Saturday, April 13, 2013

Engine Test Beds and Cactus

Thursday we departed the GPNW.  The flight was late, due to a mechanical, but it was fixed and all was well.  It was a matter for great rejoicing as Jim and I have completely lost our tolerance for days of unrelenting cloud cover and rain. 
We saw this plane out in the field when we left for Tucson.  It was there when we returned, still missing an engine, and therefore not generating revenue.

It belongs to Rolls Royce.  This was the test bed for the new engine that powers the 787.  RR names their engines, this new one being the Trent 1000.  It will be good when all of the technical issues of the 787 are solved and it begins generating revenue.

The cactus bloom is late this year.  If I had to guess, it would be because it was so steenking cold first quarter.  These are prickly pear blossoms.

Not sure what this is, you can see a bee on the left most flower.

We're heading north Wednesday.  As usual, we're the last kids at camp, and it's time to go.


  1. Drive safe, it was really good to see you... I am so ready to hit the road, why do I keep sliding it out? oh well. Aug 12th, that is the magical date! Maybe we will meet up in Idaho :)

  2. Love the cactus blossoms!! So glad you included them. My son would appreciate your airliner part of the post!