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About rightwinger26

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  1. https://www.imdb.com/title/tt6924650/videoplayer/vi1647098905?ref_=tt_ov_vi discuss....
  2. The AO’s used O when I was a Blaster, and they use O at 106. It depends on the the squadron. If you scroll through the hornet weathering thread in jet modeling, there are a few in there with O. I rarely post here anymore, I don’t even remember how to post pictures anymore, lol.
  3. You notice that every in NATOPS about squadrons states for cranial markings, ‘squadron designator’, 1P, 2E, 3D, 4O, and so on.
  4. The number identifies the squadron, 1 for the 100 series, 2 is the 200 series, etc. P is the Line Shack, D is powerplants, M is airframes, C is corrosion, Q is QA, E electricians, T avionics, O ordnance S safety, L supply.
  5. So, these days, squadrons have to have the side numbers for the first three events of the next day, including the sides for all the alerts turned into the CAG FDC by around 0100 or so, about the time the night check yellow shirts are coming back up from midrats. That way they can set the deck accordingly. Usually the alerts stay the same for the most part, especially the tankers. If take a bird is getting low on phase hours, its a good way to manage specials so you don't get backed up. There's also a TTLR, (turning tanker) on deck for final final; its one of the tankers that recovered on the second to last recovery, it gives the option for more airborne gas. So now there isn't a good package check until they get airborne and passes gas, once they call in sweet, they are good until they shut down, so the recovery tankers will hot pump hot switch 3 to 4 times before shutting down, usually around the ops shift into nights. The two ARS squadrons swap the primary and secondary tanker lines. Cut checks are only done when the ARS is installed or on R/C's, but the hose is pulled out nightly as part of the daily or the 112 day.
  6. That's the reason the alert tankers live on the shelf of El 3 now, where they can't get buried. Once the tankers get a good package check they get left alone. If they are launched, it gets hot pumped after recovery, parked in final spot, and the recovering aircrew resets the alert.
  7. those reports also account for aircraft that are assigned too, but not in custody off, i.e. PMI 1 or PMI 2, depot, ect. Also not accounting for helo's that are detached to small boys in the battle group, but are still reported up-line by the ACC. Try looking at AMSRR. I'm done, I'll post again in another year or two
  8. So CVW-8, on the 17 deployment had 65 aircraft on board, 10 C's, 34 E/F, 5 G's, 4 E2-C, and 12 embarked helo's. I worked in Flight Deck Control for work-ups and the whole deployment.
  9. Just finished building this to go in a diorama my club is making for the Military Aviation Museum.
  10. Ready for decals. More to follow........ Bill
  11. I know it sounds weird, but doing things like that make me do a better job at being careful with an unfinished model. I'm calling this done, I'm going to do some light touch ups with the pastel, then I'll take better pictures to post in the display case. Thanks to everyone who followed this build! Mic drop Bill
  12. They've been fixed, I'm just not posting as many step by step photos. I was a little shocked a Tamiya kit had such big gaps. A little CA fixed it right up though.
  13. Thanks Jim. Here it is, ready for paint this afternoon. More to follow....... Bill
  14. Wash is done, next up is some light touches with pastels, then on to the bits and pieces before the dull coat final weathering. More to follow........ Bill
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