By William L. Fox
Images AND A STORY
PART 1: Out West
3 The Pit . . .
4 . . . and the Stack
5 The Horizontal City
6 The Angels of Mulholland Drive
FLYING WEST TO EAST
PART 2: again East
8 Time Flies By
9 The 11th of September Trail
10 The Vertical City
11 flooring Truth
FLYING NORTH TO SOUTH
PART three: Down Under
12 Mount Kosciuszko: 2,228 Meters (7,310 Feet)
14 Lake Eyre: forty nine toes under Sea Level
15 Lake Eyre: 4,500 toes Above Sea Level
16 Alice Springs
17 Over Canberra . . . and la
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The crews trained at Wendover were the best in the world, able to position their silk spider-thread crosshairs over anything on the planet. Despite the fact that we dropped the world’s first two atomic bombs, within a few days during late August 1945 incinerating more than 150,000 Japanese, mostly women, children, and the elderly unable to fight, our military does seem to genuinely prefer weapons that minimize collateral damage. Hence the laser- and satellite-guided bombs that we can now fly down chimneys and into office windows.
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