Wednesday, March 25, 2015

The Wild Blue, Black and Tan Yonder (Not Necessarily in That Order)

Chapter 10

"Can't they glide down if they run out of gas?", Easy asked. "I heard that planes can do that."

"It's not like that with a blimp", Ernie said. "Planes are heavier than air. A plane has to keep moving to stay in the air. The shape of the wings cause air pressure to build up underneath the plane as it moves forward, and pushes it up. Forget about what you see in the cartoons, if a real plane got tied to a mountain or a building, the minute it stopped it would crash. A plane is always moving through the air when it's flying. As it slows, it starts to come down. Remember, we said if a blimp loses power, it drifts, and the rudder is useless."

"I still can't reach them", Snoopy said. "And with all that manipulating of the throttles, they're going to burn up more fuel."

"So what can we do?", Easy asked.

"I have an idea", Snoopy said. He pulled out his cell phone, and dialed. 

"Blogville Tower."

"Baxter? Snoopy. Is the jet jeep there yet?"

"Yep, arrived about an hour ago."

"Great. It is airworthy?"

"Ranger's setting it up now."

"As soon as he gets it set up, get him to the tower and have him call me at Squeaky Toy Tower on the land line."

"Will do."

Snoopy hung up the phone, and said, "Ranger's got the jet jeep."

"There's a jeep with jet engines?", Easy asked.

"The jet jeep was a type of mini helicopter the Army experimented with about 50 years ago", Ernie said. "It came in a kit, and the soldiers would have to put it together on site before they could fly it. They were good, but not good enough. Ranger's got one that still flys, and we're going to use it to catch the blimp."

"Who's going to catch the blimp?", Muffin asked, climbing up the stairs with a big picnic basket.

Snoopy hugged Muffin, and said, "I'm going to catch the blimp."

Muffin set down her basket, looked out the window, and said, "No, you can't, Snoopy! It's too dangerous. You might fall, you might crash! Please, Snoopy, don't go! Please, Snoopy! Please!"

"Muffin, I gotta do it!"


Just then , the phone rang. Walter lifted it and said, "Squeaky Toy Tower, Walter Speaking............Yeah, he's here.....Snoopy!"

Snoopy grabbed the phone. "Ranger...........You got it ready? Great. Okay, here's what I need you to do.........Get it over here as fast as you can. ........ You can be on the flight line in five minutes? Great! Thanks!"

Saturday, March 21, 2015

Dad an WHN are both Sick!

Tuesday night Dad started feeling like he was trapped in a Johnny Rivers song, 'cause he's got the Walkin' Pneumonia and the not so Boogie-Woogie Flu. The two-legged medical person gave him some yucky antibiotic stuff on Thursday, and some cough syrup (double yuck).

Then, on Friday, Mom (aka WHN) got visited by that little bird called Enza. It was a big surprise. She just opened the Window, and in flew Enza.

J. Snoopington Puppy, MD, FPCP (Fellow, Paw College of Physicians), and Tasha RN, and Anna Rose RN are on duty at the DWM Hospital, attending to Dad and WHN's every need, but they could use the PWP this week.

They will keep you updated on Dad and Mom.

Thursday, March 19, 2015

The Wild Blue, Black and Tan Yonder (Not Necessarily in That Order)

Chapter 9

Tasha and Shasta brushed themselves off, and saw that the blimp was now on an even keel. But all was not well. Tasha was still wearing the headset, but it was no longer receiving a signal. Carefully, Shasta traced the cable from the headset down to where it ended, which should have been a plug on the panel. It wasn't.

The end of the cable was hanging loose, and to make matters worse, where the plug should have been were two bare wires. 

They looked at each other, and over to the control panel. The plug was still in its jack. Tasha reached out for it, but Shasta grabbed her paw, and said, "That's electric. If Snoopy's transmitting, you could get a big shock."

"So what do we do?", Tasha asked.

Shasta sat down in the pilot seat, and said, "We're going to have to try to land this thing ourselves."

"But we don't even know how to steer it."

Shasta grabbed the throttles, and said, "We've got two propellers. If we run them at different speeds, that will make the blimp turn, just like soldiers steer a tank by moving the tracks at different speeds."

"I should have known that. My grandpaw used to drive a tank."

Shasta moved the port throttle forward, pulled back on the starboard, and the blimp started turning. It was then that they saw the storm moving back across the field. Shasta kept the blimp in a twist turn, and said, "But we can't land in this weather."

"So what do we do?"

"The only thing we can do is keep flying around until the storm clears."

"But you don't have a license to fly this thing. And besides, won't Badyear be mad at us for taking their blimp?"

"Look, if we land now, the blimp'll be torn to pieces by that storm. This way, when we bring back the blimp, it'll still be in one piece."

Shasta brought the starboard engine up to full speed, and they headed off to the sunlight.

On the ground Snoopy saw the blimp heading away, and said, "What are they doing?"

Ernie looked up, and said, "They're probably trying to outrun the storm."

"But what if they get lost?"

"Shasta's a pilot, and it looks like she's already figured out how to steer it."

"But what if they run out of gas?"

"Oh my dog! I knew we forgot something!"