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July 23, 2010: Yahoo News Editors / The Starting Point – July 23, 2010
Ten years ago, the Concorde was the fastest and safest commercial airliner on the planet.
Since its debut in 1969, the turbojet-powered supersonic plane flew well-to-do travelers from London and Paris to New York City and Washington D.C. in less than half the time of other airlines.
That all changed on the afternoon of July 25, 2000, when an Air France Concorde jet crashed shortly after take-off from Charles de Gaulle Airport, killing 113 people, BBC News reported.
The only fatal incident involving the Concorde occurred that day when Flight 4590 struck a titanium fragment left on the runway by a Continental Airlines DC-10 that had taken off four minutes earlier, Aviation-Safety.net reported. The debris punctured a tire on the Concorde, causing it to explode. A piece of rubber hit the fuel tank, which burst into flames. As the fire spread to the left wing, the engine stalled and the aircraft dropped out of the sky.
According to ABC News, the jet crashed into the Hotelissimo Hotel in Gonesse, France, killing all 100 passengers and nine crew members on board as well as four people on the ground. Rescue crews made it to the scene within eight minutes, but it still took them three hours to get the blaze under control. Click here to view photos from the scene.
The disaster, coupled with rising maintenance costs and the slump in demand for air travel following the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, eventually led to the Concorde’s demise. The final Concorde flight occurred in the fall of 2003, after which time the entire fleet was retired.
In its heyday, the Concorde regularly crossed from Europe to the States in less than three and a half hours, which allowed westward-bound passengers who paid attention to changing time zones to arrive before their departure time. The Concorde also set numerous world records, including the fastest transatlantic flight (2 hours, 52 minutes and 59 seconds), Reuters reported. In 1992, the Concorde circumnavigated the world in 32 hours, 49 minutes and 3 seconds to commemorate the 500th anniversary of Christopher Columbus’ New World landing.
A ceremony in honor of the crash victims will be held in Gonesse, on Sunday morning. Scheduled events include a speech from a witness to the crash and a moment of silence.
The Tonka Report Editor’s Note: I remember two very distinct science and technology events in 1969: The now questionable ‘moon landing’ by Apollo 11 on July 20, and the introduction of the Concorde… – SJH
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Jay Wiedner – July 20, 2009
It has now been forty years since the fabled moon landings by NASA and the Apollo gang. When it comes to the subject of the moon landings, people tend to fall into two belief groups. The first group, by far the bigger of the two groups, accepts the fact that NASA successfully landed on the moon six times and that 12 human beings have actually walked on the surface of the moon. The second group, though far smaller, is more vocal about their beliefs. This group says that we never went to the moon and that the entire thing was faked.
This essay presents a third position on this issue. This third point of view falls somewhere between these two assertions. This third position postulates that humans did go to the moon but what we saw on TV and in photographs was completely faked. Furthermore this third position reveals that the great filmmaker Stanley Kubrick is the genius who directed the hoaxed landings.
1) MOTIVATIONS FOR FAKING
But why fake the moon landings at all? What would be the motivation? Authors Joseph Farrell and Henry Stevens both have shown us undeniable proof that Nazi scientists had developed advanced flying saucer technology as early as 1943. These authors also show that the US Government brought these same Nazi scientists into this country in order to build these highly advanced flying machines.
Furthermore, they believe that the idea that aliens from outer space are invading the Earth is a clever cover story concocted by NASA to hide this technology.
Many sources inside the military industrial complex have related to me that after John Kennedy was shown the flying saucer technology early in his Presidency, he realized that the advances in technology promised by the flying saucers could solve many of the pressing problems of the world. He saw that releasing this exotic technology would point the way towards cheap and environmentally friendly energy among other things.
Soon after seeing the flying saucer technology, JFK made his famous speech asking NASA to land a man on the moon before the decade was out. Many insiders believed that this was a ploy by JFK to get NASA, and the secret government, to release their saucer technologies. Since it was obvious to everyone that standard rocket technology could not get man to the moon and back, JFK may have thought that NASA would be forced to release the knowledge of the technology behind the flying saucers in order to fulfill his vision and get to the moon by the end of the 1960’s. JFK’s ploy was therefore intended to free this advanced technology from the insidious hands of the shadow government.
After the assassination of Kennedy in 1963, NASA began a new plan that would solve the problem that JFK initiated. This new plan would allow NASA, and the shadow government, to keep the saucer technology secret and to still make it look like standard rocketry had taken man to the moon and back.
Someone high up in the shadow government decided to fake the entire moon landings in order to conceal the United States’ extremely new and advanced Nazi technology both from us, the citizens and our enemies.
In some ways NASA’s position on this was understandable. We were in the middle of the cold war with the Soviet Union. Did we really want to show the Russians what we had?
2). WHO WILL FAKE IT?
In early 1964 Stanley Kubrick had just finished his black satire Dr Strangelove and was looking to do a science fiction film.
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Seth Borenstein / Associated Press – July 16, 2009
WASHINGTON –could put a but didn’t have the sense to keep the original video of the live TV transmission.
In an embarrassing acknowledgment, the space agency said Thursday that it must have erased the Apollo 11 moon footage years ago so that it could reuse the videotape.
But now Hollywood is coming to the rescue.
The studio wizards who restored “Casablanca” are digitally sharpening and cleaning up the ghostly, grainy footage of the moon landing, making it even better than what TV viewers saw on July 20, 1969. They are doing it by working from four copies that NASA scrounged from around the world.
“There’s nothing being created; there’s nothing being manufactured,” said NASA senior engineer Dick Nafzger, who is in charge of the project. “You can now see the detail that’s coming out.”
The first batch of restored footage was released just in time for the 40th anniversary of the “astronaut Neil Armstrong‘s face visor was too fuzzy to be seen clearly. The upgraded video of Earth’s first moonwalker shows the visor and a reflection in it.for mankind,” and some of the details seem new because of their sharpness. Originally,
The $230,000 refurbishing effort is only three weeks into a monthslong project, and only 40 percent of the work has been done. But it does show improvements in four snippets: Armstrong walking down the ladder; lunar surface.following him; the two astronauts reading a plaque they left on the moon; and the planting of the flag on the
Nafzger said a huge search that began three years ago for the old moon tapes led to the “inescapable conclusion” that 45 tapes of Apollo 11 video were erased and reused. His report on that will come out in a few weeks.
The original videos beamed to Earth were stored on giant reels of tape that each contained 15 minutes of video, along with other data from the moon. In the 1970s and ’80s, NASA had a shortage of the tapes, so it erased about 200,000 of them and reused them.
How did NASA end up looking like a bumbling husband taping over his wedding video with the Super Bowl?
Nafzger, who was in charge of the live TV recordings back in the Apollo years, said they were mostly thought of as data tapes. It wasn’t his job to preserve history, he said, just to make sure the footage worked. In retrospect, he said he wished NASA hadn’t reused the tapes.
Outside historians were aghast.
“It’s surprising to me that NASA didn’t have the common sense to save perhaps the most important historical footage of the 20th century,” said Rice University historian and author Douglas Brinkley. He noted that NASA saved all sorts of data and artifacts from Apollo 11, and it is “mind-boggling that the tapes just disappeared.”
The remastered copies may look good, but “when dealing with historical film footage, you always want the original to study,” Brinkley said.
Smithsonian Institution space curator Roger Launius, a former NASA chief historian, said the loss of the original video “doesn’t surprise me that much.”
“It was a mistake, no doubt about that,” Launius said. “This is a problem inside the entire federal government. … They don’t think that preservation is all that important.”
The Tonka Report Editor’s Note: “…all that important”? They lost and/or erased the video of the Apollo 11 moon landing? Arguably the most important single “event” of the 20th Century? They didn’t lose the master tapes of The Wizard Of Oz, Ben Hur, The Ten Commandments, Citizen Kane, Casablanca, Lolita, The Maltese Falcon, Perry Mason, I Dream Of Jeannie, or Scooby fucking Doo!
Hollywood is remastering the erased “originals”? Don’t they mean they are recreating the fraud on new film with 21st Century technology to convince the naive public of the fraud they perpetrated upon all humanity to cover their asses because we now know it was all a complete fraud?! Kind of like watching Westerns from the 50’s that have been recolored (by Turner Networks) with Chemtrails streaking across the pristine skies to acclimate the masses to that? Paying attention?
I personally watched the 1969 Apollo 11 “moon landing” as an 8 year old boy in northwestern Illinois. Even then, I had questions as to the validity of the footage. As years have passed and I have researched that so-called “infamous” day in history, I am more convinced now than ever that the entire production was just that – an elaborate Hollywood production! This is yet another desperate attempt by this illegitimate government to cover up another colossal lie! – Tonka
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