Vintage Birds Chapter Rally
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Colonial Williamsburg, Virginia
October 1-6, 2018
Leaving Cape Cod for point south and our next rally turned into quite an adventure. Our next Rally was at Williamsburg, Va, destination WAY TOO FAR to reach from Cape Cod without at least 2 stops.
.... You will have to visit their blog to find out this part of the adventure....
It was now too late to leave for Williamsburg, but we had satellite TV and football and Walmart to provide dinner. ALL GOOD!
The next day we decided to just GO FOR IT. That means combining what we had intended to be 2 days of driving into one LONG day. Not something we do without careful consideration, which in this case consisted of examining the rally schedule. If we MOVED, we could be there before Cocktails (and heavy hors dourves). RV WHERE YET surged forward. Well, maybe wandered. Crept. Smoked. But our (again) trusty steed did not let us down…we arrived at 5:45 and the formal Rally Cocktail event began at 6:00!
At Williamsburg, we had more Rally-fun (over and above cocktails and pot-luck). This time we had some quality historical time, visiting Colonial Williamsburg, Yorktown and Jamestown. The latter was my favorite — an archaeological site vs. a reproduction, recreation and re-enactment. But for my money, the BEST PART of this rally was a behind-the-scenes tour of the NASA Langley Research Center. We had been alerted to the possibility of this really special tour. In fact, we had to send information ahead of time, so that background checks could be run. Apparently, we passed, because a badge was issued to all of us, including me!
Once inside, we were shuttled to a variety of buildings, where directors, engineers and other REAL NASA FOLKS told us (quite passionately, I might add) about their building, machines, projects, etc. The latest thing is the ORION capsule and attendant engineering. Our host had just sent off the piece developed by his team…the LAS which was just sent out for AA2 — everything at NASA has an acronym. “LAS” stands for “Launch Abort System” and “AA2” means “Ascent Abort 2.” What THAT all means is that the future astronauts can be yanked off the top of the rocket during ascent if things go bad.
Other parts of the tour focused on machines and test beds for breaking stuff. Big Machines. For catastrophically testing the destruction of big things like aircraft…entire aircraft! Dropped on their nose from 200 feet. Or wings flexed to the breaking point while bathed in transonic air cooled by liquid nitrogen; all the while collecting data. This is REAL GUY STUFF. Getting paid to break things…HOW COOL IS THAT?
I left NASA fully sated, but a little sad. Langley is being disassembled, building-by-building just as the space program is. I can’t help but wonder which inventions won’t be invented because we were too short-sighted to fund places like this.
Before leaving Williamsburg for our NEXT rally (this one in the Smokey Mountains of Tennessee)....
Many Thanks to Vintage Birds Members Liz & Dan Harris for a Glimpse of the Rally!!
Narrative was excerpted with permission from their Blog at http://www.arewewhereyet.us/
Visit Their Blog About Liz and Dan Harris' Travels and Travails! Are We Where Yet?!! athttp://www.arewewhereyet.us/
Right After Richard said the broken door lock can wait until I get Home,
Who went thru the Window?
One Man Band with Help
More Help for the one man band
Must have been good
More Flea Market
And the Tech Session
Thanks for the Photos Dwayne !!!