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  1. Kinda late checking in to this thread, but worth pointing something out. Yes, the precision bombing theory wasn’t as precise or consistently effective as it’s proponents envisioned. However, the long, slow attrition started by the RAF and the early unescorted 8th AF raids had significant impact on the materiel and training of the Luftwaffe. The 100 days or so starting around Christmas 1943 when long-range fighters were finally perfected, and when they had sufficient numbers to sweep ahead of the bomber stream, cut the heart out of German tactical airpower. The sacrifice of so many bomber crews was an ugly thing, but the true effectiveness of the bombing campaign was not the targets bombed, it was the resulting clear skies that allowed for successful invasion of the continent.
  2. This is an excellent idea. I've had somewhat the same thoughts after seeing how much better the generation 3 Magnums with raised cabs are to work around, but never got far enough to specifically figure out what is needed to do it. Thanks!
  3. They certainly blatantly copied some things, like the reverse-engineered B-29s that made emergency landings in Soviet territory. But the first Germans who came up against T-34 tanks, or the first Americans who encountered the MiG-15 over Korea, would probably disagree that the Reds had almost no innovation ability.
  4. Well, some of those items I can't really comment on, for instance the Bluetooth as I shoot all RAW files and edit them in Lightroom (and I'm still packing around a D7100 Nikon that was made before that was a thing.) DSLRs are definitely much more about the glass than the bodies, I've got a couple lenses at price points that would make your eyes water but I do a lot of low-light and aviation photography that simply require more reach and more aperture to get decent results. Something you may wish to consider: When these companies release a new model of entry-level camera, they usually pass through features that were already in the cameras one or two price points higher in the previous generation. It can be worthwhile to look at those more advanced but slightly older bodies, especially since they tend to be more robust, have better weatherproofing, etc. as you step up though the lines.
  5. It’s a good day when it doesn’t go like this….
  6. Been trying to catch up on my photo editing from last summer. It'll need to be a fresh thread because there's way too much to put in here, but if you guys want to see an album from Oshkosh I'll try to get it up here before the weather gets good again.
  7. Navy Legacy Flight @ Oshkosh last summer, two EA-18G Growlers and two Corsairs. Been working on EAA photos, might have to just do a whole thread of them here if you guys want. Growler high-speed pass.
  8. I went up in Fifi. The noise level was definitely higher than say a commercial jetliner, but not unbearably so. Sooner or later I'm going to pony up for a ride in maybe a 17 or 25 too. My biggest takeaway was actually this: the ambient temperature was about 101 degrees F the day of my flight. Until we got moving and had some air flow, it was freaking hot in that aluminum tube. It gave me a whole different level of appreciation for the guys who operated bombers from tropical islands with combat gear and no creature comforts.
  9. That is a fantastic idea, might have have to something like that out with one of our pond rocks too....
  10. The highly esteemed NYT is filled with admiration for the truckers******
  11. I've spent far, far too many thousands of hours in those vintage cabs that are almost as loud as a Guns 'n Roses concert. Still do a few hours, though they're mostly just auger and chore tractors now. Life is way better this way....
  12. For sale: Beech King Air, low hours, ready to go only needs replacement seat cushions. Regarding jumpers- I was at an airshow once where the winds were so high that one of the parachute teams as well as a couple of civilian aerobatic acts in light aircraft had to cancel. However the Leap Frogs, the Navy's SEAL parachute demo team, were there. Prior to their routine the announcers were interviewing one of them. It went something like this. Announcer: Do you enjoy jumping out of a perfectly functioning airplane? SEAL: There is no such thing as a perfectly functioning airplane. Announcer: How is the high wind today going to affect your performance? SEAL: What wind?
  13. This won't be the answer you are looking for. But this is 2021, not 1981. There are vastly superior and reasonably priced tractors out there to deliver 200 horsepower. This from somebody who has spent thousands of hours on 66-86 series tractors and also has a 385 Steiger with a Steinbauer to add some juice. The 1486 at stock settings was the maximum that IH engineering was willing to stretch the 806 chassis, while memory of the folly of stretching the M into the 560 was still pretty fresh....
  14. Every event we've been to or close to in Iowa has been very strong. Went to Airventure in Oshkosh in July, they ended up with 608,000 in attendance which was close to their record set in 2019 without having some of the international travelers that are normally there. It was a blast and absolutely nobody was Rona-panicking.
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