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  1. Sailor Who ‘Hated’ Navy Torched $1.2B Assault Ship: Warrant

    It reminds me rather of the USS Miami Fire in 2012: also a moron dissatisfied with own's life who put fire to a warship worth 1 billion, and damaged her beyond repair. Not a seaman that time, right, but hey, why should a hostile foreign power spend billions to maintain a force able to challenge the US Navy, when they can just let the US Navy recruiters enlist any wretch passing by just to meet their quota, then let the First Navy destroy herself? So bad for the average US taxpayer, so good for some people on the opposite side of the Pacific... Quote from the article: The crew was slammed for “a pattern of failed drills, minimal crew participation, an absence of basic knowledge on firefighting” and an inability to coordinate with civilian firefighters. Compare that waste with the USS Forestal Fire in 1967: there, also an incredible pile of mistakes from the Navy, and a crew barely trained in firefighting. Yet they did their duty, fought bravely anyway, and saved their ship and the day, in spite of the High Staff's and self-centered Boards' general incompetence. The Greatest Generation is dead, buried, and forgotten since long for sure.
  2. Honest Slogans

    It reminds me of an old joke that could be considered as a "honest" slogan, this time encouraging to enlist: World War One: One hundred military killed to one civilian. World War Two: One military killed to one civilian. Vietnam War: Ten civilians killed to one military. Now you know what to do to survive the next war: ENLIST !
  3. Michael Collins, Apollo 11 astronaut, has died at age 90

    Michael Collins was the man left behind in '69. Now it's Buzz Aldrin's turn...
  4. Situation is bad, video games wise

    Sounds the old grumbler of me, but I hate to try these new games dependent on Internet and digital "services" like Steam. Recently, I've wanted to give a try to all of the old Halo stuff, through the whole Halo Master Chief Collection... And it crashes on takeoff, without any real explanation (or actually, too many possible ones to find out the real glitch). I'm fed up with these downloadable products dependent on distant giant servers (a bad thing for the global warning, besides)! That's the reason why I won't ever give a try to Star Wars: Squadrons before the price has dropped down to unsignificant. I'm still playing much Elite Dangerous, though, where some older paying DLC are now for free...
  5. RIP Chuck Yeager

    A legend gone. RIP...
  6. One of the Worst/Hokiest Military Movies Ever Made

    Bah, just some kind of black and white "Iron Eagle", 30 years older, and even suceeds in being less obviously ridiculous - to say nothing about "Iron Eagle, The Forgettable Sequels".
  7. Happy New Year

    Happy New Decade, too! Cheers!
  8. A strange place where to meet a Star...

    Last summer, I enjoyed a trip in Albania (took off from Tirana and took pictures over Durrës just 4 hours before the major earthquake that mauled the area on 21 September, by the way!) There, I visited the nice medieval Castle in Gjirokastra, which was once the National Museum of Arms during the Communist era (still contains dozens of WW2 artillery guns). And on the top of this fortress, I unexepectedly stumbled on this wreckage faded by 50 years of careless outdoor exposure. On 23 December 1957, this USAF Lockheed T-33A Shooting Star (number 51-04413) was forced to land by two or three MiG-15bis, while flying off-course over Communist Albania during a transit from France to Greece. Major Howard J. Curran claimed he planned to land anyway due to instruments failure and lack of fuel; he was relased as soon as 9 January 1958. The plane has been exhibited in Gjirokaster since 1969, as a captured spy-plane and a war trophy over the Imperialist powers. Typical Cold War era...
  9. Royal Air Force of Oman

    Hello. I'm just coming back from a nice trip in the incredibly beautiful Sultanate of Oman. As my hotel in the capital city of Muscat was located in the district of Ruwi, I spent a morning at visiting the nearby Sultan's Armed Forces Museum - and sure, I did not regret it! Below are some shots mostly related to the outdoor displays dedicated to RAFO : Two-seater Jaguar OB (commissioned 1977-2014), displayed at the place of honor in front of Bait Al Falaj Fort. BAC 167 Strikemaster and Hawker Hunter - Unfortunately, I did not collect full information about these models. Short & Harland Skyvan 3-SH1877 (passenger transport aircraft, commissioned 1970-2006). I can't resist adding these few shots from a missile boat quite unusually displayed in the open ground : RNOV Al-Mansoor, fast attack craft (commissioned 1973-1985).
  10. Marvel Comics legend Stan Lee dies at 95

    Now God shall enjoy the honor to be seated at the left hand of Stan Lee and Will Eisner...
  11. Senator John McCain dies at age 81

    A nice man - and a nice politician, which is less often. Heard from Europe down here, a welcome voice from America has fallen silent.
  12. This Cracked me Up....

    When I visited Kyiv a few years ago (before the 'events'), I was falling in love about 5-6 times per minute! Almost in the mood for cutting down my *** once back to very common creatures at my homeplace... Yet our guide, clearly a gentleman by Ukrainian standards, told us that these beauties usually don't last long, due to early pregnancies, heavy drinking, and fat-rich Ukrainian food! (I can't but agree for the food)
  13. LAPD Air Support Ride Along

    Quite tedious actually... These flat suburbs seen from the skies looks like an undifferentiated, boring square agglomerate of anything and everything, built at the same time by the same people, each area looking like the other one flown over 2 miles before. Tell me about flying over London, Paris, Lisbon, Rome, Athens or Budapest...
  14. Hurricane (Film 2019)

    "Poland has not yet died, so long as we still live." The Polish anthem seems to have been written for guys like these... Even while, actually, the 303rd's best scorer during the BoB was a Czech. The Battle of Britain movie showed Poles thrown into battle while unsufficiently prepared: problems with keeping formations, with radio protocols, and lack of fluency in English (a sequence in the movie, when a Pole warned for the Hun behind him, checks above first). Their spontaneous recklessness owed them great successes, but also great losses. At least, there were used to be provided with the least efficient of the available foreign aircraft fighters: in the French service during Spring 1940, their national squadron was fitted with the greatly underpowered Caudron C.714 (500hp!!). As a result, they scored little and lost many, while the Free Czechs, scattered between the active French squadrons, scored much more.
  15. If you watched 5th Element ...

    Luc Besson's current sci-fi movie "Valerian" is inspired from an old French comics, whose artist J-C Mézières designed several sets of "The Fifth Element". Most notably, the vertical city with crappy lower levels and audacious taxi drivers, and the flashy interiors of the space cruise ship can be found in some books by Mézières long before the movie. These comics have often been said to have inspired some of "Star Wars" sets (first and second trilogy). Not watched "Valerian" already, but it is said to be inferior to "The Fifth Element" in many regards but visuals (of course: no Gary Oldman, and I do not like the immature teen look of the "heroes" casted there - these comics made me dream as a child, with heroes being full grown-up adults; times are changing).
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