Chocolate flights

"Blimp", we might think after a delicious chocolate dessert, while forming the international hand signal for fatter-than-ever-thighs. "Blimp", we don't usually think in creating that delicious chocolate dessert. And so tonight I write about my favorite exhibit at the Frontiers of Flight Museum at Love Field.

The museum is a perfectly wonderful hangar salute to shiny airplanes. My sons would have loved it a decade and a half ago. As a MOBO I logged hundreds of hours listening to enthusiastic young males carry on about airplanes, aerial battles, and flight simulation programs. None of it stuck beyond the Cub Scout song about "Junior Birdman"--up in the air upside down!

"Oh, the humanity!" I do know a bit about zeppelins from Indiana Jones, the Hindenburg, and Led. The Frontiers of Flight collection includes a china service from the "Graf Zeppelin." Even better, it has a metal mold for making multiple chocolate zeppelins. Sweet Raiders of the Last Eclair!

Upstairs there's a fashion parade of Pucci-designed Braniff flight attendant uniforms from the Twiggy era. Downstairs, the command module from Apollo 7 invites inspection.

Thanks to the Dallas Opera's Figaro in Flip-Flops educational program for another excellent program. Dr. Stephen Dubberly's lecture about Rossini's "The Italian Girl in Algiers" at the museum last evening had his small audience pumped for the upcoming season.

Instead of a zep mold, I have a Sixties era toy science kit metal mold for a Mercury nosecone. Planning to melt some chocolate in it before adding a Rossini farce froth creme filling.

Up in the air, Junior Birdman
Up in the air upside down
Up in the air, Junior Birdman
Keep your eyes upon the ground

© 2008 Nancy L. Ruder

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