The Idaho National Laboratory has been a center for nuclear power research since 1949. It is far out in the desert and security is very tight, but there is one place where they have a few items on display. These are the HTRE-2 and HTRE-3 nuclear reactors which were built and operated in the 1950’s as part of an effort to develop nuclear powered jet bombers.
You never know what you will find on the back roads. I was traveling through farm country in Wyoming when something caught my eye – a mobile SAM (surface to air missile) launcher! Next to it was a radar and I found a sign saying it was a U.S. Air Force installation. But something about the missile launcher didn’t look right. I got a closer look and realized it was not real. It was a mock-up of a Russian SA-6 missile launcher. Then I realized what I was looking at – a training setup for “Wild Weasel” pilots. “Wild Weasel” is the name for aircraft that are designed to destroy enemy anti-aircraft missiles and guns. Anyway it was a geeky thrill for me, and another reason why I always try to take the back roads instead of the interstates on my journeys.
The mock-up missile launcher.
The radar is on the left, the missile launcher on the right, and it looks like a farmer’s tractor is parked in the middle.
Tau Zero is one year old today! Most important thing – THANK YOU to everyone who has visited, commented, and made this blog great fun for me. Looking forward to year two.
A few statistics:
52,019 hits for the year.
Busiest day = 9,669 hits (I had a photo on Freshly Pressed and Flickr Explore)
Interesting search keywords that led to my blog:
a cartoon character with thick eyebrows
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a real photographed picture of a night sky with less stars
flowers in snow bad photography
ice on one side of highway
horse bottom view
panoramic images of sleep
barbeques causing global warming
I seem to have this strange sort of luck – I manage to wander into small towns when they’re having a parade. Kooskia, Idaho. Population 618. Parade for the Kooskia Days Festival. Here are some of my favorite shots.
Hi there – I will be playing around with some different themes and options over the next few days so the blog may look a bit different. Comments, as always, are welcome.
Looking at search keywords that led people to this blog in 2010. My favorite – “dog mouth”. Happy 2011 everyone!
I started this blog as an experiment, using the alias Cipher. Decided it’s time to switch to my name. So Cipher is retired, I’m Mike, nice to meet ya….
I started this blog three months ago today. Wasn’t sure I would like blogging, wasn’t sure I would like putting my “stuff” out there for the world to see, and wasn’t sure what “stuff” to put out there.
Having a great time so far. Both creating my blog and being introduced to other ones around WordPress. Wanted to say thanks to everyone for visiting and commenting!
And I had to throw in a few pictures to show that my efforts in dog photography are continuing without injury to the dog. (See post “Photo shoot gone wrong”).
Still trying to catch that treat…
Unharmed and willing to try again…
Not much here so far. Still figuring out what I want this blog to be and how to make this happen.