Different perspectives…

This is from an online chat among some Navy aircrew friends… We were a make up crew out on a way dark night to chase the Phil Sea Phantom….if you don’t know ask. It was dark…no moon…and we’re double cycle … Continue reading

Dammit…

It appears the loss of the Marine KC-130 comes down to bad maintenance on a prop blade…

Sloppy maintenance work at an Air Force depot was at the root of a tragic crash of a Marine Corps Reserve KC-130T that resulted in the deaths of 16 service members in July 2017.

Full Article, HERE. Of course they say it will never happen again, but dammit, it SHOULDN’T have happened the first time!

16 people lost their lives over this ‘mistake’. And once again, this points out how differences in requirements, e.g. operational/situational like over water, corrosion, etc. between services doesn’t make for good combined maintenance facilities. 

KC130 crash

My personal opinion, we should never have gone away from Navy NADEP maintaining Navy/Marine acft, because those folks know the requirements and strictly adhere to them, especially the corrosion issues.

I know, I know, cost savings, yada, yada, but those people ‘saving’ that money don’t have to put their butts in the seats of those airplanes like our Sailors and Marines do every day! As of today, there have been now 21 non-combat losses of acft this year in the Navy and Marine Corps. That is WAY too many, and I can’t help but wonder how many of those are maintenance related because the birds are old, need rework, and parts are getting hard to come by, but the OPTEMPO isn’t slowing down and giving the troops a break so that they can actually FIX the crap that’s broke.

And that extends across not only the air side, but ships and submarines. Deferred maintenance isn’t the answer, stopping the operations and FIXING problems should be the priority!

Marines…

Improvise, adapt, and overcome… Firing a LAV from the deck of an LHD, but I can just see the AIROPS boss holding his head and going, “But, but, they’re FODDING my flight deck, it’s gonna take HOURS to clean that … Continue reading

Grrrr…

Connectivity problems with all the weather/wind. You get pics instead. Weather building… Literally one minute later… NOT good… And I ‘knew’ I should have closed the garage door… Garage is now full of leaves from ~40kt gusts that blew through. … Continue reading

Sigh…

I’d LOVE to see this bunch of POS try this in Texas… The gang, from Direct Action Everywhere, flashed anti-meat eating signs with “It’s not food, it’s violence” emblazoned on them and barked out a speech at the Touro Steakhouse … Continue reading

Pretty in red!!!

The last couple of weeks have been ‘interesting’ for what’s been out and about… A week ago, 67 RS Camaro, 327/4 speed, original except for the hood mod. Yesterday was the last predicted ‘good’ (read warm) weather for a while, so … Continue reading

Naval terms…

And their origins… 🙂 Every profession has its own jargon and the Navy is no exception. For the Navy, it’s bulkhead, deck and overhead and not wall, floor, and ceiling. Some nautical terminology has found its way into everyday use, and you will … Continue reading

Busy writing…

So you get these… I did this one yesterday morning and it is in response to Swalwell, the left coast congresscritter… And this one is damned true!!! A lot of folks are bailing today for Thanksgiving, so please drive/travel safe! … Continue reading

Death toll continues to rise…

The Camp Fire death toll is now up to 76, but there are significant issues facing the search teams. If the rains come in as scheduled, they can potentially wash away evidence, or melt the ashes and bone fragments into … Continue reading

Stupid…

Apparently a ‘private’ federal prison in Kansas is about to get its ass handed to it, along with the release of multiple inmates over recording of attorney/client phone calls… The federal public defender’s office has asked for the release of … Continue reading