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Sixty years after it was scuttled off the coast of San Francisco, the bomb-scarred, radioactive hulk of the World War II-era aircraft carrier USS Independence (CVL-22) has been located on the seafloor near the Farallon Islands. NOAA, working with private... Continue reading
Posted Apr 18, 2015 at Telstar Logistics
Recently, Telstar Logistics had an opportunity to take an authorized tour of the San Francisco Municipal Railway's Marin Division yard, thanks to our friends at Market Street Railway. The Marin Division Yard is home to San Francisco's derelict streetcar storage... Continue reading
Posted Dec 18, 2012 at Telstar Logistics
We took to the track last weekend. The automotive circus came to town, in the form of a 24 Hours of LeMons endurance race at Infinion Raceway just north of San Francisco. LeMons (Pro Tip: It's pronounced "lemons") is the... Continue reading
Posted Mar 28, 2012 at Telstar Logistics
San Francsco's Cyclecide has released "The Loaded Warrior," a clever remake of The Road Warrior: A remake of the greatest action movie ever, The Road Warrior, A.K.A. Mad Max 2. San Francisco's Cyclecide replaces cars with bikes and gas with... Continue reading
Posted Feb 23, 2012 at Telstar Logistics
San Francisco is preparing to order a handsome new "super-pumper" fireboat, and if The Big One ever strikes, the new boat is likely to play a starring role in saving the city from unspeakable destruction. The salty dogs at gCaptain... Continue reading
Posted Feb 10, 2012 at Telstar Logistics
While on a recent survey of the industrial waterfront in Oakland, California, Telstar Logistics spied a most unusual vehicle: A heavily armored backhoe strapped to an open-sided shipping container. Moving in for a closer look, we observed that the vehicle... Continue reading
Posted Feb 9, 2012 at Telstar Logistics
As you may have heard, Ford has ended production of the venerable Crown Victoria, the mainstay vehicle of American police and taxi fleets for decades. The Crown Vic assembly line shut down last September, so we found ourselves wondering: What... Continue reading
Posted Jan 30, 2012 at Telstar Logistics
Since no one seems to want to take the thing, the US Navy has announced plans to scrap its Sea Shadow stealth warship prototype, which was built during the 1980s. Until recently the ship was in mothballs at Suisun Bay,... Continue reading
Posted Jun 21, 2011 at Telstar Logistics
This is geeky, but for San Franciscans or visiting tourists, it's also way cool. There is a new, live data feed available via San Francisco's NextBus and Market Street Railway that offers a realtime visualization of which vintage streetcars are... Continue reading
Posted Jun 15, 2011 at Telstar Logistics
By the end of summer you will no doubt be sick of hearing about these two. Until then, however, we were amused to learn that the thugs in Pixar's upcoming "Cars 2" are both American Motors vehicles from the unfortunate... Continue reading
Posted Jun 15, 2011 at Telstar Logistics
The 34th America's Cup will be held on San Francisco Bay in 2013. It will be a grand spectacle, and Team Oracle has been promoting the event out on the water -- in the heavy winds that have buffeted the... Continue reading
Posted Jun 14, 2011 at Telstar Logistics
This is so unfortunate. A Goodyear blimp caught fire and crashed in Germany on Sunday, killing the pilot. From the Cleveland Plains Dealer: The German newspaper Spiegel reports that the blimp was about to land at an airfield in Reichelsheim... Continue reading
Posted Jun 13, 2011 at Telstar Logistics
Sorry for the recent spate of NASA-related items, but with the imminent retirement of the Space Shuttle fleet, we really should enjoy all this while we still can. In that vein, NASA has released a superb video that affords an... Continue reading
Posted Jun 9, 2011 at Telstar Logistics
The militarization of Mexico's criminal cartels continues, as authorities have seized an increasing number of home-built -- and sophisticated -- armored vehicles. From today's New York Times: MEXICO CITY — Rhino trucks, narco tanks, Mad Mex-inismos? No one can agree... Continue reading
Posted Jun 8, 2011 at Telstar Logistics
Air France began Airbus A380 service to San Francisco International Airport yesterday, joining Lufthansa, which inaugurated SFO's first regularly scheduled A380 service a few weeks ago. Here's a good video of yesterday's Air France arrival, including a runway-side view of... Continue reading
Posted Jun 7, 2011 at Telstar Logistics
For a time during the 1970s, Los Angeles operated a small fleet of public buses to carry beach-crazed kids from the distant valleys of San Fernando and Pasadena to the cowabunga sands of Santa Monica. The Los Angeles Transportation Library... Continue reading
Posted Jun 3, 2011 at Telstar Logistics
The 2011 Carnival Parade took place in San Francisco last weekend. Telstar Logistics appreciated the gracious charm of the scantily clad dancers we saw parading up our city streets, but -- surprise, surprise -- it was the cars that really... Continue reading
Posted Jun 2, 2011 at Telstar Logistics
Last weekend, Telstar Logistics flipped on NASA TV for a few minutes to unwind. We don't normally watch NASA TV as leisuretime entertainment, but we heard via the Twitter that Space Shuttle Endeavor was doing some formation flying with the... Continue reading
Posted May 31, 2011 at Telstar Logistics
Here's a round-up of a few recent items that caught the fancy of the Telstar Logistics executive team: The Worst Station Wagons Ever Produced (Hooniverse) Five Airport Bars Made from Actual Airplanes (Jaunted) Adventures in the Abandoned Ships of Suisun... Continue reading
Posted May 27, 2011 at Telstar Logistics
It is only through colossal force of will that we are avoiding the temptation to purchase a copy of the Lego Maersk Container Ship set. But if you're tempted, it can be had for $119 from Lego Direct. Or, If... Continue reading
Posted May 26, 2011 at Telstar Logistics
It wasn't a fast drive, nor particularly long, but it will be remembered in the history books as one of humanity's greatest off-road adventures. After traversing almost 5 miles of Martian terrain, NASA's Spirit rover has fallen silent, and the... Continue reading
Posted May 26, 2011 at Telstar Logistics
The mothership has landed, but you won't find it at Area 51. No, this mothership previously belonged to Parliament-Funkadelic, and it's now headed to the Smithsonian Institution: The funkiest UFO in the galaxy is about to land in Chocolate City.... Continue reading
Posted May 25, 2011 at Telstar Logistics
The Bernal GT is a collector's-car road rally organized by a few gents from San Francisco's Bernal Dads Racing team. The Bernal Dads are the same bunch that created the oddball Molvo hybrid Miata/Volvo race car for the 24 Hours... Continue reading
Posted May 24, 2011 at Telstar Logistics
There's really not much to say about this amazing collection of long-exposure photographs taken at San Francisco International Airport by Terence Chang... except to say that it's really really really amazing! Lovely. Hat tip: Rich Continue reading
Posted May 23, 2011 at Telstar Logistics
What's not to love about this fanciful mix involving a BMW 5-Series, a Boeing KC-135 aerial refueler, and an empty cup of coffee? Hat Tip: Flightblog Continue reading
Posted May 20, 2011 at Telstar Logistics