There is only 1 book that I’ve had that I can say I’ve bought 3 times. The first time, I found it so interesting that after reading it, gave it to a friend.
Then bought another.
Then gave that to a relative who at the time, was an Army Ranger.
I just bought it again.
Posted by lex on August 30, 2004
From time to time, I’ve had the occasion to discuss why I won’t argue America’s interaction with the world from a zero-sum, morally neutral point of view.
Here’s why .
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in WW2, but its pilots loved it – considering it to be a flying tank. Of course, I’m talking about the P-47 Thunderbolt.
I’ve just come across a fantastic video – on order from General Hap Arnold it was shot in color during the closing months of WW2 in the ETO with the 362nd Fighter Group.
Coupled with the color film are interviews with former squadron members many years later, on what it was like in those days.
A few things I learned:
Posted by lex, on March 22nd, 2008
I guess I dropped track on NY state politics after ex-Governor Spitzer took the long walk. Turns out that things didn’t stop hoppin’ upstate, even after Spitzer split. In the NY Times, columnist Gail Collins notes that the ink hadn’t dried on his replacement’s contract before New Yorkers learned of new Governor’s serial infidelities:
By lex, on March 14th, 2010
The Marines are busy winning hearts and minds in Helmand Province, Afghanistan. Which is a pretty good thing, because if this WaPo article has it right, they’re not winning many hearts or minds at CENTCOM:
By lex, on July 22nd, 2011
Navy’s newest operational concept had a little test cruise:*
I don’t know how they did it, but check out this 1957 film of the Air Force F-86s. It only has a 2:08 duration, but what scenes. Someone on the Facebook group wondered if Paul Mantz filmed this.
Update 12-27-2018 – From the Vimeo Site:
JET PILOT (1957) produced by Howard Hughes was shot between 1949-1951. Beautiful aerial cinematography in this Cold War film. The US Air Force allowed the use of: F-86 / B-36B / F-94A / EB50A / T-33A and the Bell X-1 that first broke the sound barrier. Shot on Kodak’s first color negative film 5247.
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By lex, on December 24th, 2009
I hope your preparations for the season are well in hand, and that all those that may be gathered close to you are at your side. We nuclear five are at last re-united; the Hobbit slumbers yet, as does SNO but lately come from Pensacola. We have reliable reports (but it is dread hard to personally attest) that Biscuit has been home for a week’s time, and the Kat of course is still with us whenever she is not otherwise demanded, at the barn or athwart a horse, which is pretty much most of her waking hours.
There are boyfriends.