Friday, May 20, 2016

Good Family at the National Museum of Naval Aviation


On Tuesday, Julie and I took the kids to the Pensacola Naval Air Museum located in Pensacola, Florida.  With much excitement and anticipation we arrived around 10 am.

After parking we walked to the air strip located behind the museum.

The Blue Angels, who preform numerous shows each year were schedualed to do a practice show starting around 11:30 am.  That gave us some time to look around at the numerous aircraft that were sitting just off the runway.








The children had great fun viewing all the aircraft that was parked on the flight deck.  The original Fat Albert was there and we were thrilled to explore the inside of this famous stunt aircraft.




At 11:30 the Blue Angles taxied down the runway and with a deafening sound the F-18 jet engines propelled the Blue's into the sky.  We were happy that we remembered to bring ear protection.


It was amazing watching how cordinated the pilots were.  In some manuvers they are able to fly within 18" of each other.  Incredible!  A friend of our family is an ex Blue Angel pilot.  He said the term "trading paint" was a very real one for the Blue Angels.  They fly so close, at times they will bump into each other.  At one point during the show one of the Blues flying 50 feet above the ground whizzed by us at a speed of 700 MPH, just below MACH 1.  They can reach speeds of up to 1400 MPH.  The Blue Angels show is a must see.
  

After watching the Blues, we walked back up toward the museum.  The anchor pictured below came from the Aircraft Carrier USS Antietam.

Weighing 30,057 lb. with an overall height of 15 feet, this anchor was aboard the aircraft carrier USS Antietam (CV-36) from her commissioning in 1945 until a short time before she was sold for scrap in 1973. During a single combat deployment in Korea from November 1951 to March 1952, Antietam's air group flew nearly 6,000 sorties, and the ship earned two battle stars. Ironically, the last waters in which this anchor was dropped were those of Pensacola Bay, where Antietam served as a training carrier during the early 1960s.

We saw this trolly and were instantly reminded of our beloved Good News Bus.  We just had to get a picture of the family in front of it.


Once inside the museum we had an amazing time seeing the massive collection of exhibited aircraft. 

The National Naval Aviation Museum features over 150 beautifully restored aircraft, including rare and one-of-a-kind flying machines such as the NC-4 (first to cross the Atlantic by air), SBD Dauntless Bureau Number 2106 (a veteran of the Battle of Midway), the Que Sera Sera (first aircraft to land at the South Pole), the last combat F-14D Tomcat, and much, much more.






Here is Isaiah admiring a cut away view of a jet engine.




The museum had a mock up of an aircraft carrier with a deck gun that actually rotates with the turn of a wheel.  The kids had fun giving it a try.



In the briefing room I took on the character of the commanding officer and gave instructions for the upcoming attack.


This is a Japanese Zero.

Mitsubishi A6M Zero

It was customary for the Japanese soldiers entering World War II to carry a flag into combat.  This flag is an excellent example of those that were presented by the towns people and co-workers bearing their signatures.  It was earnestly believed, by the Japanese soldier, that the flag would protect them, and return them to their homes.  The hand painted tiger symbolized the bravery that they should exhibit, to be prepared at all times, to die gladly for the emperor.  This bravery was necessary in order to not dishonour one’s ancestors.   


This is Julie and I in a 1940's mock up town inside the museum.  It was so well put together that you felt transported back in time.  There is a grocery store, Gas station, Barbershop, Restaurant, Box Office and even a 1940's house that you can walk through.




Here are some great panoramic pictures of the museum.  Click on them for a larger image.







Seth, Kiera and all the other children had a great time playing in the aircraft cockpits.



Ethan and Seth

They even had a Blue Angel cockpit for the kids to play in.


We all had a great time at the air museum.  If you are ever in Pensacola, Florida be sure to check it out.  It is well worth the visit.

Sunday, April 17, 2016

Good News Bus at Stonehenge

Months ago the Good family made plans to travel to other continents.  Leaving the Good News Bus behind was just not an option.  To make this possible the Good family took out an enormous loan and liquidated every asset to purchase a barge for the Good News Bus to sail on.   Why?  To traverse across the waters of many oceans and to see other lands long forgotten in time.  This dream came to fruition today.

We finally came to the shores of a strange ancient land filled with friendly prehistoric creatures,





fountains of youth,





brazen warriors frozen in time,





and a sight we could have only dreamed of seeing before...Stonehenge.



How was all this possible?  Well, unfortunately it is still just a far fetched dream and an impossible financial nightmare.  But today it came close.  We found all of this literally in the middle of nowhere.  We were driving through the town of Elberta, Alabama.  You will know you are there when you see a sign that reads; "Elberta City Limits - Home of Shelby Brown".  Be sure to take a side road that leads to the Barber Marina were you too can be off on your own adventure without having to leave the shores of your homeland.  That is if your homeland is the United States of America.  

Oh...keep an eye out for the alligators!  They are mean!!!








Monday, April 11, 2016

NEW VIDEO: Bus Life with 9: North to South

Join the Good family as they travel from the far north to the southern United States and have many adventures along the way. 



Friday, March 25, 2016

Bus Life with 9: North to South - VIDEO COMING SOON



Over the last few weeks we have been filming and editing our upcoming “Bus Life with 9” episode "North to South".  Video editing is a very tedious process that requires hours and hours of time.  As you can imagine living in a bus with a family of 9 can be challenging enough.  Throw a film production into the mix and it can get just crazy.  What's amazing is we all enjoy doing it.  

From "Bus Life with 9: North to South"
Our first Bus Life with 9 video “The Good News Bus Conversion Story” is currently sitting at over 60,000 views in the short span of 6 months.  Our second episode "Heater for the Holiday’s” is currently sitting at 2400 views and climbing.  Many articles have been written about what we are doing and we have been interviewed by multiple TV outlets for the possibility of our own TV show. Regardless of the outcome we will continue to tell our story as long as people want to listen.







We want to thank all of you that have been a support and encouragement to us.  I went through some of our comments on Youtube and have cherry picked some of the best.

Enjoy!



"Wow that bus is amazing and so was this video can't wait to see more!" - thecerealboxkiller
"This is amazing! You have 7 kids and live in a awesome bus." - Ava Skye
"I had a horrible time at work today, but watching your video blessed my heart. May Jesus Christ continue to bless and keep you all." - JAchica11
"Oh wow....!!truely amazing that a family of 9 can stay in a bus with such an easy...I am highly impressed and liked your video very much. .. wonderful family stay blessed."  - Heena Satikuwar
"Some time ago when I first found The Good News Bus And  I thought it was just great and today that still rings true, Such a beautiful family just living life and doing the best they can. You all are amazing. I drive a bus for a living here in Boston and have been thinking about doing the same thing for some time now.I'm just about to buy a bus and with what I have seen here I have gotten some great ideas . Keep up the great work be it your family or the bus. God Bless You All." - Mr C The Other Guy From Boston
"Your family is awesome. I've been trying to persuade my wife into doing something adventurous like this as a family (6 of us). So far no dice. Perhaps after seeing this she'll reconsider. Thank you for sharing! You did an amazing job on the bus!" - Alexander Menninger
"Wow! U have make me more realize about how to maximize a tiny space. Space is not everything but the most important is we can live as a family with happy and prosperity." - silantra7
"Can't help but smile after watching this. Nicely done." - Knightrayn"

"This was such an enjoyable video...Loved the bus and really enjoyed and appreciated meeting your beautiful family! Happy Holidays!! - Mari Rodriguez 
First got bless you all.  You are blessed.  Your story inspired me a lot,  I wish you the best in your life for all your family.  Big kiss from  France :)" - Jerem Oldclouds
"A new subscriber and truly enjoyed this video. So encouraged to see you training your family in this wholesome way! Looking forward to following your journey." - Ramona Brewer

Tuesday, March 15, 2016

Good News Bus featured on "Do It Yourself RV"

Recently the Good News Bus was featured in 2 articles on "Do It Yourself RV". 

Use Bungee Cords To Make More Room In A Tight RV Shower

"With just a couple of bungee cords and some hooks you can gain extra space in your RV’s shower stall."

View here: 


The second article featured our bus and family.  It can be read here:

AmTran International School Bus Becomes Home To Family Of Nine

"Two parents and seven kids fit comfortably in this renovated and redesigned AmTran International School Bus."

View here: