I was goofing off this past weekend and bingo, I came across this.
For old Seventh Fleet-West Pac guys this was sort of Heaven and a Bacchic type place! But as we used to say………………….”What happens in Westpac, stays in Westpac!”
Las Vegas owes the US Pacific Fleet royalties over that line!
And here it is! Out past the Air Station is Grande Island with the recreation area complete with a hotel, cottages, athletic facilities and a pretty decent beach! There are/were gun emplacements with rusty guns still there.
Yeah. This was our place over in West Pac. There are other stories to be told……………someday?
Some people continue to say I’m barking mad, stark raving bonkers, or just bat guano crazy due to my continued choices to work somewhat obscene amounts of overtime. I’ve gotten to the point where I really don’t think it matters how much overtime I work, I’m just going to keep on truckin’ and power through because I can make a ton of money and get some seriously sweet acquisitions for my little collection Actually, I’m probably going to add something tonight
Catch y’all later
Jeff should be seeing these on occasion at LAS.
The new Hawaiian A330s are showing up.
The best looking Airbus 330s I have seen. These are good looking airplanes. And Hawaiian Air goes to Las Vegas.
Keep your eyes peeled, Jeff!
So, I answered an email from a member of management a few days ago and said that yes, I was greedy/stupid/whacked-out enough to take on eight hours of overtime tonight. He called me tonight and asked if I would be interested in coming in for another eight hours tomorrow. I agreed. That’s sixteen hours of overtime this weekend and I think there was another eight last weekend, but to be honest I can’t really remember too well. In any case, it’s more money for me right ?
Wish me luck in my quest to retain what’s left of the shreds of my sanity and wish my co-workers luck in keeping me in check throughout the next week
Bonus – Here’s a poll of sorts for you to answer in the comments Am I nuts, stupid, greedy, or just a good, hard-working American Patriot for doing this?
Or wanna see an old seagoing airdale cry?
The link is to a photo of the Boneyard at Davis Monthan AFB.
A7s and A6s. Sad.
This was my backyard — snow and more snow in large, economy size flakes.
Folks, I haven’t forgotten you Life’s still been rather busy all around and work as well and posting has suffered more than I’d like. I have plenty of pictures to share and a new and a new addition to my AR-15 that’s more functional and money saving than cosmetic as well
This is just a first picture from the last week and I hope you like it Working on photography and going shooting with Oleg Volk was a great time as I’ve said before. Of all the pictures I took of him, I think this one has to be my favorite because he looks like a kid on Christmas morning Oleg said he’d always wanted to fire a PPSh-41 and Adam, owner of Infinite Arms was able to make that happen
That’s it for tonight, but I’ll be back soon
Taken on Saturday at the party.
She is my itty bitty!
If you are 36 or older, you might think this is truly the best!
When I was a kid, adults used to bore me to tears with their tedious
diatribes about how hard things were. When they were growing up; what with
walking twenty-five miles to school every morning… Uphill… Barefoot…
BOTH ways. yadda, yadda, yadda.
And I remember promising myself that when I grew up, there was no way in
hell I was going to lay a bunch of crap like that on my kids about how hard
I had it and how easy they’ve got it!
But now that I’m over the ripe old age of forty, I can’t help but look
around and notice the youth of today. You’ve got it so easy! I mean,
compared to my childhood, you live in a damn Utopia!
And I hate to say it, but you kids today, you don’t know how good you’ve
1) I mean, when I was a kid we didn’t have the Internet. If we wanted to
know something, we had to go to the damn library and look it up ourselves,
in the card catalog!!
2) There was no email!! We had to actually write somebody a letter – with
a pen! Then you had to walk all the way across the street and put it in the
mailbox, and it would take like a week to get there! Stamps were 10 cents!
3) Child Protective Services didn’t care if our parents beat us. As a
matter of fact, the parents of all my friends also had permission to kick
our ass! Nowhere was safe!
4) There were no MP3’s or Napsters or iTunes! If you wanted to steal
music, you had to hitchhike to the record store and shoplift it yourself!
5) Or you had to wait around all day to tape it off the radio, and the DJ
would usually talk over the beginning and @#*% it all up! There were no CD
players! We had tape decks in our car. We’d play our favorite tape and
“eject” it when finished, and then the tape would come undone rendering it
useless. Cause, hey, that’s how we rolled, Baby! Dig?
8-tracks ! Who recoginzes that one? ( I remember when cassettes were the new thing!)
6) We didn’t have fancy crap like Call Waiting! If you were on the phone
and somebody else called, they got a busy signal, that’s it!
7) There weren’t any freakin’ cell phones either. If you left the house,
you just didn’t make a damn call or receive one. You actually had to be out
of touch with your “friends.” OH, MY GOSH !!! Think of the horror… not
being in touch with someone 24/7!!!
And then there’s TEXTING. Yeah, right. Please! You kids have no idea how
annoying you are.
And we didn’t have fancy Caller ID either! When the phone rang, you had
no idea who it was! It could be your school, your parents, your boss, your
bookie, your drug dealer, the collection agent… you just didn’t know!!!
You had to pick it up and take your chances, mister!
9) We didn’t have any fancy PlayStation or Xbox video games with
high-resolution 3-D graphics! We had the Atari 2600! With games like
‘Space Invaders’ and ‘Asteroids’. Your screen guy was a little square!
You actually had to use your imagination!!! And there were no multiple
levels or screens, it was just one screen… Forever! And you could never
win. The game just kept getting harder and harder and faster and faster
until you died! Just like LIFE!
10) You had to use a little book called a TV Guide to find out what was on!
You were screwed when it came to channel surfing! You had to get off your
ass and walk over to the TV to change the channel!!! NO REMOTES!!! Oh, no,
what’s the world coming to?!?!
11) There was no Cartoon Network either! You could only get cartoons on
Saturday morning. Do you hear what I’m saying? We had to wait ALL WEEK for
cartoons, you spoiled little rat-bastards!
12) And we didn’t have microwaves. If we wanted to heat something up, we
had to use the stove! Imagine that!
13) And our parents told us to stay outside and play… all day long. Oh
no, no electronics to soothe and comfort. And if you came back inside…
you were doing chores!
And car seats – oh, please! Mom threw you in the back seat and you
hung on. If you were lucky, you got the “safety arm” across the chest at
the last moment if she had to stop suddenly, and if your head hit the
dashboard, well that was your fault for calling “shot gun” in the first
See! That’s exactly what I’m talking about! You kids today have got
it too easy. You’re spoiled rotten! You guys wouldn’t have lasted five
minutes back in 1970 or any time before!
The Over 40 Crowd
Since the Centennial of US Naval Aviation is in May. The Navy has been painting some aircraft in period colour schemes.
Here are a few for all to enjoy. And I know that Kath loves pretty airplanes!
Prowler and Growler. The Prowler is being replaced in Fleet Service by The Growler. It now takes a two seater to do what a four seater used to do. The Prowler is basically a forty year old ship.
The Hornet and Super Hornet. The C model is the current legacy Hornet. The Super Hornet is now the primary strike aircraft of the Fleet. Both of these aircraft pictured are assigned to VFA122 at NAS Lemoore CA. The middle shot is over the San Joaquin Valley in Central California. Home to your humble sea dog from 85 to 89.
These helos come in so many variants I can’t keep track. Alphabet soup similar to the Air Force and the F16! This one is really sharp.
Taking the wire!
From Training Air Wing Two at NAS Kingsville, Texas. The B on the tail. When I was in VT26 at Chase Field, Beeville, we had the C.
The T-6 is currently taking the place of the T-34C as the Primary Training Aircraft for the Navy, Marine Corps and Coast Guard. There is a new version coming out, The AT-6C. It has provisions to carry weapons. New close support aircraft for the inventory? Don’t know.
The T45A Goshawk replaced two aircraft, the Venerable T2C Buckeye and The Venerable TA4J Skyhawk in the process of making Naval Aviators.
The T44A is the trainer for multi engine transport and maritime patrol aircraft pilots.
These are courtesy the Centennial of Naval Aviation Facebook page. Too Good To Pass Up!
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