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  1. Waco

    USMC KC-130 Crash, Fatalities

    You have a fundamental misunderstanding of how military aviation mishap investigations occur. There are two reporting channels, one for safety reporting, which is non-punitive and intentionally designed to capture important flying safety lessons, share them, and prevent future mishaps. These reports are never made public, and it is—in fact—a criminal act to release them. The second is an accident/mishap/incident investigation, which is designed to ascertain blame, fault, or negligence, is punitive in nature, involves lawyers and the reading of rights, and from which some type of report is always published. The report you’ve cited falls into the latter category. Of note, the two types of investigations often come to differing conclusions, and due to the vastly different natures of their raison d’etre, have access to different information.
  2. Waco

    494th Expeditionary Panthers

    I merely throw it out there because I know some folks had asked about availability for specific tails that Kursad said he was NOT doing, due to lack of reference availability. So, for those who might want to do a specific bird which is not on the Caracal sheet, there's other options. I also believe there is a third company that will also be releasing these, so it appears the subject is pretty well covered.
  3. Waco

    A Warning to Moai Vincent

    We’re thinking of starting a CoV coupon club to raise some funds.
  4. Waco

    494th Expeditionary Panthers

    For whatever it’s worth, to those interested: Maximum Effort Eagles
  5. Waco

    A Warning to Moai Vincent

    Remember, if you're cold, they're cold. Bring them inside. Once they're inside, you can then say, "we've got company." Seriously, regarding the failed CoV fundraising telethon? I'm afraid we've got a situation here.
  6. Waco

    494th Expeditionary Panthers

    Thanks again, folks. If you follow the page on Facebook, I'm posting a few pics of the actual jets as they're sent to me by the crewdawgs themselves (when they give permission). Pretty cool. Also gotten a few queries about the side hustle itself. Yes, I have a Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/3rdOffset/ I also have a direct sales store, via Shopify: https://third-offset-designs.myshopify.com/ And finally, I've currently got a clearance sale going on with all the Centennial and Anniversary prints from the last few years reduced to $25 per print to clear the remaining inventory for new stuff: https://third-offset-designs.myshopify.com/collections/clearance-sale The 50th Anniversary Wild Weasels print, in particular, has been selling like hotcakes, and I've only got around a dozen or so remaining: https://third-offset-designs.myshopify.com/collections/clearance-sale/products/wild-weasels-heritage-print More cool stuff to come....I'm now working with a few other E-model squadrons to try and see what can be captured from their nose art as well. Cheers!
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    494th Expeditionary Panthers

    Thank YOU, Steve, for your support. Much appreciated. It has been very fun working with the maintainers to get these details right, and to hear some of the stories behind the nose art. I am humbled that they are pleased with my re-creations of their art.
  8. Thought I'd throw this up on ARC, since I know there are a lot of folks who are big fans both of 48FW at Lakenheath and the Strike Eagle in general. After their recent deployment, the 494th Panthers returned home sporting a pretty awesome array of nose art....that was immediately removed upon recovery to the base. However, I've been working with members of the unit to capture and document all those aircraft, and--as part of my humble little side hustle--have produced the linked Aviation Art Print showing all 15 of the specially marked Strike Eagles. While the print is certainly available for purchase (and right now, my page is running a holiday sale, use discount code SBS18 at checkout to receive 10% off), I'm more throwing this here because I've not seen anyplace yet that has all 15 of the airframes documented. It's pretty cool, and I think the creativity displayed by these airmen is awesome. I'm glad I was able to help them capture this unique piece of heritage from their most recent support to OIR. https://third-offset-designs.myshopify.com/collections/heritage-series/products/494th-expeditionary-panthers And if you WERE interested in these birds, but maybe didn't want the big print with all of them, I'm also selling "Maquette" prints with single subjects. Use the drop down menu to select your personal favorite: https://third-offset-designs.myshopify.com/collections/maquette/products/494th-deployed-panthers-maquette Drawing these up was a ton of fun, as was working with the (very funny) Airmen who created the original artwork. Thanks for checking them out.
  9. Waco

    A Warning to Moai Vincent

    We were trying to mobilize the CoV for a Thanksgiving Offensive, but it rained, and nobody wanted to get wet. And then we ate some turkey, got sleepy, and decided we needed to make a bunch of important phone calls, to do important things for the CoV. Just the most important things. But the offensive was going to be huge, just the best offensive. It was going to be a big, beautiful offensive. I can tell you that. We're now looking into the possibility of building a wall around Rapa Nui to keep the Moai in. Better to stop them there, than have to fight them here. So we're going to build a wall. And we're going to make the Moai pay for it! I'm told this is a highly successful strategy. We're going to make the CoV great again!
  10. Unfortunately, in most fighter fatalities where aircrew don’t eject, it has nothing to do with the severity of the incident, or any failure of the escape system. In most cases, ejection is not attempted, or is initiated far too late for a successful egress. I have not yet seen if these folks attempted to eject, but it is highly probable they did not. Tragic loss,particularly poignant since it took place in a partnership exercise.
  11. Here's some shots of this year's Nats decal sheet, as requested earlier:
  12. While I've no doubt that was part of the Public Affairs answer, a strong corollary to that answer is that the AF was looking to remove all Block 32s from the inventory, and to move all P&W powered F-16s out of Active Duty front line units. This action was partly to standardize maintenance across the fleet for GE engines in the front line units, partly to get the more powerful GE powered aircraft in all front line units (again, Active Duty, at least), and partly to remove the Block 32s from the inventory altogether. It was also to get some younger airframes into the Thunderbirds, because they put nearly double the utilization rate on their aircraft vs. the front line fleet. Combine that UTE rate with the very high AB and continual G-loading, and wear and tear on the aircraft is pretty high. So, sure, it kind of reflects front line unit use, but it's more of a fleet management issue. I suspect nearly everything I quoted above also applies to the Blue Angels as the Navy largely divests itself of Legacy Hornets.
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    F-15I - 1/48 GWH

    Really well done on the tail markings.
  14. Waco

    F-35 news roundup

    As I said, rolling on like a turd in the wind. There's nothing useful here any more. The arguments being presented are being debated at the opinion level, which means there can never be a definitive "winner." They're wildly off topic. There's not even any decent pictures. Even returning to the topic of the F-35, there haven't even been any interesting pictures in several pages.