Speaking of which, blogging will be light to nonexistent over the next couple of days as I'll be in Ames helping my roommates move in and otherwise enjoying a few days off of work.
SAN JOSE, Calif. - A drunken man broke into a small airport and tried to fill up his car's gas tank with jet fuel, police said. Police arrested the man, 20, on Sunday night for driving while intoxicated and attempted theft.The only question I have is whether it was Avgas or jet A. Avgas would run in a car's internal combustion engine. Jet A, seeing as how it's kerosene based...not so much.
The man probably wasn't trying to save money. The aviation fuel in the pumps used for aircraft and , was going for $5.97 a gallon, accessed by a credit card, authorities said.
"We've had people try and steal gas here in the past," said Jim Meide, who works in operations at the county-run Reid-Hillview Airport in East San Jose.
Indeed, it was his lawn mower and his yard. However, if you're going to shoot your lawn mower, it's probably best to not use your very illegal sawed off shotgun. Somehow I doubt the balance of that six year jail term is for the misdemeanor disorderly conduct while armed.
MILWAUKEE - A Milwaukee man was accused of shooting his lawn mower because it wouldn't start. Keith Walendowski, 56, was charged with felony possession of a short-barreled shotgun or or rifle and misdemeanor disorderly conduct while armed.
According to the criminal complaint, Walendowski said he was angry because his Lawn Boy wouldn't start Wednesday morning. He told police quote, "I can do that, it's my lawn mower and my yard so I can shoot it if I want."
A woman who lives at Walendowski's house reported the incident. She said he was intoxicated.Walendowski could face up to an $11,000 fine and six years and three months in prison if convicted.
VIENN (AFP) - The white coat of the Lipizzan horses performing at Vienna's prestigious Spanish riding school is caused by a mutated gene, a new study showed Sunday, solving a decades-old mystery over the horses' colour.
White and grey horses, including Lipizzans, are born with a darker coat but lose their colour between the age of six and eight due to chromosome mutations, Austrian and Swedish researchers found in the study published Sunday in the scientific journal Nature Genetics.
Actually, it's not the Air Force's response that makes me think this story is overblown (and in at least one case inaccurate), but the documents the story is based on. I've gone through the documents, posted on POGO website, and I must admit, it shows typical signs of a troubled acquisition, but it's weak soup as a scandal. I strongly encourage everyone to check out the documents for themselves. Most of the changes outlined revolve around routine fixes to things that don't work, like seatbelts that are too short, etc. As for one issue -- that the brown be swapped for blue -- the reason, according to the e-mail, was to match the interior of the rest of the plane, not to match the Air Force's color (gray was another option provided).Exactly. This out of proportion reaction is indicative of a larger problem. The USAF has become (largely through its own actions) everyone's favorite punching bag for a variety of issues. On everything from UAVs to next war-itis to overreaching with technology there is enough blame to go around between all of the services, yet the only one who is repeatedly beaten up in the public eye is the USAF. Why is that?
Thousands of people turned out to see a Cold War bomber's first flight at an airshow in 15 years.
The Vulcan, which cost £7m to restore, flew in a five minute display at The RAF Waddington International Air Show in Lincolnshire on Saturday.
The Civil Aviation Authority gave permission for the plane to fly from its base in Bruntingthorpe in Leicestershire on Friday.
About 125,000 people turned out to see the Vulcan's milestone flight.
Some 20,000 people have contributed to the restoration fund for the bomber.
Always nice to see old Cold Warriors being restored and flown instead of the fate so many of them face.