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Old 06-15-2020, 01:51 PM   #101
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That remains my favorite fighter jet. I know they're prehistoric but that's one loud and proud aircraft!
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Old 06-17-2020, 08:26 AM   #102
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NAF El Centro, CA

The Naval Air Facility at El Centro, CA is the winter home of the Naval Aviation flight demonstration team. The aircraft display area just inside the main gate has all past and present aircraft used by the Blue Angles. One time we wintered there for a couple of months and I took pictures of all of them. This is the Phantom II.

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Old 06-17-2020, 08:32 AM   #103
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The Naval Air Facility at El Centro, CA is the winter home of the Naval Aviation flight demonstration team. The aircraft display area just inside the main gate has all past and present aircraft used by the Blue Angles. One time we wintered there for a couple of months and I took pictures of all of them. This is the Phantom II.


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Old 06-17-2020, 10:27 AM   #104
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The F-4 was, as far as I can remember, the only aircraft flown by both the Blue Angels and the Thunderbirds. The reason the Air Force moved to a smaller aircraft for the Thunderbirds was the "fuel crisis" in 1973 caused the switch to T-38's which were developed as a lightweight, fuel efficient trainer. USAF Thunderbirds flew the F-4 from 1969-1973.
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Old 06-17-2020, 07:45 PM   #105
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The F-4 was, as far as I can remember, the only aircraft flown by both the Blue Angels and the Thunderbirds. The reason the Air Force moved to a smaller aircraft for the Thunderbirds was the "fuel crisis" in 1973 caused the switch to T-38's which were developed as a lightweight, fuel efficient trainer. USAF Thunderbirds flew the F-4 from 1969-1973.
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Old 06-21-2020, 06:02 AM   #106
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There were more than 10,000 of these little cargo planes built. They were used in the civilian version as a DC3. In the USAAF/USAF designated C-47. And by the Navy and Marines designation R4D.

#1 – Laughlin AFB, Del Rio, TX
#2 – Ellsworth AFB, Rapid City, SD
#3 – Davis Monthan AFB, Tucson, AZ

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There were more than 10,000 of these little cargo planes built. They were used in the civilian version as a DC3. In the USAAF/USAF designated C-47. And by the Navy and Marines designation R4D.

#1 – Laughlin AFB, Del Rio, TX
#2 – Ellsworth AFB, Rapid City, SD
#3 – Davis Monthan AFB, Tucson, AZ

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As a kid growing up in Port Angeles, Wa a West Coast Airlines DC3 made several trip a day into and out of the local airport. I could hear it's distinctive sound miles away while playing outside.
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Old 06-21-2020, 07:39 AM   #108
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CW, Howdy;

Been reading this thread and your path and mine may have crossed
or at the least ran in the same township.

Started in the Coast Guard having gone through the Nay schools in
Millington, Tn. (AMS & AMH 'A' schools), Oct. 68-Apr. 69. Then it was
off to Naples, It. for the rest of that enlistment flew as a Loadmaster on C-123B to help resupply the LORAN Chain. Evacuated the Loran Sta. in Libya
during 1970.
Joined the Navy in Sept. 74, ended up going to SAR wetcrewman school at Jacksonville, Fl. ending up in HC-2 assigned to Det. 2 and took the Nimitz for it's first cruise to the Med.(76-77). We had the H-3G's We also named each as a nephew of Donald Duck and had their likeness's painted on the sides of each, the 4th was Daffy Duck. OIC of the Det was Lcdr. Drake (go figure???). When HC-2 was Decomed. I asked for and received orders to EOD school, 1st divorce got in the way of that
Was re-directed to VF-101 for training on the F-14 system. Ended up
in VF-14 as POIC of the Corrosion Control shop, on the JFK. Med cruise.
Got out then came back in in July of 80. Quick stint as LPO for the Transit
Line at NAS Oceana then back to the Nimitz as Ship's Co. IM-3 Hydraulic shop. As the LPO of the Sheetmetal shop didn't know how to clean the
paint guns I was directed to Have a training session with them. Then I was
assigned to the tire shop, then was asked to become the IM-3 Corrosion Control "expert", as this was shortly after the Big flt. deck fire, they wanted
an Emergency Reclamation Instruction for future use. That kept me busy for
a few months. Luckily, there were a few hands still onboard that had had to
work the problem. I picked their brains for everything I could. Found out awhile back that it has become the latest add on to the 509 set of manuals.
My-oh-my has it grown .
During the extended yard period I was tad'd to Cheatam Annex near Williamsburg, Va. to go over all of the IMRL gear along with the guys from the Metrology Shop. That's where I had the accident that tore up my knee the led to my eventual discharge for Medical reasons 2 years later. 1985.

One thing about the Power of an P&W engine used in an F-14. Guy that ran the test cell on the fantail when running one up to full after burner the ship can go no faster then 12 or 13 Knots or not enough air bleeds down from the flight deck and the engine will starve. So they ask the Bridge for 12 knots.
Well, when they get to full afterburner the ship will show 13 knots. Yup, 1 of
them can and will increase the speed of a Nimitz class (fully loaded), carrier
by 1 knot. That's alot of POWER. I verified it with a couple of Quatermasters and Bos'n mates.

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Old 06-21-2020, 11:17 AM   #109
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There were more than 10,000 of these little cargo planes built. They were used in the civilian version as a DC3. In the USAAF/USAF designated C-47. And by the Navy and Marines designation R4D.

#1 – Laughlin AFB, Del Rio, TX
#2 – Ellsworth AFB, Rapid City, SD
#3 – Davis Monthan AFB, Tucson, AZ

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Your first picture is not a DC-3/C-47.

It is a Beechcraft Model 18. The Air Force called it a C-45 and the Navy called it an SNB.
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Old 06-21-2020, 02:54 PM   #110
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Your first picture is not a DC-3/C-47.

It is a Beechcraft Model 18. The Air Force called it a C-45 and the Navy called it an SNB.
Yup! Surprisingly I copied the wrong PIX. I worked on and flew in the SNB, 57 - 59.

I took this picture at the Fort Rucker, AL air museum.

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Old 06-21-2020, 04:06 PM   #111
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Yup! Surprisingly I copied the wrong PIX. I worked on and flew in the SNB, 57 - 59.

I took this picture at the Fort Rucker, AL air museum.

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Nice picture. I got my wings at Ft Rucker in 1965.
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Old 06-21-2020, 04:27 PM   #112
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Nice picture. I got my wings at Ft Rucker in 1965.
We stayed in the Ozark KOA (average KOA) when we visited Fort Rucker - Nice golf course at Rucker.

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Old 06-21-2020, 04:50 PM   #113
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Floating the Pacific on a tin can, I was told a F4 was proof that with enough thrust a rock could fly.
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Old 06-21-2020, 07:34 PM   #114
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Floating the Pacific on a tin can, I was told a F4 was proof that with enough thrust a rock could fly.
Okay, I found one of them.

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A striking resemblance!! LOL
Nothing like getting buzzed by a F4 just clearing the radars. About jump out of your shoes.
ET/R class of 1973? Treasure Island. Reserves.
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Old 06-25-2020, 12:52 AM   #116
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El Centro, CA

This is a Grumman F-11 Tiger. It had a short 4 year history as a naval fighter aircraft because of inferior engine performance. However, it did well for the Blue Angels from 1957 – 1968.

I took this picture when parked at the NAF El Centro RV Park. There is a Blue Angels aircraft display area just inside the main gate. NAF El Centro is the Blues winter home.


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Old 07-06-2020, 04:37 AM   #117
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USS Nimitz - 1980

These were used on the scheduled raid on Iran, 1980.

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Note: In the 1960s, Robert McNamara (Secretary of Defense) wanted the F-111 to be a carrier based aircraft. The Navy canceled their contract, supposedly because none of the existing aircraft carrier elevators could lift two of them at the same time.

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My parents we in Yuma during the build up to the rescue attempt. Everyone in town knew something was up, as the training flights had greatly increased. They should have taken the equipment they trained with and that was harden to desert environment.
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My parents we in Yuma during the build up to the rescue attempt. Everyone in town knew something was up, as the training flights had greatly increased. They should have taken the equipment they trained with and that was harden to desert environment.
They had a clue but none paid much attention to it: The USS Nimitz, 100 miles off the coast of Oman, had to parodically wash-down the flight deck because of the sand. Good thing we were on the Nimitz, because it was a nuke and could make much more fresh water than conventional carriers.
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