Saturday, March 20, 2010

Venezuela K-8 Deliveries

The first six of eighteen K-8 training/light attack aircraft have been delivered to the Venezuelan Air Force. This is what you end up with when you have a communist thug in power. The VAF was at one time equipped with two squadrons of F-16’s none of which are airworthy because of the, U.S. embargo in place since 2006.

Bad Day at Fallon NAS

Two pilots based out of Lemoore are safe today after their jets collided above Naval Air Station Fallon in Nevada.

The mid-air collision happened around 10:00 p.m. Monday night during what the Navy is calling a routine training mission.

Both pilots were flying F/A 18 E Super Hornet aircraft.

One pilots landed safely, with damage to his aircraft; the other was forced to eject and was found by rescue crews about an hour after the crash.

Both pilots are okay following the crash.

The pilots were based out of NAS Lemoore and are part of Strike Fighter Squadron 137.

The cause of the collision is under investigation.

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

No US flag flying in Hati

The latest BS from the Obama administration. As a vet this just blows my mind, this needs to be spread around.

Via Waeseal Zippers

The many nations helping Haiti recover from the devastating earthquake that struck there have set up their own military compounds and fly their flags at the entrances. France's tricolor, Britain's Union Jack and even Croatia's coat of arms flap in the breeze.

But the country whose contributions dwarf the rest of the world's — the United States — has no flag at its main installation near the Port-au-Prince airport.

The lack of the Stars and Stripes does not sit well with some veterans and servicemembers who say the U.S. government should be proud to fly the flag in Haiti, given the amount of money and manpower the U.S. is donating to help the country recover from the Jan. 12 quake.

The Obama administration says flying the flag could give Haiti the wrong idea.

"We are not here as an occupation force, but as an international partner committed to supporting the government of Haiti on the road to recovery," the U.S. government's Haiti Joint Information Center said in response to a query about the flag.

The absence of the American flag bothers Navy veteran Arthur Herriford, national president of the Pearl Harbor Survivors Association.

"It's very improper," Herriford said. "Our military people always engage and function under the American colors — always have and always will."