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  1. gigapan spied

    Snapshot Title: gigapan spied
    Taken by: Tom Stepleton

    Image: Carnegie Mellon University 2010 Commencement Ceremony
    Image Owner: Carnegie Mellon



    Description:

    I see you there, Gigapan guy...



  2. Inexpert punting

    Snapshot Title: Inexpert punting
    Taken by: Tom Stepleton

    Image: St. John's College, Cambridge, view northwest from the chapel tower
    Image Owner: Tom Stepleton



    Description:

    Heading out from the St. John's College punt dock, evidently with navigational help from passengers.



  3. Ely Cathedral

    Snapshot Title: Ely Cathedral
    Taken by: Tom Stepleton

    Image: St. John's College, Cambridge, view northwest from the chapel tower
    Image Owner: Tom Stepleton



    Description:

    Ely Cathedral, 14.52 miles from where this photo was taken.



  4. How this Gigapan was made

    Snapshot Title: How this Gigapan was made
    Taken by: Tom Stepleton

    Image: Evening falls on Montreal
    Image Owner: Tom Stepleton



    Description:

    I embedded a photo of the Gigapan system at work taking pictures for this Gigapan.



  5. Présent! pour le Québec

    Snapshot Title: Présent! pour le Québec
    Taken by: Tom Stepleton

    Image: Evening falls on Montreal
    Image Owner: Tom Stepleton



    Description:

    This Gigapan was taken shortly before the Canadian federal election of 2008. Election signs like this one for Bloc Québécois leader Giles Duceppe seemed to be on every lamppost in Montreal



  6. Montreal Biosphère

    Snapshot Title: Montreal Biosphère
    Taken by: Tom Stepleton

    Image: Evening falls on Montreal
    Image Owner: Tom Stepleton



    Description:

    en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Montreal_Biosphere Will open in a new tab or window



  7. Yeah, Toast!

    Snapshot Title: Yeah, Toast!
    Taken by: Tom Stepleton

    Image: City Museum, Interior of Entrance, with Admissions, Main Staircase, and Monster Slide
    Image Owner: Tom Stepleton



    Description:

    Sì, toast!
    はい、トースト!
    Ja, Toastbrot!
    Sim, torrada!



  8. B-17 Ball Turret

    Snapshot Title: B-17 Ball Turret
    Taken by: Tom Stepleton

    Image: Air Power Gallery (World War II Gallery), National Museum of the US Air Force
    Image Owner: Tom Stepleton



    Description:

    Air Power Gallery, National Museum of the US Air Force.



  9. Turtles

    Snapshot Title: Turtles
    Taken by: Tom Stepleton

    Image: City Museum, Interior with Whale, Turtle Tank, and Forest Jungle Gym-like Sculpture
    Image Owner: Tom Stepleton



    Description:

    Live turtles in a giant tank at the City Museum, St. Louis, MO.



  10. Gargoyle

    Snapshot Title: Gargoyle
    Taken by: Tom Stepleton

    Image: City Museum, Interior of Entrance, with Admissions, Main Staircase, and Monster Slide
    Image Owner: Tom Stepleton



    Description:

    Gargoyle in the City Museum, St. Louis, MO.



  11. Stone Temple Pilot

    Snapshot Title: Stone Temple Pilot
    Taken by: Tom Stepleton

    Image: City Museum, Architecture Hall
    Image Owner: Tom Stepleton



    Description:

    This piece of architectural ornament looks like some kind of Mesoamerican aviator.



  12. Frilled lizard mosaic

    Snapshot Title: Frilled lizard mosaic
    Taken by: Tom Stepleton

    Image: City Museum, Main Staircase, Mezzanine
    Image Owner: Tom Stepleton



    Description:

    Frill-necked lizard mosaic made of industrial cast-offs, City Museum, St. Louis, MO.



  13. Lamp dragon

    Snapshot Title: Lamp dragon
    Taken by: Tom Stepleton

    Image: City Museum, Main Staircase, Mezzanine
    Image Owner: Tom Stepleton



    Description:

    A concrete beast in the City Museum in St. Louis.



  14. World's Most Thrilling Slinky

    Snapshot Title: World's Most Thrilling Slinky
    Taken by: Tom Stepleton

    Image: City Museum Entrance, Cabin, and MonstroCity
    Image Owner: Tom Stepleton



    Description:

    Ever crawled around inside a 4' wide Slinky suspended 50 feet above the ground? You can do it here.



  15. School Bus Faces Ten Story Drop

    Snapshot Title: School Bus Faces Ten Story Drop
    Taken by: Tom Stepleton

    Image: City Museum, Rooftop, Construction in Progress
    Image Owner: Tom Stepleton



    Description:

    Good thing it's welded in place: the next stop for this bus is over 100 feet down!



  16. M.A.N.T.I.S.

    Snapshot Title: M.A.N.T.I.S.
    Taken by: Tom Stepleton

    Image: City Museum, Rooftop, Construction in Progress
    Image Owner: Tom Stepleton



    Description:

    Museum Adds Nifty Topper: Insect Sculpture



  17. Organ

    Snapshot Title: Organ
    Taken by: Tom Stepleton

    Image: City Museum, Ten Story Shaft with Slides
    Image Owner: Tom Stepleton



    Description:

    An organ deep in a shaft.



  18. CAUTION: Quick Action Bomb Doors

    Snapshot Title: CAUTION: Quick Action Bomb Doors
    Taken by: Tom Stepleton

    Image: Convair B-36J Peacemaker bomb bay
    Image Owner: Tom Stepleton



    Description:

    Placard in a B-36J Peacemaker bomb bay.



  19. LET L-13 Blaník canopy release handle

    Snapshot Title: LET L-13 Blaník canopy release handle
    Taken by: Tom Stepleton

    Image: LET L-13 Blaník Glider Cockpit, Silvercreek Glider Club, New Douglas, Illinois (near St. Louis)
    Image Owner: Tom Stepleton



    Description:

    Pull this handle to jettison the canopy: clearly, only for dire emergencies!



  20. LET L-13 Blaník oxygen flow indicator

    Snapshot Title: LET L-13 Blaník oxygen flow indicator
    Taken by: Tom Stepleton

    Image: LET L-13 Blaník Glider Cockpit, Silvercreek Glider Club, New Douglas, Illinois (near St. Louis)
    Image Owner: Tom Stepleton



    Description:

    Supplemental oxygen for pilots starts to be a serious consideration above about 10,000 feet. This is seldom a concern anywhere in America from the Great Plains east.



  21. LET L-13 Blaník altimeter

    Snapshot Title: LET L-13 Blaník altimeter
    Taken by: Tom Stepleton

    Image: LET L-13 Blaník Glider Cockpit, Silvercreek Glider Club, New Douglas, Illinois (near St. Louis)
    Image Owner: Tom Stepleton



    Description:

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  22. LET L-13 Blaník yaw string and air vent

    Snapshot Title: LET L-13 Blaník yaw string and air vent
    Taken by: Tom Stepleton

    Image: LET L-13 Blaník Glider Cockpit, Silvercreek Glider Club, New Douglas, Illinois (near St. Louis)
    Image Owner: Tom Stepleton



    Description:

    This sailplane lacks an inclinometer, so the yaw string is the only indicator of coordinated flight (aside from the seat of your pants). Happily, it is a very effective indicator.



  23. LET L-13 Blaník tow release handle and critical airspeeds placard

    Snapshot Title: LET L-13 Blaník tow release handle and critical airspeeds placard
    Taken by: Tom Stepleton

    Image: LET L-13 Blaník Glider Cockpit, Silvercreek Glider Club, New Douglas, Illinois (near St. Louis)
    Image Owner: Tom Stepleton



    Description:

    Pull the yellow handle to release the tow rope; if memory serves, you're supposed to pull it twice in the Blaník as a precaution. Behind the handle is a placard of some critical speeds; note easier-t...



  24. LET L-13 Blaník magnetic compass

    Snapshot Title: LET L-13 Blaník magnetic compass
    Taken by: Tom Stepleton

    Image: LET L-13 Blaník Glider Cockpit, Silvercreek Glider Club, New Douglas, Illinois (near St. Louis)
    Image Owner: Tom Stepleton



    Description:

    The magnetic variation at the gliderport is between 0 and 1 degrees, so this compass is nearly accurate most of the time. People here probably navigate by looking outside of the airplane, though.



  25. LET L-13 Blaník airspeed indicator

    Snapshot Title: LET L-13 Blaník airspeed indicator
    Taken by: Tom Stepleton

    Image: LET L-13 Blaník Glider Cockpit, Silvercreek Glider Club, New Douglas, Illinois (near St. Louis)
    Image Owner: Tom Stepleton



    Description:

    This airspeed indicator's needle can rotate over 360 degrees, beyond which the inner scale must be used to tell the airspeed. I've only ever seen these "spiral" airspeed indicators on gliders---never ...



  26. Spoiler handle

    Snapshot Title: Spoiler handle
    Taken by: Tom Stepleton

    Image: LET L-13 Blaník Glider Cockpit, Silvercreek Glider Club, New Douglas, Illinois (near St. Louis)
    Image Owner: Tom Stepleton



    Description:

    Pull to deploy the spoilers.



  27. Flap handle

    Snapshot Title: Flap handle
    Taken by: Tom Stepleton

    Image: LET L-13 Blaník Glider Cockpit, Silvercreek Glider Club, New Douglas, Illinois (near St. Louis)
    Image Owner: Tom Stepleton



    Description:

    This glider club places a tennis ball on the flap handle to make it easier to distinguish from the spoiler handle below. You wouldn't want to move the wrong one by mistake.



  28. LET L-13 Blaník G meter

    Snapshot Title: LET L-13 Blaník G meter
    Taken by: Tom Stepleton

    Image: LET L-13 Blaník Glider Cockpit, Silvercreek Glider Club, New Douglas, Illinois (near St. Louis)
    Image Owner: Tom Stepleton



    Description:

    The Blaník is certified for some aerobatic maneuvers. This instrument indicates how many Gs you are experiencing (notice that it's one G at rest).



  29. Not my fault!

    Snapshot Title: Not my fault!
    Taken by: Tom Stepleton

    Image: LET L-13 Blaník Glider Cockpit, Silvercreek Glider Club, New Douglas, Illinois (near St. Louis)
    Image Owner: Tom Stepleton



    Description:

    This happened when someone ran into my parked car. Technically, the car is "totaled" by this.



  30. Photographer's 1997 Nissan Sentra

    Snapshot Title: Photographer's 1997 Nissan Sentra
    Taken by: Tom Stepleton

    Image: LET L-13 Blaník Glider Cockpit, Silvercreek Glider Club, New Douglas, Illinois (near St. Louis)
    Image Owner: Tom Stepleton



    Description:

    The photographer's busted up old car. Not long for this world...



  31. Avgas fuel tank, Silvercreek Glider Club

    Snapshot Title: Avgas fuel tank, Silvercreek Glider Club
    Taken by: Tom Stepleton

    Image: LET L-13 Blaník Glider Cockpit, Silvercreek Glider Club, New Douglas, Illinois (near St. Louis)
    Image Owner: Tom Stepleton



    Description:

    Contains 100 octane low-lead avgas for the towplane. In a way, glider flying allows seven pilots to share the contents of this tank efficiently.



  32. Schweizer 1-23 glider

    Snapshot Title: Schweizer 1-23 glider
    Taken by: Tom Stepleton

    Image: LET L-13 Blaník Glider Cockpit, Silvercreek Glider Club, New Douglas, Illinois (near St. Louis)
    Image Owner: Tom Stepleton



    Description:

    See a Gigapan of this glider's cockpit here:

    www.gigapan.org/viewGigapan.php?id=7632



  33. Schweizer 1-23 landing checklist placard

    Snapshot Title: Schweizer 1-23 landing checklist placard
    Taken by: Tom Stepleton

    Image: Schweizer 1-23H-15 Glider Cockpit, Silvercreek Glider Club, New Douglas, Illinois (near St. Louis)
    Image Owner: Tom Stepleton



    Description:

    A fairly standard glider landing checklist built on the usual USTALL mnemonic skeleton.



  34. Schweizer 1-23 yaw string

    Snapshot Title: Schweizer 1-23 yaw string
    Taken by: Tom Stepleton

    Image: Schweizer 1-23H-15 Glider Cockpit, Silvercreek Glider Club, New Douglas, Illinois (near St. Louis)
    Image Owner: Tom Stepleton



    Description:

    Hard to see it here. Arguably the glider's most sensitive and important instrument.

    en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yaw_string Will open in a new tab or window



  35. Schweizer 1-23 manufacturer's plate

    Snapshot Title: Schweizer 1-23 manufacturer's plate
    Taken by: Tom Stepleton

    Image: Schweizer 1-23H-15 Glider Cockpit, Silvercreek Glider Club, New Douglas, Illinois (near St. Louis)
    Image Owner: Tom Stepleton



    Description:

    Built with pride in upstate New York.



  36. Schweizer 1-23 takeoff checklist placard

    Snapshot Title: Schweizer 1-23 takeoff checklist placard
    Taken by: Tom Stepleton

    Image: Schweizer 1-23H-15 Glider Cockpit, Silvercreek Glider Club, New Douglas, Illinois (near St. Louis)
    Image Owner: Tom Stepleton



    Description:

    A fairly standard glider checklist built on the usual ABCDE mnemonic skeleton.



  37. Schweizer 1-23 dive brake handle

    Snapshot Title: Schweizer 1-23 dive brake handle
    Taken by: Tom Stepleton

    Image: Schweizer 1-23H-15 Glider Cockpit, Silvercreek Glider Club, New Douglas, Illinois (near St. Louis)
    Image Owner: Tom Stepleton



    Description:

    Rotate down and pull back to release the dive brakes, which reduce the gliding performance of the glider dramatically. This control is operated much like a powered airplane's throttle during approach ...



  38. Schweizer 1-23 control stick

    Snapshot Title: Schweizer 1-23 control stick
    Taken by: Tom Stepleton

    Image: Schweizer 1-23H-15 Glider Cockpit, Silvercreek Glider Club, New Douglas, Illinois (near St. Louis)
    Image Owner: Tom Stepleton



    Description:

    Actuates the ailerons and elevator of the 1-23 through a mechanical linkage. Note push-to-talk switch at top.



  39. Schweizer 1-23 variometer

    Snapshot Title: Schweizer 1-23 variometer
    Taken by: Tom Stepleton

    Image: Schweizer 1-23H-15 Glider Cockpit, Silvercreek Glider Club, New Douglas, Illinois (near St. Louis)
    Image Owner: Tom Stepleton



    Description:

    A sensitive vertical speed indicator. This model is driven exclusively by air pressure and is less sensitive and accurate than the electric variometer above.



  40. Schweizer 1-23 electric variometer

    Snapshot Title: Schweizer 1-23 electric variometer
    Taken by: Tom Stepleton

    Image: Schweizer 1-23H-15 Glider Cockpit, Silvercreek Glider Club, New Douglas, Illinois (near St. Louis)
    Image Owner: Tom Stepleton



    Description:

    A sensitive vertical speed indicator---very handy for sussing out whether air is rising or sinking. This electronic model is more accurate than the mechanical model below. It generates tones through a...



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