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MQ-25 T-1

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  Refueling During the flight, the receiver Navy F/A-18 Hornet approached the Boeing-owned MQ-25 T1 test asset, conducted a formation evaluation, wake survey, drogue tracking, and then plugged with the unmanned aircraft. T1 then successfully transferred fuel from its Aerial Refueling Store (ARS) to the F/A-18,” NAVAIR said in a statemen...

The Death of IRIS Kharg

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    Satellite footage shows the Iranian UNREP ship Kharg, lying on its starboard side in shallow water near Jansk in the Gulf of Oman, with the bottom of the hull above water, and with much of the hull, port bridge wing, helo hangar, and flight deck visible from above. It burned and sank in a region of sensitive waterways thr...

No shit, Sherlock

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  Plague (Credit to ZeroHedge) A leading advisor for the World Health Organisation said Monday that China is still engaged in a “massive cover-up” of the coronavirus pandemic, calling for a “full investigation” to be conducted by the US government and its international allies. Appearing on Fox News, Jamie Metzl urged that “The Chinese...

Here and There

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  Captioned Graphic: Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron 364 “VMM-364” Purple Foxes   Only a fool learns from his own mistakes. The wise man learns from the mistakes of others. - Otto von Bismarck     Meme-of-the-Day   Russian Donations to the Biden Crime Family (Gateway Pundit) Joe Biden and his Dem...

Would you take the 11 Minute Ride?

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  Jeff Bezos & Bro. They've announced that they're headed up 60 miles, and coming back (11-minute flight). They haven't said whether or not Bezos will be holding a white cat in his lap and wearing a monocle to round out the ensemble. I think that the point is to cross the Karman line (so that you're technically in outer space). ...

Joe Takes Aim at Cybersecurity

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  I am not a Cybersecurity Expert I can code UNIX from scratch, though, and have played in the government playhouse enough to know how things work. I snagged Cisco assembly code a long time ago and found that interesting. I also remember SATAN (System Administrator's Tools for Analyzing Networks) and if that ages me, so what. I'm old. ...

Manic Monday Motivation?

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  Thoughts are ephemeral, they evaporate at the moment they occur unless they are given action and material form. Wishes and intentions, the same. Meaningless, unless they impel you to one choice or another, some deed or course of action, however insignificant. Thoughts that lead to action can be dangerous. Thoughts that do not, mean less t...

Sermonette

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  Captioned: Cathedral Rock. It stands not all that far from where I live. An hour by road, less if you're a crow flying. It's not an 'actual cathedral". Then again, to me, it's an actual cathedral.   I was always willing to be reasonable until I had to be unreasonable. Sometimes reasonable men must do unreasonable things.   ...

Open Forum

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    D-Day The very name should bring to mind sacrifice, organization, a fight against evil -- so many things. And on this day, there needs to be a pause for the cause. Seventy-Seven years ago today the successful invasion of Europe marked the beginning of the end for Germany's occupation of Europe. In the East, the Russian ...

Thoughts on Firearms

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    Top Break Schofield and Enfield revolvers.  There was a time when top-break revolvers were all the rage. It was a long time ago. They're prone to damage to the timing mechanism (that rotates the cylinder), extractor, and other damage. They're unable to handle the heavier revolver cartridges. They're cool, though.   ...

Mish-Mash

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  The Days of Ramming Ironclad USS Katahdin, 1893 The construction of the ram, USS Katahdin was sponsored by Rear Admiral Daniel Ammen, an advocate of a coastal defense navy. Ammen was impressed by the British torpedo ram HMS Polyphemus and wanted a similar vessel for the US Navy. However,...

Typical Blog Post

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  Make a Decision Choose wisely and explain why: You may only choose one.  Left: 10.3” 556, piston converted - middle: 12.5” 556, piston converted, suppressed machine gun - right: Galil Ace 7.62x39.     The Murder of Lieutenant Lawry: A Case Study of British Naval Impressment in Newfoundland, 1794 (link) Th...

From Stone Heads to Air Guns

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  Echoes of the Cold War Ten Republic F-105 Thunderchiefs (eight F-105Ds and two F-105Fs) of the U.S. Air Force Reserve 465th Tactical Fighter Squadron, 507th Tactical Fighter Group on the flight line at Tinker Air Force Base, OK. 1 June 1978.   Identify the Mystery Aircraft The answer ...

Memes for the Moment

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    Wow, two sheets!   Dear Leader   Things are Returning to Normal, the Earth is Healing     The H&K G11 This explains why we as a species need to bully engineers into going outside occasionally. The G11 was an overbuilt, overly complicated, and strange rifle...

Aviation

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    Yesterday - as in literally, yesterday -- in Aviation Air Chathams Convair 580, the last one in active passenger service worldwide, was permanently grounded yesterday after 64 years of operation   The All American A mid-air collision on February 1, 1943, between a B-17 and a German fighter over the Tunis d...

Random Thoughts

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    Name the Mystery Aircraft   An Interesting Article (link here) Members of a “sleeper cell” of alleged undercover Christian missionaries who infiltrated Orthodox communities in Jerusalem were unmasked in dossiers passed to the Israeli government. They were from a group of 10 fake Jews who followed evangelical...

Commentary

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  Defunding the Police The progressive movement's efforts to create a national effort to de-fund state and local police, which will result in a rampant crime problem, is consistent with the drive for more centralized power in the federal government. State, county, and local law enforcement operate separately from the federal governmen...

Guatemala (country profile)

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  In Guatemala, the distribution of income remains highly unequal with the richest 20% of the population accounting for more than 51% of Guatemala's overall consumption. More than half of the population is below the national poverty line, and 23% of the population lives in extreme poverty. Poverty among indigenous groups, which make up...

Memorial Day 2021

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    On days like today... I reflect on that cold day in March when I first saw the Vietnam Veteran's War Memorial.  I had business in Northern Virginia and there had been a break in the action, so I boarded the Metro and rode it into DC. I didn't know precisely where the memorial had been sited and I came up from the south (sort ...

Politics

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    A friend of mine from outside of the US remarked on the current political class in the USA. My comment was as follows: Winning a rigged election doesn't mean that I have to listen. Biden got 10x as many views falling down the stairs as he did speaking to Congress - not that there were many Congressional types present. ...