Aviator – Pilotin http://pilotin.org/ Mon, 21 Nov 2022 06:14:28 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.9.3 https://pilotin.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/05/cropped-icon-32x32.png Aviator – Pilotin http://pilotin.org/ 32 32 WT Kolkata Conceptualizes “The Aviator” Digital Film for Pentonic GumStik https://pilotin.org/wt-kolkata-conceptualizes-the-aviator-digital-film-for-pentonic-gumstik/ Mon, 21 Nov 2022 06:14:28 +0000 https://pilotin.org/wt-kolkata-conceptualizes-the-aviator-digital-film-for-pentonic-gumstik/

Pentonic, a writing instrument brand from Linc Limited, ventures into the stationery category with its latest offering, Pentonic GumStik.

The brand has released a new digital film called “The Aviator”, created by Wunderman Thompson Kolkata, the registered agency.

The film tells the story of a 10-year-old boy who loves airplanes. He creates a model with a Pentonic GumStik and launches it into the air, which then embarks on an epic flight. The visual story is complemented by a unique sound design as it is based on the idea of ​​children using voice effects while playing with toys.

“Pentonic as a brand is designed to be unique. The GumStik is a transparent eraser in a unique black package and comes with Super Sticking Power. We needed a unique film to broaden our minds among the target audience which is school children and their parents,” says Deepak Jalan, MD, Linc Pens.

Vijay Jacob Parakkal

“We have partnered with LINC Limited on the Pentonic brand since 2019 across multiple product and format launches. We are happy and proud to be part of their growth story,” said Vijay Jacob Parakkal, Managing Partner, Wunderman Thompson Kolkata.

“The power to glue different things together to create something new is a magical superpower. We needed a magical story to bring this to life. After much exploration, we decided on the art and animation style », said Arjun Mukherjee, Sn ECD, and Vice President, Wunderman Thompson Kolkata.

“Pentonic GumStik is a newcomer to a category defined and created by a giant. You had to do something to get noticed. It’s a film that tries to do that. It tells the story of adhesive power in a way that is likely to stick in the mind a little longer,” said Soumya Chowdhury, VP & CSD, Customer Service, Wunderman Thompson Kolkata.

The aviator client: Linc

Brand: Pentonic

Agency: Wunderman Thompson VP South Asia & Sr. ECD: Arjun Mukherjee

Lead Creative Directors: Diptanshu Roy Moeinuk Sengupta Art Directors: Subhrakanti Mandal Rishav Roy Writer: Aniket Chattopadhyay

VP & CDD: Soumya Chowdhury

Customer Service: Arita Poddar Dutta, Pooja Jain

Production and animation: Bob & Bobby Susruta Mukherjee Saswata Mukherjee Music and sound design: Prabuddha Banerjee

Publisher: Aneek Ray

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Carleton College mourns the loss of Bill Huyck ’53 https://pilotin.org/carleton-college-mourns-the-loss-of-bill-huyck-53/ Fri, 18 Nov 2022 18:34:04 +0000 https://pilotin.org/carleton-college-mourns-the-loss-of-bill-huyck-53/

NORTHFIELD, Minnesota – Carleton College is saddened to announce the passing of former coach Willard “Bill” Huyck ’5390 years old, died on November 16, 2022.

Huyck graduated from Carleton in 1953, having participated in football, wrestling and baseball. He enrolled in the Naval Officer Candidate School and served as a naval aviator (navigator and bombardier) stationed on an aircraft carrier in the Mediterranean. After his military service, he returned to Carleton in 1957 to earn his teaching credentials and to work as a part-time assistant football coach. In 1958, he joined the full-time staff and eventually served as head coach of the cross country, hockey, and indoor and outdoor track and field programs.

During his coaching tenure at Carleton, his teams won 13 Midwest Conference titles in cross country, seven more in indoor track and three more in outdoor track.

He was director of the men’s physical education department for a time and served as acting director of athletics. He spent the 1964-65 academic year as a counselor and coach in Egypt on a scholarship from the US State Department.

He retired to serve as Dean of Admissions for Carleton from 1977 to 1979. A year after returning to coaching, his 1980 cross country team won the 1980 NCAA Championships, at that day the only Knights team to win an NCAA national crown. It was 1 of its 8 cross country teams to finish in the top 10 at the NCAA Championships.

In 1984, Huyck left Carleton to become athletic director at Sewanee University (now known as Southern University) and led its men’s and women’s athletic programs until his retirement in 1995. His retirement, however, was short-lived, as he and his family returned. at Northfield where he served a semester as acting athletic director of St. Olaf College before retiring again.


This second retirement, like the first, did not last long, as Carleton’s cross country and track and field head coaches, Donna and Dave Rick invited Huyck to join his team in 1997 as an assistant coach. In this part-time role, he continued to coach until 2021.


Not only were Huyck’s teams a powerhouse in the Midwest Conference (where Carleton maintained his athletic membership before moving to the Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference in 1983), he coached 16 Carleton student-athletes to 33 All-Citations. American. These include Dale Kramer ’78, who won four individual national titles in track and field and cross country; Mike Steiner ’69, who recorded the fastest mile time in what was then known as the NCAA College Division (essentially all non-Division I schools); Rick Bolin ’86, who was a two-time NCAA championship runner-up in the decathlon; Kristi Colbenson ’05, All-American in javelin and heptathlon; and Kelly Lovett ’11, a three-time All-American in the javelin throw and 2011 national champion.


Huyck loved athletics and dedicated his life to helping others achieve their dreams not only on the field, but also in their education, career and personal development.


And he had a sense of humor. When his men’s cross-country team won the NCAA championships in 1980, he told his team, “Quick, guys! Load up the vans, grab the trophy, and get the hell out of here before they do. add the score and find out we didn’t really win!”


Huyck published 14 articles in technical journals, two of which were cited in the Encyclopedia of Track and Field. He served two terms as chairman of the NCAA Division III Athletics Committee, was president of the NCAA Division III Cross Country Association, and was secretary of the coaches association. Division III runway. He served as chief inspector (now known as chief umpire) at 19 NCAA Division I indoor track and field championships in Detroit, and referee for 26 NCAA Division III championships in the different NCAA.


Through his association with Fred Wilt, a well-known track and field coach, Huyck taught at five major coaching schools in the United States run by the United States Olympic Committee and at four coaching schools run by the International Association of athletics federations (IAAF) in Puerto Rico, Mexico and Jordan. In addition to his year in Egypt, Huyck’s other international experiences include coaching teams in Portugal for three months in 1973, Canada for part of two summers, and the US Sports Festival in 1983.


Bill was inducted into the Carleton College ‘C’ Club Athletic Hall of Fame in 1979, the Minnesota Track & Field Hall of Fame in 2010, and the University of the South Athletic Hall of Fame in 2019. The cross country championship course at Carleton was renamed in honor of Huyck in 2019.


The family plans to hold a memorial event in Northfield in the spring of 2023 for friends, family and alumni.


Click here for a more detailed obituary of his family.

Memories of Coach Huyck can be written on the College Farewell page.


Rewatch the Bill Huyck Celebration / 1980 Men’s Cross Country reunion on YouTube.

 

Bill Huyck (left) chats with current Carleton head coach Dave Ricks during a meet



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Hollywood pulls out the big holiday movie game https://pilotin.org/hollywood-pulls-out-the-big-holiday-movie-game/ Tue, 15 Nov 2022 05:20:45 +0000 https://pilotin.org/hollywood-pulls-out-the-big-holiday-movie-game/

Major entries mark Hollywood’s holiday preview, highlighted by year-end award nominees as the nation seeks to achieve post-pandemic normalcy. (Release dates subject to change.)

NOVEMBER 18

‘She Said’ – The race of two New York Times reporters (Zoe Kazan, Carey Mulligan) to expose the sexual abuse of Harvey Weinstein.

‘The Menu’ – A dark comedic horror entry serves up Ralph Fiennes as a deranged chef.

‘The Inspection’ – True story of a gay man (Jeremy Pope) who joins the Marines to seduce his homophobic mother (Gabrielle Union).

NOVEMBER 23

‘Strange World’ – Disney’s 61st animated feature, a sci-fi action adventure starring the voices of Jake Gyllenhaal and Dennis Quaid.

‘The Fabelmans’ – Steven Spielberg’s fictionalized autobiographical account of his movie-centric youth. Won the Toronto Film Festival People’s Choice Award, often a strong predictor of Best Picture at the Oscars.

‘Devotion’ – The Navy’s first black aviator flies in war-torn 1950s Korea.

‘Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery’ – Daniel Craig returns as Detective Benoit Blanc in another Agatha Christie-style murder mystery.

‘Bones and All’ – Cannibal Timothee Chalamet travels across America in search of love.

‘All the beauty and the bloodshed’ – Laura Poitras’ revealing documentary shows how photographer-turned-activist Nan Goldin brought down the Sacklers. Won the Venice Film Festival’s top prize, the Golden Lion.

‘White Noise’ – (Opens November 25) From Don DeLillo’s postmodern novel, Adam Driver and Greta Gerwig are a couple freaked out by ’80s America.

‘The Son’ Hugh – (Opens Nov. 25) Jackman is aiming for a second Best Actor Oscar nomination in this semi-sequel to Oscar winner Florian Zeller’s ‘The Father.’ Here, Anthony Hopkins picks up on that father as his son Jackman suffers mightily with his own teenage son.

DEC 2

“Women Talking” — Writer-director Sarah Polley lets women participate in a debate about a religious cult to escape physical and sexual abuse from their men. Frances McDormand produced and co-stars.

‘Emancipation’ – Will Smith as a historical figure crucial to ending slavery.

9 DEC

‘Empire of Light’ – Olivia Colman struggles to work in the 1980s in a classic play of British cinema.

‘The Whale’ – Brendan Fraser’s acclaimed turn as an obese invalid makes him a staple.

December 16

‘Avatar: The Way of the Water’ – James Cameron’s first sequel to his 2007 blockbuster, with several more in the works.

21-23 DEC

‘I Wanna Dance With Somebody’ – A Whitney Houston biopic produced by her mentor (and starring Stanley Tucci).

‘Bodice’ – Vicky Krieps as Elisabeth, the ill-fated 19th-century Empress of Austria.

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St. Charles Veterans Day event honors those who served https://pilotin.org/st-charles-veterans-day-event-honors-those-who-served/ Fri, 11 Nov 2022 18:43:06 +0000 https://pilotin.org/st-charles-veterans-day-event-honors-those-who-served/

For Geneva’s Jeffrey Glaser, celebrating Veterans Day every year is something he never wants to miss.

“For me, it’s something I always want to be a part of. I have a lot of friends who are veterans. My neighbor was killed in the Vietnam War and I think it’s important to honor those guys who kept us free,” Glaser said Friday at a Veterans Day ceremony in St. Charles.

“I’ve driven here from Geneva every year, and I always come,” he said. “St. Charles always has good service.”

More than 100 city officials, emergency responders and residents gathered at 10:30 a.m. Friday at Fire Station 1 at 112 N. Riverside Ave. for the annual Saint-Charles Veterans Day Ceremony.

The approximately 30-minute event included the singing of the national anthem and an opening prayer, followed by remarks from St. Charles Mayor Lora Vitak and others.

The ceremony ended with a closing prayer, a gun salute and a tap dance performance.

Event coordinator, retired Lt. Col. Mark Powell, who worked as an Army aviator, said the event had been going on for more than two decades and “focused a lot on veterans from World War II” and that there might be “only two coming this year.”

“What I’ve noticed over the years is that ‘The Greatest Generation’ is, well, they go fast,” Powell said. “It’s special for the veterans and the city. It’s personally important to me because when I was a kid, WWII guys would come to our house when my dad was in Vietnam just to see how we were doing and that introduced me to the vets.

“At first it grabbed me just because people cared enough to come home and see how we were doing when my dad was gone,” he said. “That kind of led me to join.”

Powell added “this is an important day and these traditions should be cherished and carried on.”

“The city is incredibly supportive of everything we do for veterans in St. Charles,” he said.

Angelo Di Liberti, 95, of South Elgin, was one of the Second World War veterans in attendance and said he had attended the event in St. Charles for years.

World War II veteran Angelo Di Liberti, 95, of South Elgin, was on hand Friday as the town of St. Charles offered its annual Veterans Day program.

“I always jump planes and that’s something we should be doing,” he said. “You get this feeling of having all these people and I watch a lot of war history. I feel like the community has been really supportive of me over the years.

Vitak spoke beforehand and said the long-running event “is probably one of the best I’ve ever seen” and that “our veterans are well supported in our community.”

“People are doing a good job planning this and about 10% of our city’s workforce are veterans themselves, so I think it’s important that we honor them, especially as a members of our community and as people who also work for the City of St. Charles. Vitak said. “It’s important for a municipality to set aside time because we need to recognize vets as well as teach young children and people in our community that the town values ​​these people. This is an important thing to recognize and keep in mind for people every year.

Roberta Stanford of St. Charles has also been coming to the event for years to honor her father, who she says was a World War II medic.

“I have a real personal connection to this event and my mom and I would come here too,” she said. “She was also in the nursing corps during the Second World War. My parents met in Pasadena and they got married. Ten days later my father went overseas to war and he saved many men, taking them from no man’s land to blood transfusions and surgeries so they could live another day. I never miss that and I kept going.

Jeff Ford of St. Charles, who wore a Vietnam veteran’s hat, said it was both moving and appreciated that so many people came to Friday’s ceremony.

“I can see other vets, but it’s wonderful for people to sacrifice a bit of time to show gratitude and things like that,” Ford said. “I always think of those serving now and what they are going through. We might not have had our due in the 70s, but that has really changed a lot. There are a lot more people honoring things and people have really come together.

David Sharos is a freelance journalist for The Beacon-News.

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Star Wars movie cancelled, director fired? https://pilotin.org/star-wars-movie-cancelled-director-fired/ Tue, 08 Nov 2022 23:03:01 +0000 https://pilotin.org/star-wars-movie-cancelled-director-fired/

Acclaimed director JD Dillard says his Star Wars movie died on the vine.

By Micheleen Martin | Posted

If you were waiting Dedication director JD Dillard to reveal more news about the Star Wars movie he’s developing, we hope you weren’t waiting underwater. Dillard recently told The Wrap (via Murphy’s Multiverse) that his project set in the universe created by George Lucas has not materialized. The director didn’t elaborate on what happened, but said “it wasn’t for lack of trying,” suggesting that for some reason Lucasfilm didn’t want what it was selling. .

Pressed to find out what his Star Wars movie would have been, Dillard avoided going into specifics, instead talking about how the franchise first impacted him creatively. “My father being an aviator, we had a bunch of flight simulators, including TIE-FighterDillard recalls.

“I’ve been playing this game for months. And my dad is piloting it with me… And he’s like, ‘Well, you know, this game is from a movie series.’ »

It was then that JD Dillard watched his first Star Wars movie, which was the first Star Wars movie. He said the video game experience before the film gave him an interesting perspective on what Lucas had created. it helped him realize “the full extent of what it meant to build a world because I was playing this pseudo-16-bit game”.

Again, while JD Dillard didn’t share exactly what happened with the Star Wars movie he was developing, he did say something that might be a clue regarding his frustration. He made a point of telling The Wrap that if he does continue to do a space movie in the future, it would be something original as opposed to being part of a franchise like Star Wars. Perhaps coping with the demands of a franchise — especially one that seems much more devoted to streaming series these days — proved too frustrating for the director.

This is just speculation, but given Dillard’s words about his father and his early gaming experiences TIE-Fighter, it seems likely that the Star Wars movie he was developing could have been a space combat movie. His last movie, Dedicationis a biographical war drama starring Jonathan Majors (Loki) and Glen Powell (The Expendables 3) as famous U.S. Navy pilots of the Korean War. You’d think he was dying to lead epic space battles between TIE Fighters and X-Wings.

Jonathan Majors in Dedication (2022)

Sadly, this JD Dillard short story is becoming more and more common in the Star Wars film franchise. In September, it was finally confirmed that Patty Jenkins Thieves Squadron had been cancelled. Meanwhile, projects like Rian Johnson’s Star Wars trilogy appear to be in limbo, with rumors rampant that other announced films like Taika Waititi’s have also been canceled or delayed.

Lost Co-creator Damon Lindelof is apparently developing a new Star Wars movie, but it’s still in its early stages and the script is still being worked on.

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Explorer sales in the Calumet region plunge 23.3% https://pilotin.org/explorer-sales-in-the-calumet-region-plunge-23-3/ Sat, 05 Nov 2022 23:00:00 +0000 https://pilotin.org/explorer-sales-in-the-calumet-region-plunge-23-3/

Sales of the locally made Ford Explorer SUV fell 22.3% in October, the second consecutive month of decline after a three-month rise.

Explorer sales had picked up after falling sharply during the coronavirus pandemic, largely due to semiconductor shortages that rocked the global auto industry and shuttered the Chicago assembly plant for weeks, reducing shifts and leaving dealerships half empty. .

Overall Ford and Lincoln sales fell 10% to 158,327 last month from 175,918 in October 2021.

In October, the Dearborn, Mich.-based automaker reported an 18.6% drop in retail sales, a 21% drop in retail truck sales, an 18.2% drop in SUV retail and a 79.1% increase in electrified retail sales. Ford’s overall truck sales fell 7.7%, overall SUV sales fell 14.1% and overall electrified vehicle sales soared 119.8% last month.

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Ford has been phasing out low-margin cars, selling just 3,856 last month, up 22.7% from 3,142 in October 2021. It has changed its strategy to focus on pickups and trucks. More expensive, higher-margin SUVs are fattening its profit margin and is now projecting it will become the second-largest maker of electric vehicles in the United States.

The automaker reports that demand for 2023 model year vehicles is up 134% compared to the same period last year.

“The all-new Super Duty scored a record 52,000 orders in just five days,” said Ford Vice President Andrew Frick. “The F-Series remained the No. 1 truck in America, widening its lead over our second-place competitor to more than 100,000 trucks this year. We doubled our electric vehicle sales. The F-150 Lightning recorded its best monthly sales performance since launch.”

In October, Ford sold 15,887 units of the Explorer, which is manufactured at the southernmost Chicago Assembly Plant near the state line, compared to 20,714 units in the same month in 2021 After semiconductor shortages, factory closures and operating in just two shifts, Explorer sales are down 4.8% from the first 10 months of 2021, with 172,130 units sold compared to 180 888 during the same period the previous year.

In 2019, Ford also began manufacturing the Lincoln Aviator at the Chicago Assembly Plant after phasing out the Lincoln MKS and Ford Taurus. Sales of the Aviator fell 21% to 1,976 units last month from 2,134 in the same period a year earlier.

Airmen sales fell 7.4% to 18,672 units sold through the end of October, from 17,608 units in the first nine months of 2021.

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Fort Valley Navy vet visits students, mural https://pilotin.org/fort-valley-navy-vet-visits-students-mural/ Wed, 02 Nov 2022 23:29:00 +0000 https://pilotin.org/fort-valley-navy-vet-visits-students-mural/ Navy Rear Admiral Alvin Holsey came to Fort Valley to view a mural and speak to Peach County students.

FORT VALLEY, Ga. – From October 31 through November 6, Navy Week is happening in Atlanta and different Navy organizations have come to the Peach State to raise community awareness and show off what the United States Navy does. A Fort Valley native returned to his Peach County home to motivate students.

Navy Rear Admiral Alvin Holsey grew up in Fort Valley. He went to Morehouse College as a computer specialist in Atlanta after graduating from Peach County High School in 1983. He says he is blessed to be recognized in a new mural depicting notable Fort Valley residents .

“When I looked at it I was impressed, but the first thing I thought was that my mum was going to be very upset that I wasn’t smiling in the picture,” the aviator said. .

The mural was painted by Christopher Johnson in July 2022. The mural was funded by Flint Energies through their cooperative’s Rural Murals program. The painting, titled “Excellence is the Standard”, hangs on the east wall of 104 East Church Street.

The mural features the portraits of 10 distinguished residents who excelled in the arts, athletics and the military. Marian McLemore of Flint Energies says the mural is meant to show Peach Countians who have done great work in the community.

“It’s just a wonderful show of appreciation for our communities, our rural communities,” McLemore said.

Holsey also visited Peach County Junior ROTC students to talk about what it’s like to join the military and how his career took off nearly 34 years ago.

“To go from here to become a naval aviator and then, at some point, commander of a carrier battle group. It’s impressive.”

Holsey told 13WMAZ he joined the ROTC program at Morehouse and had never flown in an airplane before becoming a pilot. He has over 4,000 flight hours. He even played football there for a few years.

Holsey also visited Fort Valley State University and Georgia College University during his tour of central Georgia. He told the students to follow their dreams and have a lot of strength and determination.

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Villa Carpena: Residents of rural Italian mansion say it’s haunted by ghosts of Mussolini family https://pilotin.org/villa-carpena-residents-of-rural-italian-mansion-say-its-haunted-by-ghosts-of-mussolini-family/ Mon, 31 Oct 2022 11:43:57 +0000 https://pilotin.org/villa-carpena-residents-of-rural-italian-mansion-say-its-haunted-by-ghosts-of-mussolini-family/
Editor’s Note – Monthly Ticket is a CNN Travel series that sheds light on some of the most fascinating topics in the world of travel. In October, we’re focusing on the quirky, spotlighting everything from (allegedly) haunted spaces to abandoned places.
(CNN) — Showcasing fascist dictator Benito Mussolini’s military uniform, his beloved motorbike, an iron cradle and a creepy bedroom mirror, Villa Carpena is clearly a museum unafraid of the dark side of history.

But if the disgusting factor of visiting a place linked to Adolf Hitler’s wartime ally isn’t enough, the owners of this mansion in the Emilia-Romagna region of northeastern Italy, claim that there is also a good chance of running into his ghost.

Located in Carpena, a small neighborhood in the city of Forlì, the property is said to be haunted by several Mussolini family ghosts, including the late Italian leader. And locals also claim to have proof of this.

Filled with all sorts of personal items and works of art that once belonged to the family, Villa Carpena was the Mussolini family’s country retreat.

Today, the Liberty-style yellowish mansion, also known as “The House of Memories”, attracts history buffs and the awe-inspiring.

Since it was purchased by an Italian businessman in 2000, its new owners and other guests claim to have experienced intense paranormal activity and supernatural occurrences, some of which a team of self-proclaimed ghost hunters say have been witnessed and recorded.

The face in the mirror

“This place is alive with their presence, they are all still there and we can feel them, they are constantly watching us,” says Domenico Morosini, current owner and operator of Villa Carpena with his wife, Adele.

“I feel they respect us. We are not afraid but we don’t want to disturb these spirits, so I avoid entering the villa when it is dark.”

The couple, who live in an adjacent new building on the mansion estate, have spent years on a global treasure hunt to find and recover lost original pieces that once belonged to the Mussolini family, which they used to furnish the Villa.

Italian interest in Mussolini, who held his country in thrall from 1922 to 1943, until Italy’s failures in World War II led to his overthrow and arrest, has intensified these last years. While many continue to condemn his fascist legacy, he remains a figure of fascination, for better or for worse.

After buying one of Mussolini’s historic uniforms at an auction in the United States, Morosini says he took it back to the mansion, spreading it on the bed Mussolini shared with his wife, Donna Rachele, the same bed in which she died.

“That day there was a medium with us, and the person felt sick, had to sit down and whispered ‘there he is’. Right after that, the dark shadow of Mussolini’s face appeared in the dressing table mirror in the bedroom and has been there ever since, as if imprinted on the glass, more than just a reflection,” adds Morosini.

Villa Carpena family dining room.

Marco Buonasorte Moriconi/Villa Carpena

Tourists on guided tours of the villa are also encouraged to peer into the dark face for a glimpse of the distinctive square jaw, high forehead and prominent nose of the infamous dictator, who was executed as he tried to flee the country with his girlfriend in the final days of World War II in 1945.

Morosini says he also witnessed other strange occurrences: “I heard strong gusts of wind inside the villa during the day, and footsteps along the hallways.”

Rachele Mussolini and several of her children lived in the villa for decades after returning from post-war exile on the island of Ischia.

Morosini says he has a passion for “memories of the past” and bought the mansion from one of Mussolini’s sons, renovating it extensively with antique furniture and decor.

Skis, socks, vintage motorcycles

Regardless of their beliefs in the paranormal, visitors can see the bedrooms where Mussolini’s children slept, Mussolini’s iron “baby” cradle built by his cobbler father, his skis, his violin, his private studio and a number of lavish gifts he received during his reign. , including a tapestry by Ethiopian Emperor Haile Selassie and a sacred rock from Mount Fuji donated by Japanese Emperor Hirohito.

Also on display are family clothing such as handmade socks and hats, chandeliers, artwork, old photos of Mussolini on a bicycle, the Mussolini couple’s vintage scooters and cars, and the tractor used by Rachele, who came from a humble farming family.

Benito Mussolini, from the nearby village of Predappio, built Villa Carpena in 1924 after marrying Rachele, who lived on an adjacent farmhouse deemed by the newlyweds too small for a growing family with children.

One of Mussolini's children's bedrooms.

One of Mussolini’s children’s bedrooms.

Marco Buonasorte Moriconi/Villa Carpena

Rachele’s former home now houses the museum’s ticket office and gift shop, which sells Mussolini-brand gadgets and postcards of old family photos.

The mansion, which Morosini defines as “large but simple, reflecting the daily life of what was in fact a fairly ordinary family”, is set in sumptuous grounds with gravel paths.

The garden includes a gazebo where Mussolini read the morning paper at a stone table, and the straw and drywall “children’s playhouse” with kitchen and bathroom he built for the children.

The park, where a wisteria planted by Mussolini survives, was once a patch of rural land used by Rachele’s family to grow vegetables, fruit trees and raise cattle. His old aviary is still there, teeming with doves.

Ghostbusters and Delicate Minds

After Morosini bought the place, he says strange things started happening. Word quickly spread that the area was haunted, attracting the curiosity of paranormal professionals.

In 2013, a group of ghost hunters asked to visit and reportedly stayed the night, claiming to have captured disturbing events in the dark.

“We tape-recorded what sounded like the faint voice of a woman. When we played it, the elderly villa caretaker panicked and jumped out of his chair, whispering that he had recognized Rachele’s voice. “says Andrea Pugliese of Ghost Hunter Padova. , a group of Italian paranormal investigators.

The sound of an airplane was also recorded, Pugliese says, noting it could have been linked to Mussolini’s son Bruno, who was an aviator and died prematurely in a plane crash in 1941.

Thermal images were also taken that night, he adds, showing several red spots on the handlebars and tank of Mussolini’s favorite motorcycle, which the investigator says could be a sign that his mind touched him, moved by nostalgia.

The owners of the villa claim that the dark shadow of Mussolini's face appears in this vanity mirror.

The owners of the villa claim that the dark shadow of Mussolini’s face appears in this vanity mirror.

Andrea Pugliese/Ghostbuster Padua

“The most incredible event happened when we placed a torch on the dining table where the family was eating; we asked for a sign and at our requests it suddenly turned on and then went out,” says Pugliese.

When the team of ghost hunters arrived and started setting up the equipment, he says he perceived an “ambient of hostility as if we were not welcome, but in the evening the atmosphere changed and became less tense”.

Pugliese prefers not to speak of “ghosts”, but rather of “anomalities” and “presences” that are still attached to the house where they have lived happy moments and do not want to abandon it.

“They stayed connected to that past, away from atrocious things, and it’s no secret that Rachele herself was an esoteric woman who held seances and kept pots of salt in the house to ward off evil” , explains Pugliese.

Morosini confesses that after allowing the Ghostbusters inside the villa he felt ill for an entire year, noting that it only hit him much later that perhaps the spirits were unhappy of intrusion.

But Villa Carpena is not the only place in Italy said to be haunted by Mussolini.

On the ancient Via Appia road linking Rome to Latina, a city founded during Fascism, locals often claim to hear and see Mussolini’s ghost pass by on his red Moto Guzzi – goggles and leather cap included – on his way to meet his lovers the night .

“You can breathe history here”

Marco Buonasorte Moriconi, who runs Villa Carpena tours, says visitors are curious to discover “the human and private side of Mussolini” who escaped to the mansion to spend time with his family. He apparently never invited any of his fascist buddies.

“You can really breathe history here, and the people I accompany all perceive it, beyond their political credo,” he says. “What is striking is how everything in the villa seems frozen in time.

“You can see Rachele’s retirement notebook hanging on the kitchen wall, the telephone used by Mussolini to call the seat of government in Rome, and even the bomb shrapnel removed from her body during the Great War (WWI).

“There are so many original historical pieces and each one has its own story; we urge people to explore this amazing place,” adds Moriconi.

The upper floor of Villa Carpena houses a cultural research center which contains over 5,000 historical documents and vintage magazines for those interested in learning more about the Fascist era and the Mussolini family.

Villa Carpena, Via Crocetta, 24, 47121 Forlì FC, Italy; +39 333 305 2908

Top image: Villa Carpena, the country house of the Mussolini family. Credit: Marco Buonasorte Moriconi/Villa Carpena

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Captain James L. Durbin, Jr. | Obituary https://pilotin.org/captain-james-l-durbin-jr-obituary/ Thu, 27 Oct 2022 22:19:00 +0000 https://pilotin.org/captain-james-l-durbin-jr-obituary/

Captain Durbin was born in watertight Louisiana. He was the first son (number seven) of ten children of Florence and Lanius Durbin.

Captain Durbin studied at Louisiana State University. After seeing a “Fly Navy” sign, Captain Durbin entered the US Navy as a naval aviation cadet in October 1960. After completing flight training in April 1962, he was commissioned an ensign and designated naval aviator, in New Iberia, Louisiana. .

In 1967 Captain Durbin married Myra Carter. Captain Durbin received his bachelor’s degree from the Naval Post Graduate School in Monterey, California. In January 1975, Captain Durbin completed the transition from the jet and in August 1980, he assumed the position of “Air Boss” on the USS Forrestal (CV-59). Captain Durbin assumed command of the USS Okinawa in 1986. On December 26, 1987, comedian Bob Hope performed as part of the USO Holiday show aboard the USS Okinawa while patrolling the Gulf Persian. In addition to various unit, service and campaign awards, he wore the Meritorious Service Medal.

After retiring from the Navy, Captain Durbin served as president of Foundation College for four years. Captain Durbin was predeceased by his parents; sisters Marilyn, Flo, Peewee, Cora, Kate, Lola and Barbara; brothers-in-law Lee, Jim P, Harry, Jim C, Raymond and Brock; sister-in-law Pat.

He is survived by his wife Kay, brother Larry, sister Terry (husband Steve), son JC (wife Jackie), daughter DD (husband Scott), daughters-in-law Carrie (husband Jason) and Nicole (husband Craig) and his beloved grandchildren: Saorise, Siofra, Reed, Laura, Chloe, Allie (husband Trevor), Amanda, Cole and great-grandchildren: Sessanie, Marley and Kasper. Many nieces, nephews, great-nieces, great-nephews, and great-great-nieces and great-great-great-nephews.

Captain Durbin’s celebration of life will be held on Thursday, November 3 at the Pacific Beach La Jolla Chapel. The military service will take place on Friday, November 4 at the Miramar National Cemetery.

Gone, but not forgotten…we will miss you.

FLIGHT. 112, NO. October 43 – 26, 2022

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Former USMC F-4 pilot tells story of when he and his wingman nearly shot down two Cuban MiG-17s flying over the Keys https://pilotin.org/former-usmc-f-4-pilot-tells-story-of-when-he-and-his-wingman-nearly-shot-down-two-cuban-mig-17s-flying-over-the-keys/ Mon, 24 Oct 2022 07:23:15 +0000 https://pilotin.org/former-usmc-f-4-pilot-tells-story-of-when-he-and-his-wingman-nearly-shot-down-two-cuban-mig-17s-flying-over-the-keys/ “The flight only lasted about 25 minutes and we landed at base with only 800 pounds of fuel. Both Sidewinders came back with their homing heads fuzzy,” said MGen Mike “Lancer” Sullivan, Navy F-4 aviator with 5,000 hours on Marine Phantoms.

Built as a high-altitude interceptor, the F-4 (F4H) Phantom II quickly demonstrated that it was a special aircraft, setting more than a dozen world records for speed, altitude and time of climb. Unique in that it carried no internal guns, the F-4 relied on radar-guided missiles for attack and required a Radar Intercept Officer (RIO) to operate its advanced sensors and systems. of weapons. The Phantom II has served in the front line of more Western air forces than any other jet aircraft.

The F-4 first flew on May 27, 1958, deliveries to US Navy and Marine Corps squadrons began in 1960 and entered service in 1961.

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As Peter E. Davies explains in his book Gray Ghosts, US Navy and Marine Corps F-4 Phantoms, in 1963 US Navy and US Marine Corps (USMC) F-4Bs deployed to Key West in response to the Cuban crisis and the Washington crisis. desire to have the most advanced interceptors in place to counter the threat from Russian and Cuban aircraft.

VF-41 had previously occupied this slot, and VF-102 on the USS Enterprise helped maintain the blockade of Cuba. VF-41’s move to base, according to former Phantom RIO Fred Staudenmayer, “was initiated by one of SecDef MacNamara’s child prodigies without going through the usual Navy chain of command, a harbinger of the micro-management that was to follow. With the most sophisticated and effective airborne weapons systems available, we assumed Alert status under the operational control of the Air Force to intercept anything that The MiGs never did, except to defect, but we intercepted an interesting assortment of Piper Cubs, transports, balloons and boats. ‘keep up the good work’ visit Just after the peak crisis period, President Kennedy visited the squadron lines of planes that hadn’t flown and circled us!

F-4N Phantom of VMFA-531

By the time the Gray Ghosts arrived the threat had diminished, but there were still actions against the Cuban MiG-17s which provided the Phantom crews with valuable first experience of a future adversary. MGen Mike “Lancer” Sullivan, who became the Navy’s F-4 Airman with 5,000 hours on Marine Phantoms during a 23-year career on the type, had such an encounter as he was assigned to VMF(AW)-531:

“CC Taylor, my RIO and I launched an airborne run, guided 120 degrees for a 47 mile bogie. We caught them before they ran dry on the Cuban Keys. During the intercept, we lost contact with the GCI, so our wingman climbed to an altitude where he could relay our instructions. We were at 800 feet doing Mach 1.1 in full afterburner at three miles with a passing speed of 470 knots and got a ‘Break X’ just when GCI said to hold a five mile runway on the bogies. I didn’t have a visual on them, so I reduced power to idle with the airbrakes out and did a high-speed barrel roll to avoid flying past the bogies. Luckily we leveled off on their tail at about half a mile, and I saw them slightly high at 12 o’clock.

F-4B from VMFA-531

“CC Taylor was shouting that GCI had said to maintain a five mile runway and seemed very nervous to be so close, with Cuba only a few miles away. I told him we should drop the hack, but at that point, both MiG-17s made a 60 degree port turn, I immediately thought they saw us and slid out of their turn, reconfirmed that I was “in Sidewinder ” and periodically, when at six o’clock from the bogies, I would hear this beautiful Sidewinder tone “Grrrrrr”. I thought it was tight, but then I realized that MiGs don’t pull g in turn. Watching them another few seconds it looked like the right winger was learning to fly in formation We were only seconds away from being over Cuba so I started a steep turn towards Key West with CC feeling arrogant and wanting me to get close to the MiGs so he could see them well. But it was too late, and he hung on down to the base. The flight only lasted about 25 minutes and we landed at the base with only 800 pounds of fuel. Both Sidewinders returned with their homing glass out of focus (low altitude, high Mach thermal friction). ”

Gray Ghosts, US Navy and Marine Corps F-4 Phantoms is published by Schiffer Publishing and can be ordered here.

Photo credit: US Navy and US Air Force

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