Friday, December 2, 2016

Real Unemployment Numbers/Washington Lies

This morning the government released it latest adjusted numbers for unemployment at 4.6%. This would be essentially full employment, so how do the explain the 95.1 million Americans not in the work force?

This is an example of the B.S. stats that come out of Washington over the last 8 years to cover for a failed president.

For a more realistic view check out shadowstats by John Williams. They show the unadjusted number at 22.9 as of the end of October.

Sunday, October 9, 2016

New Pics

It been months since I posted anything, time to get beck into it, especially since the world is coming off the rails. But first some Eagles,

Below is the flagship of the 1st FS of the 323 Fighter Wing. The 1st is no longer active, I served in the squadron twice, the first time and it was my first F-15 assignment as a Avionics technician from Sept 84- Nov 87 then the second tome from Nov 91 - Nov 97

Friday, March 25, 2016

U.S. Uses upgraded OV-10G Broncos against ISIS

Check out the link to the Daily Beast article. Looks like we deployed the two heavily modified OV-10Gs from the Navy's  Special Warfare's Combat Dragon II program.

I've said for years that the Air Force and Marine Air have missed a golden opportunity by not pursuing  upgraded Broncos. There are a multitude of missions that an upgraded OV-10 can do that would be considerable cheaper than deploying F-16's or even A-10's.

I'm not surprised by the lack of foresight and zeal in acquiring an aircraft like the Bronco, but judging by the incompetence shown by both the Air Staff and the Marine Corps with the ongoing F-35 disaster I shouldn't be.

Anyway her is the link and a pic.

Russian Attack Helicopters in Syria

The Russians announced the pull out of the majority of their Air Force units from Syria. But at the same time are beefing up their Attack Helicopter force by deploying both the KA-52 Alligator and the MI-28 Havoc.

Syria is looking more and more like the Spanish Civil War every day.



Dassault Super Etendard bows out

Last week when the French carrier Charles De Gaulle returned to port they launched the last sorties of the Super Etendard. The Super Etendard has served the French Navy for over 40 years and will retire from service later this year.

The jet has also been used by both the Iraqi Air Force and the Argentine Navy.
Most notable use of the Super Entendard was during the Falklands war. Using the purpose designed Exocet anti ship missile the Argentine's made two successful attacks on the British Task Force, the first heavily damaged the H.M.S. Sheffield which later was scuttled. The second was against the merchant ship Atlantic Conveyor which was sunk.

Currently the Argentine Navy who has a fleet of 11 aircraft. all of which have been upgraded to the SEM ( Super Etendard Modernization) standard.

U.S.S. Hartford ice surfacing during ICEEX 2016

Another cool video this time its the fast attack submarine U.S.S. Hartford surfacing through the ice during ICEEX 2016.

C-17 on a dirt strip

Great video of a C-17 landing on a dirt strip and unloading a pair of Apache's.
You really have to understand how big a C-17 is to know how impressive this is.

Friday, February 12, 2016

New post, New Baltic Air Cover

Its been awhile but its time to get back to regular posting on aircraft and what ever general stuff that catches my eye. Work is hectic jet engines are one of the few bright spots in the economy.

Here are two pics of the new team to cover the Baltic, the Spanish and Belgium Air Force. The will be using the Typhoon and the F-16.

Saturday, November 7, 2015

Romanian Mig-21

The Romanian Air Force is one of the last 4 Mig-21 users in Europe. There Mig -21 were upgraded a number of years ago by Elbit to the lancer standard, The upgrade including new avionics suite, an improved radar and the ability to deliver precision weapons. Next year Romania is scheduled to start taken deliver of refurbished F-16's from both the Portuguese and the U.S. Air Force.
But for now we can still enjoy the very clean old school jets.

B-52's in Britain

Earlier this year B-52's from Minot AFB deployed to RAF Fairford for and exercise. Here are some great pics by Tom Osborne.

New Eagle pics

Two new ones at least for me of the F-15.

Sunday, October 4, 2015

Russian Fighters in Syria

In the various video's and articles about the Russians in Syria I've seen at least three different kinds of jets, SU-25 Frogfoots, SU-24 Fencers and SU-34 Fullbacks.
A very intersting group of jets, hers are some pics.
SU-25 Frogfoot

SU-34 Fullback

SU-24 Fencer

199th DeployingF-22 Raptors to the Middle East

Without much fan fair the 199th FS has apparently deployed F-22 Raptors to the Middle East on Sept 30.
Here is what was attached to the video

U.S. F-22 Raptors deploy from Hawaii headed to the CENTCOM Area of Responsibility, which includes Syria, Iraq, Afghanistan, and all of the Middle East. Filmed On September 30, 2015. Unit - U.S. Air Force, 199th Fighter Squadron, 19th Fighter Squadron, 154th Wing, 15th Wing

F-22 of the 199 FS

Alabama Back? They Never really left, AL 38 - GA 10

The Georgia Bulldogs offered nothing in yesterdays game between the hedges as Alabama's Crimson Tide ran them off the field. The best parts was watching the GA fans start to stream out with 11 minutes left in the 3rd quarter.

Like a herd of thundering elephants the Crimson Tide has taken the field.

The Battle of Mogadishu

22 years ago this weekend the Battle of Mogadishu occurred.
This battle is another example of of the insanity of allowing DoD civilians to dictate and limit how on scene Commanders handle their  mission.

The simple fact of the matter is that Secretary of Defense Les Aspin and the Clinton administration decided that giving the Commanders what they asked for USAF AC-130 gunship coverage and the USMC M-1 Abrams tanks would make us look too imperialistic.

I've read some of the apologists analyst paper on the use of tanks and APC's in this operation and how it would not have made much of a difference. I heartily disagree with all of them. Having the heavy fire power in support and armor protection by these tracked vehicles in my opinion would have prevented many of the deaths and and decreased the number of wounded. Anyone who would argue this point should apologize to the widows and family of the men who were KIA.

Mogadishu is another example that shows how dedicated and brave our Armed Forces members are. It also shows how our politicians will task our military with ridiculous missions but then limit their support, kind of like a boxer fighting with one arm tied behind his back. If your wondering how Afghanistan is going to end look no further than Somalia.


1st Special Forces Operational Detachment Delta
MSG Gary Gordon
MSG Tim Martin
SFC Randy Shughart
SFC Earl Filmore
SFC Matt Rierson
SSG Daniel Busch

160th Special Operations Aviation Detachment
CWO Raymond Frank
CWO Clifton Wolcott
CWO Donovan Briley
SSG William Cleveland
SSG Thomas Field

3rd Ranger Battalion 75th Ranger Regiment
Sgt Casey Joyce
Sgt Dominick Pilla
Sgt Lorenzo Ruiz
Cpl Jamie Smith
Spc James Cavaco
PFC Richard

2nd Battalion 14th Infantry Regiment 2nd Brigade 10th Mountain Division
Sgt Cornell Houston
PFC James Martin

19th Battalion Royal Malay Regiment
LCPL Mat Aznan Wang