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Aztecdoug
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From: Huntington Beach
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posted 07-14-2004 11:10 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Aztecdoug   Click Here to Email Aztecdoug     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Today, July 14th, marks the 5th anniversary of my first astronaut autograph. Like many though, the interest to follow the program started, "Back in the Day." I have been busily, over the past month, assembling a website to display some of my wares. While I have privately announced it previously, this is my first public announcement. (Apologies to all whom have heard my shameless plugs already.) It isn’t a high-end commercial project, but simply the freebie web stuff I got from my ISP.

I wanted a little bit of a different angle though and I put my aviation things up front. Rest assured though, as you drill down Space accounts for at 2/3 of the content. I left out flown things because I really don’t have anything unique that a couple of hundred of you don’t already have. However, I do have an autographed picture of Bob Titus blasting off the back of a flatbed truck in rocket assisted jet plane!

If there is anything I am particularly proud of though it would be the books. One of my pride and joys is, “The Lonely Sky,” by Bill Bridgeman. Try and find an example of his autograph anywhere. (I would honestly be curious to know who else has the same-signed book.) Again the collection is relatively modest, there are no Apollo 11 Crew signed pieces here, but there is a placeholder there until I do get one! The content is current with several of the pieces just being added in the last week, plus one item is currently out in the mail awaiting another signature.

Now, with the general disclaimers out of the way, I invite you to kindly take a look: Aztecdoug's Aerospace Website.

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Warm Regards

Douglas Henry

Enjoy yourself and have fun.... it is only a hobby!

spaceuk
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posted 07-14-2004 02:23 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for spaceuk     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Enjoyed site Doug - livened up the night on a somewhat misty murky evening here in middle England !

Thanks

Phill

Aztecdoug
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posted 10-03-2004 09:16 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Aztecdoug   Click Here to Email Aztecdoug     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
The Gathering of Eagles event in Lancaster on Friday was dedicated to black projects. Specifically Tacit Blue, Have Blue and Bird of Prey.

I have updated my website today with some pictures of those planes and a little bit of information. I spent most of the day just digging up information on those three programs. Some of the information I found was contradictory in nature. One specific instance was the name of an engineer on the Tacit Blue program. One source had the name as Fred Oshira. Another site had the spelling more on the Irish side!

In any event, I sort of rushed some brief info together, and invite people to take a look and forward me any corrections that they see.

I also added a little info on the Blackbirds at the bottom of the page, since they were black projects at one time too.

Go to this site if you are interested, and click on the Black Project link on the side of the screen.

Thank you for your time.

P.S. I have updated some space stuff here and there too!

P.P.S. I have an X-5 pic which was just signed by Pete Everest in the last 2 - 3 weeks. As some may know, Pete sadly passed away this past Friday.

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Warm Regards

Douglas Henry

Enjoy yourself and have fun.... it is only a hobby!

nojnj
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posted 10-03-2004 10:56 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for nojnj   Click Here to Email nojnj     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
That's a great website and very nice collection! Thanks for sharing.

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Evan

MICHAEL CLEMENTE
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posted 10-03-2004 11:42 PM           Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Ditto what Evan said. A very nice website with outstanding photos with autographs.

poolman18
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posted 10-04-2004 12:43 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for poolman18   Click Here to Email poolman18     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Very Nice Doug!!

David

gliderpilotuk
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posted 10-04-2004 04:32 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for gliderpilotuk   Click Here to Email gliderpilotuk     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
quote:
Originally posted by Aztecdoug:
Pete sadly passed away this past Friday.
I didn't know that - very sad news. Pete was another great friend to autograph collectors and aviation enthusiasts.

Great Black project items, Doug, but where's Aurora ? If these things were flying in the last 15-12yrs, Lord knows what is being tested now.

Paul Bramley

eurospace
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posted 10-04-2004 12:22 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for eurospace   Click Here to Email eurospace     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Doug, I have not read about Pete Everest's passing anywhere else.

Do you have a link or something to confirm the information and some background?

Thanks,

Jürgen

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Jürgen P Esders
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Aztecdoug
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posted 10-04-2004 01:05 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Aztecdoug   Click Here to Email Aztecdoug     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
quote:
Originally posted by eurospace:
Do you have a link or something to confirm the information and some background?
I have not seen it in printed format, but heard of it second hand from two different sources. It was also announced Friday night at the Gathering of Eagles dinner in Lancaster too. They may have gotten their info from the same source I heard word of mouth.

Very sad. Pete was a top-notch guy and a gentleman. He like, all the other people of his generation, had a divine sense of graciousness which is sadly getting harder to find in today's culture.

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Douglas Henry

Enjoy yourself and have fun.... it is only a hobby!

star51L
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posted 10-04-2004 04:52 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for star51L   Click Here to Email star51L     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
A Google News search for 'Pete Everest' does bring a one-hour old result (as of this post) of his passing. It is to a subscription TV station in Tucson; to read the story you have to sign up to the site.

Aztecdoug
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posted 06-13-2005 05:39 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Aztecdoug   Click Here to Email Aztecdoug     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Today is the one year anniversary of my website. I initially published it because I had some autograph examples of the Scaled team that I wanted to share just before the first space flight of SS1.

It was just sort of thrown together quickly in the beginning, with organization coming thereafter. I put Aerospace projects in the foreground while sublimating the Space program. Though in reality, there is much more space stuff than aerospace stuff buried down inside.

The most important thing I got out of it was some sort of discipline in my collection. I now focus on the topics or items I need to complete, rather than just getting a little bit of everything or getting too many duplicates.

The second biggest benefit, is it has allowed me to view some of my collection anytime and anywhere I want, while everything is tucked away safely.

Those two points are the best benefits I can pass onto anyone who ever considered doing something like this themselves.

Thanks for taking the time to look.

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Kind Regards

Douglas Henry

Enjoy yourself and have fun.... it is only a hobby!
http://home.earthlink.net/~aztecdoug/

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posted 06-13-2005 09:41 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for albatron@aol.com   Click Here to Email albatron@aol.com     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Thanks Doug - it is an excellent site, excellent collection AND a great service!

Cheers!

Al

Aztecdoug
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posted 12-01-2006 11:08 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Aztecdoug   Click Here to Email Aztecdoug     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Here is a shameless self promotion of my website. I haven’t posted any updates in quite awhile but with the delivery of my Aurora Auction winnings yesterday, I am proud to display a Donn Eisele ISP BS litho which fills a hole in my M-G-A collection.

Here a few of the other things I have added throughout the year. (Not to mention the ongoing growth of test pilot signed photos.)

  • X-43a cover flown aboard the B-52 Mothership during its third and final record breaking flight
  • Harrison Schmitt signed book
  • An autographed copy of "Wildcats to Tomcats the Tailhook Navy"
  • Rare Tony Levier and very rare Milt Thompson signed books
  • My copy of Alan Bean's Reaching for the Stars with additional signatures
Please start with the What's New Page to find the newer items.

My next goal is a John Young SP WSS Litho in a few months. Thank you for putting up with me. Now, I just wish I had more storage space on my free Earthlink website!

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Kind Regards

Douglas Henry

Enjoy yourself and have fun.... it is only a hobby!
http://home.earthlink.net/~aztecdoug/

Aztecdoug
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posted 11-24-2007 09:10 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Aztecdoug   Click Here to Email Aztecdoug     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Wow, I finally got a few hours to myself today for the first time in ages. I was able to add a couple of items to my website.

I replaced my stock WSS picture of Jim McDivitt with a unique older B&W image of him in front of an F-104 Starfighter. You can sort of make out an old truck in the background that looks out of place next to the F-104.

I also acquired a couple of flown items from the X-43A program courtesy of Tony Landis. There are two flown covers and a flown flag. I understand, per Tony, that there were 20 of the Mach 7 covers flown and 50 of the Mach 10 covers. Tony thinks that there were about 24 of the flags flown.

I have another flown Mach 10 cover from another source I picked up on base at Edwards. That cover was labeled #24 of 50.

Now I am curious if there were a couple of sets of 50 covers flown on the Mach 10 mission, or there are just a few different designs made up from that single set of 50?

In any event they are pretty cool.

Now, I just have one project left for my website outstanding. I had Joe Kerwin sign my Reaching for the Stars print last Summer at Spacefest. I need to update my site with that some day. Joe's sig completed Skylab for this print. Well, one thing at a time I guess.

Take a look at the What's New Page if you are interested. Thanks for looking.

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Kind Regards

Douglas Henry

Enjoy yourself and have fun.... it is only a hobby!
http://home.earthlink.net/~aztecdoug/

Russ Still
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posted 11-30-2007 10:03 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Russ Still   Click Here to Email Russ Still     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Beautiful stuff, Doug. Really impressed with your X-plane pics. Thanx for the link.

Aztecdoug
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posted 12-01-2007 02:32 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Aztecdoug   Click Here to Email Aztecdoug     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
quote:
Originally posted by Russ Still:
Beautiful stuff, Doug. Really impressed with your X-plane pics. Thanx for the link.


Thank you Russ.

You are responsible for so much of this collection. Between Valusign, Relics and your help at the UACC show in DC a few years back, much of this has been your work.

On a side note I was at a small aviation shop wheeling and dealing for the Thompson and Rushworth signed photos a few years back. The shopowner pulled out a copy Relics 1st edition and told me what a great book it is as he opened it up to the X-15 page for reference. Wow, I had never seen a 1st edition before or since. Black cover I recall.

Thanks again.

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Douglas Henry

Enjoy yourself and have fun.... it is only a hobby!
http://home.earthlink.net/~aztecdoug/

Scott
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posted 12-01-2007 04:55 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Scott   Click Here to Email Scott     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Very nice collection, Doug!

Jake
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posted 12-03-2007 01:17 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Jake   Click Here to Email Jake     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Wonderful stuff Doug...! I especially like your X-plane emphasis....

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Jake Schultz - curator,
Newport Way Air Museum (OK, it's just my home)

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