Monday, June 20, 2016

F/A-18 Acrobats





                            
 



An F/A-18 Hornet cruises through the canyons of Northern California ridiculously close to the ground and at speeds so high he is forced to make many turns inverted to avoid pulling Gs to deadly to withstand.
  Tom Smith

Thug-Life Debates



 







THUG-LIFE DEBATING




Okay, nobody has  time to watch all the videos available, but Ben Shapiro (above) has to be the Ann Coulter of  smash-mouth bitch-slapping of witless left apologists technique. You will also marvel at  this clip  of Ben slicing CNN's  Piers Morgan so skillfully  that Morgan never realizes he's bleeding to death.

When Trump gets to look in Obama's sock drawer





OBAMUNISM, The Party
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President Obama's final year in office — which was expected to be a time when he would give symbolic speeches and try to cut a few deals with Republicans — is turning into an all-out campaign to stop Donald Trump from succeeding him.

In recent public remarks, including his endorsement of Hillary Clinton even before the Democratic primaries were finished, Obama has inserted himself more directly into the campaign than previous second-term presidents.

He is effectively turning the election into "Obama-Clinton v. Trump," instead of a traditional contest between the two people with their names on the ballot.

Related: Obama Decries Trump's Muslim Ban, Asks: 'Where Does This Stop?'

"This is the biggest intervention that I can remember for some time now," said Julian Zelizer, a political historian at Princeton University, comparing Obama to past second-term presidents. "Not only is he really coming out for the Democratic candidate, but acting in extremely aggressive fashion against the Republican nominee." [Meet the Press]
Here is an instance where the question contains the answer.

Prince Charles "Mans Up"

     



News they'd expect ...


Headline

Prince Charles tells British Muslims 'ifyou live in our country, abide by our values'

What your grandparents expected would follow


Prince Charles Issued an extraordinary rallying cry today calling on Muslims living in the UK to leave the country before the end of month.  London Mayor Sadiq Khan's scheduled execution first in Great Britian since 1964.




Obama is an Energizer Muzzy



Documents Obtained by Judicial Watch Reveal FBI Training Curricula Purged of Material Deemed “Offensive” to Muslims

Example:

“Article is highly inflammatory and inaccurately argues the Muslim Brotherhood is a terrorist organization.”




Amazing WW2 Aircraft Facts


 







The US lost 14,903 pilots, aircrew and support personnel plus 13,873 airplanes --- inside the continental United States. There were 52,651 aircraft accidents (6,039 involving fatalities) in 45 months. Average 1,170 aircraft accidents per month---- nearly 40 a day.
 
It gets worse.....
Almost 1,000  planes disappeared en route from the US to foreign climes. But  43,581 aircraft were lost overseas including 22,948 on combat missions (18,418 in Europe ) and 20,633 due to non-combat causes overseas.
 
In a single 376 plane raid in August 1943, 60 B-17s were shot down. That was a 16 percent loss rate and meant 600 empty bunks in England. In 1942-43, it was statistically impossible for bomber crews to complete the intended 25-mission tour in Europe .
 
In 1942-43, it was statistically impossible for bomber crews to complete the intended 25-mission tour in Europe .
Pacific theatre losses were far less (4,530 in combat) owing to smaller forces committed. The B-29 mission against Tokyo on May 25, 1945, cost 26 Superfortresses,  5.6 percent of the 464 dispatched from the Marianas .
 
On  average, 6,600 American servicemen died per month during WWII, about 220 a day. Over 40,000 airmen were killed in combat and another 18,000 wounded. Some 12,000 missing men were declared dead, including those "liberated" by the Soviets but never returned. More than 41,000 were captured. Half of the 5,400 held by the Japanese died in captivity, compared with one-tenth in German hands. Total combat casualties were  121,867.
 
The US forces peak strength was in 1944 with 2,372,000 personnel, nearly twice the previous year's figure.
 
Losses were huge---but so were production totals. From 1941 through 1945, American industry delivered more than 276,000 military aircraft. That was not only for US Army, Navy and Marine Corps, but also for allies as diverse as Britain, Australia , China and Russia .  
 
With the arrival of new aircraft, many units transitioned in combat. The attitude was, "They all have a stick and a throttle. Go fly `em." When the famed 4th Fighter Group converted from P-47s to P-51s in Feb 44, there was no time to stand down for an orderly transition. The Group commander, Col. DonaldBlakeslee, said, "You can learn to fly 51s on the way to the target".
Our enemies took massive losses. Through much of 1944, the Luftwaffe sustained hemorrhaging of 25% of aircrews and 40 planes a month.
 

Experience  Level:
Uncle Sam sent many men to war with minimum training. Some fighter pilots entered combat in 1942 with less than 1 hour in their assigned aircraft.. The 357th Fighter Group (The Yoxford Boys) went to England in late 1943 having trained on P-39s, then flew Mustangs. They never saw a Mustang until the first combat mission. 
 
With the arrival of new aircraft, many units transitioned in combat. The attitude was, "They all have a stick and a throttle. Go fly `em." When the famed 4th Fighter Group converted from P-47s to P-51s in Feb 44, there was no time to stand down for an orderly transition. The Group commander, Col. DonaldBlakeslee,  said, "You  can learn to fly 51s on the way to the target". 
  
A future P-47 ace said, "I was sent to England to die."  Many bomber crews were still learning their trade. Of Jimmy Doolittle's 15 pilots on the April 1942  Tokyo raid, only five had won their wings before 1941. All but one of the 16 co-pilots were less than a year out of flight school.
 
In WW2,  safety took a back seat to combat.  The AAF's worst accident rate was recorded by the A-36 Invader version of the P-51: a staggering 274 accidents per 100,000 flying hours.   Next worst were the P-39 at 245, the P-40 at 188, and the P-38 at 139.  All were Allison powered.
 
Bomber wrecks were fewer but more expensive. The B-17 and B-24 averaged 30 and 35 accidents per 100,000 flight hours respectively-- a horrific figure considering that from 1980 to 2000 the Air Force's major mishap rate was less than 2.
 
The B-29 was even worse at 40 per 100,000 hours; the world's most sophisticated, most capable and most expensive bomber was too urgently needed to be able to stand down for mere safety reasons.
 
(Compare:  when a $2.1 billion B-2 crashed in 2008, the Air Force declared a two-month "safety pause").
 
The B-29 was no better for maintenance. Although the R3350 was known as a complicated, troublesome power-plant, only half the mechanics had previous experience with it.  
 
Navigators:
Perhaps the greatest success story concerned Navigators. The Army graduated some 50,000 during WW2.
 
Many had never flown out of sight of land before leaving "Uncle Sugar" for a war zone. Yet they found their way across oceans and continents without getting lost or running out of fuel - a tribute to the AAF's training.
 
At its height in mid-1944, the USAAF had 2.6 million people and nearly 80,000 aircraft of all types. 
Today the US Air Force employs 327,000 active personnel (plus 170,000 civilians) with 5,500+ manned and perhaps 200 unmanned aircraft. That's about 12% of the manpower and 7% of the airplanes of the WW2 peak.
 
SUMMATION:
Another war like that of 1939-45 is doubtful, as fighters and bombers have given way to helicopters and remotely-controlled drones, eg. over Afghanistan and Iraq. But within our living memory, men left the earth in 1,000-plane formations and fought major battles five miles high, leaving a legacy that remains timeless.


Via Cuzzin Ricky
Yeah, we're all thinking along the same lines ... if you're older than 40 yrs. After that, who knows.