I have heard from a couple folks that they thought our exit for MN was quite harrowing. I probably made too much of our delay due to air pressure gauges not working. Motor coaches are just a big vehicle with truck-like systems and a house with house-like systems. Most owners are curious and want to know how things work and what to do when they don’t. Some things are pretty easy to fix, sometimes you call for help. There is an owner’s web forum (foreforums.com) (not part of the manufacturer) where people exchange ideas, questions, help and advise. About 2,700 users and nearly 150,000 posts. Lots of nice people and help when you need it. So if I get too technical or too detailed please excuse me, it is just how I describe things.
This is one of the clumsiest programs I have ever used. Inserting pictures is very slow. Editing text makes no sense so far. I have to try it in a Google Chrome browser to see if it is any different. Please have patience.
The Rocket and Space Center is pretty cool. I was there in the early 70’s. I was working on a NASA project to write simulation software for the recovery of the solid rocket boosters. I have never actually seen one, even then. And here they are!
There was a Saturn 5 rocket laying on its side, out doors. Today there is entire building to house it and many more exhibits.
Here is the business end of the Saturn 5. It is about 35 ft across. The five engines burn 12.5 tons of fuel every second! The Saturn V rocket was about 140 ft tall.
There are three stages. At the top of the third stage the Apollo capsule and the lunar lander were pushed into space and on towards the Moon.
The entire rocket was controlled by one of the most advanced computers of the day. Once the rocket was released this computer controlled the engines, the trajectory, the stage separations, the orbital insertion and the push to the moon.
The display said that a stack of these computers about 2 miles high would be needed to have the computing power of a typical home computer of today. Another way of looking at it is that a typical smart phone today has more than 100,000 times the computing power of what seemed like and amazing machine.
It was a great place to stop and visit. And I got to see a real Solid Rocket Booster (SRB). By the way the SRB with parachutes attached and open was taller than the IDS building.
Pilots learned to fly in Stearman biplanes then went on to more advanced training aircraft and finally into fighter training at bases all over the US. Some split off to become bombardiers or navigators.
By 1944 the RedTails were flying P-51s. It wasn’t easy for them to convince the army that they needed better airplanes to fly the long range bomber fighter cover missions they were being assigned. Eventually they got P-51s and provided some extraordinary service.
After a really worthwhile visit were headed off toward Florida. Our arrival in the next post