Walter C. Williams with Brigadier General Albert Boyd
(1950) Walter C. Williams, (behind airplane model) Head of the National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics High-Speed Flight Research Station at Edwards Air Force Base in California is examining a Northrop X-4 research airplane with Brig. Gen. Albert Boyd, Commander of Edwards Air Force Base. At Edwards, the Air Force Air Material Command ran a brief program on the X-4 during the summer of 1950 before delivering it to the NACA. Data was collected on these 14 flights, so they were logged as NACA test flights. General Boyd made flight number 13. Air Force and NACA pilots completed a total of 82 flights on X-4 #2 (46-677) between August 1950 and September 1953. There are three things that made the Mojave Desert, where Edwards Air Force Base is located, so well suited for flight research. The first was the area’s flying conditions–clear skies with great visibility almost every day of the year. The second was the 44-square-mile Rogers Dry Lake, a natural landing site that General Boyd referred to as "God’s gift to the Air Force." The third was the unpopulated area surrounding the lakebed, which led to fewer complaints about aircraft noise (including sonic booms) than would have occurred in more populated areas. There was also less chance of injury to the surrounding population in the event of an aircraft accident.
Potatoes should be dug without delay
Good dating (and social history) in the posters outside this R.I.C. Barracks at Brookeborough in Co. Fermanagh.
A Department of Agriculture poster warns about Potato Blight and that "potatoes should be dug without delay". Can’t read the last 3 lines (it’s like an eye test), but it starts:
"Every Day the Crop now remains
in the ground ???
? the tubers turning "black"…
A little poster seems to be offering a £1 Reward for a Bull Calf (and while we’re talking about animals, there’s a spaniel? relaxing on the windowsill).
A poster between two of the constables is advertising militia training. Think the poster on the right is also for militia training and it looks as if Royal Innis… is the start of Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers? May be able to date this poster by S.G. Roe who signed the proclamation. Also God Save The King plus E.R. at the top means Edward VII was in power, so this one is definitely 1901-1910.
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