Blue Angels...

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  1. bunk22

    bunk22

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    My buddy Matt Suyderhoud is #2 I believe. He and I were instructors in Kingsville together, as was his twin brother. Both are Hornet pilots and their father was a Blue Angel as well. He is a fantastic pilot, he used to fly off my wing, though he was a much better aviator than I could ever have been. Here he is recently...

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    Here I am on my final Navy flight before retirement and there is future BA #2...then again, ****, could be his twin brother lol.

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    The Blue Angles were doing a show in Grand Junction CO a couple years ago. I was out running some errands the day before the show and saw them practicing. I went to the road at rte end of the runway and watched for an hour. They were so low they were kicking gravel in our faces.
     

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    Safest job around.
     
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    Hmmmnnn ....

    I was doing a job in Israel, required a buncha weights to hold down an aircraft being loaded with hydraulic jacks. Ask the Israelis if they got weights available, so I don't have to ship in 20,000 pounds of lead ingots ... They say 'sure' ....

    So I get to the hangar in Israel where we're working, note my weight trays got there, ask where the weights are. LT working with me tells me. He orders up a bunch of 1000 pound bombs. Live. :wow:

    Safest job around ehh? :alex: Sheeesh !
     
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    G19Tony Sneet CLM

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    You could drop them off the trailer, and nothing would happen... probably. :laughing:
     
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    aircarver Descent Terminated Silver Member

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    Yeeaaaaaaaa .......
    That's what they told me .... 'approximately' ...... :shocked:

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    G19Tony Sneet CLM

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    See? Nothing happened.
     
  8. happyguy

    happyguy Man, I'm Pretty

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    Perspective matters.

    Back in the eighties when I was stationed at Vandenberg I took my son and daughter to the ramp to watch the Thunderbirds come in prior to an air show.

    When they did their mini "we're here!" airshow my son was suitably impressed by the men and machines.

    My 6 year old daughter didn't seem too impressed until they hit the smoke and went into a loop. Her comment was, "Oh look daddy, they're making rainbows!" :rofl:

    My favorite Blue Angels video doesn't even show the Blue Angels beyond a hand shake.



    "Oh my God!"

    "We're not crashing are we?"

    "Did we do it?"

    "You can look outside if you want. It might be a little bit disorienting."

    "But I didn't throw up, not once."

    :rofl:

    Second favorite video is Van Halen's "Dreams" back when they were flying Jimmy Carter's fuel efficient A-4's.



    What a great collaboration! :patriot:


    Regards,
    Happyguy :)
     
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    I've always liked the A4. If I had FU money, that would be a great personal jet.
     
  10. tous

    tous GET A ROPE!

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    Another fine McDonnell Douglas product. :thumbsup:

    Speaking of bomb loaders, one the the specifications for new fighter aircraft was their ability to carry nuclear weapons. Hang the nuke first, then worry about the little bombs later. :scared:
     
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    If we were loading nukes. That was all that went on the plane. The F-16 carried the B-61. :dancingbanana:
     
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    There were no 'nukes' on the F-16 ...... They did, however, carry 'special stores' ..... :whistling:
     
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    :supergrin: :whistling:
     
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    ...From the era when they put the right amount of engines on them ..... :tongueout:
     
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    tous GET A ROPE!

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    The A4D began as a Douglas Aircraft product. Only when they merged with McDonnell (1967) did they see the error of their ways. :poke: After that, they were relegated to making commercial airliners and let the big kids make the fun stuff.

    However, they did get the big hook for landing on a boat thing right. :supergrin:
     
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    In our iteration as Convair, we made the rousingly successful Convair 880 and 990 ....

    Whaddaya mean ya never heard of them ... they looked like this:

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    Not a good thing .... Landing on a boat subjects your airframe to sea salt corrosion, and going overboard if you miss a wire ..... :whistling:
     
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    Don't forget this Convair product. Convair_B-58A_Hustler_in_flight_(SN_59-2442)._Photo_taken_on_June_29,_1967_061101-F-1234P-019.jpg
     
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    Well, Tous mentioned 'being relegated to airliners' so I dug up some airliner examples ...

    Now as to your example, I think the small fuselage section would have been subject to pax complaint, had Convair put portholes in it ..... :rofl:
     
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    I believe they actually tried to make a corporate jet based on the B-58. Just not as fast.
     
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    :wow:
    I did not know that !
    "Over 200 were sold to the civilian market ... :wow:
    118 B-58s were built ... and they fell outta the sky in droves ...
    I think civilians flying these would have produced carnage on an unprecedented scale :alex:

    http://tbo.wikidot.com/sstream1

    Convair C-161 Superstream Military version of Superstream III business jet used for special mission support and electronic surveillance roles. It featured a 150-foot fuselage with a pressurized cabin that could carry a maximum of 52 passengers seated two abreast. This developed version of the Superstream differed from the military B-58 in that the tailcone extended far behind the trailing edge of the delta wing, and featured a separate horizontal tail. The aircraft was powered by four Pratt & Whitney J58 turbojets (two under the wings, and two on the wingtips), and could cruise at a speed of Mach 2.4 over a range of 2500 nautical miles. Normal configuration was for 26 passengers

    I can find no pictures .... :headscratch:
    Probably were mythical internet concoctions .... :frown:
     
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