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20 hours ago, hobot said:

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I sawe the storrey on thisse laste weeke.....  luckey guye!                       Love you worke         :)

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3 hours ago, hobot said:

 

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Man the ladder pipes!! We call that "making a bathtub". Burn the top off and fill it with water...................:lol:

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9 minutes ago, QBF said:

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Someone needs to tell ol' Ponch to ease up on the tooth whitener!

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17 minutes ago, Willin' said:

Someone needs to tell ol' Ponch to ease up on the tooth whitener!

Ponch?

 That’s Arnold, himself! He played the character, “Handsome Stranger” in the film The Villain.

 

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1 minute ago, Willin' said:

Someone needs to tell ol' Ponch to ease up on the tooth whitener!

Arnie....

 

WL

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Wow, did I ever mis-see that or whut?

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2 minutes ago, Rasputin22 said:

I think that Arnie in his prime could have made a couple of Ponch's by body mass.

He’s got a long way to go to catch up to Steven Seagal.  I always got a good laugh when I’d see a pic of him wearing a trench coat in sweltering temperatures in an attempt to hide his ever growing pot belly. 

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Musta been blinded by the white...

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The photo on the right looks like he literally had Putin over for lunch!  Deep fried Putin ala Seagal

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20 minutes ago, Left Shift said:

More adventurous fathers had "The Story of O". Mom may or may not have been glad they did.   http://www.angelfire.com/in2/lasoldeleo/O1.html

I found Last Exit To Brooklyn on Dad's nightstand once when I was about a sophomore in HS. That's when I learned there were things he left out when we had the talk.

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17 minutes ago, Snaggletooth said:

Go sitte in cornnere, dointte saye a worde.............

No kidding.....sheesh!

You kids are going way too fast for me today......she was originally destined for the top of page 240.

 

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Just curious, how do you know when a post will be the next on top? Is there a specific set number of posts per page?

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1 minute ago, Point Break said:

Just curious, how do you know when a post will be the next on top? Is there a specific set number of posts per page?

100 poesttes per paige, nextte poestte is xxx01                        :)

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2 minutes ago, Point Break said:

Just curious, how do you know when a post will be the next on top? Is there a specific set number of posts per page?

:ph34r:

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1 minute ago, Snaggletooth said:

100 poesttes per paige, nextte poestte is xxx01                        :)

Multiply that by 3 pics a post.....I'm hunting all of the time and save virtually all the pics I've posted (except for page numbers 50ish thru about 100ish where Photobucket decided to be a bunch of money grubbing pricks)

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1 minute ago, hobot said:

Multiply that by 3 pics a post.....I'm hunting all of the time and save virtually all the pics I've posted (except for page numbers 50ish thru about 100ish where Photobucket decided to be a bunch of money grubbing pricks)

Lostte  accesse to lottes of goodes stuff becauze thoise MGPs                          :)

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23 minutes ago, hobot said:

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Go easy on PB, he's new around here!

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That was a very disturbing pic, I'm really worried about Rasper now.....

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2 minutes ago, Willin' said:

Go easy on PB, he's new around here!

Details.............I'm a big concept guy.....overview......or at least the excuse today...........

Or maybe I just don't pay attention...........:rolleyes:

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24 minutes ago, hobot said:

That was a very disturbing pic, I'm really worried about Rasper now.....

Seagal deserves it. Actually I'm a little worried now myself!

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23 minutes ago, Point Break said:

Or maybe I just don't pay attention...........:rolleyes:

to 'Details', 'big concept', 'excuse', or 'today', juste wondereng             :)

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8 minutes ago, Rasputin22 said:

Seagal deserves it. Actually I'm a little worried now myself!

I thick that wase a mugge shotte frome Japaniese buste in Tockyo forre 'sollisitation"                           :)

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2 hours ago, Snaggletooth said:

to 'Details', 'big concept', 'excuse', or 'today', juste wondereng             :)

Yes. I’m retired........my paying attention days are over. :P

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Your very own Derek Grebe piloting the abandoned Russian IL-76 in the Umm al Qwain desert in the UAE.

The plane was abandoned here by Viktor Bout, the Russian arms dealer that inspired Nicholas Cage's 'Lord of War' character...il763.thumb.jpg.756a33cce9a153113f811b8ff552850c.jpgil76.jpg.2a9c97fb55ad039b00829300b08ab23c.jpgil762.jpg.5f3ba4e2440fb4dcb8037b0505a3549f.jpg

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Derek,

Looks like you need a couple of phone books or a booster seat to be flying that thing!

Talk about flying 'seat of your pants'.

     I did the same sort of adventure in an abandoned Russian biplane Antonov AN-2 that got shot up by the Marines on a little field on the far SE end of Granada during the 'American Incursion'. This was on a sailing trip just after the invasion and things were still pretty messed up. Lots of barbed wire around the Med School and resorts and bullet holes in plaster walled buildings all across the Island. The rental car company probably wouldn't have let us have the car if they had known we were going to venture as far into still 'unsecured territory' as we did. The old cargo bi-plane was pretty shot up and all the instrumentation was gone as in your photos. My buddy and I were taking turns in the pilots seat for the camera and leaning out the pilots side window giving the Victory Thumbs-Up was priceless (and I can't find it!). As we got off the old warhorse I wondered out loud to my companions where all the instruments might be when a gang of kids came out of the bush offering those very souvenirs at what seemed like reasonable prices. I was tempted to buy an altimeter but then one of the kids showed up holding an AK-47 and we got pretty nervous about this impromptu arms market deep in the jungle. The kid didn't threaten or anything, just wanted to make a sale. One of our crew really wanted it for the price but our skipper (and owner of the boat) didn't want the repercussions of having it on board. Actually I hate to think what the still present Marine patrols would have done if we were stopped in a rental car with it in our possession. An old timer joined the group and scolded the kid with the gun and took it away from him and chased the kids off but then turned and offered the gun at an even better price. He invited us to follow him if we wanted to take a look at the 'good stuff'!

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This was about the condition of the plane in Grenada but it had Cuban markings.

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5 hours ago, Derek Grebe said:

Your very own Derek Grebe piloting the abandoned Russian IL-76 in the Umm al Qwain desert in the UAE.

The plane was abandoned here by Viktor Bout, the Russian arms dealer that inspired Nicholas Cage's 'Lord of War' character...

Okay..thats pretty cool.

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Excellent photos!   On the Russian plane, the writing on the side (in Cyrillic) is "Aeroflot", meaning that was a commercial plane.  How cool to fly commercial in a bi-plane!  

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1 hour ago, bugger said:

Excellent photos!   On the Russian plane, the writing on the side (in Cyrillic) is "Aeroflot", meaning that was a commercial plane.  How cool to fly commercial in a bi-plane!  

   Yeah, I thought that was Aeroflot markings.

    I later ran across an ANTONOV AN-2 in the jungles of the Rio Dulce. This one was painted all flat black and had been flying up and down the river for a couple of days. Everyone thought it was a black ops CIA plane or a cartel smuggling plane but it turned out to be some crazy ass Americans who were going to start sight seeing tours on the river. I saw them fly under the PanAm Highway bridge (and the powerlines that flank the bridge) where the Rio meets the Lago and then later heard they had landed at a small jungle clearing downriver. Funny but I ran into them at the backpacker hostel just across from the marina I was staying on a 50' catamaran. I was trying to round up some Swiss backpacker girls to sail across the lake to the thermal springs (great trip!) but these guys had the advantage on me with the big loud mysterious bi-plane. I was telling the girls that there were plenty of bunks on the cat and we could all spend the night on the boat after a long day at the springs and sail back the next day and the Flyboys laughed and one-upped me by telling the girls that they had bunks and accomodations on the plane as well and they could get flown to the nearby volcano the next morning. I folded then and threw in my hand and the guys invited me along just to be good sports about it. 

     The plane was all it was promised to be and the most amazing thing was the full on sound system and disco ball and strobes that made it like a airborne night club! They had speakers mounted facing out of the plane and just loved playing the sound track from 'Apocalypse Now'  with the dial turned up to 11 while flying past Indian fishing villages that were barely out of the Stone Age. That really didn't help with their popularity with the locals and I think that they eventually move across to the Pacific Coast to fly tourists to the volcanoes on that side. Seems like everywhere they went down in Central America it wasn't long before the Contras or whatever rebel group seemed to be present took a liking to the plane and they had to always be on the alert against hijacking. They did get ambushed after landing at a remote little know drug strip by a DEA team working with the local militia and if it hadn't been for the disco lights and sound system playing "New Riders of the Purple Sage" they would have gotten shot to shit! The pilot always kept one of those multi hued clown wigs under his seat and he said the looks on the faces of the DEA guys when he put it on and stuck his head out of the side window as they forced him to shut down those big radial engines was priceless.

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with "Flight of the Valkyries" booming across the jungle!

 

Click here for the soundtrack

http://downloads.bbc.co.uk/tv/tenpieces/secondary/music/wagner_ride_of_the_valkyries.mp3

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1 hour ago, hobot said:

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The strange and remarkable Soviet Lun ekronaplan, designed as a surface-effect ship/aircraft for attacking surface targets on the Caspian Sea.  Up to 380 tons take-off weight.  The only one built, retired in the late 90s, and rotting gently at Kaspiysk in Dagestan.  Amazing Soviet engineering.

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We had an ex-F4 Phantom radar backseater who flew off of our carriers who said that Ekronaplan caused more lost sleep among the men on the carriers than anything else Soviets had that they might throw at them.

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2 minutes ago, Rasputin22 said:

We had an ex-F4 Phantom radar backseater who flew off of our carriers who said that Ekronaplan caused more lost sleep among the men on the carriers than anything else Soviets had that they might throw at them.

Yes, I can imagine.  This beast carried six supersonic ramjet ship-killing missiles, and was hard to detect, as it flew below radar.  The missiles were hard to defend against in the few seconds you get as they're boring in at Mach 2.3 just above sea level.  Much much worse than an Exocet.

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Yeah, he said as big, awkward and ugly as those beasts were, had they built an operative fleet of them our carrier fleet would have been toast if a real fight ever started. He said that they were the original stealth fighter as they hid from radar in the surface clutter and while relatively slow they were really hard to spot from a Phantom. Sitting duck for the F-4 if it was ever spotted and he that 'escorting' one past the fleet was still pretty hairy because they could probably fire the big missiles before you could nail the Plan itself. Once the missles were away the carriers goose would have been cooked. This was well before the close in firepower of the Phalanx guns was available I think. Probably the reason the Phalanx system was ever made.

They kept them under wraps pretty well and hard to find any decent footage on them but here is a pretty decent depiction in an animation.

 

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4 hours ago, Rasputin22 said:

Yeah, he said as big, awkward and ugly as those beasts were, had they built an operative fleet of them our carrier fleet would have been toast if a real fight ever started. He said that they were the original stealth fighter as they hid from radar in the surface clutter and while relatively slow they were really hard to spot from a Phantom. Sitting duck for the F-4 if it was ever spotted and he that 'escorting' one past the fleet was still pretty hairy because they could probably fire the big missiles before you could nail the Plan itself. Once the missles were away the carriers goose would have been cooked. This was well before the close in firepower of the Phalanx guns was available I think. Probably the reason the Phalanx system was ever made.

They kept them under wraps pretty well and hard to find any decent footage on them but here is a pretty decent depiction in an animation.

 

Guess my question would be how were they able to detect the carrier if they were below the horizon and get a radar fix on it to guide the missile...   and  if they did have over the horizon capability could that little suite of transistors and micro chips on the EA-6B jam the radar that is communicating to that missile..

 

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Probably getting a position fix on the carrier group from subs. They only built a couple of the smaller ones and one of the big MOF and my friend thought that the Soviets just rolled those out and sent out to do flybys on NATO joint exercises to just put the fear in everyone. PSYCOPS at its finest. 

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Pretty hard to hit something just by providing gps coordinates. While I was in the Navy during the second half of my enlistment (early 70’s) working on shipboard missile fire control systems the next generation of anti ship missile systems was under development. After I left, enter the AEGIS technology finished development and over the next decade or so was installed on most (maybe all?) surface ships. In addition to the anti ship defensive capabilities, one of the hallmarks of the technology was the ability to launch a missile by one ship and during flight.....”hand it off” to another ship to finish guiding it in to a target. This offered “over the horizon” targeting capability, but did require another ship/station in the targets vicinity. I have no idea if the soviets had developed the same technology. Doubtful but not impossible.

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19 hours ago, Rasputin22 said:

 

Derek,

Looks like you need a couple of phone books or a booster seat to be flying that thing!

Talk about flying 'seat of your pants'.

 

 

you're not wrong! We were sitting on the floor! Seats long gone. The tail-gunner seat was a lonely looking place to be, through a separate pressure door in the tail.. NO guns in this bird, just a window..

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