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  1. Points taken. However, bombs detonating while sitting on the flight deck, bad as they are, are far different critters than ones with delayed-fusing and steel nose plugs coming from the sky at hundreds of mph. Worse to my mind - and this one really gives me the willies, probably because I don't know anything about them - are these hyper-sonic anti-ship missiles one hears about. Can the old double-hull handle a fusillade of those? I hope my fears are unfounded, and these monster CVNs we are buying are more survivable than I think they are. Better still, I hope we never get into another conflict where they shoot back at the CVs like they did in '42. But, if we do, we'll need ships that can stand up to it right then and there, not whenever the bugs get worked out. Just sayin'.
  2. Well, you're one -up on me; I never served on a CVN, thus cannot imagine the cushy aspects. So, I'll take your word for it. I did spend many, many long hours on a CVA flight deck, however, most of them on combat ops (Tonkin Gulf). After 16 hours straight on flight ops, I don't remember ever being unable to shower. I also don't remember any cold cats, but I wasn't on the cat crew and maybe just missed all the hooplah (don't think so, but that was 50 years ago, so who knows?). Those things said, I will share my main concern about CVNs: In WW2, the Yorktown took devastating hits three distinct times in two battles a month apart. Two of those times, she was able to get back underway and continue the fight, and she darn-near survived the third. Happened to other CVs during WW2 also. How many hits to the reactor of a CVN will it take before she can no longer be fought? I suspect the answer is one. I'll change my mind if anyone can convince me otherwise. Thank you for your service. EDIT: On deep and sober reflection, I do remember the plant being down to a trickle for a few days once, due to equipment problems, and missing a few showers all together as a result. I was generally, however, used to water being available when it was most convenient and necessary for me personally.
  3. What a sad state of affairs. Too much new tech at once in the Ford class, I think. And the Truman thing - ????? Just wow. Never been a fan of the nuclear-powered carrier (subs, yes, but that's an entirely different animal). The last pic I saw of the Kitty Hawk, she was sitting in brown water up at Bremerton next to the Connie and Indy. I know it would cost a lot, but relative to what they're shelling out for these new CVNs, seems to me that reworking and updating one or two of these would plug the gap(s) currently appearing in the carrier fleet with proven weapons systems until they get the Ford class straightened out.
  4. I feel the same way. I love to hold them in my hands, see them on my shelf, etc.. Frankly, the only way I would buy an e-book is if it was the only way I could get a volume I really, really wanted. I tend to get headaches when reading from an electronic display for too long a period of time (I've been told it has to do with pixels, refresh rates and so on, but all I know is that it happens) - a couple of hours is about all I can do at one go. However, I can read print from a paper page all day long. I can also read my books if the electricity goes down for a few days, all my batteries die, etc. Best of all, my books can never be stealth edited or erased. Computers and like devices are great for doing a lot of different things, and the internet is wonderful for doing research, communicating with others and such, but for my personal library, I'll keep my printed books.
  5. No. I've never even heard of Merit. A new-tool 1/48 Duck is great news - where might I buy one?
  6. Favorites (non-exclusive): Genre: WWII aircraft (predominantly naval subjects, USA & Japan) Scale: 1/48 Manufacturer: Revell/Monogram, Tamiya (this is still an open category for me - there are many manufacturers whose kits I haven't built yet in the modern era ... ) Kit: Douglas SBD Dauntless (what else?)
  7. Excellent! I'll get on over to ebay and see what I can dig up. Thanks 😊
  8. Thanks for the good news! I haven't been there for several years, so this trip will be extra-interesting - I just might start taking my camera there again 😊. Worth a try, anyway. (I'll be making my first pilgrimage to the Memphis Belle.)
  9. CorsairMan, Compliments on a nice article & photos. I bookmarked your site for further poking around. 🙂 I live less than 50 miles from Wright-Pat, and have gone to the museum from time-to-time for a good part of my life, both this version and the earlier one (my first trip there was Back in 1960 at age 11, and I'm getting ready spto go again soon). Photography inside the hangers has always been a maddening proposition; I don't remember the details exactly, but the story goes that, many years ago, someone from the Disney organization, after touring the museum with the director, suggested that subdued lighting would enhance the dramatic effect of the exhibits. And we've been living with it ever since ... Cheers
  10. Thanks, Mike, I'll dig a little deeper for them. The places I buy from online (several) have never had any, so I figured there just aren't any out there. I'd really like to have one, or two ...
  11. 1/48 J2f Duck (new tool) 1/48 D4Y1/2 Judy and/or 1/48 D4Y3/4 Judy 1/48 A-5 and/or RA-5 Vigilante (affordable) 1/48 C-2 Greyhound (affordable) 1/48 SOC-3A Seagull
  12. Thank you all for the warm welcome. Much appreciated. 🙂
  13. The two outside boosters flying back to Canaveral and landing side-by-side is one of the most dramatic things I've seen in a long time. Absolutely breathtaking. Go SpaceX!!!
  14. Well, I have been around for a long, long years ...
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