Fröhlichen Air Kraken Day!

Heute ist nicht nur St. Patrick’s Day, sondern es ist auch Air Kraken Day. Neben dem International Steampunk Day am 14. Juni der wichtigste Steampunk-Feiertag. Erfunden wurde er 2007 im Brass-Goggles Forum, anlässlich der Kurzgeschichte „The Horror of the Heights“ von Sir Arthur Conan Doyle.

Kraken und Octopoden sind im Steampunk mittlerweile ja allgegenwärtig und das nicht zuletzt wegen des Cthulu Mythos von H. P. Lovecraft. Auch die Comics „Otto & Victoria“ von Disney Künstler Brian Kesinger sind Teil des Bildkanons der achtarmigen Tiere.

Wir wünschen euch allen einen fröhlichen Air Kraken Day und/oder St. Patrick’s Day, grün kann man bei beidem finden ;)

Happy Air Kraken Day

Perhaps the only modern account of a sky predator attack on humans was presented by best-selling author Charles Berlitz in his 1989 book, The Dragon’s Triangle. Berlitz retells the story of a doomed aircraft, an account he attributes to researcher Robert Coe Gardner. According to Gardner, a military transport plane took off from the San Diego Naval Air Station late one afternoon during the summer of 1939. Several hours later over the Pacific, the plane transmitted a desperate SOS, then fell silent. The stricken aircraft made it back to San Diego and managed an emergency landing.

After touchdown, ground personnel were horrified to discover that 12 of the 13 men on board were dead. The sole survivor-the copilot-died several minutes later. Reportedly, all the bodies exhibited massive, gaping wounds, and the exterior of the craft was badly damaged and torn open in places. It was also soon determined that the pilot and copilot had emptied their pistols at some unknown target. The whole episode was quickly hushed up, and Gardner would not hear of it until 1954.

Fight of the Air Kraken