Reportedly, there’s a bug in the game where, if baby D.Va is killed, the server will reset and the map will change entirely. In competitive, this counts as an SR loss for all 12 players. She’s been disabled across all game modes and devices as a result.
A-12 06933 served the CIA as the tenth Blackbird ever to be manufactured. When she rolled off the assembly line, she had the “edge treatment” paint job, which consisted of bare titanium finish, with only the edges (the hottest parts) of the aircraft painted. The dark blue, almost black paint served to attenuate heat away from the structure more efficiently. Later, the entire bird would be painted, as she is shown here at the San Diego Air & Space Museum in California.
Airliners soar over the A-12 on their approach into San Diego International Airport. I was able to capture this in the final photo, an airliner’s bright lights making a streak behind the Blackbird. Passengers packed into their airliner may look down on the A-12 as they lumber over an aircraft that flew three times higher and four times faster than they. Those who flew the A-12 used the slogan “alone, unarmed and unafraid.”
Lemegeton, also known as The Lesser Key of Solomon the King or Clavicula Salomonis Regis, is a 17th century demonology Grimoire written by an anonymous author. It contains names of spirits/demons, other sacred names, sigils/seals, invocations and summoning techniques, spells, prayers, rituals and occult knowledge that has been obtained by the author, material which dates between the early 15th and the late 17th century.
The Grimoire is divided in five parts called The Books. These are: Ars Goetia (or Goetia), Ars Theurgia Goetia (or Theurgia), Ars Paulina, Ars Almadel and Ars Notoria.
Note from the Publisher:
The illustrations in this book come from enhanced scans of the original seals. The scans have been painted over by hand using black ink and then re-scanned in order to improve the texture and make the lines and letters more legible, as some of the pages and illustrations of the book have deteriorated due to the manuscript’s age, and they appear faded or broken.
The original manuscript can be found in the British Museum.
The final time an SR-71 Blackbird ever flew was over an Edwards Air Force Base open house on October 9, 1999. Its familiar sonic booms and thunderous roar would no longer tear through the Antelope Valley. Though, on the night of September 12, 2002, a single J58 engine would once more light up the High Desert with its bright afterburner plume. The engine that powered the Blackbird through four decades high speed, high altitude flight had its final firing that summer night, attached to a test stand at the edge of Rogers Dry Lake. Pratt & Whitney staff disposed of Edwards’ stockpile of the specialized JP7 fuel by running the engine in afterburner for hours. Some bystanders shed tears during this final firing. Some filled ziploc bags with the fuel, then tossed them by hand into the plume, watching them ignite and sparkle as they disturbed the sonic flow.
Following this last hurrah, many J58 engines remain on display in museums. The photos above show examples of these at the National Museum of the United States Air Force in Dayton, Ohio, and Pima Air Museum in Tucson, Arizona.
Titanium Goose #06927, the most unique of the Blackbird fleet, was the only two-seat A-12 trainer ever built. The first five A-12 aircraft, this being the fourth, were initially flown with J75 engines, because the A-12 airframe was ready for testing, the J58 was bogged down with developmental problems. These less powerful J75 engines would allow the aircraft to reach a maximum Mach 2, and 60,000 feet. Once the J58 was available, all of the A-12 aircraft were upgraded, allowing them to reach a maximum of Mach 3.35 and 95,000 feet, except this one. Our Titanium Goose kept the J75 engines through her total time of service, retiring with 1076.4 hours in the air, spanning 614 individual flights, over double that of any other A-12. Once retired, she spent years in storage at Air Force Plant 42 in Palmdale, California, until August 2003, when she was put on display at the California Science Center in Los Angeles. She was the last A-12 to be put on display to the public.
Found this cute little bit on Something Rotten! with interviews I hadn’t seen before. There’s an adorable part with Christian and Brian. My favorite moment is Christian’s voice off camera going “I use that word!” and then saying “I feel like that is literally exactly what I said.” haha….Also…is it weird that I’m always so aware of whatever Christian is doing that I noticed he fixed his hair off camera cuz I happened to be looking at his shadow…? No?…ok. good.. lol The stuff with SR! starts around 12:50 and goes till 19:23 :) Enjoy!
The David Clark S-901 pressure suit was designed to keep our fragile pink human body functioning in the extreme conditions of a triple sonic 90,000 foot ejection from a Blackbird. This involves heating from wind blast, followed immediately by frigid temperatures as you fall through the extremely low pressures of the stratosphere.
Even on a normal flight, the suit protected pilots from the dangers of a typical cockpit environment. While flying the Blackbird at speed and altitude, the window panes a few inches in front of your eyes are heat soaked at the temperature of 650°F. If the shade visor was left up for too long, pilots would receive what looked and felt like a sunburn on their faces.
This suit (as seen here on temporary display at the National Atomic Testing Museum in Las Vegas, Nevada) was the spare suit for A-12 pilot Jack Weeks, whom we lost on June 5, 1968. Weeks was flying A-12 Article 129 over the South China Sea when communications were lost. Contrary to major search efforts, no sign of him or the aircraft were ever found. At the time of this writing, the suit is now on display at the Southern Museum of Flight in Birmingham, Alabama, which was Weeks’ hometown.