Tuesday, May 6, 2014

A Ticklish Affair

After I got down to safety, my mother forced me to watch this old dumb movie called "A Ticklish Affair". The funny thing was I loved it...



It had a kid about my age who floated away on a bunch of balloons. In the movie they had to call out the Navy to follow him as he floated out to see. Boy, was his mother scared.... I guess my mother was too!

I won't tell you any more. You will just have to watch the movie to find out what happens to him!

~Max

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Lawn Chair Larry Walters

After I took my amazing flight, my friend told me about Lawn Chair Larry. He said he floated around with a bunch of balloons, a BB gun, a lawn chair, and a cooler. My friend also told me he got a honorable mention in the Darwin Awards on the account that he did not die.



Walters had always dreamed of flying, but was unable to become a pilot in the United States Air Force because of his poor eyesight. He was my age when he got this idea. His intention was to attach a few helium-filled weather balloons to his lawn chair, cut the anchor, and then float above his backyard at a height of about 30 feet (9.1 m) for several hours. He planned to use a pellet gun to burst balloons to float gently to the ground.



In 1982, Walters purchased 45 eight-foot weather balloons and obtained some helium tanks . He used a forged requisition from his employer, FilmFair Studios, saying the balloons were for a TV commercial. Walters attached the balloons to his lawn chair, filled them, put on a parachute, and strapped himself into the chair in the backyard of a home at 1633 W. 7th St. in San Pedro. He took his pellet gun, a CB radio, sandwiches, cold beer, and a camera. His friends cut the cord that tied his lawn chair to his Jeep and he zoomed to about 15,000 feet. At first, he did not dare shoot any balloons, fearing that he might unbalance the load and cause himself to spill out. He slowly drifted over Long Beach and crossed the primary approach corridor of Long Beach Airport. I had the same problem over Logan Airport outside of Boston...



He was in contact with REACT, a Citizen band radio monitoring organization, who recorded their conversation:
REACT: What information do you wish me to tell [the airport] at this time as to your location and your difficulty?
Larry: Ah, the difficulty is, ah, this was an unauthorized balloon launch, and, uh, I know I'm in a federal airspace, and, uh, I'm sure my ground crew has alerted the proper authority. But, uh, just call them and tell them I'm okay.
 
 

After 45 minutes in the sky, he shot several balloons, and then accidentally dropped his pellet gun overboard. He descended slowly, until the balloons' dangling cables got caught in a power line, causing a 20-minute blackout in a Long Beach neighborhood. Walters was able to climb to the ground. 
 I always had dreams in which I could fly by waving my feet. I would float up and slowly glide down. At times I would be afraid that I might hit the power lines, so I would flap my feet some more and hope I did it in time to raise over them. Oh boy, Larry actually hit them and lived...

In my amazing adventure, I seen Larry flying above Beverly on his second flight. It was cool seeing him up there with the Hood Balloon above him. Something no one will ever see again, and I was there!



~Max

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Dreamworks Logo Boy Hanging to Balloons

Welcome back to my blog about balloons, rocket ships, airplanes, space travel, Star Wars, sci-fi, and everything about flying! Today we will look at two versions of the DreamWorks logo where the kid in the moon flies up on balloons. One is the official version, the other, humorous.





Well which one did you like better? Tell me below. Also there are other parodies, share your favorites.

~Max

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15 of My Favorite Rocket Ships from the Movies

Welcome back to my blog about balloons, rocket ships, airplanes, space travel, Star Wars, sci-fi, and everything about flying! Here are my 15 favorite ships from TV and big screen sci-fi movies of all time! Some were my father's favorites too.
USS Kelvin from Star Trek Reboot
Romulan Bird of Prey
Klingon Bird of Prey
Taxi Fifth Element
Fifth Element Junk
Black Hole ship
Gunship Last Starfighter
Eagle from Space 1999
Viper from Battlestar Galactica 
Cylon ship from Battle Star Galactica
War Hawk from Buck Rogers
Starfighter from Buck Rogers
Phoenix from battle of the Planets
Gatchaman Unifive-Gorenger-Varidorin
Yamato from Star Blazers
Now weren't they cool! Hey, post your favorites below!

~Max
 
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F4U Corsair in the Movie Planes!

Welcome back to my blog about balloons, rocket ships, airplanes, space travel, Star Wars, sci-fi, and everything about flying! Today is only a shout out though. Just thought it was cool that Skipper who trains the young crop duster to become a racing plane was  my favorite airplane, a Voight FU4 Corsair!!!


 ~Max

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The History of Early Flight!

Welcome back to my blog about balloons, rocket ships, airplanes, space travel, Star Wars, sci-fi, and everything about flying! OK, lets go through the history of all the people nuttier than me who flew in less conventional ways...

  •  1st century AD, Wang Mang tried to recruit a specialist scout, a man binding himself with bird feathers is claimed to have glided about 100 meters.
  •  Seventh century AD, It is said that at one time there was a Japanese law against man-carrying kites.
  • 852 AD, when Armen Firman made a jump in Cordoba, Spain, reportedly covering his body with vulture feathers and attaching two wings to his arms.His lack of tail feathers got him a bad back upon landing though.
  •  1010 AD Eilmer of Malmesbury, an English monk, flew from the tower of Malmesbury Abbey in a primitive glider. Eilmer was said to have flown over 200 yards  before landing, breaking both his legs. He forgot a tail feather too...
  •  1783, Joseph and Etienne Montgolfier were the first men to attempt to fly a hot air balloon. It took off from the center of Paris and flew for 20 minutes. King Louis XVI suggested using condemned prisoners as pilots but the brothers persuaded him otherwise. the Chinese would punish you by sticking you to a man carrying kite too... I did not think t was that bad?
  •  1884, the first fully controllable free flight of a blimp was made by Charles Renard and Arthur
    Constantin Krebs in a French Army electric-powered airship, La France.
  •  1848,  Sir George Cayley had progressed far enough to construct a glider in the form of a triplane large and safe enough to carry a child. A local boy was chosen but his name is not known. I guess I was not the youngest to fly without a plane...
  •  1856, Frenchman Jean-Marie Le Bris made the first flight higher than his point of departure, by having his glider "L'Albatros artificiel" pulled by a horse on a beach. He reportedly achieved a height of 100 meters, over a distance of 200 meters.
  •  1871, Alphonse Pénaud flew the first aerodynamically stable fixed-wing aeroplane, a model monoplane he called the "Planophore", a distance of 131 ft.
  •  1884, Alexander Mozhaiski constructed a steam-powered monoplane driven by one large tractor and two smaller pusher propellers. It was launched from a ramp and remained airborne for 98 ft.
  •  1896, Langley's Aerodrome No. 5 made the first successful sustained flight of an unpiloted, engine-driven heavier-than-air craft of substantial size.
  •  1905, Wilbur Wright flew 24 miles (39 km) in 39 minutes 23 seconds.
So I was not that crazy! The truth be told, my flying was accidental.


~Max

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Some of Max Teller's Favorite Flying Things, Flash Gordon Memorabilia

Welcome back to my blog about balloons, rocket ships, airplanes, space travel, Star Wars, sci-fi, and everything about flying! In today's blog I am going to share with you my favorite Flash Gordon stuff. Here are my favorite rocket ships, Hawkmen, and ray guns from the classic Saturday morning T.V. show my Grandfather watched when he was my age.
A flying Hawkmen from Flash Gordon that resembles a Viking. One of Max Teller's favorite flying things. www.salemhousepress.com
This is one of Max Teller's favorite flying things, a Flash Gordon rocket ship model. www.salemhousepress.com One of Max Teller's favorite flying things, a Flash Gordon rocket ship toy. wwww.salemhousepress.com
Not exactly a Flash Gordon rocket ship, but similar. Still it is one of Max Teller's favorite flying things. www.salemhousepress.com
One of Max Teller's favorite Flash Gordon toys. www.salemhousepress.com
One of Max Teller's favorite Flash Gordon toys, a tin ray gun. www.salemhousepress.com
One of Max Teller's favorite flying thing from the Flash Gordon T.V. show, the rocket ship. www.salemhousepress.com
Why don't you share with me your favorite rocket ships from the 50's and up. Post them below! I would love to see them!
-Max

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My Favorite Rocket Ships of the 50's

Welcome back to my blog about balloons, rocket ships, airplanes, space travel, Star Wars, sci-fi, and everything about flying! In this blog we will talk about rocket ships from the 50's.
Here are some pictures of my favorite toys..


Now How Cool Are They. 
I wish these toys were still around when I was young enough to play with toys. I am too sophisticated for them now. But, on the off chance you might have any of them, can I come and play with them?

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The History of Hot Air Ballooning

Well I'm not the first to float around attached to a balloon. Welcome back to my blog about balloons, rocket ships, airplanes, space travel, Star Wars, sci-fi, and everything about flying! Though, I might of had the most fun! So lets look at its history!

  • Brazilian priest Bartolomeu de Gusmão on August 8, 1709, in Lisbon, made a small hot-air balloon of paper with a fire burning beneath it, lifting it about 13 ft in front of king John V and the Portuguese court.
  • On the 19th September 1783 Pilatre De Rozier launched the first hot air balloon called 'Aerostat Reveillon' with a duck and a rooster.  It stayed in the air for 15 minutes before crashing.
  • Joseph and Etienne Montgolfier were the first men to attempt 2 months later on 21st November. It took off from the center of Paris and flew for 20 minutes.
  • Two years later in 1785  Jean Pierre Blanchard and his American co pilot John Jefferies became the first to fly across the English Channel.
  • This same year Pilatre de Rozier (the world's first balloonist) was killed in crossing the channel. His balloon exploded half an hour after takeoff because he used a hydrogen balloon and hot air balloon tied together that went kaboom!
  • Then on January 7th 1793 Jean Pierre Blanchard became the first to fly a hot air balloon in North America. George Washington witnessed the event.
  • August of 1932 Swiss scientist Auguste Piccard was the first to fly to the Stratosphere. He reached a 52,498 feet. Afterwards altitude records continued to be set and broken every couple of months.
  • In 1935 a new record was set and it lasted for the next 20 years. The balloon Explorer 2, a gas helium
    model reached an altitude of 72,395 feet (13.7 miles)! It was proven that we could survive in a pressurized chamber at high altitudes. This paved the way for future space exploration.
  • In 1960 Captain Joe Kittinger parachuted  from a balloon that was at a height of 102,000 feet. It also beat the high altitude parachute record. His body broke the sound barrier!!!
I remember an episode of Connections in which a scientist sent  two men up in a balloon using a  high-altitude oxygen system which used a vacuum flask of liquid oxygen to supply them for one hour at 15,000 feet in 1919. Only one chose to trust the device and only one man came back to the ground alive... Go figure!

~Max

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Flying Into Space on Virgin Galactic!

How cool is that. Sir Richard Branson and Virgin Airlines is creating a space port and a rocket ship to blast us off to space! Check out their website! Its like Buck Rogers, but for real!


Here are also some of my favorite Buck Rogers rocket ships!


Now my father says he was not old enough to play with these toys as a kid, but he did say he played with this Buck Rogers ship...


I do not believe him. My father is pretty old....

~Max

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