I know I’m old, but dammit… Airplanes I flew on are now in museums…

The old favorite, the T-39 Saberliner…  I was a crewman on these in the early 70s at NAS GLYNCO, GA and then as a plankowner in VT-86.

This one is a T-39D, modified in 1977 by McDonald Douglas with an F-18 nose and a complete APG-65 radar system so that engineering tests could be run.

Also note the ‘old’ TPS logo… T39 2

Just as a comparison, here’s a big CT-39 at VT-86 in Pensacola.  Note the actual nose shape (and more windows/longer fuselage)…

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And I did get a half hour ride in the back of one of these…  One of them broke and came into Glynco.  I got to ride in the back (see the little bitty window behind the pilot).  It’s an RA-5C Vigilante also known as the Viggie!

A5 1That has to be one of the scariest rides I ever took!!!  You can’t see s**t from back there!!!

And the pilot was doing checklists and not telling me what was going on!  Talk about being kept in the dark… sigh…

(No it wasn’t THAT RA-5C)… They were reconfigured to RVAH after the ‘little’ problem of bombs trailing the acft after they tried to drop them from the internal bombay…

This is the ‘bomb bay’ door… And yes, it IS between the engine exhaust!

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The whole door would ‘eject’ and the bomb was supposed to exit along with the extra fuel tanks…

Another ‘strange’ thing with the A-5 was that it didn’t have ailerons, rudders or elevators… It used spoilers on the wings to turn, and the ENTIRE vertical and horizontal tail structures moved… Truly weird to watch one land and see the whole ass end wiggling…

And the fuel dump was also between the engines… Talk about fire for effect!!! Full AB and dumping fuel made for one hell of a fiery tail!  And they did it LONG before the F-111s started doing it… :-P

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Stories have it that a Viggie driver did a dump and burn over an AGI back in the day because he kept causing the carrier problems during recoveries off Vietnam… And that it occurred shortly after THIS incident took place…


Murph is hosting his annual blogshoot again this year, Saturday 1 Nov in lovely (and apparently going to be cold) West by God Virginia…

Link is HERE.

Looking forward to seeing the usual suspects out there, and looking forward to raising money for charity again!

See y’all there!!!

Random stuff…

Back in battery finally… Sigh…

These 13 hours out of sync trips are NOT FUN anymore…

But getting stuff like this from the Big Brown Truck is always good! :-)


And I did my first book signing… Yea!!!


Out in the middle of nowhere, on the hood of the truck, but hey a signing is a signing… And closely followed by shooting stuff!

Thanks to all who’ve bought the book, and thanks too for the feedback and comments.  Y’all are the reason I’m doing it.

Sales continue to bump along, a little faster than the first book, and maybe this one will catch up soon!

If you know anybody that wants one, they can go HERE.  And reviews on Amazon are appreciated too!


Well, the word came down today that ALL military sent to west Africa WILL be automatically quarantined ‘somewhere’ for 21 days prior to re-entry into the USA…

But if you’re a civilian, you can fly directly home, bitch to the media, and immediately be released to ‘home monitoring’…

Oh yeah, and they STILL are not saying how long the ‘deployment’ of the troops will be.

Also heard the National Guard/Reserves will be part of the mix, and the aircrews that fly in/out will also be quarantined… Probably along with the airplane (which the crew will have to clean).

It just gets better and better…


A wrap up from the last trip…

Leave it to a bunch of American ‘kids’ to find the hot cars/hot rods regardless of what country they’re in…

Everybody has heard of the Nissan GT-R. It was the answer to the Toyota Supra, and was homologated for racing early in it’s life…

The Wiki is HERE.

And here are three of the Gen 3s, all in the same parking lot at one of our bases in Japan…

Two in blue…

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One in Gray… I couldn’t get a good shot of this one’s nose, but the owner had added a US racing cooler to the front intake, and I ‘think’ he’d played with the turbos too!  At least that’s what it sounded like when he left…cars 2

I know there was at least one more on that base, owned by a Machinist Mate 1 who had in his words, “played with it a bit”…

So I come back home, and what do I see…

Cars 3A PINK Honda… sigh…Really???

WWII Poster

The Marines are up this week, and this one is what I’d call a ‘combo’ poster…

WWII Marine 167th

Image from HERE.

It’s both a celebration of the 167th anniversary of the Marines and a recruiting poster…

Interestingly this was done for 1942, and shows the more modern steel helmet and M-1, as opposed to some of the others that showed Marines will the old steel pot and 03A3s…

No author is given, but somebody did a nice job of capturing this Marine in ‘action’.

A little aviation ‘humor’…

Controllers vs. Pilots

British Airways flight asks for push back clearance from terminal.

Control Tower: ‘And where is the world’s most experienced airline going today without filing a flight plan?’


ATC: “Al Italia 345 continue taxi to 26L South via Tango – check for workers along taxiway.”

Al  Italia 345: “Roger, Taxi 26 Left via Tango. Workers checked – all are working”


Nova  851: “Halifax Terminal, Nova 851 with you out of 13,000 for 10,000, requesting runway 15.”

Halifax Terminal (female): “Nova 851, Halifax, the last time I gave a pilot what he wanted I was on penicillin for three weeks. Expect runway 06.”


Tower:  Have you got enough fuel or not?

Pilot:  Yes.

Tower:  Yes what?

Pilot:  Yes SIR!


Frankfurt Control: ‘AF1733, You are on an eight mile final for 27R. You have a UH-1 three miles ahead of you on final; reduce speed to 130 knots.’

Pilot: ‘Roger, Frankfurt. We’re bringing this big bird back to 130 fer ya.’

Control:  (a few moments later): ‘AF33, helicopter traffic at 90 knots now 11/2 miles ahead of you; reduce speed further to 110 knots.’

Pilot: ‘AF 33 reining this here bird back further to 110 knots.’

Control: ‘AF33, you are three miles to touchdown, helicopter traffic now one mile ahead of you; reduce speed to 90 knots’

Pilot (miffed): ‘Sir, do you know what the stall speed of this here C-130 is?’

Control: ‘No, but if you ask your co-pilot, he can probably tell you.’


Controller: AF123, say call sign of your wingman.

Pilot: Uh . . . Approach, we’re a single ship.

Controller:  Oh . . . oh, s**t!  You have traffic!


O’Hare Approach: USA212, cleared ILS runway 32L approach, maintain 250 knots.

USA212: Roger approach, how long do you need me to maintain that  speed?

O’Hare Approach: All the way to the gate if you can.

USA212: Ah, OK, but you better warn ground control.


ATC:  Pan Am 1, descend to 3,000 ft on QNH, altimeter 1019.

Pan AM 1: Could you give that to me in inches?

ATC:  Pan Am 1, descend to 36,000 inches on QNH, altimeter 1019


Cessna 152: ‘Flight Level Three Thousand, Seven Hundred’

Controller: ‘Roger, contact Houston Space Center.’


Beech Baron: Uh, ATC, verify you want me to taxi in front of the 747.

ATC:  Yeah, it’s OK. He’s not hungry.


Student Pilot: ‘I’m lost; I’m over a big lake and heading toward the big “E”.

Controller: ‘Make several 90 degree turns so I can identify you on radar.’ (short pause)…

Controller: ‘Okay then. That big lake is the Atlantic Ocean. Suggest you turn to the big “W” immediately…’


Pilot: ‘Approach, Acme Flt 202, with you at 12,000′ and 40 DME.’

Approach:  ‘Acme 202, cross 30 DME at and maintain 8000′.’

Pilot:  ‘Approach, 202’s unable to make that descent rate.’

Approach:  ‘What’s the matter 202? Don’t you have speed brakes?’

Pilot: ‘Yup. But they’re for my mistakes, not yours.’


Tower:  ‘American 123, and for your information, you were slightly to the left of the centerline on that approach.’

American 123:  ‘That’s correct; and, my First Officer was slightly to the right.’


Controller: ‘USA353 contact Cleveland Center 135.60.  (pause)

Controller: ‘USA353 contact Cleveland Center 135.60!’  (pause)

Controller: ‘USA353 you’re just like my wife you never listen!’

Pilot: ‘Center, this is USA553, maybe if you called her by the right name you’d get a better response!’


BB: ‘Barnburner 123, Request 8300 feet.’

Bay Approach: ‘Barnburner 123, say reason for requested altitude.’

BB:  ‘Because the last two times I’ve been at 8500, I’ve nearly been run over by some bozo at 8500 feet going the wrong way!’

Bay Approach: ‘That’s a good reason. 8300 approved.’


Controller: ‘FAR1234 confirm your type of aircraft. Are you an Airbus 330 or 340?’

French pilot:  ‘A 340, of course!’

Controller: ‘Then would you mind switching on the two other engines and give me 1000 feet per minute,  please?’


Controller: ‘CRX600, are you on course to SUL?’

Pilot: ‘More or less.’

Controller: ‘So proceed a little bit more to SUL.’


Pilot: ‘Good morning, Frankfurt ground, KLM 242 request start up and push back, please.’

Tower: ‘KLM 242 expect start up in two hours.’

Pilot:  ‘Please confirm: two hours delay?’

Tower:  ‘Affirmative.’

Pilot:  ‘In that case, cancel the good morning!’

h/t JP


Ramirez hits another home run…

The ONLY place this is believed is by the MSM!


Maybe it’s time for Americans to take BACK control of the government…

It’s two weeks until the election.  Look beyond the sound bites, look at the candidate’s record.  Do your research and go VOTE!

Your country’s future depends on it.