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July 23, 2019

Standing at 4,167 feet, Mt Si lies on the western margin of the Cascade Range just above the coastal

plains around Puget Sound, and towers over the nearby town of North Bend.

Mt Si and neighboring mountain, Little Si, were named after local homesteader Josiah "Uncle Si" Merritt,

built a cabin at the base of the peak in 1862.

The mountain was made famous in the show Twin Peaks, which was filmed in North Bend.

Only about a 45-minute drive from Seattle, the mountain is a favorite outdoor destination for...

July 23, 2019

In early May 1792, British Navy Officer and Explorer, George Vancouver, named Washington State’s

tallest structure in honor of his friend, Rear Admiral Peter Rainier.

While stunningly beautiful and seemingly serene, Mt. Rainier is considered one of the most dangerous

volcanoes in the world, being near major metropolitan areas including Tacoma. Because of its large

amount of glacial ice, Mt. Rainier could produce massive lahars that could threaten the entire Puyallup

River valley.

The broad top of Moun...

January 23, 2019

As 2019 is upon us, I wanted to share some of the goings-on with Bryan Ubaghs' Art!

Last year was both exciting and experimental! It saw the creation of a new theme of aviation-related art and focused on the historical achievements surrounding some of aviation's biggest accomplishments. I have always had a passion for early flight and its courageous pioneers, having had local connections to the industry, several of my relatives playing key roles at Boeing, NASA and the Apollo program....

December 7, 2018

The 747 was conceived while air travel was steadily increasing in the 1960s with its first inaugural commercial service with Pan American Airlines in 1970. With a much larger passenger capacity than the 707 which it would eventually replace, the airlines also wanted to create a world class travel experience for its passengers with more space, creature comforts and exemplary customer service.

The 1970s was without doubt, a golden age of air travel. This era often saw the upper decks of Boeing 747s...

November 26, 2018

The Yankee Clipper 

At the request of Pan American airlines, Boeing won the bid successfully in 1936 to build the Boeing 314 - with unprecedented range, passenger accommodations and "one class" service.

The first 314 flight on the San Francisco-Hong Kong route left Alameda on February 23, 1939 with regular passenger and Foreign Air Mail Route #14 service beginning on March 29.A one-way trip on this route took over six days to complete. Commercial passenger service lasted less than three years, e...

November 15, 2018

The aircraft industry and in particular, Boeing established Seattle as the hub of aviation, aeronautics and flight. Caught in a whimsical style, the "Emerald City" is captured in one of its iconic views

October 18, 2018

The Wright Brothers
Orville: Aug 19 1871-Jan 30 1948
Wilber: April 16 1867-May 30 1912

The Wright Brothers enjoyed an illustrious career as aviators, engineers, inventors and aviation pioneers, generally credited with inventing, building and flying the world’s first successful airplane.

On December 17, 1903, four miles south of Kitty Hawk, North Carolina, Wilber and Orville made the first controlled, sustained flight of a powered, heavier-than-air aircraft.

Working for years in their shop, th...

October 8, 2018

Jimmy Doolittle 
Dec 14 1896-Sept 27 1993

James Harold Doolittle was a pioneering pilot, aero nautical engineer, combat leader and military strategist who bravely led an air raid on Tokyo and other Japanese cities four months after the attack on Pearl Harbor.

The raid served as a powerful, psychological boost for America and rightfully catapulted Doolittle to hero status, far and wide. 80 men went and only 69 came back. 

As an expert test pilot, flight instructor and aviation veteran serving...

September 25, 2018

Snoopy Brown
Aug 10 1950-

Snoopy Brown first took to the skies at an early age. Painting his dog house an audacious Signal Red and recruiting trusty co-pilot, Woodstock, the pair managed to shoot down an impressive 21 enemy aircraft during The Big War (1961-1964).

NASA was duly impressed by Snoopy’s accomplishments and named the Apollo 10 Lunar Module after him. 

Ultimately achieving worldwide recognition, Snoopy was honoured with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on November 2 2015.

Bein...

September 22, 2018

Manred Von Richtofen

May 2 1892 – April 21 1918

World War I was in full effect. By May 1915 Manfred Von Richtofen had grown tired of merely working cavalry reconnaissance and longed for air combat. Upon receiving orders to work an even less fulfilling job, on the supply lines, he petitioned for transfer to the Imperial German Army Air Service.

“I have not gone to war in order to collect cheese and eggs, but for another purpose”, he boldly wrote on his transfer application. To his surprise, it worke...

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