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Flight in birds has evolved through the structuring of the wings of the forelimbs and the transition from an alternating gait to a synchronous beat. In mammals, the spinal midline guide molecule, ephrin-B3, instructs the wiring that allows limb alternation, and its removal leads to a synchronous jumping gait. Here, we show that the ephrin-B3 protein in birds lacks several motifs present in other vertebrates, decreasing its affinity for the EphA4 receptor. Avian ephrine-B3 gene lacks an activator that drives midline expression and is absent in galliformes. The morphology and wiring at the brachial level of the chicken embryonic spinal cord resembles that of ephrine-B3 lousy mice. The dorsal midline decussation, evident in the mutant mouse, is apparent at the brachial level of the chick and is prevented by the expression of exogenous substances. ephrine-B3 to the roof plate. Our results support a role of loss of ephrin-B3 function in the formation of avian brachial spinal cord circuits and the facilitation of synchronous wing flapping.

]]> https://pilotin.org/ephrin-b3s-natural-loss-of-function-shapes-spinal-flight-circuits-in-birds/feed/ 0 ‘Delta’: why the Greek names of the Covid variants are taking off | Books https://pilotin.org/delta-why-the-greek-names-of-the-covid-variants-are-taking-off-books/ https://pilotin.org/delta-why-the-greek-names-of-the-covid-variants-are-taking-off-books/#respond Fri, 11 Jun 2021 06:00:00 +0000 https://pilotin.org/delta-why-the-greek-names-of-the-covid-variants-are-taking-off-books/

The policy of naming the variants of the plague was heavy even before Donald Trump started talking about the “Chinese virus”. The Spaniards were not thrilled to be officially blamed for the 1918 pandemic of “Spanish flu”, now known as H1N1. But strings of numbers and letters are hard to follow, so maybe there’s a middle ground between those and the demonization of perfectly innocent geographies. Just because a nasty new bug is first noticed in a place doesn’t mean it originated there.

It is for such reasons, in fact, that biomedical authorities have decided to start using more neutral names for what are euphemistically called “variants of concern.” The ‘Indian variant’ of the Sars-CoV-2 virus, now the most prevalent in the UK thanks to Boris Johnson’s liberal policy with the borders he has regained control of, has been renamed Delta, being the fourth letter of the Greek alphabet. (Kent was alpha, beta from South Africa, and gamma from Brazil.)

Sad to report, the more xenophobic sections of the press did not really enter into the spirit of this new practice, continuing to refer to “the Indian ‘delta’ variant”. Meanwhile, US airline Delta is probably eagerly awaiting the discovery of epsilon.

A word for every day of the year by Steven Poole is published by Quercus.

]]> https://pilotin.org/delta-why-the-greek-names-of-the-covid-variants-are-taking-off-books/feed/ 0 American Airlines adds nonstop flight from Tulsa to Austin https://pilotin.org/american-airlines-adds-nonstop-flight-from-tulsa-to-austin/ https://pilotin.org/american-airlines-adds-nonstop-flight-from-tulsa-to-austin/#respond Thu, 10 Jun 2021 13:38:00 +0000 https://pilotin.org/american-airlines-adds-nonstop-flight-from-tulsa-to-austin/

TULSA, Okla. – American Airlines announces that it will begin offering daily nonstop service from Tulsa to Austin later this year.

The new non-stop service will operate year round from November 2, 2021.

“We look forward to adding a new service from Tulsa to Austin, giving local customers another choice for their travel plans,” said Brian Znotins, vice president of network planning for American Airlines. “We look forward to welcoming more Tulsans back to travel with American to experience all that Austin has to offer, as well as to further connect them to our global network.”

Austin will become American Airline’s sixth non-stop service destination from Tulsa. Other non-stop service destinations include:

  • Phoenix, Arizona
  • Los Angeles, CA
  • Dallas, Texas
  • Ft. Worth, Texas
  • Chicago, Illinois
  • Charlotte, North Carolina

“Non-stop flights to major markets are critical to Tulsa’s continued economic success. I would like to thank American Airlines for this and other recent service additions to TUL, which provide essential air connectivity to our travelers, ”said Tulsa Mayor GT Bynum.

With the addition of Austin to the route network, Tulsa International Airport now offers 21 non-stop destinations.

“We are delighted to welcome American’s new nonstop service to Austin and are grateful for its continued growth in Tulsa,” said Andrew Pierini, director of air services development and marketing at Tulsa International Airport. “Austin was one of our top ten unserved markets and we’re delighted the Tulsans have another non-stop option to take them on their trips.”


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United Airlines will require all future hires to be vaccinated, current flight crews have offered vaccination incentives – CBS Denver https://pilotin.org/united-airlines-will-require-all-future-hires-to-be-vaccinated-current-flight-crews-have-offered-vaccination-incentives-cbs-denver/ https://pilotin.org/united-airlines-will-require-all-future-hires-to-be-vaccinated-current-flight-crews-have-offered-vaccination-incentives-cbs-denver/#respond Thu, 10 Jun 2021 01:52:00 +0000 https://pilotin.org/united-airlines-will-require-all-future-hires-to-be-vaccinated-current-flight-crews-have-offered-vaccination-incentives-cbs-denver/

DENVER (CBS4)– In an effort to restore the travel industry to its full pre-pandemic strength, one of the country’s largest airlines has implemented a new company-wide policy for immunization of employees. United Airlines has confirmed the new policy that will require future flight attendants to be vaccinated against COVID-19, while allowing current flight attendants and pilots to choose whether they wish to be vaccinated.

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Internal company documents obtained by CBS4 showed the company planned to incentivize pilots and flight crew members by offering extra vacation days or overtime in exchange for proof of vaccination.

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Current pilots working for United have been offered up to 13 hours of extra pay if they get their shots before the end of May. Twelve hours of additional “Add Pay” were offered for vaccinations completed before June 10 and 11 hours offered for people vaccinated before the end of June.

Flight attendants were offered an additional three days of vacation in 2022 if they could prove that their first dose of vaccine was given before June 9. Two additional days were offered to people vaccinated at the end of June.

United Airlines told CBS4’s Dillon Thomas that they would not terminate the employment of the current flight crew who chose not to be vaccinated. However, pilots and flight attendants who are assigned flights to international destinations requiring vaccines risk being removed from their flights on short notice, meaning they would not be paid for these trips. They would need to find an assignment at a destination that does not require a vaccine to recoup their paid hours.

International flights to destinations, which are more likely to require vaccines, pay more. Some employees told CBS4 they felt the policy was unfair to those who did not want to be vaccinated. However, the union representing United Airlines flight attendants in Denver and Phoenix said the union overwhelmingly supports the company’s decision.

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“The way back for our industry is for our front-line staff, at a minimum, to be fully immunized,” said Ken Kyle, United’s local council chairman for AFACWA.

Kyle said the company’s decision not to require vaccines for current employees, which is a legal practice, is a fair compromise. Kyle said the move allows current employees to keep their jobs while promoting the overall health of the crew and passengers.

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“Rather than dealing with a mandatory vaccination process, we felt it was in everyone’s best interest to try to come to an agreement with the company for a voluntary program that would not penalize flight attendants who, for some reason, would choose not to get the shot, “Kyle said.

United was just one of the country’s major airlines that had to put flight attendants on leave for periods of time during the pandemic, sometimes able to bring some back temporarily with the help of government funds. Kyle said the company’s new policies will help the industry create more flights with more opportunities for ticketed passengers to return to the skies.

“(The COVID-19 vaccination) is opening up the travel industry again,” Kyle said. “We have been in discussions with United for some time as the association is supportive of the vaccination process due to the situation we find our industry in.”

For those who hope to work for United in the future, but who are not currently employed by the company, vaccinations will be mandatory. Pilots, flight attendants, runway assistants and even vacant positions for office staff will now only be filled with vaccinated employees.

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“As we welcome new employees to the company, it’s important that we instill in them United’s strong commitment to safety. As part of this commitment, effective for all job offers made after June 15, 2021, we will ask any external candidate for a job based in the United States to certify that they have been fully vaccinated against COVID- 19 at its start date. They will have to upload their COVID vaccination card in My information no later than 7 days after the date of hire.

Those who cannot be vaccinated for medical or religious reasons will have access to a reasonable accommodation process to assess their situation. ”

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“In order for our industry to recover as fully and quickly as possible, it is necessary that we have this vaccination,” Kyle said.

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Inaugural Frontier flight connects Grand Junction to Denver https://pilotin.org/inaugural-frontier-flight-connects-grand-junction-to-denver/ https://pilotin.org/inaugural-frontier-flight-connects-grand-junction-to-denver/#respond Wed, 09 Jun 2021 06:21:20 +0000 https://pilotin.org/inaugural-frontier-flight-connects-grand-junction-to-denver/


Grand Junction Regional Airport may be the smallest airport in the country, but a big business boom could happen with the addition of the sixth airline with direct flights to the city, which is a mile above the ground. Airport Executive Director Angela Padalecki says: “A year ago we were hoping to get there. That the airport wouldn’t close. You know our fears were really serious and deep, and now we’re entering our busiest summer ever here. “

The plane for the inaugural flight from Denver to Grand Junction has just landed, marking a new page in history, and with the Front Range connection to the Western Slope could be another boom for the local economy. Governor Polis was on that flight and said, “It’s also about making Mesa County and western Colorado a better place to do business as companies seek areas served by major carriers with significant capacity, and that will help create jobs right here in Mesa. County.”

Water jets are only used to celebrate inaugural flights or retired pilots and Governor Polis celebrates the connection with the future. “I couldn’t think of a better opportunity than to bring Grand Jonction and Denver together,” Governor Polis said.

Frontier offers a 40-minute direct flight to Denver starting at $ 39 for a four-and-a-half-hour drive. “And, not just at the Front Range. There is access to dozens of cities in the Frontier network. So that makes it a lot cheaper if you want to go to Mexico or the Caribbean, ”the governor said.

Zaira Solis is among the passengers on the very upcoming Frontier flight. Zaira says, “In Denver, I have a flight that I take to Mexico. So, it saves a lot of time to drive. But, even faster connection to family means it all. “I have my family here. So I come at least once a year. Sometimes twice a year to see them, ”Solis said. She adds that since Frontier offers non-stop flights to Grand Junction from Denver, she will see more of her family.

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Kaley Cuoco’s leap from Big Bang Theory to flight attendant https://pilotin.org/kaley-cuocos-leap-from-big-bang-theory-to-flight-attendant/ https://pilotin.org/kaley-cuocos-leap-from-big-bang-theory-to-flight-attendant/#respond Tue, 08 Jun 2021 17:00:00 +0000 https://pilotin.org/kaley-cuocos-leap-from-big-bang-theory-to-flight-attendant/

During their conversation for Varietyin the Actors on Actors series, Elizabeth Olsen told Kaley Cuoco that she played Wanda Maximoff for two years in a row, having gone from the Disney Plus series “WandaVision” straight to the upcoming Marvel Studios film “Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness . “

Cuoco’s first reaction was, “I was like, ‘How does it feel to play the same character? “Then she remembered” The Big Bang Theory: “” Oh, I’ve been doing this for 12 years, “she said.

Cuoco grew up in sitcoms, and she and Olsen, who dabbled in multi-camera comedy as part of the structure of “WandaVision,” have talked about the art of it.

“It is so hard!” Olsen said.

Cuoco agreed. “Obviously that’s my whole life,” she said. “Especially with ‘The Big Bang Theory’, we would have these guest stars, and some of them were wonderful actors in drama or whatever, and they would feel so lost for a while. It’s really so musical. Because I grew up with it, and I’ve been doing it for so long, it’s so natural to me. It’s very different if you haven’t.

She used to work on a stage in front of a live audience, and having her dressing room be something “only queens can imagine,” Cuoco said. “We were indoor cats, as we called ourselves.”

She started developing “The Flight Attendant” in 2017 when “The Big Bang Theory” was drawing to a close. She bought the rights to the book and formed the Yes, Norman company.

“The book is extremely dark. There isn’t a funny word, ”Cuoco said. “It’s tragic, and she is Great tragic. I loved the book, but I loved it. And I was like, ‘OK, let me have the rights to this. And maybe it is a movie.

“Then I started to sit on it; no, I think it’s a show. I laugh so hard, because the number of times we’ve used the word tone, I can never say the word Your again. I said: ‘The Your it’s me, and we’re going to throw this girl in this horrible situation, but you’re also gonna laugh, and you’re gonna cry, and then you’re gonna feel super uncomfortable. ‘ It couldn’t be just this darkness. We had to walk this tightrope, which by the way was a total challenge.

With Warner Bros. and Berlanti Productions, Cuoco accompanied “The Flight Attendant” to its November 2020 premiere on HBO Max. It was supposed to be a departure from “Big Bang,” Cuoco said, and from Penny, the character she had played for 12 seasons: “Obviously the bigger concern was like, ‘Oh, you’re gonna be known as Penny always! ‘ – which, by the way, if I was, great. Like, that would have been nice. Yes. I’m Penny.

And it clearly worked, as a newspaper report on the morning of the Golden Globes called her a “newcomer.” But being the executive producer of “The Flight Attendant,” as well as its star, was a fit.

“The job doesn’t really end,” Cuoco said. “As an actor, we come in and do our job, and it’s great, and then we move on to the next job. And what I learned during that process, the production side with “Flight Attendant”, is how a lot of the work starts the minute we go. “

On “The Flight Attendant,” things like blocking were also new to Cuoco. “In my sitcom life you sort of fight and find things. You don’t know what this person is going to do, and it’s really quick.

She also hated the mic packs she had to wear. “The poor sound department must have thought I despised them,” she said. “I was sweating and it falls. Oh my gosh those mic packs have made my life hell.

Olsen echoed Cuoco’s hatred. “When I’m in a superhero costume with a harness, because I have to fly, and where the mic goes, it’s like where the harness and cords have to go,” she said. “And, I’m like, ‘You guys, I’m going to fly. There will be a false wind. You’re not gonna hear me anyway! I’ll have all ADR anyway. It doesn’t matter.

“I’m more than shocked that we still have a battery in a pack that needs to be changed at lunch,” said Olsen.

“Makes me crazy!” Cuoco said.

Watch the full conversation below and read more here.

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Michigan GOP files suit against Governor Whitmer over Florida flight https://pilotin.org/michigan-gop-files-suit-against-governor-whitmer-over-florida-flight/ https://pilotin.org/michigan-gop-files-suit-against-governor-whitmer-over-florida-flight/#respond Mon, 07 Jun 2021 23:14:42 +0000 https://pilotin.org/michigan-gop-files-suit-against-governor-whitmer-over-florida-flight/

LANSING, Mich. – Members of the Michigan Republican Party speak out after filing a campaign finance complaint last week.

On Monday, Republicans had nothing to add to their complaint. However, they did give big shots of what they think Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer did wrong.

The Michigan GOP continues its crusade against the governor’s trip to Florida on a private jet using money from its nonprofit inauguration, highlighting the party’s recent compliance with the state election office.

“There is nothing in this trip that would justify using the c4 that was put in place for its inauguration which was rolled out in 2019,” said Jason Roe, executive director of Michigan GOP.

Republicans argue the governor violated campaign finance laws by taking the jet between March 12 and March 15 to visit his chronically ill father.

The governor says she continued to work during the trip and her campaign says the use of the funds is legal, although she will pay the cost of her seat and her daughters’ seats on the return flight.

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Meanwhile, the GOP disagrees.

“It was one hundred percent a trip that was for the personal benefit of the governor. There was no campaign activity and there is no justification for the governor using her campaign to pay for this personal trip, ”said Roe.

This most recent complaint comes after another Conservative group filed a complaint with the IRS about the trip and the FAA launched an investigation into the jet’s owning company, PVS Chemicals, after questions were raised. raised as to whether the jet could be used as a charter.

The Michigan Democratic Party responded to the complaint by calling it “bogus” and part of “endless filibuster” against the governor.

Ultimately, it is up to Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson whether or not to take charge of the complaint.

She has fined the Whitmer campaign in the past. In 2019, his campaign was fined nearly $ 40,000 for breaking campaign coordination laws after running a series of campaign ads.

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Inaugural Vegas to HNL flight: 9th Island companies want Hawaii travel restrictions relaxed https://pilotin.org/inaugural-vegas-to-hnl-flight-9th-island-companies-want-hawaii-travel-restrictions-relaxed/ https://pilotin.org/inaugural-vegas-to-hnl-flight-9th-island-companies-want-hawaii-travel-restrictions-relaxed/#respond Mon, 07 Jun 2021 05:50:50 +0000 https://pilotin.org/inaugural-vegas-to-hnl-flight-9th-island-companies-want-hawaii-travel-restrictions-relaxed/

HONOLULU (KHON2) – Summer travel has increased dramatically, as has flights to the Hawaiian Islands.

Southwest Airlines has added three new destinations to and from Hawaii, including non-stop flights from Las Vegas and Los Angeles International Airport (LAX).

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Las Vegas’ first non-stop flight touched down on Sunday afternoon and residents and businesses of the Ninth Island said they were excited for June 15, when vaccinated residents will be able to travel even more.

“The planes are completely full at the moment. It’s not very difficult to sell Las Vegas or Hawaii and go between the two; it’s a no-brainer, ”said Andrew Watterson, executive vice president of Southwest Airlines.

“Las Vegas is very busy right now. They have reopened their tourism economy and we are delighted to connect the Hawaiian Islands with the Ninth Island of Las Vegas. This is something we can offer the Kama’aina, ”he continued.

Southwest is adding two non-stop flights between Las Vegas and Honolulu and Las Vegas and Kahului, with flights to Kona and Lihue coming later this fall.

The airline is also adding non-stop flights from Phoenix and LAX.

Las Vegas residents said they were excited to have more options when they returned to Hawaii to see family and friends.

“It’s a perfect fit. There are a lot of people from Hawaii who come to Las Vegas. We are considered the ninth island. We currently have about 55,000 to 60,000 Hawaiian people living there, ”said Dorinda Puanani Keola Burnet, former Hawaii resident, alumnus of Kamehameha schools and current Las Vegas resident who blessed the flight to Las Vegas on Sunday. afternoon.

“It’s a good thing for all of us to take advantage of all the things to come on our trip from the mountains of Hawaii to Las Vegas,” she continued.

Many said they had marked June 15 on their calendar and were delighted to welcome again more Hawaii residents who, if vaccinated, will be able to return home without restrictions for the first time in over a year.

“After June 15, you will be able to come and go much more easily. Now is a great time to get rid of pandemic fever and have fun in Vegas, ”Watterson added.

Vegas businesses are also happy to hear that travel restrictions are easing in Hawaii.

“Most of our customers are from Hawaii, which has a big impact on us,” said Kyrce Higa, whose family owns Las Vegas Jerkys.

“We’ve been waiting for this since like, since the vaccine started,” she said with a laugh. “Yes, we are looking forward to that. Hopefully everyone can get vaccinated, ”said her mother Karen.

The two women said all of their Hawaii customers are missed.

“We get a lot of orders over the phone and people say they’re going to wait until they get up. [restriction], and then they’re going to come to Las Vegas. So we look forward to that, ”Kyrce added.

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Messages from the road: National Flight 93 Memorial https://pilotin.org/messages-from-the-road-national-flight-93-memorial/ https://pilotin.org/messages-from-the-road-national-flight-93-memorial/#respond Sun, 06 Jun 2021 12:18:23 +0000 https://pilotin.org/messages-from-the-road-national-flight-93-memorial/

Flight 93 Memorial: The design of the Flight 93 Memorial and adjacent museum is a work of art. Shown are visitors as they walk on the ‘Flight Path’ catwalk at the memorial. The dark gray walkway leads to a view of the crash site about a quarter mile and down a hill. Photo by Gary Warren / ladailypost.com

Memorial and Overlook: You can see the flight 93 memorial from the memorial square below the memorial and the museum. The Overlook at the end of the Flight Path can be seen in the center of the memorial with several visitors looking towards the crash site. Photo by Gary Warren / ladailypost.com

Museum Visitors: Visitors visit the Flight 93 Memorial Museum in Pennsylvania. The museum features a detailed timeline of the events of Flight 93 on September 11, 2001, including the flight path, the terrorist attack and the plane crash, as well as a tribute to the 40 American heroes who lost their lives this that day. Photo by Gary Warren / ladailypost.com

Formerly of Los Alamos

On September 11, 2001, four commercial airliners were hijacked by Al Qaeda terrorists. Two crashed into the World Trade Center towers in New York and one crashed into the Pentagon in Washington, DC The fourth plane, United Flight 93, took off from Newark, NJ, bound for San Francisco, California, but was hijacked near Cleveland, Ohio and redirected to Washington, DC

Flight 93 was the only aircraft that did not hit its target, the United States Capitol, due to the courage of the crew and passengers. After the four terrorists on board hijacked the plane, the entire crew and passengers were sent to the back of the Boeing 757. After several people made phone calls and heard what had already happened at New York and Washington, DC, they decided to rush the hijackers. who now flew the plane.

After a five-minute struggle with the terrorists, the plane crashed in a Pennsylvania field near Shanksville, Pa., Traveling at a speed of 563 miles per hour and upside down. Everyone on board is dead. Seven crew members, 33 passengers and the four terrorists. But the plane never reached its target.

The National Flight 93 Memorial is a beautiful tribute to these 40 heroes on board the flight. The museum contains a few artifacts found at the crash site as well as a detailed timeline of that fateful morning’s flight. The Memorial Square consists of a wall made up of 40 slabs of white granite 3 inches high by eight feet. The name wall extends in the direction of the aircraft’s flight path.

We visited the Flight 93 memorial last Monday, Memorial Day. During a Memorial Day presentation, the crew and passengers were called “citizen soldiers”. I think this is an accurate statement given that their actions prevented the plane from reaching its target. When the plane crashed at 10:03 am, it was only an 18-minute flight from the United States Capitol.

The theme or common thread of the museum and the memorial is “A common field one day, a field of honor forever”.

Seeing the Flight 93 Memorial and Museum and the touching Memorial Plaza about a quarter mile down a hill made me appreciate this Memorial Day more than ever. The Flight 93 memorial in southern Pennsylvania, a tribute to 40 brave and courageous Americans, is definitely worth a visit if it’s in the area.

The Flight 93 Memorial was inaugurated in 2011. In 2015 the visitor center and museum complex was inaugurated and in 2018 the Tower of Voices was inaugurated and is located near the entrance to the Flight 93 Memorial. The memorial is operated by the National Park Service.

Editor’s Note: Long-time Los Alamos photographer Gary Warren and his wife Marilyn travel the country and share his photographs, which appear in the “Posts from the Road” series published in the Sunday edition from the Los Alamos Daily Post.

Visitor Center: Visitors mingle outside the National Flight 93 Memorial Visitor Center, located near Shanksville, PA. The visitor center and museum were added to the Flight 93 memorial in 2015. Photo by Gary Warren / ladailypost.com

Wall of Names: Forty slabs of polished white granite, 3 inches thick and eight feet high, line up to create the Wall of Names in Memorial Plaza. Each granite slab bears the name of a crew member or passenger who died in the accident of September 11, 2001. The 40 slabs form a wall on the flight path of the aircraft when it sank. crushed. The flags at the base of the slabs were placed there for Memorial Day last Monday. There were Memorial Day programs throughout the day at the site. Photo by Gary Warren / ladailypost.com

Resting place: A 17-ton sandstone boulder was placed at the point of impact of the Boeing 757 aircraft when it crashed. The plane crashed to the ground at 563 miles per hour and upside down, creating a crater in the landscape. The plane’s black box was found buried 25 feet underground. Photo by Gary Warren / ladailypost.com

Tower of Voices: The Tower of Voices was inaugurated in 2018 and is located near the entrance to the Flight 93 Memorial grounds. The tower is 93 feet tall and contains 40 wind chimes (one for the seven crew members and the 33 passengers). The chimes produce 40 different but musically compatible tones. Photo by Gary Warren / ladailypost.com

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How Alpha Flight forced the submariner to leave the Avengers https://pilotin.org/how-alpha-flight-forced-the-submariner-to-leave-the-avengers/ https://pilotin.org/how-alpha-flight-forced-the-submariner-to-leave-the-avengers/#respond Sat, 05 Jun 2021 19:34:30 +0000 https://pilotin.org/how-alpha-flight-forced-the-submariner-to-leave-the-avengers/

Today, find out why Namor left the Avengers so soon after finally joining Earth’s Mightiest Heroes as a team member for the first time.

This is a feature called “Beg Steal or Borrow,” which is all about when comic book characters are abruptly pulled from one book to another. I’m not talking about when comic book characters just migrate from one title to another. I mean examples where a writer has a character removed from the book against her will. This almost always happens in team books, but sometimes it happens in solo titles as well.

My friend Alan wrote to me asking, “Why did Roger Stern bother to have Namor on the team, given how little he used him before stepping away from the script of Masters of Evil? Obviously there have been Avengers with short stays before like Tigra’s membership on the East Coast), but for the fucking submariner to become an Avenger is a big deal, and Stern doesn’t ‘Did almost nothing with him. Looks like Stern had a big plan that then derailed behind the scenes, or he didn’t think about the impact of having this guy on the team, and quickly did. abandoned once he found out. “

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Last week, I spoke about the Defenders’ early days and noted how Namor essentially formed the team when he recruited the Hulk and Silver Surfer to help them shut down a United Nations project which Namor said would doom the Earth. Shortly thereafter, the author of this story, Roy Thomas, would reunite Namor and Hulk with Doctor Strange to form the Defenders (with Surfer then joining briefly when the team had their own series underway).

However, despite his past membership in the Invaders during WWII, Namor wasn’t much to the teams (the whole point of the original Defenders was that no one on the team was really cut out to be a member. of a team) and so in Defenders # 14 (by Len Wein, Sal Buscema and Dan Green) Namor leaves the team, telling them to add Nighthawk as a replacement (which is basically what they ended up doing) …

Namor returned to the Defenders three times before this series ended in the mid-1980s. First, writer Ed Hannigan and artists Herb Trimpe and Mike Esposito made an arc starting in Defenders # 78 where the original Defenders gathered for a mission. Then Namor returned for Valkyrie’s funeral (then stayed when it turned out she wasn’t actually dead and needed to be saved) and hung out for a while during JM DeMatteis’ run and Don Perlin to Defenders # 107. Finally, DeMatteis and Perlin (and Kim DeMulder) brought the original team back to write them off for good as the book became “New Defenders” with issue # 125 (the new direction lasted until that the book be canceled with # 152). .

Around the same time, DeMatteis, Bob Budiansky and Danny Bulanadi made a Prince Namor the Submarine miniseries, and by the end of it, he had to abdicate his throne, leaving it somewhat aimless. It was his status quo for a year.

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In Avengers # 362 (by Roger Stern, John Buscema and Tom Palmer), the Avengers were forced to find a new location to store their Quinjets after the Federal Aviation Administration revoked their license to fly from their New York mansion (in response to a previous story where the Vision tried to take over the world. The government was not very happy with that). Various cities offered to let the Avengers keep their Quinjets there, but ultimately the Avengers accepted an offer from Walter and Diane Newell, who suggested that the Avengers use their Floating Hydrobase. It was near New York, but outside of US jurisdiction.

Once there, they met Namor, who was hanging out with his old friends, the Newells, having nothing else to do. After Hercules starts a fight with him to cheer him up (ah, Hercules logic), Captain America talks to his old friend and when he learns that Namor’s only plans were essentially to roam the planet, he suggests Namor joining the Avengers instead.

Namor served with the Avengers with distinction for the next ten issues, which included the Secret Wars II crossover, so Namor has appeared as an Avenger in a bunch of comics. However, you see, before the Submariner miniseries, even, John Byrne had worked Namor in the pages of Alpha Flight where he was dating Marrina, one of the team members. Namor even offered him! But then Marrina disappeared before Namor lost her throne.


In Alpha Flight # 36 (by Bill Mantlo, David Ross and Gerry Taloac), Namor discovers that Marrina has been found and is caught in a complicated Atlantis situation and he abruptly leaves the Avengers to deal with her …

I asked Roger Stern about the story and he explained that he was unaware that the Alpha Flight editorial staff claimed Namor for this story BEFORE Stern decided to make him join the Avengers. However, he made it clear that they never “lost” Namor, they just had to lend him to Alpha Flight for this story (to which Stern even linked in Avengers # 272).

Funnily enough, however, the Alpha Flight story then ended with Namor and Marrina’s wedding in Alpha Flight # 40 (by Mantlo, Ross and Whilce Portacio) and then it was also dropped into THIS book, so Namor hasn’t appeared in any comics for almost a year!

However, Stern noted that it really wasn’t a problem for him to lose Namor by ten numbers, as “having Namor out for a few issues ended up working to the story’s advantage during the Masters of Evil arc. [Where the villainous Masters of Evil took over Avengers Mansion, aided by the fact that Namor was no longer a member, so they had less Avengers to fight]. So, win-win! “

Namor came back in Avengers # 282 and stayed with the team for the remainder of Stern’s run on the book.

Thanks to Alan for the question and many thanks to Roger Stern for the great information!

If anyone else has a suggestion for an example comic book character from a series, drop me a line at brianc@cbr.com!

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