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Alpharatz

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Alpharatz last won the day on April 12 2010

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  1. ANG: Be Careful What You Ask For

    For what it's worth. The draft pulled a lot of people into the guard who never would have been exposed to any military. There were your regular guys but also professional sports figures, millionaires or the sons of other such heavy hitters politically. It wasn't unheard of for a boom operator to be "quite wealthy" and connected personally to Senators and Congressmen. The commanders grew up with those same politicos and knew them personally. USAF management types were quite respectful when they showed up, if they showed up. Now they tell me that the zoomies have taken over the commanders slots and are pretty much beholden to the real AF.....there is little interest from politicians unless it impacts local jobs. All of the well connected old timers are long gone and as I recall the USAF was gunning for them even then. And, at the time there were a lot of surplus airplanes to be spread around. Maybe not so many now and I kind of doubt that f-22's and f-35's are going to fit in to a lot of guard locales noise wise. As far as having a real job and rotating in and out of the sandbox for long stretches, good luck; very hard to accomplish except in some unusual positions. I could digress for a while on that one. They tell me that the fun has pretty much been kicked out of the guard... too bad.
  2. F-35 Lightning info

    Actually, the whole idea sort of frumps me out. But that's progress I guess. What this brave new world is going to do to morale I can only speculate. Meanwhile ..................................Don't bother me. I'm wandering across an approach corridor comm out................. ..................You know, that reminds me of nearly hitting a glider on approach to March field one fine smoggy evening........ ....The second funniest, goofiest story I was ever involved in. Probably still be in lock-up if a full col ...... ......hadn't been in the left seat......sorry, back to the F-35....................
  3. F-35 Lightning info

    The F-35 is going to need a backseater to be Mission Commander and manage those multiple drones you all are going to be launching "quite aways" from the battlespace. .........Enemy Seriously Counseled in Action.........
  4. Why Flight Surgeons Fly.

    I saw a left seater touch down nose gear first. No one caught fire. What's your point? ...Regarding "points" What is the point of nomex?............
  5. Why Flight Surgeons Fly.

    Not sure about now but at the time a lot of flight surgeons were 0-6 which rated the crew a staff car on TDY's. Also some horsepower in the event of everything from medical problems to irate locals. Oddly enough I was discussing just this subject w/ a flight surgeon this weekend who might make the jump to 0-6 but also goes from M.D. to paper pushing. Having some adult supervision is always good too. .............One saved me just the other day when I got some Viagra dust on my tie...............
  6. Liberty, Rights, and the Constitution 2

    The only reason some of these people are surviving is that they are being evacuated into a top of the line medical miracle which could EASILY be overwhelmed in the wrong set of circumstances. Do you really want to press to test in this situation? No one knows all of the answers to treating this disease. Think of it as getting too low on the glide-path of, of (your example here) .....Jeeze..it used to be that the doctors knew all about flying; now the flyers know all about doctoring.........
  7. Eagle Driver Proposes to Cardinals Cheerleader

    Haven't you heard that love is "ageless and evergreen"? Removed knife pocket? Why?
  8. Moody and the A-29

    I might have. Almost smushed a Hogasaurus on a runway one night. ...........................A Babeasaurus jumped in the SOF pickup and chased it off....................... As an aside...the OWC was essentially a SARC enforcers squad at one time.
  9. Oh, OK sorry...... you can keep the gloves and dickie.
  10. Equating military service with Heroism.

    Well, in sort of the "cooperate to graduate" theme........how about to defend the physical space of the good ol USA? If you won't even defend yourself I guess it would be easy enough to compel you. What would you do then?
  11. Yeah, I guess it is pretty hard to automate draging some mangled carcass to the morgue. Definitely have to toss the fireproof gloves and the squadron dickie. Since you referenced "God" , why don't you get down on your knees and give thanks that you weren't involved.
  12. I roach around on the internet checking out possible trade names, names of items etc. and it's getting pretty hard to find anything that hasn't been thought of already. How do you write a thesis on, for example, " The Civil War in Arkansas" that hasn't been beaten into submission already? Won't you just be re-arrainging words? And that's just in English.
  13. Don't get assigned to A-10's But if you do could you pleeze push it up a little? ..................................These 360's get old.........................
  14. What's wrong with the Air Force?

    I figured you could fit a biz jet out the front gate......but on the strip?
  15. Well, you got me there. Babysitting an airliner isn't the most exciting of jobs. However, I for one don't plan on hiring on to help manage and keep paying for the end game (at best) touched off by some long ago father son psychological SNIT aided and abetted by Rummie and Cheney. This is going to get really bad in my opinion. The British et. al. started this whole thing. We kept it going to support our thirst for petroleum. If the Europeans, Saudis, Turks and maybe even the Iranians can't or won't step up QUICKLY to put an end to this then good luck to them. I suggest that the Canadians, the USA, the Mexicans, the Central Americans, and Sud Americanos start doing some SERIOUS talking before it's too late. There is plenty of trade opportunity and POL supply from the Drake Passage to the Chukchi Sea to keep us all going. I hate to say it but the Israelis may have to go it alone on this one which will make it really really bad. Now this last reflection might be a little controversial. The only U.S. forces that should be threatening in this situation are in Maine and NoDak.
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