Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Short S23 Empire Flying Boat 'Canopus'


The first such aircraft of Imperial Airways, shown here in a 1936 brochure in the Middle East before services had actually commenced.  These departed from the coast off Southampton, England. See earlier posts.

'Locomotive Study' art


By Frank Vietor (1919-2006).  Much of his art was set in his home state of Indiana.

the 'Navua' ship from 1955


Seen in Wellington, a cargo ship of the Union Steam Ship Company, built in Leith shipyards, Scotland.
Length 250 ft (76.2 metres)
Capacity: 1,952 grt
Propulsion: Single prop from a 5 Cylinder Sulzer 1500 hp engine

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Sunday, June 28, 2015

1968 DAF 33 van

Muslim beheads his boss in an attack on a French gas factory


On the same day that two ISIS sympathizers shot 39 tourists on a beach in Tunisia, a delivery man with known Islamist connections beheaded his boss and left the body, daubed with Arabic writing, at the site of a U.S.-owned gas factory in southeast France before trying to blow up the complex.

The assailant rammed his delivery van into a warehouse containing gas canisters, triggering an initial explosion, and was arrested minutes later as he tried to open canisters containing flammable chemicals, prosecutors said on Friday.

Police found the head of the victim, the 54-year-old manager of the transport firm that employed the suspect, dangling from a fence.

"The head was discovered hanging on the factory's wire fence, framed by two flags that included references to the shahada, or (Muslim) profession of faith," Paris public prosecutor Francois Molins told a news conference.

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