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the Road Warrior cover art

Howdy all,  this Monday marks the 30th Anniversary of one of my all time favorite movies, “THE ROAD WARRIOR.”  I was racing the clock to get this art work done, printed and mailed so I could get the May 21st Post Mark from Burbank…just made it and got them in the mail today.  I usually draw the art for the Motion Picture covers but this time I was only allowed time for a photoshop montage.  Here are the two versions created, and I would love to get some feed back on which version works best….


version 1

version 2



Howdy all, I’m now a Wyoming resident and so love my new home.  I made the long drive last weekend and was so happy to be back with my family again after a long separation because of my working in LA and my wife and daughters being in WY.  So glad to be home and so love the small town life.

Yesterday I saw two ranch trucks drive down our road in a 24 hour span. The town of  Torrington is for the most part closed today because it’s Sunday and everyone is at church.  The sun is shining, there is NO WIND, and there is nothing even remotely similar to Los Angeles anywhere to be found…Nothing is locked up behind glass at Walmart, there are mirrors in all the restrooms and there is no gang scratch or graffiti anywhere.  Vacant farm houses are intact and not looted and everyone says hi or waves as you go by.  Teenagers working at the fast food places are all very nice and happy; American flags and signs of patriotism are everywhere.  The military folks in and around town are not scoffed at or looked down upon.  There are families everywhere doing things together.  I see people of all ages in restaurants taking a moment or two to pray before they eat…

Well I could go on and on so in short I’ll say that this place is perfect, just like the small towns I grew up in, in Arizona.  So With all that said, I’m settled in and got my computer set up and I HAVE INTERNET at home again! (editor’s note… YEA!)  So tomorrow starts day one of the return of the blog and the beginning of a look back at the Summer movies of 1982.  Have a great Sunday and Mother’s Day all.



rebirth of the blog

Howdy all, the blog has been dark for a while due to the incredibly busy and long hours at work…. It all ends next Friday the 10th so don’t get used to the dark just yet,, the blog will be back once work is through.


Stay Tuned


Merry Christmas 2011 from the eaves family



To all my friends here on the blog, my entire family and I wanted to wish everyone that visits here a very Merry Christmas.  This March will be the third year of Eavesdropping with Johnny, and it has been such a pleasure to have met so many new friends and post so many artifacts from the world of Trek and beyond.  The last year has been a busy one and there have been few posts, but with the coming of 2012 the blog will be up and running hopefully as regularly as it was in the first years.  Lots of stuff to scan n post will be coming, and I’m looking forward to more special StarShip designs named after some of the readers here.


Christmas is a special day in the Eaves home, and we are all so very thankfull for all the friends and family that we have so close to us and for the gift of Gods’s son Jesus who was born on this day.  Thank you, Lord, for this and all You do for us.  A very special Merry Christmas to all the brave men and woman who serve in the US Army, Marines, Air Force, Navy, and the Coast Guard for your service and sacrifice in keeping us here at home and those abroad safe and free.


 The Shepherds Worship the Savior: Out in the fields, an angel of the Lord appeared to the shepherds who were tending their flocks of sheep by night. The angel announced that the Savior had been born in the town of David. Suddenly a great host of heavenly beings appeared with the angels and began singing praises to God. As the angelic beings departed, the shepherds decided to travel to Bethlehem and see the Christ-child. There they found Mary, Joseph and the baby, in the stable. After their visit, they began to spread the word about this amazing child and everything the angel had said about Him. They went on their way still praising and glorifying God. But Mary kept quiet, treasuring their words and pondering them in her heart. It must have been beyond her ability to grasp, that sleeping in her arms—the tender child she had just borne—was the Savior of the world.


bat’leth, swordplay

Howdy all does anyone out there have a bat’leth and does sword play with one,,, I have questions about how they handle,, If you do give me ago and let me know how I can reach you!!! thanks.


The neglected blog

Sorry all for the poor year of entries and lack of Star trek stuff,,,, Crazy year with the family move to Wyoming and lack of time to get new stuff scanned to post,,, brighter days ahead with more of what you love as soon as the world slows down abit… OK sorry for all the hold ups and so look forward to getting back to posting.. OK have a great week and don’t forget this Thursday marks the 45th anniversary of Star Trek.


HAPPY BIRTHDAY to Da Man, Mr. John Michael Eaves!!! ::applause::

Yes. As it has been pointed out previously, it IS indeed Mr. Eaves’ birthday today!  Here is a little tiny birthday gift to my buddy, John.  I hope to have more new headers, but for today…well, here’s a new one I promised you MONTHS ago. 😀

With love and thanks from me and all your blog friends…HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!!!!!!!  Hope you’re enjoying your day!



back soon!!!!!

it's a test

Howdy all, sorry for the delays in posting, lots going on and not a lot of free time to write.

So in the gap of posts enjoy a video from the fabulous Siouxsie and the Banshees,. For those that thrive on behind the scenes Trek Trivia, There is always a Shuttle named Siouxsie in all of the shuttle bay drawings and one even made it into the SOTL calender for December of this year!

OK Then be good and more coming soon.

God bless,




the Lockhead yf-104 (55-2955) and the 55th anniversary of her first flight

yf-104 (55-2955)

Today, February the 17th in 1956 the yf-104 made it’s first flight from Edwards AFB in the Mojave Desert.   Herman “Fish” Salmon piloted this silver tailed beauty into the heavens for her maiden flight 55 years ago today. Nicknamed the “Apple Knocker”, her flying career was a short one ending on the 25th of April, 1957, when a failed landing took her out of the sky forever.  Most folks have a favorite airplane or car that they secretly long to own, and for me The f-104 is my favorite of all of man’s creations.  She is one beautiful piece of aerial art whether sitting on the ground or tearing a hole in the atmosphere.  When looking for inspiration while drawing a new space craft for Star trek the F-104 was the one that would always guide the way.  There is a little piece of the 104 in just about everything that I have done and, living in the high desert myself, there are many of these beautiful birds on display around town to go and get inspired from.  Happy 55th to this milestone aircraft and enjoy a fabulous write up on the history of the YF series by Joe Baugher below.

her final flight

BY Joe Baugher

In July of 1954, the USAF decided to purchase 17 service test aircraft under the designation YF-104A. This was done under a “fly-before-you-buy” philosophy, under which these aircraft would participate in development tests before any commitment to large-scale production was made. If large-scale production was actually undertaken, these YF-104As could later be brought up to full production standard and delivered to operational units.

Fearing that the General Electric J79 turbojet might not be ready in time, the first service test Starfighters were to be powered by the afterburning J65 turbojet. However, the J79 engine was flight tested by the Navy in a borrowed Navy XF4D in December of 1955, and it was concluded that early versions of the General Electric J79 engine should be available by the time that the YF-104A was ready, and the service test aircraft were built with the General Electric engine in mind.

The seventeen YF-104A service test aircraft (serials 55-2955/2971) were powered by early experimental versions of the General Electric J79 engine instead of the J65 engine which powered the XF-104s. The YF-104A aircraft were initially fitted with the General Electric XJ79-JE-3 turbojet, rated at 9300 lb.s.t. dry and 14,800 lb.s.t. with afterburning. The YF-104A differed from the XF-104 in having a 5 feet 6 inch extension in the length of the fuselage to accommodate the new J79 engine. The vertical fin was slightly taller, raising the overall height from 12.7 feet to 13.49 feet. A forward-retracting nose-wheel replaced the rearward-retracting unit of the XF-104, in order to provide improved ejection seat clearance out of the bottom of the aircraft. A narrow dorsal spine was added to the upper fuselage. Two additional fuel cells were installed in the fuselage. The air intakes were modified in shape and were fitted with half-cone center bodies which had been omitted from the two XF-104s. The fixed-geometry central intake shock cone had an internal bleed slot which exhausted some intake air through the fuselage for afterburner cooling and helped to reduce the aircraft’s base drag. An AN/ASG-14T1 fire control system was fitted, plus AN/ARN-56 TACAN. There were provisions for four under-wing and one under-fuselage stores pylon.

With an empty weight increased only slightly to 12,561 pounds, the YF-104A maximum takeoff weight (clean) rose to 15,700 pounds for the XF-104 to 18,881 pounds. With provision for four under-wing and one fuselage stores pylon, the maximum takeoff weight was 24,584 pounds.

The first YF-104A (55-2955) was completed in February of 1956, and was trucked out in high secrecy to Edwards AFB. It made its first flight there on February 17, 1956, with Lockheed test pilot Herman “Fish” Salmon at the controls.

On February 16, 1956, the second YF-104A (55-2956) was used for a media-covered official rollout ceremony at Lockheed’s Burbank factory. This was the first display of the Starfighter to the public. Before that, there had been only rumors in the aviation press about the existence of a truly revolutionary new fighter aircraft, plus a few speculative drawings. The engine air intakes were covered with temporary fairings, since the Air Force didn’t want people to see the half-cones in the air intakes.

The first Starfighter photographs were released in the spring of 1956. These were limited to air-to-air shots of the prototype and ground photos of YF-104A 55-2956 with the intake fairings still fitted. It was not until mid-1956 that the J79-engined F-104 lateral intakes were finally revealed to the public.

The J79 engine provided a spectacular improvement in performance. 55-2955 reached Mach 2 on February 28, 1956, becoming the first fighter aircraft capable of double-sonic speed in level flight.

An initial order for production F-104As was issued on October 14, 1956.

Together with the first 35 production F-104As, all seventeen YF-104As were used for flight-test and to evaluate early versions of the J79 (the -3, -3A, and -3B) engine, the Vulcan cannon, the AIM-9 (formerly GAR-8) Sidewinder air-to-air missile and the wingtip-mounted fuel tanks. Airframe strengthening and local redesign were progressively introduced. Various forms of flap blowing were tested, and a ventral fin was introduced to improve directional stability at supersonic speed. Some YF-104As were also used to test wingtip racks for either 170 US-gallon drop tanks or Sidewinder infrared-homing air-to-air missiles.

On May 7, 1958, Major Howard C. Johnson reached an altitude of 91,249 feet in a zoom climb at Edwards AFB in California, setting a new altitude record. On May 16, 1958, Captain Walter W. Irwin flying a YF-104A set a new world’s air speed record of 1404.19 mph flying over a 15/25 kilometer course at Edwards AFB. For the first time in history, the same aircraft type held both the world speed and altitude records at the same time.

A large percentage of the seventeen YF-104As were lost in crashes during the test program. At the end of this program, the surviving YF-104As were brought up to F-104A production status and were turned over to USAF squadrons for duty. Following the withdrawal of the F-104A from active service in 1960, at least four of the ex-YF-104As (55-2956, 2957, 2969, 2971) were converted into unmanned QF-104A target drones. They were all most likely shot down during tests. Of the seventeen YF-104As built, only two are known to survive today. The first survivor is the seventh YF-104A (55-2961). This aircraft was transferred to the National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics (NACA) in August of 1956. It was initially numbered 018, which was later changed to a civilian registration of N818NA. In 1958, NACA was reorganized as NASA, and the YF-104A remained with NASA until November of 1975. This aircraft is now hanging in the National Air and Space Museum in Washington. I saw it there in October of 1993. The other survivor is the thirteenth YF-104A (55-2967). It is now on display at the Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, Colorado. I remember seeing it sitting outside the Chapel when I visited the Air Force Academy in 1971.


two sad posts today

I was going to combine both posts into one but each man deserved there own, Goodbye friend Irvin and farewell to Leslie, It is a sad day.

June 2021