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  • mistermuse 12:01 am on May 20, 2018 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Amelia Earhart, , Eagle of the USA, first transatlantic flight, , , , , May 20 in aviation history, , , songs, Spirit of St. Louis, ,   


    Taking off from my last post (where I left the Wright Brothers up in the air and me breezin’ along with the breeze), we come to May 20, a day second to none in aviation annals.*

    On this May day in 1927, Charles Lindbergh took off from New York for Paris in the Spirit of St. Louis (his monoplane), to begin the second (and most famous) nonstop transatlantic flight in history. Yes, I said second — the first was made by paired English aviators in 1919, from Newfoundland to Ireland (about half the distance of Lindbergh’s solo flight).

    On this date in 1932, Amelia Earhart took off from Newfoundland for Paris, but due to weather conditions, she had to ‘pull up’ short in Northern Ireland, nonetheless becoming the first woman to make a solo nonstop transatlantic flight.

    We now turn to the musical portion of the program. Faster than you can say “It’s a bird,” Lindbergh’s fame brought songwriters down from the clouds to cash in, hatching a flock of insipid pop songs. Not so with Earhart’s feat, not even a peep of a song….although her lost flight over the Pacific Ocean in 1937 did inspire a few songs that didn’t long survive.

    OK. If I had to eat crow in my last post, can I now soar like an eagle with these jazzed-up Lindberg hit tunes soaring over treacly lyrics:

    Ladies and gendermen, the Spirit of St. Louis is coming in for a landing — and if we’re Lucky, Lindy will be in the spirit for a rousing finish.

    *In addition to the Lindbergh and Earhart flights, May 20 was also the day Congress passed the Air Commerce Act licensing pilots and planes in 1926, and the date of the first regular transatlantic airmail flight (Pan Am, NYC to Marseille, France) in 1939.




    • scifihammy 9:59 am on May 20, 2018 Permalink | Reply

      Very interesting – lots I didn’t know. 🙂

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      • mistermuse 11:10 am on May 20, 2018 Permalink | Reply

        This was an interesting piece to research, as I too learned a few things — in particular, that Lindberg’s wasn’t the first transatlantic flight, and that Earhart’s intended destination was Paris. I guess that puts me one up on Earhart, because I DID make it to Paris (with the minor caveat that I was on a bus and not alone). 😦

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    • arekhill1 12:13 pm on May 20, 2018 Permalink | Reply

      Our local airport here in San Diego is named Lindbergh Field, Sr. Muse, which never fails to irritate my Jewish girl, since Lindbergh, besides being an air hero, was an anti-Semite with pro-Hitler leanings. Amelia Earhart made the wise choice to preserve her legacy intact by disappearing.

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      • mistermuse 12:46 pm on May 20, 2018 Permalink | Reply

        Funny you should mention that, Ricardo, because I was going to use this funny clip, but couldn’t work it in. Your comment gives me the perfect excuse to do so now:

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    • Don Frankel 7:29 am on May 21, 2018 Permalink | Reply

      Good stuff Muse. The first transatlantic flight was completed by U.S. Navy planes, the NC 1, NC 3 and NC 4 with NC 4 landing first. This was back in 1919. They were sea planes and stopped 5 times. I think what Lindbergh represented was you could fly across the Atlantic from New York to Paris in one jump. Meaning you could make money doing it.

      But since this is ‘It’s a bird. It’s a plane’ let us not forget…

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      • mistermuse 9:18 am on May 21, 2018 Permalink | Reply

        Thanks, Don. I remember the Superman intro well. As a boy, it really stirred the imagination!

        In my research, I didn’t come across mention of the 1919 U.S. Navy transatlantic flight, probably because it wasn’t nonstop like the English flight the same year. But neither flight made near the impact that Lindbergh’s did in terms of fame and fortune.


    • Don Frankel 12:29 pm on May 21, 2018 Permalink | Reply

      Same as Alan Shepard Gus Grissom space flights didn’t capture the nation’s attention the way John Glenn’s did.

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    • Lisa R. Palmer 10:06 am on May 22, 2018 Permalink | Reply

      Fascinating facts and music, mistermuse!


    • mistermuse 12:44 pm on May 22, 2018 Permalink | Reply

      Glad you enjoyed the post, Lisa. Appreciation is music to my ears! 🙂


    • RMW 9:12 pm on May 23, 2018 Permalink | Reply

      Having just flown from LA to London and back again within ten days I think May 6 and May 16 should be commemorated in the annals of flight from now on! It wasn’t easy drinking all that wine and watching all those movies!!!

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    • mistermuse 9:08 am on May 24, 2018 Permalink | Reply

      But look at the bright side, RMW — you got a ten day reprieve from Trump’s BS!


    • moorezart 12:20 pm on June 16, 2018 Permalink | Reply

      Reblogged this on From 1 Blogger 2 Another.

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  • mistermuse 12:01 am on June 25, 2017 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , Amelia Earhart, D.B. Cooper, egotist, famous disappearances, , , James Hoffa, , , Virginia Dare,   


    Bridge is a trick-taking game using a standard 52 card deck. –Wikipedia

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    I don’t play bridge, but in perusing last Thursday morning’s newspaper, I couldn’t help noticing this headline atop the daily bridge column: DISAPPEARING TRUMP TRICK.

    Given the kind of column it is, I might’ve known what I hoped for was too good to be true. Let’s face it: the notion of learning how to make America’s Look-at-me President magically disappear is a bridge too far. As for voluntarily leaving office at the prospect of obstruction of justice charges, Donald Trump may be a master at the game of evasion, but a disappearing act isn’t in the cards anytime soon; he’s too addicted to tweeting/hearing himself talk. At times, one wonders where his lips shtick comes from: an out-of-control ventriloquist, or from being an egocentric blowhard & shameless con man (for the record, the word dummy appears in the bridge column six times…but I vote for choice #2).

    Actually, it wouldn’t be unprecedented for an American President to disappear. Remember Jimmy Hoffa, ex-(in more ways than one)President of America’s largest union, The International Brotherhood of Teamsters? He was last seen in the parking lot of a suburban Detroit restaurant on July 30, 1975 — the day he was to meet with Mafia bosses Anthony Giacalone and Anthony Provenzano. He hasn’t been heard from since.

    Speaking of a restaurant (not where one of the above two CEOs of their respective fiefdoms was last seen), do you remember this commercial?

    In the case of Hoffa, the question isn’t “Where’s the beef?”, but “Where’s the Chief?” Two weeks before his disappearance, the feds discovered that hundreds of millions of dollars had disappeared from the Teamster’s largest pension fund. Hoffa’s remains remain unfound, although the FBI has checked out numerous tips: under a section of the now-demolished Giants Stadium in New Jersey; in the concrete foundation of Detroit’s Renaissance Center; under a horse barn or backyard swimming pool in Michigan; a swamp in Florida; a vacant lot 20 miles north of that last scene Detroit restaurant  — seemingly everywhere but under Trump Tower in Manhattan (no tip to the FBI intended).

    There have been many other mysterious disappearances in American history (Ambrose Bierce, D.B. Cooper, Virginia Dare, Amelia Earhart, etc.), but I say none is more mysterious than the above….or my real name isn’t James Riddle Hoffa.

    • scifihammy 7:05 am on June 25, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      Hi James! 🙂
      It is a pity a few more politicians don’t just disappear.

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      • mistermuse 7:22 am on June 25, 2017 Permalink | Reply

        Hi yourself, Sci! BTW, I didn’t make up the middle name of James RIDDLE Hoffa (you can look it up)!

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        • scifihammy 8:05 am on June 25, 2017 Permalink

          I seem to vaguely remember there was a US President (?) who went swimming on his own in the ocean – and disappeared. Another Riddle perhaps? 🙂

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    • mistermuse 8:35 am on June 25, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      I’m not aware of a US President who went swimming and disappeared. Perhaps it was some other country’s President.


    • Margarita 12:22 pm on June 25, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      There is something to be said for a steady and methodical disappearance. Meanwhile, it behooves us to pay attention to what the professional politicians are doing and keep the apprentice in his place. 😉 xoM

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      • mistermuse 5:36 pm on June 25, 2017 Permalink | Reply

        Perhaps someone will invent a time machine and make Trump disappear back to Wild West days as a red (rather than orange) man having to communicate via smoke signals rather than middle-of-the-night tweets. It would still be mostly hot air, but at least if he did it at 3 a.m., nobody would see what he was saying.

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    • Carmen 1:20 pm on June 25, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      Looking for Jimmy Hoffa from the Observation Post. ..hmmm. . . 🙂

      I agree with you, however, that there’s no chance Trump’s going anywhere. His motto seems to be, “Attention to my misbehaviour is still attention – I want it all!

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    • Skipah 11:07 pm on June 25, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      D.B. Cooper is still the most fascinating thing in history. Did he live? How Hoffa has never been found this many years later tells me that there isn’t nothing to find. There is no body to find, he was fed to a gator or ran through a wood chipper!

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      • mistermuse 10:01 am on June 26, 2017 Permalink | Reply

        Shipah, I think you’re right, in the sense that there’s no doubt that Hoffa didn’t survive his disappearance, but we don’t know if D.B. Cooper survived his (of even if that’s his real name). Still, the fact that Hoffa’s remains (if any) have never been found is fascinating in itself.


      • literaryeyes 8:46 pm on June 26, 2017 Permalink | Reply

        I’d say what I’ve heard happened, but I won’t because I don’t want to disappear too.

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        • mistermuse 9:40 pm on June 26, 2017 Permalink

          I was going to say you can trust me with what you heard, Mary, because I wouldn’t tell a soul….but on second thought, those who are concerned about their soul aren’t the ones you have to worry about. 😦


    • Ricardo 1:10 am on June 26, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      I, too, want to see Trump disappear, Sr. Muse.I don’t think it’s going to happen. But if he suffered a heart attack at the frenzied height of one of his rallies, that would be just as good. Think of that happening. It’ll help you sleep better at night.

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      • mistermuse 10:05 am on June 26, 2017 Permalink | Reply

        Well, I wouldn’t go that far, Ricardo. Rather than a heart attack, I’d settle for an impeachment that removes him from office. That would make him the one thing he can’t abide — a LOSER.


    • Don Frankel 5:50 am on June 26, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      Geez Muse you seem to be one of the few Trump haters who figured out that he’s just not going to leave office after the next nasty article or unhinged hissy fit by some celebrity or Talking Head. Congratulations!

      BTW the Presidential succession is Vice President, Speaker of the House, President of the Senate, Sec of State, Sec of the Treasury, Sec of Defense and the rest of the Presidential cabinet. It never gets to the losing candidate from the other party unless that person also happens to be in the line of succession. Like losing VP candidate Boy Scout Ryan.

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      • mistermuse 9:51 am on June 26, 2017 Permalink | Reply

        Don, you classify me as a Trump hater, but as someone who was raised Catholic, I was taught to hate the sin, not the sinner. In like manner, I despise a lot of what Trump says and does, but I see him as someone who can’t help himself, almost like a drug addict (except that most drug addicts are probably aware of what they’re doing to themselves — I think Trump is too narcissistic to see himself as others see him). In short, he’s more to be pitied than hated.

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      • literaryeyes 8:50 pm on June 26, 2017 Permalink | Reply

        It’s true the V.P. would be next in line, etc. and I think Trump is preferable to cruel men with amiable smiles. At least we know the truth about him because he can’t help telling us.

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        • mistermuse 10:03 pm on June 26, 2017 Permalink

          Perhaps Trump can’t help telling the truth about himself; unfortunately, everything else he says has to be taken with a towering grain of salt. Not that they’re lies — they’re just “alternative facts.”


    • linnetmoss 7:13 am on June 26, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      I have entertained the thought that he will indeed disappear because all of this is actually a big hoax, and Donald Trump is nothing more than a Saturday Night Live sketch. One of their more outrageous efforts…

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    • mistermuse 10:15 am on June 26, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      The Donald is a hoax, all right, but a hoax of a President. Still, about a third of the country loves him, so it seems it’s not all that hard to take a lot of people in. As P.T. Barnum (supposedly) said, “There’s a sucker born every minute.” Well, maybe not suckers, but I can’t think of a more apt description at the moment.

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