Amazing Projects


F104 Starfighter Reborn

While reviewing Roz Savage’s blog, I read her tribute to Steve Fosset. Fosset went missing on September 3, 2007, while flying to scout possible locations to try to break the speed record of a land bound vehicle, which currently stands at 763 MPH.

My tenuous link to Steve Fosset is that I met the North American Eagle group at an Aerospace convention in Anaheim in 2006. They are also contenders in trying to break the landspeed record. While chatting with them, they mentioned that they had tried to interest Fosset in a high tech, high speed race between their two vehicles!

The project’s founders Ed Shadle & Keith Zanghi’s state ” for over 20 years now the British have held the record. We feel its time to bring the record back to North America”.

The history of the North American Eagle is just as fascinating. It used to be a F104 Starfighter jet aircraft, tail number 56-0763. In its original life, it was a chase plane for the X-15 rocket plane, and for the maiden flight of the SR-71 Blackbird. It was already a part of aviation history. Now, reborn and re-engineered, it strives to make history once more as the world’s fastest landspeed vehicle. Find out more about the North American Eagle at Landspeed.com

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In 1997, photographer Kenneth Adelman, and his wife, pilot Gabrielle Adelman did an aerial photoshoot of San Simeon Point for the Sierra Club.

From that, an ambitious project was born–to photograph the entire California Coastline!

Flying off the coast at around 500 – 700 feet in the air, the pair took over 34,000 pictures to capture virtually the entire California Coast on camera.

Dubbed the California Coastal Records Project, the undertaking is so huge that they had to develop special links to their website, since, “Most of the contents of this site are generated by a set of CGI scripts. They are constantly under development, and as such, the URLs generated by these scripts are in a constant state of flux.”

Not content with just one set of pictures, the couple plan on renewing the images every five years to provide a pictorial archive of the California coastline. Check out their website and some of their images below. The sheer scale and magnitude of this project earns it the AIP (Amazing Internet Project) designation!

Huntington Beach Pier

Huntington Beach Pier

Stranded Sailboat @ La Jolla

Stranded Sailboat @ La Jolla

Hotel Coranado, San Diego

Hotel Coranado, San Diego