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 AEOLUS
 AEROSPACE

  Life Support: Physiology, human factors, and behavior in hostile Earth and space environments; explorations of human social and cultural issues; aviation medicine and egress technology affecting aircrew environmental viability.


Aeolus Aerospace is a private venture concerned with the study and history of human survival in hostile environments. AEOLUS, as you will recall from Greek history, was the ancient god of the wind. To the ancients, the Aeolean realm was all of the sky above the Earth. In the present contextual concept our venue is any environment, whether physical or figurative, that is not supportive of human life. This may include in the former sense hyperbaric, norobaric, and hypobaric states, and philosophical, sociological, or cultural concerns in the latter. Much of our interest relates to high altitude survival and human life support factors technology that may include both aviation, space and mountaineering applications.

This site serves as a focal venue for explorations of humanity's attempts to sustain viable life in inherently hostile but frequently beautiful and fascinating regions of our planet, quite often under difficult circumstances. It doesn't take much understanding of the human condition or a sense of imagination to appreciate the fact that the societies, cultures, and institutions we human beings have developed through the ages are quite often inherently hazardous and/or dangerous to the continued welfare of both planet and the biological life forms that inhabit it. In that sense, do not be surprised if you find a number of things at this site, ranging from articles, papers, opinions, poetry, and literature of broad interest, to investigations of the farthest corners of human intellectual inquiry.

Any truly astute student of humanity must ultimately conclude that while we higher primates (the erstwhile 'highest evolved life form' on this planet) have an amazing capability to inspire, dream, and create much that is of profound beauty, we also contain elements of compulsive behavioral excess such that creativity and destructiveness often seem to be equal polar halves of the basic human psyche. In that reference, it is all too easy to conclude that human beings may well eventually succeed, employing the 'blessings' of advanced science and technology, in completely destroying our world well before it succumbs to natural cosmic forces (e.g. our source of solar energy, the sun, going supernova). When the destructive force of our tools exceeds our ability to control and use them beneficially (given our obvious intellectual limitations), perhaps that outcome is a desired end. Meanwhile, let's try to put on a happy face and dwell on the positive aspects of Homo Sapiens.


Doc_Boink_lab_coatDoc_Boink_NASA_F-104B_orientationAbout us: 'AEOLUS AEROSPACE' is the functional identity under which are conducted the activities of Christopher T. Carey, historian, researcher, writer, author, and consultant (AKA: 'Doc Boink'). Much of my past work has been in the field of civilian medical technology, specifically in cardiovascular and pulmonary medicine, following service as an aeromedical specialist in the US Air Force during the Vietnam era. After separation from that service I remained active in aerospace physiology, aerospace medicine, aircrew life support (ALSE), and chemical and biological defense technology (NBC/CBW). Past venues of occupational work have included Southwest Asia (i.e. The Middle East), the Republic of China, and Western Europe (Germany & Switzerland). Just prior to the outbreak of Gulf War I in 1991, my activities expanded to include chemical and biological defense technology through affiliation with ASA Incorporated (Applied Science and Analysis, Inc.) as a corresponding associate in respiratory NBC defense. Throughout my life I have maintained a strong interest in mountaineering and climbing and have in the past decade concerned myself with ancient Hawaiian civilisation. Until very recently (2009), I was a member of the board of directors (emeritus) of the California Aerospace Museum in Sacramento, California, (http://www.aerospacemuseumofcalifornia.org/ ) and served as their egress, human factors and ALSE historian. Above all else, I remain a student of life and maintain a continuing concern for the survival of the species, given our inherently destructive tendencies as bioparasites on this beautiful planet so many of us take either for granted or regard as purely a source of personal economic wealth. Since this may all sound very self-aggrandising and come across as so much indulgent puffed-uppery, let me put this all into perspective by recalling what former Chief of Cardiology at Alameda County's Highland General Hospital (Walter Stullman, MD, ACC) once said about me: "He's my favorite 'high-grade' chimp'".  I'll leave you with two of my favorite quotes. The first is by popular 50s cartoonist Walt Kelly's character 'Pogo Possum', who observed that "We have met the enemy and he is US...". The second is by genuine rocket scientist Wernher von Braun who is regarded as one of the principal driving influences behind the American space program:


"Man is the best computer we can put aboard a spacecraft
...and the only one that can be mass produced
 by unskilled labor."

Dr. Wernher von Braun, 1912 - 1977

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"The end of the human race will be that it will eventually die of civilisation."

Ralph Waldo Emerson,  May 25, 1803 – April 27, 1882


Mayday_cafe_image_275resTHE MAYDAY CAFE:

 A Discussion of ideas, opinions, and concepts

WARNING: The Mayday Cafe is a virtual 'coffee house', wherein opinions, attitudes, perspectives and outlooks on all aspects of human life are aired and expounded. Unless otherwise stated, the ideas and opinions expressed here are solely attributable to Aeolus Aerospace [Note:  'Aeolus Aerospace' and 'The Mayday Cafe' are the legal and intellectual property of Aeolus Aerospace, copyright 1992-2010, and may not be used without specific permission or appropriate credit of origin. Many of the opinions found here reflect a decidedly left of center socio-political orientation, so if you are easily offended by philosophies that value free-thought and humane, logical analysis of human issues above partisan political and social dogma, please enter at risk to your own fond biases.



For a link to past discourses, clink on this link: 
MAYDAY ARCHIVES

For a link to present archives (2006 and thereafter), click here: AUTHOR'S DEN

 


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 THE HIGH GRADE CHIMP:
 A book review for
 Born Again right-wingers...

 (Being a resource for cultivated humanists who wish to be
 broadly read on a wide range of subjects; click on 'Bonzo' at     left...)    


 Hydrogen_bomb_test_torroidal_cloud  'U.S. CHEMICAL AND BIOLOGICAL DEFENSE RESPIRATORS' (A book by Christopher T. Carey). A pictorial reference on American biochemical respirators from 1900 through the present.




LINKS TO ARTICLES ON AEROSPACE
 & DEFENSE TOPICS AT THIS SITE

P-helmet_icon A CONDENSED HISTORY OF AMERICAN HIGH ALTITUDE PRESSURE SUITS

P-helmet_icon THE EFFECTS OF HYPOXIA (Aerospace Medicine History)

 P-helmet_icon_for_articles A HISTORY OF AMERICAN AIRCREW PROTECTIVE FLIGHT HELMETS

Downward_eseat_icon_for_articles A HISTORY OF AMERICAN MILITARY EGRESS SYSTEMS (Ejection Seats)

P-helmet_icon A HISTORY OF US AVIATION OXYGEN BREATHING SYSTEMS (1900 to 1947)

P-helmet_icon_for_articles THE USAF TACTICAL LIFE SUPPORT SYSTEM PROGRAM (Precursor to 'Combat Edge')

Howland_icon_for articles A HISTORY OF NASA F-104B STARFIGHTER 57-1303/NASA N819NA ("Howling Howland")

F-106_icon A DEVELOPMENTAL HISTORY OF THE CONVAIR F-106 'DELTA DART' INTERCEPTOR

F-106_icon A BRIEF HISTORY OF THE CONVAIR F-106 'DELTA DART' EGRESS SYSTEM

F106_icon_article A BRIEF HISTORY OF CONVAIR F-106 'DELTA DART' 59-0010


F106_icon_for_articles FLIGHT TESTING THE F-106 DELTA DART At McClellan AFB (1984 -1986)

Laika_icon_for_articles REMEMBERING LAIKA, THE PIONEERING SPUTNIK-2 CANINE COSMONAUT (1957)

Russian_Airforce_icon A BRIEF HISTORY OF THE SOVIET MiG-15/17 (Russia's first swept-wing fighter)

Russian_AF_icon_for_articles A BRIEF HISTORY OF RUSSIAN FLIGHT HELMETS  & OXYGEN MASKS

Downward_eseat-icon_for_articles REPACKING THE ACES II EJECTION SEAT DROGUE PARACHUTE

Eseat_icon REPACKING THE ACES II EJECTION SEAT PERSONAL RECOVERY CHUTE

SR-71_icon_for_article SLEDS OVER SINAI: AN SR-71 RECON DEPLOYMENT DURING THE YOM KIPPUR WAR

WEBER FORCE DEPLOYING BACK PARACHUTE (USAF Technical Manual)

  SOME REFLECTIONS ON CRANIAL PROTECTION

P-helmet_icon OF UNIFORM CONCERN: A HISTORY OF THE US AIR FORCE 'BLUE SUIT'

Atom_Bomb_explosion_iconSAGE: THE FIRST COMPREHENSIVE AMERICAN AIR DEFENSE SYSTEM (in construction)

Soviet_Naval_Ensign_iconCOLD WARRIOR: THE STRANGE FATE OF SOVIET SUBMARINE K-77 

China_military_icon HISTORY OF CHINESE FLIGHT HELMET AND OXYGEN MASK DEVELOPMENTS

LINKS TO ARTICLES ON CHEMICAL AND BIOLOGICAL DEFENSE TECHNOLOGY AT THIS SITE:

Biohazard_icon_for_articles DEFENSE AGAINST CHEMICAL AND BIOLOGICAL AGENT THREATS

  FOCUS ON RESPIRATORS: THE US ARMY M-9 FAMILY GAS MASKS


LINKS TO MOUNTAINEERING ARTICLES ON THIS SITE:

Climber_icon_for_articles WHERE IT ALL STARTED: MOUNTAINEERING AND THE SWISS MATTERHORN

Climber_icon_for_mountainering_articles A BRIEF HISTORY OF THE ENGLISH ALPINE CLUB


LINKS TO RELATED SITES OF SIGNIFIANT INTEREST (off site):

MILITARY AVIATION AND AEROSPACE SUBJECTS

Pat's World of the Convair F-106 'Delta Dart' (the ultimate 'Six' website)

Kevin Coyne's EJECTION SEAT webpage (the ultimate egress system history website)

'Mars Journal' , website of former NASA flight surgeon Dr. Fred Kelly

'Flightgear on Line', the international life support collector and history site

'Flying Clothing' website, a forum for flight gear collectors and historians

US Air Force Life Support Retirees website (ALSE)

US Navy Parachute Riggers website (Naval Aircrew Life Support Systems Personnel)

US Air Force School of Aerospace Medicine

SAFE Association (Survival and Flight Equipment)

Aerospace Medical Association (AeSMA)

James Griffith's Ejection Seat website (England)

Vincenzo Auletta's Ejection Seat website (Italy)

Aerospace Museum of California (California's newest aerospace museum, Sacramento CA, USA)

Martin-Baker Ejection Seats website

NASA Dryden Flight Research  Center

Pressure Suit Dot Com: the ultimate pressure suit/space suit website (Dennis Gilliam)

The Best of 'Flight Gear' (a summary of the most interesting data from the old 'Flight Gear Forum')

Air Force Flight Test Center Museum (Edwards AFB, CA)

Flight Test Historical Foundation (Edwards, CA)

Society of Experimental Test Pilots

Order of Daedalians (Military Pilot Fraternal Organisation)

The Red Pilot (perhaps the best on-line site dealing with Soviet/Russian aviation life support history)

Gauntlet International (Maj. Craig Martelle's excellent website on Soviet/Russian flight gear)

NASA NF-104 (Robt. Smith) Home Page

T-33 Heritage Foundation (Greg Colyer) Home Page

Andrea Salimbeti: Military Aviation and Jet-Age Flight Equipment

NON AVIATION AND AEROSPACE SUBJECTS

AdBusters: Dedicated to a world free of commercial deceits and marketing hype

CarBusters: Promoting alternatives to the cancerous 'car culture' America has spawned

Haole Hubby Club: a website for Hawaiian 'Hapas' (cross cultural marriages)

Too Much Coffee, Man (Shannon Wheeler's site for the peripatetically caffeine addicted)

NorSled Sled Dog Rescue of Northern California (saving doggies from irresponsible and negligent owners)

The Rell Sunn Educational Foundation (A Hawaiian non-profit org. to promote child welfare and cancer awareness)

The Rainbow Bridge: Where our beloved pets go when they cross over to what lies beyond

Central California Siberian Husky Rescue

San Diego Siberian Husky Rescue Group

Siberian Husky Rescue/Referral of California

Hawaiian Pet Network (the on-line community for Hawaiian Pet Magazine)

Siberian Husky Rescue Groups Reference Site (an index of national Siber-rescue efforts)

Hawaiian Nation (website of the Hawaiian Sovereign Independence movement)

Installing HELLA Supertone horns on a 1996 Hyundai Elantra

NOVEL: Marooned on Molokai (or 'Coconuts Can Kill You', A Ghost Story of Moloka'i) NEW: NOV 2016

NOVEL: 'The Eeyore Chronicles' (or, 'In Search of Eeyore's Tale') NEW: NOV 2016


5th FTR INTCPTR SQDN

"Isti Non Penetrabunt"

 This site is dedicated in memoriam to the US Air Force's Air Defense Command, and especially to the pilots and ground personnel of the 5th Fighter Interceptor Squadron, last based at Minot AFB, North Dakota, before being inactivated in 1988. It was their mission to defend American air space against the threat of hostile intrusion during the 'Cold War' years, a mission that they carried out with both elan and high precision for many decades. This site is also dedicated to the memory of the Convair F-106 'Delta Dart' interceptor, the most advanced and dedicated pure air defense interceptor ever designed, serving from 1956 through 2000 in a myriad of operational missions. Although other US Air Force aircraft briefly performed the air defense role during the multiple decades that ADC was active, it was commonly acknowledged that "When you're out of 'Sixes', you're out of interceptors..." Today, one of the most famous and successful of those F-106s (59-0010) may be seen at the Aerospace Museum of California, situated at the old McClellan AFB  site in Sacramento, CA, where it has been fully restored and put on permanent display (http://www.aerospacemuseumofcalifornia.org )

This site uprated as of: 22 Jul 2017
[All information, material, articles, and images appearing here are the intellectual property of Christopher T. Carey
 (as are the names MAYDAY CAFE and AEOLUS AEROSPACE), copyright 1992-2016, unless otherwise noted]