On Sun, 06 Mar 2005 21:39:46 -0800, the inscrutable charlie b
dragon. I saw one on the ground first (vs. in the air) and it looked
elegant in a funky sort of way. A couple minutes later, I saw a nice
littel package called the Vulcan mini-gun on a steel cart. (I secretly
wanted to see that little thing in the back of my pickup but knew I'd
never get if off the Miramar Naval Air Station alive. ;)
Anyway, I've been hooked on the A-10 ever since, warts and all. The
History Channel did an hour show on them and they're impressive. My
dad came home from VietNam with a bullet hole in the aircraft and a
dent in the bottom the seat of his C-123 where small-arms (AK?) fire
almost denutted him. (He was over there flying at 1000 feet to drop
crates of chickens, pigs, and cows to the South Vietnamese for food.
Ever heard the moo of a cow on a parachute?) Anyway, the armored
bottom of the A-10 gives the pilot a lot more peace of mind, I'm sure.
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An airplane which proved unsuited to the task for which it was intended -
hosing Soviet armor as it tried to force the Fulda gap.
Planned to be a two-seater, made a single, where the load on the pilot was
so large in the weather that prevails so often in Germany, it went into the
guard in record time. It's done great work in clear air and with upgrade
The blackbird is one of the finest machines out there. When dad first came
to Beale, he described an SR with a T38 chase as "the shark and a
pilotfish." Of course, the Okinawans called her Habu, which also seemed
suitable. A night takeoff was almost a religious experience for onlookers.
Never saw a night takeoff, but being on perimeter road at the landing
lights when one goes overhead is rather impressive. We could hear each
other talk by the time we left the perimeter road and hit the base area.
B-17 Flying Fortress
I'd say we have a pretty good history of naming things. Although I grant
you the Brit's choice for warships is pretty good. Ours were more for
states (battleships), and for people of note (Kennedy, Reagan, Forrestal,
Eisenhower). OTOH, our sub class name choices aren't too bad: Sea Wolf,
Poseidon, Trident. Some of our missile choices are pretty good: Sidewinder,
Tomahawk, Maverick, HARM, Javelin, Minuteman, Titan.
The absence of accidents does not mean the presence of safety
Army General Richard Cody
It was somewhere outside Barstow when Unisaw A100
Why do you think the turret armour is all so big and boxy ?
Mind you, polyurethane turned out to be pretty impermeable, if you put
it on thick enough.
First bike I ever fell off, a gardengate manx, mum made dad sell it
after that, I was only 10 at the time....Got me a few BMW's down the
years, still got a '52 G80C Matchless though ;-)
Love to get hold of an old Matchless or AJS. I'm not sure what the
Gardengate version of Manx was...in the States we only got the Manx,
hairpin valve springs and all.
The friend who owned that Manx raced it at Laconia (NH) a couple of
times before things got as formal as they are now...they barely
required a helmet back then ('56, '57, '58). I don't know what happened
to the bike, and I haven't heard from Gene since he showed up at my
apartment in Albany, NY, with girlfriend (something he was never
without after about his 14th birthday), driving an old VW back from CA.
Every concealed spot on that car was filled with grass (not for sale,
though). This was about '68 or '69. He was a real wandered, by that
time a master machinist, and still crazy. He was in touch with my
mother a few times after that, but I could never catch up with him.
Then she moved.
Yeah... quality tools, I am very blessed that I get to use Oliver equipement in
adult ed. A 14/16" table saw, 12" jointer and a 24" thicknesser/planer. Awesome
machines too, they have this "arcane" beauty and quality to them that is undaunted.
Sorry for the bad terminology but I have no way of describing it. I hear from a saw
service business owner (http://www.carbide.com /) that there are people out there
that are obsessed with Oliver machines, dealing in them and collecting them. There
is an Oliver No. 80 at a local lumber and hardware business and that saw is amazing.
The whole table tilts, has it's own sliding sections if I remember correctly, and the
huge motor has shafts on both ends. The other end has it's own lower table so it can
be used as a borer. Sounds like a space ship engine from Star Wars, like the jointer
at adult ed. The No. 80 can be set up two ways, belt drive and as it is, direct drive.
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