I was pretty much out of ideas for things to share with a historical but scientific theme this week, so here’s just a nice bit of pretty from a collection of papers of G. William Patten. The Chance Vought F4U Corsair saw action toward the end of the War in the Pacific and the Korean War as a land- and carrier-based fighter and bomber. Not that you’d know it was anything but a work of art from this illustration (you can click the image to see it larger). My favourite part is the completely unnecessary but strangely compelling line of engineers and craftsmen diligently working below the parts list. Find out more about Patten here.
Richard Ford Burley is a writer, library worker, and doctoral candidate in English at Boston College, where he’s studying remix culture and the processes that generate texts. In his spare time he writes about science, skepticism, and feminism (and old technical drawings of airplanes) here at This Week In Tomorrow.