Hillary has worn many hats. College radical, shady lawyer, cattle futures whiz, selling the US uranium stockpile to the Russians, long suffering first lady, cookie hating mom, undistinguished Senator, Barack’s hapless Secretary of State, and failed presidential candidate for her beloved donkeys. Strangely, her many endeavors are best characterized by what she didn’t know, when. If you mix the pudgy, purported lesbian (according to her former lover, Yoko Ono – yuck) with Joe Biden (hiding in his basement), who has a difficult time recalling the current date or what he ate at his last meal, it would be something wonderful for the globalists to behold.
Only a common house cat is better at covering up its own messes. But she is your better, you basket of deplorables. Let’s see if Slow Joe and the DNC will get onboard.
One of this blog’s readers e-mailed me and asked me which aircraft I would most like to own for general use in fly-over country. That’s a tough question because as a multi-use (but slow) aircraft, I favor the Pilatus Porter primarily because of its rugged STOL capability.
But if you’re talking fun and jet budget, it’s hard to beat the Czech L-39. It’s a Mach .8 aircraft that is forgivable to fly – built as an advanced trainer by Aero Vodochody Czech Republic (and former Soviet block) into the 1990’s. It’s popular among warbird operators. They cost somewhere north of $350K and you’ll spend around $1,500/hour to operate the jet. Reduced fuel costs and even sales price post pandemic, maybe a shade less for now. Many of these aircraft – some which are for sale – have dummy weapons for display purposes and Soviet markings. In November 2014, I conned a guy at Stead Airport (north of Reno, NV) to let me go with him when he did a check ride after he had his L-39 serviced. The aircraft is responsive, it’s fast, and it’s fun. There were three or four L-39’s at Stead in that time period and a MiG-19 that I wanted to fly but, no joy.
LSP needs a few of these aircraft to complete the Dallas Militia’s air wing. Maybe just arm the centerline 20mm pod… Just kidding, sorta.
You Don’t Have to be that Accurate
Another good post. The video at the end is quite interesting as well.
Stay safe and God bless.
Thank you, Linda G. I’m glad that you enjoyed it.
Rolling the window up will protect you, I’m sure.
So will sticking an armed M-72 Light Anti-Tank Weapon out the window… and it sends a message.
$1500/hour to operate? Puts a whole new light on the hundred dollar hamburger idea. You’d never get away that cheaply.
Does $1500 include the regular maintenance costs or is it all fuel and consumables?
Regular maintenance (excluding full jet engine overhaul), fuel and consumables. It doesn’t include insurance, replacement parts, the tie-down cost. As you are aware, the necessary inspections are based primarily on engine starts and not as much on flight time. But it’s a jet fighter, the flight time is never that long. There is no mid-air refueling. You can check out the costs. I think that $1,500 an hour is a defensible number.
Silly me for thinking that $350k is reasonable.
Given some houses.
$350K is reasonable. But jets and helicopters are both expensive to fly. They’re like women.
But they don’t argue back and give you the “LOOK”.
That shoulder fired weapon on the video looked like a LAW to me: Light Antitank Weapon.
Slightly misnamed: it could easily destroy a parked Simca, a Yugo or maybe a Volkswagen, but against a T-72, uh uh. I suppose if you aimed for the tracks, then with luck you could disable one with a LAW, but my money is on the T-72 vs a dude sporting a LAW.
If the passenger (in the picture) had fired a LAW inside of that car, the rocket’s back-blast would have fried the driver and the other passengers in the car. The LAW is recoilless (I’ve fired them as you have, Fredd) but it doesn’t mean that the blast doesn’t go anywhere.
I always chuckle when reminded of this story–
In his book “Zemke’s Stalag”, Hub Zemke relates his duties post war. While at Rhein Main airfield, he got wind of six Storchs stashed on a nearby farm. He procured a mechanic, fuel and oil, and off they went. He found flying the Storch to be a delight. The end result was that he got all six flown over to Rhein Main and Stars and Bars painted over the crosses. They were all tethered in a neat line near base operations and became known as “Zemke’s Air Force”.
That’s a neat story.
We most definitely need a few of those planes. Important.
It would help the DLC’s credibility to have a complete squadron.
Back blast – my first thought on watching. About all a LAW is good for, IMO.
In 1965 our engineer company was ordered to turn in our 6 M20 3.5 rocket launchers in favor of LAWs.
The M20 accepted different ordnance, especially WP rounds. Important when you have 90 vehicles disbursed to protect against air strikes and only 120 personnel for perimeter defense. A WP round is wonderful for temporary area denial, something our WWII vet senior NCOs drilled into us.
I was never impressed with the LAW either. The AT-4 Dragon was larger but packed a larger punch. Today the Karl Gustav (the new, lighter and improved model with cool new munitions) is in use and you have a lot of options.
Because the unit has a laser range finder and the operator can set the warhead to detonate BEHIND the target, there really is no hiding. I don’t know if it has a WP option.
Nice toys, $1500/hr is probably about right. Figure 250 hour inspections are probably $1000 each.
Expensive toys. It’s not buying it, it’s flying it.
Owning a plane like that is like owning a real GT-40 or a Ferrari F-40 to me. The only plane I ever “owned” (one-third of it) was a Cessna 150 Aerobat, a really fun little airplane. Owner #2’s parents owned the airport, so we got “free” hangar space, and owner #2 was the airport’s #1 A&P Mechanic, so the maintenance labor was “free”.
I paid for the registration, insurance and “consumables”, like engine oil, tires, and spark plugs, and we all bought our own gas, always leaving enough in the tanks to at least taxi over to the pump!
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