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f-86-sabre.jpgThe F-86 Sabre started out as a straight wing jet fighter, the XJ Fury.  Incorporating technologies captured from the Germans, the F-86 Sabre would be the first swept-wing jet fighter for the US.  Because the pilot had to be in visual contact to shoot the enemy down with six 50 caliber machine guns, the F-86 was known as the last true dogfighter.  On October 1, 1947 the F-86 made its first flight and was delivered to the Air Force in 1948 and on this day September 15, 1948 an F-86A set the world aircraft speed record of 1080 kph.  The F-86 would rule “Mig Alley” over the Russian Mig-15 when it was introduced into the Korean conflict.  This jet is my personal favorite of all jets, although I am partial to the World War II fighters such as the Mustang. Thanks to fastfreddycz for a very good video.  This beautiful photo below is by Stuart Haigh at Top Jet Pix

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I just received this in my e-mail and thought it was worth posting.  Pretty awesome creature!  I would show the polar bear attack I just received also but that would not be for the squeamish.

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This day September 4, 1957 was proclaimed, E -Day by The Ford Motor Company with the introduction of the famous Edsel.  The car was named after Edsel B. Ford, Henry Ford’s son, who died in 1943, before living out his entire life in his over controlling fathers shadow.  The Edsel was produced in many different body styles in 2 door and 4 door, Hard top and covetable and many models like the 1958  Citation, Corsair, Pacer, Ranger, Bermuda, Villager and Roundup.  It’s easy to see Edsel had High expectations for this car with the many models that were introduced in 1958.   By 1959 the Edsel was only produced in the Corsair, Villager and Ranger and by 1960 the Edsel was produced in only two models the Ranger and the Villager.  The Edsel, for the three years it was built 1958 -1960 turned out to be a huge failure as far as sales go.  The failure was mainly due to negative press about the look and the look itself, with its ugly horse collar front grille.  It was unexpected by Ford since they had invested many years of market research.  Their research told them that the public wanted fins, three tone paint and more horsepower, which Edsel delivered but the public just couldn’t get past the look.  That look is what drives the Edsel enthusiasts today and the low numbers of cars produced makes Edsel a valuable Collectors car.

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porsche-and-son.jpgI said in a post a few weeks back that the Porsche 356 (bathtub) was always one of my favorite cars, so here is just a bit on the history of that car.  After World War II in 1948 the Porsche Firm moved to Austria and produced farm and industrial motors.   Ferry Porsche, son of Dr. Ing Ferdinand Porsche, designed and fabricated the first #356 car, model 356-001.  It was later raced at the Innsbruck city race, winning in the 1100cc class in its first outing.  In 1950 the factory was relocated to Zuffenhausen, Germany and history was made on this day September 1, 1950 when the first Porsche with a Porsche made engine was produced.  After an awesome win at Le Mans with the Porsche 356-002 in 1951, Porsche had proudly put its name in the history books.  The factory would produce nearly 80,000 Porsche 356 type’s till 1965.  The price for a 1952 coupe, $4,200, for a 1954 Super $4,400 and for a 1955 Speedster only $3,500.  Yes, I realize that was a lot of money back then but I sure wish I had then what I have now.  My own personal note is that I did own a 1972 914 (poor man’s Porsche) in my younger days.  Related to Porsche, when I lived in California I owned a VW Baja Bug for the dunes, I think it was a 1974 and also for the street, my favorite car I ever owned was a 1960 VW Beatle, man that was the best car in the world.  Although, you know if you’ve ever owned a VW, it is a love- hate relationship.  I do sometimes miss fixing something on that car every single day, especially the windshield wipers.  Ahh memories!  If you are looking for something a little newer, below from foreground to background: Porsche 718 RSK Spyder, a Porsche 718 RSK F1, Porsche 904, and Porsche 356B Abarth Carrera GTL

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I remember the movie years ago but had no idea of the actual car.  No, the actual car did not fly around or have any other magical powers, except unheard of speed for that time.  The car was actually a number of 6 cylinder English racing cars built on Mercedes chassis from the 1920s.  They were built and raced by Count Louis Zborowski and his engineer Clive Gallop. Although I found no mention of this in any of the articles I read, according to History.com on this day August 23, 1922 the 23 liter car won the first Southsea Speed Carnival in England at 73.1 mph.  The articles have a great deal more information, with pictures and tell of the rich history of these race cars, including speeds a lot faster than the 73.1 mph mentioned above.  I can see by the antics of Zboorowski’s team like a wood stove chimney cap on the top of the exhaust pipe (photo in article) may have inspired Ian Fleming to write the novel that led to the movie and musical.  The name Chitty Chitty Bang Bang in the movie was said to have come from the noise the car made.  In reality it is thought that it comes from a World War I song about Officers based in France that would get a weekend pass or “chit” that they would use to visit Paris and “enjoy the favors of the ladies”, hence “Chitty Bang Bang.”  Brooklands Society, British Motor Manufacturers, British Motor Manufacturers Higham Special, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang

Last week I read a couple of  articles and Here, on the net about the Russian Government selling some 250 Sukhoi-30 Long Range Fighter Jets to the Iranian Government.  The SU- 30 is not even close to the best Jet Russia has to offer, we should be glad Russia did not sell them any of the SU-47’s, well it wasn’t reported in the news anyway, but who really knows what Russia is selling the Iranians?   The SU -47 is one wicked looking jet fighter.  It’s just comforting to know that The United States has had a forward swept wing jet since 1984, the U.S. X – 29 below and who knows what else our government has in the works to protect our great country.  Unfortunately, the reality is that even our own forward swept wing U.S. X -29 was based on a Jet from World War II, the Junkers Ju 287 which was a German Luftwaffe aircraft begun in early 1943 and had it’s test flight on August 16, 1944.  It was a sort of Frankenstein’s monster, pieced together from several diffent aircraft. Including the nose wheels from two B-24 Liberators, a fuselage of an He 177 and the tail was constructed of Ju 388 parts.  Even then, the Soviets were closer to that project than the Americans.  The Germans had made 17 test flights with the Ju 287 V1 before the allies overran the testing airfield and captured the V1 and the nearly complete V2, and who do you think flew the V2?  Correct, the Soviet Union made a test flight in 1947, and the V3 with improvements failed to get off the drawing board.  My point isn’t that because these jets have forward swept wings it somehow makes them any more lethal, but you have to admit it does make them look futuristic, even if the design does go all the way back to 1943.  Thanks to Realpolitik1776 for the video.

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