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On 21 October, 1978, 20-year-old “flying saucer enthusiast” Frederick Valentich disappeared while on a solo training flight over Bass Strait, Australia. During this flight, he radioed air traffic control to report another aircraft orbiting around him at around 1,000 feet above him, and that unexplainably, his own engine had began to run roughly. Suddenly, he blurted out “It’s not an aircraft…” before the line went dead. Valentich was never seen nor heard from again. Many UFOlogists have speculated that his aircraft was destroyed by aliens or that they even abducted him. They report that other individuals witnessed seeing “an erratically moving green light in the sky” on the day of his disappearance. 

I Have a Craving For...

Fic where, upon Vaderkin realizing that Luke is his son he obsessively stalks Luke’s exploits and thereby comes to the discovery that this Reckless Smol would be dead or worse multiple times over (along with the Alderaniaan princess, who seems to be almost as much of a trouble magnet as his child) without the intervention of the Corellian smuggler Han Solo, who is jokingly referred to as “Skywalker and Organa’s Bodyguard” by various Rebel personnel. Perhaps Solo would be worth keeping around after he has acquired his son. You can never have too many safeguards after all.

I just booked a roundtrip, business class flight to Beijing for $400.

Yeah, you read that right. 

The Flight Deal posted this insane deal, and I happened to see it the second they posted it and I texted my friend, and booked it right away. I was not going to let a deal like that go by without buying it. If you don’t follow them already, you need to! 

So now I’m going to Beijing in May! The stress level of booking the fare before it went away combined with my excitement has left me unable to breathe, and I’m ok with that! I’m going with one of my friends and I’m STOKED!

Marie O’Dean “Deanie” Bishop in the cockpit of a basic trainer aircraft during her WASP training at Avenger Field, Sweetwater, Texas, United States, 11 Mar 1944. Photo may be from her first solo flight.

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Studying in London, so far, has treated Napoleon Solo exceptionally well. His classmates took to his Americanism with an enthusiasm he truly hadn’t expected considering the current climate of both American and British politics, though, really, he hadn’t been surprised. People react well to him. it’s a fact of life he’s been blessed to grow up with. People want him. They want to please him, want to fuck him, want to be in his good graces. He floats along this current of favor with the greediest of smiles. 

And then–

And then. 

He’d attended his astronomy class on the first day, school books and freshly purchased binder in hand, and laid eyes on Professor Jim Moriarty. 

The rest had faded into the background. 

“Professor,” he’d purred after that first class. “Napoleon Solo. I’m the American exchange student. I’m very much looking forward to your class.” 

Sa pagtatapos ng semestreng ito, nais ko magtungo sa Pinto Art Museum. Ng mag-isa. Wala lang, trip ko lang mag-isa diba. Pero mas maganda rin siguro kapag may kasama kaso ayun, wala e. Mukhang wala naman akong makakasama kaya solo flight nalang me.

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In Memory of Amy Johnson!

Amy Johnson-Mollison (*1st of July in 1903 - † 5th of January in 1941) was the most famous female pilot in british history. Her father was a fishmonger and her family quite wealthy due to his occupation.
Johnson loved to play Hockey and Cricket which lead to an accident that happened when she was 14 years old, where she lost some of her front teeth. But her family was wealthy enough to consult good dentists who gave Amy well made dentures. Nevertheless the accident damaged her self-confidence and even might be the cause for her depression and hypersensitivity that she later suffered from.
Johnson studied at the University of Sheffield and made her Bachelor in Art. Afterwards she moved to London where she became the secretary of an advertising agency. Her weekly wage was about 5£ which she used for flight lessons in the London Aeroplane Club during the winter of 1928/29. She had her first Solo flight on the 9th of June in 1929 and received her pilot licence in August. Different to other female pilots, Amy was also interessted in the mechanics of a plane and used to repair her plane on her own.  The leader of the airport mechanics offered her to become his apprentice in mechanics and she consented immediatly. She was the first women of Great Britain to pass an exam in aeroplane mechanics in 1929. She wanted to become a commercial pilot - but no one tursted a female pilot at that time.
With the financial support of her Father, Johnson bought her own plane, a Gypsy Moth of the Havilland  and painted it green. She named it after her father Jason. (You can visit the plane in the Londoner Science Museum). There was a high rivalry to gain sponsores for flight projects which Johnson needed for her pland to fligh to Australia to break Bert Hinklers record. She was supported by the british oilentrepreneur Lord Wakefield, who payed half of her travel costs and provided the fuel.

Amy Johnson started her journey to Australia on the 5th of May in 1930 from the Croydon airport. Only her father and some pilot colleagues came to see her off, the press was not interessted at all.
During a very dangerous and adventurous flight, Johnson managed to undercut with two days at the beginning but when she arrived in Rangun (Myanmar) she had a rough landing due to the weather and soil quality which caused her to crash land. The results were not only a damaged propeller and broken wings but also a very desperate Amy because she lost the two days due to reparation. Through the help of some students from the Ranguner polytechnic she managed to fix her Gypsy Moth and continued her flight as fast as she could.
On the way to Singapur she was caught in a storm in which she was stuck for 6 hours and had to land repeatedly due to damaged wings. After that she had to pass the Timor Sea which was feared by pilots because of the 800km that had to be passed without any land between it, but Johnson managed to reach Australia without any difficultys.
On the 24th of May she arrived in Darwin but failed to break the record of Hinkler because she took for days longer than him. However, she still became a star as the first female pilot (”the pilot secretary”) to fly this far. She received a lot of honour, gifts and tribute such as two songs that were written for her (Australia: Johnnie’s in Town (Johnnie was her nickname); England: Amy, wonderful Amy) and got awarded with the Order of the British Empire by King George V.. 


Amy Johnson didn’t enjoy the hurly-burly that was made about her and after her father signed and exclusive contract fir the Daily Mail in her name, she suffered from a meltdown.
Johnson wanted to escape all this, planing a flight in January 1931 from London over Siberia to the Republic of China, but she rushed her fences and started her journey badly prepared which caused a crash landing already in Warsaw with her Gypsy Mother Jason III.. But this time she was not undeterred by it.
Her next plan was a flight to Tokyo which she realised in July together with Jack Humphreys (a mechanic) ina  de Havilland Puss Moth which they managed in only 10 days. They broke the current record of that time for the 16.000 km long distance. She missed the female german pilot Marga von Etzdorf who was also on her way to Tokyo.

The scottish pilot James Allan Mollison had beaten the Australian route in 9 days. Amy met him in South Africa in June 1932. Both pilots were so impressed by each other that they fell in love and married after a while. After the wedding Amy broke Mollisons record of the route between London and Cape Town. The press loved them and reported everything from their wedding to their pilot careers.
From 1933 on both started to fly together and flew into the United States o America. But their dream was quickly over when they made a crash landing in Connecticut which wrecked their entire plane. Luckily the couple wasn’t injured badly but Jim (who flew the plane) was so fustrated that he immediatly flew back to England. Amy however stayed in the U.S., giving lectures to gain money to recoup the costs of their expedition. She even met president Franklin D. Roosvelt and his wife Eleanor as well as the famous female american pilot Amelia Earhart on her tour.
Later in 1934 Johnson and Mollison took part in the MacRobertson-airrace from England to Australia where they broke another record but had to give up later due to engine failure.
Everything got even worse during the next years because pf the press who continuesly reported about Jims alcohol and women excesses. This caused the couples divorce in 1938. Amy became a hobby pilot after this and started to write articles about her adventures as a pilot.

After the break out of world war two, Johnson wanted to join the RAF but wasn’t accepted due to her gender so she became part of the Air Transport Auxilary (ATA; Transport and support flights). Amy espoused for better and equal treatment for female pilots. Jim Mollison also flew for the ATA at that time.
Amy Johnson received the order to convey the twin-engined Airspeed Oxford Mk.II to Kidlington. The weather caused some difficulties which forced her to make a short stop in Blackpool where she took the time to visit her sister Molly.
Amy mentioned that she would maker her way through the clouds to fly above them but everything must have gone wrong and the following explanation is only a construction of what might have happened to Amy Johnson:
Due to the weather conditions it was impossible to fly above the clouds. Amy must have lost her orientation and her plane must have started to ice-up causing her to leave it with a parachute. She might have thought that she was flying over land but actually flew near to the estuary English (Thames Estuary). ONe of the crewmen from the HMS Haslemere claimed to see a person (Amy Johnson) hanging in a parachute. Amy landed on the ice cold water and the captain who tried to save her died due to hypothermia, as well as the pilot herself. Her body was last seen as it disappeared under the stern of the ship.
Amy Johnsons mortal remains were never found.

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Solar Impulse completes historic round-the-world trip
Solar Impulse is no heavier than a car, but has the wingspan of a Boeing 747. It is powered by 17,000 solar cells.

The Solar Impulse has become the first aircraft to circle the globe powered by the sun, after landing in Abu Dhabi on the last leg of its journey.

Bertrand Piccard piloted the plane for a final time, steering it safely from the Egyptian capital Cairo to the UAE.

He has been taking turns at the controls with Swiss compatriot Andre Borschberg.

It brings to an end an epic, 17-leg voyage that began in Abu Dhabi on 9 March last year.

The journey took in four continents, three seas and two oceans.

The longest leg, a 8,924km (5,545-mile) flight from Nagoya in Japan to Hawaii, US, lasted nearly 118 hours and saw Mr Borschberg break the world record for longest uninterrupted solo flight.

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Royal Flying Corps Captain John Cameron Hume-Storer’s Colt Government Model 1911. It is now on display at the NRA Museum in Fairfax, Virginia.

Hume-Storer served in the trenches with the 1st Canadian Division at Ypres before transferring to the RFC in 1916, and in February of 1917 he left on a short-range solo flight from Ramsgate to Dover along the English coast. He and his plane were never heard from again, and no wreckage was recovered at sea or on land. A theory of the time was that he had crossed the channel by accident and crashed behind enemy lines, but was dismissed as his aircraft did not have the fuel to cross the channel. There was no further evidence of his whereabouts until 2007, when this handgun appeared in a used gunshop. The paper trail was nonexistent, and how the gun got to the US is also a mystery as Hume-Storer had it holstered on his belt when he left on his final flight.