It’s the Year of the Dragon!
The Year of the Dragon in 2024 is associated with the element of Wood. The combination of the animal sign (Dragon) and the element (Wood) designates the year as the Year of the Wood Dragon. Wood isn’t on the periodic table…but in Asian folklore, it’s an element just like fire, air, and water.
** Your ancestors didn’t die for their freedoms. They killed for them.
** From Rogan
** Rental Car reservation hell…as told by Seinfeld. I had this happen a week ago and stumbled on this clip.
After discontinuing the B-49 project, the Air Force funded the transformation of the tenth YB-35 (42-102376) into a test platform for an unarmed, long-range photographic reconnaissance variant. This conversion was designated as the YRB-49A; in company terms, it was known as Model NS-41.
The aircraft was equipped with four 5000 lb. s.t. Allison J35-A-19 engines, two per side, integrated into the wings. Additionally, two more J35 engines were mounted in pods beneath the wing’s leading edge. The decision to place two engines in nacelles allowed increased fuel capacity within the wings, a necessity for the aircraft’s intended long-range reconnaissance missions. Moreover, the engine pylons served a dual purpose as vertical stabilizers, intended to address and improve the yaw-axis stability issues encountered during the testing of the YB-49A.
At the beginning of 1952, the YRB-49A was transported to Northrop’s facility at Ontario International Airport in California to install a stability-enhancing device. However, during this period, the Air Force ceased providing further funding for the YRB-49A project. Consequently, the aircraft was left outdoors in inactive storage for some time. Ultimately, in November 1953, the Air Force decided to scrap the YRB-49A.
Water under the Desert
Crystal Spring at Ash Meadows National Wildlife Refuge, Nevada. The area is part of the Amargosa River hydrology and is home to a species of pupfish that has existed virtually unchanged since the Pleistocene era.
Like the Mojave River, the Amargosa is unusual in that the greater portion of its course is below ground.
These springs are common in areas of Nevada, the greater Death Valley area, and parts of Arizona and occur when underground rivers broach the surface – only briefly.
The Mojave Mail Route (fortified by the US Army) that crossed from the Colorado River to Barstow (Camp Cady), California, which I’ve crossed several times, went from water to water in a parched landscape. You just had to know where the water was.
This is Devil’s Hole. Devil’s Hole is a geologic formation located in a detached unit of Death Valley National Park and surrounded by the Ash Meadows National Wildlife Refuge in Nye County, Nevada. It’s another example of a swiftly flowing underground river where the “roof collapsed.” The hole, later termed the ojo de agua, is 315 feet (96 m) below the surface and large enough for a diver with equipment to fit through.
Identify the Hardware