Wednesday, July 2, 2008


Is all human knowledge precious whether or not it serves the slightest human use?

A. E. Houseman, the acclaimed English poet, certainly thought so. The entire staff at Needtovent agrees.

And so with a tip of our Carolina Mudcats baseball cap to Robert LeRoy Ripley and Thomas Rueckle we hereby offer our Question of the Day:

Which war featured the first use of air-to-air combat?

a. The Franco-Prussian War (1870)
b. The Spanish-American War (1898)
c. The Russo-Japanese War (1905)
D. World War I (1914-1918)

And the answer is.....

The Franco-Prussian War.

Yes, fellow pilots (Pontius and otherwise), the always crafty Prussian military used trained falcons to intercept and kill French carrier pigeons being used for communications.

Take that PETA...

(Napoleon III and Otto Von Bismarck after the Battle of Sedan)