Monthly Archives: May 2013

Another Sistine Chapel truth

Another artistic truth etched in the Sistine Chapel ceiling: “When will it be done?” growled the Pope. “When it’s finished, [expletive unspoken],” replied Michelangelo. [A joke cribbed from a manuscript I’m reading.]

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The Hindenburg Disaster

Moon Chin, one of China’s Wings main supporting characters, told me about the huge impression seeing the Graf Zeppelin over Baltimore made on him when he was a boy. Here’s an incredible run of Hindenburg photos published on The Atlantic’s … Continue reading

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Eurasia Ju-52 at Chungking’s Sanhupa Airport

Superb photo that shows one of Eurasia’s Ju-52s. The man who brought it to my attention asked if I thought it was taken at Chungking’s Sanhupa Airport, a cobblestone airport built on a Yangtze sandbar below the city. Comparing the hills in the background of this photo with one I know was taken at Sanhupa, I think it’s a definite confirmation. What do you think? Continue reading

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