The Scarlet Witch can tap into mystic energy for reality-altering effects; this power was formerly limited to the creation of “hex-spheres” of reality-disrupting quasi-psionic force to cause molecular disturbances in a target’s probability field, resulting in spontaneous combustion, deflection of objects in flight, and so on.
She later became able to alter reality on a far greater scale, creating entire armies of enemies from nowhere. Although the Scarlet Witch has been trained in basic sorcery techniques, she lacks the specialized mystic training required to fully control her power.
One of the most famous and well documented modern day
hauntings was that of the restless spirits of Flight 401. Flight 401 was an
Eastern Air Lines flight that was regularly scheduled to fly from the JFK Airport
in Queens, New York, to Miami International Airport in Miami, Florida. However,
on December 29th, 1972, Flight 401 would go from being a routine
daily flight to one of tragedy.
On this day, the
flight was operated using a four-month old L-1011 jumbo jet. The flights pilot
was Captain “Bob” Loft, the First Officer was Albert Stockstill, and the Second
Officer was “Don” Repo. There were 176 passengers on board. When the flight
began nearing its destination, Captain Loft and his crew were carrying out
routine landing procedures when Stockstill noticed that the landing gear
light, which told the crew that the nose
gear was properly locked in the down position, did not light up. After failing
to get the light to illuminate, Loft had the airport give the plane permission
to enter a holding pattern instead of landing right away. While in the holding
pattern, the crew began measures to confirm that the landing gear was indeed
down, and the jet was put on autopilot. At first everything was fine as the
plane reached its assigned altitude of 2,000 feet. However, in the next two
minutes the plane dropped 100ft, flew level for two minutes, and then began to
descend at a pace so gradual that it could not be perceived by the crew. Within
the next minute the plane lost another 250ft, and a few minutes after that
reached only half of what the assigned altitude was supposed to be. At this
point the Captain and crew noticed that something was going wrong with the
altitude. However, it was too late. Ten seconds after this realization the
plane crashed into the Everglades. The Captain and his officers died, along
with 10 flight attendants and 97 of the passengers.
Months later, sections of Flight 401 were recycled to be
used on other aircrafts. Soon after the parts were effectively disseminated
among the fleet, paranormal reports began to surface. Many senior airline
personnel on the planes that contained salvaged parts from Flight 401 began
seeing the deceased captain and his officers. Crew members, flight attendants,
and passengers would often see the silent figure of a “drawn and ill-looking
man” wearing an Eastern Airlines uniform. When approached the man would disappear.
This mysterious entity was identified by several of those who had witnessed his
presence to be non-other than the captain, Bob Loft.
Although Captain Bob Loft would often be unresponsive, there
were several incidents where people had full on conversations with the
apparition. One of these incidents occurred to one of the vice presidents of
the airline who was about to embark on flight to Miami from the JFK airport.
While in the airport, the vice president saw a man in uniform standing near the
terminal entrance. Assuming that this man was the captain of the flight, the VP
began to speak to the him. However, mid conversation he realized that the man
he was speaking to was in fact the deceased Bob Loft. As soon as he had this
realization, the mysterious spirit vanished. Another incident involved two
flight attendants and a flight captain. They were having a conversation with
Bob Loft in the plane’s cockpit when he suddenly vanished. The captain and
flight attendants were so shaken up after the encounter that the flight had to
be canceled before take-off.
Captain Bob Loft was not the only crew member of that fatal
flight to continue hanging around after death. Don Repo was also seen on
numerous occasions. Unlike Bob Loft, Repo was a helpful spirit who seemed to be
looking out for Eastern Airline flights safety. One time, a flight engineer was
carrying out a normal pre-flight inspection when he felt another presence
looming over him. When the engineer turned to see who had joined him, he was
shocked to see that it was Don Repo. Repo reportedly told him “You don’t need
to worry about the pre-flight; I’ve already done it.” He then walked away and
disappeared. At another time, a flight attendant noticed that a flight engineer
was repairing a galley oven. Later on the flight attendant went to thank his
colleague for doing the repair only to find out that the colleague had in fact
not done the repair, and that the repair was still scheduled to be completed.
Interestingly, it was later discovered that the galley oven had been salvaged
from Flight 401.
As reports continued to occur, airline authorities refused
to acknowledge the possibility of ghosts from Flight 401. Instead they
recommended that anyone who had a “paranormal” experience seek some of the free
psychiatric services being offered by the airline. Although the authorities adamantly
refused to discuss anything ghost related, Eastern Airlines began to quietly
remove all of the salvaged parts of Flight 401 from their fleet. Ever since the
parts were removed all sightings have ceased.
@mklutz said: Stiles and Derek pern AU- like is
Derek the grumpiest person in harper hall? Does he have a beautiful singing
voice and a terrible scowl? Or like, is Stiles in charge of the dolphin station
once Menolly is masterharper and Derek is a fisherman or idk but dragons
So I don’t know enough about Pern to write a fusion,
but I took ‘idk but dragons’ and ran
with it. DRAGONS!
When Stiles is thirteen years
old, he falls in love.
She’s over ten feet tall, with
gray-green leathery skin and a plump, yellow belly, bright purple eyes and an
ungainly wingspan that makes her topple when she spreads them open too wide.
In the time it takes for the dragon to bury her too-warm muzzle
in the palm of his hand, Stiles knows he wants to spend the rest of his life
Her handler is gruff,
dark-haired, wide-shouldered, and scowling down at him. He’s got a burn scar
running down the outside of one forearm, and the flight vest open at his throat
reveals an angry red claw mark on his collarbone.
Stiles maybe falls a little
bit in love with him, too.
Our flying observatory, called SOFIA, is the world’s largest airborne observatory. It is a partnership with the German Aerospace Center (DLR). SOFIA studies the life cycle of stars, planets (including Pluto’s atmosphere), how interstellar dust can contribute to planet formation, analyzes the area around black holes, and identifies complex molecules in space.
1. A Telescope in an Airplane
SOFIA stands for the Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy. It is a Boeing 747SP aircraft that carries a 100-inch telescope to observe the universe while flying between 38,000 and 45,000 feet – the layer of Earth’s atmosphere called the stratosphere.
2. The Short Aircraft Means Long Flights
SP stands for “special performance.” The plane is 47 feet shorter than a standard 747, so it’s lighter and can fly greater distances. Each observing flight lasts 10-12 hours.
3. It Flies with A Hole in the Side of the Plane…
The telescope is behind a door that opens when SOFIA reaches altitude so astronomers on board can study the universe. The kind of light SOFIA observes, infrared, is blocked by almost all materials, so engineers designed the side of the aircraft to direct air up-and-over the open cavity, ensuring a smooth flight.
4. …But the Cabin is Pressurized!
A wall, called a pressure bulkhead, was added between the telescope and the cabin so the team inside the aircraft stays comfortable and safe. Each flight has pilots, telescope operators, scientists, flight planners and mission crew aboard.
5. This Telescope Has to Fly
Water vapor in Earth’s atmosphere blocks infrared light from reaching the ground. Flying at more than 39,000 feet puts SOFIA above more than 99% of this vapor, allowing astronomers to study infrared light coming from space. The airborne observatory can carry heavier, more powerful instruments than space-based observatories because it is not limited by launch weight restrictions and solar power.
6. Studying the Invisible Universe
Humans cannot see what is beyond the rainbow of visible light. However, many interesting astronomical processes happen in the clouds of dust and gas that often surround the objects SOFIA studies, like newly forming stars. Infrared light can pass through these clouds, allowing astronomers to study what is happening inside these areas.
7. The German Telescope
The telescope was built our partner, the German Aerospace Center, DLR. It is made of a glass-ceramic material called Zerodur that does not change shape when exposed to extremely cold temperatures. The telescope has a honeycomb design, which reduces the weight by 80%, from 8,700 lb to 1,764 lb. (Note that the honeycomb design was only visible before the reflective aluminum coating was applied to the mirror’s surface).
8. ZigZag Flights with a Purpose
The telescope can move up and down, between 20-60 degrees above the horizon. But it can only move significantly left and right by turning the whole aircraft. Each new direction of the flight means astronomers are studying a new celestial object. SOFIA’s flight planners carefully map where the plane needs to fly to best observe each object planned for that night.
So, basically, they had a flight attendant who converted to Islam. She asked for an appropriate accommodation so she wouldn’t have to serve alcohol. This is perfectly fair. She was just asking one of the other cabin crew members to do it.
Then one of them complained and instead of transferring that person to a different team (I don’t know for sure if the complaint was an islamophobic reaction or if she just felt she was being asked to do extra work, but given she was also complaining about the other attendant’s “headdress” I think it’s fair to say it was islamophobia) they decided to suspend the Muslim attendant and threaten to fire her.
Needless to say, she’s suing.
Now this is a case of religious freedom. It doesn’t hurt anyone to wait a couple of minutes longer for their in flight drink. Express Jet operates small jets for a number of larger airlines - if you’ve flown on a “regional” airline you’ve probably actually flown Express Jet even if it was branded Delta Connection or American Eagle.
Charee Stanley is not saying nobody should drink alcohol (unlike Kim Davis, who could easily let other clerks in her office prepare the licenses she objects to). She’s just saying her religion doesn’t allow her to pour it for you.
In the same vein it would be perfectly reasonable for a county clerk who is uncomfortable processing same sex marriage licenses to ask a coworker to handle it for them.
What’s not reasonable is ordering junior clerks not to process them because you disagree - which is why Kim Davis is over the line and Charee Stanley is perfectly within her rights.
You have a right to reasonable accommodation for your religious beliefs in the workplace. Admittedly this can sometimes be a difficult line to locate, but I think in these cases it’s pretty clear.
And a flight attendant who objects to her coworker wearing a “headdress” - it should be clear to anyone else that she’s the problem, right?
THERE WAS A REAL PROJECT CALLED ' FRICK UP THE MOON ' GO TO WIKIPEDIA AND SEE
THE PROJECT WAS ACTUALLY CALLED “PROJECT A119″ OR “A STUDY OF LUNAR RESEARCH FLIGHTS.” ITS OBJECTIVE WAS TO CREATE A NUCLEAR EXPLOSION ON THE MOON THAT WAS LARGE ENOUGH AND BRIGHT ENOUGH TO BE SEEN FROM EARTH, BOOSTING THE AMERICAN PEOPLE’S CONFIDENCE IN AMERICAN MILITARY POWER AND SHOWING UP THE SOVIET UNION, WHO HAD RECENTLY PULLED AHEAD IN THE SPACE RACE.
PROJECT A119 WAS EVENTUALLY CANCELLED FOR A NUMBER OF REASONS, PARTIALLY DUE TO SAFETY CONCERNS ABOUT THE LAUNCH, PARTIALLY DUE TO THE COMPLICATIONS THE RADIATION MIGHT POSE FOR POSSIBLE LUNAR COLONIZATION, PARTIALLY BECAUSE THEY THOUGHT IT WOULD BE RECEIVED POORLY BY THE PUBLIC, AND PARTIALLY BECAUSE OF CONCERNS ABOUT THE MILITARIZATION OF SPACE TRAVEL. THEY DECIDED IT WOULD BE BETTER FROM A PUBLIC RELATIONS STANDPOINT TO SEND UP EXPLORERS THAN WEAPONS, AND THE PROJECT (ALONG WITH ITS SOVIET COUNTERPART) WAS SCRAPPED.
THE NAME YOU’VE GIVEN FOR IT WAS THE LIGHTHEARTED WORK OF A WIKIPEDIA VANDAL AND HAS SINCE BEEN CORRECTED. FOR REFERENCE, THOUGH, THE VANDAL DIDN’T WRITE “FRICK UP THE MOON,” THEY CALLED IT “OPERATION FUCK THE MOON.”
Leaping off a cliff that stands 8,346 feet tall in Chamonix, France,
Ellen Brennan just became the first BASE jumper to successfully grab an object mid-flight. She grabbed a bag of Dunkin Donuts. Which makes us wonder, what does a BASE jumper eat before launch so they won’t puke? It’s not doughnuts.
Photo: Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency Admiral Mohd Amdan Kurish, left, briefs his officers as they prepare to search for the missing Malaysia Airlines plane on Sunday. (Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency via AP)
Today, I attended the launch of a SpaceX Falcon 9 v1.1 rocket, launched from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida. This launch carried six Orbcomm Generation 2 communication satellites into orbit. So far, in Project Habu, I’ve only covered aircraft and spacecraft which are firmly attached to the ground in museum static displays. This is the first article that I’ve shared which actually displays an object in flight. I thought this was appropriate, because SpaceX rockets are truly paving the way for modern spaceflight systems and are certainly not destined for museum duty any time soon.
This marked the 10th launch of the Falcon 9 system, but the first launch for me. Before this, I’d never seen a launch. Things hadn’t timed out quite right until now. But finally, here I was. The event was spectacular. Perfect.
I arrived at the Kennedy Space Center facility early in the morning, and traveled to the Banana Creek Viewing Site, positioned 6.3 miles away from SpaceX’s Launch Complex 40. After a brief delay, the countdown progressed, and our rocket took flight. I was caught up in the emotions of the moment, but I remember every thought that came during the launch sequence.
First, I remember seeing the steam cloud generated by the water deluge system erupting away from the pad as the rockets ignited. Then, a bright plume appeared under the rocket as it crept away from the pad. The rocket seemed to move slowly at first; almost too slowly. I wanted to urge it forward.
Eventually, she rose above the launch tower, and the full exhaust plume was visible, which doubled the length of the rocket. Still, while witnessing all this drama, there was no sound. The rocket rose, and followed a precise path, as if riding invisible rails, quickly accelerating.
As the rocket rose further, she disappeared behind a large cloud. I took the opportunity to double-check camera settings, and expose for this different angle, pointed nearly directly toward the sun. As the rocket emerged from behind the cloud, we saw that she had finally started producing a beautiful contrail. Then, 30 seconds after liftoff, the sound finally hit us. The deep, thunderous growl shook my body, and suddenly this all became real. I was watching a rocket launch. This brought a tear to my eye, but there was no time to waste. I had to keep shooting photos.
While the contrail was crossing in front of the sun, I looked down at the launch complex, which was shrouded in the quickly dispersing steam cloud produced during the early moments of liftoff. Eventually, I saw the contrail pass through the sun, and continue on. The contrail was much smaller at this point, which gave a wonderful perspective of how far away the rocket was now.
The sound remained long after the launch vehicle was out of sight. I just stood and gazed toward the water, listening to that growl fade into the sky, taking it all in. So much, in such little time. This is what it was like to live a dream, to finally see a launch, like I’d wanted since before I remember.