The Big Ugly Fat F-er/Fella

Morphed from this:

Boeing YB-52 in flight. (U.S. Air Force photo)

Into this:


A total of 744 B-52s were built (of which 102 were B-52H models) with the last aircraft delivered in October 1962. Only the B-52H variant is still in the Air Force inventory. It’s undisputedly the most successful bomber in history.

Engineering analyses predict the B-52’s life span to extend beyond the year 2040. The B-52H has a certified service life of 27,701 flight hours.

The Northrop Grumman B-21 Raider aka Long Range Strike-Bomber (LRS-B) will replace the B-1B and B-52H with a target production of 80-100 aircraft that are stealthy and capable of carrying nuclear weapons at a per unit target price is $550 million.


Another View of the Plague


This business opened in Arizona during the Plague

There is so much in the world that I am ignorant of when it comes to the female of the species and their particular needs. I’m sure that this is characterized as an essential business and must be kept open. Again, I’m not a hater. Just making an observation.

Do you think that she steams?


Better to have and not need,

Than to need and not have.


A Life

Percy Wyndham claimed to be the son of Colonel Charles Wyndham, a regular soldier who served in various Light Dragoon regiments of the British Army and was an ADC to the Duke of Wellington before becoming Lieutenant Colonel of the 36th Regiment of Foot.

Wyndham had been born in 1833 on board the ship Arab in the Downs. He had begun his career at the age of fifteen, fighting in the Students’ Corps during the French Revolution of 1848. He said that in July of the same year he was commissioned into the French Navy as a “marine ensign”, a form of midshipman, before briefly serving in the Royal Artillery of the British Army from 1851 to 1852. After that, he had served until 1860 as a cavalry officer in the Austrian Army’s 8th Lancers Regiment, before traveling to Italy to serve under Garibaldi. Wyndham said he had fought with Garibaldi at Palermo, Nuloggo, Rager, and Capua, at the last of which he had been promoted lieutenant-colonel, given command of a brigade, and knighted by King Victor Emmanuel, who had appointed him a knight of the Military Order of Savoy; and that was why he sometimes used the title of “Sir” in English. He had continued to command a brigade until on 8 October 1861, following the outbreak of the American Civil War, he had been given leave to enable him to offer his services to the Union.

Whatever his origins and past exploits, Wyndham undoubtedly travelled to North America and served in the Union Army during the Civil War. Taken prisoner by Confederate forces on 6 June 1862, he was exchanged for prisoners of the Confederacy only a few weeks later, and in August 1862 commanded the 1st New Jersey Cavalry Regiment at the Battle of Thoroughfare Gap. On 9 June 1863 Wyndham was wounded at the Battle of Brandy Station, and thereafter he served in Washington, D. C. While there, his namesake the English politician Percy S. Wyndham accused him of being a fraud, prompting Wyndham to give an account of his career, supported by documentary evidence. His pointed reply to the other Wyndham included the statement that “Some men make a name for themselves; others die contemplating the parents who gave them their name.”

Wyndham applied for promotion to Brigadier, with a recommendation from Major-General Joseph Hooker, who said of him “I found him capable, prompt, and efficient… and with an enemy in his front, enterprising and brave”. However, he was refused the promotion, after a fellow officer had accused him of disloyalty and of considering transferring to the Confederate Army. Wyndham continued to draw his army pay until he retired from the Union’s service on 5 July 1864. According to some accounts, he next commanded a military school for boys.

In 1866, Wyndham returned to Italy to continue his military service in the Royal Italian Army. That completed, after several failed business ventures he journeyed to India where, after selling his military decorations to support himself, he took to giving hot air ballooning demonstrations to earn a living. On 27 January 1879 he was killed when his balloon burst open and fell from a height of about three hundred feet into a lake near Rangoon, Burma. A newspaper there reported his death, concluding “Thus ended a singular and adventurous career”.

His death was noted as far away as the Highlands of Scotland; here is a report from The Inverness Courier, February 6th 1879. All spelling, punctuation and capitalization as per the original publication.“

THROWN FROM A BALLOON. News of a sad accident comes from Rangoon. Colonel Percy Wyndham, a gentleman well known in Calcutta and Rangoon, announced an ascent in a balloon of his own construction. After attaining a height of about 500 feet the balloon burst, and the unfortunate aeronaut fell into the Royal lake, whence he was extricated quite dead. Colonel Percy Wyndham was a distinguished soldier of fortune. He served with great credit under General Garibaldi, and the Northern Army during the American War. He came to Calcutta some years ago, where he established a successful comic paper, then he became impresario of the opera, next he entered the services of the King of Burma as Commander-in-Chief. Soon, however, quarreling with that potentate, he went to Rangoon, where his characteristic death closed a career more chequered than falls the lot of many in this commonplace age.”


  1. I know little about V-steaming, although it doesn’t sound pleasant.
    But the place is called Hooha, which (in the UK anyway) is a juvenile euphemism for the vagina.
    I’ll stand outside and wait for finishers, “Damn, those girls are hot!”

  2. I understand the first prototype design of the B-52 called for straight wings and turboprop propulsion. The stages aircraft go through in development can be as interesting as the final product.
    When I went to this site an earlier blog entry came up on the side featuring a photo of Salma Hayek and her cleavage. I wonder if she steams.

  3. Not understanding women – one site I visit regularly had, several years ago, a heated political conversation going on when a new name posted the question “what do women want?” and the political conversation ended immediately. Some guys made jokes – ‘they want security, that’s what they yell in the mall when I approach them’ while other guys cited some studies. Only the gals made attempts at answering, but it was interesting to watch as they contradicted each other and, over time, ended up contradicting themselves. When it slowed to a crawl, the original poster said he had noticed this way back at the beginning of the internet. No matter the discussion topic, or how heated it became, you could derail it by asking this question – and he had never seen an answer to it.

    • There are many imponderables in life and that is one of them. Men are usually very simple with wants very low on Maslow’s hierarchy. Women are more complicated, and the steaming thing just builds toward another imponderable.

      • Speaking of being very simple, I spewed covfefe all over my compooter at Frank’s “they want security” thing. Much appreciated, Frank.

    • I try and slide things in from time to time. It’s not as though Percy’s fall from a balloon changed the world or anything, but there are interesting people who have lived interesting lives.

      • As I read it, he didn’t ” fall from ” a balloon; they ( he and the balloon ) fell at the same time, if not together.

        Paul L. Quandt

  4. “He came to Calcutta some years ago, where he established a successful comic paper, then he became impresario of the opera, next he entered the services of the King of Burma as Commander-in-Chief.”

    I love everything about this, notwithstanding “opera.”

    • He was a renaissance man in all respects. I just don’t think that you could do that today, no matter how you tried to roll.

  5. I still think we should buy a weaponized version of the 747 to replace the BUFF (at the end of it’s career) for use as a Motel of Death in low-threat environments, as a low-high mix with the B-21.

    Seems like it would cost a lot less to operate per hour, when you’re just using it to vaporize goatherds in Hiluxes. Then we could just use the super-invisible Doom Bomber against enemies who are actually dangerous.


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