Some think of the Cold War as the name implies, without hot battles, without fire, without loss of life. But many gave their lives in the war, and one of those lost was an A-12 pilot named Jack Weeks.
Jack was a loving husband and father, born in Birmingham, Alabama, February 23, 1933. He flew for the CIA, though at the time of his passing, his family didn’t even know he was part of the agency.
On June 5, 1968, Jack took lifted off from Kadena Air Force Base, Okinawa, Japan. Operation Black Shield, an effort to locate the captured USS Pueblo, had just come to a close, and the A-12 fleet was preparing for relocation to Area 51. Jack flew A-12 #06932, performing a routine functional checkout flight. He refueled after takeoff, climbed away from the tanker normally, and was never seen again. The next day, SR-71 #17974 was sent to search for wreckage, but no trace of Jack or his bird were ever found.
The aircraft pictured above, A-12 #06938, on display at the USS Alabama Museum in Mobile, Alabama, carries Jack’s name as a memorial.
It is common knowledge that all of the Blackbird aircraft are now retired since 1999. Though, I’d like to think that one bird continues to soar. I’d like to think that Jack is still out there, tearing it up the heavens in his mach three ship.
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.”
What about them dealing with the loss of a child? Like one of their kids gets a fever and never gets better? Or nat has a miscarriage (didn't natalya sr have like 10-12 kids and not all of them make it? I'm reading an abridged vers I could be wrong) I'm just they kind of get a 'happily ever after' but I feel like tragedy is always gonna follow them. This isn't well formatted at all and I'm gonna get to the fluff, sorry.
No it’s okay! Me and @cicadaemon have actually talked about this at length.
we imagined that in their first two years of marriage Natasha has like 2-3 miscarriages, always around the 4 month period when she’s finally showing and it’s awful because every time she gets seen in society with the baby bump and every time she miscarries she has to explain what happened.
Natasha cries herself to sleep for a long time and Pierre holds her, grieves with her, cries too, but quietly.
Pierre hears rumors about Natasha, nasty, vicious things, and he snaps. They’re at a party. Natasha has to pull him aside. He tells her the things he’s heard and she tells him he just has to ignore them. He asks her if she’s heard these things before and she nods quietly. He cries, tells her none of it’s true, tells her it’s all nasty gossip and that she should never, ever believe it for a second. She tells him she knows, but she doesn’t tell him that she believes every word.
Natasha becomes pregnant again, but the fourth time is accompanied by fear, the excitement having faded with each miscarriage. The first few times Natasha feels the baby kick she writes it off as an upset stomach because she’s never felt the kicking before, why should this time be any different. The point in time comes around where she usually miscarries and she spends most of her days in fear. Then one day she feels a very definitive kick, it’s impossible for it to be anything else. She screams, and Pierre enters the room, filled with fear, and notices that Natasha is crying but smiling, she runs (as best as she can) to Pierre and pulls his hand toward her stomach, but tells Natasha he can’t feel anything. Just after he finishes speaking, the baby begins kicking wildly, and he stands in shock for a moment, tears flooding his eyes, and he immediately pulls Natasha into a tight embrace, and they’re both laughing and crying.
Five months later, they welcome little Masha into the world.
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.
Yes, that’s right, beginning on Jun. 29 @ 10 PM JST (9 AM EDT), a permanent change will be made to the gacha to increase the drop rates of SR and SSR cards! That also means when the next CinFest comes around, we could increase that rate to 6%! The rate changes are listed below
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.
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.
The original Blackbird was designated the A-12
and made its first flight on April 30, 1962. The single-seat A-12 soon
evolved into the larger SR-71, which added a second seat for a
Reconnaissance Systems Officer and carried more fuel than the A-12. The
SR-71’s first flight was on December 22, 1964.