“Oh! I have slipped the surly bonds of EarthPilot Officer John Gillespie Magee Jr. – Killed 11 December 1941 (age 19)
And danced the skies on laughter-silvered wings;
climbed,and joined the tumbling mirth
of sun-split clouds, — and done a hundred things
You have not dreamed of — wheeled and soared and swung
High in the sunlit silence. Hov’ring there,
I’ve chased the shouting wind
my eager craft through footless halls of air
Up, up the long, delirious, burning blue
I’ve topped the wind-swept heights with easy grace.
lark,or even eagle flew —
And, while with
silent, lifting mind I’ve trod
untrespassedsanctity of space,
– Put out my hand, and touched the face of God.”
One More Thing
midway512 – The Oberg Color Film Footage of Pearl Harbor – December 7, 1941
This short documentary tells the story of Harold & Eda Oberg, & the film footage they recorded of the Pearl Harbor attack on December 7, 1941. The couple captured shots during & after the attack on Hickam Army Airfield.
Geek Squad employees are IT Technicians just as Taco Bell employees are Chefs.”Random YouTube Guy
Clarence Leonard Johnson
February 27, 1910 – December 21, 1990 (aged 80)
KISS – Keep It Simple StupidClarence “Kelly” Johnson
Clarence “Kelly” Johnson, founder of Lockheed’s famed Skunk Works is sometimes cited as the originator of the KISS principle, and his famed “down-to-brass-tacks” management style was summed up by his motto, “Be quick, be quiet, and be on time.” He ran the Skunk Works by “Kelly’s 14 Rules”:
- The Skunk Works manager must be delegated practically complete control of his program in all aspects. He should report to a division president or higher.
- Strong but small project offices must be provided both by the military and industry.
- The number of people having any connection with the project must be restricted in an almost vicious manner. Use a small number of good people (10% to 25% compared to the so-called normal systems).
- A very simple drawing and drawing release system with great flexibility for making changes must be provided.
- There must be a minimum number of reports required, but important work must be recorded thoroughly.
- There must be a monthly cost review covering not only what has been spent and committed but also projected costs to the conclusion of the program. Don’t have the books 90 days late, and don’t surprise the customer with sudden overruns.
- The contractor must be delegated and must assume more than normal responsibility to get good vendor bids for subcontract on the project. Commercial bid procedures are very often better than military ones.
- The inspection system as currently used by the Skunk Works, which has been approved by both the Air Force and Navy, meets the intent of existing military requirements and should be used on new projects. Push more basic inspection responsibility back to subcontractors and vendors. Don’t duplicate so much inspection.
- The contractor must be delegated the authority to test his final product in flight. He can and must test it in the initial stages. If he doesn’t, he rapidly loses his competency to design other vehicles.
- The specifications applying to the hardware must be agreed to well in advance of contracting. The Skunk Works practice of having a specification section stating clearly which important military specification items will not knowingly be complied with and reasons, therefore, is highly recommended.
- Funding a program must be timely so that the contractor doesn’t have to keep running to the bank to support government projects.
- There must be mutual trust between the military project organization and the contractor with very close cooperation and liaison on a day-to-day basis. This cuts down misunderstanding and correspondence to an absolute minimum.
- Access by outsiders to the project and its personnel must be strictly controlled by appropriate security measures.
- Because only a few people will be used in engineering and most other areas, ways must be provided to reward good performance by pay not based on the number of personnel supervised.
Johnson had a 15th rule that he passed on by word of mouth. According to the book “Skunk Works,” the 15th rule is: “Starve before doing business with the damned Navy. They don’t know what the hell they want and will drive you up a wall before they break either your heart or a more exposed part of your anatomy.”
Kelly Johnson Talks About His Greatest Creation the SR-71
If you think it’s expensive to hire a professional to do the job, wait till you hire an amateur.Red Adair – Wild Well Control
Computers aren’t the thing. They are the thing that gets us to the thing.Joe MacMillan – Halt and Catch Fire (HCF)
“At least it should explode for a different reason.”Elon Musk
I come from an environment where, if you see a snake, you kill it. At GM, if you see a snake, the first thing you do is go hire a consultant on snakes.H. Ross Perot
“Simplicity is the Ultimate Sophistication”Leonardo de Vinci