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  1. hen Feb 1, 2024

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    Well I had to google that;

    Sidereal time is based on when the vernal equinox passes the upper meridian. This takes approximately 4 minutes less than a solar day. Sidereal time is useful to astronomers because any object crosses the upper meridian when the local sidereal time is equal to the object's right ascension.

    I just have to Google half this answer then maybe I might have an idea of what the h... this is about. ::confused2::
     
  2. MRC Feb 1, 2024

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    Doh! Sidereal time is for star-sighting, not sun-sighting. I learned a bit of the theory but never practiced it :whistling:
     
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  3. Duracuir1 Never Used A Kodak Feb 2, 2024

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    Something I learned today. Our local bookstore is huge and contains new and old stock, plus a great deal of ephemera. I can spend hours looking at old post cards.

    Today I found some with Lockeed Constellation airliners. I was curious about finding if there was a link between the planes and the Omegas.

    I learned it here on OF and most of you are likely already aware. Here is a screenshot of a post by @PlainVanilla

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    And here some info about the planes and the watches.

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    And finally, photos of the old postcards.

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    and one that is unrelated but still very cool.

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    Posted for your enjoyment and for the member who like me, may not have known about these Connies.
     
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  4. Omegafanman Feb 3, 2024

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    This might help ……

    https://omegaforums.net/threads/3-m...ome-dead-reckoning.138286/page-9#post-1975492
     
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  5. JimInOz Melbourne Australia Feb 3, 2024

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    Found some old videos that showed my role in an earlier life, I was a 75 Squadron "Gunnie", these clips are 3 Squadron RAAF at Butterworth Air Base Malaysia 1987.

    Note the working dress.

     
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  6. DoctorEvil Feb 3, 2024

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    Thanks for sharing. I'm guessing that sunburn and skin cancer weren't such a big worry back then :eek:
    These days I think the Air Force makes you cover up, lest they be sued years down the track for breaching OH&S.

    PS- Hope the video brought back good memories.
     
  7. hen Feb 3, 2024

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    Great working uniforms! At the same time I was freezing my a.. off at 69 degrees north as a crash and rescue on Andenes air base. The P3B Orion was stationed there during the cold war. Polar dark winters, storms that blew the tarmac of the roads, I could have swapped that for sun burn in Malaysia.
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  8. Archer Omega Qualified Watchmaker Feb 3, 2024

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    Even back in 1984 a sunburn was considered a self inflicted wound...at least here it was...
     
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  9. JimInOz Melbourne Australia Feb 4, 2024

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    Was back then too. You could actually be charged for it (loss of pay etc).

    Fifteen minutes of intense activity in tropical humidity and sun made it almost impossible to wear a T shirt (or jocks) .
    I remember cranking gunpacks back up into the aircraft, you couldn't stand upright so bent at nearly at 90º the sweat used to run off my chin in an almost continuous stream.

    As soon as the re-arm was done we could retire to shade in the tent on the side of the strip and consume great amounts of water and salt tablets and wait for the birds to come home and do it again.

    So we weren't exposed for extremely lengthy periods, but we were always aware of sun burn and dehydration and took steps to manage it.
     
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  10. SpeedyPhill Founder Of Aussie Cricket Blog Mark Waugh Universe Feb 4, 2024

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    Another interesting Rolex GMT-master "Pepsi" pilot watch story :
    Record 1961 Trans-Atlantic flight SAC Convair B-58 "The FireFly"
    I have a handwritten letter of Major William Polhemus in which he mentioned one of his forefathers was "Burgermister of Ghent" in the year 1310 !
    #MoonwatchUniverse #SAC #USAF
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    https://www.rolexmagazine.com/2024/02/b-58-hustler-rolex-gmt-master-1675.html
     
  11. Ascalon Feb 4, 2024

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    Great post!

    Funnily enough, while taking my son to the doctor for a check up on a broken foot, the doc remarked on my Speedie.

    He said that his dad had one when he flew Connies transatlantic, back in the day.

    He said he had never seen one since. I told him what it was and that it was still possible to get one, and despite being a consultant, he somewhat blanched at the price!
     
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  12. Dash1 Feb 10, 2024

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    I saw this brass sculpture in a local antique shop last week. I’m not sure it’s based on a production aircraft, but it looks nice. Price was £45 which seems very reasonable, but I must resist as I have far too many dust catchers already.
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  13. DoctorEvil Feb 10, 2024

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    Looks almost like an Avro Vulcan. Reckon it'll look good on a desk or a mantelpiece once it's properly polished up :thumbsup:
     
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  14. SpeedyPhill Founder Of Aussie Cricket Blog Mark Waugh Universe Feb 10, 2024

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    YouTube David Harpers' Antiques TV!

    The watch that DEFENDED BRITIAN’S AIRSPACE in 1940

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    Longines 2916/40
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  15. Alpha Kilt Owner, Beagle Parent, Omega Collector Feb 10, 2024

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    Almost guaranteed that I will have posted my Waltham Aircraft clock at some point in the past but here we are again ;)

    Mounted in my motorhome :)

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  16. 64Wing Feb 10, 2024

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    On the way home from Chicago last evening 1000028024.jpg
     
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  17. JimInOz Melbourne Australia Feb 11, 2024

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    I hope this was playing in your headphones on the way home.

     
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  18. JimInOz Melbourne Australia Feb 11, 2024

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    Which is good, but not as the other "Going Home" sent to me by my Sis a couple of years ago.
    Although MKs version is more suited to just heading home temporarily.

    Here's my favourite, done here by kids.

    I think I'll get the hangers on to play it as they cast my flaming boat toward the setting sun.

     
  19. 64Wing Feb 11, 2024

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    I rarely listen to music while I fly. Between monitoring the sounds of my ship, handling comms, and answering questions from the space cadet next to me about what we're going to do about descending through the icing layer, the headset would've just kept music pretty much muted anyhow :p
     
  20. SpeedyPhill Founder Of Aussie Cricket Blog Mark Waugh Universe Feb 14, 2024

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