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JP Santiago  Husband • Dad • Physician • Illustrator • Aviation Geek • Dallas/Fort Worth • All shots mine because I took them and licked them

One of the two sentries at the Canadian Tomb of the Unknown Soldier- they are drawn from the Canadian Ceremonial Guard. Historically the Ceremonial Guard were drawn from the two oldest Canadian Army units, the Governor General's Foot Guards of Ottawa and the Canadian Grenadier Guards of Montreal, but since 2007, personnel from the Royal Canadian Air Force, the Royal Canadian Navy, as well as other units of the Canadian Army, can be selected for the Ceremonial Guard.
Each hour on the hour, a Ceremonial Guard non-commissioned officer marches out with a piper and two sentries from Parliament to relieve the current pair of sentries.
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Some of the 22 military figures on the Canadian National War Memorial which sits above the Canadian Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in Confederation Square across the street from the Parliament in Ottawa. Among them is a pilot and mechanic to represent the Royal Canadian Air Force, a sailor from the Royal Canadian Navy, two nurses from the Royal Canadian Army Medical Corps, and even two to represent the Royal Canadian Engineers and Royal Canadian Forestry Corps.
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With today marking the 100th anniversary of the Armistice that ended the First World War, I thought it worth sharing this photo I took back in 2014 in Ottawa of the Canadian National War Memorial and before it flanked by two sentries, the Canadian Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. The sentries do 1 hour watches from 9am-5pm and are from the Canadian Ceremonial Guard, the same unit that provides personnel for the Changing of the Guard at the Canadian Parliament (you can see part of the Parliament building on the left side of my photo). The Ceremonial Guard are from the different branches of the Canadian Armed Forces.
The remains of the Unknown Soldier are from the Battle of Vimy Ridge in France during the First World War- Vimy Ridge is of significant historial significance for Canada as it was the first time four Canadian Army divisions made up of troops from all over Canada, fought successfully as a cohesive formation. From a military standpoint, the Canadian victory at Vimy Ridge is sort of watershed moment for Canada's arrival on the world stage.
Since Vimy Ridge, as a nation, Canada punches well above their fighting weight, so to speak. During the Allied invasion of Normandy on D-Day, one of the five beaches assaulted was the responsibility of the Canadian Army- Juno Beach. Utah and Omaha Beaches were assigned to the US Army, Gold and Sword Beaches were assigned to the British Army. At the end of the Second World War, of the victorious Allied powers, the Canadians had the fourth largest armed forces in the world after the United States, Soviet Union, and Great Britain.
On Veterans Day, it's important to commemorate not just the sacrifice and achievements of the US armed services in history, but also that of allied nations like Canada that have fought alongside our forces towards common goals. Since the Battle of Vimy Ridge, over 115,000 Canadians have given their lives in battle, many in battles alongside American forces.

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Another work in progress- Southwest’s first 737-300, “The Spirit of Kitty Hawk”. The aircraft got its name during planning for the 737-300 inaugural services with Southwest's long time ad agency. Someone noted that compared to the 737-200, the -300 was as swift as a hawk and quiet as a cat. It was then it dawned on them that by luck and coincidence, the launch of commercial services on the 737-300 would take place on December 17, the anniversary of the Wright Brothers' first flight. This is the very same aircraft that is now preserved on display at the Frontiers of Flight Museum at Dallas Love Field.
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N934NN turns onto 18L in preparation for departure at sunset from DFW. There are approximately 304 Boeing 737-800s at American Airlines and they are in two groups based on their inflight entertainment system- the 737-800 “classics” have the older overhead IFE and the newer “enhanced” -800s have seatback IFE. All the 737-800s delivered from 1999 to around September 2013 are in the older group and the ones delivered from December 2013 onward are in the “enhanced” group.
Ships 3AA to 3LB are in the older group. Ship 3LC onward are in the later group. From what I understand, American plans to retire about 45 or so older 737-800s as more 737MAX-8s arrive.
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“Texas Raiders”, a Boeing B-17G Flying Fortress, gets airborne for its flying display at Dallas Executive Airport (the former Redbird Airport). This particular B-17G was built in 1944 by Douglas Aircraft in Long Beach. That’s right- Douglas.
The pressing need for B-17 Flying Fortresses for the strategic bombing campaign against Nazi Germany led to two other companies assisting the war effort to build B-17s- besides Boeing, there was Lockheed’s Vega Division in Burbank and Douglas’s Long Beach Division. The first variant built by all three companies was the B-17F with Douglas building 605 and Lockheed building 500. The improved B-17G was introduced on the production line in July 1943. Douglas would build 2395 G models and Lockheed built 2250. “Texas Raiders” was one of the last 20 B-17Gs built at Long Beach.

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After the Fort Worth Alliance Air Show, I asked my 8 year old what his favorite airplane of the show was, he said it was the Lockheed F-35 Lightning II. "It's SOOOOO LOUD!!!!" he exclaimed.
We got a lucky break that day. The Saturday show was rained out, and the weather cleared just in time on Sunday and the aircraft created huge condensation clouds in the humid rain-soaked air.
The Pratt & Whitney F135 afterburning turbofan engine of the F-35 is the world's most powerful fighter jet engine- that single engine cranks out 43,000 lbs of thrust on the F-35A. To put that in perspective, the F119 engine of the F-22 Raptor generates 35,000 lbs of thrust and the Raptor has two of them- but the F-35's engine is a remarkable feat of engineering, generating more thrust than the Raptor's engine despite being nearly the same size (about 1 foot longer and 150 lbs lighter than the F119 engine of the F-22 Raptor). In bench testing, the F135 engine easily hit 50,000 lbs of thrust. That's astounding, particularly when you consider the massive Rolls Royce Trent engines of American Airlines' Boeing 777s generate 75-93,000 lbs of thrust.
That's what makes the F-35 Lightning so impressively LOUD during its demonstration routine. This was really the first time I'd gotten to experience that roar- friends who work at the Lockheed plant had told me that the F-35 is louder than any other fighter jet, they were NOT kidding!
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Work in progress- Lufthansa’s first Boeing 707-320BAdv and the aircraft that supplanted the 707 in Lufthansa’s overseas routes, the McDonnell Douglas DC-10 Series 30 (it will depict Lufthansa’s first DC-10 as well). #avgeek #aviation #aircraft #planeporn #thechickenworks (follow this tag to see more of my artwork) #Boeing #707 #McDonnellDouglas #Douglas #DC10 #Lufthansa #instaaviation #aviationlovers #flight #Avgeekery #Adobe #Illustrator #aviationart #aviationillustration #IllustratorCC #Avgeekschoolofknowledge

N827AW, one of American Airlines’ Airbus A319s, arrives at sunset at San Antonio International Airport. This particular A319 is one of the 34 A319s that were delivered to America West 1998-2005 before its merger with US Airways.
America West became an Airbus operator in 1990 with the delivery of five A320s on 28 September 1990 that were originally ordered by Braniff II. At the time of the US Airways merger in 2005, America West had 34 A319s and 66 A320s.
America West’s first A319 still flies for American as N801AW.
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N8502Z, one of Southwest’s Boeing 737-800s, gets airborne at Baltimore Washington. Of the 746 Boeing 737s in Southwest’s fleet, 207 of them are the 737-800s with an average age of 3.2 years.
Southwest inaugurated its 737-800 services on 11 April 2012. The first revenue service was SWA 1717 MDW-FLL on N8301J “Warrior One” followed thirty minutes later by N8302F as SWA 653 BWI-RSW.

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Aerobatic pilot Sean D. Tucker’s signature red Oracle Challenger III biplane weighs in at only 1200 lbs but has a souped up 400 hp Lycoming engine! The high power-to-weight ratio makes his biplane one of the most powerful aerobatic piston aircraft on the air show circuit.

The fuselage structure of the Oracle Challenger III flown by Sean D. Tucker is made of aluminum tubing where instead of connectors, each tube is drilled and the next tube inserted and welded, creating a networked series of voids that is then pressurized with nitrogen gas- this is then connected to a pressure gauge in the cockpit- should a crack in the structure develop, the gas pressure drops and Sean D. Tucker is instantly alerted of a problem. With a roll rate of 400 degrees per second and a top speed of 300 mph, such a system lets him monitor the integrity of the structure even in the most punishing of aerobatic maneuvers.

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The iconic Rolls Royce/Packard Merlin of the North American P-51 Mustang also was used as a tank engine as the Rolls Royce Meteor. Since the engine would run on lower grade fuel and weight savings wasn’t critical, the Meteor had an identical engine block to the Merlin but was forged of heavier and cheaper metals than the machined block of the Merlin.
Further weight savings came with the removal of the turbosupercharger which was unnecessary for a tank engine. Many parts were still interchangeable between the Merlin and the Meteor and rejected Merlin parts that lacked the proper tolerances were perfectly useable on the Meteor engine. Until the advent of the Meteor, British tanks were underpowered and unreliable. That all changed with the Meteor engine that despite being the same size as earlier engines, was twice as powerful.
The Cromwell and later Comet series of medium tanks used the Meteor engine and were some of the best British tanks of the Second World War. The Cromwell was the fastest production tank of the war. Some Cromwell crews even disabled the Meteor’s engine governors to extract more speed. While the Merlin ceased production in 1950, the Meteor engine remained in production until 1964.

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