Well, oddly enough, after posting the video of Blue Angel F-4s yesterday in the morning, I actually got to watch an F-4 fly! I attended a local air show with the family–I only go so the children can see, they just love it so. I am a big fan of the ‘Heritage Flight’ portion of many shows, where a vintage fighter, often WWII vintage, flies by all out, while a modern fighter slugs along in formation. The Air Force heritage was an F-4 paired with a F-16, and it was impressive to watch it fly, and sad to listen to the announcer keep talking about how the F-4s are getting fitted with remote controls and flown out as missile targets.
That brings us to yesterday’s Quixotic Quantum Quandary, which is now today’s! See how the fun just lasts and lasts? Take a look at these images, and see if you can shed some light on this mystery!
The Navy also did a ‘Heritage Flight’ at this particular show, with an F-18 (what else?) and a Curtiss-Wright SB2C Helldiver. The Helldiver is operated by the Commemorative Air Force, and happens to be the only flying example in the world. As that portion of the show was happening, I was talking with a couple of buddies from work who were also at the show. One guy mentions that these planes just keep flying around making passes over the crowd, and not just doing much of anything interesting. ‘It’s a Heritage Flight!’, I exclaimed, ‘That is the world’s only flying Helldiver!’
I am still not sure how much more impressed he was after that, but he seemed more interested. But does this Quandary have your interest? Need a little extra motivation, in the form of a hint?
If any of you friendly frequenters of the Quandary have some ponderable particulars that you would care to share, a little tidbit of forgotten technology, please send some photos my way! Just email HycoSpeed@gmail.com and throw Q³ in the subject line so I’ll see it.