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clay neubauer

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  1. 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.
  2. Thanks for the reminder, I recently finished another book about the larger campaign there (Bloody Okinawa, by Joseph Wheelan- very very good) and that book about Bunker Hill was one I intended to put on the list. The fight against the kamikazes was some very nasty business.
  3. This is a bit of a time commitment, but if any of you want to sit down with about six cold adult beverages for a while.... This is the best original color footage of an ETO bomber base that I've ever seen. It's completely amateur but it rivals or in some ways surpasses Ford's footage used in the original Memphis Belle film. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qMLC1_qqgU8
  4. This thread could use a little noise! MKBlues1 is always out at El Centro posting these during Blue Angels winter training from January to March. The team is transitioning from legacy Hornets to the E/F model Super Hornets for the 2021 show season. For anybody who has seen the Blues recently, next time you see the demo in these Rhinos with 40% bigger engines it's going to be impressive and LOUD!
  5. Took this from the campgrounds at Oshkosh 2018. Man was it fun sitting next to the tent drinking beer and watching Draco and the other STOLs fly in the twilight. Right up there with the daily wakeup call of P-51s taking off at dawn!
  6. Lots of variables as others have pointed out. We've been cutting hedge posts out of a very large old fencerow this winter, as well as a fair amount of firewood. I've been packing a Stihl 311 with 20" bar and a battery powered Milwaukee saw with 14". That's a really nice combo for anything up to about two feet in diameter. And I like doing the cruddy work with the smaller, cheaper chain, plus that little saw is a lot easier for the kids to handle if they're helping.
  7. Wow, I've seen a few photos of the H model but had no idea there was great color footage of it. Thanks for the share.
  8. Younkin's routine in the Beech 18 never gets old, it's especially gorgeous at night.
  9. Have been doing a little research into sawmills myself. I doubt there is really a bad saw on the market, but this one that doesn't have much of a national brand name really intrigues me. Sure seems to be a lot of capability for the price, and there's a lot of farmer-brain common sense features on them. http://www.ezboardwalk.com/home
  10. Yep, later variants of the P-38 fixed the high altitude problems too, but of course by then the P-47 had been pretty much perfected and given more range with drop tanks and the Merlin Mustangs were coming online. Made more sense at that point to concentrate Lightnings in the Pacific where twin engines were a major safety bonus for long overwater flights.
  11. Timbo, you need to order this book. Wish you could have had it to share with your uncle, but there were very minimal injuries to those on the ground when the food was being dropped. https://smile.amazon.com/Operation-Chowhound-Glorious-Bomber-Mission/dp/113727963X/ref=sr_1_1?crid=266LFJESXWALO&dchild=1&keywords=operation+chowhound&qid=1610692624&sprefix=operation+chowhound%2Caps%2C275&sr=8-1
  12. Gosh, I'm glad you linked that, I was gong to go dig it up this morning but ended up having to bug out and leave the computer. It's not even that they switched to 454s because the Buick motors went out of production, but that they were sending people out to buy those engines from junkyards and ran out of wrecked Buicks that had salvageable engines.
  13. I've got Brian Shul's Sled Driver books that this story is from. Very spendy, but what treasures. Little bit of virtually unknown trivia- when they made that last record breaker cross country flight to deliver a bird to the Smithsonian, it was talked about to make the attempt at Mach 3.FIVE. The jet was very capable of doing so, but the risk of having a compressor unstart and losing the aircraft was deemed unacceptable. Also, the reason there was never an around-the-world record attempt by the Blackbirds is because there weren't enough of the KC-135Q tankers to have a spare tanker available at every refueling point that would have been necessary to circle the globe and mitigate the risk of losing the Blackbird because it couldn't get gas if the primary tanker broke.
  14. Finally got fire in my pizza oven we've been building that was in the cement mixer post down the page.
  15. The 28" cupola is the kit we used. https://www.brickwoodovens.com/outdoor-pizza-oven-kits
  16. Fireman, if you want I could provide you a link to where I got the kit and plans to do this. Just beware, it's a LOT of work lol. But, we did a trial run yesterday (which kinds sucked) and several pies today which got rave reviews. It's going to be a very fun thing to have around!
  17. Sure wish I could have found one of those mixers close by for this instead of buying a new one from Northern Tool. It got the job done and has been used for several other things too, but it doesn’t have much cool factor.
  18. Read this that just came out yesterday, too. From that ultra-right Trump loving New York Times. https://www.nytimes.com/2020/08/29/health/coronavirus-testing.html?fbclid=IwAR3URD_3Elcu4l9MO7xGFw5DKs097cIz2U2alKwuqvAOW_NyvSPODLhbx6Y
  19. You should probably come have my Kettle Fried Chicken instead of that fast food crap.
  20. I dabble in it with some luck from time to time.
  21. Some from the trip we took out west last month. Farmall Land, just for gratuitous Red Powerness. Badlands. Rushmore. Fire helos working out of Sylvan Lake, made for a cool backdrop. Stopped by to visit some friends in Montana and rode in combines and airplanes. Bighorn Canyon. Custer battlefield on the Little Bighorn. This is the crossing that Reno's command retreated over when they were routed during the initial encounter with the southern end of the Indian village, and ended up on top of the bluff I'm standing on here. Last Stand Hill. The colored stone says it's where George Custer fell, but I've seen some analysis that it's more likely that is the point where he was first buried. He was probably actually killed closer to where I'm standing, by the memorial marker. The last of these are panoramas stitched together from multiple photos, Lake Yellowstone. Stream on the climb up Bear Tooth pass. Top of the world highway, looking down on Bear Tooth from the summit at over 10,000 feet.
  22. The Russians reverse-engineered every single part of a B-29 and built a fleet of hundreds of Tu-4 bombers. Anything is possible if you have time, monies, and willpower. Might not hurt if you have a Gulag for underperforners, too....
  23. Rip the band-aid off. Is there a better time to get the maximum number of people exposed than NOW when it's 80-90 degrees, sunny, people are at their most active and generally most healthy point? Or should we wait until the miserable winter and compound this with the standard cold, flu, pneumonia season? Nobody in the stay at home forever camp will answer me on this simple question wherever I post it. And, for the record- I sleep next to somebody who works for a cardiology firm and has had multiple coworkers and patients in her office that were positive for the Kung Flu. I've got more skin in the game than a lot of the fear mongers do.
  24. Glad I learned how to cook when I was a kid and when I was single. Now there are two of us who can cook together.
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