I went to the beach for the very first time in my life, and it’s thanks to Helghasttactician. I was so excited. And although it was extremely windy (as you can hear in the audio) and frankly quite chilly, I still walked out into the water a bit, just to say I’ve done it.
Technically not the ocean, for it’s where the Potomac River meets the Chesapeake. (You’re looking at the Chesapeake in this video) God it was gusty, with constant winds of 20-25 knots, hence the distortion. It was also cold. I’m really glad I could show you the beach! Next time we’ll take you to a proper one!
So I took Deadly-As-Sin to the beach today. It was the first time she had ever seen saltwater before, and the look on her face despite the 30 mph wind and 47 degree temperature, was priceless.
Where I work…….!
Would you look at that, I see some VA-34 Blue Blasters aircraft there! My dad has a flightstick from one of the airframes. He was CO when they transitioned from the A-6E to the F/A-18C. I still remember that ceremony. Makes me sad to see such an awesome aircraft left to bleach in the sun.
The F-4 lumbering? Why don't you check the wartime air-to-air combat records of the F18/F16/F15/F14. Compare the 1 or 2 V1, V2, V3, V4 or more. Start with Vietnam. Try Israel in '69. Try the Yom Kippur war. How about Desert One and Desert Two? None of your other aircraft have faced such a wide array of enemies, nor intensive ground defenses for almost 35 years, from the vacuum tube to DRAM, from the MiG 15 to the MiG 29. Nice blog, but be a little more thoughtful with your adjectives. F4driver
I’m very well aware of the F-4s combat record.
If I wanted to post a massive wall of text about the combat record, I would have. But I’d still be sitting there typing up a research paper’s worth of information about it.
Truth is, I wasn’t aiming to post about it’s combat history. I was posting a photo of it. If the adjectives that I choose to use aren’t to your liking, well then I’m not sorry about it. Everyone has their own opinions about aircraft, not all of them conform to everyone.
Why did you hide behind the Anonymous option? If I am to know who is asking me the questions, don’t you think it would be a good idea to let me know who you are?
Took Deadly-As-Sin to the Air Museum
Introduced her to the world of military aviation, specifically naval aviation with the United States Navy. Took her to the NAS Patuxent River Naval Air Museum, giving her a rather unparalleled tour of the museum.
Took her to the flight line, showing her the various aircraft and helicopters that were on display. She had recorded me the entire time, and thought what the hell, I’ll go with it.
She’ll probably either upload them her or to Youtube (Or Both), so you can see me giving a rather brief history of each aircraft on the flightline. (I could have gone into far deeper detail, but I didn’t want to bore her to death out there.)
I won’t be uploading any photos or facts for the next ten days or so.
Deadly-As-Sin and I are going on vacation to Virginia and Maryland (Shout out to my followers there!). Introducing her to my parents, friends, and the area. She’s never been out of the Midwest, so we’re going to be doing a lot of touring, including going to Virginia Beach. Why there? Because she’s never been to a beach, nor has she seen a military aircraft. Those will change.
I will be back shortly!
Rocketing off into the night sky, a Swiss Air Force Hornet roars airborne with afterburners in full blower. The Swiss Air Force operates a handful of Hornets, using them as their air defense platforms. In October of 2008, the Swiss Air Force reached the 50,000 flight hour mark with their Hornets. (Photo)
Falcon in Navy colors! Well, to be more specific, the aggressors. Not very well known, but the USN uses the F-16 as an aggressor, due to it’s small airframe and high maneuverability to train new pilots in ACM (Air Combat Maneuvers). The N variant (A variant pictured) is a standard C/D Block 30 aircraft, with a strengthened wing and the ability to carry the Air Combat Maneuvering Instrumentation pod on the starboard wingtip. The airframe is strengthened, and has no capability to carry air to air weaponry. (Photo)
Talk about a view! Seen from an Aeroflot Il-96-300, it offers a fantastic view of the earth below. The Il-96 was designed/produced by Ilyushin, it is often compared to the A330 and MD-11. Not many airframes were produced, and Russia does not have a domestically produced long-range widebody airliner. (Photo)
The unmistakable silhouette of the E-3A Sentry. The E-3 Sentry is perhaps one of the better known Airborne Early Warning and Control (AEW&C), in service with various nations today. The Sentry was developed from the basic airframe of the already famous 707 airliner, an airframe that has proven to be vary useful. (Photo)