Cape Kennedy Space Center Visit June 2017 Coming to tomswarbirds.com Soon!

May 24th, 2017
by tmszewczuk

NASA Cape Kennedy Space Center Complex

Jun 01, 2017 05:52 PM Kennedy Space Center, Launch Complex 39A Rocket Launch SpaceX Falcon 9 CRS-11

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2017 Reading, PA WWII Weekend Announced

May 24th, 2017
by tmszewczuk

 

 

NEW this year: BELL P-63A-6 “KINGCOBRA”
42-68941

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Rechristening honors Doolittle Raiders 75th anniversary

April 18th, 2017
by tmszewczuk

Becky Thatcher, daughter of the late Doolittle Raider Staff Sgt. David Thatcher, and Tech. Sgt. William Hatten, a 28th Maintenance Squadron dedicated crew chief from Ellsworth Air Force Base, S.D., unveil the newest rendition of the Ruptured Duck artwork during a ceremony April 17, 2017, at Wright-Patterson AFB, Ohio. The original artwork featured a cross-eyed duck, wearing a leather helmet, staring out over crossed crutches. (U.S. Air Force photo/Wesley Farnsworth)

WRIGHT PATTERSON AIR FORCE BASE, OHIO (AFNS) — The 75th anniversary of the Doolittle Tokyo Raiders was commemorated April 17, 2017, at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base as a B-1 Lancer bomber from Ellsworth AFB, South Dakota, was rechristened the “Ruptured Duck”.
New nose art was also unveiled on the B-1 in tribute to a B-25 Mitchell bomber flown during the Doolittle Raid in 1942.

Ellsworth AFB’s 34th and 37th Bomb Squadrons were the same squadrons selected by Lt. Col. James Doolittle to attack the Japanese homefront with hopes of raising the morale of allied troops during World War II.

Attending the noon ceremony, held along the Wright-Patterson AFB flight line, was Richard E. Cole, a retired lieutenant colonel who served as Doolittle’s co-pilot on Crew Number 1. Cole, now 101 years old, is the sole surviving Doolittle Raider. He was joined by his daughter, along with the wife and family of Sgt. David Thatcher, who flew as the engineer/gunner on the Ruptured Duck. Thatcher died in June 2016.

“Tomorrow (April 18), we will celebrate the anniversary of the Doolittle Raid, when Crew Number 7 took off from the deck of the carrier USS Hornet in their Mitchell B-25B bomber along with the 15 other crews comprising the historic mission to bomb Tokyo and four other Japanese cities in retaliation for Japan’s surprise attack (in) December 1941 on Pearl Harbor,” said Jeff Thatcher, David Thatcher’s son.

The newly painted Ruptured Duck nose art was revealed by the Ruptured Duck’s dedicated crew chief, Tech. Sgt. William Hatten and Becky Thatcher, daughter of David Thatcher.

“This action commemorates a single plane of 16, which symbolizes all the men of the Doolittle Raid who flew into an unknown fate and who completed their mission with valor,” said Capt. Devin Ivy, a member of the 28th Operations Support Squadron from Ellsworth AFB, and the event’s emcee. “The crews will fly in the new Ruptured Duck and carry the legacy of all the Doolittle Raider crews into the future as part of the defense of the United States of America.”

“It is with sincere gratitude that I stand before you today accepting this christening of the new Ruptured Duck,” said Col. John Martin, the 28th Operations Group commander at Ellsworth AFB. “What a privilege to stand with the wife and family of Sgt. David Thatcher, (Lt.) Col. Dick Cole and his family – two bomber legends and heroes from an epic point in American wartime folklore.”

Today’s modern Raiders of the 34th and 37th Bomb Squadrons proudly continue that legacy of leadership, he said.
“On the wings of aircraft like the new Ruptured Duck, the 34th and 37th Bomb Squadrons continue to write their own chapters in our nation’s history, leading with valor and punctuating their mark with the emblems of the Raider,” Martin said.

The 75th anniversary of the Doolittle Tokyo Raid is being commemorated with various events April 17 and April 18. For more information, go to www.nationalmuseum.af.mil, www.wpafb.af.mil, www.facebook.com/WPAFB or www.facebook.com/AFMuseum.

 

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2016 Reading, PA WWII Weekend announced

January 19th, 2016
by tmszewczuk

 

These Aircraft are new to the airshow

MESSERSCHMIDT BF-109G

DE HAVILLAND  DH-98 MOSQUITO


NAKAJIMA B5N2 “KATE” (REPLICA)

NORTH AMERICANP-51D “MUSTANG” NEVER MISS’

http://www.maam.org/wwii/images/SCAT-III-OSH16368.jpg

LOCKHEED P-38 “LIGHTNING”SCAT III’

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Change to blog.tomswarbirds.com

October 7th, 2015
by tmszewczuk

WordPress was updated last month by my provider.  This upgrade opened this blog up for user registration by accident.  I have taken actions to remove all accounts and lock down comments only by me.  The only intent of this blog was to pass on local information and nothing else.

Thanks

admin

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Georgetown, DE Wings and Wheels Air/Car shows

September 26th, 2015
by tmszewczuk

2015GeorgetownWingsandWheels

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Piwigo (SVN) moves to github announcement

September 12th, 2015
by tmszewczuk
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Piwigo Team
Location: Paris, France, Europe
Registered: 2002-04-05
Posts: 12633
Website

Piwigo moves to Github

After years of hosting our own SVN (subversion) repository on piwigo.org server, here comes a major change for our coding activities. Moving to Github is a huge change, lead and prepared by Mistic for months.

What are the changes?

* we change from SVN to Git to manage code
* we separate projects : each project has its own repository
* each project has its own bugtracker
* code is no longer officially hosted on our server (but we have backups)

Why moving to Git?

Working for years with SVN has been nice but no longer meets the modern coding standards. Nearly all developers, especially in open source like us, are now using Git. Git is slightly more complex than SVN, but also faster and much more powerful. It will require some time be perfectly “git fluent” but it is an important skill to have for any coder.

Why moving to Github?

Github is “the place to be” for coders. Actually nearly all open source developpers already have an account on this plateform. It has become the “de facto” standard for open source projects, because they provide excellent service and comfortable tools so that we can focus on coding.

What about bug reports and feature requests?

In order to be fixed or implemented, precise bug reports and feature requests need to be in the appropriate Github repository in the “issues” section.
If you’re not sure about your report/request, please use the forum. If valid, an issue will be created on Github by the user or by a Piwigo member.
Any other open discussions like help requests should stay on the forum.

What about extensions?

40% of themes and plugins have already moved to Github. mistic has prepared a documentation page to move from SVN to Github.

The move to Github is not mandatory. There is no plan to shutdown piwigo.org SVN repository. If you’re not ready yet to jump into Git/Github, you can stay on our SVN repository.

Links

* Piwigo organization
* Piwigo core project and its issue tracker
* All Piwigo related projects activity timeline

To wish Piwigo a good start on Github, you’re more than welcome to star the project 🙂

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2015 Reading Air Fest – Classic Car Show

August 30th, 2015
by tmszewczuk

The 2013 Car Show at The READING AIR Fest was a big hit! Car owners and enthusiasts from all over came out in big numbers to see Woody Wagons, Model A’s, Low Riders from decades past. Famous vehicles like “Nellybelle” from the Roy Rodgers Show were even on display.
This year’s Classic Car Show is Saturday only and will see a bigger turnout and a wider range of vehicles on The North Ramp for one BIG weekend, September 11th & 12th, 2015. With all The READING AIR Fest has to offer, it’s sure to become an instant classic!
Registration fee:
$10 per vehicle
(includes 2 Air Show passes)
**arrival and departure details will be posted shortly**

Pre-registration is required. “E-mail pam@readingair.com with your Name, Phone Number, Year, Make and Model of your vehicle and which day you will be attending. We will see you in September!”
Entries are limited to the first 150 registrations.





 119c Air Museum Drive
Reading, Pa. 19605


Toll Free: 1.866.905.7492
Phone: 610.288.2496
Fax: 610.288.2498

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2015 Reading Air Fest

August 30th, 2015
by tmszewczuk

The READING AIR Fest dates for 2015 have been announced!
Friday & Saturday September 11th and 12th are set for READING AIR’s 3rd Annual Air Fest.

Friday Night Time Air Show
Saturday Traditional Daytime Air Show

“AIR FEST After Dark”
This new addition to READING AIR Fest features spectacular night time aerobatic demonstrations by several performers in the night sky over The North Ramp, followed by a Fireworks Display! Gates Open at 3 pm on Friday with the addition of “Air Fest After Dark” at 6 pm. 

 
READING AIR Fest continues Saturday, on the ground and in the air, when the gates open at at 11 am and the traditional Day Time Air Show resumes at 2 pm. 
 
Plan to join us for this exciting weekend on The North Ramp.
READING AIR Fest 2015

More information HERE

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My Windows 7 Pro to Windows 10 Pro upgrade experience

August 17th, 2015
by tmszewczuk

Windows-10-Logo

Before the D-Day Upgrades

We have four computers running Microsoft Windows 7 Pro, 2 HP DV6T laptops (2012) and 2 DELL (Studio XPS) desktops.  The latter DELL’s are I5 and I7 first generation (2009) processors.  My initial concerns were hardware/software drivers since 3 of the 4 have had various components replaced over the years (hard disks, video cards, more memory, USB3 adapters…etc). If you reserved your copy of Windows 10 you can perform a hardware / software compatibility checks directly on the checker board notification icon in your system tray.  All of our hardware passed as well as software.

Preparation

My Typical prep work before the upgrades included:

  1. get rid of old vendor recovery partitions (using free mini-tool partition manager),
  2. Remove vendor “bloatware”,
  3. making sure the computers met Windows 10 install requirements,
  4. use Acronis True Image 2015 to do complete image backups on external USB3 drives,
  5. use BELARC Advisor to baseline the final Windows 7 and new Windows 10 configurations (saving in .pdf files),
  6. using Ccleanup to cleanup system / reg junk,
  7. make sure your internet connection is stable,
  8. use AC power for laptops since the processing is long,
  9. and finally, removing apps that you know you’re not going to use. This is OBE if you’re doing a clean install which I did.
  10. This list is not conclusive…..

IMPORTANT

You have to upgrade first to get your system activated with Microsoft.  The only exception to this rule is if you install with a retail (purchased) key.

You will not receive a physical or know what the KEY is like past versions of Windows.  You will need to look at Windows 10 All Settings –> Update and security –> Activation panel to verify that your OS is activated.  If not, give it some wait time (I’ve read some folks waited up to a week).  If you want to know the product id and key, use BELARC Advisor but I think the free upgrade KEY is the same for everyone.

Once the OS is activated, it’s for the life of the machine it’s installed on ie non-transferable to a new machine. A retail KEY is transferable to another machine (not sure of the key deactivation process or a phone call to Microsoft).  If a re-install from scratch is necessary on original machine, no need to know the KEY because it’s already stored in Microsoft’s activation database and it should activate all by itself.

The system(s) Upgrade Process

Only one of the four got the official update notification (my wife’s dell desktop).  The other 3 were reserved but no notifications came through as of yet.  My upgrade plan was to try Windows 10 on my laptop for a couple of weeks for go-nogo to proceed with “clean install” OS installs.

Our HP DV6T i7 / i5  Laptop Upgrades

The upgrade for my laptop went pretty smooth. Not receiving the formal upgrade notice from Microsoft, I decided to use Microsoft’s MediaCreationTool to download and save the upgrade files to flash (thumb drive).  Once downloaded you can run setup.exe from the flash and a complete upgrade is done in place preserving settings, apps, etc. The previous Windows 7 pro apps, settings, etc are saved in a directory c:\windows.old.  I tried Adobe Photoshop CC and Lightroom CC and the overall performance of my laptop was, I thought, slower.

I continued on with my laptop clean installClean install entails booting on the flash drive and re-installing Windows 10 Pro without preserving settings apps, etc.  All the previous file data is however,  preserved in a directory called c:\windows.old.000 (clean install) and it leaves the original c:\windows.old alone.  You can download Microsoft’s Windows 10 32/64bit, Home/Pro .iso directly HERE.  After the clean install performance was much better but I had no apps installed.  Since d-day I have all of my apps reinstalled and performance in Photoshop CC and Lightroom CC are faster as well as Dreamweaver.  Overall, I am quite happy with my laptop.

Following the same methodology I continued on to my and my wife’s laptop which installed OK but performance and boot time (boot 10-15 minutes) was unacceptable and this was done with a Clean install.  After fooling around with her laptop for about a week, we decided to go back to Windows 7 Pro.  Since we made an image backup we had her system back and running is less than 30 minutes.  God bless backups!

Our DELL Desktop i7 / i5 Upgrades

My wife’s desktop was a true test of getting the whole update from Microsoft and installing just like a regular patch or service pack install. It went flawless and took a long time.  This type of upgrade does not give you the option to save to .iso or flash to usb thumb drive.  It’s just a flat out OS replacement leaving everything in place.  It still does save the previous OS files in c:\windows.old.  Again, I tried boot and some of the everyday apps to get a feel for performance.  I judged it was a little slower but not earth shattering.  I proceeded with the “Clean install“, getting the .iso file from Microsoft (here).  This was flawless, the OS was already activated from before and performance was considerably better.

Moving onto my desktop however, was a total nightmare.  I spent 3+ days combing through internet posts about the error “Something Happened.  Windows 10 failed to install“.  Since this is the computer that we use to do all of our business on, it was a priority to get it back and running.  I decided to buy a KEY ($199 from amazon.com).  Bye, bye to free upgrade.

I download the Microsoft Windows (x64, PRO, English) .iso from Here, flashed it to USB thumb drive and booted up from the USB2 thumb drive device.  When it asked for KEY, you supply the retail KEY.  I optioned to install a new system (it still saves previous data files in c:\windows.old) and the OS installed just like in the old days.  Flawless, old days type of windows install you’d expect.

I am satisfied with the overall Windows 10 Pro performance.  Windows 7 boot time on my desktop was almost 13 minutes.  Windows 10 clocked just over 2.5 minutes on the same computer.  I do have 3 Buffalo 3TB Drivestation USB 3.0 external drives attached which accounts for some of the boot time delay.  Although I cleaned up my system before upgrade, I ended up not re-installing several apps that I never use. I do have Adobe CC installed (Photoshop, Dreameaver, Acrobat Pro, Media encoder, Lightroom, Flash Pro, NIK tools and OnOne PhotoSuite 9.5).  These new installs have been optimized for Windows 10 to mention a few and perform great.

Conclusion

I would say the pain level of my multiple upgrade experience was 4 out of 10 (0 being no pain, 10 being max pain)  but I feel it was worth it. I was surprised at how well drivers were matched up.  The two laptops have switchable graphics cards, Intel, Nvidia and AMD.  I did go to their sites and download the latest to be safe.

I don’t like Microsoft forcing post Windows 10 updates, especially drivers. I have 3 out of 4 computers running Windows 10 Pro and have already taken updates (except kb3081438 which was a problem for my laptop but no impact to my 2 desktops).  All three computers has Show and/or hide windows updates installed to screen out hardware drivers and kb3081438.

It’s a crap shoot as to how well the upgrade is going to work for you.  Unfortunately, most folks don’t have extra computers to test the upgrade process on.  To that end I would suggest — wait a little while until the Windows 10 upgrade environment is more stable, especially if you have old hardware.  There are thousands of posts on the internet right now, talking about Windows 10 installation problems.

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