Thursday, August 18, 2011

Aircraft Porn? Ouija? What?



What the hell is aircraft porn? Honest to goodness. I’m sitting here playing with my new iPad (yeah, I know, the original air traffic Luddite) and I come across an article entitled Aircraft Porn. What? Okay, I guess you need to know how I got here. Well, at least I think you need to know...

An “early adopter” I am not. But despite what you might hear, I’m not against technology. So, I got an iPad. There are a bewildering number of things you can do with any computer and if you wander into The App Store, abandon all hope. While I’ve managed to dodge Angry Birds so far, I did download a program I’ve never heard of before. (Gasp! The Luddite experiments!) It’s called Flipboard. Near as I can tell, it’s a collection of content from other sources. You can pick what sources you want to “favorite” but the Flipboard staff will ease you towards their favorites too and I decided to let them. I needed to start reading some new things from new sources.

I guess you could call them digital editors of a digital magazine. I treat it like any other magazine -- I open it up and start flipping through it. That’s how I found this at Gizmodo.

Here’s What It Looks Like When a Drone Crashes into a C-130

Before you run off and look, the C-130 was hit by an RQ-7 drone and they didn’t supply a picture of that.

Shadow 200 UAV (2)

Now you can go look. (Hurry back.)

The FAA is going to have some kind of fun figuring out how to keep drones separated from the rest of the airplanes.

While I was there, I ran across the aircraft porn.

Just Looking at the Latest Aircraft Porn

”I'm hooked to the US Navy and US Air Force's Flickr feeds. Why, because they sometimes contain some incredibly beautiful and interesting images of planes in the field. You should check them out too.”

If you’re like me and didn’t know the Air Force and Navy had Flickr feeds...if you don’t know what Flickr is...go check out the page. I take it that “porn” is any visual medium that drives you to distraction. Airplane pictures fit for most of my readers.

And last but not least, one of my readers was kind enough to send me a link to a story on the Navy’s legendary ouija boards.

US Navy 110813-N-JO245-024 Lt. Cmdr Eric Harrington shows distinguished visitors from Vietnam the Ouija board in flight deck control aboard the air

Old-school 'Ouija Board' being phased out on Navy carriers

”One of the most low-tech pieces of equipment on one of the Navy’s most high-tech ships is being replaced.

The “Ouija Board,” which has tracked aircraft movement on aircraft carriers since World War II, is being phased out of the sea service in the name of technological development. ”


If this story interests you, be sure to read the comments section. Swear, I didn’t write them. I love my iPad but I’d rather bet my life on a ouija board -- or a flight progress strip.

Don Brown
August 18, 2011

1 comment:

preed said...

You would do well to avoid Angry Birds—I've wasted... er... "spent" many an evening playing it, and my roommate's iPad has been reduced to being referred to as "The Angry Birds Machine"—but even worse than that is Flight Control HD...

"Please enjoy a refreshing beverage..."