Browsing: Science & Technology

A Brief History On November 28, 1895, the first American auto race took place, the Chicago Times-Herald Race, a 54 mile event with a grand prize of $5000.  (If that prize sounds lame, remember that this is worth over $140,000 in today’s money.) Digging Deeper As the automobile was a new-fangled invention at the time, a proper name for the motorized conveyance had not yet been agreed upon and the Times-Herald called their event a “Moto-cycle Race.”  Originally meant to be a race from Chicago to Milwaukee, the roads of the day were not smooth enough for those primitive cars…

A Brief History On this holiday when thoughts of children are wandering to their Christmas and Hanukkah lists, those among us that are hunters, law enforcement officers, military people, recreational or competitive shooters, interested in self defense and the preservation of liberty, or just into the history and technology of firearms, we present to you our “Bucket List” of guns we would like to own before we are too old to enjoy them. (Although some may be out of production, they are still out there for sale.)  Obviously, such a list is pure opinion and is not relevant to everyone…

A Brief History On November 25, 1940, the feverish pace of developing improved warplanes during World War II culminated in the first flight of 2 of the most iconic twin engine medium bombers of the war, the British deHavilland Mosquito and the American Martin B-26 Marauder. Digging Deeper These 2 medium bombers had quite different roles in combat, with the B-26 operating as a conventional medium bomber, best employed from medium altitude.  The B-26 had impressive self defense armament of 12 X .50 caliber machine guns and could carry up to 4000 lbs of bombs.  The Mosquito was often fielded…

A Brief History On November 22, 1988, one of the most costly of the Cold War high technology weapons was revealed when the prototype of the Northrup Grumman B-2 Spirit stealth bomber was made public. Digging Deeper Development had started under the administration of President Carter, which was a major reason for Carter canceling the B-1 bomber.  Of course, the public was unaware of problems with the B-1 and the game changing technology that would be incorporated on the B-2, making Carter seem soft on military power.  During the 1980 presidential election, Carter felt compelled to make vague reference to…

A Brief History On November 20, 1998, a huge step in the history of space exploration took place when the Zarya segment of the International Space Station (ISS) was launched, the first part of the largest man-made object to orbit the Earth.  Still in use, the ISS can actually be seen by the naked eye from Earth. Digging Deeper Zarya (sunrise in Russian), was designed by the Russians for use with their Mir space station.  Called a Functional Cargo Block, this segment of the ISS was originally used to provide electricity, storage, propulsion and guidance during the early stages of…

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