Wired Wednesday

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The B-17 Flying Fortress rolled off the drawing board and onto the runway in a mere 12 months, just in time to become the fearsome workhorse of the US Air Force during World War II. Its astounding toughness made pilots adore it: The B-17 could roar through angry squalls of shrapnel and bullets, emerging pockmarked but still airworthy. It was a symbol of American ingenuity, held aloft by four engines, bristling with a dozen machine guns.

Imagine being a pilot of that mighty plane. You know your primary enemy—the Germans and Japanese in your gunsights. But you have another enemy that you can’t see, and it strikes at the most baffling times. Say you’re easing in for another routine landing. You reach down to deploy your landing gear. Suddenly, you hear the scream of metal tearing into the tarmac. You’re rag-dolling around the cockpit while your plane skitters across the runway. A thought flickers across your mind about the gunners below and the other crew: “Whatever has happened to them now, it’s my fault.” When your plane finally lurches to a halt, you wonder to yourself: “How on earth did my plane just crash when everything was going fine? What have I done?”

Cliff Kuang @ WIRED

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14 Responses to Wired Wednesday

  1. David B. Benson says:

    Wind just a zephyr.

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  2. David B. Benson says:

    What is a sock rocket?

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    • Micki says:

      Ohmigosh! Interesting that he’d spit out “sock rocket” when he meant “stock market.” Neurological workup in order!!!

      There is such a thing as a “sock rocket.”

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    • Den says:

      Sock Rocket
      A sock (usually tube) used for excessive masturbation to the point it will stand vertically if placed on its top.

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  3. Micki says:

    Minor quakes in the Puget Sound region…

    https://pnsn.org/earthquakes/recent

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  4. Micki says:

    With some artistic license… here’s an interpretation of Tolstoy’s “How Much Land Does a Man Need”

    HAPPY THANKSGIVING ?

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  5. David B. Benson says:

    Downtown to Waddell & Reed, then right home in the breeze chill was 58 minutes of stick walking.

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  6. Den says:

    Wintry weather abounds this Thanksgiving 2019, Florida might be a safe bet at this point to escape the cold and snow. Den is snug as a bug, well fed, and warm.

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  7. Den says:

    Welcome to my Catspa:

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