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Odd Facts that Happen to be True

There are a Bazillion odd fact pages on the Internets. Duck quacks don’t echo and cat piss glows in the dark. Yeah, yeah, but we have Hitler’s home phone number.

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HAHN JET CRASHES ON LANDING

01 DEC 1982, Hahn AB, West Germany- F-16A 80-0564, Call Sign “Curl 8” of the 313th FTS, 50th Tactical Fighter Wing crashed on landing at Hahn Airbase. The pilot, First Lieutenant Rick French, ejected safely.

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Ever wonder where your jet wound up? Put in storage at AMARC or maybe flown as a drone and then blew away by some F-22 jock. The lucky ones get put in museums or on a stick or maybe they’re a Gate Guard.

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The Crash of 311

23 SEP 2000-First Lieutenant Doyle Pompa ejected safely at 7:45 hours. The location was fourteen miles southwest of Sells, Arizona on the Barry M. Goldwater range.

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WHISKEY FLIGHT

I was a Flight Chief as a Staff Sergeant in the Air Force.
It was 1983 at Laughlin AFB, Texas. I was working in Whiskey Flight in the T-38 Branch when Chief Melton called me to his office. When I got there, my neighbor and friend Alan Jones was already there. The Chief got right down to business.

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The Death of Loretta Fuddy

On December 11, 2013, about 1522 Hawaiian standard time, a Cessna 208B, N687MA, operated by Makani Kai Air ditched into the ocean near Kalaupapa, Hawaii. The flight departed from the Kalaupapa Airport on the island of Molokai bound for the Honolulu International Airport on the island of Oahu. There were eight passengers aboard. Loretta Fuddy was the only fatality in a very survivable crash.

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I met Pat in 1977 when we were both stationed at George AFB. We became friends and then he became my flight instructor. he was one hell of a pilot.

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Alaska Airlines Flight 261

N963AS

On January 31, 2000, about 1621 Pacific standard time, Alaska Airlines, Inc., Flight 261, a McDonnell Douglas MD-83, N963AS, crashed into the Pacific Ocean about 2.7 miles north of Anacapa Island, California. The 2 pilots, 3 cabin crewmembers, and 83 passengers on board were killed, and the airplane was destroyed by impact forces. Flight 261 [...]

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Parachutes for Planes

What a GREAT IDEA! I had the opportunity to meet Boris Popov, founder of the BRS company that created the Ballistic Recovery System.  I refueled his airplane and asked about the parachute in the back window.  Like a proud father, he told me exactly how the system works.  Much to the consternation of the Air [...]

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The New Puppy Coin

A place we can discuss this project off of Facebook.  Areas in Black will be Antique Brass. If you have graphics, join the team and upload them on the GoFundMe page above. The initial run will 25 coins.  Coins, not people, so toss in $20 per coin if you want one.  The first run [...]

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