I hear it said increasingly often in the last couple years as I meet people during my travels “Who will be the next generation of tradesmen? Who is going to work on our cars, boats and homes?” This is a serious lament posed by today’s tradesmen, potential employers who have a very hard time finding apprentices and workers to learn their trade. The U.S. is in dire need of men and women willing to work with their hands and develop the skills necessary to build and repair all our…stuff. Continue reading →
In my article Profile of an American Craftsman the photos of the Les Staudacher jet-powered boat provide a photographic history of the first and last run of the Tempo Alcoa. What follows are the details of that historic event.
This is the first and only run the jet boat Miss Stars & Stripes II made on the Saginaw Bay.
This was the end result of the run on Hubbard Lake. Dave thought he remembered the boat reaching 267 mph before crashing into the woods somewhere along the western shore.
Les Staudacher fires up the engine which was strapped on a cement pad, right in the middle of a residential neighborhood.