Today is the anniversary. Apollo 11 Moon Landing Date July 20, 1969. July 7, 2020 marks 51 years since Neil Armstrong stepped off the LEM saying “One Small Step For A Man, One Giant Leap For Mankind.”
I was about two weeks from my Twelfth Birthday. I was painting the house in Slidell, Louisiana, where we’d spent 1962 thru 1969 along with many thousands of others putting a man on the moon.
My dad worked for Boeing. Same with the neighbor across the street, and the one next door, and two houses down, third house down and cattie-corner from them and on and on.
The government had to subsidize poorer school districts across the south because the huge influx of aerospace workers, engineers, mathematicians, computer experts etc.
My dad had moved us from Seattle to New Orleans, along with many, thereafter, to accomplish JFK’s dream of “landing men on the moon and returning them safely in this decade.”
Dad was a cold-warrior beginning in the early fifties he worked as a designer on the B-52 fuel injection system becoming expert in fluid mechanics.
The atmosphere as mechanical engineers understand is also a fluid. So he worked on targeting for the Bomarc Missile. Moving the bullet through the fluid rather than the fluid through the bullet.
This Bomarc and B-52 design work was before he entered the US Air Force. He wanted to be a fighter pilot but the end of the Korean War limited the number of fliers the Air Force needed.
He ended up as a B-47 Jet Engine Mechanic at McConnell AFB in Wichita, Kansas. He met my mom, they married and I was born, there, the eldest grandson on my grandfather’s birthday. After the Air Force he earned his BSME at Seattle University (1961).
The B-47 had technical issues because in those days aircraft engineering was not very advanced and thick aluminum was thought as right for the fuselage where the wings joined.
That was the need for the B-52 which actually deflates when depressurized and inflates visibly when pressurized.
“Built to carry nuclear weapons for Cold War-era deterrence missions, the B-52 Stratofortress replaced the Convair B-36. … The B-52 has been in service with the USAF since 1955. As of June 2019, 58 are in active service, 18 in reserve, and approximately 12 more aircraft in long term storage.”
Aircraft Skin in commercial aircraft is 0.063 inches thick. The B-52 skin is much thinner. I worked as a liaison engineer at Boeing for three years and know most everything there is to know about commercial air structure.
Notice the deflated skin here below.
I worked on 737 Classic, then New Generation, fuselage, empenage, elevators and vertical fins in the manufacturing environment bringing non-conformance items back to drawing standards.
I know about Boeing’s Government Division, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and (educated incompetence er uh), college degrees and why the 737 MAX is built like a rock and flies like one too. Look for more plunging ahead.
Yes I am unimpressed with higher education across the board. You may have noticed. An aircraft has to be weighted and balanced for flight. Lift is created by the shape of the wing and airspeed when air traveling over the wing (longer path) creates a pressure differential with air traveling under the wing (shorter path) therefore there is less pressure above the wing and she flies.
Unless the information ager’s, those my age signing off on their work, get involved and decide we can make an airplane that is not weighted and balanced and let the computer fly it with a little help from the pilot and crew who dies 1 100,000th of a second before everyone else with this failed strategy.
When I still worked at Boeing they told me how neato it was that we are going fly by wire. I said, you need cables and power screws to move the flight surfaces.
So when the airplanes dove and the computer adjusted to bring the nose down and then the crew pulled her back and the computer re-over-adjusted again you have a plane diving to the ground, at full speed and no way the crew can pull the entire mass out of the fatal dive.
That is your government protection in action. Anyone want them in charge of their healthcare? How about food and drug safety? The war on drugs? Retirement?
I want to make a prediction here. George Bush (Oh Brother) example is in his 1940’s style invasion of Iraq thereby disturbing the balance of power in the volatile middle east.
He decides he’s going to pull a JFK move and announces a Mission To Mars. Total waste of money in his case because he is already on Mars.
Prediction: This generation is not going to Mars.
Christmas Eve in a completely different and competent country called the United States of America. Genesis
“Astronauts Bill Anders, Jim Lovell, and Frank Borman, the first humans to travel to the Moon, recited verses 1 through 10 of the Genesis creation narrative from the King James Bible. Anders read verses 1–4, Lovell verses 5–8, and Borman read verses 9 and 10.” Genesis 1: 1-10 is what the Astronauts read to the entire world from Space.”
“We were told that on Christmas Eve we would have the largest audience that had ever listened to a human voice,” recalled Borman during 40th anniversary celebrations in 2008. “And the only instructions that we got from NASA was to do something appropriate.”
“The first ten verses of Genesis is the foundation of many of the world’s religions, not just the Christian religion,” added Lovell. “There are more people in other religions than the Christian religion around the world, and so this would be appropriate to that and so that’s how it came to pass.
So dad returned home in the afternoon from Houston that day where he had attended to the first three minutes of the flight from his console in NASA’s facility Houston. The first manned flight of the actual Apollo Rocket because Apollo Seven launch was on the smaller Apollo 1B Rocket.
In the first 2 1/2 minutes enough energy was expended to light New York City for 75 minutes. The five SV 1 Rocket Dyne engines utilizing the Boeing designed fuel delivery system burned an Olympic Sized Pool of Kerosene with liquid Oxygen for oxidizer using three 45,000 horsepower very high RPM pumps for each engine, in that 2 1/2 minutes to produce 7 1/2 million pounds of thrust to lift the 6, 218, 558 pounds from the pad. Then she accelerated from zero to 6,000 mp.h. in 2 1/2 minutes. Then the first stage was blown off and fell back to earth landing in the ocean. Dad’s part in the mission was over.
Tomorrow we will talk more about the United States and her mysterious position in God’s predictions and the timeline of history. More math to accompany the objective word problems recently laid out in my posts here from June 7, 2020 thru June 19, 2020.
Thank you for visiting my site and for reading my posts. Please leave any questions and comments here below. I will answer you. Chris. 7/20/2020.