Welcome. The idea was floated that a ‘talk amongst yourselves’ blog would be a good addition to for the Non-Facebook Crowd. Here it is.
Found this while surfing the net and watching Red Eye on the DVR after work. I tossed in a couple of pics to get you all interested. Neat Old Stuff.
Work and personal commitments kept me from posting last week so here’s one a day early:
The Aviationist has an interesting story on the Foxhound “intercepting” the Blackbird:
“The scheme for intercepting the SR-71 was computed down to the last second, and the MiGs had to launch exactly 16 minutes after the initial alert. (…) They alerted us for an intercept at 11.00. They sounded the alarm with a shrill bell and then confirmed it with a loudspeaker. The appearance of an SR-71 was always accompanied by nervousness. Everyone began to talk in frenzied voices, to scurry about, and react to the situation with excessive emotion.”
I’ve heard rumors of Foxhound intercepts of Blackbirds before and given the technology involved in the Foxhound’s Zaslon (it was the world’s first passive electronically scanned array installed on a fighter) I suppose it’s possible. At certain aspects the -71s RCS is large enough to get a decent return for a fire control solution.
Today I am at the VA, pick my number to away to be called for a blood test and to pass time, start a conversation with the fellow sitting next to me.
“When were you in?”
“Where were you stationed?”
10 miles away from me, at the same time I was there.
In regards to the Aviator Memorial out at NAS Lemoore. My daughter (The WSO) got this information from LCDR Eric “Dook” Kenny, Safety/Admin Officer for VFA-14 (TOPHATTERS) regarding the brick size. And believe me, we’re getting the big one, final tally on the donations was $1258.25. Nice work folks!
To answer your questions, I’ve attached a picture of the demo brick the brick company sent us. This is the standard “small” brick that you can get for $250 or $500. The “large” brick is twice the size. I don’t have the measurements in front of me, but I believe the small brick is 8″ by 4″ and the large brick is 8″ by 8″. The amount of characters and lines can be adjusted depending on what you exactly want it to say, but for a small brick with no logo, we are recommending no more than 3 lines and 20characters per line (we can adjust that on a case by case basis). The less lines/characters the bigger the font can be. If you go with a $500 brick with a logo, we are recommending squadron logo on one half and something simple on the other half “VFA-2 Bullets” for example. If you go with a large brick, again we can really do whatever you want but logo and text lay out looks really good here (we could also do just a large squadron logo). So as you can tell just like TOPGUN, the answer to your question is: it depends. We are flexible and willing to ensure the brick encompasses what you envision. Bottom line is this is being organized by aircrew for aircrew so I will ensure everyone’s bricks look awesome.
- LCDR Kenny VFA-14
I think that’s it. Again, thanks to all of you. Once the memorial goes up, the pictures will be posted here. If I have to fly out to Lemoore to take them myself. And fly the Rhino sim again. And maybe get Big Time to give me a ride in the real thing…
Hey, I can dream, right?