Wednesday, July 9, 2014

"Per Ardua ad Astra"

"Per Ardua ad Astra" the motto of the British Royal Air Force. Loosely translated I think it means, "...Get Me Down from Here!" Anyway here's  Bob the Bunny with his restored P-40 "Flying Tiger". 

Again as with most of Bob's activities I have no idea how this happened. Where he got the plane who or what taught him to fly, and where he got all that live ammunition are mystery's.

Suffice to say for a hand puppet he's a good pilot. He'd have to be to do the sharp turns while flying in my living room. 

Eh,..he sez his flying license was suspended for buzzing the anti-Queer "Saint Patrick's Day Parade". He he went back'n forth dropping rainbow colored stink bombs on it. I dunno you might have seen all that  on the news.

So now he mostly flies indoors or at the park. Well this when he, and his pals can get a truck to haul the P-40 down there. Bob being I'm beginning to suspect a magical bunny uses some sort of Mojo to shrink the plane down to his size, and off he goes. This is especially handy when flying in my cramp apartment.

For whatever reasons he sez he can't make it smaller when he wants to move the plane around like as I said to the park. 'Seems Rabbit Majik has limitations.

Stay tuned.


  1. Okay here's what I wanna know about the P-40. I read that part of Roald Dahl's autobio where he talks about being a fighter pilot for the RAF in WWII. He flew a couple or three kinds of plane, and the first one he flew had no aiming mechanism for the machine gun. He had to actually point the plane at his target in order to fire at it (the bullets were timed to slip between the propeller blades). His next plane was much better because he could aim the machine gun separately. So my question is: do the guns under the wings of the P-40 adjust separately, or does Bob have to fly directly toward his target?

    Dahl was much too tall for the fighter plane cockpits and really had to squeeze in. I doubt Bob has that problem.


  2. The P-40, and it's later variants was the "Mustang" or P-51 of the inter-War period. For a very few years it owned the sky.

    That is till it met "Mr. Zero" at Pearl Harbor. Though true it torn the Japanese several new bloody ones over China in 1939/40.

    That had more to do with both Nipponese complacency regards the weak Chinese air for...such as it was, and the deranged mayhem that the Flying Tiger pilots put into their work...they really didn't like the Japs much.

    So no w/a P-40 one didn't have to point the whole aircraft toward the foe. Now as for assorted French, and other inter-War European fighters...a mixed bag, and all bad. It's interesting though. WW2 starred with belligerents actually flying bi-planes, and in just a few years there were jet fighters.

    The Germans the Brits, and even the Yanks had'em by 1944. The American P-80 saw action in Italy hunting down Ardro Nazi jet bombers. They never met though. The German Me-262 shot up Allied bomber streams, and the Brit Comet shot down German Buzz Bombs.

    War has a way of making things happen. Put another way all the techno wonders could have happened in peace time, but no one would fund them. War finds the money. It 'always' finds the money.

    G-ddess forgive us.