Saturday, March 8, 2014
Friday, March 7, 2014
Established in 1977, Sea Shepherd Conservation Society (SSCS) is an international non-profit, marine wildlife conservation organization. Their mission is to end the destruction of habitat and slaughter of wildlife in the world's oceans in order to conserve and protect ecosystems and species.
Thursday, March 6, 2014
Wednesday, March 5, 2014
Langlitz Leathers is a family business that was established in 1947 by Ross Langlitz. While they are no longer a basement operation, they stay small to guarantee the quality and personal attention that larger corporations just cannot provide.
Oscar Ribeiro de Almeida Niemeyer Soares Filho, known as Oscar Niemeyer, was a Brazilian architect who is considered to be one of the key figures in the development of modern architecture. Niemeyer was best known for his design of civic buildings for Brasília, a planned city that became Brazil's capital in 1960, as well as his collaboration with other architects on the United Nations Headquarters in New York City. His exploration of the aesthetic possibilities of reinforced concrete was highly influential in the late 20th and early 21st centuries.
Tuesday, March 4, 2014
Fiorello Henry LaGuardia (December 11, 1882 – September 20, 1947) was the 99th Mayor of New York for three terms from 1934 to 1945 as a Republican. Previously he had been elected to Congress in 1916 and 1918, and again from 1922 through 1930. Irascible, energetic, and charismatic, he craved publicity and is acclaimed as one of the three or four greatest mayors in American history.
Monday, March 3, 2014
Sunday, March 2, 2014
Hans Hansson was built in Norway in 1960 for the Norwegian Lifeboat Association as the Rescue Cruiser Skomvaer II. For 25 years she operated in the North Sea and Barents Sea assisting 704 vessels and saving 106 lives. In 1986 Skomvaer II was bought by the Swedish Lifeboat Association and completely refitted. Modifications included extra ice strengthening for operation in the Baltic Sea. In 1988 she was re-launched as Hans Hansson and during the following ten years assisted 243 vessels and rescued 55 people.
Saturday, March 1, 2014
Friday, February 28, 2014
F-105 Thunderchief Pilot Capt. Larry Huggins, Vietnam, 1967
The Republic F-105 Thunderchief was a supersonic fighter-bomber used by the United States Air Force. The Mach 2 capable F-105 conducted the majority of strike bombing missions during the early years of the Vietnam War; it was the only U.S. aircraft to have been removed from combat due to high loss rates. Originally designed as a single-seat, nuclear-attack aircraft, a two-seat Wild Weasel version was later developed for the specialized Suppression of Enemy Air Defenses (SEAD) role against surface-to-air missile sites. The F-105 was commonly known as the "Thud" by its crews.
Thursday, February 27, 2014
Wednesday, February 26, 2014
The Laverda Cup race series was instigated by the company when the Italian government introduced a punitive 35% tax on motorcycles over 500cc in 1977 - just prior to the release of the 500 twin. It was one of the first, if not the first, single model race series and ran from 1978 to 1981. Three batches of Formula bikes were produced, each of 70 bikes - in '78, '79 & '81. The Formula was basically a Alpino S with an upgraded motor which used the S1 race cam, 10.5 to 1 pistons & a close ratio gearbox. Sandcast rear sets and Menani clip-ons were fitted along with the race fairing and seat/tank unit. The removal of all street equipment meant that, despite the additional bodywork, the Formula was 16kg lighter than the standard bike. This 1979 Series II bike is in original condition apart from the extra seat padding. 52hp at 10,000rpm. Wet weight 160kg. Top speed 200kph. Photographed by Phil Aynsley near Vicenza, Italy. 2013. Laverda Corse collection.
Monday, February 17, 2014
Roger De Coster (born 28 August 1944 in Uccle) is a Belgian former world champion motocross racer and current motocross team manager. De Coster's name is almost synonymous with the sport of motocross, winning five 500cc Motocross World Championships during the 1970s and tallying a record 36 500cc Grand Prix victories. His stature is such in the world of motocross that he is often simply referred to as "The Man.