crew chiefs

okay, memes aside, please spare me from the thought of Sally watching the crash. Idk what’s worse, her being there in person as his crew chief and having to watch it before her eyes (but being unable to go to him)

or being back in Radiator Springs, seeing it on tv, or worse yet NOT knowing about it until a customer mentions something like “hey, you’re McQueen’s wife, right? How’s he doing, the media got cut off from updates.” and that’s the first she hears of it.


Jeep Does It Again:

Sticking with Jeep tradition, they’ve just announced 6 new concepts for the Moab Easter Jeep Safari.

Concepts are as follows in descending order, left to right; the Kaiser M715 inspired ’Crew Chief 715′, a lifted Wrangler with digi-camo wrap called the ’Trailstorm’, the shortened CJ5-inspired ‘Shortcut’, the Fiat soft roader ‘Renegade Commander, another Fiat soft roader called the ‘Comanche’, and last but not least the super-green ‘Trailcat’ that is basically a wider, stockier Wrangler with a 707-hp supercharged Hellcat V8, a chopped windshield, and Dodge Viper seats.

It’s pretty obvious which ones are the most exciting and which are the Fiat least exciting.

I wouldn’t hold your breathe waiting for these to come out in the near future. Jeep has yet to go into production with any concepts shown at these events. 

Boohoo. We want the Trailcat and Kaiser!

imagine if Lightning got injured in the middle of a race and just. kept going. 

like maybe a piece of car shrapnel gashed him or there was a restraint malfunction, but he was SO DETERMINED to finish the race. theres always at least one camera on the driver at all times, so his crew chief sees somethin’s up and asks him to pull in, but he doesn’t. he guns it and wins the race, then passes out at victory lane.

U.S. Marine Corps Lance Cpl. Servando Avila, a crew chief with Marine Light Attack Helicopter Squadron 267, 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing, participates in a Tactical Air Control Party off the coast of Okinawa February 9, 2017.

Crew Chief Albert F Giesting and Lt Virgil Meroney prepare Sweet LOUISE for another mission in February 1944. Meroney credited much of his success to the work of Sgt Giesting and his crew, this mutual respect later turning into a genuine friendship between the Meroney and Giesting families that has endured throughout the years.

Photo & caption featured in Osprey Aviation Elite Units • 352nd Fighter Group by Thomas G Ivie

Robert Goddard, Father of Rocketry

On March 16, 1926 physicist Robert Goddard launched the first liquid fueled rocket, and the science of rocketry was born.  Using arocket engine propelled by gasoline and liquid oxygen, Goddard’s first rocket managed a 2.5 second flight rising to an altitude of 40 feet.  With him that day were his crew chief, Henry Sachs, Esther Goddard, his wife, and Percy Roope, who was Clark’s assistant professor in the physics department.  The rocket rose slowly after several seconds of firing on the test pad, and although it only rose 40 feet in altitude managed to cover 184 feet crashing in a nearby field.  Goddard’s brief entries in his journals tell more:  

March 16. Went to Auburn with S[achs] in am. E[sther] and Mr. Roope came out at 1 p.m. Tried rocket at 2.30. It rose 41 feet & went 184 feet, in 2.5 secs., after the lower half of the nozzle burned off. Brought materials to lab… .

March 17, 1926. The first flight with a rocket using liquid propellants was made yesterday at Aunt Effie’s farm in Auburn… .

Even though the release was pulled, the rocket did not rise at first, but the flame came out, and there was a steady roar. After a number of seconds it rose, slowly until it cleared the frame, and then at express train speed, curving over to the left, and striking the ice and snow, still going at a rapid rate.

The science of rocketry progressed at a rapid pace after that, with Goddard devoting the next two decades to improvements in rocket design.  Born in 1882, at the height of the railroad century, Goddard lived long enough to see rockets used in World War 2-while not the happiest circumstances, still an amazing technological progress in a short amount of time.

The word rocket entered English in 1610 from the Italian word rocchetto, meaning a bobbin or spool head.  The Italian root probably derived from a Germanic root such as rocko with the same meaning.  The word was first used in English to describe a device propelled by a rocket engine in 1919.