Daily Archives: July 7, 2020

Next Up: The Black Death?

I got a number of nice comments on my dryer repair kludge. Thanks.

I did have another, less kludgey idea, but it would have taken me longer to get it up and running since I didn’t have all the parts. But I still may implement it later if I have to open it up again. In fact I went ahead and ordered one from Amazon today to have it on hand.

My idea was to use a 120VAC relay with the coil controlled from a tap off the power being fed to the heating element. This relay would then pull in when the heating element came on, putting power to the blower motor.

I did consider just powering the blower directly from heating element feed, and it probably would have worked, but I was a little leery about the increased load on the heater timer contacts, even thought the fan motor doesn’t draw very much.

Now on the WuFlu front –

Coronavirus immunity can be ‘short-lived,’ expert warns

A British immunologist warned Monday that immunity to the coronavirus could be ” rather short-lived” and individuals shouldn’t rely on that alone to cope with the infectious disease.

Danny Altmann, a professor of immunology at Imperial College London, told CNBC that only 10 to 15 percent of the population of a town or city is likely to be immune to COVID-19.

“And immunity to this thing looks rather fragile — it looks like some people might have antibodies for a few months and then it might wane, so it’s not looking like a safe bet,” he told the network. “It’s a very deceitful virus and immunity to it is very confusing and rather short-lived.”

This reinforces what Dr. Fauci said a couple of days ago when he openly questioned the efficacy of any ‘vaccine’, saying any immunity acquired might only last a few months to a year.

Of course, at that point, it’s not a ‘vaccine’, it’s a just a yearly flu shot.

This, however, doesn’t bode well for the residents in Pennsylvania, where the governor said that he expects the state to stay in lockdown, with masks always required, until there’s a vaccine.

Rut Roh.

DNA Inherited From Neanderthals May Increase Risk of Covid-19

So contagious, even a cave man can catch it!, I guess.

And now . . . WHO says it is ‘carefully monitoring’ bubonic plague outbreak in China but says the situation is ‘being well managed’ by Beijing

Very reassuring since the Chinese government did such a GREAT! job handling the initial outbreak of the WuFlu in their country.

Or course, bubonic plague (Black Death) is readily treatable with modern antibiotics, but still.

Finally –

WuFlu Deaths

April 6th     1,212
May 6th      2,701
June 6th        725
July 6th         244

Anyone else notice a pattern here.


Another in our Where We Were 11 Years Ago Today series.

July 7, 2009

Enola Gay and Enterprise…

This morning we visited the Steven F. Udvar-Hazy part of the Smithsonian Air and Space Museum.

Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center

It’s out by Washington – Dulles Airport and only about 10 miles from our RV park, so it was a quick drive, or at least as quick as you can get anywhere around DC.  But since the museum did not open until 10 am we stopped off for breakfast at IHOP on the way.

This place is just amazing.  Everywhere you look there are airplanes.

Hazy 1

Hazy 2

The planes are on 3 different levels, floor level, and hanging from two different levels above.  There are two levels of catwalks that get you at eye-level to the upper ones.

When you first walk in and look down, the first thing you see is an SR-71 Blackbird.

SR-71 Blackbird

I always enjoy seeing planes that I worked on when I was with a Department of Defense contractor, and this is one of them.  I got to play with one of these at Otis AFB on Cape Cod, MA after it had a problem coming back from a flight over Russia.

UH-1 Huey

Seeing a UH-1 Huey gives me mixed feelings since I was on one when it went down, but I survived, so I guess it’s OK.

A-6 Intruder

I worked on the A-6 Intruders at England AFB in Alexandria, LA.

F-4S Phantom

I worked on F-4B, C and D models at the Marine Corps Air Station in Beaufort, SC, where the Parris Island Marine Corps Training Depot is also located.

Space Shuttle Enterprise

The Enterprise never flew in space.  It was first used in the Approach and Landing Tests in 1977, where the Enterprise was carried up on the back of a 747 and then released.  This was done to test the landing procedures for the Shuttle as is came back from space.

I helped install some video equipment onboard the Enterprise in early 1979 when I worked for NASA at Johnson Space Center.  But the further tests were cancelled and the Enterprise never flew again.

Later in ’79 it was mated with an external tank and SRB’s to test the Shuttle Launch Pad at Kennedy Space Center.

Originally the Enterprise was going to be reconfigured to actually fly in space, and would have been the second shuttle to fly after Columbia.  However changes in the Shuttle design after the Enterprise was built made it uneconomical.

Then, after the Challenger explosion in 1986, it was once again considered for retrofit to flight status.  But once again it was decided it would be cheaper to construct the Atlantis from spare parts.

So that’s how the Enterprise ended up in the Smithsonian Air & Space Museum.

Enola Gay

They also have the ‘Enola Gay’,  the B-29 that dropped the first atomic bomb on Hiroshima, Japan.

Enola Gay Cockpit

This is the Hiller Flying Platform.

Hiller Flying Platform


I never worked on one of these; they were tested in the mid ’50’s, but I always wanted one.  I had a flying model of one, but it didn’t fly very well.

Of course, neither did the real one, which is why it was cancelled and never produced.

They also had a Concord supersonic airliner there.

Concorde SST 1

Concorde SST 2

It’s so big I couldn’t get it all in one shot.  I’m still wondering how they got it in the building.

The Sounds of Earth

And this is a copy of the “Sounds of Earth” recording that was sent into space on the two Voyager spacecraft in 1977 that eventually traveled beyond the solar system and out into deep space.

It contained pictures, greetings in 55 different languages, and music.

I had no problem with this.

I did have a problem with the fact that, along with the recording, they also told where we are located in the galaxy.

This is very dumb!

Remember “To Serve Man” is a cookbook.  (If you don’t get this reference, let me know).

We had a great time at the Hazy Center and saw some very unusual planes.  Sometime this week we look forward to visiting the other part of the Air & Space Museum that’s located in downtown Washington, DC at the Smithsonian.

Tomorrow we plan to ride the Metro train into DC, take one or more bus tours, and visit some of the monuments.

Hopefully we won’t experience a repeat of the crash a couple of weeks ago that killed 9 people.

Especially since we will be riding the same Red Line route.

Thought For The Day:

The Pyramids were built by slaves. Tear them down now!

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