A good day

Many of you will know of my liking of Eight who were a phenominally good band.

The silver lining to the dark cloud of them breaking up was the fact that Bruce Conlon went solo.

And now, spanning 2 years, 2 hemispheres and the 3 parts of the globe in New Zealand, UK and New York, Bruce has finally released his album ‘Audience of One’.

It is a good day.

Wings over the desert

There are a few things that many people don’t know about me; one of them is my fondness for aviation.

Yes I am a plane spotter (although I prefer the term “aviation enthusiast” thank you very much) and it’s something that a few other people share too (Ian Wroe!)

Naturally being out in the California Desert was quite exciting especially given Lancaster’s proximity to Edwards Air Force base.

Edwards is home to the 412th Test Wing and designated as the Air Force Flight Test Centre (AFFTC), Edwards is home to the United States Air Force Test Pilot School and NASA’s Dryden Flight Research Centre.

For more than 50 years almost every United States military aircraft has been at least partially tested at Edwards, and it has been has been the home of more major milestones in flight than any other place on earth.

Notable occurrences at Edwards include:

Chuck Yeager’s famous flight where he broke the sound barrier in the Bell X-1 in 1947

Test flights of the North American X-15 . It set numerous speed and altitude records in the early 1960s, reaching the edge of space and bringing back valuable data that was used in the design of later aircraft and spacecraft.

The first landings of the Space Shuttle (Enterprise in 1977)

The 1986 around-the-world flight of the Rutan Voyager. It was the first aircraft to fly around the world without stopping or refueling.

So, being so close to Edwards meant that every day I saw or heard pretty cool things with wings out over the desert:

F-22 Raptor

C-5B Galaxy

MC-130

EP-3E Orion

E-2C Hawkeye

C-17 Globemaster

Yeah I know I am geek but i don’t care!

Purchases

Bought some great purchases in the USA which i have been enjoying greatly:

Quietdrive – “When All That’s Left Is you”

“The Three Trillion Dollar War; The True Cost of the Iraq Conflict” by Nobel Prize Winning Economist Joseph E Stiglitz and Linda J Bilmes

Lifehouse -“Who We Are”