In Memory of CAPT Carroll “Lex” LeFon, and the Wonderful Community He Fostered

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.

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Experience & Treachery Beat Youth & Skill Every Time

From my Air Force Friend …

The setting was the O’Club at Kadena AFB… circa late 60’s or early 70’s.

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Cutaway Thursday: Boeing E/A-18G Growler

Boeing’s E/A-18 Growler is the latest in a long line of electronic attack aircraft, with the previous aircraft being Grumman’s venerable EA-6B Prowler. The resemblance to the F/A-18F Super Hornet is obvious as that’s where the Growler is derived. Notable differeneces include the (ugraded to ICAP III, I beleive) ALQ-99 Tactical Jamming System (TJS) that was inherited from the Prowler. In addition to TJS the Growler also lacks the gun no the nose. Unlike the Prowler however the Growler can carry the AIM-120 AMRAAM on the cheek pylons to add a measure of self defence.

Boeing EA-18G Growler cutaway small

Somewhere along the line, the Navy’s nomenclature for “electronic warfare” (EW) became “electronic attack.” My theory that is in the past 10 years we’ve seen a “blurring of the lines” between offensive EW and cyber warfare but that’s another discussion for another post.

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No Detail Is Too Small

For those of you on Netflix streaming….

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GI Joe Is Just A Toy, Right?

Quite a story on Marine Mitchell Paige, here.

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Earthquake in the Wine Country of California

Originally posted on Among The Joshua Trees:

At approximately 0320 Pacific Time, a 6.0 earthquake struck in the Wine Country of California. The epicenter was between Napa and Sonoma. Initial reports have three people seriously injured and heavy damage in Sonoma and Napa.

This is the largest quake in 25 years for this area. The last one was the Loma Prieta quake in 1989 that occurred during the world series.

napa quake 24 Aug 14

http://ktla.com/2014/08/24/bay-area-rocked-by-magnitude-6-0-earthquake/

Current coverage is on Fox News Channel.

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…you can’t just do that…

http://www.dump.com/trafficcontrol/

Been there, done that. A classic mishmash at JFK.

The airport diagram taxiways are labeled with letters, A for Alpha, you know the drill. Sometimes airplanes and controllers get out of phase.

The A340-600 in the conversation has a long body and wide wingspan, sometimes it can’t make turns and sometimes the taxiway is just too narrow to make 90 degree turns.

I can see the controller and his bottle of heartburn pills in the tower.

Evidently Jesus is the Captain in a JetBlue aircraft…

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You know you are getting older when…..

(my nomination follows)

You get among your junk mail a letter from a cemetery offering you:

1. Save 50%!

2. Perpetual Care Included

3. 0% APR

4. Just 5% Down

5. Completely own your space in just 12 months!

Offer Expires September 12, 2014

 

 

 

 

 

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