Reconnaissance will outlive the U-2, but there will always be a divot in the hearts of those who have seen the curvature of the earth, the stars seemingly close enough to touch, and known the satisfaction of having completed a mission with the Dragon Lady.
Former U-2 pilot and military correspondent Cholene Espinoza
writes a lovely adieu to these beautiful, difficult-to-fly
aircraft, as well as a requiem for the era of human pilots for surveillance, giving way now to UAVs
and other remote-control drones. The U-2 is, amazingly, still in service, but apparently soon to be grounded -- or not
-- half-a-century after Francis Gary Powers'
little Cold War incident
posted by chavenet
on May 12, 2010 -
The Phoenix Requiem
- a graphic novel by Sarah Ellerton. The story is five volumes and has a planned ending. It should be around 800 pages long
... but there's enough there already for an all-day archive binge.
posted by Wolfdog
on Apr 7, 2010 -
It's 25 Years Ago Today Since Maria Callas Died.
There's a badly designed but well-intentioned and informative Italian website to commemorate the anniversary and there's the film Callas Forever
, directed by one of her best friends (and the director of many of her most memorable operas, Franco Zefirelli
. It premiered today
. Mozart's Requiem
was also played at the concert held in her honour tonight in Athens
. I can't help thinking, though, that the Web is sorely lacking in resources about one of the greatest, most goosebump-provoking singers who ever lived. In fact, classical singers and classical music in general seem very (increasingly
) badly served. Even the glorious Andante
magazine, which I recently linked to
, looks like it's disappeared...
posted by MiguelCardoso
on Sep 16, 2002 -
Shot Chord Heard Round the World!
On the morning of Nine Eleven 2002 at 8:46am
, over 160 choirs across the world will sing Mozart's "Requiem"
to metaphorically stand in for the thousands of voices silenced a year ago. Among all the ideas I've heard to commemorate this occasion, this one seems the most dignified, and least cringeworthy. They mentioned it on NPR's Morning Edition
(caution: Real Audio file).
posted by ZachsMind
on Sep 10, 2002 -