Monthly Archives: April 2018

A Bit of a Crack

Posted by Lex, on October 15, 2010

With classic British understatement, a UK helivac pilot informs his passengers that, well: He’s been shot in the head.

Not to worry.

 

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Obsession

Posted by Lex, on October 17, 2010

 

A sculptor in the UK spent 17 years and 5,000 hours carving out a replica of HMS Victory – Lord Nelson’s flagship at Trafalgar – out of a block of lower deck wood from the original ship.

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Beauty bordering on madness.

 

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A Matter of Taste

Posted by Lex, on October 17, 2010

 

Courtesy of occasional reader Phil from Downunda – who tends to keep us honest when we veer too far out of the naval aviation fairway – a Centennial Hornet in Navy Working Uniform colors.

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No matter how you come down on the article of NWU, you have to admit to the artistry of it.

For my own part, I rather prefer the retro paint scheme on this T-45.*

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Update: Once again, the for-profit world demonstrates that when it comes to innovation, ** they beat the government every time. Rock on, Fedex!

 

* 04-27-18 The link Lex provided was dead, and no replacement could be found. So I Googled “Nice T-45 paint job and came with this. Can’t make any guarantees that this is what Lex meant 😉 – Ed.

** 04-27-18 This is the link Lex provided – it is still on the web so for speed’s sake took it away from the Wayback Machine link. Both versions do not have the Fed Ex plane so the author must have deleted that before the Wayback Machine captured it. But they are still worth seeing. -Ed

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A real treat

By Lex, on June 9, 2008

 

As I hinted earlier, Tailspin Tom offered your correspondent the right seat of a C-45H from Palomar all the way up to French Valley, near Riverside. Hating to let a good man down, I reluctantly said, “Sure!”

An uneventful toodle up the 5, and and eager transit back towards the private hangars until, there she is. The first thing that strikes you is what a beautifully maintained machine the Beech Belle is. And then your eyes are inevitably drawn to those two, big Pratt and Whitney R-985s, each of them holding 450 trembling horses in check. These were built when Wildcats and Hellcats ruled the skies. It can make a man ret pondersome.

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Military Training

Posted by Lex, on October 18, 2010

 

A Bundeswehr trained general aviator giving sightseeing rides over Munich was given a rude shock t’other day:

A 26-year-old man attempted to crash a sightseeing plane above Munich by attacking the pilot, but jumped to his death instead after he found he was no match for the Bundeswehr-trained aviator, Bavarian police reported.

The young man had rented the single-motor Cessna and hired the pilot in Augsburg for an air tour around the Bavarian capital on Saturday.

When the plane reached an altitude of some 500 metres above the town of Bergkirchen, the 26-year-old attacked the pilot with a knife. But the pilot managed to fight him off and the man then opted to jump out of the plane, police reported.

The pilot sustained knife wounds to his face and hands, but managed to land the plane back in Augsburg and alert police of the attack.

According to police, the 42-year-old pilot was trained by the Bundeswehr and had flown in the military.

“That certainly helped him in the situation,” a police spokesperson said on Sunday.

Well, I don’t suppose it could have hurt him, but if there was training on fighting off a knife wielding crewman in the naval aviation syllabus, I must have slept through it.

 

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Agreeing With Jocyelyn Elders

Posted by Lex, on October 18, 2010

 

I’ve never smoked pot. Never wanted to. Probably never will. But strangely – for me – I find myself in agreement with Bill Clinton’s otherwise kooktacular Surgeon General, Jocyelyn Elders:

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Slick

 

Posted by Lex, on October 19, 2010

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Contractors

Posted by Lex, on May 27, 2008

 

The private security company Blackwater has been attempting to build a west coast presence here in San Diego for quite some time now. A 2006 attempt to build a rifle range, tactical driving course and helipad in the rural, east county township of Potrero received stiff opposition from locals who objected to the prospect of traffic and noise pollution more than their planning board favored the economic stimulus that the project might bring to the economically disadvantaged area. That board was recalled and Blackwater – faced with increasingly agitated opposition across the county – quietly canceled their plans.

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Friends Like These

Posted by Lex, on October 20, 2010

 

Cultural equivalency check: Saud Abdulaziz bin Nasser al Saud (who, if you can’t tease it out, is a royal member of the House of Saud) has been convicted in the UK for the murder of his manservant. His sentence will be “life” in prison, which means he’ll probably have to serve at least 20 years.

His royal status was not sufficient to protect him from justice in Britain, although had the crime been committed in Saudi, he’d have probably have gotten off on that charge.

They’d have executed him for being gay, though.

Once released he’ll likely be offered asylum in Britain.

 

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She prefers the weather

Posted by Lex, on May 28, 2008

 

Ecce, the inspirational tale of Malika El Aroud, widow of the man who killed Ahmed Massoud, the anti-Taliban leader of the Northern Alliance in Afghanistan two days before 9/11, an al Qaeda propagandist, harridan and fishwife who scolds Muslim men into fighting and dying in a lost cause via the Internet. Expelled from Switzerland for running jihadist websites, she is now a resident of Brussels and collector of monthly unemployment payments from a state and civilization she loathes.

Writing in French under the name “Oum Obeyda,” she has transformed herself into one of the most prominent Internet jihadists in Europe.

She calls herself a female holy warrior for Al Qaeda. She insists that she does not disseminate instructions on bomb-making and has no intention of taking up arms herself. Rather, she bullies Muslim men to go and fight and rallies women to join the cause.

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