Archive for February 15th, 2010

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Feb
10

Wright Brothers first flight

Photo by Kitty Hawk. The Wright brothers were responsible for inventing and building the world’s first successful airplane and making the first heavier-than-air human flight, on December 17, 1903.

Orville Wright set up the camera before his flight attempt and had John T. Daniels trip the shutter as Wilbur Wright, running along side the aircraft holding the wing, let go. This first controlled, sustained, powered flight lasted 12 seconds, covered 120 feet at around 10.9 km/h (6.8 m/h). The next two flights covered approximately 53 m (175 feet) and 61 m (200 feet).

Here is Orville Wright’s account of the final flight of the day – “Wilbur (Wright) started the fourth and last flight at just about 12 o’clock. The first few hundred feet were up and down, as before, but by the time three hundred feet had been covered, the machine was under much better control. The course for the next four or five hundred feet had but little undulation. However, when out about eight hundred feet the machine began pitching again, and, in one of its darts downward, struck the ground. The distance over the ground was measured to be 852 feet; the time of the flight was 59 seconds. The frame supporting the front rudder was badly broken, but the main part of the machine was not injured at all. We estimated that the machine could be put in condition for flight again in about a day or two”

More information on the Wright Brothers can be found here

15
Feb
10

Israel-Gaza border January 4, 2009

I have hunted around for a while trying to get the name of the person who took this photo, because I think it is quite simply stunning. The only name I have found associated with it is Yannis Behrakis.

This picture was taken during the height of all the turmoil in the Gaza War and the red setting sun is very symbolic. The term that comes to mind when I see this is ‘Tragic beauty”. I find it very moving that such a stunning photo can be taken in the midst of so much horror and violence.

15
Feb
10

Joseph Kittinger

On August 16, 1960, Joseph Kittinger made the final jump from the Excelsior III at 102,800 feet (31,300 m). Towing a small drogue chute for initial stabilization, he fell for four minutes and 36 seconds, reaching a maximum speed of 614 mph (988 km/h or 274 m/s) before opening his parachute at 18,000 feet (5,500 m). Pressurization for his right glove malfunctioned during the ascent, and his right hand swelled up to twice its normal size.

He set historical numbers for highest balloon ascent, highest parachute jump, longest drogue-fall (four minutes), and fastest speed by a human being through the atmosphere. I could not find any information on who actually took the photograph. More information on Joseph Kittinger can be found here




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This blog is a collection of photos I have found around the internet. From famous battles, great sporting moments or just anything I find to be thought provoking. I do not take credit for any of the photos and any uncredited photos are because I have been unable to find the photographer/artist. Enjoy :) Mirror Eyes - Blogged

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