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Tanks, Planes, Boats, Military Stuff
07-05-2011, 04:18 PM
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RE: Tanks, Planes, Boats, Military Stuff
A-10 Thunderbolt... or by the more affectionate, "Warthog." My favorite. A flying monster.
I want to be one when I am reincarnated... or re-animated, or re-combobulated. Whatever.
Incredible machine. Horrifying to anyone that opposes it in a battle. A flying gunfighter with a twenty foot gun that shoots through tanks. I love what one pilot said about his A-10 squadron: "We bring a knife to a knife fight, and a gun."
(A 4,000 round per minute, 30mm, seven-barreled Gatling gun that shoots tungsten-tipped shells )
http://www.photohome.com/photos/aircraft...ter-1.html

SR 71. Words escape me. An unbelievably advanced, unbelievably powered, unbelievably fast and long-lived aircraft from the infamous Skunkworks.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Lockhe...ckbird.jpg

Any of the infamous WWll fighters. The Stuka has always fascinated me. Imagine being in one during one of their dives?
Merlin engines... <sigh> Supercharged Merlin engines... <SIGH>. Mighty 8th Museum in Savannah has a room FULL of them. Some are cutaways that are rotating so you can see the good stuff!
Air racers (not the kitties... but the Reno big dogs) are also a favorite. Dago Red, of course, and this guy:
Rare Bear
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07-05-2011, 04:19 PM
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RE: Tanks, Planes, Boats, Military Stuff
Hey! Is that perfume I smell in here!!!???

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07-05-2011, 04:30 PM
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RE: Tanks, Planes, Boats, Military Stuff
I'm friends with the Riff Raff crew (Hawker Sea Fury, number 99) since Chuck was a squadron mate with my Godfather. I got to go in '98 and hang out with them. We had a great time hanging out at the casino having drinks and sharing stories afterwards. 'Hoot' Gibson was a fun, down to earth guy (no pun intended, though he was a Space Shuttle Commander!).

They were all joking about him because he was pretty new as a pilot to Southwest airlines and of course was the low man on the totem pole... a mere co-pilot. LOL!

I should find those flicks I took at the show and scan 'em up. That was a fantastic weekend.
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07-05-2011, 06:14 PM
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Last summer a buddy of mine and I were doing a short motorcycle tour around our area. Just after 2:00 we were feeling rather peckish and turned into an Arby's to get something (whatever that stuff is) to eat.

As we were pulling into the parking lot, a huge boat of a car pulled behind us. I noticed that he had veteran plates. They look like this:

[Image: veteran1.gif]

Entering the restaurant this elderly fellow and us two just got to chatting. I shook his hand and said, "Thank you for your service" or something similar to that. We shook hands and that was pretty much it.

Or so I thought.

We ended up in a booth next to him and we continued our chat. Turns out he was a Canadian tank commander but fighting for the British.

He started by telling us some truly funny stuff. Lots about how difficult the tanks were to see out of, the ungodly smell of diesel fuel and sweaty men.

He was in the first wave of tanks that liberated Bergen-Belsen.

Here we were, sitting at something resembling food, our thoughts off to those countless lost in the mire of German concentration camps. We sat in silence a moment, finished our meals and said our goodbyes.

I have never, ever felt more closely connected to our living history as I was in those few moments. It wasn't at a museum, it wasn't at a Remembrance day ceremony, nor at a historical lecture at a university. It was at, of all things, an Arby's in Brantford, Ontario.

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07-05-2011, 06:20 PM
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RE: Tanks, Planes, Boats, Military Stuff
(07-05-2011 06:14 PM)old honda rider Wrote:  Last summer a buddy of mine and I were doing a short motorcycle tour around our area. Just after 2:00 we were feeling rather peckish and turned into an Arby's to get something (whatever that stuff is) to eat.

As we were pulling into the parking lot, a huge boat of a car pulled behind us. I noticed that he had veteran plates. They look like this:

[Image: veteran1.gif]

Entering the restaurant this elderly fellow and us two just got to chatting. I shook his hand and said, "Thank you for your service" or something similar to that. We shook hands and that was pretty much it.

Or so I thought.

We ended up in a booth next to him and we continued our chat. Turns out he was a Canadian tank commander but fighting for the British.

He started by telling us some truly funny stuff. Lots about how difficult the tanks were to see out of, the ungodly smell of diesel fuel and sweaty men.

He was in the first wave of tanks that liberated Bergen-Belsen.

Here we were, sitting at something resembling food, our thoughts off to those countless lost in the mire of German concentration camps. We sat in silence a moment, finished our meals and said our goodbyes.

I have never, ever felt more closely connected to our living history as I was in those few moments. It wasn't at a museum, it wasn't at a Remembrance day ceremony, nor at a historical lecture at a university. It was at, of all things, an Arby's in Brantford, Ontario.

Very cool, OHR! You just never know who the person next to you might be, or what they've done.
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07-05-2011, 07:55 PM
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This is a F-106 Delta Dart from the 87th FIS from K.I. Sawyer A.F.B circa 1985. Hubby says the squadron was known as the Red Bulls.

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07-05-2011, 08:39 PM
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(07-05-2011 04:19 PM)Mufasa Wrote:  Hey! Is that perfume I smell in here!!!???

What we can't like planes, tanks, and big guns?Dodgy
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07-05-2011, 09:14 PM
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Gurlz muddles up the testosterone aroma...

I wish Dawn were more in tune with my sense of... what am I looking for here... "things that make my ears perk up"?
She struggles with me at times (I know, you say "no way!") due to my tendency to see very little grey in a conversation.
I have tried to be more lenient with dumb arse people and dumb arse ideas, but alas, it is very difficult for me.
She's cute though, and smart, and she smells real purty. I guess she's ok, for a gurl.

She's telling me about her latest client as I type. A nineteen year old that just gave birth to her second child; the first being at fourteen. Incarcerated at the moment for drug use, etc. Two different fathers, or "doners" as I call them. The latest being an illegal alien. Baby is going through withdrawals. Guess who pays for every *%$#@! bit of it? One of many.

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07-06-2011, 01:37 AM
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Quote:Very cool, OHR! You just never know who the person next to you might be

I once shared a bar with a bloke who turned out to have been in the Royal Marines Special Arctic Warfare Cadre......they`re quite special, Special Forces, although my favourites would still be SAS, as they are based a few miles from where I live, and most people "know" of someone who has served. My mate was in, another mates Dad was in, I worked with a women whos Husband was in, and an old neighbour a few doors away, friend is married to Dinger from the Bravo 2 Zero patrol.

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07-06-2011, 01:40 AM
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Quote:A-10 Thunderbolt... or by the more affectionate, "Warthog." My favorite. A flying monster.

Good call Mufasa, Yes, in terms of outright firepower this is an awesome piece of kit. Seeing, (and hearing) THAT GUN fire is pretty scary stuff...........

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