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June 9, 2014
Clad in the red penance robes of the cult of Dagon, worshippers approach the Sacred Falls, Upper Canada. One of only five sacred sites in North America, and the only one consecrated to Dagon, hundreds of thousands of cultists make their way to the Falls every summer, seeking forgiveness from their sins.
While heathens are not usually allowed on the prayer boats that convey penitents to the Falls, I was able to the bluff my way on board by pretending to be a native Phoenician who spoke no Saxon. As the boat moved closer to the thundering wall of water, I surreptitiously snapped this photo.
In a rare triumph over ‘not invented here’ chauvinism, the United States in 1960 evaluated and enthusiastically accepted the MiG 21C ласточка (“Swallow”) as a replacement for the dangerously hot F-104 Starfighter. Built under license by Douglas as the F-7 Skyshark, in USAF service it made short work of the piston-engine Yak 9s and Il 2 Sturmoviks fielded by the PLAAF during the Quemoy Crisis in 1966. A lack of parts and technical support meant few of the Mig 15 jet fighters still possessed by the Red Chinese were able to operate, the Soviet Union having withdrawn all aid during the Damanskii Island Border Dispute, which raged throughout the 1950s and forced a reconciliation between Russia and the West.
The USAF used the MiG-21? Is this for real?
Unless this was a big secret that just now came public, I don’t think this is true. I’ve never came across anything that said the USAF used MiG-21s, besides for evaluation and testing. Also that picture is from the Have Doughnut project.
You know I like your photographs. But your aviation history is not accurate! My field of expertise, and my Doctorate. is in the “employment of airpower, post WW II”! Specifically “Tactical” aviation in the Air Force. We tested a number of MIG designs over the years, but there was never one in the U.S. inventory! You compare Lockheed’s F-104 to the MIG 21 you need to give up aviation pal! My father crewed every fighter in the USAF inventory from the then F-51 in Korea, to the SR 71 in 1969. I picked up the banner from there with the F-4 for twenty more years. You’re like that fool that considered the Air Force a failure based on Strategic bombing alone. Do us a favor post photos, leave the history to the folks who know the facts!
brother I run an alt-hist blog
I also know the USAF never used MiG-21s
please don’t take any of this shit seriously or believe that it’s factual
Today at 1530 hrs, Lt. Col. Brian Pearson was killed during Low Earth-Orbit Exercise STALWART GRIP. Lt. Col. Pearson, a 3443 Tac O with Group Beta, United States Air Force Strategic Space Command (USAF-SSC) was re-entering the USSV AARON BURR after a spacewalk when the outer airlock door malfunctioned, sucking him into space and smashing him against the AARON BURR’s hull, breaking his neck and killing him instantly.
Lt. Col. Pearson’s tragic death marks the first fatality of USAF-SSC’s existence. A cheerful and competent soldier, always known as the first to volunteer whenever a task was at hand, he will be sadly missed. He is survived by his wife, Michelle, and daughter SSgt. Jean Pearson. The above picture shows Lt. Col. Pearson and his daughter on the occasion of her twenty-seventh birthday.
While the body could not be recovered, a private funeral service will be held at USAF Cemetery James H Doolittle in Dayton, OH.
EDIT 23/06/2024 1634HRS:
The United States Air Force promises to conduct a thorough and complete inquiry into the malfunctioning latch on the AARON BURR’s port anterior airlock.
Outside the Palazzo Restaurant in Rome, 1950. The small trattoria was a favourite eating spot of Duce Benito Mussolini, who made a point of dining here once a month.
On 16 June 1952, Mussolini and his entourage were killed by a repurposed 154mm artillery shell “cooked off” in the establishment’s oven. A local anarchist group, the Sezione Nera, claimed responsibility, and it is believed that Vittorio Fiero, a waiter at the Palazzo with far-left sympathies (seen here leaning against the door) was the one who actually planted the bomb.
The Sezione Nera disappeared soon afterwards, leading many to claim that it had been a KGB front, and the assassination had been orchestrated by the USSR.
As laid out in his 1922 pamphlet Denn die Welt ist hohl, und ich habe den Himmel berührt, Peter Bender claimed that the Earth is not a sphere floating in space but is actually a bubble set in an infinity of rock, with humanity living on the concave inner surface and the sun, Moon, and what Bender called diePhantom-Universum (‘the Phantom Universe’) - a globe of blue gas studded with points of light which astronomers identify as stars - floating in the centre. The radiation from the sun (“infinitely smaller and brighter than can ever be conceived by the foolish and orthodoxy-blinded!!” Bender 1922) exerts a downward pressure misinterpreted as the Earth’s gravitational pull. His Hohlweltlehre or ‘Hollow World Theory’ gained numerous adherents among the Nazi leadership following their rise to power.
Sometime in 1942, a team under the leadership of infra-red optics specialist Dr. Heinz Fisher undertook an expedition to the Baltic island of Rügen to test Bender’s ideas. This photo shows members of Sondergruppe Steinspiegel with a pair of Dr. Fisher’s Wenig Augen 22 infra-red telescopes; compact and thus easier to quickly scan across large areas of sky, they were used as sighting devices to provide alignment and aiming data for the much larger and more unwieldy Zyklopen 1.5m camera. By aligning these various devices 45° above the horizon, it was hoped that ultimately they would be able to obtain images of the British Fleet at Scapa Flow. The complete failure to obtain useful images of any sort led to a total rejection of Bender’s cosmology, with the Third Reich’s astronomers wholly embracing Hans Hörbiger’s WEL.
In a dramatic, never-before-seen photo, the moment directly before the so-called “Protest Shooting” is captured on film.
In 1924, failed author and WWI veteran Ernest Hemingway agreed to accompany several friends on a yacht trip across Lake Superior. When the boat was thirty miles out from shore, Hemingway produced a Lüger and proceeded to shoot and kill the yacht’s other passengers and then himself.
A suicide note found in Hemingway’s remote cabin expressed a violent rage at “the moneyed class” who had “drunk themselves insensible on Champagne while fine boys died in the mud”. The haunted veteran made it clear that he wanted to die, but would make sure to “take a few of the bastards with me”.
While tragic, the Protest Shooting led to a re-examination of the mental states of combat veterans, and further research into the crippling mental disorder shell shock.
3 Stooges (1934) was Monogram Pictures’ last release before going out of business the following year. Directed by Edgar G. Ulmer, this gritty - and for its era, extremely violent - melodrama about a trio of small-time grifters on the run from a vengeful mob boss has since been heralded by cinema historians as a significant step in the development of film noir in Hollywood.
LCpl. Jim Margolis of the 115th Special Projects Brigade is shown in this photo, attending several of the trained pigeons he studied as a member of the veterinary section.
Pigeons were released from converted bombers in huge numbers from 1943 on, their small bodies used for everything from primitive radar jamming to clogging enemy engines. By 1945, they had been trained to carry and release small time- fused incendiary bombs, which were used to pacify targets deemed not important enough for bombers or close-support aircraft.