Monday, May 09, 2005

Minor yet major

In the grand scheme of things, the decision by the Director of the USAF Museum to move an old airplane that few people under the age of 50 even know about from Texas to Arizona matters not at all. And yet... The B-36 Peacemaker, in its day, stopped Stalin in his tracks. The men and women that built, maintained, and flew it sacrificed as much as those of any warriors of any period. (If you doubt that, imagine doing maintenance on a running engine sitting a couple of feet away from a nineteen-foot propeller trying to to suck you in. Oh, did I mention that it's either sixty below (before you factor in wind chill) or a hundred-and-two-in-the-shade?)

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