miles away. I can say without a doubt
when I stepped away from the All Time Low tour, I didn’t think it would
be for good. I even returned to play shows in Hawaii, Alaska, and Japan
this past year. But what became apparent at those shows, and during my
time at home, was the undeniable fact that being a member of this band
just didn’t make me happy. In fact in a lot of ways it did the opposite.
To give a quick history I wasn’t even planning on officially
joining issues. The idea for the band was formed when I was on tour
DJ-ing for Tyler Carter on his solo tour opening for the band Go Radio.
He expressed interest in starting a new band, and was talking about and
planning out how he was going to form it. He had been sent some demos,
but nothing too impressive. I told him that if he wanted to start
putting out new music, the instrumentals had to be as next level as what
he was writing. It was then that he asked if I would be interested in
helping write and produce the project. I was into it, it sounded like
fun. But there wasn’t really an opportunity to actually join the band at
this point, because he had already promised Case Snedecor the drum
spot, and that was the only instrument I was comfortable playing. I
wasn’t really concerned about it though, because I was content with
playing in my local band “A Memoria Brooded” and working at Atlantic
Records in Hollywood as an engineer.
After the tour I began
writing with some friends, met AJ and convinced Tyler to let him join
the band. After the EP was done, they set off for tour. Tyler was the
first to have the idea of me joining as the DJ. I wasn’t down at all. I
didn’t want to leave my job at Atlantic, or my band back home. Also
didn’t seem like something that I would really enjoy doing or being
known for. So I didn’t go on the Party with the Devil tour with Attila.
the tour, they were passionate about me at least trying out a tour
playing with the band. I was just so torn
about joining a band as a keyboard player. I’ve always been an integral
part of the live show with every project I’ve been in, and I felt as
though I would be reduced to a gimmick. But despite my reservations I
thought it over a TON, and since the band was actually going well, I
thought why not. I’ll try it. I’ve never toured with a band, and a lot
of people would kill for this opportunity. So I decided to go on the
Silverstein Headliner, and legitimately had a lot of fun. So, I decided
to officially join and continue with ISSUES.
The problem with
doing something that your heart isn’t fully committed to though, is it
wears off real quick. I started to become envious of every other band
member living out their dreams playing what they were passionate about,
getting better at their craft, all the while I was showing up for work
every day. It got to the point where my least favorite part of the day
was getting on stage, which is pretty ass backwards to the point of
playing music for a living. That added to the fact that I witnessed my
peers back home advancing in their careers as songwriters and producers,
(what I truly care about) while I was stuck in the same place due to
being on the road all year.
It finally became time to wake up and
refuse to do anything that made me unhappy. I told the band that I
wanted a break to focus on what I love to do. They were more than
supportive. And in the small time I’ve stepped away from touring, I’ve
gotten further in my quest to becoming a producer than I had in the 3
years I was with ISSUES. I’m so so much happier now as a person, and so
excited for my future. And from what I’ve witnessed, no one gets
anywhere doing something half-heartedly. So it is a very important
decision to fully commit to production and depart from any other
projects that might take my time away from that.
As far as the
album goes, I was, and still continue to be just as involved as I always
have been in the writing and production process. It’s really the only
part of being in ISSUES that I truly enjoy; the creation of the music.
We are still working extremely hard on finishing and releasing this
music as soon as possible, as we have all put countless hours into it
and are proud of what we’ve written. I hope you can all understand where
I’m coming from, and realize that there is literally no bad blood or
animosity between me and the guys, as they all are very supportive of my
decision. They wish to see me succeed, as I wish to see ISSUES continue
to thrive. I love all of them to death, and wouldn’t take back any of
our experiences for the world.
Currently I have a new manager,
and am in the studio 24/7 working on production for artists and remixes,
playing in a band with some of my closest homies in LA, and loving
life. I know I’ll see you guys again soon, in a different setting. I
have so much love for all who have support me and the band throughout
the project. Thank you so much for your commitment to the band, and hope
that you’ll stay with them as they journey onward.
A U.S. Air Force B-52 Stratofortress from the 20th Expeditionary Bomb Squadron at Barksdale Air Force Base, La., leads a formation of two F-16 Fighting Falcons from the 18th Aggressor Squadron, Eielson AFB, Alaska; two Japan Air Self-Defense Force F-2 fighters from the 6th Tactical Fighter Squadron, Tsuiki Air Base, Japan; two U.S. Navy EA-6B Prowlers from Electronic Attack Squadron 136, Carrier Air Wing 5, Naval Air Facility Atsugi, Japan; and a JASDF E-2C Hawkeye from the 601st Squadron, Misawa Air Base, Japan, over Guam during exercise Cope North.