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Hard to believe this was nine years ago… Some pics from a ‘business’ trip to Sicily. The obligatory shot of Mt. Etna… and it wasn’t trying to erupt! Yay! The castle town of Motta… NARROW streets, as in ONE chariot … Continue reading

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One of my old COs flew Spads… Including training for their nuclear (one way) mission of loft bombing and running like hell… Radial Starting (3350 engine on an A-1H) Be sure you drain both the sumps. (You can fill your … Continue reading

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In honor of the last Doolittle Raider’s passing… This one is only 9 minutes of official film. This one is one of the newsreels that was shown in theaters. And this is a write up of the raid, HERE from … Continue reading

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Big radial engines in full song! Super Constellation take off at dusk. R-3350s are each fitted with three power recovery turbines (PRTs). Each shrouded PRT is turned by the exhaust of six cylinders and transfers its energy back to the … Continue reading

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Apparently the oldest known Mariner’s Astrolabe has been found! Known as da Gama’s or Sodré’s astrolabe, it was found in the wreck of the Esmerelda, HERE. The 3D photography indicated it had scribe marks for measuring the height of the … Continue reading

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One wonders what stories they told… They had to have been in their 90s at the time this was taken. I also wonder what they thought about the advances in weapons! From cap and ball to semi-auto pistols and rifles, … Continue reading

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Ι don’t know why this didn’t go, but trying again… An interesting video compilation of musical and other oldies… The car cruise videos are from the Woodward Dream Cruise in Detroit. The Woodward Dream Cruise actually started as a small … Continue reading

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Sorry, the scheduler didn’t go this morning. Why old sailors have no personal modesty… When I first came in, everything was open bay barracks, in one case 160 man open bay. I never saw a ‘semi-private’ room until I made … Continue reading

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How many of us busted our asses with these??? And how many lost the key in the first week? (Raising hand over here to both) This old cooler is another one- It probably dates to the late 50s-early 60s, and … Continue reading

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Back in the day, we ‘occasionally’ got to do some fun flying against our ‘adversaries’… Many times those flights originated from Kef. This is obviously nice weather, and you can see a couple of P-3s parked on the ramp. The … Continue reading