Browsing: September 29

A Brief History On September 29, 1990, the prototype jet fighter plane designated YF-22 Raptor, built by a powerful consortium of American airplane manufacturers, Lockheed, Boeing and General Dynamics, made its maiden flight.  The F-22 stealth fighter program was designed to give our Air Force the finest and stealthiest fighter jet ever built, and of course, this complexity came at a price both in time and money.  At the time of its first flight, the YF-22 was still known as the “Lightning II” in memory of the World War II workhorse, the Lockheed P-38 Lightning.  Its name was officially changed…

A Brief History On September 29, 2018, the 2018 Australian Football League finals series culminates with the 2018 AFL Grand Final at the Melbourne Cricket Ground. The AFL Finals are now down to four teams, all now competing to end the season lifting the trophy. While Collingwood battled to a ten-point win over Greater Western Sydney to book their place in the preliminary finals against Richmond, Melbourne will now face West Coast after an impressive win over Hawthorn to subject the Hawks to a second defeat in these finals. While Melbourne, Collingwood and West Coast will all be backing themselves to now go all the way, if…

A Brief History On September 29, 1989, American singer-songwriter and pianist Billy Joel released his song titled “We Didn’t Start the Fire”. On August 26, 1994, American satirical crime Natural Born Killers film premiered at the Venice Film Festival. Years later, JibJab set their 2007 year in review song to “We Didn’t Start the Fire”’s tune. This article lists historical items referred to in “We Didn’t Start the Fire” (1989), Natural Born Killers (1994), and “In 2007”. Digging Deeper In 1949, Harry Truman (1884-1972) was inaugurated as U.S. president after being elected in 1948 to his own term; previously he was sworn…

A Brief History On September 29, 2017, the news media are buzzing about the revelation made public by CNN yesterday that not only did the Russians buy targeted Facebook ads in an attempt to influence the 2016 American presidential election, they also posted disinformation posing as Black Lives Matter sympathizers in an effort to create divisive rifts in US race relations.  Posing as “Blacktivists” the Russians also used Twitter and blogs to destabilize race relations in the US. Digging Deeper The so called “Internet Research Agency,” a front for a Russian government backed “troll farm” posted the ads and false…

A Brief History On September 29, 1940, the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) experienced the most astounding incident of airplanes colliding in mid-air, becoming locked together, and then safely landing.  Incredibly, no crew member of either plane was killed! Digging Deeper At the RAAF No. 2 Service Flying Training School at Station Forest Hill, New South Wales, Australia (near Wagga Wagga if that helps), pilots and navigators learned to fly CAC Wirraway (single engine) and Avro Anson (twin engine) airplanes. The Anson was a derivation of the Avro 652 airliner, that served as a general purpose airplane before and during…

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