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LanternBearer @ 2006-09-12 15:58:44
LanternBearer pictureAirplane approaching at Düsseldorf airport
Good catch. The light standards are clearly casting long shadows. The aircraft shadow should have been at about 10 0'clock off the nose. The aircraft sitting at the gates show clearly defined shadows. The shadows on the approaching aircraft cast by itself are clearly seen on the left wing, left engine cowling and from the vertical stabizer.. The aircraft appears to be crabbing slightly from a cross wind NW to SE. Altitude is about 150 to 200 feet.

Could be one of those...
LanternBearer @ 2006-03-19 13:38:45
LanternBearer pictureSaint Petersburg Clearwater International Airport (PIE)
These aircraft are Coast Guard C-130s. There are a total of five based at the station. They fly routine surveilence, disaster assistance and trainning missions. I live on the main North to South approach to St. Petersburg/Clearwater airport. I see these guys about every day flying all manner of approaches. Last hurricane season they were constantly on the move. Also flown out that station is the Sikorsky Blackhawks set up for para rescue operations. Many years ago they flew the Pelicans...
LanternBearer @ 2006-02-13 22:58:56
LanternBearer pictureB-52 Park Orlando Airport MCY
Orlando Intl. Airport was at one time McCoy Air Force Base. There was a B52 SAC wing there until the mid 70s. One morning quite early, after an overnight drive from KY, I witnessed a multi plane (10 or more) scramble of BUFs from south to north over the Bee Line Expressway. It was quite stiring. It was the end of an era.

LanternBearer @ 2006-02-13 22:31:57
LanternBearer pictureRemains of Buckingham Air Force Base
Not abandoned completely. The core of the facility, the main ramp and two runways are still active. They are in use by the Lee County Mosquito Control department. They have about 10 antique DC3s in use. See

LanternBearer @ 2006-02-01 20:38:47
LanternBearer pictureLand Between the Lakes in Kentucky
In the 1950s Kentucky Lake was the "Big Lake". I went to summer camp on its shores. I went on fishing trips with my dad and my Uncles. Lake Barkley was a later addition. Both drain into the Ohio River.
LanternBearer @ 2006-01-28 20:45:35
LanternBearer pictureSand dunes in interesting shapes
Found it. No. Not Mrs. Neusbaum's credit card. I found the citation for the land forms.

LanternBearer @ 2006-01-28 20:29:32
LanternBearer pictureSand dunes in interesting shapes
I have not found the citation yet but this type of dune remnant with a regular pattern of sinks and wind sculpted form are the result of inundation by sea level rise and slow fall. The dunes are loosely solidified by the slow absorption of water. The solidifying process was the result of carbonates and other sea water precipitates cementing grains of sand and loess into a "frozen" dune structure. The soft structuring could have occurred from wind, flash flooding or subsequent sea level...
LanternBearer @ 2006-01-24 23:30:18
LanternBearer pictureEPCOT - Mexico
As in EPCOT, the location of the Mexico Pavillion.
LanternBearer @ 2006-01-24 20:48:27
LanternBearer pictureCape Canaveral Trident Wharf
Before the end of "The Evil Soviet Empire" US Tridents and other NATO missile submarines would congregate on occasion for training exercises and live fire of under sea and surface launched missiles. It was great fun fraternizing with the NATO submariners. The most notorious were the Brits. They were great hands at fobbing off a bar bill to their new found Yank friends by disappearing one by one.
LanternBearer @ 2006-01-24 00:19:00
LanternBearer pictureSubmarine at sea
Departing Yokuska?
LanternBearer @ 2006-01-23 19:51:58
LanternBearer pictureMountain Top Removal in West Virginia
Then we are quite simpatico. I have a passion for detail and jocular hair splitting. I have had the good fortune to do a lot of travel on someone else’s nickel. I have been on the ground in the places that I have submitted so far. I delivered a truckload of business machines to a mining company office near Beckley several years ago. I got a mini tour of a work and was appalled. On a flight from Washington DC, to Little Rock I got to fly over a great deal of that in WV and KY.
LanternBearer @ 2006-01-23 11:15:53
LanternBearer pictureMountain Top Removal in West Virginia
Whoa! I am relieved we got that straightened out.

Are you saying that the submitted thumbnail did not open the Google map so as to be centered on the cited map? I have given everything a dry run before submission and the process seemed to click. It would seem to me that precision in citing of datasets down to exact mine names would only be useful to the greater audience of this site if they were aspiring resource regulators or deregulators, contingent to ones degree of...
LanternBearer @ 2006-01-22 11:06:21
LanternBearer picture1,690 miles long wall in Sahara
It isn't much. It is a linear pile of rocks with sand laboriously scraped over the pile. The prevailing winds have added much more than man has. There is a track, hardly to be called a road along side, and it is littered with landmines on one side or the other, depending on what aspiring nationalist group was last by.

It is part of the area where hurricanes are conceived. If you live in the US, you are probably breathing dust from there now.

See: ...
LanternBearer @ 2006-01-20 21:33:52
LanternBearer pictureBoca Ciega Bay Island Home
This home is just offshore of one of the most densely populated areas in Florida.
LanternBearer @ 2006-01-20 20:03:34
LanternBearer pictureChurchill Downs
Just imagine every green spot covered with parked cars for blocks around. Put 100,000 plus people into every seat and the inner confines of the track oval. Now fill that crowd with alcohol and other intoxicants in a hot May sun for 10 or more hours. Now you're talking party.

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LanternBearer @ 2006-01-20 19:55:22
LanternBearer pictureExposed Mondosaurus Spine
Tilted, sedimentary lime deposit emerging from plate boundry deposition overburden.

Didn't you people take a geology course?

LanternBearer @ 2006-01-20 12:56:11
LanternBearer pictureCoal barge leaving McAlpine Locks
The dams spills you see are not hydro-electric. They are called Weirgates and they maintain the pool level for the operation of the locks. The river is in a high stage here. On the north edge of the dam, there is a park called Falls of the Ohio State Park. ( ) In normal water levels a great rock shelf is exposed. It is full of benthic fossils. Before the area was developed for visitors, it was a wild...
LanternBearer @ 2006-01-20 12:38:58
LanternBearer pictureLouisville Slugger Field
This is a nice addition to the city's Riverfront Development. Before it was built over, it was a clinker dump and was quite over grown with willow and other toxic tolerant weeds and plants. As it was cut through with dump truck roads, MX trails, and humps of clinker/slag, it was a great place to torture-test drive demo cars. It was the first place I drove a Subaru Brat. My friend “Big Cat” and I drove numerous demo Volvos and Saabs through there on wild Saturday morning outings. We...
LanternBearer @ 2006-01-19 23:35:22
LanternBearer pictureRed stain from fire retardent dropped while testing 747 Supertanker
The most interesting thing here is the large numbers of stored Cessna Starships. What a bust for Cessna. Every boneyard you look at is cluttered with them. What did them in was the Italian Piagio 180s. It has a similar configuration but as usual about a hundred years ahead of Cessna technology.
LanternBearer @ 2006-01-19 22:16:37
LanternBearer pictureMacDill Air Force Base
At one time in the 80s this was a F 16 base. That fighter wing has left and what one sees now are KCs and C5s along with various special ops aircraft. NOAA also runs some ops out of there. The MacDill location at the tip of a penisula makes it almost closure proof because of it secure location. It is also the home of Central Command.
LanternBearer @ 2006-01-19 22:09:23
LanternBearer pictureAirplane approaching Tampa International
This is a spectacular approach. Flights from the midwest to Tampa /St Petersburg fly along the Florida coast from the Big Bend. They enter the pattern over Tarpon Springs, continue south over Tampa Bay over the Pinellas County bay coast line, and then turn to cross over the bay just north of St Petersburg. On various flights, I have seen, in the water, in season, schools of bay tarpon, manatees and pods of bait from about 2k feet. I was once treated to a flight of white pelicans coming...