TBT…

Some people have commented about the family resemblance between myself and Jace…

So here ya go… Me at age 3 (mumble years ago) with my grandfather and grandmother on my mother’s side.

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And Jace at 2 1/2 last month…

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You decide… 🙂

Wordless Wednesday…

Venn diagram

Sigh…

h/t JD

Too many eggs…

And no basket, at least as far as the USAF is concerned…

First it was getting rid of the A-10 back around 2000 (nope), then it was the A-10 in 2006 (nope), then it was the F-117 in 2008 (partial, but maintain a force that could be recalled), 2013 it was the A-10 again (they REALLY hate that airplane), now with justification that they need A-10 maintenance crew to train/maintain the F-35.

Fast forward to 2016, and it’s the death knell for the F-117…

America’s F-117 stealth fighter has been in a state of limbo. In 2008, the U.S. Air Force officially retired the black, angular warplanes but they never entirely went away. For eight years, the radar-evading aircraft have rested in climate-controlled hangars at the Tonopah Test Range in Nevada.

Here’s why — when the F-117s retired, Congress required the Air Force to maintain some of the planes in case they were ever needed in a future war. The flying branch even kept flying a handful, most likely as guinea pigs for stealth-penetrating sensors … or some other mysterious hardware.

Full article HERE, from National Interest.

But the USAF STILL wants to kill the A-10… sigh…

In other news, the latest NRA Freedom spot is Charlie Daniels! I love this one!!!

 

h/t JP

Day and Night…

The first video is from an S-3 back in the late 90’s doing Carrier Quals (CQs) off San Diego…

The same landing pattern merged to show a day trap and a night trap, flown by the same pilot in good weather!

The next video is not so pretty… It’s 16 minutes extracted from an hour long video on carrier operations in the South Pacific enroute to Australia.

At the end of the video, the comments about not doing it again are made by the Squadron CO, who kicked a lesser trained pilot out of the seat due to safety considerations. This was his last cruise, as he was turning over the squadron shortly after the video was completed.

This is why good pilots wash out of primary if they can’t land on the boat…

Aviation Art…

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Mist and fog swirled eerily over the Eder Lake on the night of 16/17 May 1943 as four specially modified Lancasters of 617 Squadron, under the leadership of Wing Commander Guy Gibson, circled overhead. Their target, the mighty Eder Dam, was barely visible in the valley below. Immediately following the successful breach of the Mohne Dam, Gibson had led his remaining aircraft 50 miles to the south-east to hit their second target, the Eder Dam. Surrounded by high ground with thousand feet ridges, the Eder was altogether a more testing target. The Lancaster pilots would need to dive steeply into the gorge that formed the Eder lake before undertaking a steep turn towards the Dam itself. As if this were not demanding enough in the darkness of night, they then had to fly towards the target at precisely 60ft above the lake at the exact speed of 230mph, before releasing their Barnes Wallis designed hydrostatic bouncing bombs. Pilots Shannon and Maudsley tried time and again to position their laden bombers correctly before managing to release their weapons – but the dam still held. Now success depended solely on Knight carrying the last bomb! With time and fuel now a concern, Knights first effort to position, like Shannon and Maudsley before him, failed, but his second run favoured the brave. Knight released his bomb with absolute precision, striking the wall at precisely the crucial point. With a tremendous explosion the Eder Dam collapsed before their eyes. Robert Taylor’s sensational new painting vividly shows the dramatic moment of impact. In the cockpit Knight and flight engineer Ray Grayston fight the controls to clear the dam, combining their physical strength to haul the lumbering Lancaster up and over the dam and to clear the high ground that lies ahead. Below and behind them, the second of Germany’s mighty western dams lies finally breached.

Interestingly, Taylor also got the position lights correct, they pointed straight down and were used to determine exactly 60 feet off the water.

ROTFLMAO!!!

Thanks to Miguel for posting this on the book of face…

Talk about getting pwned…

If you’ve got an hour and a half to kill, then entire video of The Triggering is available HERE.

I do find it ironic that the POS (formerly known as SJWs) for all their spouting about microagressions, safe spaces, triggering, et al truly HATE any real, reasoned discussions.

Kudos to the UMass Young Republicans for putting this event together!

In other news, the 2016 Hugo nominations are out, and it promises to be another year of hate and discontent from the POSs… They are decrying the fact that Sad Puppies and the Rabid Puppies got a broad set of nominations again this year across all categories…

BUT, there are actually good novels and various other forms represented in every category, including Mike Glyer and File 770, which have been hating on the Puppies since day one… LOL

I’m too lazy to link to any of that crap, but if you follow Peter over at Bayou Renaissance Man, he will be following this and will have a number of posts on it! JC Carlton, at The Arts Mechanical has a collation of the screeds thus far this year HERE. Kudos to him for slogging through all the mess and pulling this together!

It’s going to be an interesting year! Hugos, a Presidential election and ???

What’s old…

Is new again!

The flash on the left is the new (old Vietnam era) one.

5th SF flash

The 5th Special Forces Group honored its past by reverting to its Vietnam-era beret flash. That flash is black with yellow and red stripes. It replaces the black shield the unit has used in more recent years. The yellow and red stripes pay homage to the 1st and 7th Special Forces Groups, which predated the 5th Group in Vietnam.

The design also is similar to the flag used by South Vietnam forces. The ceremony at Fort Campbell, Kentucky, was attended by former members of the 5th Special Forces Group, including Army Chief of Staff Gen. Mark A. Milley. The group was based at Fort Bragg for much of its history, moving to Kentucky in 1988.

Col. Kevin C. Leahy, commander of the 5th Special Forces Group, said returning to the historical flash honors those who were lost or served in Vietnam and recognizes the nation’s first mass deployment of Special Forces troops. “Today we lose nothing but gain a little bit of our own history,” he said.

The beret flash is a symbol of the unit, worn over the left eye. Vietnam veterans delivered the new, old flash to current Special Forces soldiers, then stood in formation with them as they donned their berets. Milley, who tossed off his own camouflage cap for a Green Beret, called it an “incredible day” and said he was proud of the group that has always been “populated by heroes.”

In other news, there apparently WILL be a pizza MRE…

The advent of a Pizza Meal, Ready-to-Eat will let every day be pizza day, even in war. Close your eyes. Now, think of the most delicious food imaginable. If you’re picturing, say, a hamburger or a bowl of mom’s spaghetti, you’re wrong. It’s pizza, or, as it will soon be known in the military, Meal, Ready-to-Eat No. 37. That’s right, a U.S. Army laboratory has just successfully concocted the first ever field-ready slice. And guess what? It’s the real deal. Well, almost.

“It’s a fully assembled and baked piece of pizza in one package,” Lauren Oleksyk, a food technologist at the U.S. Army’s research, development, and engineering center in Natick, Massachusetts, told Tech Insider. But unlike a normal, civilian slice of pizza, this one is infused with something called Hurdle technology, which prevents mold from forming and allows the MRE to remain edible for three years at 80 degrees. In other words, if the Terminator were a slice of pizza, this would be it. According to Oleksysk, soldiers can expect the slice to taste like “day after pizza” or the ’za commonly found in school cafeterias across America. As true pizza fans know, those are two of the very best varieties. “We’ve actually had feedback from the warfighter for years,” Oleksysk said.

“Pizza just seems appealing to all.” Damn right it is. MRE No. 37 is scheduled to make its debut sometime in 2017, at which point deployments will get exponentially more delicious. Until then, everyone will just have to keep fighting over Chili and Macaroni.

Ummm…. No… I’ll pass. 🙂

TBT…

Strange things one finds in attics and shoeboxes…

I cannot imagine being able to watch my own bailout sixty years later! Kudos to those brave men who flew into harms way, and the sailors who saved those they could…

Video has been removed due to autoplay… Sorry

h/t JP

Whew…

PPP and Jace are back home, and I’m sure Vito is in dog heaven about now…

But, as with most boys, regardless of age, he’s enamoured by trains. Sadly, we didn’t read the fine print, and found out the little museum was only open on Saturday. Needless to say he was disappointed…

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But he was having thoughts…Jace 4 25 16 2

If I climb up here, and turn sideways… And nobody’s paying attention, I’ll bet I can slip through the bars…

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But that didn’t happen… So yesterday morning he got a Mickey Mouse pancake from the nice folks at the cafe, and he was happy with that.Jace 4 26 16

Thankfully, they got out of here before the bad weather hit. And frankly, we were very lucky! This is a catspaw, basically a precursor to a tornado, that tried to form over us late in the afternoon. It was one of five or six that we watched, but none of them got fully formed, or made it to the ground. We had one good gust of wind, probably around 60 mph, a little bit of light hail, and about fifteen minutes of rain. That was it.catspaw 4 26 16

But I would ask that you keep the folks in the Central US in your prayers, I know their weather was MUCH worse than what we had. I don’t know the total count of tornadoes last night, but I know there were some.

 

What if…

All the cops quit?

The town of Green Mountain Falls no longer has any police. The chief announced his resignation on Thursday, April 14, with the three other officers following his lead.

An anonymous source tells us the entire department quit over policy and unhappiness with the new mayor, who was sworn in just Tuesday night. As of Monday, their resignations went into effect, leaving the folks of Green Mountain Falls with no cops and a lot of questions.

The rest of the story HERE, so far…

Granted the Sheriff’s Office will pick up the slack and cover policing for the town, but one really wonders what the backstory is on this…

The town is about 15 miles from Colorado Springs, so one wonders if a libprogwhatever got elected, and the LEOs weren’t liking what they were hearing was going to happen.