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  • Abby February 17, 2007, 10:54

    It’s not Bill Clinton. He doesn’t do blondes. 🙂

  • Maddog February 17, 2007, 22:02

    What about…..Hillary?

    On second thought, never mind.

  • Anonymous March 19, 2007, 15:39

    Maddog is Carazy fool who loves computers.
    Deal with it.

  • effink@bellsouth.net March 21, 2007, 04:28

    my reaction exactly.could not have better better in ten years. Thank you for being an American

  • Abby March 25, 2007, 08:36

    You consider me a liberal. Does that mean I’m stupid, too?

  • Maddog March 26, 2007, 03:56

    No Dear, I don’t think you’re a liberal. A closet conservative, maybe. You still have time to shake off the leftist propaganda you picked up in college. You’re making progress in this regard and I’m sure you’ll make a full recovery.

  • B.O.B. April 18, 2007, 06:24


  • Abby April 25, 2007, 11:18

    If she were any smarter, I’d be scared. 🙂

  • Lone Wolf April 30, 2007, 15:51

    Glad to see that Santa is alive and well. It is moments like these that remind us that we all make our own magic in the world…and maybe a little for those around us sometimes too…

  • Lone Wolf April 30, 2007, 15:55

    I have heard this before. Although I am a firm believer in the behavior pattern that it suggests, part of me wonders if this is just some urban legend or if this was actually a study that was done. If it was a study, I would be interested to know when and by whom. If anyone ont there knows, I am curious to know the answer.

  • Lone Wolf April 30, 2007, 16:12

    If someone in America picks this up as part of the pitch for the presidency, I will personally work to help with their campaign. PLEASE let some candidate, I don’t care what party they come from, let them say such words and let them begin to be heard from Capital Hill. Our country has hungered for such as this for so long they cry like a lost child wishing they had such leadership. Show me such a leader and I’ll not only give them my vote, but work to bring them every vote I can muster as well. I do not wish to take away anyone’s rights, but I’m really getting tired of giving up mine so that everyone who comes here can feel better about calling me a piece of crap in my own country after I served 20 years in the military to defend their right to do so. Excuse me, but what about my rights? I say enough is enough and this person has the right idea. If this keeps up, I may have to move to Australia before long.

  • Anonymous May 10, 2007, 11:14

    Not a mandate to execute foreign policy on her own.

    And to think, the libs went apoplectic last year when Rove claimed Leftist Dems wanted to extend “counseling” and “understanding” to terrorists.

    And here we have Pelosi meeting with Assad, considering meeting with Ahmadinejad…and not only refusing to meet with Bush, but telling her lunatic-left footsoldiers that she’ll take him to court if he issues a signing statement regarding the Iraq War spending bill.

    Oh, she’s leading her party in a war, alright. Unfortunately, it’s a war on America and Republicans instead of a war against terrorists.

  • Maddog June 2, 2007, 04:58

    It is a sad truth that the Dems are at war with America and the Republicans. They are fighting to be back in power and are willing to anything to win.

  • ok, dispencer June 3, 2007, 22:29

    i like it! its catchy!~ 🙂

  • MICKY July 17, 2007, 08:16

    A recent copy of Reader’s Digest has a couple of articles on Alcoholics Anonymous. The crux of the articles is that the famous 12 Steps, don’t work at all. Apparently, there’s no data to support the claim that Alcoholics Anonymous is successful at getting people to stop drinking.. From my own experience, the 12 Steps, shut down the critical thinking section of ones brain. What do you think? Comments are welcome!!

  • Maddog July 27, 2007, 04:04

    Although I’m not a Friend of Bill, I have had exposure to the 12 Steps. I agree with Micky in that it does shut down critical thinking but some some that “guided thought process” is effective in leading them to healthier choices.

    However, the 12 Steps are not a cure all. Hence the sarcasm in my post right here listing the many….shall we say “misuses” of the 12 Step programs.

    There is a 12 Step program to help you get away from 12 step programs.

    Need I say more?

  • Anonymous August 20, 2007, 18:47

    Soon you neocons will have your just rewards. Once HILLARY is elected, you filthy animals won’t steal another one. Your kind will be brought to heel. First we shall enforce the second amendment the way the founding fathers wanted it. You will loss your precious little phallic sybloms. Then you will be set to camps for your reeducation. Your childern will be taked from you so your taint will no longer infect them. they of course can never be trusted so they will be forever marked and sterilized. In the end you and your blight will be wiped from MOTHER GIA. And the humans , of which you and your childern are not, will live in harmony. Just like the old coke commerials showed.

  • Anonymous August 20, 2007, 19:00

    Mike Savage is one of the few voices left in Amreica that will give you the truth. This is why the scumbags in are goverment and there masters like la raza , the race, want him shut down. They know the first thing you take out before an attack is your ability to enemies communicate. This way he resistants can be crushed piece meal.
    Keep your powder dry troop.
    The paulylamma
    Peace thru supior fire power!

  • Maddog August 20, 2007, 19:03

    How brave a post there anonymous. I was looking forward to an intellectual debate but I see that would be pointless.

  • EYEMIDIOT August 20, 2007, 20:13

    You should all know Michael has beating them . Now he really needs our support. We need to drill this down and expose all those socialist’s lock step leader’s and follower’s , before they ruin our Country. If it’s not to late. Michael’s life is under threat by those very same socialist’s , so heis brodcasting from as safe place right now. God Bless Dr. Savage

  • Maddog August 20, 2007, 20:46

    Yes Dr. Savage has been beating them (illegal immigrants) for a long time. It’s nice to see his “Borders, Language, Culture” mantra has been entering the mainstream. It’s sad that he’s been driven underground. Maybe Mark Lavin’s “Underground Bunker” isn’t a bad idea. How long will it be before La Raza and MEChA resort to guns.

    I heard a statistic today that said that 35 Americans die ebery day due to illegal immigrants. Either by murder or accidents (like traffic).

  • Abby August 21, 2007, 20:54

    If standing behind these statements (whatever) you must also remember to include… Words “Men” Use. (loud sigh)

    “Yes, dear.”– This is the verbal equivalent to the “brush off.” He wants you to think he was listening to you as you rattled off the grocery list, while in fact he was, simultaneously, in no particular order, scratching his balls, analyzing Sports Center, and picking up things off the floor with his toes.

    “(Grunt.)” A complex nonverbal communication that takes on several meanings, depending on the context. 1: I’m hungry, feed me. 2: I’m horny, screw me. 3: My back itches, can you scratch it? 4: Did you see that idiot? 5: Don’t talk, I’m trying to do math in my head. 6: I farted. Don’t breathe in.

    “Of course not!” A man’s reaction to a question that he never heard, or else did not want to answer in truth, i.e. “Do I look fat in this? Should I change these shoes? Do you think that woman is prettier than me?”

    “You look beautiful, dear.” Don’t believe that’s his honest opinion about your choice of clothing for the evening. He’s simply thinking about the steak he’s going to have for dinner, and trying to plot ways to get you to that piece of meat in a quick and efficient manner.

    “I’m sorry.” Probably not. He still thinks he’s right. It’s all a facade for, “I give up. Can we have sex now?”

    And finally, the phrase most women married to a hot-blooded American man hate to hear, “Hey, babe, the game’s on. Could you get me a beer?”
    To that, I say, “What the hell’s the matter with your legs, are they broken? And while you’re up, could you get me a beer, too?”

    Written by: Abby 🙂

  • Maddog August 22, 2007, 03:40

    Brilliant reposte.


  • Anonymous August 26, 2007, 08:21

    Hey Maddog, I’ve been looking at your webpages, pretty cool stuff. It looks like you’ve been busy since Hahn. Glad to see you haven’t lost your sharp wit and all those pearls of wisdom over the years. It’s been 20 years since me & Bud were married and celebrated our wedding by that little creek on the way up to the base. Great Fun and memories!
    The Lage Clan

  • Dish September 15, 2007, 15:18

    Just think, the Latinos can view the film we make about ourselves in fifty years.

  • Abby October 8, 2007, 13:49

    We love love LOVE this show!!! We’ve become addicts. I knew there was a lot of skepticism about it leading into the premiere, but I knew from the beginning that it was going to make for great TV.

    It’s not just about the entertainment factor. I think Americans can learn SO MUCH from watching how these 8-15 year olds learn to work together, and learn to work out their own problems, without adults interfering.

    Week before last, when the green team lost yet another challenge, all three other teams were cheering for them, and there were hugs all around. It was never really about competition at that point. It was about lifting up their peers and celebrating them to make them feel better. THAT is a universal lesson we could all learn from.

    And the green team’s leader, when asked why she was smiling after another defeat simply said, “How could I not smile when I’m surrounded by these wonderful people?”

    If you’re not watching this show, TiVo it, people. It is engrossing television.

  • Abby November 5, 2007, 10:44

    I can’t stand it—the cuteness OR the Patriots.


  • lessno November 10, 2007, 07:34

    hehe, that’s funny
    what a revenge 😉

  • Luis Corcino November 14, 2007, 08:17

    Intersting post

  • ZoneDate.com November 16, 2007, 14:39

    Very cool post. Personally I’ve just started to take advantage of stumbleupons social features. As a blogger and bootstrapping entrepreneur I’ve realized that a blog and network on SU can be more useful and powerful than any other form of social networking. I’ll send you a private SU message that I’m sure you’ll appreciate.

  • RecycleCindy November 16, 2007, 16:07

    Oh that’s terrible. That poor boy! I bet his Dad won’t ever let him drive again.

  • Maddog November 17, 2007, 00:26

    It looks like I’m not alone in my dissatisfaction of “Windows Live”.

    Read The Comments Here

  • Dougroseville November 18, 2007, 09:28

    Same thing here.. Very frustrating.. I have avoided changing services, but this might push me over the edge.

  • Anonymous November 21, 2007, 01:50

    Sir I am DJ Baker and I would appreciate it if you could tell me what it takes to be an F16 fighter pilot of the USAF. What classes should I take in high school to help the career I want to take later in my life. What could I do to get in the academy? Sincerely, DJ Baker

  • Anonymous November 21, 2007, 01:51

    Dear DJ,
    Obviously, through no fault of your own, your young, impressionable brain has been poisoned by the superfluous, hyped-up, “Top Gun” media portrayal of fighter pilots. Unfortunately, this portrayal could not be further from the truth. In my experience, I’ve found most fighter pilots pompous, backstabbing, momma’s boys with inferiority complexes, as well as being extremely over-rated aeronautically. However, rather than dash your budding dreams of becoming an USAF pilot, I offer the following alternative. What you REALLY want to aspire to is the exciting, challenging, and rewarding world of TACTICAL AIRLIFT. And this, young DJ, means one thing – the venerable, workhorse C-130! I can guarantee no fighter pilot can brag that he has led a 12-ship formation down a valley at 300 ft above the ground, while trying to interpret a 9-line to a new DZ, avoiding pop-up threats, and coordinating with AWACS, all while eating a box lunch, with the engineer in the back taking a piss and the navigator puking in his trash can! I tell you, DJ, TAC Airlift is where it’s at. Where else is it legal to throw tanks, HMMWVs, and other crap out the back of an airplane, and not even worry about it when the chute doesn’t open and it torpedoes the General’s staff car! No where else can you land on a 3000′ dirt strip, kick a bunch of ammo and stuff off the ramp without even stopping, then take off again before range control can call to tell you you’ve landed on the wrong LZ! And talk about exotic travel-when C-130s go somewhere, they GO somewhere (usually for 3 months, unfortunately). This gives you the opportunity to immerse yourself in the culture enough to give any local population a bad taste in their mouths, not something those strat-lift pilots can do from their airport hotel rooms! As far as recommendations for your course of study, I offer these. Take a lot of math courses. You will need all the advanced math skills you can muster to facilitate the calculation of per diem rates around the world, and when trying to split up the crew’s bar tab so that the co-pilot really believes he owes 85% of the whole thing. Health sciences are important, too. You will need a thorough knowledge of biology to make those educated guesses of how much longer you can drink beer before the tremendous case of the shits catches up to you from that meal you ate at that place that had the belly dancers in some God-forsaken foreign country whose name you can’t even pronounce! Social studies are also beneficial. It is important for a good TAC Airlifter to have the cultural knowledge to be able to ascertain the exact location of the nearest titty bar in any country in the world, then be able to convince the local authorities to release the loadmaster after he offends every sensibility of the local religion and culture. A foreign language is helpful, but not required. You will never be able to pronounce the names of the NAVAIDs in France, and it’s much easier to ignore them and go where you want to anyway. A study of geography is also paramount. You will need to know the basic location of all the places you’ve been when you get back from your TDY and are ready to stick those little pins in that huge world map you’ve got taped to you living room wall, right next to that gigantic wooden giraffe statue and beer stein collection. Well, DJ, I hope this little note inspires you. And by the way, forget about that Academy thing. All TAC Airlifters know that there are waaay too few women and too little alcohol there to provide a well-balanced education. A nice, big state college would be a much better choice. Good luck and see you on the SKE scope!

    Maj. Lowenfast

  • Bobbimo November 21, 2007, 04:39

    I think it is disgusting that our own country is selling us down the drain. Worse yet, congress is either actively aiding this plan or, worse yet, ignoring it and concentrating on inter party squabbling. It is long past time for a political party to be formed that has the interests of the average citizen at it’s core instead of the bunch of sellouts that are primarily interested in their own bought and paid for self interest. This is simply the tip of the iceberg that is in store for us unless we wake up immediately and clean house in Washington as well as the state capitols.

  • Jay Cam November 22, 2007, 12:13

    Happy Thanksgiving!

  • Jerad Kaliher November 24, 2007, 16:16

    That system is so hard to understand I never know which way is up. All those colors.

    They should switch it out with this bad boy, makes just a little more sense.

  • Sam November 26, 2007, 02:26

    Those passengers who threw a fit and the newspapers that made hay over the story are a bunch of idiots. Do they honestly think they know better than aeronautical engineers and the pilots? This is not the first time in aviation history something like this has happened. The winglets do not add anything to the flying capability of the aircraft, they are simply there to reduce drag and thus make the plane more fuel efficient. Your car would still be safe and drivable without its spoilers.

  • Lodispoto December 2, 2007, 06:53

    Never underestimate the power of groups. People can be convinced of doing the dumbest things, like voting for Democrats. lol

  • Anonymous December 3, 2007, 17:46

    Those wing-suit fliers have become a pretty sizable sub-group in the skydiving community. Most up-jumpers (very experienced skydivers) have at least tried it. It greatly slows your vertical fall-rate and extends both the duration and distance you can achieve so, it was a natural that it would end up being popular in the base-jumping world.

  • Brian December 11, 2007, 15:31

    Very cool looking, but isn’t camo supposed to make things harder to see?

  • Karl December 11, 2007, 22:04

    These are agressor F-16’s. Won’t be a “standard” paint scheme for all F-16’s. Closely resembles the new Su-35/37 Super Flanker colorations from the Russian team across the icy straights. AF doctrin is for low visibility; austensively for night operations. But they do look cool!

  • Anonymous December 11, 2007, 22:52

    That’s some sick shit. Don’t drink the water.

  • Abby December 12, 2007, 08:22

    You have to admit, though, red neck or not, it’s very festive. 🙂

  • Maddog December 13, 2007, 14:36

    Yep. Reminds me of Haj in Saudi

  • Maddog December 18, 2007, 13:08

    As of today, F-15’s are still grounded. With the exception of the F-15E. DoD and USAF playing the blame game. DoD is saying that the grounding is a ploy to get funding for more F-22’s. USAF position is safety,safety,safety.

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  • Maddog January 6, 2008, 10:35

    Wow! Got some feedback on this on. Apparently, I’ve outed the ex. In typical narrow sightedness she has missed the entire point.

    Being nice to those you like is easy. Showing kindness to those who scorn you is what Christ was talking about.

    Like Scrooge, I was hoping that a Christmas transformation might occur.

    It didn’t happen but I had a nice Christmas anyway. For me, I’ll try to carry the Spirit of Christmas throughout the year. For others, maybe they were visited by the wrong ghosts.

    Time will tell.

  • Anonymous January 17, 2008, 00:23

    A great milblog. Maddog can write, he’s got a good sense of humor and he’s been around. Highly recommended.

  • Maddog January 18, 2008, 01:05

    Note to Readers:
    This was posted before the crash of British Airways flight BA038. Ironic but not quite psychic.

  • Anonymous January 18, 2008, 01:19

    Damn skippy! I needed a patch like this more than one.

  • Maddog January 23, 2008, 09:38

    Having consulted a lawyer. Slander and libel are defined as “false” accusations that cause damage or harm. Since this post does not name anyone directly and since the person offended is in an openly Lesbian relationship, reference to it cannot be construed as a false allegation.

    Let’s here it for the First Amendment!

    Do you think that people who are Gay or Lesbian should have special protection under the Law?

    Let’s hear your comments.

  • Anonymous March 3, 2008, 14:19

    I think the USAF just wants an excuse to buy more F-22’s.
    The F-15 is still #1 we dont need the F-22.

  • Anonymous March 14, 2008, 14:39

    Was that operation called Feather Brave? I was on a TDY to Duluth about that time out of George AFB with F-4Es working on the avionics.

  • Justin March 17, 2008, 18:56

    The 117 has been in service for over 25 years. It seems to have been most valuable during the gulf war. Only 1 has been lost in combat. The raptor is an amazing machine, capable of flying to the inside of an f16’s turn radius.

  • Maddog March 26, 2008, 08:28

    If memory serves, it was “Brave Feather”. I deployed with the F-4C. It was an annual TDY. If you were working on F-4E’s you went with another squadron. Maybe blue section. I was in white.

  • Anonymous March 26, 2008, 14:55
  • Anonymous April 2, 2008, 13:43

    This truly shows that most parents dont care enough to make sure they’re kids are not participating in anything like this. Maybe parents should pay more attention to their children. This is insane and these children need to be taught a lesson. Maybe we should go back to old times where parents paddled kids, and schools could too. Who knows, maybe our children would be more diciplined. Whatever we are doing now, or not doing its NOT working.

  • Maddog April 3, 2008, 02:10

    Yes and no. I fully agree that the basic responsibility lays strictly at the parent’s feet. If more parents were pro-active, the schools wouldn’t be so Gestapo like with their zero tolerance rules.

    In this case I feel that the kids are getting the shaft. They’re in 3rd grade for Christ sake!! They brought MITTENS!! They are in special ed.

    Apparently they were reacting to a previous suspension. What they needed then and now is a note home to Mom and Dad followed by a good spanking.

    My child was threatened with suspension for assault with a deadly weapon. Weapon of choice?
    A cookie. He was in 2nd grade and told a girl at lunch, “If you like me you’d eat that cookie in one bite.” She did but them kacked it up on her tray. She didn’t know what to do so she asked a janitor for help cleaning up. By the time it got to the dean it was “Assault”.

  • palmer April 3, 2008, 07:15

    i stumbled upon your blog while looking for news on the 3rd grade class who planned to kill their teacher…you say some very interesting things.

    you seem to hold a lot of the same religious and political beliefs that i do, but this entry seems a little…i dunno. paranoid?

    i consider myself a theoretical communist, because the early church (in acts and paul’s letters) operated in that way, albeit on a much smaller scale. small groups of people, living together, sharing what they had, and going out into the surrounding areas and loving the people around them with Christ’s love.
    i know communism doesn’t work on a large scale. one needs only to look at russia for proof of that.

    but i support the democratic party (mostly) because their social policies best reflect to me Christ’s teachings. feed the poor, shelter the homeless, take care of the broken and lonely, those who cannot take care of themselves.

    i suppose i’m kind of rambling now, but in a roundabout way, i’m just saying i like your blog!

    have a good day

  • palmer April 3, 2008, 07:23

    also, for an interesting take on the early church and how it relates to us today, and our responsibilities as Christians, check out the irresistable revolution by shane claiborne.

    that book really changed the way i see a lot of things…made me reevaluate my faith and what it means. and now i’m going to school for social work, so maybe i am a liberal hippie loony after all!

  • Zicma April 3, 2008, 22:26

    2 things. They weren’t in the kind of special ed people normally think about. They were kids with stuff like ADHD and dislexia, not mental retardation. Secondly, mittens could be used to prevent fingerprints, which is the kind of stuff kids can watch on CSI these days.

  • Maddog April 4, 2008, 08:51

    I know all about ADHD, trust me. But they were in THIRD GRADE!

  • Maddog April 4, 2008, 08:58

    If you think that we share common beliefs and you call yourself a theoretic communist, you might want to read a couple of more posts.

    I’m not being paranoid when comparing the Democrats to the Communists. I’m pointing out how the Democratic party has been hijacked by the radical Left.

    Come to our forum to join the debate.

  • waresborogirl April 10, 2008, 19:47

    To clear up some matters – the kids were not in a special education class. They were in an EIP class (early intervention). This simply means the students were in a smaller class size so they could get more individual help.

  • Maddog April 11, 2008, 23:21

    IEP!!! That strengthens my point. My son is graduating high school after 6 years of having an IEP. Until we got him into a school that took IEP (Individual Education Plan/Program) seriously he was always labeled a criminal.

    I always asked three questions to those who wanted to expel or sometimes jail him.

    1. Is this an ADD/ODD issue?
    2. Is this normal child llike behavior and the scholl is overreacting?
    3. Did he do wrong?

    If three was the case the school was always stunned to see me push for punishment. While if ADD/ODD was at issue I gave fair warning that someone’s career was on the line.

    These kids are not a number 3.

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  • Maddog April 14, 2008, 12:29

    Additional info: Number four was hauling ass to catch up with his buddies. He used the barrel roll to bleed off speed. A tried and true fighter maneuver. Just not approved over thousands of Red Sox fans.

  • Anonymous April 14, 2008, 12:36

    Maverick Lives! Just like over Penny Benjamin’s house.

  • Anonymous April 14, 2008, 14:15

    The rest of the formation looks like shit. Check out number two.

  • Anonymous April 15, 2008, 00:24

    The Co-Pilot, one John Coward actually flew the approach.

  • QueenofSky April 16, 2008, 21:17

    Thanks for the plug!

  • Aerosup May 14, 2008, 22:52

    the cone shaped parachute looks good..
    I watched the video and whew!.. that’s really breath taking!..

  • Anonymous June 24, 2008, 23:45

    um your cool

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  • Anonymous July 4, 2008, 13:33

    According to the best sources (see
    the F-14’s of the Iranian Airforce were used quite succesfully in the Iran-Iraq war including numerous long-range kills with AIM-54s. They were easily the most feared plane during that war.

    Nowadays they may be ready for the junkyard.

  • iflyme July 9, 2008, 04:53

    Haha … great post title. It certainly does seem like fate took a swipe at the great and powerful “O” I mean, have you ever heard of an emergency slide deploying mid-flight? Betcha Michelle is bugging him about getting some insurance policies updated.

  • Anonymous July 28, 2008, 23:56

    Interesting…I’ve never worked on a 747. However I don’t think this was an O2 tank since the only O2 tanks on most airliners are the walk-around bottles for the FAs, and the large tank underneath the flight deck which supplies the flight crew’s quick-don masks. The passengers get their O2 from small solid fuel O2 generators located over the seats.

    I think this must’ve been one of the halon fire bottles for the cargo fire-suppression system.
    Those bottles are usually located just aft of the main cargo door. Which of course is where this event seems to have occurred.

    Ah well time will tell,

  • Maddog July 30, 2008, 23:59

    Well said. Makes you wonder, huh?

  • Danilo Hadek August 2, 2008, 15:00

    That’s a nice pictures!! I’m a fan of aviation, and your blog it’s a very good one!! Cheers!!

    Meio Aéreo – Flight Attendants

  • Anonymous September 17, 2008, 23:23

    WAMU has a new business practice I learned about today when I deposited about $22k into my business account. This deposit consisted of six different checks from customers. To my surprise, my deposit receipt said that I could only access $100.03 and that on 4.25 they would allow me to have another $4,900. On 5.2 the receipt says I can have another $781, and that the balance (more than $17k) would not be accessible until May 8, two weeks after the initial deposit. I asked the teller about it and she couldn’t explain it, other than to say that because I made such a large deposit the bank was limiting access.

    I called the branch to talk to the branch supervisor. This is when I learned that WAMU just started this unfriendly banking practice. The branch supervisor said that this is a new process and that any check over $5k would now be placed on hold for a certain amount of time. I advised her that out of my deposit, only two checks were in excess of $5k, so I wanted to know how WAMU justified holding all of my money ransom. Of course, I didn’t receive a logical answer.

    What bothers me is how WAMU can claim it will take two weeks for these funds to clear. I thought we were in the electronic banking era? I know most of the checks I write to companies clear within a matter of days of receipt.

    WAMU business customers be forwarned that depositing money into this bank doesn’t guarantee that you can access it to pay your bills, suppliers, employees, etc. in a timely manner.

    I’ve been a WAMU customer for more than 5 years, but it appears it is time for a change.

  • Anonymous November 18, 2008, 05:49

    not that funny…kind of lame

  • Raymond January 4, 2009, 04:39

    That is pretty cool looking, but how did it loose it coating? My guess is that it never got one to begin with.

    One of a kind find by your daughter for sure.

  • Anonymous January 11, 2009, 12:00

    Yes, Live SUCKS the bone. I can’t even access my hotmail anymore. And forget downloading/installing Messenger (lifes too short). Live is just another way for “them” to blow adverts up your ass and keep tabs.

  • Anonymous January 14, 2009, 15:04

    Soak a dime in vinegar for a week. No big thing.

  • eva January 23, 2009, 15:49

    I just discovered the “wonder” of Windows Live Mail ’cause my college moved their webmail to them. What a fiasco! I hated it from the very beginning, ie the login page. I’m ready to sue my college for forcing me to use that POS, not to mention having to use IE, which i NEVER use! Gmail in comparison rocks, been using it since 2005 and I love Google Apps wchich I can use with my own domain.

  • Anonymous March 25, 2009, 07:19

    This shouldn’t surprise us, if you read the bible God tells us to be watchman and to be aware of what’s going on around us. We know that Satan will take over at some point, to many details to discuss but God tells us in 2Thessalonians 4 He will oppose and will exalt himself over everything that is called God or is worshiped, so that he sets himself up in God’s temple, proclaiming himself to be God. He will be revealed at the proper time. (Read 1 Thessalonians 5:4.) Just please pray and read your bible. Satan was released in 1988 and Christ is going to return may 22 2011 and five months later as it is written the Earth and heavens will be destroyed and replaced with a new, only his elect will be saved and no on knows who they are until then. Read Mat 24:4 then pray brother, pray.

  • Ray March 28, 2009, 12:16

    nice video.thanks for sharing

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  • Anonymous April 19, 2009, 18:20

    Crew Chiefs from 336th AMU, Seymour Johnson AFB, Deployed to Al Udeid AB Qatar 2004. I left SJ for Kadena a few months before this deployment. I trained some of these clowns. This is what happens when crew chiefs get bored.

  • Tom April 24, 2009, 05:47

    Don’t know if you’ve run through it, but I was emailed the audio links between Niner Delta Whisky and the Center, as well as NDW and Ft Myers Approach Control. Would love to buy them all a drink; they worked together so very well, and thank God for that! In your blog, you make a comment that suggests some idiot called the pilot a red neck? Takes some nerve doesn’t it. Here are the links if you’re interested:

    Center/Niner Whiskey Delta

    Ft Myers Approach Control/Niner Whiskey Delta

  • Aiman April 24, 2009, 19:05

    Hi Rodney.I’m Aiman. I come from Malaysia. I have a blog. The blog is about the question and answer related to BCAR and EASA.

    Right now i working with one of top airlines in Malaysia.The purposes of my blog are to increase my understanding in this field and to learn from people who already established as a Mechanic, Pilot or Engineer.

    I would like to change link with your blog. This is my blog http://aeronautical4us.blogspot.com
    If you interested with my offer please contact me at protactical.sahalin@gmail.com

    Sorry i’m newbie here:-)

  • Anonymous May 27, 2009, 17:26

    I have to agree, windows live, and especially the skydrive, is such a POS it’s amazing microsoft could even have the nerve to make it public. It’s just terrible. A modern concept designed with the functionality of 1998. You can’t download multiple files, and you have to click on and open each file (which takes anywhere from 10 seconds to 10 minutes before the page responds) before you can download it. Junk.

    It’s no surprise that as a long time windows user, I have switched to a mac running OSX. Microsoft, you lost me FOREVER. FOREVER. FOREVER. I won’t even use hotmail anymore. You suck.

  • Anonymous May 28, 2009, 13:31

    yep, I just took WindowsLive up teh tailpipe from my university mail system too. It literally makes me sick. 🙁

  • Anonymous July 5, 2009, 16:10

    Nice looking website.

    The important question in all this is why wasn't the girl ASKED what happened to cause the crash? Seems a slightly important matter that an eye-witness could provide some insight about. Looks like the story is being buried, however behind the "life and times of sole-survivors of crashes," "Are children better suited for crashes?" and of course the obligatory "History of Black Boxes."

  • Anonymous August 10, 2009, 04:07

    What an AMAZING STORY!!!!! Great photos! Thank you for sharing!

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  • Chris August 31, 2009, 12:05

    great video. theres a game called Microsoft Flight Simulator X and you can land on the bus to. its a mission called loopy larry

  • Anonymous September 9, 2009, 11:49

    oh you dont know the real story i was there i am lassince dauter

  • Anonymous September 24, 2009, 23:03

    Windows Live totally sucks! I’ve been using Outlook Express for so many years I can’t even remember how long I’ve been sing it … really loved being able to set up the “message rules”. That was the deciding factor for using it. After getting it all set up … junk mail was a thing of the past, and the organization part was off the hook impressive. Now after screwin’ around with this new piece of crap … … it looks like I’ve got to find a completely alternate setup. I’ve heard good things about … INBOX.com. Appreciate anyone having info on something similar to the message rules used in Outlook express letting me know. Emails welcome … NegotiateTheDeal@msn.com. Subject line, Windows Live SUCKS. What a piece of crap, being forced to go to something so half-assed. Let’s make some noise … who knows, maybe if it’s loud enough they might get a clue. Piece of crap!

  • Lorraine October 8, 2009, 15:12

    My name is Lorraine Thomas. I was assigned to the 313TFS and was working the operations desk the day of this crash. My AFSC was 271X2
    I never to this day knew that the other pilot was Cpt. Crandall and that he died.
    I was taken by other pilots to go and see Cpt. McCormick at a hospital in Frankfurt.
    I was a very young girl only 19 years old and I wonder if my fellow "Puppy's" were trying to shield me from the tragedy?
    Thank you for this story, I am very sorry to learn about this.
    I pray for the family even now today.
    Thank you, I was doing some searching on the website to find fellow 313 Lucky Puppies…

  • Anonymous October 28, 2009, 13:22

    My father, Col. Rick Worthen, flew this same aircraft later when it was assigned to the 49th FIS.

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  • Ghufran Ali Quresh February 7, 2010, 08:29

    hahhaahhahahaha …

    Now this is funny ….

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  • Anonymous May 10, 2010, 14:44

    I was getting the message: "Windows Live Hotmail couldn't send your message because the server was busy. Please try again later."
    Now it's bad enough that this messgae is coming up but now I find out the message is wrong, all my messages got through and some of my friends received the same message a dozen times!
    Thank you Microsoft for making me look like a spammer to my friends and business acquaintances.

  • jckl1027 May 23, 2010, 12:41

    Hey Maddog- my name is Jason Crandall and I think I'm related to Mike Crandall. My father was also an Air Force captain from 1982 to 1992 and was stationed in Germany twice (once at Zweiibruecken and once at Sembach). What base was Capt. Crandall serving at when he died? Do you know anything about his immediate family or where he was born, by chance? I'd love to find out more about him.

  • Rob Buchanan May 24, 2010, 11:49

    Hi guys, I was an assistant Dedicated Crew Chief assigned to F-16 84-1394 under SSGT. Al Nott and was working Hot Pits refueling the day this happened. I was picked up by the 2 truck and brought to launch out 84-1395 ( my sister ship ) as her ADCC had an appointment. The launch went uneventful with Capt. McCormick and I returned to Hot Pits and was told they might do a few pits before returning. I waited a while and eventually Super came by to pick me up, and answer a few questions relating to the launch of 1395. Only later did I realize what had happened through my fellow Crew Dawgs Walt Chamberlain and Jim Greathouse, as well as Lead, Super, and Aggie. May Mike rest in Peace as well as all the others lost serving our great country. Thanks Walt, for this somber reminder this special day, Memorial Day, and we appreciate all your hard work. SRA Rob Buchanan " BUCKY" 313th AMU, 1986-1989

  • Ken Rankin May 24, 2010, 20:18

    It has been long enough that I no longer recall the exact details of the day it happened, though I think I was likely working night shift and the dust had already started to settle. I do recall the details of the crash and the recovery. I recall standing outside the base chappel with a huge crowd of overflow that would have filled the place again 4 times over. I recall the missing man formation and seeing his wife and young children coming out and my own wife understanding how close in age we were to her and it really hit home.

    I was a SrA at the time and recall Mike coming out a couple of times. He was a fun young guy that always had a smile and he loved talking to the ground crew, no matter what jet he was flying. He was the kind of guy that was easy to like. I will always remember those days in the 313th. I was a cocky ADCC myself and still learning the ropes. If I recall correctly, I was assigned to 84-1294. I later would get a hard core education on the F-117, but that is another story for another day…Walt and I shared that chapter as well (along with a few other ex-puppies).

    In perspective, it was over 20 years ago. I have retired from the military and I now have two of my four kids on active duty in the USAF. I have lost friends and relatives to wars. My dad was a veteran and it has been a sort of tradition in our family going back a few centuries. If there was a war in the world, someone in my family has been in just about every one of them (it's a big family). I never would have thought that I would have so many reasons to raise a glass on Memorial Day.

  • Duarte Fernandes Pinto June 16, 2010, 01:37

    What a great blog for people who love aviation!!! Congratulations!!!
    Please visit a portuguese blog which shows aerial pictures from Portugal taken during my flights in Cessna, Piper, etc…:
    Third Dimension – Aerial Photography from Portugal
    Thanks a lot

  • Anonymous June 17, 2010, 14:15

    Do you have a statistic for how many Americans white people kill every day? With these senseless wars overseas, I'm sure it's much more than innocent people seeking the freedom and acceptance the US pretends to offer!

  • Caleb July 7, 2010, 06:37

    What? The Germans were building a bat-plane? Nuts!

    How close were they to completing it? How would it have compared to our jets at the end of WWII?

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  • Alex@LateEnough July 29, 2010, 18:46

    While this video is totally hilarious, where is your tv challenge post? You linked up!

  • walt313 August 1, 2010, 15:15

    Abby wins! Thanks to everyone for the help.

  • Andy August 7, 2010, 20:54

    I trust every1 else put a 3ft cardboard mushroom cloud in their front yd on 8/6 plans to set fire to it on 8/9 🙂

  • Abby August 9, 2010, 10:54

    SO great. I’m so glad you got to experience this!! Great pics, great commentary. Live long and prosper, my father. ♥

  • foncy1 August 9, 2010, 10:56

    Great stuff Walt…wish I was there!

  • Navi August 9, 2010, 11:08

    How did you not get a picture of Twinkie?! What the hell is wrong with you?! Lol… just kidding. This expose on your Trek adventure was informative and funny, I almost felt like I was there =)

  • Alex@LateEnough August 9, 2010, 11:32

    Omg you went! I’m totally a trekker too. You did way better in the pic department than I did at my convention.

  • Brian August 9, 2010, 15:28

    Wish we could’ve gone!

  • Ken Rankin August 9, 2010, 18:45

    I am glad to see my pictures were put to such good use. It was a great trip and I had a great time. I can’t imagine attending it without you. I don’t think I have ever pointed and done the monkey chant “OOO…OOO!” so much in my life. We were like kids in a candy store. Thank goodness you bought that phaser or that skinny Klingon might have had the drop on us in the parking garage. You never know which one they think they are, so it is best to play it safe and just stun first and ask once they are restrained. Your commentary was great! Rock out with your Spock out!

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  • Ken Rankin August 14, 2010, 20:46

    Very nice. Did you take them to Lucky’s for the special? That steak was really good.

  • walt313 August 14, 2010, 21:19

    Nope..”Coco’s” in the Santa Fe.

  • Ken Rankin August 16, 2010, 16:13

    ROFLOL…my daughter is active duty in medical and I was busting up when I read the second from the last one!

  • Andy August 17, 2010, 18:50

    1stly, u need to sight the BBQ place so the prevailing wind blows the smell of smoked pork towards the mosque most of the day. 2ndly, what name? “Oink-fidels”, “BBQ ‘all-ahh’cart” or “all-ahh BBQ”? OH! I’ve got it, “Constantinople BBQ”!

  • Andy August 17, 2010, 18:56

    Almost forgot. Regardless of the name, the catch phrase will be (in reference 2 generous serving sizes, of course) “U need BOTH HANDS to eat HERE!!!!”

  • Anonymous August 19, 2010, 08:55

    The video is of the first YF-22 crash. The YF-22 was one of the first prototypes and not the recent crash which is being reported here.

  • Ken Rankin August 21, 2010, 09:48

    Yep, I recall those days. We often pretended we were in a Sergio Leone film or storming the beaches somewhere. My parents wondered where I was all day long and then I would come home dirty from head to toe. There were no cell phones. The first Atari was years away yet. When the kids were born, I figured out a way to call them in at any time. I had seen a thing on the TV about animals knowing the call of their parent and I ran with it. I could whistle really loud, so I would give two loud whistles. The kids simply had the rule that they had to be close enough to hear it, which was about one block. We were the envy of the other families in how easily we could get them to come home on command from so far away. Our neighbors started telling their kids that if mine came running home, they were to follow. To this day, if I want their attention, I simply give two whistles and they will come running.

  • Alex@LateEnough August 21, 2010, 10:44

    Haha!! Your blogher recap is almost as good as your star trek one. And double rainbow unicorns will drop anyone’s jaw.

  • walt313 August 21, 2010, 10:48

    Double Rainbow Unicorn sounds like a Drink, new slang for LSD or a little known sexual position/act.

    No…wait…. It’s a SONG!!!


  • Ken Rankin August 21, 2010, 11:33

    Don’t worry, before long we won’t need a taxi into space anyway. The solar storms are due to take out the space station in flaming glory…along with communication and GPS satellites…and all significant power grids with lines above ground…wait, that is civilization as we know it…crap, now I need to go buy some guns and stock up on ammo and armageddon supplies…”Honey! I need to run to the store!”


  • Andy August 22, 2010, 05:16

    Libs/leftists/progressives (what ever they brand themselves to avoid Marxists) luv 2 talk about 2 Americas or the have/have nots. I have said for yrs it will come 2 pass but be made up of those that have a good education and the rest. Its most tell’n that that the politicians who fight hardest to maintain public school monopoly and block any parental choice will only send THIER children 2 the best private schools.

  • walt313 August 22, 2010, 08:40

    Rosie left to be with Dad, November 2009.

  • Alex@LateEnough August 22, 2010, 12:35

    My grandfather was in the North African campaign. He carried shrapnel in his belly for the rest of his life.

    This paragraph brought tears to my eyes:
    He and his fellow Vets are living out their lives in silence. Their children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren never knowing of their quiet heroics. I know he was pissed over Vietnam. I knew he was horrified to send his son to Desert Storm. “Keep your head down. Don’t be a hero and come home soon.”, he said to me.

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  • Alex@LateEnough September 2, 2010, 06:16

    HAHA. I loved the ending

  • walt313 September 2, 2010, 07:18
  • Robert Houston September 4, 2010, 13:19

    I saw a video on youtube that was supposedly a series of clips put together by Hannity, not broadcast, of Obama stating that he is a Muslim. A lot of Americans believe he is Muslim due to him apparently favoring them over peoples of other faiths. Reaching out to the Palestinians and not really being a friend to Israel lately either. What do you think Walt?

  • walt313 September 5, 2010, 04:13

    Of course he’s Muslim. But it would be the kiss of Political Death if he admitted it. More that “just Muslim”, Barry seems to have been following the “Black Power, Death to Whitey” brand of Islam along the lines of the Black Panthers and Malcolm X.

  • Ken Rankin September 5, 2010, 08:00

    Good stuff! Sometimes kids hit you with that deep stuff from out of the blue, but for that very reason, NEVER think they are not listening. As many times as you might think you are talking to a wall, you would be amazed at how much they are actually taking in. Best of luck with that little treasure you have there, she is going to keep you on your toes. Glad to see your gravy there is good.

  • Rob Buchanan September 5, 2010, 20:44

    Awesome story Walt. You have a real special little lady there in Rosie. You’re a great dad and a great friend. Thanks for sharing!

  • foncy1 September 6, 2010, 11:55

    My Friend Walt,

    Rosie has as wonderful a mind as her father. God has blessed you and all of us with her. We are all a little richer because you can share her thoughts with us.


  • Ken Rankin September 9, 2010, 05:36

    We didn’t know about his passing because nobody put it on twitter or facebook. It was not on any of the entertainment shows, competing for time with Paris Hilton or any of the several groups of people out of New Jersey that people seem to want to watch. It is sad that what people find important has changed in such a dramatic way. Who would people rather be like? As so many generations have said before, “I fear for our future.”

  • Ken Rankin September 11, 2010, 18:40

    I remember getting ready for work and the wife had the news on. We were getting the kids off to school and told them we would talk about the developing news at dinner. The wife was talking about someone hitting the first tower and I said that such an impact would not be an accident. We were still watching when the second plane hit. This time I saw the size of the craft and the impact. I pointed at the TV and said, “That was an attack.” Fifteen minutes later my phone rang and I was heading in to work early for a very long day.

  • Rob BUCK Buchanan September 11, 2010, 21:32

    We were getting ready to leave Sarasota to go to Europe for 2 weeks, and we just happened to have the tv on. All hell broke loose and at the time GW was in town of course and we were 2 blocks north of the end of runway when Air Force One took off over our heads. We could almost touch her belly….Needless to say our trip was abruptly cancelled. My flag was flying proudly today from our car, but sad to say we didn’t see to many others flying. Damn liberals! GOD Bless all who died and their families in this senseless cowardly act.

  • Rob BUCK Buchanan September 11, 2010, 21:40

    Kenny, couldn’t of said it better myself. Sad isn’t it?

  • son number one September 13, 2010, 10:15

    You’re welcome

  • walt313 September 13, 2010, 11:47

    Let us pray,
    Oh Lord we thank You for your Blessings,
    With which we didst smite the Bengals.
    Allow us to be merciful in Thy sight
    That we may crush the Giants of New York
    and walk in Thy Light, Undefeated.

  • Bud & Jeanette Lage September 13, 2010, 17:54

    Twenty three years ago, Bud & I were married in Germany. We celebrated our union with a party that lasted well past when the cows come home.

    Since the 11th was on a weekday, we celebrated our anniversary the previous Saturday. Bud gave me a beautiful sapphire and diamond ring. I was admiring how the sun caught my ring. I was on my way to starting my college and the sky was a beautiful blue, I had dropped off my daughter to school, and the sun made my ring really sparkle. I turned on the radio, and heard our DJ announce the dreadful news. I couldn’t believe my ears. I will never forget how beautiful that day was, for a long time I was afraid of beautiful days.

  • Maddog September 17, 2010, 23:53

    They had prototypes flying.

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  • Alex@LateEnough September 20, 2010, 08:40

    Aw, THANKS!

    Alarms ARE pure torture. Gitmo anyone?

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  • Alex@LateEnough September 30, 2010, 19:28

    A dog bed. so I’m hoping to be confronted with some very tired zombies. SUCKERS!

  • walt313 September 30, 2010, 20:02

    Research has revealed that Pillow Fights are ineffective in Zombie Defense.

  • Ken Rankin October 5, 2010, 17:12

    I have been using an HP laptop through work for the past 3+ years and have gone through as many power supplies. After the last one was replaced, I did an autopsy on the previous one. It turns out that the grounding wire in the connector is very thin and with even a mild amount of use it tends to twist around and start breaking strands…in general not functioning well. I also warn you that HP batteries are expected to only have a 1 year lifespan as well. Mine will currently only last about 15 minutes without external power applied. If you have to buy a new power supply for it out of pocket at some point, you can get them for about $70-$80.

    With any luck, your daughter was paying attention and took nontes on how dad reacted and compares it to how mom reacted and the results each got. It is almost a certainty that she will encounter more of such instances as she grows up. When it comes to computers, you have to plan that they will fail at some point. As with so many things in life, those that fail to plan, plan to fail.

  • walt313 October 6, 2010, 00:10

    Yeah, she notices. I fix things and Mom cooks better. Home repairs has never been her forte. I got her a drill for a house warming present. As far as computers go, Mom is light years away from the days when she thought a pc was an “Evil TV” because it knew what she was doing.

  • Master Chief Bob Osis October 10, 2010, 05:46

    I don’t think it’s too funny. A good Chief needed to clear up the confision. If he was reading the mag in the beginning then it was controlled training! Thanks!

  • walt313 October 10, 2010, 06:58

    I saw “Launch ’em” for the first time when I was working at the Naval Post Graduate School, Monterey, California in 1975. It was made by a PO in VF-121 “The Pacemakers” aboard the USS Hancock (CVA 19) in 1955 on a WESTPAC cruise.

  • Ken Rankin October 13, 2010, 05:08

    I agree that the style is Dodge and it resembles the surrent Charger. My guess would be that it is going to go for more of the mid-market crowd though and less of the Charger fans. Then again, they may have simply been testing a new suspension or braking system and it has little to do with what we’re seeing.

  • Bucky October 13, 2010, 11:50

    ghetto POS…2011 model…

  • Ben Raskolnikov October 17, 2010, 14:33

    Seems legit to me.

  • Alex@LateEnough October 25, 2010, 11:04

    Rosie always wins.

  • Blake October 25, 2010, 13:40

    After just going through losing my dad to prostrate cancer a few months ago, Last thing i wanted to hear was someone else very close to our family had cancer. Beyond ecstatic that it was operable and something that went very smooth (well except for the stress). Cant wait to see you guys again.

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  • Ken Rankin October 25, 2010, 16:27

    My dad fought cancer and eventually it caught him, but falling asleep on the couch to the Packer game and not waking up is not the worst way to check out. My son’s father-in-law is winning his fight with throat cancer. One of my son-in-laws is fighting ball cancer. Breast cancer happens more often than not on my mom’s side of the family. The list goes on.

    I am really happy to hear that this one has a happy ending. Out thoughts and prayers are with you all.

  • Rob BUCKY Buchanan October 25, 2010, 16:43

    Good news all the way. The power of prayer and faith and our puppy family will continue Walt, Brian, for all time! God Bless! BUCK S. NORT

  • Bud Jeanette Lage October 25, 2010, 19:22

    Walt, that is an incredible story. We are so glad that everything went well before, during and after the surgery. God speed my friend!

  • walt313 October 26, 2010, 06:05

    WOW. Thank you so much for this outpouring of prayer and support. God is Great and His Mercy unbounded.

  • walt313 October 26, 2010, 09:24

    Just got to talk to Brian. Doing fine and good spirits. Alien was the size of a nerf football. Bigger than a softball. Prognosis, excellent.

  • Rob BUCKY Buchanan October 26, 2010, 10:22

    That’s awesome! Now get better Brian and get back out there! Thanks and God Bless Walter.

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  • Ken Rankin November 10, 2010, 14:47

    Very cool. Tell Rosie she did a great job as your photographer.

  • Rob Bucky Buchanan November 10, 2010, 14:51

    Whatcha driving there Valter, a Dodge Caravan?!

  • Rob Bucky Buchanan November 10, 2010, 14:51

    Great pics Rosie!

  • walt313 November 10, 2010, 22:20

    Dodge Neon. Yay!

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  • Walt313 November 20, 2010, 15:15

    The pilot has been identified as Captain Jeffrey Haney. To date the empty ejection seat has been found and portions of Haney's flight suit.

    Haney himself is still missing and although the search continues, hopes that he survived the ejection (If an ejection happened at all) are waning.

  • Andy November 28, 2010, 14:01

    I wonder what percentage of people that voted for Obama were thinking they were going to get the David Palmer character from “24” as President.

  • Ken Rankin December 1, 2010, 16:57

    Let’s not forget our other project that was made famous…the list of funny write-ups by pilots in forms…but that is another story for another day. For now, I will only say that I am a believer. Those who know about the strawberry ice cream in the chowhall know what I’m talking about.

  • Alex@LateEnough December 1, 2010, 20:09

    totally alien technology.

    also i’ve heard reindeer on the roof.

    im too tired to relate those last two sentences.

  • walt313 December 2, 2010, 01:15

    Strawberry Ice cream and broccoli together again!

  • Alex@LateEnough December 3, 2010, 12:36

    I would’ve brought my kids in too.

    How sweet that she told you she was there for you!

    And she’d make sure you looked good for Jesus! I may need to buy myself a hat for that. Hopefully not for a few more decade…

  • Alex@LateEnough December 3, 2010, 12:36

    I meant a hat for me. For when *I* meet Jesus. Not you.

  • walt313 December 5, 2010, 13:20

    How sweet, thank you. For a second, I thought you knew something I didn’t.

  • Alex@LateEnough December 5, 2010, 13:34

    wal mart is wrong in so many ways.

  • Brian Chamberlain December 15, 2010, 19:04

    you could have at least photoshopped out the names. Not everyone wants to be “famous”

  • walt313 December 15, 2010, 23:09

    Overreaction to perceived personal insult.

  • walt313 December 15, 2010, 23:16

    I actually thought the thread was clever. Since I had not written a word of it it was plagiarism. Since I used it as a substitute post rather than write something it was self-serving (to me).
    Blatant- Obvious, not in need of further explanation.

    Maybe not so blatant or it wouldn’t need an explanation or defense.

  • walt313 December 15, 2010, 23:23

    Apparently I’ve stirred up a Brouhaha. Read it here.

  • Ken Rankin December 16, 2010, 05:25

    As a result of this chain of events, I will now have to start a movement and dedicate my life to activism to try and prevent something like this from ever happening again, refusing to talk realistically about it, even with people that agree with me or might help further my cause.

  • Brian December 21, 2010, 00:14

    Hope we’ve built the Enterprise before it comes back looking for us

  • walt313 December 21, 2010, 00:15

    Enterprise launches on my hundredth birthday. I expect cake.

  • Ken Rankin December 21, 2010, 05:23

    Look at the bright side…now we can start filing endless claims of being sexually harassed in the workplace. I use the nature vs. nurture excuse in those moments.

    “Why did you break his jaw?”

    “Well, his nurturing started to involve his boner, so my animal side kicked in and I defended my territory. It was a natural reaction…oops.”

    There were two types of women on the flightline, those who could do their jobs and those that were busy getting pregnant. Hell, as soon as one showed up, everyone started a pool trying to bet how long before she was sitting behind a desk with a bun in the oven. This will go the same way in its own special version of strange.

    Ironically, I have had a few gay friends and I don’t think this will be a huge problem. No flamer is going to end up with a tool box for long any more than some other people that were thinned out by natural selection. Hell, in combat, it now gives me an edge. I can give the guy a goal by telling him if we get out alive he has a date for the military gay ball. I draw the line at the suggestion to switch to platform combat boots though.

  • Dish December 23, 2010, 13:44


  • Raymond J. January 5, 2011, 08:11

    Makes me wish I’d a joined the Navy, those guys appear to have a grand old time.

  • Military Boots January 7, 2011, 18:04

    Many people in the military that I know get their Flight boots Military boots at http://www.CombatBootsUSA.com

  • Alex@LateEnough January 8, 2011, 04:48

    Oh no! The apartment complex I lived in years ago had a field next to it. A field that heartless jerks thought was named DROP YOUR CAT HERE AND DRIVE AWAY.

    It was sad and sucky. At least our SPCA was no-kill.

  • walt313 January 8, 2011, 06:39

    What really sucks is that the dog practically jumped into my car back in October. But I didn’t know she was a stray when I drove off.

  • walt313 January 11, 2011, 01:06

    I was disappointed that the murderer was not executed on the spot by gun owning Arizonans.

  • Alex@LateEnough January 11, 2011, 08:27

    This is a comment even a liberal could love.

  • Alex@LateEnough January 13, 2011, 18:55

    Love this!

  • walt313 January 13, 2011, 22:36

    Thank you. It’s harder than it looks. I tried tonight at work and will have to watch this again and take notes…..how ironic.

  • walt313 January 20, 2011, 07:10

    I may or may not agree with you.

  • Alex@LateEnough January 25, 2011, 10:12

    Wait, you don’t think that I pulled that off?

  • walt313 January 25, 2011, 13:33

    Yes and I especially like the costumes.

  • Abby February 11, 2011, 06:37

    That’s right, I have my own domain now. Woot!

    And PS: thanks for the advice. You can find me at http://www.abbygabs.com.

    So—I don’t rank above Late Enough? Am I not your daughter-in-law? LAME.

    PS: I want advertisements on my blog that I’ll get paid for. Help. You can help me at http://www.abbygabs.com.


  • walt313 February 11, 2011, 22:54

    I put you ahead of MY blog. But over Al? Hmmmmm? Lemme think about that.

  • Abby February 16, 2011, 09:58

    That’s some pretty deep stuff, there.

    My blog today tried to be deep but ended up being silly. 🙂

  • Keith Myath February 25, 2011, 20:08

    LOL you have the nerve to say this is propaganda and then go on to dispute the facts with your own lame ass opinionated propaganda? Yeah use the key buzzwords which resonate with the conservatives right? Teens..ACLU… Obamacare… Stimulus… oooohhh!

    Either dispute this with facts or fuck off!

  • walt313 February 26, 2011, 05:38

    Thank you for your hateful response. Moveon’s opinion is fact and the opposing view is a lie. That’s rich. The Progressive Doctrine is not to debate the issue on its merits but rather attack the messenger personally. My post responds with facts. Obama’s policies are bankrupting the country. Hard choices are being forced on the American People. You comment seems to lack the very facts you demand of me, Therefore may I share a hearty fuck off with you?

    PS: See you in the Food Lines.

  • Alex@LateEnough February 26, 2011, 05:53

    #1 may be intended for that purpose but it’s the unintended consequences that concern me because rape is often done without leaving bruises or signs of force. And for children (which teenagers are), incest or sexual abuse is usually accompanied with threats and “grooming” that create situations where there is no physical trauma. This change puts those situations at risk.

    #2 If you know the history of sexual assault in this country (and others), you would know that this isn’t an issue that is about all crimes. It’s about a specific crime that has so much backlash towards the victim that it is a change that sends us backwards in our struggle for less victim-blaming. The “accused” is still innocent before proven guilty as the “victim” is still a victim of sexual assault. The percentage of false rape and sexual assault allegations are very small and this change in name implies that there might not have been a crime in the first place, which is exactly how the whole “culture of rape” exists.

    Okay, I have to go, but I think that this debate isn’t as simple as you make it out to be either.

  • walt313 February 26, 2011, 06:56

    I totally agree agreed that the issue is far from simple. Making this country solvent again is like surgery. How can we repair things without killing the patient. How can we find cuts in the budget that does no harm or no permanent harm. Rather than entering into serious debate, folks like moveon stomp on the rape issue to maximize fear.

    The bill is in committee. Has moveon or MSNBC reported that wording has been changed to allay fears? No. Of course not. Progressives want you to remain fearful of the Conservatives. It’s because they have no Game.

  • Abby February 26, 2011, 08:00

    I look so weird with long hair. LOL

  • Abby March 5, 2011, 06:33


  • Alex@LateEnough March 8, 2011, 05:37

    The pic isn’t showing up. But robots rule. That it is all.

  • walt313 March 8, 2011, 05:42

    Hmmm? Reload, refresh, remain.

  • Abby March 8, 2011, 06:31

    But look how cool it is!!! I want one.

  • Walt March 9, 2011, 13:06

    Discovery landed safe and sound this morning.

  • Abby March 21, 2011, 11:09


    That’s hilarious.

    Must be where Brian gets it from. He was all smiles and happiness while our friends were around for his surprise party last year….until they left. Then I got the stink eye. And the silent treatment.

  • walt313 March 21, 2011, 12:04

    Maybe he’s remembering Daddy’s real surprise party with Daddy praying ro the Porcelain God and passing out on broken glass. Definitely stink-eye worthy.

  • Josh March 23, 2011, 04:53

    Japanese automakers have made a breakthrough in clean energy vehicles. Got a car to travel 50 miles powered only by seawater.

  • Eva Destruction March 26, 2011, 17:38

    Delta wing aircraft….of the early vintage.

  • Abby March 28, 2011, 09:32

    Guess you can’t be the new Aflac duck, either….sigh…

  • Rob March 29, 2011, 15:45

    I also agree that it is not acceptable having just one controller in the tower at any time, especially during those late hours when traffic is not too heavy. Good time for trainees to accompany them. Money shouldn't be an issue when we are so worried about safety.

  • Ted Jensen March 30, 2011, 00:07

    @Rob I agree as well. What were they thinking?

    What seems even more disturbing is the pilots not seeming too overly concerned. They had kind of a "yeah, this happens from time to time" attitude. Unbelievable.

  • walt313 March 30, 2011, 11:42


  • Abby March 30, 2011, 12:20

    OMG. Is this story true??? I’ve never heard it before. See??? He really is the Patron Saint of Awesomeness…

  • walt313 March 30, 2011, 12:32

    Of course it is. Do you see “true” and “story” down in the tags? Go ask Saint Brian.

  • Brian Chamberlain March 30, 2011, 13:13

    We won’t talk about how I left my cousin flapping in the breeze when he and I stared a forest fire. I did eventually get a pretty good slap on the wrist for that one.

  • Walt March 31, 2011, 00:17

    and the trailer?

  • Fay Dildine March 31, 2011, 00:20

    Never heard this one before, Walt! Hilarious!! You’re right, John never yelled. Anyone ever hear from John?

  • Rick Brinkley March 31, 2011, 00:25


  • Rob Buchanan March 31, 2011, 09:16

    That was awesome!! Kind of reminds me of the story I’ve been aching to tell you for over 20 years Walter, when we can ever sit and discuss it over a nice Bitburger…But, alas, that is for another time…thanks so much for sharing and the great pics! BUCK

  • Marvin March 31, 2011, 09:22

    Meant to say,

    AB blowout on the cat?

  • Alex@LateEnough April 1, 2011, 12:04

    The spaghetti thing is hilarious. I wish our news was like the BBC.

  • Jeannie April 3, 2011, 15:45

    "On Wednesday, Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood directed FAA to launch a nationwide study of airport tower staffing. He also directed that at least two controllers be on duty at night at Reagan"

    Good idea! This kind of instance disturbs me, as there should be no reason for having someone who has worked so many hours he falls asleep on duty.

    A second controller would take care of this type of situation, hopefully.

  • Megan (Best of Fates) April 3, 2011, 20:24

    Okay, I absolutely love this – now I know what I’m doing next time I’m in the city!

  • Alex@LateEnough April 4, 2011, 08:30

    No way! Really?

  • walt313 April 4, 2011, 10:02

    Of course it’s true. See the “True” and “fact” tags at the bottom?

  • Anonymous April 10, 2011, 09:02

    "Nuclear powered aircraft?"

  • Abby April 10, 2011, 09:57

    That’s our girl. ♥

  • Learn To Fly April 15, 2011, 09:32

    I noticed the truck passing in front of the RJ, but it was quite a ways in front and the RJ had already stopped.

    None of this matters, though, because ultimately it is the Pilot in Commands responsibility for the safe operation of the aircraft REGARDLESS of anything else.

    Who's wrong? For sure the A380 captain because the crew in the RJ could not have seen much of the A380 to the left and behind them.

    Just goes to show that, as pilots, we always need to be vigilant.


    All Things Aviation

  • rob April 16, 2011, 05:40

    I lived there from 81 – 84 at 68 ringstrasse. 🙂

  • walt313 April 20, 2011, 09:31

    The wedding will have all the pomp and strict protocol demanded, but my fondest wish is that the Royal Couple have the joy of this video in their heart.

    Rock on Will and Kate.

    Always wear a seat belt.

  • walt313 April 20, 2011, 09:57

    Buckingham Palace announced today that after April 29th, the Royal Family will not be referred to as “Will and Kate plus Eight”.

  • walt313 April 20, 2011, 10:20

    During Will and Kate’s wedding, what will Princess Diana be doing in Heaven?

    Dodi Fayed.

  • walt313 April 22, 2011, 01:36

    Why do I cry every time I watch the video?

  • walt313 April 22, 2011, 07:50

    Although snubbed by not being invited to the wedding, Buckingham Palace will be giving the Obamas a DVD of the Royal Wedding, with ebonic subtitles.

  • Abby April 26, 2011, 06:27

    Girls don’t fart. We “fluff.”

    True story.

  • Alex@LateEnough April 29, 2011, 12:25

    Love it!

  • walt313 April 29, 2011, 12:59

    If tilted, ladies’ hat must tilt to the left to expose the right cheek to smooching. If there’s no tilt, there’s no invitation to smooch. Move it down the line sailor.

  • Abby April 30, 2011, 07:55

    Karen’s hat is my favorite. Classy. Plus, if you want to be all shady and questionable, you can pull it off because the brim is covering your eyes. My kind of hat.

  • walt313 April 30, 2011, 15:59


  • walt313 May 1, 2011, 00:12

    Big party at Buckingham palace last night. I hear Kate Middleton was royally fucked after it.

  • walt313 May 1, 2011, 00:21

    Pippa Middleton’s ass is like a JK Rowling book.

    You know Harry’s going to be in it.

  • Abby May 1, 2011, 07:55

    She should be covering her eyes, not her ears. Strange little British person.

  • walt313 May 2, 2011, 10:17

    By “Strange little British Person”, do you refer to Kate, Will or that tiny flower girl?

  • Abby May 2, 2011, 14:59

    As soon as I heard, I wondered about the one who pulled the trigger on the fatal shot. We’ll never know his name, or what he looks like, and I imagine not even his family will know what he did. But I hope he truly understands the importance of following those orders, and how much this country appreciates his service.

  • Abby May 3, 2011, 11:06

    BREAKING NEWS! Seal Team Six identities revealed!!! Check it out: http://www.abbygabs.com/2011/05/fatkat-comics-special-edition.html

  • walt313 May 4, 2011, 10:02

    10 years. Trillions of dollars. Thousands of soldiers dead. State of the art technology. Finally found Bin Laden. In his house. Tricky

  • walt313 May 7, 2011, 00:29

    The balloon says “It’s a boy” because I got my boy back.

  • Peter Abbey May 13, 2011, 10:16

    Cocktail, please!

  • Eric Tondevold May 13, 2011, 10:18

    Awesome rules.

  • Dr. Pretzel May 13, 2011, 12:02

    HA! Funny because it’s true.

    Especially in reference to the US Army. Excuse me while I go an curse bitterly.

  • Dr. Pretzel May 13, 2011, 12:08

    If the DoD has a brain in its element, they’ll have already demanded that the Pakistanis return the tail, intact, to the nearest US forces available. Failure to do so will certainly not help their case (since they insist that they had NO IDEA that UBL/OBL was in their AO…yeah, whatever). Not returning it would cause them to be added to our Shit List. Let the ass-kicking commence.

  • Walt May 19, 2011, 08:52

    Now as we wrap up the Fifth Grade, I can look back and see that the decision to pull Rosie out of the Public School/Prison System is a success.

    She finally could focus and improve her Math. This led to the final A and the Honor Roll. Huzzah!!

    Fears that she would lose “socialization” were crushed by renewed interest in Girl Scouts and SOFTBALL!!

    I still find it a little weird that she is scheduled to go outside and play for “recess”. She has a developed a great work ethic and refuses to take phone calls before 4 pm. It is also weird that her teacher meets with her at home once a week.

    Go Rosie!! Dad is VERY proud.

    PS: Kudos to Candice for being the SAHM and teacher/home room monitor.

  • Lyle May 22, 2011, 02:40

    Cool posts, I really like the theme of your website. I also have a site about tattoos check it out you might find it interesting.

  • Anil Sharma May 22, 2011, 09:19

    I had the opportunities to fly Emirates Air. It was very, very quiet.

  • Abby May 23, 2011, 03:18

    And you immediately blogged about it. Good Dad. :0) Love this. ♥

  • Brian Chamberlain May 23, 2011, 22:24

    Tell her to pack her glove for the trip. I’ll toss the ball with her and hit her some ground balls.

  • Carolyn May 26, 2011, 04:05

    How embarrassing…but very FUNNY! I can’t stop
    playing the bloody video over and over again!

  • Anonymous May 30, 2011, 14:20

    Mike was a fine pilot, but this crew chief is one of the very rare members of the world's greatest Air Force…Walter Chamberlain is one of the most passionate, dedicated people I have had the pleasure of knowing. Walt, I know you put him in a good jet…The rest was in God's hands my freind. No pilot ever had to worry about an aircraft that you let them fly…

  • Abby May 31, 2011, 12:14

    I love that. Maybe I can convince Brian that he can keep any change he finds when he does laundry. We’ll call it “Transformer money.”

  • walt313 May 31, 2011, 13:27

    Uh Oh…they’re both going to read this.

  • Alex@LateEnough May 31, 2011, 14:59

    My favorite part was that she chose to read the manual to you over the phone from India.

  • Martha aka Momsoap June 20, 2011, 16:11

    Ha! I have a lovely little accident at home with me too, makes all my days oh so special.

  • walt June 20, 2011, 18:23

    All of mine were on purpose although the ex will blame vodka and lemonade for our daughter.

  • Tracie June 22, 2011, 22:59

    She read the manual to you??

    That is fabulous!

  • walt313 June 24, 2011, 09:32

    I wish we knew what she said to him. I’m voting for “Nick Off”.

  • Tom June 30, 2011, 13:53

    I was Michael's brother and I miss him deeply. I actually had a dream with him in it last night, and it was great to see him. I was 16 years old when the plane crash happened, and for the family our whole world changed the day we found out about the crash. Michael was not only my brother but also was a father figure to me when I was a young boy. I have so many great memories of him. Thanks to his surviving wife his daughter who was only a baby at the time of the crash, has turned out to be a terrific young lady and I am very proud of my niece. She displays a lot of those great qualities that Michael had. The family misses him all the time, but especially this time of the year. Thanks to all for their prayers for the family. I'm so grateful for this website to honor Michael.

  • Megan (Best of Fates) July 1, 2011, 08:36

    Whew -that was a close one!

  • walt313 July 1, 2011, 08:40

    OMG!! Megan left me a comment. SWOOON.
    This could be the start of something big. 8P

  • Alex@LateEnough July 1, 2011, 23:06

    Is that second picture John McCain?

  • walt313 July 1, 2011, 23:42

    Why yes it is. That you for noticing.

  • Charla July 3, 2011, 15:49

    Super informative writing; keep it up.

  • Abby July 7, 2011, 08:15

    I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again.

    Do I believe she is 100% guilty, and that she lied her face off every step of the way?


    Do I think every single member of her family knows something that never came out in testimony?


    Do I think the defense won this case?


    The prosecution lost this case with lack of evidence. That’s it. The end.

    It sickens me, but I wasn’t surprised.

  • muscles for me July 9, 2011, 22:29

    Good web site! I really love how it is easy on my eyes it is. I’m wondering how I might be notified whenever a new post has been made. I’ve subscribed to your feed which may do the trick? Have a great day!

  • Abby July 26, 2011, 13:53

    Oh my god I LOVE this post. LOL

    I did not cuss at you when reminding you to stay close to shore.


    And does the sign really say that? About the cornhole thing? I need to look at my pictures.

  • Rick July 26, 2011, 21:15

    awesome post walter….you missed having the babe magnet with you…Charlie Brown, adam’s brown lab…sorry i didn’t get to spend a whole lot of time with you guys…

  • walt313 July 26, 2011, 23:18

    Cussing? Yep.
    Cornhole Game? Yep.

    I was surprised to hear you be so passionate. But after being ignored, you upped the language to where I would hear it.

    You were being the Good Mother and I was thankful.

    But we snuck out two more times when you weren’t looking.

  • Abby July 27, 2011, 08:48

    Figures. LOL

  • Alex@LateEnough July 27, 2011, 18:58

    it’s kinda freaky when you and jon stewart agree

  • walt313 July 28, 2011, 00:44

    I KNOW ..huh?

  • Abby August 3, 2011, 07:36

    Aw, thanks for the love. ♥

  • Megan (Best of Fates) September 6, 2011, 12:36

    What a horrifying story! I’m so glad that marine kept working on you!

  • walt313 September 7, 2011, 10:33

    I’ve told this story for years and have never thought it was horrific. But now that you mention it, yeah. Wow.

  • Abby September 17, 2011, 07:19

    Great video. LOL

  • walt313 September 17, 2011, 09:44

    After running (or trying to run) Spybot last night, I woke up to the Blue Screen of Death. Unplugged it and went to town to get Rosie. On return, I plug it in and it comes to life by itself. I didn’t touch a thing.

    Cheese Louise!!!????

  • Alex@LateEnough September 22, 2011, 13:52

    love this.

  • walt September 22, 2011, 17:14

    Surprise! !!!

  • Daniel September 23, 2011, 00:14

    This is such an exiting project.
    How is it going?
    Can You post some pictures?

  • Alex@LateEnough September 29, 2011, 08:05

    Wait, there are states between Virginia and California?

    PS. I’m pretty sure if we put Obama and Bush head to head on dumb mistakes, Bush would win.

  • walt313 September 29, 2011, 10:17

    Hmmmmm? IDK. But thanks for “generating” a comment.

  • walt313 September 29, 2011, 13:14

    Old Ford joke: Gerald Ford struck in head by assassin’s bullet. Bullet still in critical condition.

  • Jackie September 30, 2011, 12:48

    Mistakes will continue, and Bush wasn’t that bad. It’s more of a general slang. Is it that easy to rule US? I think not.

  • maxcomputer October 9, 2011, 22:34

    Nice Blog…maxcomputer.info

  • Klara October 12, 2011, 17:57

    i like the customs! the little girl is soo cuuteee:) is she a supergirl, or a vampire IRL?

  • walt313 October 12, 2011, 20:48

    Sie sind vampire!

  • Amanda October 13, 2011, 11:44

    Awww! She looks so cute in her superman costume. Fly high baby..

  • Alex@LateEnough October 20, 2011, 12:32

    Whoa dude. Way to freak me out.

  • walt October 20, 2011, 14:19


  • Alex@LateEnough October 27, 2011, 12:59

    Love the last cheer!

  • John November 3, 2011, 01:34

    I like the vampire costume the best. It is simple but looks very real. The red lenses did a great job.

  • Cooper November 3, 2011, 02:26

    Thanks for sharing your experiences here on your blog — I enjoyed this post, and I'm looking forward to more.

  • walt313 November 3, 2011, 07:23

    Thanks for the complement, Vampire Rosie is Photoshopped.

  • Alex@LateEnough November 24, 2011, 17:53

    You have to flip it and start with 12 and work down to 1 in my humble opinion.

  • Rosie December 16, 2011, 22:14

    Okay dad misheard “softball girls” It goes like this (after every sentence the rest of the team says what the “leader” said We dont play with barbie dolls! All we play with are bats and balls.we dont wear no minnyskirts! all we wear are softball shorts! we dont drink no lemonade! all we drink is gatorade! Goooooo TEAMNAME!!!!!! the last part he said was a totally different cheer if youwant to read the real cheers go to sunrisegirlsfastpitch.com

  • Abby December 20, 2011, 06:16

    Thanks, Snopes. 🙂

  • Rosetta December 21, 2011, 12:12

    Hey! Someone in my Facebook group shared this site with us so I came to check it out. I’m definitely enjoying the information. I’m book-marking and will be tweeting this to my followers!

  • walt313 January 1, 2012, 03:33

    Great! Thanks.

  • Abby January 9, 2012, 03:01

    She has a point.

  • Alex@LateEnough January 9, 2012, 12:03

    Ooh, I don’t think I could.

  • Abby January 14, 2012, 08:20

    Yay for video blogs! First of all, I’ll have to be sure and let Brian watch it so he can officially say his father called him the smartest person on the planet. That’s only going to make his head swell even further. Secondly, I DO think this blog was informative and plan to share it with everyone I know. Thirdly, did you have a cold when you filmed this? You sounded…gravelly. And finally, I hope YOU have a nice day. 🙂

  • Alex@LateEnough January 18, 2012, 06:45

    Bwhahahaha. Best nickname ever. Although shouldn’t your nickname be Right Wing Nut?

  • Walt January 18, 2012, 07:38

    Typical Liberal. Always telling us what to do.
    Wait a minute. I’m am a Nut. We both are.
    Love ya.

  • Walt January 18, 2012, 07:41

    @Alex. Are you the only one that reads and comments about this tripe? Share woman.SHARE!

  • Santa January 18, 2012, 07:42

    I only leave comments after I’ve been drinking.

  • #1 Son January 18, 2012, 13:57

    Censorship is a religious-right-conservative thing. You can’t spin everything the goverment tries to do as the other side’s fault. That’s what is wrong with our current system. It’s time for americans to take a long hard look at the way we are governed. Despite my the fact that I don’t always agree with my father-in-law about politics, I do agree that we should send a message to washington by voting out all incumbent officials. And we should keep doing it until politicians get the message. They work for us.

  • walt313 January 19, 2012, 00:52

    If censorship is a religious-right-conservative thing. are you in favor of abolishing the right to privacy as well?

    I do agree that Congress needs to be recycled. No incumbent will get my vote. The two party system is a train wreck. The Democrats have long ago become Marxists and the Republicans are far behind. America NEEDS representation that reflects the will of the People and not a rubber stamping Politburo for our Marxist president.

    SOPA is another chip off of our inalienable Rights and a small step to the Government deciding everything for us.

  • #1 Son January 19, 2012, 04:41

    I just read the entire SOPA bill (just the House version). I still don’t understand how this bill could possibly set us up for internet censorship.
    “(1) FIRST AMENDMENT.—Nothing in this Act
    4 shall be construed to impose a prior restraint on free
    5 speech or the press protected under the 1st amend-
    6 ment to the Constitution.”
    Lines 3-6 in the bill clearly protecting our right to free speech. It goes on to define a bunch of internet terms “legally”. Then spells out how to go after sites for Copyright Infringement or the sale and trafficing of dangerous/illegal goods.
    So which one of my inalienable rights is chipped off

  • Wolf January 19, 2012, 15:21

    I understand the desire to do something to inject some form of control over legal rights and the internet, but this is poorly worded and being talked about by people that have no understanding of the medium or subject matter. I am all for copyright enforcement, but it is always a tricky thing and unless you can get other countries in on the enforcement, chasing down the right people becomes impossible other than nailing some kid for posting something on his facebook page. Pirate movies and music downloads are an entirely different matter and CAN be shared under the right conditions and if credit is given and it meets financial conditions of the person that actually owns the rights. My brother-in-law is in the music business and owns the rights to such property and it is an interesting thing. As a writer, I have my own interests as well. The fact that our government is doing nothing of any use to fix what is broken is the fault of both sides. The Democrats are not trying hard enough to come up with real ideas that would be a move in any direction, and the Republicans are only interested in letting the rich hang onto their money while making Obama look as bad as possible until they can get rid of him. The left is looking lame while right is pure road block. Before Obama, the left couldn’t find a real candidate with both hands, now it is the right with this problem. I would love to have a real knock-down between the two sides, but right now we barely have the equivalent of kids fighting over who is in charge of the sandbox. I’m not drinking the Obama koolaid, but I don’t see anything better warming up in the wings either. Rights are something we fight and die to protect, so we take this seriously. I don’t like the Patriot Act either and want it to go away, but I seem to be alone there. I hope this bil dies, but to see something more well written and understandable follow it that might help tame the chaos of the internet.

    Yes Walt, when you make a post and send out a link, I do read these. Keep up the good work, bro!

  • Walt January 26, 2012, 23:14

    Let me be clear.Under SOPA, facebook and Google will be shut down and lose income without due process of law. Along with thousands of blogs. If you’re reading the House bill, you’re reading half the story. The Progressives in the Senate are gunning for your civil rights. Vote them out.

  • roof repair nj January 30, 2012, 08:17

    That's good Air bus A380 is very big Airline and i also wish to travel on it and i yes you may hit some body as this picture shows.

  • Janell January 30, 2012, 12:42

    What is the over/under on how many records Tom Brady will break on Sunday?

  • Bridget February 2, 2012, 19:42

    Wow, that was one big experience. I guess that deserves a video of its own.

  • Alex@LateEnough February 8, 2012, 11:07

    Aw happy birthday to Brian.
    Ps. I can’t believe you beat the ambulance there

  • walt313 February 8, 2012, 11:43

    I can’t believe I didn’t notice I passed them at 100mph. They took the bumpy road to the freeway and I went direct. Go figure. The crew did mention seeing me flash by.

  • Alex@LateEnough February 14, 2012, 19:34

    Haha! Awesome.

  • Abby February 16, 2012, 06:51

    I was with Bill until the “uplift” comment. That’s just below…well…I was going to say below the belt, but I know how you’ll take it. LOL

  • Walt February 16, 2012, 07:45

    No, I agree with you. Bill is showing his ass again. I’m with George. Ummm…I mean…I’m backing up Takei. No wait. I’m with George. AARRRGGG! I AGREE with George! Yeah, that’s it. I agree with what George is saying. Thanks for the comment.

  • Carolyn February 19, 2012, 22:28

    It’s a shame that politicians think that the public is foolish enough to believe they would accept that this bill was about piracy. It’s not. The piracy won’t stop. It’s like thinking that if the world gun ban went though that all the guns will go away. Those who are going to do illegal activity will still continue to do it.

  • Angelina February 22, 2012, 23:35

    If you thought SOPA was bad, just wait Until you meet ACTA.
    ACTA had move forward in Europe despite protests.

  • Torrey Hughes February 28, 2012, 00:02

    Wow, my house from 82-85 is in that first page as well! I was your son Timmy’s age and we lived at 16 Ringstrasse. My father is Ray Hughes and he worked in Personnel if I recall correctly.

  • walt313 March 1, 2012, 02:35

    Thanks Alex. I cry every time I read this and I wrote it.

  • Alex@LateEnough March 21, 2012, 13:42

    I’m nervous to play any of these. Haha.

  • Vonda March 25, 2012, 13:32

    My partner and I absolutely love your blog and find most of your post’s to be exactly what I’m looking for. Does one offer guest writers to write content available for you? I wouldn’t mind creating a post or elaborating on most of the subjects you write about here. Again, awesome web site!My spouse and I stumbled over here coming from a different web page and thought I might as well check things out. I like what I see so now i am following you. Look forward to checking out your web page repeatedly.Our question to posting an article, in what way do you spell out your whats on your mind into writing?

  • Abby March 29, 2012, 10:06

    Um. Ewwwww.

    Let me reiterate.


  • i_fly_me March 29, 2012, 12:26

    Awesome story. You caught me eating too … thanks.

  • walt313 March 29, 2012, 13:05


  • walt313 March 29, 2012, 13:34

    First things first, thanks for the awesome comment. If a post ignites your passion and the comment section seems a little small, feel free to go to the Forum link [above] and register in the forum. It’s free and Anonymous if you like that kind of thing. May I suggest you start a topic in “What’s on Your Mind”? Then let it fly.

  • Alex@LateEnough March 29, 2012, 13:45

    I do deal with a lot of poop.

  • Daniel Anthony April 2, 2012, 05:17

    I know its late wish but wanna say Happy Pi day to you too. I really like the way you celebrated that day. I also enjoyed the day by making various types of delicious pies. Thanks 🙂

  • Hudson April 3, 2012, 22:39

    Well, it helps to start with the realization that 99% of internet stuff is a scam..

  • Margaret April 4, 2012, 03:07

    Now that was one tricky list! I don’t know how I will fare if I try to answer it.

  • Market Survey April 9, 2012, 01:41

    A truly informative article. I have never read any thing like that.
    avition report

  • Cessna 177 April 11, 2012, 01:24

    That's really huge for it to hit the parking Bombardier on the side. But its size doesn't make it long bad at all. It's just that in this situation, it's large size contributed to this incident. Pilots should be very careful then to give assurance to their passengers that they will be able to land safely and wont hit another plane. Thanks for this blog! Nice video.

    James David teaches people how to buy single engine airplanes & has a passion for the Cessna 177

  • walt313 April 12, 2012, 12:30

    Nope, I don’t get colds. Darn it.

  • walt313 April 16, 2012, 01:32

    She’s their pitcher,
    Don’t you know?
    She got her period,
    She can’t throw.

  • Abby April 17, 2012, 06:24

    LOVE LOVE LOVE!!!!! :0D

    PS: You’ve read my blog, right? I should change the name from “Abby Gabs” to “Abby Makes Funny Faces.” LOL

  • Alex@LateEnough April 17, 2012, 11:10

    Aw, she loves it

  • Rain Bayola April 18, 2012, 02:22

    Oh! Such a pretty girl. Cute outfits^^ Who’s N by the way? Just Kidding!

  • Rose-Ellen April 19, 2012, 21:15

    She looks so darn cute in that last picture. Happy Birthday to her!

  • Clara April 23, 2012, 18:57

    Well, to me, it looks like a meteor. I hear quite a few number of stories regrading meteors and other explosions. It’s real scary when you come to think of it. Thanks!

  • Helen May 1, 2012, 03:19

    Now those videos were hilarious.

  • walt313 May 4, 2012, 01:06

    This is the stupidity I’m fighting against. It’s not a war on gays, it’s a war on EVERYONE people. Vote no to bullshit.

    Click here:


  • Joy May 4, 2012, 11:32

    We saw all the Star Wars movies soon after they came out. Since there were 4 boys, Christmas was easy. Just get grandma to buy all the bigships and fill in with all the small ones and figurines.

    When they rereleased the movies to the theatres (yes, they’d grown up with them on video), I took the 2 youngest to the theatre so see them the way they were meant to be seen. 🙂

    I read all the books before seeing them st the theatre so I was prepared for a small boy to jump into my lap.

  • Walt May 6, 2012, 05:19

    Huh? There were books? Real Books? Not comic books?

  • Walt May 9, 2012, 22:42

    The mere act of voting forces a choice. Choosing creates division. Nobody should be voting on anything. The Civil Rights Act of 1964, Title VII clearly defines discrimination due to race but sex as well. We shouldn’t be voting about what marriage is. The debate about what SEX is should be in the courts, not the voting booth or in the pew.

    Politicians and activists are trying to pick a fight . Both are vying for the power of the voting booth. Because of all the rancor, the issue will probably be decided in the voting booth. The real answer IMHO is “Man and Woman” should be changed to “Two adults” and be done with this. This is why I feel “Gay Rights” is an artificial construction of activists. It’s “Human Rights”, always has been (well…since 1964) and always should be.

  • Alex@LateEnough May 10, 2012, 05:03

    2 adults or there shouldn’t be special supports for marriage at all.

  • Walt May 10, 2012, 05:58

    Special supports for marriage are there to produce tax payers and labor. Nations with a stagnant birth rate have stagnant economies. However, gay couples would increase the numbers of adoptions. Would not that reduce the number of children dependent on the state? This is where the Democrat/Republican line is blurred. With Blue Dog Democrats and RINOs abundant, “progressive” and “patriotic” would be better descriptions. “Socialist” and “Constitutional” would also be better. Tags of “Liberal” and “Conservative: have been beaten to meaningless death.Under the banner of “Gay Rights” there are groups that are using the issue not to improve the lives of gay couples but to cripple the American way of life. Specifically, the Freedom of Religion clause in the Bill of Rights. America was founded on the idea of a minority being excluded from the Church of England. So in the extreme, gays can found their own church. To some extent that is already happening. To core solution is less government intrusion in personal lives. This idea has disenfranchised from the Republican party and I find myself floating between Libertarian and truly Independent. GASP!!

  • Donna May 10, 2012, 12:35

    This is amazing. Thank you very much for sharing this information on the “Julia” campaign. When did this come out? Anyway, great blog!

  • Walt May 10, 2012, 12:57

    Oh GREAT. President Obama just “Evolved” a “Personal” opinion in favor of “Gay Marriage”. You know he’s just saying that to get your vote while he screws us over on other issues? Right? Does he not know that a President does not have a “personal” opinion if he expresses it in public?

  • j. w. May 10, 2012, 13:50

    Why can’t it be a guy and 5 women who want to get married and have all 5 listed on health insurance why can’t I do a union with my goat my goat needs insurance as well I woullike to have my goat visit me in the hospital.

  • cmichaelsny May 11, 2012, 00:50

    Amazing kind of blog…Its really informative..Thanks for sharing..

  • Camille May 11, 2012, 03:37

    You have a very good point in this post. I also disagree with the policies of the Obama administration and I am excited to see them out the White House.

  • Walt May 11, 2012, 07:05

    Many feel like you do J.W. That gay marriage is a “Gateway Marriage” to some weird variations. That is why semantics are important. The words “Two” and “Adults” are imperative. It’s not a big secret that the LDS and other polygamist sects are secretly backing gay marriage. I’m pretty sure NAMBLA is in support as well. Even PETA supports the idea that your pet should be your “life partner”.

    Suggestions that people will marry animals and children and multiple people are just scare tactics to inflame the debate.

  • j. w. May 12, 2012, 08:50

    It used to say man and woman there changing it two adults why stop at two you could be leaving people isolated why not say a person may enter into matrimonies with whom ever and whatever they wish as many times as they wish would that now include everyone everything possible and then the debates would be over its all legal and no one would ever feel shame and everyone would be accepted and we would all get along…ya right evolution tells us that man was meant to be with woman taking religions out of it it is not how we evolved so in a way I would support plural marriage long before I would support gay marriage because that’s how we evolved being homosexual is a choice and its scary that children now days are being told that it’s ok to be gay and go against evolution and human nature.

  • Carey May 14, 2012, 09:13

    First off I want to say excellent blog! I had a quick question in which I’d like to ask if you don’t mind. I was curious to know how you center yourself and clear your thoughts before writing. I’ve had trouble clearing my thoughts in getting my ideas out. I truly do enjoy writing however it just seems like the first 10 to 15 minutes are usually lost simply just trying to figure out how to begin. Any ideas or hints? Kudos!

  • Walt May 14, 2012, 09:23

    Thanks for the comment. Clear my mind? Honestly, just the opposite. A topic will dwell in my mind until it reaches a point where I have to run to the keyboard and start typing. If I’m blank or just don’t have that drive, I usually don’t blog at all. Rather than post every day and let some be trash or throw aways, I try to go for quality instead of quantity.

  • Mamie May 15, 2012, 10:10

    Thanks for the marvelous posting! I truly enjoyed reading it, you’re a great author.I will make certain to bookmark your blog and definitely will come back in the future. I want to encourage you to continue your great job, have a nice morning!

  • walt313 May 15, 2012, 16:58


  • Alex@LateEnough May 16, 2012, 07:09

    Haha! Your photoshopping skills rock.

  • walt313 May 16, 2012, 11:57

    Thanks! Hey, commentluv says you’re not registered. Is that you or me? You’ve got a heart thingy. ??????

  • Reyna May 16, 2012, 20:42

    Hey! I know this is kind of off-topic but I needed to ask. Does operating a well-established website such as yours take a massive amount work? I’m completely new to blogging however I do write in my diary every day. I’d like to start a blog so I can easily share my personal experience and feelings online. Please let me know if you have any recommendations or tips for new aspiring blog owners. Thankyou!

  • Walt May 17, 2012, 01:41

    Having a home based business (and don’t kid yourself that a blog isn’t) means you never have a day off. I do not write every day. But I’ll work on the support stuff. Artwork. Moderating or adding to the Forum. Surfing the web to stay topical. Start carrying a little note pad to jot down ideas. My cell phone camera is invaluable. Then there’s marketing, marketing and marketing. To friends, family, the clerk at Wal Mart, the customer service rep on the phone. If you’re not talking about your site and asking people to read your blog, who will? Get some card stock and make your own business cards.

    It’s 1:40AM and I’m answering this post.

    Yeah, there’s no time off.

  • Abby May 18, 2012, 06:16

    Awesome!! (Except for the part where I’m going to be humming that damn song all the live long day…sigh) Good job! 🙂

  • Walt May 18, 2012, 08:07

    I’m with you. Have been spontaneously belting out FIVE FRIEND REQUESTS!!!!!

  • Laura May 18, 2012, 20:43

    Expand your facebook farmville plot quickly by adding neighbors and getting the experience. By day three, you should have enough money to purchase a bigger farm, if you have enough neighbors.

  • Robert May 22, 2012, 02:27

    I guess it is toss up on Alex 2 and 7. Those are the most natural look for me.

  • Radio Dog Fencing May 22, 2012, 19:50

    These kind of post are always inspiring and I prefer to read quality content so I'm happy to find many good point here in the post. Writing is simply great! Thank you for the post.

  • Dog Training Collars for Small Dogs May 22, 2012, 20:30

    Pretty good post. I just stumbled upon your blog and wanted to say that I have really enjoyed reading your blog posts. Anyway, I'll be subscribing to your feed and I hope you post again soon.

  • walt313 May 25, 2012, 14:50

    ed.correction: The cheese flew on a previous test flight. It’s currently enshrined at the Space X headquarters.

  • walt313 May 27, 2012, 03:25

    Whoops. That was dumbass editing on my part. The ship is nuclear powered not the aircraft. It just runs on regular JP-8.

  • Fredrick May 27, 2012, 07:31

    My best friend knew the Captain and posted a link to this story. I am a Navy veteran (Radioman 2nd Class Petty Officer, E5), 1981-1986 active.

    I also had the good fortune, when I was very young (2nd grade, 1968) to visit the Air Force Academy when my family lived in Manitou Springs, CO.

    I can only offer my sympathies to family and friends of the Captain, and a salute of my own to him.

  • walt313 May 27, 2012, 07:59

    Mikey flew F-4’s as a navigator at Spangdahlem AB, West Germany.. He then came back to USAFE to fly with us at Hahn AB.
    Mikey at Spangdahlem AB

  • Pete Abbey May 27, 2012, 08:03

    Ohhhh Walt. I remember Mike. I remember serving on the frontier of civilization with many good people. I remember. Thanks, Mike.

  • Sue Christian-Garza May 27, 2012, 08:17

    I was Jerri’s “fire guard” when she launched him out that terrible day….. So very sad……

  • Walt May 27, 2012, 08:21

    I didn’t know that Jerry launched him out. I always assumed she was not there. I remember that I thought it was so unfair that she got counseling for the event because she lost her jet and I lost my pilot and didn’t get shit.

  • walt313 May 27, 2012, 08:37

    When “Popeye” Doyle went in I was doing a weight check at the orderly room. All we had was an emergency inventory order. I rushed back to the section and went through hard ops. No Mikey. His van was in the parking lot. I rushed over to soft ops and started looking through the offices. I breezed by his office to see Mikey at his desk. I was making my escape when I heard, “WALT!” Mikey sat me down by his desk and asked what I was doing. “You know, just hanging out”, I answered. “You were looking for me, weren’t you?”, he asked. “Yeah”. “It was Popeye in the Tenth”, he said “You thought it was me”. “Yeah”. He offered me a cup of coffee. “You have to remember that Popeye died doing what he Loved.”, he said to me. Then he said, “If I go, you have to remember that.” Three month later, Mikey was dead.

  • walt313 May 27, 2012, 13:54

    [ed. note] After Dad died I finally got to read his records. He was not wounded during the Anzio campaign but afterwards by artillery shrapnel. The German medic still helped him. But at a different time and place. Rosie also added that his squad hid him in a farm house (much like the one in “To Hell and Back”)for a couple of days before getting him back to the lines.

  • Ken Rankin May 27, 2012, 17:48

    LOL…I love that:

    Instructor: “Where did you get the Bazooka Lieutenant?”

    Dad: Same place you got the tank…..sir.”

    That is exactly the kind of NCO answer you or I would have given. I can see where you got it from, I guess I got mine from an equally innate element of scrappiness. Good article and ties in very nicely with your other one about your dad in WW2.

  • Laura May 29, 2012, 02:14

    I really salute them all this people are very inspiring..Thanks for sharing..

  • Neal Layfield May 29, 2012, 08:08

    I Didn’t remember the weather that day, But I remember not expecting 308 coming home and surprising us, he was in his always cheerful mood that we all knew him for.

  • walt313 May 29, 2012, 08:17

    I remember picking him up from 308. Dropped him off at Ops. As he got out of the truck he said, “Nose art. We have to talk about nose art.”

    I said, “Okay”. And he he was gone.

  • Darren June 1, 2012, 00:57

    I also made a similar post like this is my blog a year ago. It was nice to be able to reach out with the families of the men belonging in the same company with my granddad.

  • Gracie June 2, 2012, 00:57

    Thanks for sharing.. It was nice to be able to reach out with the families of the men belonging in the same company with my granddad.

  • Laura June 6, 2012, 03:25

    I really like this kind of post…Its easy to find them if there are in one company only..

  • Elena June 7, 2012, 15:06

    I have seen Band of Brothers and Saving Private Ryan. I can’t imagine living during war times. Thanks, respect and salute to those brave soldiers.

  • Megan June 11, 2012, 03:33

    Now this post got me searching about Gerry Owens. It seems that I got it mixed up with Garry Owen.

  • Carol July 2, 2012, 11:12

    wow….poor thing and they don’t eat junk like we do either!

  • Ken Rankin July 4, 2012, 08:00

    To make the experience more socially acceptable, I suggest referring to them as “special friends” or “imaginary friends” and not go into too much detail. They are likely not officially cleared to be here and you know the currenty charged climate involving illegal aliens.

  • Ken Rankin July 4, 2012, 08:04

    I love it! Your little people are from the Voyager program.

  • Ken Rankin July 4, 2012, 08:13

    Sorry, I stated that before my coffee had kicked in…not Voyager…Pioneer…

  • walt313 July 4, 2012, 08:49

    You are absolutely correct sir. “Imaginary Friends” it is.

  • walt313 July 4, 2012, 08:51

    I’m so sorry. The judges say we have to take your first answer. You can of course appeal this decision but the Supreme Court will declare your answer a tax.

  • Ken Rankin July 13, 2012, 05:23

    LOL…very funny!

  • Jamie July 15, 2012, 01:04

    You were so talented back then! You should pull out that old trumpet and try to duplicate it now!

  • walt313 July 15, 2012, 10:50

    UPDATE: Having survived Washington D.C. LtCol Malachowski is assigned as Commander, 333th FS, Seymour Johnson AFB N.C.

  • walt313 July 15, 2012, 11:11

    Bear: The Electronic Warfare Officer (EWO), the GIB. Refers to pilot’s opinion that a trained bear can replace the GIB. (See: FUF, BIB).

    BIB: Bitch in Back, a Female Bear. With the on set of female pilots, there may be a Bitch in Back.. But can also be non gender specific denoted and whiny co-pilot EWO, WSO or Bear.

    FUF: Fucker Up Front. Pilot in two seat aircraft such as an F-4 Phantom. Also can be Female Up Front. (See GIB, BIB)

  • walt313 July 15, 2012, 11:14

    Mud Hen: F-15E/F Strike Eagle. Sometimes employed on a MUDCAP.

    Station Wagon: Two seat aircraft such as an F-16D or a F-15D. An F-15E is not a bus because there’s a Bear back there. (See: Bus, Bear)

    More Air Force Slang

  • Ken Rankin July 15, 2012, 15:31

    Love the pink smoke. Nice to know a woman can do the job. I think she is awesome!

  • Alex@LateEnough July 15, 2012, 17:26

    Very cool.

  • Brian July 20, 2012, 05:03

    It’s more fun to hear him tell the stories in person, but this is a good read too.

  • Ken July 20, 2012, 05:05

    It is an awesome ride! I tossed my cookies and still had a great time…would never pull 9g’s again, but would certainly do the rest again…

  • Lance July 20, 2012, 05:09

    The part between wheels up and max climb velocity at 15′ AGL was pretty exciting as well.

  • Ken Rankin July 20, 2012, 05:11

    yes, max climb and then going inverted…best part of the ride…felt like you were on a rocket…

  • Charles July 20, 2012, 05:14

    Incentive ride in an F4D at Aviano in 1983…Tacked and Yacked but actually enjoyed it. Never had any problem with turbulence in a commercial aircraft after that. Turned down the F-16 ride a few years later…Thought I was better at guarding them.

  • Paul July 20, 2012, 05:17

    Three rides!! 3.6 hours in the F-16! Tail no.’s 84-1327, 90-0796 &
    Paul Whynot.

  • Wayne July 20, 2012, 05:19

    ‎1 ride in Sue Christian’s F-16 out of Incirlik! Capt. Morgan pilot

  • Mike July 20, 2012, 05:21

    Told supervisor at the Lick that I was getting out and wanted a ride, he said “You don’t have PCS orders yet”, so I was denied. Since then I have flown tons, mostly doing my own piloting. Trying hard to get a ride in one of the ’38’s at Whiteman…not holding my breath.

  • Chris July 20, 2012, 05:22

    Actually, yes, yes I have

  • Walt July 20, 2012, 05:24

    Neal Layfield had the best ride when he and “Flash” Conlon got to chase a MiG at the Lik.

  • Ken Rankin July 20, 2012, 15:32

    We did 9g’s, but I didn’t get anything but the memory of it. I got pencil vision out of it, but didn’t feel bad after I heard my pilot say over the radio that he was flying blind, so it had happened to him too. With the awesome g-suit and seat angle of the F-16, I felt that up to about 7.5 was still fun, but after that it was too much work. After we hit 9 (took us 2 tries) I felt like abused silly putty. I would do it again in a heartbeat, but would skip the 9g part. At one point we flew about 200ft off the deck, scaring the crap out of some goats along the coast of the Med., as I got my ride while TDY to Incirlik.

  • Walt July 21, 2012, 02:26

    I remember roaring past a herd of sheep on a meadow. Thought it looked like the Sound of Music. There was even a sheep herder in black pants, white shirt, black vest and beret….Shaking his fist at us as we whizzed on by. LOL

  • walt313 July 21, 2012, 03:00

    Here is the training film I got for the F-4 ride.

    Meet your Maker in a Martin Baker.

  • Scotty July 21, 2012, 15:00

    It was early morning, TDY to Zaragoza Spain. A knock at the door. I was still in my skivvies. I answered the door wiping the sleep from my eyes. There stood our SMsgt. Looking thru the blur I hear him say “You sure are dressed funny for a guy about the fly the worlds finest fighter”. My brain stopped then started. No doubt he saw the look of surprise on my face. With that he said “Double time down to the fight line and suit up. You’re going up today”. I had just recently received a “below-the-zone” promotion and this was my reward. I can vaguely remember running out the door high tailing it just about as fast as I could. I might have been tying my shoe and running at the same time.

    It feels different. It just feels different when you get to fly.

    We did what we needed to do down there to prep for flight. They pointed me in the right direction and got me suited up. Never had put on a G-suit before. The suit fit like a glove and it felt great strapping it on. Needless to say strapping on tail number HR-324 felt even better. Pulling the pins for the ejection seat makes you think about it a little bit. However, soon after the canopy closes and the whirl of the engine goes to almost a whisper you quickly forget about it and focus on the thrill at hand.

    We taxied to EOR. 327 Launched with us. It wasn’t long before thumbs up then wheels up and best view in the world was there for the taking.

    Being an avionics dude I decided to keep my eyes on the instruments when we started moving around. I wanted to enjoy the ride instead of spending my time with my face in a bag. It worked and when we got to the play area I took the stick. A roll was so simple it was like riding a bike. Just watching the instruments, rolling that puppy around and releasing straight and level. It was like I had done it a million times. Awesome. In my periphery the world rolled around us.

    Pulling 9 G’s was another story. The pilot whose name I forget (I hope he will forgive me) walked us thru some G maneuvers a little at a time. 3G’s, 5G’s,7G’s, then 9. That wasn’t too bad. “Now you try it” he said. I was supposed to roll it upside down, pull the nose down. roll it back over then pull left or something like that. I went for it. Rolling upside down. Got it! That’s when everything changed. When you’re upside down the throttle commands are different. That’s right you guessed it. I pushed the stick forward instead of back and tried to do a nose over while upside down. Negative G’s big-time. Not a good thing. He took the aircraft immediately, told me what I did wrong which I understood instantly and said “now try it again”

    This time, different story. The maneuver went well and the G’s kicked in. That’s my story and I’m stickin’ to it. My driver took the aircraft and lined us up for an intercept with 327. The sky was clear, we had a high ceiling it was great. As we enter into the intercept he’s trying to tell me where the other guy is. Against the sky to an untrained eye it’s kind of tough to see a grey jet zipping around against the blue sky. The energy started to rise and he tried to get me to see the intercept approaching from our 3 O’clock. At the last second I saw the pass. Whew! It was quick. I mean double quick. It was a good thing I was strapped in cause my reflex was to jump out of my seat.

    After a minute or so I think my heart started to beat normal again. He directed my attention to the video in my MFD. He said ” you see those two mountain peeks over there?”. It took a second to get oriented. The peeks were a distance away. It had started to rain a little and the HUD camera video was a little grey. When I saw them I replied “roger that”. He said “take us over there”. I got us close, he took the aircraft and like 007 we turned sideways and flew right between them. Now some might call that hot dogging, it’s been many years since that day so it’s an old story now. This guy knew how to fly with all the confidence and skill he needed. I’ve gotta tell you, I fell in love with the sky that day.

    Since then I’ve had the opportunity to fly Cessna’s at Shaw AFB, gliders over the Moselle and the Shenandoah, and hang glide just a few miles from Annapolis. Each time I do, each time I get a chance to slip the surly bonds of earth I know a peace that I can never seem to find with my feet on the ground.

    Mark Scott on the left.

    Live well and fly if you can.


  • Walt July 21, 2012, 16:14

    Now that’s what I call a Comment. Well done.
    You made me remember. At one point Mikey told me to look over my right shoulder. OMG!!! There was a pitot tube right fucking there!! Glenn had tucked up tight. I watch the T-Birds and think, “That’s not close”. They fly wing tip to wing tip. We had our wings overlapping.

  • Jerry Nichols July 21, 2012, 16:34

    And just to add to that Record I have assisted the crew chief, flown in this jet and flown this jet and dived on Adana Turkeys Airport and was told by the Pilot AKA Mr Howell the 3rd that he had it from there, not to mention went the speed of sound over the Med invaded Syrian airspace for about a minute and filled two goody bags upon my return to the pattern over Incerlik Air Base Turkey and Thanks Sue I would be your 3rd whip any time 😉 Remember the Campbell soup song?

    Jerry Nichols.

  • Sue Christian-Garza July 21, 2012, 16:43

    OMG Jerry, you totally crack me up! Nice job! I too enjoyed a ride in my own jet….. Max climb take off, 9+ G’s, supersonic over the Med, some crazy stunt flying in this awesome canyon, brief stay on the Syrian side and got to take over a little myself…. Although….no goodie bags were filled. The trick, was chew gum…. I carried gum with me and anytime someone was getting a ride, I gave them gum. lol Worked most of the time! If not, some rags and clearer were waiting for you when you got out. lol I highly enjoyed crew’n a two seater, once I had received my own ride, I was pumped for the folks that were getting theirs. Like living it over again to see people land and share in the excitement. And btw, thank you for the kudos Jerry, you rocked as a crew dog as well!
    Sue Christian.

  • Jeanette Lage July 21, 2012, 17:36

    Bud & I got our rides over Spanish skies while we were TDY in Zaragoza…That was freedom; the roar was indescribable, the force hitting my chest and squeezing my legs was terrific; and for the first time I got it. I got why our freedom was worth it, why we were doing what we were doing. I will never forget that feeling…

  • Alex@LateEnough July 26, 2012, 06:58

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  • Ken Rankin July 29, 2012, 16:52

    Very cool facts…thanks! I am personally in favor of the women’s diving to be done nude, but oddly enough I can’t seem to get more people behind that one…

  • Alex@LateEnough July 29, 2012, 16:57

    Now you can add that a woman beat a man’s split in swimming (400 IM). Whoa.

  • walt313 July 29, 2012, 18:46

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  • Ken Rankin August 3, 2012, 05:19

    I think they get one for winning the selection. I think they were so busy getting the place ready for the Olympics that they forgot to train teams, so we got lots of last minute people who were picked at random from a pub.

  • Walt August 3, 2012, 07:22

    So Gordon turns to Ben and says, “Gawdon Bennett! Rodney should be in da Olympics. OK? But he looks like a bit of a Naomi Cambell.”

  • Ken Rankin August 5, 2012, 17:46

    Abby definately got the Gold for comentary, but Walt was robbed. He nearly killed himself on the dismount and only had the small hop, so I don’t think his deduction should have dropped him to Bronze.

  • Alex@LateEnough August 9, 2012, 12:51

    That is not true about the first amendment. Freedom to practice religion is not about having a religious state. The Founding Fathers intended our government and nation to by secular and individuals to be able to practice their faith. It is very clear just not convenient to the more religiously conservative kinda like the 2nd amendment is not convenient to people who don’t understand guns

  • Walt August 10, 2012, 06:53

    Wow! Really? Remember the Pilgrims? Thanksgiving? All that? How about the Church of England? To be an English citizen, you were required to belong to the Church of England. Our Constitution separated Church and State allowing Americans to worship in anyway they saw fit. The Founding Fathers were far from secular invoking that individual freedoms were granted by God Himself. Not a King or government. Quote-“We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.”-Unquote.

    Granted there are many citizens who are unsure where their rights begin and end or what they really consist of. This confusion is on purpose with the intent of government to control the voting public. The representative republic put in place by our Founding Fathers will, if controlled by an informed voting public can and should keep an overreaching government in check. Today the educational system produces 18 year old voters who know neither know the system of government that they live under nor how they can control it. Ignorance breeds apathy which in turn produces inaction. Or worse yet, a public that cheerfully votes away their God Given Rights ceding to government any or all rights to choose anything. The Gun Control issue is a prime example. The anti-gun lobby presents such a overwhelming position of logic,kindness and safety that it is easy to say that guns are bad and need to be rested from the public hand. But the logic, is at it’s core flawed. In that the right to bear arms in inalienable and cannot be infringed upon in any manner so that the citizenry can if need be rise up in insurrection to over throw a government that has become tyrannical. The Founding Fathers knew exactly what that took (they had done just that by severing by force from the British Crown) and would always be necessary in order to insure personal freedoms. By experience they knew that the first steps governments take to control the populous is disarmament.This is why those who truly wish to govern from a position of unquestioned authority say that the Constitution is a “Living Document” to be changed at will to suit the aims of the government. Whereas the truth is just the opposite. The Founding document should be changed only to strengthen, protect and expand personal freedoms and there by insure that government never has the power to oppress.

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  • walt313 August 21, 2012, 09:01

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  • Joy August 21, 2012, 12:17

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  • spiritual August 23, 2012, 02:09

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  • Ken Rankin August 26, 2012, 15:09

    ROFLOL!!! I love this…very cool…

  • Alex@LateEnough September 4, 2012, 14:53

    I’m so glad we cleared all this up.

  • Walt September 4, 2012, 23:00

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  • Ken Rankin September 9, 2012, 09:31

    I still have my Zippo from my trip to nevernever land…I call it that because I never, NEVER want to go back…

  • Walt September 9, 2012, 09:47

    You Never talk cuz you Never remember, cuz you were Never there. Got my Zippo ripped off. Would love to have it back.

  • Ken Rankin September 10, 2012, 05:34

    I feel it important to point out that the Packers are content with being called “Cheeseheads” and don’t find this a bad term in the least. Said team also has no official cheerleaders, though for home games, I’m told they tend to use the college girls, when it isn’t too cold. This is in keeping with a long tradition of using college girls, and when it gets too cold, they simply are spending more time at the tailgate party…or perhaps they are the tailgate party. I also wish to point out that in his final moments, my father was laying on the couch, watching a Packer game when he simply fell asleep and never woke up. Not a bad way to go really…BTW, the Packers won that day…

  • Walt September 10, 2012, 08:44

    “Tail gate party”? That’s slang for a sexual position, right?

  • Alex@LateEnough September 10, 2012, 12:15

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  • Joy September 11, 2012, 18:51

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    “On the morning of Tuesday, September 11, 2001 we were about 5 hours out of Frankfurt, flying over the North Atlantic . All
    of a sudden the curtains parted and I was told to go to the cockpit, immediately, to see the captain. As soon as I got
    there I noticed that the crew had that “All Business” look on their faces. The captain handed me a printed message.

    It was from Delta’s main office in Atlanta and simply read, “All airways over the Continental United States are closed to commercial air traffic. Land ASAP at the nearest airport.

    Advise your destination.”

    “No one said a word about what this could mean. We knew it was a serious situation and we needed to find terra firma quickly. The captain determined that the nearest airport was 400 miles behind us in Gander , New Foundland.

    He requested approval for a route change from the Canadian traffic controller and approval was granted immediately- -no questions asked. We found out later, of course, why there was no hesitation in approving our request.

    “While the flight crew prepared the airplane for landing, another message arrived from Atlanta telling us about some
    terrorist activity in the New York area. A few minutes later word came in about the hijackings.

    “We decided to LIE to the passengers while we were still in the air. We told them the plane had a simple instrument
    problem and that we needed to land at the nearest airport in Gander , New Foundland to have it checked out.

    “We promised to give more information after landing in Gander . There was much grumbling among the passengers,
    but that’s nothing new! Forty minutes later, we landed in Gander . Local time at Gander was 12:30 PM! …. that’s

    11:00 AM EST.

    “There were already about 20 other airplanes on the ground from all over the world that had taken this detour on their
    way to the U. S. After we parked on the ramp, the captain made the following announcement: “Ladies and gentlemen, you must be wondering if all these airplanes around us have the same instrument problem as we have. The reality is that we are here for another reason.” Then he went on to explain the little bit we knew about the situation in the U. S. There were loud gasps and stares of disbelief. The captain informed passengers that Ground control in Gander told us to stay put.

    “The Canadian Government was in charge of our situation and no one was allowed to get off the aircraft. No one on
    the ground was allowed to come near any of the air crafts. Only airport police would come around periodically, look
    us over and go on to the next airplane. In the next hour or so more planes landed and Gander ended up with 53
    airplanes from all over the world, 27 of which were U. S. commercial jets.

    “Meanwhile, bits of news started to come in over the aircraft radio and for the first time we learned that airplanes were flown into the World Trade Center in New York and into the Pentagon in DC. People were trying to use their cell phones, but were unable to connect due to a different cell system in Canada . Some did get through, but were only able to get to the Canadian operator who would tell them that the lines to the U. S. were either blocked or jammed. te “Sometime in the evening the news filtered to us that the World Trade Center buildings had collapsed and that a fourth hijacking had resulted in a crash. By now the passengers were emotionally and physically exhausted, not to mention frightened, but everyone stayed amazingly calm. We had only to look out the window at the 52 other stranded aircraft to realize that we were not the only ones in this predicament.

    “We had been told earlier that they would be allowing people off the planes one plane at a time. At 6 PM, Gander airport told us that our turn to deplane would be 11 am the next morning. Passengers were not happy, but they simply resigned themselves to this news without much noise and started to prepare themselves to spend the night on the airplane.

    ” Gander had promised us medical attention, if needed, water, and lavatory servicing. And they were true to their word. Fortunately we had no medical situations to worry about. We did have a young lady who was 33 weeks into her pregnancy. We took REALLY good care of her. The night passed without incident despite the uncomfortable sleeping arrangements.

    “About 10:30 on the morning of the 12th a convoy of school buses showed up. We got off the plane and were taken to the terminal where we went through Immigration and Customs and then had to register with the Red Cross.

    “After that we (the crew) were separated from the passengers and were taken in vans to a small hotel. We had no idea
    where our passengers were going. We learned from the Red Cross that the town of Gander has a population of 10,400
    people and they had about 10,500 passengers to take care of from all the airplanes that were forced into Gander ! We
    were told to just relax at the hotel and we would be contacted when the U. S. airports opened again, but not to expect
    that call for a while.

    “We found out the total scope of the terror back home only after getting to our hotel and turning on the TV, 24 hours
    after it all started.

    “Meanwhile, we had lots of time on our hands and found that the people of Gander were extremely friendly. They started calling us the “plane people.” We enjoyed their hospitality, explored the town of Gander and ended up having a pretty good time.

    “Two days later, we got that call and were taken back to the Gander airport. Back on the plane, we were reunited with the passengers and found out what they had been doing for the past two days. What we found out was incredible.

    ” Gander and all the surrounding communities (within about a 75 Kilometer radius) had closed all high schools, meeting halls, lodges, and any other large gathering places. They converted all these facilities to mass lodging areas for all the stranded travelers. Some had cots set up, some had mats with sleeping bags and pillows set up.

    “ALL the high school students were required to volunteer their time to take care of the “guests.” Our 218 passengers ended up in a town called Lewisporte, about 45 kilometers from Gander where they were put up in a high school. If any women wanted to be in a women-only facility, that was arranged. Families were kept together. All the elderly passengers were taken to private homes.

    “Remember that young pregnant lady? She was put up in a private home right across the street from a 24-hour Urgent

    Care facility. There was a dentist on call and both male and female nurses remained with the crowd for the duration.

    “Phone calls and e-mails to the U. S. and around the world were available to everyone once a day. During the day, passengers were offered “Excursion” trips. Some people went on boat cruises of the lakes and harbors. Some went for hikes in the local forests. Local bakeries stayed open to make fresh bread for the guests. Food was prepared by all the residents and brought to the schools. People were driven to restaurants of their choice and offered wonderful meals. Everyone was given tokens for local laundry mats to wash their clothes, since luggage was still on the aircraft. In other words, every single need was met for those stranded travelers.

    “Passengers were crying while telling us these stories. Finally, when they were told that U. S. airports had reopened, they were delivered to the airport right on time and without a single passenger missing or late. The local Red Cross had all the information about the
    whereabouts of each and every passenger and knew which plane they needed to be on and when all the planes were leaving. They coordinated everything beautifully. It was absolutely incredible.

    “When passengers came on board, it was like they had been on a cruise. Everyone knew each other by name. They were swapping stories of their stay, impressing each other with who had the better time. Our flight back to Atlanta looked like a chartered party flight. The crew just stayed out of their way. It was mind-boggling. Passengers had totally bonded and were calling each other by their first names, exchanging phone numbers, addresses, and email addresses.

    “And then a very unusual thing happened. One of our passengers approached me and asked if he could make an announcement over the PA system. We never, ever allow that. But this time was different. I said “of course” and handed him the mike. He picked up the PA and reminded everyone about what they had just gone through in the last few days. He reminded them of the hospitality they had received at the hands of total strangers. He continued by saying that he would like to do something in return for the good folks of Lewisporte.

    “He said he was going to set up a Trust Fund under the name of DELTA 15 (our flight number). The purpose of the trust fund is to provide college scholarships for the high school students of Lewisporte. He asked for donations of any amount from his fellow travelers. When the paper with donations got back to us with the amounts, names, phone numbers and addresses, the total was for more than $14,000!

    “The gentleman, a MD from Virginia , promised to match the donations and to start the administrative work on the scholarship. He also said that he would forward this proposal to Delta Corporate and ask them to donate as well.

    As I write this account, the trust fund is at more than $1.5 million and has assisted 134 students in college education. “I just wanted to share this story because we need good stories right now. It gives me a little bit of hope to know that some people in a far away place were kind to some strangers who literally dropped in on them. It reminds me how much good there is in the world.”

    “In spite of all the rotten things we see going on in today’s world this story confirms that there are still a lot of good and Godly people in the world and when things get bad, they will come forward.

    “God Bless America … and the Canadians.”

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  • Ken Rankin September 12, 2012, 16:08

    I agree with one point you make…I would certainly vote for Hillary in 2016.

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  • Abby September 15, 2012, 06:37

    OMG!!! I SO want to go back, like, now. Tina and I had SUCH a blast when we went back in February. Glad you guys got to go!

  • Ken Rankin September 15, 2012, 11:12

    The wife and I got to see it about 2 years ago at the Fox Valley Performing Arts Center (PAC) and it was through work, so it was in style. This means we set it up making use of the “Founders Room” which is a private lounge area with a staffed bar. The snacks were things like rare tenderloin slices on fancy crackers or fresh tuna sushi and so on. We paid in advance to have our mix drinks fresh and waiting for us when we stopped back during intermission. It was nice having a private place to stash our coats as well. It was a totally awesome experience and we LOVED the show. I was prepared to be bored by a show I had never ehard of to that point and was simply going to endure it for the sake of the wife. I found the story very interesting and entertaining and the performance was a class act. I would now go to see it again if the wife wanted to go. In fairness, she went to see Stomp with me and had the same expectations with the same end result, so we are even. We are planning to go see Blue Man Group next month.

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    Eight years later and I had no idea that Rosie didn’t have any flowers. Love hearing it from your point of view. XOXO

  • Rick Brinkley September 25, 2012, 18:35

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  • Abby October 6, 2012, 07:07

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  • Ken Rankin November 14, 2012, 15:52

    Those who live in the nation of Facebook tend to have lost touch with the real world, so forgive them, as they are often clueless. It is only us old farts, who look on with the perspectives of having lived through and learned about such things that understand how the real world works. I fear the day that they are running the planet.

  • walt313 November 15, 2012, 05:26

    It’s a known trend that most folks start out liberal and as they age they become more and more conservative. But I think it goes beyond Facebook and American Idol. Secondary education is producing uninformed voters. Higher education is indoctrinating the national leadership with socialist ideals. The folks that were put down by “The Man” in the 60’s have run for office and become “The Man” now. Sorry Ken, “they” are running the planet now.

    America’s Greatest Generation made America a Superpower. The Baby Boomers that followed seem to be Hell Bent to destroy us. I don’t think forgiveness will a factor.

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  • Walt January 31, 2013, 04:18

    1st- Thanks for catching that typo. You have a great future teaching fifth grade. 2nd- Yes the incident happened in 2006 I referenced the day it was REPORTED. Google OPSEC. 3rd- New diesel/electrics are extremely quiet. Especially submerged. The tactic used by the Chinese has not been revealed. However it got there, PENETRATING a carrier group to a range of 5 nm is a serious failure on the part of the battle group. Of course they were detected when they surfaced. The sub crew waved at the Kitty Hawk for Christ sake. They were making a point. Please note that whenever a carrier group is at sea the defenses ARE “powered up and ready for battle”.

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    Oh dear. I’m having flash-forwards of her first tequila experience. Hopefully I’m there for that, and she likes it as much as I do. 🙂

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  • John Ingham May 27, 2013, 18:34

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    I agree. We should be color blind in such matters. I try my hardest to do so. People are selfish and compete on every front, but looking for yet another excuse to hate seems really stupid.

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    I bet Kelly knows quite a few of these thanks to the Lucky Puppy crew.

  • Lara Aytes July 16, 2013, 13:49

    You know, with the absolute stupidity going on, I’m at the point of saying that maybe it’s for the best if this country does kill off it’s entire population and we all starve to death. People going on yet more pointless race crap that doesn’t solve a goddamn thing and just do it because they like bemoaning injustices they wouldn’t lift a damn finger or give a brass cent to fix anyway because it makes them feel so bloody holier than thou. They sit on their whiney little asses while the government shoves cameras up our asses as if that’s justified to protect them from our political objections and could give a shit less till it’s their home forclosed on. They’re so brain dead from floride prozac they don’t even notice they’re dying from cancer from all the poisons we’re not even trying to fight injesting it. I doubt they’d be happy if it was made against the law to defend yourself against anyone not-white and that only whites can be arrested and go to jail and that you can’t hire more than 50% whites, and no more than 50% of college admissions can be white, and only half white votes can cout at elections, and whites can only be judges and juries for whites, and whites can only go to small sectioned off quarters of restaurants, and maybe white kids shouldn’t be allowed in public schools and there should be no white teachers, or maybe no white cops be allowed. I don’t think they would be happy even if you had total anti-white laws. “they” not being the blacks, they being those people who continue to over and over again find some stupid racial issue to yell and scream and sacrifice nothing about. They had the gaul to put a picture of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. in a hoodie. That man would have never worn a hoodie. He was always dressed like a respectable, well educated man. It was an insult to his memory. At this point even chanting “amish” over and over again doesn’t convince me that the human race should even be allowed to continue. I’d almost toss the death pebble into the cup. I’m racist alright, racist against humans. Ape brained little arrogant monsters worth less than pond scum can’t manage a day without killing each other and raping babies. I hate humans with a firey burning passion. Being one of them has not fixed this problem for me.
    At my core I struggle to find any redeeming qualities that would make them at all worthwhile as a species. This day is not a good day for me. This day I might even laugh and rejoice if something looking suspiciously like cthulu started eating New York. Amish are the only group of people offhand that I know are not out killing people somewhere in the world. That strikes me as a very sad fact. So I think I’m going to sit here and chant “amish” till the rage to burn every human being on the face of the planet subsides. Hopefully it will calm down to “if we kill off the bees we will die of our own ignorance and willingness to make the corporate bastards, who will live on after us, rich beyond the imaginings of Midas and deserve it”.

  • Lara Aytes July 16, 2013, 13:49

    You know, with the absolute stupidity going on, I’m at the point of saying that maybe it’s for the best if this country does kill off it’s entire population and we all starve to death. People going on yet more pointless race crap that doesn’t solve a goddamn thing and just do it because they like bemoaning injustices they wouldn’t lift a damn finger or give a brass cent to fix anyway because it makes them feel so bloody holier than thou. They sit on their whiney little asses while the government shoves cameras up our asses as if that’s justified to protect them from our political objections and could give a shit less till it’s their home forclosed on. They’re so brain dead from floride prozac they don’t even notice they’re dying from cancer from all the poisons we’re not even trying to fight injesting it. I doubt they’d be happy if it was made against the law to defend yourself against anyone not-white and that only whites can be arrested and go to jail and that you can’t hire more than 50% whites, and no more than 50% of college admissions can be white, and only half white votes can cout at elections, and whites can only be judges and juries for whites, and whites can only go to small sectioned off quarters of restaurants, and maybe white kids shouldn’t be allowed in public schools and there should be no white teachers, or maybe no white cops be allowed. I don’t think they would be happy even if you had total anti-white laws. “they” not being the blacks, they being those people who continue to over and over again find some stupid racial issue to yell and scream and sacrifice nothing about. They had the gaul to put a picture of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. in a hoodie. That man would have never worn a hoodie. He was always dressed like a respectable, well educated man. It was an insult to his memory. At this point even chanting “amish” over and over again doesn’t convince me that the human race should even be allowed to continue. I’d almost toss the death pebble into the cup. I’m racist alright, racist against humans. Ape brained little arrogant monsters worth less than pond scum can’t manage a day without killing each other and raping babies. I hate humans with a firey burning passion. Being one of them has not fixed this problem for me.
    At my core I struggle to find any redeeming qualities that would make them at all worthwhile as a species. This day is not a good day for me. This day I might even laugh and rejoice if something looking suspiciously like cthulu started eating New York. Amish are the only group of people offhand that I know are not out killing people somewhere in the world. That strikes me as a very sad fact. So I think I’m going to sit here and chant “amish” till the rage to burn every human being on the face of the planet subsides. Hopefully it will calm down to “if we kill off the bees we will die of our own ignorance and willingness to make the corporate bastards, who will live on after us, rich beyond the imaginings of Midas and deserve it”.

  • John Ingham July 16, 2013, 14:34

    Hey they have been bitching sense they were freed from slavery. What have they done besides bitch, moan and drag us down? Not all of the blacks mind you. It is past time we moved on.

  • Lara Aytes July 16, 2013, 14:35

    “they” i’m talking about is not the blacks, it’s the bleeding hearts

  • John Ingham July 16, 2013, 14:38

    How long do we have to listen to this garbage? CNN is the worst and needs to be boycotted if not charged with inciting the public. Piss poor reporting.

  • Lara Aytes July 16, 2013, 14:38

    It’s all over the news, as opposed to real news.

  • walt313 July 16, 2013, 23:08

    I think Lara wins the Gold for the longest comment ever. Well thought out. I find myself agreeing with a lot of it.

  • Abby July 19, 2013, 06:46

    Yay!! It was total sensory overload. I can’t even imagine the memories that we still have to make. (Also, it wasn’t Brian who captivated the Cap. It was moi. And he was delightful. Maybe even my favorite part about of first Con day.)

  • reuben July 20, 2013, 17:34

    Top article. I look forward for you to reading much more. Cheers

  • Abby July 24, 2013, 09:59

    Cool. Glad you got to see all the airplanes after all. Is that all the Chamberlains did on day 2 in San Diego?

  • Abby July 24, 2013, 10:00

    Shoot. We got Timmy and Brian backwards. Oh well. We were close. It’s still a great shot and will be going in a frame!!

  • Ken Rankin August 4, 2013, 07:02

    I love the “Pulling G’s just for fun” one…nice!

  • walt313 August 8, 2013, 05:41

    UPDATE: What other team has a serial killer on their roster? How cool is that???

  • John Ingham August 16, 2013, 07:41

    Nice video, however I do believe that the Blue Angels and the Thunderbirds hold tighter formations.

  • walt313 August 16, 2013, 12:01

    No, “Abby Gabs” is your brand. Maybe a separate blog. Then YES definitely.

  • Rika August 23, 2013, 04:59

    Fascinators can add elegance. I’m just not sure about the over the top ones. Ha..ha..

  • Joy August 30, 2013, 13:29

    Hmm. A long time in prison while the mandatory appeals take place followed by lethal enjection. Works for me.

  • walt313 August 31, 2013, 11:04

    Hey Barry! You’re fucking up. Better read this before you push the button.

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  • walt313 September 2, 2013, 04:11

    I usually delete spam. But you’re such a cute hooker and I really want to know your secret. How did you lose 24 pounds? BDSM? Betting on Arsenal?

  • Ken Rankin September 2, 2013, 13:01

    Good stuff!

  • Walt September 4, 2013, 13:10

    Here we go. Good Luck to all and thanks for signing up.

  • Walt September 7, 2013, 09:39

    Free NFL Ticket tomorrow 8 Sep. Watch the games for free.

  • Carolyn Norman September 11, 2013, 01:37


  • Abby Chamberlain September 11, 2013, 18:37

    12 years ago, you mean?

  • walt313 September 11, 2013, 23:09

    Yeah, thanks. Where’s your story?

  • walt313 September 19, 2013, 07:31

    The Queen Anne’s Revenge has been scuttled again. Ye won’t be eating there Matey. ARRRRRGGGHH!

  • Walt Chamberlain September 25, 2013, 11:13

    I will tell this story over and over so long as my lungs hold breath.

  • Virginia Carr Dildine September 25, 2013, 14:49

    Great story, Walt!

  • Rachel September 27, 2013, 18:26

    It won’t even let me type about:config (Comes back with page not found.)

  • walt313 September 27, 2013, 23:13

    WOW! You have bigger problems. First try to restore to a date before things got hinky and try about:config again. If the page is still not found you might try the Firefox “I’m Feeling Lucky Fixer”. I’m not making that up. It is a firefox add on that restores your version of firefox when things go to Hell.
    go here:
    Use the latest version you can find. Good Luck.

  • Joyce Miller September 28, 2013, 19:42

    sounds tasty

  • walt313 September 30, 2013, 06:21

    IT WAS!!!! 🙂

  • Kurt Atchison October 1, 2013, 09:49

    I was told that the wing lock mechanism was not even installed in that wing. The Plane was a “Hangar Queen”, the wing lock Mech was removed for NDI, the fact somehow got removed from the Aircraft forms. It was on the flying schedule as a back-up. The original plane ground-aborted, 269 was given a very cursory inspection by the flight crew, as they wanted to catch up with their flight. The crew chiefs responsible for the pre-flight screwed up. They spent some time working in the tool room after this.
    There was a TCTO to paint the indicators fluorescent orange, but it would NOT have prevented the crash, since the wing lock mechanism contained the “unlocked” pin.
    I’d worked “D” models at Kadena before PCS’ing to George. There was a warning light on the “blown wing” D, and raising/lowering the wing was done by flipping a switch in the wheel well. The “Slatted E” lacked the warning light and folding the wings was done by human muscle, not hydraulic power.. As I remember (and it’s been a long time) the warning light was on something called the “telelight panel.

  • walt313 October 2, 2013, 02:02

    Thanks for the comment Kurt. Yes it was the telelite panel. The C had hydraulics that folded the wings. There was a switch in the cockpit and one in the main wheel well. Lots of fun folding the wings on rookie engine run guys. “Hey? Why did you fold the wings? Unfold them will ya?.” FNG frantically looks for switch he didn’t throw. After a couple of seconds…unfold them and say something like “Thanks Buddy”.

  • Eldorado Canyon October 2, 2013, 06:07

    One of the very best mishap accounts I’ve heard/read. An unfortunate and preventable event. The chain of human errors driven by a common a cause can consistently be identified as primary or secondary factors that lead to or contribute to a mishap. As a Jet Mech / Maintainer I was also a Certified Mishap investigator at Holloman 1999-2011 on the F117, F22 and the 2 Drone bugs we had. Years earlier I’d been at Ramstein 84-86 F4G and George 87-92 and subsequently working for DynCorp and Lockheed as a Jet Mech /Crew Chief. By this time, the wing fold unlocked indicator was painted a bright red for improved visibility. The Phantoms I worked during my brief service break with those contractors were all manual fold wings…I remember this being a particularly stressed point for visual inspection regardless whether or not it had recently undergone sched insp…it was something we regularly glanced at anytime we were on the line on all the jets.

    Great story, thanks for posting this!

  • walt313 October 2, 2013, 07:15
  • Larry Sharp October 2, 2013, 07:35

    Yup right along beside you Walt Chamberlain.

  • walt313 October 2, 2013, 10:14

    The Kansas Honor Flight hit the barricades today, 80 strong. They were let in too.

  • walt313 October 3, 2013, 12:46

    People paid to protest Memorial Vets (Read More).

  • Joyce Miller October 4, 2013, 07:34

    It’s good to know that it was in no way connected to terrorism. Sarc

  • walt313 October 5, 2013, 08:58

    On Wednesday, a new wave of veterans from Ohio and Missouri were forced to move the “Barrycades”. They found that the Parks Department had wired them together.

    Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-TX) and his fellow Texan Congressmen brought wire cutters.
    “This is Chicago thuggery. The president is trying to inflict the most amount of pain and suffering. This is not some bureaucratic mistake. This is Chicago thuggery. You try to make people hurt so they don’t resist what you tell them to do in the future.”- Rep. Louie Gohmert

  • Walt Chamberlain October 5, 2013, 09:04

    Battle enters third day. Reinforcements arrive.

  • Joy Miller October 5, 2013, 10:35
  • Walt October 5, 2013, 13:58

    So the Vietnam vets are in on it too?

  • walt313 October 6, 2013, 08:15

    Nevada Honor Flight heads to Washington on Monday. Will be interesting to see what Harry “Pinkey” Reid does in response. I don’t think he’ll bring wire cutters.

  • Joyce Miller October 7, 2013, 06:17

    So where are the people in Nevada going to protest next Sunday? Is the Veterans Cementary in Boulder City open?

  • walt313 October 7, 2013, 18:23

    Nevada Honor Flight plans to visit memorial on Saturday.

  • Walt October 12, 2013, 03:39

    …and now..through the magic of Photoshop!

  • walt313 October 13, 2013, 15:43
  • Joyce Miller October 13, 2013, 15:53

    What do you get when you throw down a Reid Senate Challange coin?

  • Walt Chamberlain October 13, 2013, 15:55

    A doctor’s appointment.

  • walt313 October 14, 2013, 10:54


  • walt313 October 15, 2013, 07:20

    • Hi ho, hi ho,
    it’s off to first we go,
    then second then third then home again
    hi ho hi ho hi ho hi ho.
    (when walked, sung to the seven dwarfs

    Hit it hard, down the middle,
    make the pitcher bend a little,
    make her (clap, clap) eat some dirt.

  • walt313 October 15, 2013, 07:28

  • Mark October 18, 2013, 16:15

    i was walking to my barracks after getting off the flightline sweeper for a bit, lucky it wasnt worse.

  • Walt Chamberlain October 20, 2013, 10:29

    Come back for an important update some time later today.

  • Jamie Chamberlain Jamie Chamberlain October 22, 2013, 19:42

    This was my idea!!!!!!

  • Andy October 22, 2013, 19:45

    MY take on Frightdome night. Should have taken the chore of finding a parking place as a sign (problem, problem, problem…SOLUTION). After repeated loops of the parking lot it was Valet time. Entrance time expecting smooth sailing (the whole point of printing our own tickets and paying by plastic). Nothing like VIP booth personal looking at our tickets with an expression akin to putting a dictionary in front of a chimp. Total A-hole entrance floor manager steps in to put an end to the “problem” (our group). He’s already decided that we used a stolen credit card &/or purchased bogus tickets and “our fraud isn’t their problem”, his words. But Walt & I were the ones with the attitudes.
    A-hole: “We’ve already had fake tickets like these before!”
    Walt: “Those were purchased from your webpage.”
    A-hole: “When you purchased discount tickets from a 3rd party site those are fake tickets.”
    Me: “We paid full price & bought those from Frightdome.com”.
    A-hole: “Well when you use a 3rd party sight…”
    Me: (interrupting) Frightdome.com is 3rd party sight!”
    A-hole: (changing subject) demands Walt’s name then points out that’s not the name on the ticket, each ticket printed as a separate full page.
    Walt: “The website wanted a separate name for each ticket, try going down two pages.”
    A-hole: “Well YOUR NAME doesn’t match the credit card name”.
    Me: “It was my card”.
    A-hole: “But it was his e-mail”, pointing at Walt and with a “ya, right” tone.
    Me: “I have better credit, he has a working printer!”
    A-hole: “So you have the card with you?”
    Me: “No I don’t have the card with me!”
    Walt calling the reservation line and having the woman Walt dealt with the day before was met A-hole refusing to take the phone, instead asking we to follow he outside the entrance, as if we were being thrown out. Once outside he berates Walt that since we can’t prove to his satisfaction that the tickets aren’t bogus we can’t get in. Walt snaps and gets in A-hole’s face where upon A-hole gets all alpha male that Walt needs to step back. Recognizing A-hole was looking for some excuse to kick our group out (at least two suites were on their way by this point and bigshot alpha male A-hole wanted we gone rather than admit he was in the wrong) I also told Walt to step back. Every took a breathe but A-hole still insisted we had purchased fake tickets from a scam sight.
    Finally a reasonable employee pointed out a valid purchase would have resulted in an e-mail with confirmation code that Walt brought up in seconds on his phone (curiously A-hole never asked for this while demanding we prove we had valid tickets). A-hole took we back inside the entrance then stormed off without as a so much as a “sorry” or even “just doing my job”. That was the FIRST twenty minutes at the park.

  • Andy October 22, 2013, 19:46

    Part II: the death march.
    Finally heading in the park (see below for the quest getting in turned into), the only chore was two flights of stairs, stairs and my gimp foot don’t mix. Once inside took in the sights, When we could see more that two feet ahead, flashing lights + smoke machines. Had about an hr before the guided tour, then back down the stairs to were the tours kick off. Now back up the stairs with a guide who still pissed he never made the team for the Olympic 100yrd dash. Carrying a revving chainsaw the crowd part for he then slammed closed as he went past while the group got more and more strung out. The girls following a couple in front of they while I tried not to lose sight of the girls but not leave Walt behind, we turn a corner and our guide and everyone but the couple ahead of we has vanished. After a fruitless few mins hoping to spot the guide it was back down the stairs to complain (this was now the 4th time crossing those stairs, 3 of these in 45mins, I’m still feeling it) Fortunately we had been flagged as having been mistreated initially and quickly given their most experienced guide, just for we 4. Once back up the stairs AGAIN, 5th crossing 🙁 we finally had the night we’d been looking forward to for weeks. Aside from Walt getting lost about a half hour, I and the girls passing the time with the stage shows and people watching the impromptu dance club the open area in front of the stage had become, it was a great night. Except for the final time down those damn stairs!

  • Walt October 22, 2013, 21:15

    Captain Jeff Haney was one of the Air Force’s best pilots; so when he crashed his F-22 Raptor into the Alaskan countryside in November 2010 it was very difficult to believe he was at fault.

    He wasn’t. It was the oxygen system that starved Haney of oxygen in the moments before his death resulting in the crash.

  • walt313 October 23, 2013, 07:37
  • Walt Chamberlain October 25, 2013, 09:06

    Three years ago today and cancer free. Praise God from Whom all Blessing flow.

  • walt313 October 25, 2013, 09:19

    Three Year Update: Brian is still cancer free and going strong. On an ironic side note; Today is the first day I slept with my spanky new CPAP mask. It looks like Sleep Apnia won’t kill me off either.

    Gentlemen!! For Christ sake, go to the doctor and have that thing that’s been bugging you checked out. Do it for you wife, sweetheart, Lover or family. Do not let them look down at you in your casket and say “He was such a Manly Man”. Swallow your pride and go get that check up. Yeah, we know you feel fine. So what. There are plenty of things out there that will that will drop you where you stand.

    “He was so healthy just before he dropped dead.”

    Don’t make your family put that on your head stone.

  • Jamie Chamberlain Jamie Chamberlain October 27, 2013, 09:18

    I’m glad you all had a good time! I also had a good time staying home with Jackie. We enjoyed the quiet!

  • walt313 October 28, 2013, 09:14

    Who was your Grandpa?

  • Jamie Chamberlain Jamie Chamberlain October 28, 2013, 22:25

    That was a great day. I really enjoyed eating at Pink Kingdom Cafe at 155 S. Water St.,Suite 110, Henderson, N. If you are ever in Henderson, check this place out!

  • Jamie Chamberlain Jamie Chamberlain October 29, 2013, 00:23

    Still very funny!

  • Stacey Kimball October 30, 2013, 14:13

    Very Interesting.

  • Brian Aldridge October 30, 2013, 23:57

    Is this a Halloween version of Amy and Andy do Amsterdam?

  • Walt October 30, 2013, 23:57

    I think so.

  • Walt Chamberlain November 2, 2013, 03:29

    Timothy Chamberlain is 31 today.

  • The Lucky Puppy November 2, 2013, 10:07

    Updated post with PICTURES!!!

  • walt313 November 2, 2013, 10:27

    CianciaAuthorities have identified the suspected shooter as Paul Anthony Ciancia, 23, and they said he was shot and wounded by police in an exchange of gunfire at the airport’s busy Terminal 3.

    The slain TSA agent, identified as Gerardo Hernandez, 39, was the first from the agency to die in the line of duty.

  • Christina Wirt November 2, 2013, 11:14


  • walt313 November 2, 2013, 16:37

    The Los Angeles International Airport terminal was fully reopened early Saturday afternoon, officials said at a news conference.

    Airport police Chief Pat Gannon said the Los Angeles Police Department had committed additional resources to airport security and that visitors to LAX should expect to see an increased law enforcement presence for the foreseeable future.

    He said he learned in an FBI briefing that his officers were “60 seconds behind the suspect.”

  • walt313 November 8, 2013, 11:15

    While researching for this post I read “Iranian F-14 Tomcat Units in Combat” by Tom Cooper. He reports that in 1982 Iran conducted Operation “Self-sufficiency Jihad” and started producing replacement parts like tires and brakes. They also repaired the AWG-9 radar with solid state components and actually increased it’s power and range (and reduced it’s weight by 14 kg.).

    Dwindling stockpiles of AIM-54 rounds led them to mount MIM-23B Hawk surface to air missiles to the shoulder pylons. In testing (Project SKY HAWK) it was found that the launch parameters were very limited. Reports claim it was used in combat in 1986 against Iraq. Whether it was successful or not remains debatable.

    I highly recommend this book. It’s a fun read and underlines the differences between US Naval doctrine and how the F-14 was actually employed in combat. During the Iran/Iraq war of 1980 and the later “Tanker War” the Tomcat established air supremacy to such a degree that even Saudi Arabia ordered it’s air force to avoid areas where the Tomcat was just “Believed to be in the area.” The only combat losses were 4 downed by the over zealous Iranian SAM gunners on the Kharg Island oil platform.

  • walt313 November 9, 2013, 03:44
  • walt313 November 9, 2013, 05:11

    I read this book and now stand corrected. With Operation SELF SUFFICIENCY JIHAD, Iran has been successful in back engineering many F-14 systems. I still stand by my theory that the Tomcats are being tricked out with new French toys.


  • walt313 November 9, 2013, 05:23
  • Selenya The-Wanderer November 10, 2013, 10:19

    Yep – that IS the best duct tape story ever!

  • Selenya The-Wanderer November 10, 2013, 10:41

    I spent a lot of growing up years in that building (and in the one burnt down by arson). I was there for the dedication for that F-4 Phantom (pictured) and met Wally Schirra (the Astronaut). I had already met “Duke” Cunningham who flew that F-4 in Vietnam on the airshow circuit (he liked my sandwiches) when I was with the C.A.F.

  • Walt Chamberlain November 10, 2013, 12:05

    That is soooo cool.

  • Sue Christian-Garza November 11, 2013, 07:00

    Happy Veteran’s Day the finest “booger hookers” I’ve had the honor of working with!

  • walt313 November 12, 2013, 05:22

    Some one else has the same opinion as we do.


  • Jamie Chamberlain Jamie Chamberlain November 13, 2013, 06:53

    It was very good.

  • Sher November 15, 2013, 14:40

    Does anyone know where to get this patch?

  • Walt November 15, 2013, 22:26
  • Rich D November 21, 2013, 12:06

    Great story! I’d heard accounts of this same thing happening in Southeast Asia, but I never knew it happened at George. I worked in the 35th FMS Aero Repair Shop from ’73 to ’75 . . . and I had totally forgotten about the C model wingfolds being hydraulic and the E models being manual. Talk about a “blast from the past”!

  • Walt Chamberlain November 22, 2013, 01:33

    This was posted last year.

  • Walt Chamberlain November 22, 2013, 02:39

    Posted in 2010.

  • Ken Rankin November 24, 2013, 11:18

    First of all, I agree it is a hoax and in bad taste. Secondly, he does call bullshit himself on the logo thing at about 13:15. I think we simply have an elaborate video project here. I myself have made 3D rendering video and it is not a big thing to create the debris fields. Also, I want to point out they are NOT moving as they should, but as you might THINK they should if not taking physics into account. The force that made those parts move that far away that fast would be still making them move away at that speed. In what is still suppose to appear as a relative weightless moment and all pieces moving together, why are the pieces not still moving apart and expressing simple laws of entropy and inertia? You are seeing what Hollywood would show as a dramatic debris field. It is not realistic, but intended to show in a handy video frame the dramatic image of a destroyed craft. A real one would have very little of those parts still near as they would be scattered and still following the original trajectories from when they were separated in what ever accident or event removed them from the original structure. They would not move away and then follow at a handy distance for filming. Then there is the obvious question of where those images are coming from. If you wanted to go the other way with this, the images could have been taken from sooner than stated and eventually the debris would have moved out of range of the camera and fallen into the atmosphere. We are shown images, given sound bites and information as those in charge decide we should get it, almost always with certain delays to allow editing and censoring. We only have the publicly stated time table to place these events with and can’t take them as absolute if the event itself is under examination. I give the points though for making some of the other pieces of debris in enough detail that the slightly fuzzy images of it make it look good. The untrained observer would tend to be very impressed. The final giveaway is the name is gone. They clearly show the fuselage near the cockpit and every ship had the name clearly painted over the escape hatch and starting under the far left cockpit window. There is NOTHING there. Not that part of it is damaged, but there is no hint of any name at all there. There are dents and smudges, but where you can clearly see the black and white lines, the area where there should be a name is entirely blank…bullshit flag thrown.

  • Lula Churchill November 25, 2013, 08:00

    When are these idiots going to get a life. They always have to claim something stupid. Next they’ll probably say Elvis pulled the trigger. Grow up guys and get a life.

  • Lula Churchill November 26, 2013, 07:00

    The whole school was called to the cafeteria, and informed that our president had been killed and to go straight home.

  • walt313 November 26, 2013, 23:24

    Thanks for sharing.

  • Lula Churchill November 28, 2013, 06:58

    My nephew had just died, and the day before the funeral my nieces decided to try out a Ouija board out to talk to Big Mike. But all they heard was this horrible sound that just terrified them.

  • Lula Churchill November 30, 2013, 07:05

    I always wanted to see the parade in person. My mom and I never missed it growing up.

  • ED APPLEGATE November 30, 2013, 18:09


  • walt313 December 1, 2013, 06:41

    That is so cool. Did the pictures bring back some memories?

  • Lula Churchill December 2, 2013, 07:50

    Hey I’ve got an idea how about we cut off the food supply to the White House, and starve him and that monkey wife of his out. Then we poison the water supplies to all the Capital to get rid congress then maybe we can elect real people not puppets

  • Lula Churchill December 2, 2013, 07:54

    I’m with you I just want to see the planes.

  • walt313 December 2, 2013, 08:08

    I wonder if they’ll come into Maccarren?

  • walt313 December 2, 2013, 08:12

    Wow! How about we skip the poisoning part and elect new people to Congress and the White House?

  • Rob Buchanan December 2, 2013, 08:55

    Triple 7 baby…ONLY way to fly round the globe.

  • Lula Churchill December 3, 2013, 07:26

    Like none of the other presidents have been photoshopped. I don’t care he’s still a pig with a monkey wife.

  • Ken Rankin December 4, 2013, 15:32

    Awesome story!

  • Lula Churchill December 8, 2013, 07:31

    so cute I really Love the last one of the kitten sliding down the stair case.

  • Lula Churchill December 8, 2013, 14:29

    When I was in High School I had to call the cadence for our Girls ROTC group.
    Hated it cuz also was flag bearer.

  • Alex@LateEnough December 9, 2013, 12:52

    My mom always said, “Those who believe in Santa get more gifts,” which is probably why my sister never asked any questions at all. 😉 I like your list of Santa responsibilities.

  • ldenny December 9, 2013, 14:05

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  • Andrew Taylor December 27, 2013, 17:05

    Nice to see these scenes again. I was in San Diego for a trip to NAS Miramar in 1992, 1994 and 1996 but I only got chance to go this museum in 1992. I remember how cool it was to that Phantom up on that stand and how big it was. Although not a complete replica of Showtime 100, it is still pretty cool. Showtime 100 had a different number on the tail and on the nose but the one depicted at the museum has been painted in the same unit markings. I hope to go back to San Diego in the next few years. It is such a great place to get caught up in US Naval history.

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  • Karen Kueter January 25, 2014, 00:31

    I find these stories fascinating. I lived in Pioneer Trailer Court in the 60’s as a kid and was always up for ghost stories. We never saw any though. Thanks for these.

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    Well these stories are interesting but I live in the so called depot?? It used to be the the general store/gas station on the 95 hwy and was later moved to our property. I have worked at the casino for 6 years and never have I heard or seen anything you described about it? Also my partner was one of the first responders to the helicopter crash & said no one was out there with flashlights?? Some nice fairy tales.

  • Walt February 3, 2014, 09:19

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  • Iraqi air force FF February 6, 2014, 16:51

    By this allegations Tom Cooper make him self such a Jokey.
    1.About 7 September, 1980 escorted by MiG-25′s. while trading shots with the MiG-25′s ! (well the MIG-25 interned the service with Iraqi air force in 1981 form the first squadron to MIG-25RBs, the PD/PDS came later in the end of 1981 and importer specifically to protect the Iraqi nuclear reactor called project 777 but it came too late because Israel destroyed the site), and where was that five Iraqi attack helicopter Mil-25 ? how is that even possible who make air kill has unknown name!!
    2.About 13 September, 1980 the MIG-23MS belong to 93Sq and these aircraft was operated at Al-qadysia air base northwest Baghdad until 1990 with 35 aircraft ML and MS belong to air defence squadron so how did they meet each other !! the Iranian F-14 deployed near Tehran and south Iran to protect oil tanker.
    3.About 29 October, 1980- Operation SULTAN TEN (its good movie like Top Gun ?) but wait a second there is no four MiG-23′s and a pair of MiG-21 can take off such as (Immediate take-off to intercepted group of enemy aircraft) there is no air force can do that! in general one or two air craft in a patrol mission if they detected raider then they will receive permission to intercept them, if they fall after that the task assigned to the Air Defense such AAAs or SAMs, so excuse me what is that story from the WWII or what?!
    About 20 November, 1982 !! what is this? really you make me lough here..
    Totally fake story nothing happened like this at all.
    3.About 1 December 1982, first may i know what the Iraqi MIG-25 were doing over the sea while all Iraqi foxbat was unable to carry Exocet missile or any other anti ship! now do I need to explain to the rest of the story is fake?
    and the AWACS confirmed the hit as the Foxbat plummeted into the sea? where is that confirmed can we see that?
    4.About 26 February, 1984 So in your first false story the five MI-25 attack helicopter was escorted by MiG-25′s, bout now the strike formation of eight MiG-23′s no one escort them and the lonely F-14 faced all of them and shot one down! how about the seven rest no one tried or even prepare to attack? just wondering do you have a psychological problem with the individual figures? did you ask your self before crating this story how is that large formation of eight MiG-23 can flay to gather in one time? did you ask your self where they were the Iranian ground radars from spotting or detecting that large group of MIG’s?
    5. About 24 April, 1984 Just a statement to boost morale due to losses during the war, and Saudi Arabian didn’t warned its pilots not to enter areas where F-14′s were, Or how can you explain the continued defection of Iranian pilots and escape to neighboring countries including Iraqi including F-14 aircraft and pilot.
    6.About 26 July, 1986 supplied Super Etendards with Exocet Iranians promptly shot the first one down with an AIM-54, Lied openly and officially because Iraq borrowed five Super Etendard from France They left France to Iraq in October 1983 and were later sent back in August 1984 when the dedicated version Mirage F-1EQ for anti ship missions was in sufficient number, one of these Super Etendard lost in a training accident due to low altitude flown by Capt Kamal.The 5 aircrafts involved were Serial Nr 65 to 69 (no doubt).
    7.About 7 August, 1986 Super Etendards return with one being shot down and the Exocet it had fired by a lone F-14 (Again another Lied) there is NO Super Etendards in Iraqi air force until the August 1984 the 4th aircraft were sent back to France.
    Now we talking about shooting down the F-14 by MIG-21 SN 681, yes it happened that was undeniable air to air kill wasn’t engine problems.
    And the F-14A suffered severely by Iraqi Mirage F.1 and MIG’s during the war, more than 16 TomCat was shot down by air to air engagement, and the Iraqi Mirage F.1 SN 4014 was the Silent Sniper to Iranian F-14, which achieved 14 kills 8 of them F-14A.

  • Walt February 11, 2014, 19:27

    Excellent comment. Are you a flyer or a Fan?

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    Thank you for the opportunity to comment,


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  • Walt March 3, 2014, 21:37

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  • Walt March 3, 2014, 22:01

    Excellent. Thanks for the very good and detailed comment.

  • Walt March 8, 2014, 21:45

    The buried MiG-25 (serial number 25105) can now be seen in the restoration hangar at the National Museum of the United States Air Force in Dayton, Ohio, where it arrived in 2006. The fighter is earmarked for display although staff are reportedly searching for a set of wings. – See more at: http://www.urbanghostsmedia.com/2011/10/buried-mig-25-foxbat-jet-uncovered-in-iraqi-desert-preserved-us/#sthash.E8Z401hU.dpuf

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  • AMR March 27, 2014, 11:33

    “3.About 1 December 1982, first may i know what the Iraqi MIG-25 were doing over the sea while all Iraqi foxbat was unable to carry Exocet missile or any other anti ship! now do I need to explain to the rest of the story is fake?”
    What kind of reasoning is this?
    you say that mig 25’s never gone overseas because they have no proper missle and the hole story is fake?
    iraq used mig 25 for reconning purposes during the war because they were uncatchable at high speed.iraq used them to recon Islands and oil Rigs and oil platform in persian gulf (like khark island) so you cant say it’s impossible for them to go overseas.
    these are confirmmed stories and Iran’s air superiority during the war is undeniable.
    your comment seem to me as sarcasm than an argument.

  • Walt March 28, 2014, 19:42

    I apologize if anything I’ve said sounds sarcastic. This post seems to be passed around among the Shaw’s Pilots. I am honored to get replies. I know that Cooper has problems telling the history but he’s the only voice until someone else speaks out. In my humble opinion, the Tomcat is the world’s greatest fighter and the men flew in combat the best.

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  • Iraqi Air Force FF April 13, 2014, 18:06

    Since the Iraqi Mirage F-1 equipped with lateral Imaging and thermal survey pod then no needed to send the MIG-25 in recon mission over khark island, what is the point of sending an aircraft operating in central Iraq to imaging target located in the far south and latter images will analyzed in the central of Iraq again, and then send the results to air bases in the south!?!
    How long time it will take? While the Mirage F-1 based in the south as well in the middle of Iraqi air bases.

  • Iraqi air force FF April 13, 2014, 18:18

    Mr Walt,
    There is no abuse to the aircraft, but there are fictional stories published on Internet pages and through books by Tom Cooper, and through these comments only i would like to clarify the facts, if he was the only one talk about the F-14 performance or combat mission that doesn’t mean the only fact the he show it up..

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    My Friend. Can to tell a combat story that was not fictional?

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  • Agman June 27, 2014, 22:12

    I doubt you’re actually Iraqi. MiG-25s were in service with Iraq in 1980 according to multiple sources. In addition to some other glaring errors, most of what you wrote is pure guesswork. At least Cooper has primary sources in the form of actual Iranian pilots, some documents, and photos.

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  • walt313 July 2, 2014, 11:31

    I’m certainly not Iraqi, whom to you refer to? This post has become a forum of the history of the Tomcat in combat and any help dividing fact and fiction is appreciated.

  • Agman July 6, 2014, 20:42

    I’m referring to “Iraqi Air Force FF”. If I had to guess, he’s probably Russian or from a country that has a long history of operating Russian built aircraft.

  • walt313 July 8, 2014, 19:29

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  • Agman July 10, 2014, 13:39

    Right. Well, a longer history, namely the former Eastern Bloc countries. I am waiting for him to reply so I can quiz him on some stuff most Iraqis should know but you cant easily find on the Internet. (I spent plenty of time with Iraqi Army and Iraqi Border Police while deployed there.)

  • Walt July 10, 2014, 17:06

    What’s your background? Deployed? Are you US military?

  • Iraqi Air Force FF July 14, 2014, 08:13

    Agman, I am Iraqi and i was Mirage F-1 fighter pilot.
    No, the MiG-25s entered service early 1981 and the first type was arrived reccer MIG-25RBs later the PDs, and the Iraqi government led by Saddam believes that the Soviets were also involved by knowledge of Israel intent to attack Iraqi reactor for this reason delayed the delivery of the aircraft especially PDs type, and if you want valuable sources depend on back to the Israel air force plan of 7 Jun 1981 the MIG-25PDs wasn’t on Iraqi military aircraft list to the Israelis.
    Secondly, you have mentioned (other glaring errors) can you proof it as errors to the readers or show official document proof otherwise!
    And you have mentioned that (most of what i wrote is pure guesswork. At least Cooper has primary sources in the form of actual Iranian pilots, some documents, and photos)! well basically my wrote depends on my service at Iraqi air force and directly from the leaders of the former Iraqi air force and participants fighter pilots in the war, for that we just keep hearing about documents, and photos by Tom Cooper but no one see it so far (to my knowledge) where is that documents and photos can wee see it? isn’t prove inversion my words then show it up!

  • Iraqi Air Force FF July 14, 2014, 08:31

    Just forgot to ask you if you’re Tom Cooper using Agman, then feel free to show your self don’t be shy nothing here to worry about any more, every buddy knows that you have written biased to the Iranian side, some to cover Iranian air force failures during the war and some to frighten the United States or West or even Israeli pilots to launch attacks on Iranian reactor.
    By the way there is old friends very excited to meet you here and show more fact about you and where you were getting the information and how reshaping false stories, now you can guess people from iraqimilitary.org/
    How sad is that and looks nightmare..

  • Darillyn Lamb Starr July 18, 2014, 21:45

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  • javad September 1, 2014, 03:11

    Are you calling shahram Rostami the man who shot down the Foxbat a liar mr Iraqi pilot? He obviously has been in contact with Mr Cooper prior to this documentary. Rostamis military history is 1st class and he is not the type to lie.Even the Iraqis admit to losing at least 4 foxbats.

    Also Walt, calling the tomcat pilots like rostami a Shah’s pilot is not a insult. That is what a bunch of charlatans like Mazandarani who lied about being the 1st person to do a night air refuelling mission which in fact it was Hassan Afgantolouee(another pro shah pilot) or the 1st Phoenix kill which it was Major Attaei taking all these credits for himself.

    Mazandarani was a young second Lt at the time of the revolution and because of being loyal to the brutal mollahs, he was helping babaei kicking pilots out of the air force. He is disliked by many pilots in iran and out. He is a liar.

  • javad September 1, 2014, 03:16

    Mr Cooper does his best to put forward the information he has. Infact the Iranian regime and it’s loyal stooges have been for years trying to down play the role of the iriaf. Mehreganfar who had 5 kills is recorded as only 2 kills by the history section of the IRIAF because he wa a pro shah pilot. Farahavar is credited with no kill. Another pro shah pilot, Zanganeh with no kill. Then you have Adelis 3 kill which they refused to even mention. same for Hazin.

  • Agman September 5, 2014, 08:07

    Nope. I’m not Tom Cooper. I guess you might be right when MiG-25s were considered operationally ready in the Iraqi Air Force in 1980. I don’t have anything to reference that states otherwise. But, since I don’t have a reliable and accessible reference that states otherwise, that doesn’t mean deliveries of MiG-25s to Iraq weren’t made prior to 1981. Unless all Iraqi MiG-25 pilots and maintenance/support personnel completed all of their training in the Soviet Union prior to the aicraft being delivered to Iraq, personnel had to familiarize themselves with the aircraft in Iraq prior to the MiG-25 becoming operational in their aircraft fleet. And all because an Israeli report during that period doesn’t include MiG-25s as part of the Iraqi inventory, doesn’t mean Iraq did not pocess the MiG-25 at the time. Until somewhat recently, a lot people in the US didn’t even think Iran was capable of flying any F-14s without US technical support. That turned out to be way wrong.

    I guess I shouldn’t have automatically assumed you were not Iraqi. But, to me, it’s unlikely you are since Iranians still seems to be overly vengeful pricks when it comes bringing to “justice” Iraqis that might have been involved in the Iran-Iraq War in any way. Unless you’re in a really safe country, I wouldn’t think former Iraqi pilots would want to make themselves known to anyone, especially a very public internet forum.

    If you were a Mirage F-1 pilot during the 80s and/or 90s for the Iraqi Air Force, you’d probably know the name of the place your squadron was stationed, who your commanding officer was, roughly how many personnel were in your squadron, who the commanding general was for your wing/group (or whatever the Iraqi equivalent to a wing/group is), the name of your maintenance chief, the average operational readiness rate/surge rate for your squadron, which day of the week you and your buddies liked to go have fun and relax, and what you guys would do to have fun and relax. Questions that most people wouldn’t be able to find, but you’d easily be able to know if you are who you say you are.

  • Iraqi Air Force FF September 7, 2014, 15:24

    There is reliable reference but we mean to keep it hidden in this time, and the reason behind it there is no official reference represents the statements of the former Iraqi Air Force so far, such as official website or books in English language.
    Therefore, publication like this information and data randomly on public forums or websites probably will return to make damage to the former Iraqi air force reputation (in particular opportunistic people who seek behind any piece of real information may lead them to build a fake story is based on foundations of a genuine), in this case readers will have one reference only. For that the opportunists will take advantage opportunity to market their fabricated stories, such MiG-25 gunned down by an F-5 or H3 airstrike..etc
    Answer to the other part of the question, yes most Iraqi pilots mean no to talk on public or share any of their memories because Iranian intelligence and their militias inside Iraq still seeking them to avenge, therefore it is very rare to find an Iraqi pilot speak openly, to me I’m in safe country and using nick name so there is nothing to reveal my personality.
    However the oath that i made to fidelity to my job and reasons that i mentioned at the top are the same prevent me from talking specifically bout my squadron leader, personnel of my squadron, wing/group..etc this is beyond the impossible.
    But in general 79Sq Interceptor.

  • Iraqi Air Force FF September 7, 2014, 15:39

    Who by Iraqis admit that losing of at least 4 foxbats by AA?!
    Any Iraqi military statement or TV news are welcome if you may post it here please, Otherwise false allegations.

  • walt313 September 9, 2014, 21:53

    OPSEC/COMSEC by all means do not divulge sensitive information on this site. The identities of the US NAVY Tomcat crews that shot down the Libyan Sukois are still classified for this same reason.

  • Lula September 15, 2014, 11:09

    I see a mess hee hee.

  • Jamie Chamberlain Jamie Chamberlain September 24, 2014, 08:36

    The link for homosexual anonymous does not work! Please fix

  • walt313 September 24, 2014, 13:25

    I “straightened” that out. Thanks Babe.

  • Lula Churchill September 25, 2014, 07:17

    I’m not a vet. I am an American, and I want you to know he offends me very much. I didn’t vote for him, and won’t vote for anyone by their looks. I vote for their records and hope they live up my trust. I truly feel we need to get rid of this idiot and his monkey wife.

  • walt313 September 25, 2014, 08:01

    “Monkey wife”, really? That’s pretty harsh.

  • walt313 September 25, 2014, 19:00

    Abby and Brian go to a Wax Museum. See proof that the nuts don’t fall from the tree.

  • Joyce Miller via Facebook October 10, 2014, 09:21


  • Susie M Murrell via Facebook October 11, 2014, 07:01

    How sad this is. My brother in law didn’t look well in this photo. God rest his soul. He is with my sister now!

  • Carla A Murrell via Facebook October 11, 2014, 07:02

    Thanks Walt Chamberlain that was beautifully written

  • Susie M Murrell via Facebook October 11, 2014, 07:03

    This is the most beautiful article I have ever read

  • Susie M Murrell via Facebook October 11, 2014, 07:04

    Thank you Walt,no one has ever described Larry Brower to a T like you have. I must say, my make up was perfect for a Friday, but nothing has brought me to tears as quickly as this article. .Thank you so very much……

  • Sandy Murrell via Facebook October 11, 2014, 07:05

    Beautiful Walt. That was perfect.

  • Carla A Murrell via Facebook October 11, 2014, 07:06

    Yes it was

  • Brian K. Aldridge via Facebook October 13, 2014, 21:02

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  • Chris A. McGough via Facebook October 13, 2014, 21:26

    I remember that, it had Joan Collins.

  • walt313 October 13, 2014, 21:40


  • Chris A. McGough via Facebook October 13, 2014, 21:54

    Doh, got them confused.

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  • Walt October 19, 2014, 20:52

    After 22 years the VA has finally figured out that I’m 70% disabled. My disability compensation will be $1396 per month. Because of the Special Separation Bonus they paid me in 1992, I’ll will get my first VA check in November, 2016. I’ll probably be homeless or dead by then. I went to get my VA medical enrollment card and they said I couldn’t have one for a week because the lady updated my mailing address with the one they already had and it takes that long for the computer to update. Meanwhile I wonder how that spot on my left lung is doing.

  • walt313 October 24, 2014, 18:43

    Dear Alien Visitor,
    Usually, I don’t let SPAM survive on this site. However, I find your site link interesting and have decided to show mercy. At least it’s not selling Viagra.

  • Walt October 29, 2014, 19:51

    Aircrew was : Pilot: 1.Lt. H.S.Ruth
    GIB : Capt. G. McConneII

    I think, but would like that confirmed. I got these names of the draft on http://www.ejection-history.org.uk/.

  • Ken October 30, 2014, 19:32

    Very cool! The video stuff sometimes looks a bit questionable, but there is a long history of images that can’t be explained…sounds too. I have heard lots of tape recordings from cemeteries.

  • Walt October 30, 2014, 21:11
  • Stacey November 11, 2014, 20:04

    I got 2 flights. Both were in Incirlick. 1st one was when I was in Job Control and TDY with the 313th in 1987. I had originally been in the 313th BTW when it was “white” and during the transition to “orange” But being stationed at Hahn for 7 years you can be in a few different units. 🙂

    I worked on them I didn’t fly them,however I got to go up in the F-16 twice and you get to control a little bit on an incentive flight, but my pilot the 2nd time let me do a lot of controlling the stick. This photo is of my 2nd incentive flight. I did have my run license and got to run them and was able to light it up in the after burner, which is quite awesome feeling the power and a bit frightful at the same time.
    This was my second flight was in 1989 and I was in the 10th.

  • cheryl November 22, 2014, 13:27

    My Birthday is November 23 1968..was not born yet..

  • re November 25, 2014, 09:43

    cut the crab guys would you.

  • walt313 November 26, 2014, 16:49

    Dear re,
    We Americans say “Cut the crap”.

    Durka,Durka Asswipe,


  • Heredillsmith December 4, 2014, 11:34

    So duplicate it genius. Prove it can be done, show us your debris field skills.

  • Walt December 4, 2014, 13:08

    So I take it that you’re also raising the bullshit flag?

    Thanks for the Comment,


  • دانلود سریال December 8, 2014, 13:53

    thank you
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  • walt313 December 9, 2014, 09:59

    Is that you Harrison? You’re welcome Bro.

  • Curious December 15, 2014, 02:31

    “About 7 September, 1980 escorted by MiG-25′s. while trading shots with the MiG-25′s… ”

    The First F-14 kill on Sept. 1980 was a Mil Mi-25. The above text is a typo.

  • walt313 December 15, 2014, 22:02

    Dear Curious,
    We’re talking about the helicopter NATO designation Hind-E. Produced by the Mil Moscow Helicopter Plant, and designed by it’s founder Mikhail Leontyevich Mil. The designation Mil-25, Mi-25 or Mil Mi-25 are interchangeable. Bottom line was the helo was smoked.



  • Walt December 17, 2014, 07:34

    FBI Publishes Report Stating Nobody Died At Sandy Hook. Click the web site click for a VERY interesting article. Or Here:

  • Walt December 17, 2014, 07:35

    Watch this video…

  • Walt December 17, 2014, 21:31

    Got a call the other day from the NHL. They were “clearing cases” and wanted my ADDRESS to send me the $278.13 they owed me. I said, “No thank you, you’ve already sent us a check.” Hmmmm?

  • walt313 December 19, 2014, 19:05

    Lost our heath care today because we make a whopping $1900 a month. He we go again.

  • Walt December 22, 2014, 11:33

    You gotta right click and save it Sweetie.

  • Pauline January 17, 2015, 01:42

    Two things 1-, 1+ to balance.
    ‘the odds of shooting down an aircraft in flight are almost nil’ I think my RAF buddies might disagree and going to history, those involved in Battle of Britain would certainly take exception.
    Correct about the anti ballistic windows, But you also forgot to mention the internal steel shutters.
    Still, all in all good to know that it’s not just me that screams ‘wrong! at the screen. Defcon 4 made me laugh out loud in the cinema. It was almost like he was telling them all to calm down.
    Carry on the good work.

  • Miguel garcia February 1, 2015, 12:44

    According to my sources, the first MiG-25 first entered service in August 1981.

  • walt313 February 2, 2015, 09:07

    The Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-25 is a supersonic interceptor and reconnaissance aircraft that was among the fastest military aircraft to enter service. It was designed by the Soviet Union’s Mikoyan-Gurevich bureau. Wikipedia
    Weight: 44,090 lbs (20,000 kg)
    Wingspan: 46′ (14 m)
    Length: 65′ (20 m)
    Introduced: 1970
    Manufacturer: Mikoyan
    Engine type: Turbojet

    Nice Try,

  • Iraqi Air Force FF February 2, 2015, 17:23

    If Mr Tom Cooper did his best to put forward the information he has. That doesn’t mean he succeed showing the reality of that war and show to the people truthful information.
    How are we to believe Iranian air to air victory allegations which is more than 160 kills or maybe even more posted somewhere as Mr Tom Cooper published or acig.org, and Iraqi air force aircraft were attacking and hit every single target inside Iranian territory and sea! very long list of targets neutralized and terminated by Iraqi AF “documented with pictures and movies” No doubt, from the far west of Iran to the far north to the far south and you can take look at the map and see Republic of Iran how large is it compared to the size of Iraq, On the other hand there is only one video documenting the Iranian air assault inside Iraq during 8 years of war. In contrast, this small country “Iraq” defeated that giant “Iran” crouching on the east side, Otherwise, if Iran had won the war it would have reached Baghdad, which is just less than 150km/93mile away from the Iranian border while Iraqi army reach and hold places far than 200Km/124mile in Iranian depth including cities and air bases oil wells, While Iran was the only victory such Al Faw Peninsula far south-east of Iraq..

  • Rob Buchanan via Facebook February 15, 2015, 21:48

    Wouldn’t waste one red cent on this garbage

  • walt313 February 16, 2015, 00:20

    Read the books.

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    Gay Men Read 50 Shades of Grey

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  • Alec Joans Infowar February 17, 2015, 14:13
  • Walt February 18, 2015, 23:39

    Thanks Alec.

  • walt313 February 22, 2015, 07:09

    Here’s the info on the video Alec mentioned:
    “Uploaded on Feb 4, 2009

    A video I made to show how the Shuttle may look if it was destroyed in space. Filmed from the ISS or maybe another Shuttle. All made with real photo’s of the Shuttle then I used Photoshop to make it look damaged and in pieces. Then I put it in space using After Effects.”

    So it was a CGI project that some asshat then took and posted. Excuse me the dude that did the video straight up said it was fake. I don’t think he was involved with the asshat that posted what we’re talking about here.

  • Walt February 22, 2015, 17:49

    It would be great to get them on here to comment.

  • Walt February 24, 2015, 10:19


  • Joyce Miller via Facebook March 6, 2015, 17:06

    Good grief.

  • Joyce Miller via Facebook March 6, 2015, 19:21


  • Greg Kingsley via Facebook March 11, 2015, 01:06

    Got to do a little structure work on her when she had an engine fire several years ago.

  • walt313 March 12, 2015, 06:58


  • Rob Buchanan via Facebook March 14, 2015, 10:46

    People have WAY to much time on their hands

  • Jessica @PinkBookMe March 16, 2015, 04:37

    At least they let them work and make their daily bread.

  • The Lucky Puppy via Facebook March 17, 2015, 03:38

    Two Irishmen walking past a Police Station.

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  • The Lucky Puppy via Facebook March 17, 2015, 03:40

    Seven Englishman and an Irishman are in a rape line up….

    The victim walks in and Paddy steps forward and shouts, “That’s her, the miserable frigid fucker!”

  • The Lucky Puppy via Facebook March 17, 2015, 03:44

    Zoo keeper says to Paddy, “The gorilla is on heat and we need someone to have sex with it. Would you consider shagging it for 500 pounds?”. Paddy replies, “I will on 3 conditions:

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  • behnam March 30, 2015, 00:17

    hey iraqi pilot, you wanna say we didnt shut down your aircraft ever?? thats why every time an iraqi pilot saw an american F-14 in persian gulf war run out from dogfight?… by the way when you get latest french over some other western aircraft ,we couldnt even get spares of our own weapons. h3 airstrike was fabricated ???????? ..even your air force commander. mig 25 down by f-5 was lie? or even Operation Kaman 99 was lie?????? ok.. think like that…when iraqi jets flew to iran cities using u.s intelligence that which show them path they should go to and they just put their bombs on peoples home..do you know how many child you killed??once one your jets got downed and their pilots gets as prisoners they show what they did.they start crying and told they told us this is a military base.
    .i dont think you were a pilot but it not important how a country big is..in fact covering a bigger country is harder by radars and iran had so much blind point.for example bombing a country like israel is very harder than iran.because its little and their anti aircraft systems can easily cover the hole country.iraq was like this. when you get latest soviet anti aircraft system we dind have spares of our own hawk systems.

    who said all iraqi pilots scared to talk ,one your pilot عصام عبد الوهاب الزبیدی who made a book and tells his stories that how iranian shutdown iraqi jets… when you iraqis take prisoners from iran you kill the most of them,cuting their head,or even in your prisons you done most worse torture on them ,but when we get prisoners from you we treat them like brothers. that they where ready to fight against you even. before revolotion 1979 .on shah era saddam wanted to attack us but they put back their armor division after 24 hour from our border because of shah warn and then reached an agreement in algeria… when i read you comment i think that your are a saddam fan..you better read much more to find out what saddam did to his own people…
    an 80% disabled iran-iraq veteran.

  • walt313 March 30, 2015, 22:37

    Living in Nevada, I agree with you.

  • The Lucky Puppy via Facebook March 31, 2015, 12:41

    Another theory…

  • The Lucky Puppy via Facebook March 31, 2015, 12:51

    “I’ve gotta Cleanface in my pocket.”

    Cleanface was the codename Agosto gave Reid. At the time, Reid was chairman of the all powerful Nevada Gaming Commission.

    But there was other evidence that Reid favored the Mob while serving as chairman of the Nevada Gaming Commission. One of his first acts was to approve the sale of the Hacienda Hotel/Casino to an individual named Paul Lowden despite objections by the state’s Gaming Control Board having to do with “hidden associates” of Lowden’s. Lowden later gave $6,000 in campaign contributions to Reid. (54); (55)

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  • Rob Buchanan via Facebook April 1, 2015, 00:23

    Fuck yeah!

  • Rich Anderson, Major, USAF-Retired April 3, 2015, 05:55

    Mike Crandall was a WSO in the 480 TFS at Spangdahlem when I arrived in Jan 82. He was the Snacko (had to keep the fridge full in the break room). In addition to flying in the same squadron, he was also a family friend. He had a girlfriend at the time he wanted to marry but she was reluctant because she was afraid of the danger of his job (according to Mike). He was very upset about it. I am not sure if they ever married but I heard rumor that they did (I assume this is the same woman mentioned in these comments). He went off to UPT and got his F-16. Graduated top of his class. He was very dedicated and always pushed himself. The day of the mid-air, he was exhausted. He was flight lead and demonstrating a barrel roll reposition to Bob McCormick. Mike rolled up too close and his canopy impacted the bottom of McCormick’s aircraft. Mike was killed instantly. The report I read said that he never ejected and rode the aircraft in. The plane hit the ground at such a shallow angle that it stayed in tact. The Politzei found Mike still strapped in the aircraft. I knew Bob McCormick’s wife Johanna when I was an instructor at Mather AFB. She worked at the credit union. When Mike was still at the 480 TFS at Spangdahlen, he gave my wife one of his name tags before he left for UPT. She still has it. I didn’t know Bob, but MIke was an incredible guy. Did not have an enemy anywhere. Bob’s wife was really nice (we were friends).

  • Walt April 3, 2015, 11:13

    Thanks Rich,
    You’re description of the mishap makes sense. LtCol Huss told me that Mike had a good chute. That the canopy link failed and the seat went.


  • Walt April 4, 2015, 18:03

    You’re absolutely correct. Showtime 100 had Bureau Number 155800. The F-4J at the museum retains its original Bureau Number 157267, but is painted in the colors of VF-96 “Fighting Falcons”, CFW-9 aboard the U.S.S. Constellation (CVA64).

  • Michael Parr April 5, 2015, 01:02

    Not to mention, it is a F-4S, not a F-4J. The one on display has LE Slats. The F-4J did not have LE slats.

  • Walt April 5, 2015, 02:16

    Nice try. 157267 was a F-4J out of block F-4J-41-MC. The F-4S was an avionic upgrade to the J. Only the F-4E,F and G had LE slats. The F-4A,B and C were hard wings and everyone else had LE Flaps. 157267 on display has her LE flaps retracted. I find no record of 157267 being upgraded to the S, it might have well been and therefore would be technically a F-4S on display however when Cunningham and Driscoll flew it, it was most definitely a F-4J.

    F4-Js Cunningham and Driscoll

  • walt313 April 5, 2015, 02:28

    [Correction] My F-4C 63-0556 had LE flaps with Boundary Layer Control. How could I forget?

  • walt313 April 5, 2015, 02:35

    Air to Air victories scored in this very F-4J 157267 were as follows:
    09/01/72 NG112 Showtime VF-96 CVW-9 USS Constellation Lt Randy Cunningham and (JG) Willie Driscoll MiG-21 AIM-9
    08/05/72 NG112 Showtime VF-96 CVW-9 USS Constellation Lt Randy Cunningham Lt (JG) Willie Driscoll MiG-17 AIM-9

    So the display is authentically depicting 08/05/72.

  • walt313 April 5, 2015, 05:32

    Thanks Son.

  • Walt April 5, 2015, 09:45

    157267 converted to S model July 1980. WFU, to AMARC December 1984. To San Diego Museum September 1987

  • Walt April 8, 2015, 21:58

    Can I take a moment to share Pastafarianism with you?

  • Walt April 9, 2015, 17:19

    I just dawned on me. That F-117 at Holloman was mine in “Fight Club”. Collapsed NLG and slid UNDER the barrier cable.

  • Rob Buchanan via Facebook April 12, 2015, 12:36

    Keep calm, carry, buy more ammo.

  • Walt April 15, 2015, 14:34

    NEW THEORY: A drunken, bloody Larry Reid staggered into an A.A. meeting saying he beat his brother’s ass.

  • Ken Rankin April 19, 2015, 09:50

    LOL…funny shit!

  • Dana Pratt April 22, 2015, 03:53

    Michael was a frequent guest at our home when he was my brother Kellys’ roommate at the Academy. Our family loved him so much, my mom pretty much adopted him and soon he would just come to our house during breaks whether my brother was with him or not! He gave my Grandmother her first ride on a motorcycle. We didn’t find out about Mikes’ passing until my brother went back to the Academy. We were blessed to know him, and send prayers to his family. If I remember he had several younger siblings as well as his wife and child. God bless you Mike. You were deeply loved.

  • Gregory C. Lindsay April 22, 2015, 09:01

    I remember this……I was driving the weapons (Orange 4) truck

  • Walt May 1, 2015, 07:43

    Funny, I was thinking of you when I posted this.

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  • Thomas Gust Cappos Sr. May 18, 2015, 21:17

    FROM FACEBOOK- I was the the airman who was looking for his watch on the softball field. I had played softball the day before and lost it but came back the next day to look for it and looked up to see the pilots eject I also could see the wing was folded up. I then saw the plane veer off and head toward the base fuel tanks…

  • Ken Rankin May 25, 2015, 08:28

    Yep, I can agree with everything you have said here. I started at 7 years old, with a BB gun. It taught me about sighting, how to hold the weapon and not jerking the trigger. Whenever someone is going to fire a weapon for the first time, when the time comes, I place only one round in it. If the recoil is going to cause them to lose control of it, it will be an empty weapon they lose control of.

  • Larry Berger June 8, 2015, 13:16

    at George “85” to “88” crew chief/ EOR leadman

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  • walt313 June 12, 2015, 23:55

    Dear D,
    Stay with free as long as you can. It lets your skills develop without too much damage. Blog about what you know about. Always,always,always check your facts and reference or link to stuff that you use from others.

  • Wendy Sells June 18, 2015, 01:36

    I found in the history on Indian Bill that he was a piaute indian and was killed in that year on the Tombstone Epitaph that I was looking up some of the old history of people who passed away in that year. from Wendy Sells

  • walt313 June 21, 2015, 07:40

    Different Bill? Thanks for the comment.

  • Walt June 26, 2015, 19:02

    In circumstances I can’t go into to detail, I got to talk to Leon Panetta. Me being…well me, I asked him point blank if he gave the order to kill OBL. He winked and changed the subject.

  • Phil July 5, 2015, 17:25

    Is it possible to get in touch with Walt313 regarding the old LV&T RR Indian Springs depot photo and misc information. Thank you.

  • Walt July 8, 2015, 03:59

    Sure Phil,
    Click the handy dandy email link above and I’ll look for your email. You can also go to the “Find us on Facebook” link above and message us.


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  • Jeb Hoge July 15, 2015, 17:20

    *nods* Yes sir. #ibelieve

  • walt313 July 24, 2015, 14:12

    NTSB Identification: ERA15FA259B

    Michael Johnson, 68, and his son, Joseph Johnson, 30, died Tuesday in the midair collision over Berkeley County, according to Berkeley County Coroner Bill Salisbury.

    At 1100:26, the controller advised the F-16 pilot, “turn left heading 180 if you don’t have that traffic in sight.” The pilot responded by asking, “confirm 2 miles?” Eight seconds later, the controller stated, “if you don’t have that traffic in sight, turn left heading 180 immediately.” Over the next 18 seconds, the track of the F-16 began turning southerly.

    At 1100:49, the radar target of the F-16 was located 1/2 nautical mile northeast of the Cessna, at an indicated altitude of 1,500 feet, and was on an approximate track of 215 degrees. At that time, the Cessna reported an indicated altitude of 1,400 feet, and was established on an approximate track of 110 degrees.

    At 1100:52 the controller advised the F-16 pilot, “traffic passing below you 1,400 feet.” At 1100:54, the radar reported altitude of the F-16 remained at 1,500 feet and no valid altitude information was returned for the radar target associated with the Cessna.

    At 1101:19, the F-16 pilot transmitted a distress call, and no subsequent transmissions were received. Air traffic control radar continued to track the F-16 as it proceeded on a roughly southerly track, and after descending to an indicated altitude of 300 feet, radar contact was lost at 1103:17 in the vicinity of the F-16 crash site.

  • Aspen July 29, 2015, 07:17

    Sounds like the best interview ever!

  • Walt July 29, 2015, 07:39

    In the Black World a lot of times you’re being interviewed without knowing you’re being interviewed.

  • James July 31, 2015, 11:23

    Very good reply , so accurate details

  • Persian Pilot August 1, 2015, 20:40

    Dear Agman , I think every one shows own & by whatever thEY say . I can fight a Raptor pilot or any other hooye . but a wise reader will find out soon I’m only a chatterbox ! I don’t know which Iraqi pilot may write these hooye whereas he don’t know even difference from their aircraft short names and think the Mi-25 is same Mig-25 ! So the Fact is obvious. therefore his climbs has not any worth to respond.
    I notice you that Mig-25 delivered to Iraqi Air force in 1981 and not before it ! Even in that time any Iraqi pilot still had not been succeed to pass training period and at start the Soviet & East Germany pilots was fly for Iraqi Air Force . The First Mig-25 which engaged by an Iranian F-14 happened In 1982 . By and large in rare time these two fighter encountered to each other rather to encountering F-14 with Mirage F-1 or other type Migs or Sukhoi . It because some reasons. We must attention to Paul Iraqi Foxbats and their very limit missions. Off course It has great role in some reconnaissance missions but anymore and in other missions seems its role was more like an itinerant ….. There is so much secrets and topics in this war specially its Air war. You can ask me any thing . and I promise you that I say the truth if I know it. otherwise I only say that: I don’t know .
    and for the end I must say that Mr Tom Copper is not a good researcher . He is only a contractor in a market . Our Tomcat roles in the war was very bigger than whatever he has said but It’s not Important rather than his wrongs in technical part which its cause exactly is misknow about AWG-9 control fire system and other thing . Whenever he started for this book , one of my friends who is a retired IIAF pilot by name Maj Farhad Nassirkhani was helping him . every week many document pages were sent to him and he tried correct them with help from me and other pilot friends . But after short time we all found out that he is only a contractor not researcher …. Yours- Persian Pilot

  • db95834 August 2, 2015, 00:30

    1. Who took the photo’s?
    2. Ejecta do not travel in perfect parallel.
    3. Explosions bend things.
    4. The outline of the shuttle is superimposed – literally outlined.
    5. The debris would not end up any where near the landing site, if the craft broke up before the final “burn.” The Shuttle must alter course + decelerate, “burn.” Then I believe there is another “burn” to decelerate before entry, to reduce friction and heating. So the debris would be pointed in the wrong direction and remain in a decaying orbit.
    6. There is no Pop-corn. None of the surfaces are peeled outward, inward, or melted?
    7. Some of the lettering appears to span the voids in the hull.

    Brave Souls. Remember them, and
    forget this silliness.

  • Walt August 2, 2015, 10:21

    Thanks db, excellent comment.


  • Woody August 2, 2015, 10:46

    Hey raghead…what proof do you have. I wish those same pilots from Iran you brag about would try and fight against US pilots…I would love to see on the news of Iranian planes being shot from the skies….and it would be EASY for US pilots against you idiot muslim “pilots”….they would be target practice for US or even Israeli pilots…..I laugh at how good you think Iranian pilots are….they are terrible compared to US, Israeli and UK pilots…

  • walt313 August 2, 2015, 13:13

    What an informed, insightful post. The pilots commenting on this post are “Shah Pilots” who were kicked out of Iran and Iraqi Christians that fled Iraq. The Iranian Tomcat crews TAUGHT the U.S. Navy how to fly and fight the F-14 because the Navy was doing it wrong. The Iraqis who flew in the Iran/Iraq war fought bravely and professionally and did not flee combat to safety like in Desert Storm BTW. How many combat sorties have you put up?

    Gentlemen, he’s yours. ATTACK!

  • The Lucky Puppy via Facebook August 6, 2015, 08:14
  • DONNETTA August 6, 2015, 21:42

    Omg thats crazy but never the less thats the type of things kids do and it was nice of him to take up for his brother that was brotherly love

  • Walt August 7, 2015, 07:58


    Thanks for dropping by and leaving a comment. Do it again!!


  • Walt August 7, 2015, 08:05
  • DONNETTA August 10, 2015, 09:47

    Your welcome walt you was so funny at the medical center and made my wait time a pleasant and funny one i had to stop bye your website

  • DONNETTA August 10, 2015, 10:03

    All i can say is wow that was crazy you guys went through a lot but luckily in the end you guys had fun and it sounds like you had the best time every but it took so much to get the fun going omg the things you go through to enjoy yourself

  • Walt August 11, 2015, 23:55

    No thank you. you made the time fly.. I’m glad i could brighten your day.

  • Aspen August 12, 2015, 10:55


  • Walt August 12, 2015, 16:55

    Sleep well.

  • Walt Chamberlain via Facebook August 17, 2015, 15:19

    Larry Sharp Patrick Huey

  • Patrick Huey via Facebook August 17, 2015, 16:17

    Man, that was so much fun!!! I can’t thank you enough for posting these pictures

  • Larry Sharp via Facebook August 17, 2015, 16:35

    I still remember the unintelligible radio calls during the dog fights

  • Patrick Huey via Facebook August 17, 2015, 16:40

    Dog Flight? Who said dog fight? We didn’t do no stinking dog fights! We were just out for a lovely weekend flight.

  • Oscar Healy August 17, 2015, 16:44

    Took some liberties with the “Gun Pod Incident” story, didn’t we? It happened in Whiskey Arch 39 in 1975.
    They never parked A/C in that Arch again, and Damian was not involved. Oscar

  • The Lucky Puppy via Facebook August 17, 2015, 17:53

    No buffet, but I do remember a lovely picnic with sandwiches and Frisbee.

  • walt313 August 17, 2015, 17:54

    There are more if I can ever find them.

  • walt313 August 17, 2015, 18:06

    Didn’t know the year. “They” told this Green Bean it was Damian. Thanks!!

  • walt313 August 17, 2015, 21:23

    Who took pictures of me????

  • Jackie L August 19, 2015, 14:21

    Madeline is Emilie’s sister…. sisters often share dresses. The two girls with Obama are Emilie’s sisters, one of whom is wearing Emilie’s old dress. Not that odd. When my cousin died, his brother still wore his old clothes.

  • DeAnn August 26, 2015, 14:46

    Lots of great info here. I would like to be able to learn more about the communities of people who have them living on their property. With all the vocalizations I’ve been hearing lately I’m beginning to wonder if something is living out here close.

  • Walt August 26, 2015, 21:55

    Christopher Noel is a good place to start. He’s a habituator that writes about his and others experiences. Sasquatch Rising was the first book I read. Dr. Jeff Meldrum’s “Science Meets Sasquatch” made me a believer and Noel’s book took it to the next level. It has made me go back and watch episodes of “Finding Bigfoot” and noticing things that the Locals do to make the team look like fools. “What was that?” “Just a Coyote.” Really?

  • The Lucky Puppy via Facebook September 3, 2015, 23:56

    She deserves comments.

  • Jamey Elias September 4, 2015, 00:34

    In his book The Celtic Chronicles, he explains why he believes the chalice is the Holy Grail, from which Christ drank at the Last Supper. He says it was brought to England in AD60 by Joseph of Arimathea, and was engraved with the number 666 and other symbols by King Arthur in the fifth century.

  • walt313 September 5, 2015, 14:26

    A ,little off topic but that’s okay. I believe the Holy Grail was the Bloodline of Christ. But that’s for a “Completely Different” post. Back on topic (sort of) most people refer to Revelation 13:18 when interpreting “666”.
    New International Version
    “This calls for wisdom. Let the person who has insight calculate the number of the beast, for it is the number of a man. That number is 666.”


  • Bret Rice September 6, 2015, 19:10

    I worked on a F4E at Seymour Johnson AFB in the 80’s that had a tail number of 666 that pilots would refuse to fly.

  • David M Seib via Facebook September 6, 2015, 19:45

    You put it in perspective. So technically she’s not breaking any laws in Kentucky. Sounds like the Kentucky legislature needs to get cracking on some new amendments or laws too.

  • Walt September 7, 2015, 02:16

    And she was arrested for no reason which I think is really,really scary.

  • Jerry Nichols September 7, 2015, 15:45

    Thanks Sue 8) I meant to write 3rd wipe lol Mmm…mmmm Good.

  • jami September 7, 2015, 16:27

    You can pretty much be arrested for anything.

  • Walt September 7, 2015, 18:20

    In a fascist police state, yes. Which is the real scary part of this whole affair.

  • walt313 September 11, 2015, 04:43

    It has been a year and so far the VA has given me glasses, nicotine gum and drugs that tried to kill me. No Cat Scan for lung cancer yet. I asked my Doctor if my civilian records (with the cancer per-diagnosis) had been received. He told me he sees 2000 patients a month and to bring my records on my next visit. That was two months ago. He did ask for my fifth lung X-Ray but the X-Ray tech was on lunch and I had to take the car back so wife could go to work. I have since gotten that X-Ray and me and the Tech are on a first name basis. Good Guy.

  • Joyce Miller via Facebook September 11, 2015, 05:15

    Good job on your response.

  • Joy Miller September 11, 2015, 05:23

    Repost from Facebook:
    I have suddenly gotten a lot of friend requests lately. Mostly people that I don’t know with no friends in common and new facebook accounts but one sounded interesting. Immediate message asking if I was single. No. Then more questions about where do you live, etc. My respone was you don’t know me and haven’t even bothered to find out about me so bye bye. Unfriended. Unfollowed. Then I got a request from someone working for facebook. delete request. I guess I need to go clean out that file.

  • Walt September 14, 2015, 17:23

    NEW STUFF- Kim Davis was freed from “prison” and went on a Zealous rampage before the microphone. Mike Huckabee stood right next to her and cheered her on. He lost my vote. Contrary to many family and friends I do not belong to the Religious Right and Hate Zealots of every flavor. The religious aspect of this affair is Maskirovka for the underlying shannigans being pulled by the federal government. Our Rights and Freedoms are being stripped away like crabs boiling to death in a Leftist/Liberal Agenda Stew.

  • Chelsy Lazenby September 16, 2015, 15:12

    It is good but what ate the answers

  • Walt September 17, 2015, 18:23

    I dunno. The link worked for me. Try again.

  • Skyla September 21, 2015, 09:39

    Arrrgh! Well, where’s a Pirate to eat in Charleston now? We used to own that port and now it’s all land lubbers!

  • Walt September 22, 2015, 12:54

    Are you doing Clown pranks on YouTube? “DM Pranks”?

  • Ken Rankin September 24, 2015, 17:30

    Yep, we had been joking with each other about these and more for years. We finally put them down and shared them on the internet, passing the link around to friends. Remember that back then, there were no search engines really, you just had a web page and shared the location and so on. The one about the IFF not working in OFF mode, was mine and I tracked the pilot down on that one in Germany. I forget who the pilot was, but I asked him about it and he insisted that it was not functional in the “Official Mode” and it needed to be fixed. I said I was not familiar with that modification and asked how he engaged it. He slowly stated that you simply turn the switch to the position marked OFF, for OFFICIAL. I stared at him and said, “Now repeat that back to me again slowly, so we can be perfectly clear.” He got to the part where he said OFF and stopped. I could see the light come on behind his eyes and he then said, “There isn’t any Official Mode, is there…” I just smiled and shook my head slowly. He bought me a beer.

    I also got in trouble for the one that was “External fuel tanks require hanging” which I signed off “External tanks well hung.”

  • Walt September 24, 2015, 18:19

    Didn’t I chew you out for the “Well Hung” incident or was I just piling on?

  • Fay Dildine September 25, 2015, 16:11

    Always the story teller! Laughing my butt off!

  • Walt September 25, 2015, 17:16

    That’s what we do here. Thanks for the comment. Click our Home link and see if you like something else.


  • The Lucky Puppy via Facebook September 28, 2015, 20:35

    Comment on the blog.

  • Jamie Chamberlain Jamie September 29, 2015, 22:18

    Good job on making this available on our phones

  • walt313 October 5, 2015, 14:02

    More evidence….

    Sandy Hook Girl

  • Walt October 6, 2015, 18:59

    “Good morning, ma’am,” an Secret Service agent said, greeting Clinton as she walked by. “Fuck off,” Clinton replied.

    One agent recalled that when Clinton was running for U.S. Senate, they stopped at a 4-H club in New York. When Clinton saw where she was, the agent said she snapped. “What the fuck did we come here for? There’s no money here,” Clinton barked.


  • walt313 October 8, 2015, 16:20

    Okay Loyal Readers,
    A work around for this fiasco is to get the Open Hook Plug In. Open Hook allows you to insert boxes into your skin design and cheerfully put any code you want there. This is how my Halloween banner has magically appeared. Using this plug in is a work around and you need basic html coding skills. Good news is that if you screw up the code you can delete the box and try again.


  • walt313 October 11, 2015, 13:16

    NAS Keflavik- 01August 1978 F-4E 66-0304. 57 Fighter Interceptor Squadron (FIS). The crew were Capt. Gregory Harrison, pilot, and Capt. Dennis, WSO. The wings folded up smoothly and symmetrically just as they broke ground at approximately 170 knots. The wing fold locks were not in place. The jet had just come out of the paint barn, and they had painted over the locking pins. Aircraft was recovered safely after circling the field to reduce landing weight. A really FAST final at 230 knots plus!


  • Terry J Sapp October 21, 2015, 13:39

    I was a Crew Chief on F4G Phantom Advanced Wild Weasel at the time. I was one of maybe 9 women out of hundreds men in 35th Tactical Squadron. My room was on the top floor of the women’s dorm facing the area with enormous jet fuel storage tanks and just past that, the highway. I was going to be leaving George AFB soon & we were planning a party. A friend & I happen to be carrying in a case of beer each when we heard a familiar sound coming in loud & low. We threw the beer to the floor & raced to the window just in time to see it crash. The F4 was crashed nose down and flaming on. It was absolutely surreal. The thoughts went rapid fire through my mind…OMG, the pilots! I just knew they were dead. Crap! It could have hit the tanks, can you imagine? A little further & it would have crashed on the highway. Holy Crap, just a little closer & I would be dead! Then finally… holy shit, was that my plane? We ran outside a there was a full size van in a parking lot nearby with a back corner compressed a fraction of it’s size from an ejection seat hitting it. Word spread quickly that the pilots were okay. Amazingly, they had ejected sideways and survived. If the plane had rotated a little more, they would have ejected towards the ground. We had been taught that it’s very dangerous for pilots to eject under the best of conditions. The accident had been caused by negligence & poor design. The wings of the F4 were designed to fold up for maintenance and storage. When the wings were folded down, no one double checked to make sure the were locked. There was a pre-flight inspection by the crew chief. He (or she) missed it. The flight crew missed it. The indicator is just a small post sticking up and the color was worn on a lot of them. It was completely inadequate. Of course, when one wing wasn’t locked down, at take off, it folded. All of the lift was on the locked down wing, causing the roll. I can still picture that multi-million aircraft broken and burning and remember that if it hadn’t by chance crashed in that open area, things could have been much, much worse. I was wondering, if that jet had crashed into my dorm, would the AF tell my family my death was caused by “friendly fire”?

  • Walt October 22, 2015, 06:01

    Awesome comment. Thanks for sharing. Too bad no one got pictures.

  • walt313 October 23, 2015, 15:48

    Thanks for the comment and I apologize for being such a slacker in replying to your very nice comment.



  • Arthur Gardineer October 26, 2015, 19:08

    Underwood, Bush, Obama, & Clinton are all Hydra? FIGURES!

  • walt313 November 2, 2015, 05:16

    33 today and going strong.

  • Mike Holland November 6, 2015, 13:41

    Very nice work Walt. The Thunder Bird Looks like it is sitting on the ramp an Nellis.

  • walt313 November 6, 2015, 14:10

    Thanks, but not Nellis.

  • Walt November 13, 2015, 14:44

    Behold! Reno DAV called me back today and a nice fellow fixed most of my problems. Or at least started the ball rolling. Cross fingers. Check. Hold breath. Check. Why couldn’t Las Vegas DAV do this in person last year?

  • Wayne Champlin November 14, 2015, 11:52

    I hear a common thread, Ken. We made two attempts at 9 Gs and only made 8.5 each time. As he started to try a third time, I said no; 17 Gs in less than a minute was too much so we did our mach run about 200 feet, also, over the Med off the coast of Turkey and ruined some fishermen’s day. What a trip!

  • Walt November 16, 2015, 02:08

    Was that 8.5 in the front or back, because 8.5 in the back is more than enough.

  • Mike Wedderburn December 3, 2015, 21:51

    I was in my room in the transportation squadron’s barracks. (North side of the building.) I heard a “THUD” like I had never heard before. It shook the windows and door. All Hell broke loose seconds latter. Ran around to the South-West and saw the black, billowing smoke from the fuel tank area just East of the back gate.My first thought was that one of the fuel tanks had blown up. (A little further and they sure would have!) The van hit by the ejection seat was parked in the lot just North of our maintenance shop.

    Does anyone remember when the guy snapped (They said he had an unknown brain tumor.) and drove the fuel truck all over the base? He tore up all kinds of parked cars and stuff. They stopped him when he tried to get to the flight line. Crazy GAFB Times!

  • Walt December 3, 2015, 21:56

    I remember the fuel truck driver.

  • John Doyle December 31, 2015, 20:53

    Thanks for this. My Uncle Robert McPhail was in L Company 35th Reg. 25th Inf Div. He survived WWII then went on to fight in Korea.
    He died, still in service, in 1962. I am desperately trying to find out more about his experience. It took forever for the military to find his records. He was very highly decorated with a bronze star, 2 silver stars, and a distinguished service cross. They reinstated the presidential citations for my Mom before she died. I am sure many of these men here and Robert fought close by and knew each other. Those Fine Young Men! Thanks again!

  • John Doyle December 31, 2015, 21:05

    correction for typo: Robert was in L co, 35th reg, 24th inf div, right along side these men here you posted. ( typo stated 25th inf div.)

  • The Lucky Puppy via Facebook January 7, 2016, 22:51
  • Walt January 12, 2016, 23:30

    Clark Sykes Chamberlain has been adopted into our family. Love grows.

  • Ludell January 18, 2016, 22:58

    When working at Hickam AFB we had a static post. They would store items to be loaded on aircraft. We would tell the guard that the f18 pilot list his keys and you need to find them on the double. They would get frantic when they can’t find them.

  • Bruce Read January 19, 2016, 13:07

    In early ’80s we were doing a check on the air data and pito probe on an F16. While a buddy was sitting in the cockpit, moaning, we had a very nice looking young airman blow into the end of the probe. It took her a while to figure out what was going on…

  • Walt February 15, 2016, 10:23

    Last week, after having three other “meet and greets” with other Primary Care Physicians I finally met my PCP, Dr. Tom rocked. I suspect that’s it because he just came from private practice. I’m scheduled for a Cat scan and he gave me a handicapped placard after watching me try to pick up a pen on the floor. Still no movement on my “emergency” request for relief of my SSB payback. Originally submitted that in 2014. Will be homeless on 1 MAR 2016 if I do not raise $1000 with an income of $563 per month minus $110 for child support.

  • walt313 February 25, 2016, 03:14

    Thank you to all the Loyal Readers that helped us this month. Keep the donations rolling in, we have to make it to October.

  • Jerry Minkler February 29, 2016, 13:00

    I built a bomb in hs and it didn’t go over to well

  • Mark Travis February 29, 2016, 18:40

    Eldorado Canyon: Looks like you got to Holloman shortly after I left. Not sure if you were there when we lost 0793 at that Maryland airshow. I’d been on the wing a couple times when the S/M troop was putting the taper locks back in…..he’d finished the mishap side when I climbed up there. I was an MXS Pro Super. I’d PCS’ed to Mountain Home, but the SIB spoke with me by phone. Always hate to lose a jet, but was glad the ACES did its job in that one. I also sweated all night over a right MLG strut on 0806 prior to its deployment…..then it gets shot down…..Golden BB. I recall seeing video of the Serbs standing on the burning wreckage and I thought, “It’s the gift that keeps on giving.” I was thinking of the carbon fibers they were inhaling. I was also at Holloman for 801’s runway “incident.” And, sadly, there for 822 as well.

  • Mark Travis February 29, 2016, 18:42

    At Walt: I was the on duty MXS Pro Super when that happened. My AR guys rolled on it…..then, I hear over the radio one of their MSgt’s say, “She’s on her belly.”

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  • Bass, David M. March 2, 2016, 22:19

    Hey are you the Cappos I knew back then.. I knew Eugene Riddell, Mullins and the gang.. The Cappos I knew had a snake!

  • Rosie March 3, 2016, 17:23

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  • Walt March 5, 2016, 15:29

    Yeah, that’s him. When almost everyone had a snake in the dorm.

  • Walt March 5, 2016, 15:43

    I thought the same thing when I first watched them dancing.

  • Walt March 5, 2016, 15:44

    See what you missed..

  • walt313 March 8, 2016, 06:50

    I while back I wrote about my Dad and how the Greatest Generation was fading away. I now notice that Vietnam Veterans are also fading away. If you have a family member or know a Vet, reach out to them before it’s too late. Try to get them to talk. They won’t, but Love and Cherish them anyway.

  • walt313 March 8, 2016, 07:02

    Add Veteran’s Disability Payments to the list of money you lose.

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