Monday, September 21, 2009

Obama Orders Second Nuke Disarmament Study From Pentagon

President Obama, Airhead in Chief, has ordered the Pentagon to produce a second study detailing unilateral nuclear weapons cuts by US Armed Forces.

The study is to identify nuclear weapons systems that can be elimintated from our arsenal. Ths second study was ordered after the first study didn't make cuts deep enough for Obama's tastes.

For those who don't understand, unilateral disarmament means that we put down and eliminate weapons systems without any agreement from other countries that they will do the same.

Obama is doing this because the far left kook fringe wants us to be unarmed and helpless. He also wants to get praise from all of his buddy tinpot dictators around the world. Does he actually think that Russia, China, India, Pakistan, Israel, North Korea, Iran, Britain are going to say "gee whiz, we ought to do the same"? No - they're going to be praising him in public, while laughing their asses off in private at the stupidity of this buffoon.

Monday, September 14, 2009

Take a Flight in Thunderbird

Lone Star Flight Museum offers rides in several of its aircraft, notably the B-17, B-25, T-6, and PT-17. The flights aren't cheap, but very high in 'bang for the buck'. Many veterans and their families visit LSFM regularly to experience the flights - some to remember times past, others to experience what their fathers knew.

I found this video on Youtube - I have no idea who shot it, but it's pretty neat.

If you are in the Galveston/Houston area, a visit to the museum is highly recommended. Check their website to see if your visit would coincide with one of their designated 'ride' days - if it does, I think it would be well worth your time and money to go up in one of these grand old birds.

(BTW - I've flown in the B-17 and B-25 - it's a hoot!)

Tuesday, September 1, 2009

September 1, 1966

Three USAF aircraft were lost on this day in SEA, all on the same mission. The lunacy of using the F-104 Starfighter for missions it had no business being sent on claims another casualty.

F-104C 57-0913, 435TFS 8TFW, flying out of Udorn AB, Thailand. Maj. Norman Schmidt was flying an armed recon mission in North Vietnam, when his aircraft was hit and downed by AAA. Maj. Schmidt successfully ejected, was captured, and subsequently beaten to death by his captors.

A search and rescue effort was mounted to try and recover Maj. Schmidt. Two A-1E Skyraiders were lost during the effort.

A-1E 52-132648, 602ACS 14ACW, Udorn AB. Maj. Hubert Nichols was shot down by AAA, and died at the scene.

A-1E 52-132624, 602ACS 14ACW, Udorn AB. Capt. A. Minnick was also hit by AAA, but managed to nurse his stricken aircraft almost back to base. He successfully ejected and was recovered.

Search and Rescue for downed aviators was one of the most dedicated and sacred missions flown during the Vietnam war, and ever since. Of all the things that were done wrong in the Vietnam war, SAR was a shining example of what was done right. Every man flying a mission over hostile territory does so with the knowledge that his fellow US military personnel will do everything within their power (and many times above and beyond) to find and recover them. Search and Rescue operations picked up hundreds of aviators, many times very deep inside North Vietnam. Many SAR aircrew and aircraft were lost on these missions.