Thursday, December 31, 2009

war film, discretion advised

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The attached video was filmed by Air Force Joint Tactical Air Controllers
(JTAC) in Tal Afar, west of Mosul in Iraq. They were with a U.S. Marine
Corps ASTs (Advisor Support Team) attached to Iraqi units to help train
their forces day-to-day. They were in a fairly sustained fire fight in the
streets of Tal Afar with about 30 Anti-Iraqi Forces (AIF - bad guys) and
got clearance to fire a Maverick AGM-65 air-to-ground missile.

They set a video camera on the bumper of their armored humvee, which they
were using for cover. Keep an eye on the opposing direction van parked just
down the street.

On the audio you can hear shooting back and forth. The rounds you hear are
from the Marines and the ones you hear pinging against the side of the
vehicle with no accompanying pop are from the bad guys. When the JTACs say
they just fired "rifle" that means the F-16 aircraft just launched the
Maverick missile. You can hear it come in and see it strike the vehicle the
AIF were using for cover. Pinpoint accuracy! End of story...for the bad

When engaged against an enemy on the ground, it is comforting to have an Air
Force Forward Air Controller, airborne or imbedded with you, able to call in
some 'serious hurt' on the enemy. When the Maverick hits the target, you
will see a bad guy flying off to the upper left of your screen, checking

Enlarge the movie to full screen for best viewing if your program permits.

war film, discretion advised

Aviation book

image courtesy of BookshackUSA

Boyd: The Fighter Pilot Who Changed the Art of War

by Robert Coram

Click here for more information from Amazon

This was one of the most enlightening books I have read on the development of the F15, F16 and A-10 as a sidelight to the career of a remarkable man. tcp

The power of duct tape

During a private "fly-in" fishing excursion in the Alaskan wilderness,
the chartered pilot and fishermen left a cooler and bait in the plane.
And a bear smelled it. This is what he did to the plane.

The pilot used his radio and had another pilot bring him 2 new tires, 3
cases of duct tape, and a supply of sheet plastic.

He patched (taped) the plane together, and FLEW IT HOME!

Click on the photos for more detail.

thanks Jack

assembling a 182

time lapse of the Moody Aviation Cessna 182 aircraft assembly

thanks Tim

pima air B-36 restoration

A link to the Pima Air and Space Museum website

thanks barratt

Don't worry I have a parachute

that had to hurt....

thanks Ralph

Saturday Morning Breakfast

All The Saturday morning breakfast we had was a resounding success. The eggs to order, the bacon fried crispy, the fruit garnish,...