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  1. About the only current art I've seen are painted MFS on HGU-56/Ps...
  2. You mean stealing CADPAT from the Canadians?
  3. The only remaining example of the N-9M, of which Northrop only ever built four, has crashed in a prison yard in California. The plane was destroyed and the pilot, the sole occupant, did not survive... https://www.thedrive.com/the-war-zone/27594/rare-and-historic-northrop-flying-wing-crashes-into-prison-yard-in-california
  4. Seriously? That's what Big Air Force does!
  5. The Army's Combat Vehicle Crewman jumpsuit has a completely useless shitter flap...
  6. Today would have been Rich's 46th birthday. You are still badly missed, brother. Rest in peace!
  7. It's tough to take that source as being subjective when they use such phrases as "In the backdrop of the #MeToo movement" and "destroying evidence that could have potentially identified a suspect through DNA." Undergo polygraph tests? Holy fuck, we're not talking about who shot Kennedy here! And holy fuck #2, it's not like this happened to her... What a clusterfuck of biblical proportions!
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    Latest Movies

    Watching Free Solo a few weeks ago while TDY in Virginia. Was captivated by the story, and the documentary was brilliantly done; but I was also unnerved as well by some of the risks Honnold took. He is definitely wired differently from the rest of us, but you do have to admire his passion!
  9. Cole is on Doolittle's left in this picture...
  10. No, that was on 30 May 1995 when Major Donald Lowry of the 53FS/52FW, was killed when his F-15C (79‑0068) crashed immediately after taking off from Spangdahlem AB in Germany. Investigation showed that during routine maintenance, mechanics had crossed and mis-connected the control rods. Two mechanics were charged with negligent homicide. One took his own life during his military trial. After the amazing revelation that over-zealous prosecution had cost another life, the charges against the other mechanic were dropped (Source) Jackson's story goes like this... On March 9, 1987, Gene "Tornado" Jackson was taking off in F-15A, sn 77-075, when a rudder malfunction caused an uncommanded roll. It is believed one of the Aileron-Rudder Interconnect hydro-mechanical units failed. Reportedly he was told to eject on several occasions, but refused, stating the aircraft was too unstable and every time he released the controls, the aircraft started rolling towards base housing. He fought the aircraft until it was no longer a threat to anyone, but was unable to eject in time to save his own life. Twenty three years later the following was published in the Lufkin Daily News, on November 11, 2010; An unexpected letter reminded a former Lufkin man of the impact his brother's military death made more than 20 years ago. Refusing to eject out of a doomed fighter jet, Air Force Lt. Col. Gene Jackson protected the lives of others on the ground at the price of his own. When Jackie Jackson came home to see a letter addressed to his mother who died 12 years ago, he thought there must be some sort of mistake. It sat untouched for more than a month before Jackson and his father, Joe, of Lufkin, opened it. The letter sent by a man named James Maddox from Palmyra, N.Y., read: Jackie Jackson said he and his father were truly touched by the letter. While they have long since came to terms with Gene's death, they were touched someone would be thoughtful enough to thank the family of someone who gave everything. Gene left behind a wife and three small children... (Source)
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    WTF? (**NSFW**)

    Don't forget the 3-4 Pilatus PC-7s involved... I've loaded a larger version of the image for better detail.
  12. M2

    WTF? (**NSFW**)

    No, it's not photochopped, and it's no April Fool's joke either... https://theaviationist.com/2019/03/31/no-its-not-photoshop-this-incredible-photo-from-the-lima-19-airshow-is-real/
  13. M2

    Gun Talk

    Nice Arisaka Type 99! They are not overly uncommon or expensive (you can pick them up for between $300-500 depending on condition. Yours is probably in the $450-500 range), but given the history with your grandfather it's definitely something you want to cherish and pass on to your kids! As nunya said, where you're from doesn't matter as much as where you are. Your IP address shows you in Lexington, Kentucky which, if that is the case, you are golden as that state doesn't have any restrictive laws to owning that rifle. There is no registration or any other kind of nonsense to deal with. As such, display it and don't worry about it. But if by chance you do go back to Illinois or anywhere else, be sure to research the gun laws there. Wikipedia has a decent overview for each state, and links for more info. Try to stay in a free state if you can, while your military status may allow you to possess firearms in some of the more socialist states it will still be a giant pain in the ass (no STS, they will literally breechload you!). By the way, that rifle is considered a Curio or Relic (C&R), i.e. firearms classified by the ATF under 27 CFR §478.11 as special interest to collectors by reason of some quality other than is associated with firearms intended for sporting use or as offensive or defensive weapons; but that deals more with the ability to purchase, own and transfer them under a special license (known as an 03 FFL). Possession doesn't require an 03 FFL. To be exempt from being considered a firearm, it would have to have been produced in or before 1898 (or a replica of such firearms) which then makes it a technically an "antique." If you plan to shoot it (and you should!), and you don't know the last time it has been fired, it would be a good idea to get a gunsmith to check it over before doing so. It is probably safe, but it's always better to be sure. I've taken old Russian Mosin-Nagant bolt action rifles out and placed sandbags over them the first time I fired them, but I wouldn't recommend doing that! Cheers! M2
  14. Please don’t rush to judgment on the Mueller report, people! We need to wait and hear the opinions of Alyssa Milano and Robert De Niro before we can draw a final conclusion! 😂
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