The Crossroads of the Aether
I just began one on mine, called Night Raid - Part 1. Just sort of making it up as i go along so I don't know how many parts there will be. …Continue
Has anyone else been following the Hybrid Air Vehicles?? Helium provides 60% of their lift while the shape of their envelope (fat wing) provides another 40%. The pressure inside the envelope is…Continue
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The Rough and Tumble Engineers Historical Association: A living museum of steam engines, antique tractors, railroads and farm equipment in Lancaster County
The Hagley Museum: Dupont's famous 19th and early 20th century water-powered gunpowder works and museum along the Brandywine River in Wilmington, DE. Take care not to be blown away.
The Mutter Museum: A collection of medical oddities, anatomical and pathological specimens, and antique medical equipment at the oldest physicians' college in the United States. Originally begun in 1858.
Naval Lakehurst Historical Society: Due East of Philadelphia beyond Maguire AFB, lies Lakehurst Naval Engineering Station (formerly Lakehurst Naval Air Station). This information center/ museum is at the site of the Hindenburgh crash and also contains artifacts and other airship related information. WARNING: Tour attendees must pre-register for a tour at least 2 weeks in advance and must be US Citizens due to the fact that this is an operating naval base.
University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology: Mummies, Egyptian and Mesoamerican artifacts. for the Egyptologist and Explorers.
Philadelphia Maritime Museum: Includes the USS Olympia, a steam-powered warship that was Admiral Dewey's flagship during the battle of Manila Bay in the Spanish-American War.
Hopewell Furnace: Iron production in eastern PA from 1771 - 1883 so covers all but last 20 years of Victorian age.
Night Raid, Part 2
The Captain glances at his watch and holds it calmly as he watches the last minute tick by. He turns to the voice pipe that runs back to the launch bay,
“Boarding party launch.” He hears the disconnected voice of his Master of the Sword come back through the tube,
“Aye aye Captain. See you on the prize ship.”
Back in the launch bay, each of the boarding party members are already strapped into bat-shaped glider wings of bamboo struts…Continue
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A couple riding their open carriage on a country lane looked up and spied the large dark oblong shape of the dirigible slicing through the sea of stars, undeterred by the occasional puffiness of a star-shielding cloud. The lovers could see a cluster of…Continue
Teddy Roosevelt's book, Through the Brazilian Wilderness, chronicles his 1913 expedition up the Amazon River. For the explorers among us, I've posted Appendix B in its entirety. Appendix B is entitled, The Outfit for Travelling in the South American Wilderness and includes TR's recommendations for everything needed to remount an expedition such as the one that he led including clothing, food, weapons, boats, tents, and so on. It is based on his actual experience and lessons…Continue