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Spitfire 944

An evening pause: Somehow to me this film about an American pilot from World War II and a single moment during his tour seems fitting to me on Washington’s birthday. I can’t explain why, but it does.

Hat tip Edward Thelen.

Pioneer cover

From the press release: From the moment he is handed a possibility of making the first alien contact, Saunders Maxwell decides he will do it, even if doing so takes him through hell and back.

 
Unfortunately, that is exactly where that journey takes him.

The vision that Zimmerman paints of vibrant human colonies on the Moon, Mars, the asteroids, and beyond, indomitably fighting the harsh lifeless environment of space to build new societies, captures perfectly the emerging space race we see today.

He also captures in Pioneer the heart of the human spirit, willing to push forward no matter the odds, no matter the cost. It is that spirit that will make the exploration of the heavens possible, forever, into the never-ending future.

Available everywhere for $3.99 (before discount) at amazon, Barnes & Noble, all ebook vendors, or direct from the ebook publisher, ebookit. And if you buy it from ebookit you don't support the big tech companies and I get a bigger cut much sooner.

8 comments

  • wayne

    Edward-
    excellent find!

  • Chris

    Ditto on the excellent find – well worth the time!

  • Dick Eagleson

    Splendid stuff! WW2 was my late father’s war. I’ve been an omnivorous glutton for info of any kind about it since I was a kid.

  • Very cool video, and even cooler the gentleman had a piece of the prop. I did not know Spitfire props were wooden.

  • Mitch S

    Also didn’t think Spirie props would be wood that late in the war.
    Really enjoyed this. Glad they let us join them in the room with the pilot and didnt muck it up with music or other “enhancements”.

  • wayne

    Victor Davis Hanson –
    How a Border War in Europe Led to WWII
    Hillsdale College, September 12, 2017
    https://youtu.be/tQq-ORA4fHw
    (1:14:03)

  • Edward

    Wayne,
    Excellent video. I was especially intrigued by his mention that the socialist Axis powers did not cooperate with each other in the same way that the Allied powers did. The allies coordinated together, giving the socialist Soviets, on the Allied side, one job to do and plenty of equipment with which to do it, but the Germans, Japanese, and Italians squabbled over strategic actions such as invasions. The Allies willingly shared technologies and equipment but the Axis refused to share.

  • wayne

    Dick–
    -check this guy out. Not sure of his current activity, but he got off to a good start.

    ‘Rescued Film Project:’
    “31 rolls of film from a WW2 soldier are discovered and processed.”
    [https://youtu.be/VaurfqIW5-k]
    10:35

    Edward-
    that is, an interesting factoid. (and…they all ended up stabbing each other in the back)

    pivoting further back into history:

    “A War Like No Other: How the Athenians and Spartans Fought the Peloponnesian War”
    Victor Davis Hanson
    September 7, 2005
    https://youtu.be/8zAlSM-FLss
    (1:20:20)

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