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Day 248

I drove for Avis on Wednesday up to the Kalispell Airport.  There is a new bridge being built in Hungry Horse.

None of us could remember when it started.  But it was at least two years ago they began cutting trees along the highway.

I hope they manage to finish it soon…

~Curtis in /\/\onTana! {!-{P

Day 247

I drove for Avis on Wednesday…Glacier National Park was as clear as it has been in over a month!  Most of the forest fire smoke has blown away.  On this side.

~Curtis in /\/\onTana! {!-{>

Day 246

More Motorcycle camper!

The sleeper from the end.

A detail of the end.

Looking the other way.

The view from within.

The overall look.  As you can see there is a small problem: the roof sags.  I will need to put in another 2×2 support lengthwise and across each end.  The ends will make it easy to tie this all together with a couple of wing nuts and bolts so the whole thing doesn’t disassemble on me.

So a few more mechanical bits and then sand, fill and paint!

Oh, and I need to register it too at some point before I go!

~Curtis in /\/\onTana! {!-{>

Day 245

More Motorcycle camper!

So it is starting to take shape.  The roof swings out and then you raise the ends to support it.


Now you can see how it looks, for those who didn’t understand my exquisitely hand drawn 3D plans!

From the back end.

From the front.

~Curtis in /\/\onTana! {!-{>

Day 244

More Motorcycle camper!

One minor little problem I hadn’t foreseen.  That sheet of plywood inside the lid unfolds to form the roof.  Or it would if it was about 3 inches narrower…

So, take the lid off and cut it to fit.

The top/lid without the roof section.

Then all back together and it will swing open now!

~Curtis in /\/\onTana! {!-{>

Day 243

More Motorcycle camper!

Something to remember when building a camper trailer:  Put the jacks/stabilizers on FIRST.

Otherwise you end up doing strange things to get them on.

Kind of an interesting photo though.  You don’t want to see this angle while riding, however.

The trailer top, vertical.

Bike and trailer.

Jacks jacked.

~Curtis in /\/\onTana! {!-{>

Day 242

My friend Jim took my old boss Vance and I out to the Air Museum at Malmstrom AFB, MT.  Here is some of what we saw.

The top side of an ICBM reentry guidance module.

The bottom side.

A launch control console.  This is where the two guys sit underground.  Waiting.

An ICBM reentry vehicle (where the warhead is).

A map of the four Missile Squadrons (now three) at Malmstrom AFB.  It takes five hours to get from one end to the other.

On a good day.  When the weather is good.  When it isn’t it can be impossible to go from one end to the other.

But they have been manned for 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, since 1962!

“The 10th Strategic Missile Squadron (SMS) was activated on 1 November 1961 and Alpha-01, the first launch control facility, was completed in July 1962. The first Minuteman I ICBM arrived on base by rail 23 July 1962. Just four days after the missile’s arrival, Launch Facility Alpha-09 gained the title of the first Minuteman missile site.”


It is a really nice museum.  I hope to get back and take more outside photos of the airplanes and other stuff they have.

~Curtis in /\/\onTana! {!-{>

Day 241

My friend Jim took my old boss Vance and I out to the Air Museum at Malmstrom AFB, MT.  Here is some of what we saw.

This is one of the radar consoles Jim sat at watching the skies.

Why a train at an Air Force Museum?

In 1960 they considered basing some of the Minuteman ICBMs on rails to make it harder for the Soviets to hit them.

The trials were successful but they decided ground-based missile silos were a better (and cheaper!) idea.  They looked to revive this idea in the late 1970s or early 1980s but it was too expensive and interfered with civilian rail transportation too much.  As I recall the Soviets also studied this but it never went into full production.

~Curtis in /\/\onTana! {!-{>


Day 240

My friend Jim took my old boss Vance and I out to the Air Museum at Malmstrom AFB, MT.  Here is some of what we saw.

A cabinet full of old “consumer goods” as we call them now.  The hangers in the photo in the top of the cabinet was still here when I got here in 1985.

East Base was a major training center after WWII for the Berlin Airlift!

The little text plaque at the bottom.

The job of the Montana Air National Guard was to intercept Soviet bombers.  That white missile on the left is what they did it with:  An nuclear air-to-air missile!  The orange and white one is “normal”…

~Curtis in /\/\onTana! {!-{>


Day 239

My friend Jim took my old boss Vance and I out to the Air Museum at Malmstrom AFB, MT.  Here is some of what we saw.

The Norden Bomb Sight.  This was so Top Secret the bombardiers had to destroy it before they bailed out…after WWII they were surplus junk that sold for pennies…

This is the few of “East Base” as Malmstrom AFB was called in WWII.  I don’t know about the Japanese plane, but all those Russian/USSR marked planes are correct.  East Base was THE major Lend-Lease hub for transferring aircraft and other stuff to Russia.  A little over 8,000 planes went through here in WWII!

A typical WWII flight suit.

WWII quarters.  It must be an officer’s: there is only one bed!

~Curtis in /\/\onTana! {!-{>