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  1. 31 minutes ago, cedar farm said:

    The p-38's were most famously used in the warm, lower level flight pacific theater. Including the shooting down of Yamamoto's transport plane. In Europe they were less successful as early on they were used for bomber escort. But at those altitudes the Allison engines would fail and because the pilot was isolated from the heat of the engines, the cockpit got bitterly cold. The P51 fixed all of those problems. 

    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.

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  2. On 1/12/2021 at 10:26 AM, timbo1946 said:

    What these young men went through is unimaginable to those of us that didn’t. My uncle was a navigator on a B17. He was late coming into the war, and had some close calls that he related to us. What I remember in detail was that at the end of the war he stayed on to drop relief packages over Holland. Uncle Don related in detail one mission drop where they circled the drop zone, the people were running around under the plane until they were so low on fuel they had to drop. He was sure that they dropped on those poor people. When my Dad quietly told him that we had relatives in that area of Holland, Uncle Don got very solemn and had leave the room. Many years later when this came up Uncle Don made it point to tell everyone  that he never flew over Holland. I’m sure it was his way of coping. 

    Yes we owe all our veterans our debt of gratitude, for we that have not served can’t imagine how much they have given

    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

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  3. 15 hours ago, Gearclash said:

    SR-71 engine start.  




    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.  

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  4. 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.

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  5. 3 hours ago, vtfireman85 said:

    A wood fired brick pizza oven is on my list! That’s awesome!!! 

    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!



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  6. Some from the trip we took out west last month.  Farmall Land, just for gratuitous Red Powerness.Farmallland%201.jpg






    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.


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  7. 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....

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  8. 11 hours ago, cjf711 said:

    the majority here isnt doing squat to comply with distancing or masks... its as if nothing has changed except our county is surging in cases.  I think we shot our wad too early when it was a problem in NY,  and now its a rural problem here and people are too burnt out, tired, mentally weak, to pay attention anymore and act when it actually matters.   


    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.

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  9. 6 hours ago, rcb said:

    What I'm really curious about is how all the social distancing will affect the country this fall. We constantly are trading weakened viruses to build our immune systems. With the reduce events and social distancing, extreme cleaning regimens and all I wonder if we will see increased impact from weakened immune systems.

    I have politely asked, in multiple forums, whether it is better to get a maximum number of people exposed to the Rona NOW while it''s 90 degrees and sunny and people are outdoors being active and generally at their healthiest vs. pushing it off till December.  When it's standard cold/flu/pneumonia season, the weather sucks, everybody is crammed indoors, the kids all have a snotty nose, etc.  I have never gotten a single response from the lockdown, stay-at-home-forever fearmongering people.

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  10. 21 hours ago, DaveinSD said:

    I live in rural western South Dakota, I cook a couple nights a week at the local cafe, and I worked tonight. Saw two people come in with masks to get their to go orders, knew immediately that they were from out of town..... I’m not sure if anyone from here even has one, much less wears it.

    We spent several days out west recently, my favorite was the moron at the Custer Little Bighorn battlefield who was sitting in his Ford Mustang, with his windows down, with his mask on but pulled down to his chin so he could smoke a cigarette.  Yeah, you're saving the world buddy.   Also, we had a great time out where people are being 99% normal and I'm glad we spent recreational dollars there instead of on all the crap that is cancelled.  LOTS of people are doing the same.  Also, Kristi Noem is hotter than a go-kart muffler.

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  11. 9 hours ago, SDman said:

    Don't think I made the comment that the outcome of WWII would have been much different....but GETTING to the same outcome of WWII could have been drastically different if the 262 was used to its full potential.

    First off....by the time the 262 was available in great numbers....Germany was out of fuel to fly them. Many Allied fighter pilots shot down 262s just by following it back to its airbase because they were low on fuel. Also, if the Allies weren't worried about the 262, why was bombing 262 aircraft production centers considered high priority for the bomber crews? That's another reason why the 262 came on to the scene too little/too late to affect WWII's outcome....Germany had to disperse 262 production to different areas because of constant Allied bomber attacks. 

    I would imagine MANY an Allied bomber crewman felt the same way that Tilla's Dad did when they first saw an ME-262 in the sky......."Holy cow....WTH was THAT!!!"

    The US 8th Air Force lost enough men and machines due to fighting ME-109s and FW-190s....a few hundred ME-262 with good pilots would have made things much worse.

    SDman, we're more or less on the same page- I was just pointing out that these are only what-if scenarios because the logistics, manpower, and calendar for operating the 262 never really had a chance of meaningfully impacting the duration of the war.  The low point of the 8th AF daylight bombing campaign in autumn 1943 around the time of the disastrous Schweinfurt-Regensburg raids happened before enough Jumo engines had been produced to put a single squadron of jets in combat service, let alone hundreds.  And the lack of fuel, training, the fact that some of those early engines couldn't run 25 hours without servicing, none of that could have been very much altered by any decree from Hitler wanting a vengeance bomber instead of an interceptor.

    Now, a what-if where it's September 1943, the engines are good, the fuel is plentiful, the guys with experience from Spain to the Battle of Britain to the Afrika Corps haven't been killed off, and there are 200 front-line combat capable jets?  Yeah, there might have been a window when they could have really had a turkey shoot.  But that's also the time when the USAAF had to do a major retreat from deep penetration raids anyway until they got a lot of new reinforcements and figured out how to get escort fighters far more range.  

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  12. 2 hours ago, SDman said:

    If Hitler would have used all the German technology available to him to its full potential....World War II would have been much more deadly(and longer) than what it actually was. The 262 is probably the best example of Hitler's misapplication of war tools at his disposal. With  mass production of these,  and with skilled pilots flying them as fighter aircraft, the Allied bombing effort would have come to a halt because of unsustainable bomber losses.

    Look at how both US and Russian aircraft technology moved ahead greatly in the days after WWII using captured German technology...especially with swept-wing jet technology. The Mig-15(Russian) and F-86 Sabre(US) were bitter adversaries in the skies over Korea in the early 1950s; both were the benefactors of captured German technology.

    Also...look at how both sides(US and Russian) used German rocket technology to great effect a few years later in the Space Race.

    True to an extent, but also a moot point.  Between the teething problems that everybody had with the first couple generations of jet engines, Germany's shortage of some of the necessary materials, and the attrition on the Eastern front there really isn't a scenario where the Luftwaffe could have put enough jets with enough well-trained pilots up to have shut down the bomber offensive.  

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  13. 1 hour ago, hardtail said:

    Where did you get that pic?

    Looks like they are headed back to base less one...RIP Cap'n Casey

    Funny last Friday they were flying over Leduc and I said torn between national symbol of pride and a joke our aerial squadron uses a plane 60 yrs old that you sit side by side in

    It's not a joke, the Tutors are a magnificent little aerobatic jet and the Snowbirds put on a wonderful demonstration.  They don't have the speed and noise of the Thunderbirds/Blue Angels, but for the true aviation people the energy management the Snowbirds do is very impressive.  If they're a couple seconds late, they can't just make it up with the lever in their left hand.

  14. 1 hour ago, DaveinSD said:

    If you liked Castles of Steel, you also need to read Dreadnaught, which actually proceeds it chronologically. 

    I'm putting these on the list.  

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