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  1. Some how I missed this post first time around. In 1967 I had the paper work to join that Columbus Indiana guard unit. Army got me on Friday and the next meeting was the following Tuesday. Later in life I became friends with a guy that was in that unit and sent to Vietnam. Quite an interesting story on how they got to Vietnam, as they were sent to Florida for awhile to train on AC119's gary
  2. That P26 was there the first time I went close to 40 years ago! Still my favorite air frame over there, Wish they'd put the Fi 156 down on the ground! Another think I loved was seeing Ike playing cards and Truman reading the newspaper gary
  3. I love that place, and everytime I go over there it's like a new place. The WW I stuff is really amazing, and you could just spend half a day there alone. My favorite things are the X planes and the Presidents planes. There's something for everybody in there gary
  4. myself; I'd be lighting a match to my Congressman and Senator's rear end with a very pointed (hand written) letter explaining that this is a complete miss use of your tax payer's dollars. Years back (long enough to still be married) my then wife and I were passing near Ft. Campbell KY. Decided to show her the base I did basic training in. We show up at the main gate and I tell the young MP (everybody is younger than me) that we would like to visit the 101st Museum. He said a blunt no! I asked why, and he had now answer, but made a phone call. Five minutes later another MP shows up and escorte
  5. I thought about sending a letter to the Russian Embassy in Washington D.C. Never know they might jump at it gary
  6. they started building the new engines for the B52 a few months back in Indy gaty
  7. during my last "good stuff" inventory followed by a quasi house cleaning, I found a third bottle of Green Spot and another bottle of Killebaggen small batch. You'll never touch Jameson again! gary
  8. By Federal law Boeing doesn't own the blue prints for the F18 or whatever! You are notified right away in a bottom corner of the blue print as soon as you lay your hands on it. They own the part and also the processes used. When somebody says they had access to the OEM blue prints I know instantly it's a lie! An engineer taking a roll of drawings home will get stopped at the gate while they check him out (it's allowed with a special pass). I have seen at least one guy leave the building in hand cuffs that was scanning a blue print that he didn't have permission to view. Also know of seve
  9. I've rode in them three or four times, and most had the folding bench removed. Most had Plasma and blood thickener bottles and basic first aid, but nothing major as doctors rarely rode in one. There was always a large tub of Vasoline and some plastic squares cut out of larger bags for sucking chest wounds. Surgical tubing and hemostats were close by. A ride from the Ashau was roughly forty five minutes to DaNang, so you just have to control the bleeding and keep the sucking chest wounds sealed. Shock was the real killer just like the chest wound. Your crew had to keep the guy alert and talkin
  10. I'll take the Accurate Minatures kit seven days a week. I have all of them in multiples, plus a couple Academy kits (same molds). To be fair the B25b kit did have an issue that can be easily fixed with a Quickboost cowl. gary
  11. I can tell you this; the new engines went to the test cells about six weeks ago (no later than one month ago). These are prototypes, and will probably see a few changes here and there as they are developed. Should be all systems go this time next year. They have only just begun to tool them up, and that alone can take a year or more. Much of the in house equipment is up to the task of manufacturing them, but there is still a lot of new machines needed. Jet engines; unlike others are a low volume production thing. I doubt they'll set it up for more than 72 units a year. I know wh
  12. if one of the engines looses power the plane crashes (during take off and landing). I suspect that they planned on flying over the mountain, and lost power. They were commonly known as a flying pile of junk. Then to add to this; they were death traps due to chemical contamination (Agent Orange). They often simply rotated air frames, and because of that; most were contaminated. Kickbacks have nothing to do with the C123, it was about the exchange of money. gary
  13. probably headed over to Bangcock. Westy's old lady lived there, and from inside sources; he was over there every weekend. Guess being at the top of the food chain had it'd perks! I flew in a C123 one time. That was enough to tell me not to get within a hundred yards of the pile of junk. Two weeks later I watched it fly strait into a mountain side. I remember that little investigation. I saw two or three good men relieved for things they had zero part in. Yet they never chased the kick backs in the states gary
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