Monday, April 24, 2017
Thursday, April 20, 2017
Wednesday, April 19, 2017
As noted by the National World War II Museum, seventy-five years ago yesterday, Lt. Col. James Doolittle led a flight of 16 B-25 Mitchell bombers off the flight deck of the USS Hornet in the western Pacific. Their destination? Tokyo. This mission was the first aerial bombing attack on Japanese territory after the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor in December 1941. It was also the first attempt to launch medium bombers off the deck of an aircraft carrier. Of the 16 planes on the mission, one landed in Russia, and the others crash landed or the crews bailed out over China. Although the attack did little physical damage, the impact on both the American and Japanese morale was significant. Three days after the mission launched, President Roosevelt responded to a reporter's question that the raiders were launched from a secret base in "Shangri-La," a fictional Tibetan monastery featured in the book and movie Lost Horizon.
Tuesday, April 18, 2017
Monday, April 17, 2017
As seen on the Hemmings blog, for a mere $1.1 million, you too can now own what is essentially a brand new, original 1948 Tucker Model 48, a/k/a the Tucker "Torpedo." Tucker only produced 51 of these vehicles before stopping production, and only 47 are known to exist. This 48th vehicle was assembled from authentic Tucker components and a drive train that were either salvaged from other Tuckers or never used.
Friday, April 14, 2017
Since tax time is upon us, Donald Duck returns with his annual income tax message. Walt Disney made this animated short for the U.S. Government to encourage people to save their money so they could pay their income taxes and support the war effort. From the Internet Archive, here is the 1943 animated short, The Spirit Of '43.