The Douglas C-124C Globemaster II

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Visiting the Douglas C-124C Globemaster II at the Pima Air & Space Museum in Pima, Arizona

Built by Douglas Aircraft, this Globemaster II was one of 447 built, and was the largest aircraft in use by the U.S. Air Force at the time.  It carried over 200 passengers or large cargos that could not fit in other aircraft.

The Globemaster II entered service in 1950 and remained in use into the 1970s. The C-124C version shown here held more powerful engines, weather radar and improved de-iceing equipment.

Herb Alpert, Kwakiutl, & Sunnylands

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We made a stop at Sunnylands in Rancho Mirage, California this morning to see an exhibition of Herb Alpert’s amazing art – from painting to sculpture – as part of  “Reach for the Sky: Tradition + Inspiration”.

The exhibition blends the art by three generations of the Hunt family, members of the Kwakiutl tribe of British Columbia, Canada — brightly-colored totem poles, ceremonial masks, and wall plaques — with Alpert’s contemporary paintings and vertical, abstract bronze sculptures.

For all you kids out there…. Herb Alpert & the Tijuana Brass was a popular band in the 1960s that your parents (and grandparents) liked to listen to. Cameras weren’t allowed into the exhibition, so I snapped this vintage-style photo of the exterior of Sunnylands to help remember the experience.

The 200-acre property was owned by Walter and Leonore Annenberg as their private winter retreat beginning in 1966. Today, the estate is managed by the Annenberg Foundation.  It’s a cool place to visit when you’re in the neighborhood.