-Captioned photo, above: I was watching the feature film, “Bedazzled,” and mused on Elizabeth Hurley’s role as The Devil 


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Sally wanted to get out and be a nature photographer. She proved to be very popular with the gators.




Ticking off the Cuban Communist Party every-single-day.

The United States first seized Guantánamo Bay and established a naval base there in 1898 during the Spanish–American War in the Battle of Guantánamo Bay. In 1903, the United States and Cuba signed a lease granting the United States permission to use the land as a coaling and naval station.


Truth has nothing to do with the number
of people that it convinces.


One of my all time favorite aircraft was the Douglas A-26 Invader. They served as a light ground attack aircraft in World War 2, The Korean War, The Vietnam War and were present at the Bay of Pigs. To my way of thinking, they were seriously replaced by the A-10 Warthog. And I have no idea what will replace the Hawg, but the Air Force is desperate to get rid of it.

A Japanese Orchestra plays the Panzerleid

Panzer Grenadiers: Riding beats walking with a pack BEHIND the armor. Or walking with a pack IN FRONT of the armor… until the ride takes a hit. (Battle of the Bulge)

Sd.Kfz. 250/10 with 3.7cm anti-tank gun [PaK 36]


  1. The Air Force may be desperate to replace the wart hog; but they can’t get serious enough to find a cost effective replacement.
    They want billion dollar replacements that can’t really Do anything.

    I guess gators don’t like having their pictures taken…

    • I think that the USAF is desperate to dump the A-10. I don’t think that they envision a close support role for the Air Force beyond that AC130 (Gunship). They want to fight in a stealth environment and a close support aircraft will be seen by the enemy. Stealth, as you know, doesn’t mean ‘invisible’. So I think that they would rather just have the Army take over that job with rotors.

    • I don’t think that a lot of Air Force brass care much for what grunts want or don’t want. They really like aircraft that cost $100K in maintenance per flight hour.

    • The people who want to replace the A-10 were all fighter jocks in F-15 and other air platforms who had their thunder stolen during Desert Storm and the never ending Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan. The A-10 can hang a larger variety of armament under it wings that any other aircraft in inventory. Then there is the gun, the GAU-8 performs great for close air support.

      • Some USAF types would prefer to pickle off a laser guided bomb fifteen miles out at 50K and then head back for surf and turf and a beer at the O Club.

  2. The B-26 was a fine plane. Then there’s the B-25. General Doolittle is in the family on my mother’s side so I have an interest there. Some years ago I knew a gentleman who crewed on the version of the B-25 that mounted a 75mm gun. He said the plane slowed about 25 mph when they touched it off. The air force may not want the A-10, but I bet the grunts think differently.

  3. The top folks in AF procurement want stealthy sport cars and not work vehicles. The tale of the A-7F is proof positive along with the fact that they almost gave the A-10 to the Army years ago.

    • The USAF should give the A-10 to the Army. They’d make better use of it. The only Army fixed wing that I’m aware of is the C-12 Huron (modified Beechcraft King Air surveillance aircraft). The USAF wasn’t happy about the Army flying the Hurons but eventually gave in.

  4. An aircraft isn’t really a suitable ride for Roger Ramjet unless it’s shiny, pointy, fast, and high-altitude. I think that’s written over the gate to the Air Force Academy.

    I hope Elizabeth Hurley actually turns out to be the Devil, when I finally get to Hell.

    • In re Elizabeth Hurley – I seem to remember her giving an interview answer about not getting married because she was always afraid the guy might turn out to not be ‘PERFECT’ after all. Does sound like someone who could put you through hell in any kind of relationship.

      • Elizabeth Hurley would find me to be “perfect”, and that goes without saying.

        I wonder if she snores? Who cares?

      • Being a Brit, and in the entertainment field, I suspect you’d have to get rid of your smokepole and cutlery collection in order to fit into her PERFECT definition.
        I guess you could always meet her far away from your digs?

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