Up close with the rare and unique aircraft of the Yanks Air

first_img Amid the steel, aluminum and rust at the Yanks Air Museum Boneyard Related on CNET The decay, rust, and sky of an aircraft boneyard A vast oasis of aircraft lies deep in the Arizona desert Welcome to the Boneyard, a desert tomb for US military aircraft Inside the amazing Spruce Goose at the Evergreen Aviation and Space Museum Protectors of planes past at the Yanks Air Museum Tags 38 Photos Out back is another gem of this museum: a boneyard. Partially complete aircraft sit in the sun, waiting for their time to be restored to their former glory. It’s one of the few boneyards you can actually walk through unsupervised. We did a whole separate story on that, and took a bunch of pictures. When I was a kid, three models of fighter jet dominated the media. The iconic F-14 was immortalized in Top Gun. Then there’s Iron Eagle and its F-16. Its three (!) sequels were watchable in that “Blockbuster at 9:30 on a Friday night pick-something or we’re leaving” way. And as far as the F-15 goes, I hope everyone who wanted one was able to have Starscream … or at least Leader-1.Today the F-14 is retired, but the F-15 and -16 are still widely in service. While many museums have some or even all of these aircraft in their collections, it’s rare to see them all next to each other. The toys of my youth, full-size. I’m exploring the Yanks Air Museum, in Chino, California. It includes a full restoration shop that rebuilds and restores classic aircraft. Many of the planes at the museum were restored on site. Even more amazing, most of these aircraft are still flyable. Here’s a look around. Post a comment Aircraft of everyone’s youthI’ve seen F-16s at other museums before, but its two contemporaries put its diminutive size in sharp relief. To give you a rough idea, the F-16 is like a compact car sitting next to the Mack-truck-esque F-15 and even larger F-14. Before you get to the jets, however, there’s the Legends hanger, where propeller aircraft from the dawn of flight through WWII sit in beautifully restored form. In another rare pairing, there’s even an early P-51 Mustang next to a late-model P-51 Mustang. It’s amazing to see how rapidly the design progressed during the war. Once you’ve had your fill of biplanes and gyrocopters and medium-size bombers, you head to the Starfighter hanger, with myriad jets from the end of WWII to the modern era. There’s a few more WWII aircraft in here, including an SBD Dauntless, a P-40, and even a Wildcat built by General Motors.Next I proceed over to the Restoration hangar. A half dozen restorers are working diligently on several WWII-era aircraft. This is a slow process; one restored P-39 took nine years to complete. Finding pieces is always a challenge, as you’d expect. Many of the aircraft they restore here go beyond beautiful museum pieces. They get restored all the way to being airworthy again. Share your voice Protectors of the pastChino isn’t a long drive from Los Angeles. Even better, the drive will let you tour Yanks Air Museum, the boneyard and a whole other air museum on the opposite side of the airport. That one’s called the Planes of Fame, and we’ve got a full tour of that coming soon. As far as Yanks goes, I recommend timing your visit during one of their special events. Several times a month they’ll have things like cockpit tours of some of their aircraft. Air museums are great, but being able to see inside these beautiful beasts is a whole other experience.    But for now, check out the galleries above to see all the hard work the expert restoration team has put into these classic and historic aircraft.As well as covering TV and other display tech, Geoff does photo tours of cool museums and locations around the world including nuclear submarines, massive aircraft carriers, medieval castles, airplane graveyards and more. You can follow his exploits on Instagram, Twitter, and on his travel blog BaldNomad. He also wrote a bestselling sci-fi novel.  0 54 Photos Culturelast_img read more

India to Invest 4 Billion in Power industry to Wipe Out Theft

first_imgThe Indian power ministry announced on Thursday that it will invest $4 billion (INR 25,300 crore) in the power industry to roll out a new metering system and upgrade distribution networks around the country to help tackle the power theft issue.The announcement is a key step by Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s government to wipe out the electricity theft problem plaguing the country and to introduce uninterrupted power supply. The total project will reportedly cost $5.27 billion of which $4 billion will be contributed by the government.The new scheme will see the power ministry rolling out new meters for distribution feeders, transformers and consumers. The plan also intends to strengthen sub-transmission and distribution networks, Reuters reports. The project will help cut technical and commercial losses in the power department.Power theft has been a major problem in the country. According to a previous Bloomberg analysis, India loses $17 billion in revenue annually due to prolonged power cuts and blackouts. The country also loses over a quarter of its power due to poor wiring.Billing rates “are too low, and theft is too high. If you look at the power losses, 80 percent is theft,” Ratul Puri, chairman of Hindustan Powerprojects , a privately held power plant operator told Businessweek in an earlier interview.The government has raided several private companies after the Modi administration stepped in. More than 750 cases of power theft were reported before June.Experts suggested that power should be subsidized to solve the emerging problem. But theft- from both the poor and rich – made it unfeasible.In a 2013 feature for The Hindu, William Ash, a Strategic Program Manager at the IEEE Standards Association explained that “smart meters” are a great way to tackle the theft problem.”Most of the time, this theft happens through tapping of electricity from live wires, which also poses risks to people’s lives. The use of smart meters thus becomes extremely relevant in developing countries such as India,” Ash wrote.A smart meter is an electricity-measuring device that remotely switches “the customer’s power supply off and/or individual appliances based on demand response. It can remotely control electricity consumption to maximise energy efficiency and load balancing,” Ash explained.The Modi government has set a goal to use renewable energy to power at least one light bulb in the remote areas of India by 2019. Narendra Modi has been credited for solving the power theft problem in Gujarat when he was the chief minister. o f the statelast_img read more

ORourke Outraises Cruz In Fourth Quarter Of 2017

first_imgLaura Skelding: O’Rourke/Douglas Young: CruzU.S. Rep. Beto O’Rourke, D-El Paso (left), and U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz.Senator Ted Cruz wants to keep his seat in the U.S. Senate. But his most likely challenger, Democratic Congressman Beto O’Rourke is raising more money – again.O’Rourke took in $2.4 million in the last quarter of 2017, compared to $1.9 million for Cruz. The El Paso Democrat also outraised the Republican incumbent during the second quarter of last year, and Cruz only narrowly edged out O’Rourke during the third.“Money at this stage, prior to the primaries, is sort of a surrogate for strength, and so the fact that this challenger is raising the amount of money he is raising [means] Senator Cruz does really have to take this as a serious challenger and as somebody who potentially could have the means to really be much more of a challenge than Senator Cruz might have expected,” said Victoria Farrar-Myers, a senior fellow at Southern Methodist University’s Tower Center for Political Studies.Farrar-Myers cautions not to read too much into O’Rourke’s fundraising lead. She said the number of donations is a better indicator of a candidate’s voting base.Cruz still maintains a lead in cash on hand. He reports a war chest worth $7.3 million, compared to O’Rourke’s $4.6 million. To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: Listen Share 00:00 /01:06 Xlast_img read more