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  1. Two-way radio, Schweizer 1-23

    Snapshot Title: Two-way radio, Schweizer 1-23
    Taken by: Tom Stepleton

    Image: Schweizer 1-23H-15 Glider Cockpit, Silvercreek Glider Club, New Douglas, Illinois (near St. Louis)
    Image Owner: Tom Stepleton



    Description:

    A popular two-way radio for gliders; takes up little space in the cockpit.



  2. Schweizer 1-23 tow release

    Snapshot Title: Schweizer 1-23 tow release
    Taken by: Tom Stepleton

    Image: Schweizer 1-23H-15 Glider Cockpit, Silvercreek Glider Club, New Douglas, Illinois (near St. Louis)
    Image Owner: Tom Stepleton



    Description:

    Pull this handle to release the tow rope connecting the glider to the towplane (or winch). Be sure to check traffic first and turn right after the release on air tows!



  3. Schweizer 1-23 air vent

    Snapshot Title: Schweizer 1-23 air vent
    Taken by: Tom Stepleton

    Image: Schweizer 1-23H-15 Glider Cockpit, Silvercreek Glider Club, New Douglas, Illinois (near St. Louis)
    Image Owner: Tom Stepleton



    Description:

    Connects directly to a hole in the nose: adjust airflow by pushing in or pulling out. High tech stuff!



  4. Schweizer 1-23 magnetic compass

    Snapshot Title: Schweizer 1-23 magnetic compass
    Taken by: Tom Stepleton

    Image: Schweizer 1-23H-15 Glider Cockpit, Silvercreek Glider Club, New Douglas, Illinois (near St. Louis)
    Image Owner: Tom Stepleton



    Description:

    Also known as a "wet" compass or "whiskey" compass due to the fluid in which the compass card is suspended. Arguably less useful than having a familiarity with the area and navigating by simply lookin...



  5. Schweizer 1-23 inclinometer

    Snapshot Title: Schweizer 1-23 inclinometer
    Taken by: Tom Stepleton

    Image: Schweizer 1-23H-15 Glider Cockpit, Silvercreek Glider Club, New Douglas, Illinois (near St. Louis)
    Image Owner: Tom Stepleton



    Description:

    Operates just like a spirit level, this instrument indicates whether the airplane is flying in a coordinated manner, i.e. whether the amount of bank matches the amount of yaw around the vertical axis....



  6. Schweizer 2-33 in background

    Snapshot Title: Schweizer 2-33 in background
    Taken by: Tom Stepleton

    Image: Schweizer 1-23H-15 Glider Cockpit, Silvercreek Glider Club, New Douglas, Illinois (near St. Louis)
    Image Owner: Tom Stepleton



    Description:

    This 2-33 landed while I was taking the gigapan.



  7. Kollsman window, Schweizer 1-23 altimeter

    Snapshot Title: Kollsman window, Schweizer 1-23 altimeter
    Taken by: Tom Stepleton

    Image: Schweizer 1-23H-15 Glider Cockpit, Silvercreek Glider Club, New Douglas, Illinois (near St. Louis)
    Image Owner: Tom Stepleton



    Description:

    Calibrate the altimeter before flight by dialing in the altimeter setting---the barometric pressure at sea level---in the Kollsman window.



  8. Schweizer 1-23 altimeter

    Snapshot Title: Schweizer 1-23 altimeter
    Taken by: Tom Stepleton

    Image: Schweizer 1-23H-15 Glider Cockpit, Silvercreek Glider Club, New Douglas, Illinois (near St. Louis)
    Image Owner: Tom Stepleton



    Description:

    Silvercreek glider club field elevation is right around 600 feet MSL.



  9. Schweizer 1-23 airspeed indicator

    Snapshot Title: Schweizer 1-23 airspeed indicator
    Taken by: Tom Stepleton

    Image: Schweizer 1-23H-15 Glider Cockpit, Silvercreek Glider Club, New Douglas, Illinois (near St. Louis)
    Image Owner: Tom Stepleton



    Description:

    Looks like never-exceed speed is 140 MPH.



  10. Radioplane OQ-19D

    Snapshot Title: Radioplane OQ-19D
    Taken by: Tom Stepleton

    Image: Cold War Gallery, National Museum of the U.S. Air Force, featuring a "skinless" F-86 Sabre
    Image Owner: Tom Stepleton



    Description:

    This was an aerial target for gunnery practice.

    www.nationalmuseum.af.mil/factsheets/factsheet.asp?id=4777 Will open in a new tab or window



  11. Grumman HU-16B Albatross
  12. Beech T-34A Mentor

    Snapshot Title: Beech T-34A Mentor
    Taken by: Tom Stepleton

    Image: Cold War Gallery, National Museum of the U.S. Air Force, featuring a "skinless" F-86 Sabre
    Image Owner: Tom Stepleton



    Description:

    A training aircraft derived from the Beech Bonanza.

    en.wikipedia.org/wiki/T-34_Mentor Will open in a new tab or window



  13. Grumman OA-12 Duck

    Snapshot Title: Grumman OA-12 Duck
    Taken by: Tom Stepleton

    Image: Cold War Gallery, National Museum of the U.S. Air Force, featuring a "skinless" F-86 Sabre
    Image Owner: Tom Stepleton



    Description:

    This Air Force version of the Navy's J2F-6 was used by the Air Rescue Service; later on, it appeared in several films.

    en.wikipedia.org/wiki/J2F_Duck Will open in a new tab or window



  14. Cessna LC-126

    Snapshot Title: Cessna LC-126
    Taken by: Tom Stepleton

    Image: Cold War Gallery, National Museum of the U.S. Air Force, featuring a "skinless" F-86 Sabre
    Image Owner: Tom Stepleton



    Description:

    This military version of the Cessna 195 was used for Arctic rescue.

    en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cessna_195 Will open in a new tab or window



  15. Boeing WB-50D Superfortress

    Snapshot Title: Boeing WB-50D Superfortress
    Taken by: Tom Stepleton

    Image: Cold War Gallery, National Museum of the U.S. Air Force, featuring a "skinless" F-86 Sabre
    Image Owner: Tom Stepleton



    Description:

    The Boeing B-50 was an "upgraded" postwar version of the B-29 bomber. This B-50 was used for weather reconnaissance.

    en.wikipedia.org/wiki/B-50_Superfortress Will open in a new tab or window



  16. Republic F-84F Thunderstreak

    Snapshot Title: Republic F-84F Thunderstreak
    Taken by: Tom Stepleton

    Image: Cold War Gallery, National Museum of the U.S. Air Force, featuring a "skinless" F-86 Sabre
    Image Owner: Tom Stepleton



    Description:

    A fighter-bomber. The first F-84s had straight wings, but the F model was redesigned with swept wings.



  17. KC-97L Stratotanker
  18. North American F-86H Sabre with skin removed

    Snapshot Title: North American F-86H Sabre with skin removed
    Taken by: Tom Stepleton

    Image: Cold War Gallery, National Museum of the U.S. Air Force, featuring a "skinless" F-86 Sabre
    Image Owner: Tom Stepleton



    Description:

    The skin has been removed from this Korean War-era fighter---check out all the parts!

    www.nationalmuseum.af.mil/factsheets/factsheet.asp?id=376 Will open in a new tab or window
    en.wikipedia.org/wiki/F-86_Sabre Will open in a new tab or window



  19. Jack L. Armstrong display

    Snapshot Title: Jack L. Armstrong display
    Taken by: Tom Stepleton

    Image: Cold War Gallery, National Museum of the U.S. Air Force, featuring a "skinless" F-86 Sabre
    Image Owner: Tom Stepleton



    Description:

    This display commemorates Major Jack L. Armstrong, a test pilot.



  20. De Havilland Canada U-6A Beaver

    Snapshot Title: De Havilland Canada U-6A Beaver
    Taken by: Tom Stepleton

    Image: Cold War Gallery, National Museum of the U.S. Air Force, featuring a "skinless" F-86 Sabre
    Image Owner: Tom Stepleton



    Description:

    The US Air Force also operated this famous Canadian workhorse.



  21. Cessna U-3A
  22. Lockheed U-2 spyplane

    Snapshot Title: Lockheed U-2 spyplane
    Taken by: Tom Stepleton

    Image: Cold War Gallery, National Museum of the U.S. Air Force, featuring a "skinless" F-86 Sabre
    Image Owner: Tom Stepleton



    Description:

    Hiding in the background, fittingly. Variants of the U-2 still fly for the US.

    en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lockheed_U-2 Will open in a new tab or window



  23. Convair B-58 Hustler ejection seat capsule

    Snapshot Title: Convair B-58 Hustler ejection seat capsule
    Taken by: Tom Stepleton

    Image: Cold War Gallery, National Museum of the U.S. Air Force, featuring a "skinless" F-86 Sabre
    Image Owner: Tom Stepleton



    Description:

    This capsule actually surrounds the seat of a B-58 crew member to protect them during an ejection at speed. In foreground: the barrels of the B-36 remote gun turret.



  24. Convair B-36 Peacemaker remote gun turret

    Snapshot Title: Convair B-36 Peacemaker remote gun turret
    Taken by: Tom Stepleton

    Image: Cold War Gallery, National Museum of the U.S. Air Force, featuring a "skinless" F-86 Sabre
    Image Owner: Tom Stepleton



    Description:

    Designed for air-to-air defense in a time when missile-based aerial combat was starting to come to the fore.



  25. Convair B-58 Hustler

    Snapshot Title: Convair B-58 Hustler
    Taken by: Tom Stepleton

    Image: Cold War Gallery, National Museum of the U.S. Air Force, featuring a "skinless" F-86 Sabre
    Image Owner: Tom Stepleton



    Description:

    The Convair B-58 Hustler, a Mach 2 supersonic strategic bomber.



  26. Tail, Convair B-36 Peacemaker

    Snapshot Title: Tail, Convair B-36 Peacemaker
    Taken by: Tom Stepleton

    Image: Cold War Gallery, National Museum of the U.S. Air Force, featuring a "skinless" F-86 Sabre
    Image Owner: Tom Stepleton



    Description:

    Vertical fin and rudder of a Convair B-36 Peacemaker, an enormous strategic bomber.

    en.wikipedia.org/wiki/B-36 Will open in a new tab or window



  27. Photographers

    Snapshot Title: Photographers
    Taken by: Tom Stepleton

    Image: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania at Broad and Sansom Streets, two blocks south of City Hall
    Image Owner: Tom Stepleton



    Description:

    I was so excited about taking Gigapans in Philly that I didn't even manage to button my shirt up correctly!



  28. William Penn

    Snapshot Title: William Penn
    Taken by: Tom Stepleton

    Image: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania at Broad and Sansom Streets, two blocks south of City Hall
    Image Owner: Tom Stepleton



    Description:

    Bronze statue of William Penn atop the Philadelphia City Hall. Unfortunately, he's looking the other way...



  29. Geometric pattern

    Snapshot Title: Geometric pattern
    Taken by: Tom Stepleton

    Image: Interior, Mercer Museum, Doylestown, Bucks County, Pennsylvania
    Image Owner: Tom Stepleton



    Description:

    A geometric pattern on a Mercer Museum artifact.



  30. Mercer Museum interior overview

    Snapshot Title: Mercer Museum interior overview
    Taken by: Tom Stepleton

    Image: Interior, Mercer Museum, Doylestown, Bucks County, Pennsylvania
    Image Owner: Tom Stepleton



    Description:

    Large items from Henry Mercer's collection of pre-industrial American artifacts line the walls and roof of the Mercer Museum's central chamber.



  31. The Oil Never Fails

    Snapshot Title: The Oil Never Fails
    Taken by: Tom Stepleton

    Image: Stove plate room, Mercer Museum, Doylestown, Bucks County, Pennsylvania
    Image Owner: Tom Stepleton



    Description:

    Decorative tile, Mercer Museum, Doylestown, PA. Any idea what "The oil never fails" might mean?



  32. Overview, stove plate room, Mercer Museum, Doylestown, PA

    Snapshot Title: Overview, stove plate room, Mercer Museum, Doylestown, PA
    Taken by: Tom Stepleton

    Image: Stove plate room, Mercer Museum, Doylestown, Bucks County, Pennsylvania
    Image Owner: Tom Stepleton



    Description:

    An overview snapshot of the Mercer Museum's stove plate gallery.



  33. Mercer Museum

    Snapshot Title: Mercer Museum
    Taken by: Tom Stepleton

    Image: Exterior, Mercer Museum, Doylestown, Bucks County, Pennsylvania
    Image Owner: Tom Stepleton



    Description:

    View of the Mercer Museum in Doylestown, PA



  34. Philadelphia, Pennsylvania skyline

    Snapshot Title: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania skyline
    Taken by: Tom Stepleton

    Image: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania skyline from the Benjamin Franklin Bridge
    Image Owner: Tom Stepleton



    Description:

    Skyline of Philadelphia as of 29 June 2008.



  35. Windsock
  36. Schweizer 2-33 glider

    Snapshot Title: Schweizer 2-33 glider
    Taken by: Tom Stepleton

    Image: Bandel Airport (22D), Eighty Four, PA, home of the Pittsburgh Soaring Club, with Piper Super Cub towplane and Schweizer 2-33 glider
    Image Owner: Tom Stepleton



    Description:

    The Pittsburgh Soaring Club's Schweizer 2-33 two-place glider. Most American glider pilots have flown in one at least once---many of them trained in these planes.



  37. Young man with Bud Ice observes mitosis in progress

    Snapshot Title: Young man with Bud Ice observes mitosis in progress
    Taken by: Tom Stepleton

    Image: Infield View at Turn 4 before the 2008 Indianapolis 500
    Image Owner: NASA



    Description:

    You don't see that when you drink Hoegaarden.



  38. They're from Ball State

    Snapshot Title: They're from Ball State
    Taken by: Tom Stepleton

    Image: Infield View at Turn 4 before the 2008 Indianapolis 500
    Image Owner: NASA



    Description:

    These guys (and the mysterious disembodied arm, maybe) kept going "BuuaaaAAAALLLL STAAAAAaaaate!!!" over and over again. It's nice to see the young people so excited about Muncie landmarks.



  39. Turn 4 infield's front stretch view at Indy

    Snapshot Title: Turn 4 infield's front stretch view at Indy
    Taken by: Tom Stepleton

    Image: Infield View at Turn 4 before the 2008 Indianapolis 500
    Image Owner: NASA



    Description:

    Your view of the finish line from the infield of Turn 4 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, a few hours before the beginning of the 2008 Indianapolis 500.



  40. Ed Carpenter's car in garage

    Snapshot Title: Ed Carpenter's car in garage
    Taken by: Tom Stepleton

    Image: Garages at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway before the 2008 Indianapolis 500
    Image Owner: Tom Stepleton



    Description:

    Ed Carpenter's #20 car in the garage before the 2008 Indy 500. Carpenter started at 10th and finished 5th.



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