Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Flying Faces

On Sunday, we went to the Air Force Armament Museum at Eglin Air Force Base. We had picked up a brochure about it at the park office that said it was open daily except federal holidays. That has apparently changed since it was closed when we arrived and there was a sign to that effect. So we did not get to go inside, but the static display outside was well worth the trip. There were about thirty aircraft surrounding the building. Each had a sign to tell about it.

Now I am not into the details of flying machines and can hardly tell an F-15 from a B-52. (Well, I’m a little better than that!) But they don’t really hold all that much interest for me. However, I understand the hold they have on my guys. B knows his planes and we were with friends who do, too. So I was happy for them to be happy.

To pass the time, while they talked the specifics of each exhibit, I looked for faces. Isn’t that a sweet little face?


This profile is all business. (B says it is Alfred Hitchcock)


Here we have a dog muzzle but his ears must have blown straight back.


Here’s another little happy face.


There is something fishy about this one.


This one is pure insect.


The star of the show for me was the SR-71 Blackbird.


Here it is from the rear:


And here it is from the front:


According to the sign, this type of plane can go up to 2,510 mph and fly at altitudes up to 85,000 feet. In 1990, an SR-71 flew from Los Angeles to Washington D.C. in 1 hour and 4 minutes, which was not its top speed. Mind-boggling facts!

The sculpted contouring on the wings is totally unique. In fact,there was not anything about this plane that looks like other planes to me. Even down to the three tires.


I remember when our sons were very young, how fascinated they were with these planes. It is understandable.

Even if there was not a face on the entire plane.

1 comment:

Daniel said...

The rest of the fire crew makes fun of me (light-heartedly, mind) because I point out faces on everything, but it seems I get it honest!