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  1. HONOR THE FALLEN http://www.militarycity.com/valor/honor.html
  2. Friday Night Tunes

    'Tis the Season for Great Music https://video.search.yahoo.com/search/video?fr=mcafee&p=hallalujah+chorus#id=13&vid=35b8f38acc0ac24e4d267f6e71f72ce2&action=view

    In Remembrance of Pearl Harbor and Those That Fought in WWII Most Americans who were not adults during WWII have no understanding of the magnitude of it. This listing of some of the aircraft facts gives a bit of insight to it. Of the total 276,000 aircraft manufactured in the US 43,000 planes lost overseas, including 23,000 in combat. 14,000 lost in the continental U.S. The US civilian population maintained a dedicated effort for four years, many working long hours seven days per week and often also volunteering for other work. WWII was the largest human effort in history. Statistics from Flight Journal magazine. THE COST of DOING BUSINESS ---- The staggering cost of war. THE PRICE OF VICTORY (cost of an aircraft in WWII dollars) B-17 $204,370. P-40 $44,892. B-24 $215,516. P-47 $85,578. B-25 $142,194. P-51 $51,572. B-26 $192,426. C-47 $88,574. B-29 $605,360. PT-17 $15,052. P-38 $97,147. AT-6 $22,952. PLANES A DAY WORLDWIDE From Germany's invasion of Poland Sept. 1, 1939 and ending with Japan 's surrender Sept. 2, 1945 --- 2,433 days. From 1942 onward, America averaged 170 planes lost a day. How many is a 1,000 planes? B-17 production (12,731) wingtip to wingtip would extend 250 miles. 1,000 B-17s carried 2.5 million gallons of high octane fuel and required 10,000 airmen to fly and fight in them. THE NUMBERS GAME 9.7 billion gallons of gasoline consumed, 1942-1945. 107.8 million hours flown, 1943-1945. 459.7 billion rounds of aircraft ammo fired overseas, 1942-1945. 7.9 million bombs dropped overseas, 1943-1945. 2.3 million combat sorties, 1941-1945 (one sortie = one takeoff). 299,230 aircraft accepted, 1940-1945. 808,471 aircraft engines accepted, 1940-1945. 799,972 propellers accepted, 1940-1945. WWII MOST-PRODUCED COMBAT AIRCRAFT Ilyushin IL-2 Sturmovik 36,183 Yakolev Yak-1,-3,-7, -9 31,000+ Messerschmitt Bf-109 30,480 Focke-Wulf Fw-190 29,001 Supermarine Spitfire/Seafire 20,351 Convair B-24/PB4Y Liberator/Privateer 18,482 Republic P-47 Thunderbolt 15,686 North American P-51 Mustang 15,875 Junkers Ju-88 15,000 Hawker Hurricane 14,533 Curtiss P-40 Warhawk 13,738 Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress 12,731 Vought F4U Corsair 12,571 Grumman F6F Hellcat 12,275 Petlyakov Pe-2 11,400 Lockheed P-38 Lightning 10,037 Mitsubishi A6M Zero 10,449 North American B-25 Mitchell 9,984 Lavochkin LaGG-5 9,920 Note: The LaGG-5 was produced with both water-cooled and air-cooled engines. Grumman TBM Avenger 9,837 Bell P-39 Airacobra 9,584 Nakajima Ki-43 Oscar 5,919 DeHavilland Mosquito 7,780 Avro Lancaster 7,377 Heinkel He-111 6,508 Handley-Page Halifax 6,176 Messerschmitt Bf-110 6,150 Lavochkin LaGG-7 5,753 Boeing B-29 Superfortress 3,970 Short Stirling 2,383 Sources: Rene Francillon, Japanese Aircraft of the Pacific war; Cajus Bekker, The Luftwaffe Diaries; Ray Wagner, American Combat Planes; Wikipedia. According to the AAF Statistical Digest, in less than four years (December 1941- August 1945), the US Army Air Forces lost 14,903 pilots, aircrew and assorted personnel plus 13,873 airplanes --- inside the continental United States . They were the result of 52,651 aircraft accidents (6,039 involving fatalities) in 45 months. Think about those numbers. They average 1,170 aircraft accidents per month---- nearly 40 a day. (Less than one accident in four resulted in totaled aircraft, however.) It gets worse..... Almost 1,000 Army planes disappeared en route from the US to foreign climes. But an eye-watering 43,581 aircraft were lost overseas including 22,948 on combat missions (18,418 against the Western Axis) and 20,633 attributed to non-combat causes overseas. In a single 376 plane raid in August 1943, 60 B-17s were shot down. That was a 16 percent loss rate and meant 600 empty bunks in England . In 1942-43 it was statistically impossible for bomber crews to complete a 25-mission tour in Europe . Pacific theater losses were far less (4,530 in combat) owing to smaller forces committed. The worst B-29 mission, against Tokyo on May 25, 1945, cost 26 Superfortresses, 5.6 percent of the 464 dispatched from the Marianas . On average, 6,600 American servicemen died per month during WWII, about 220 a day. By the end of the war, over 40,000 airmen were killed in combat theaters and another 18,000 wounded. Some 12,000 missing men were declared dead, including a number "liberated" by the Soviets but never returned. More than 41,000 were captured, half of the 5,400 held by the Japanese died in captivity, compared with one-tenth in German hands. Total combat casualties were pegged at 121,867. US manpower made up the deficit. The AAF's peak strength was reached in 1944 with 2,372,000 personnel, nearly twice the previous year's figure. The losses were huge---but so were production totals. From 1941 through 1945, American industry delivered more than 276,000 military aircraft. That number was enough not only for US Army, Navy and Marine Corps, but for allies as diverse as Britain , Australia , China and Russia . In fact, from 1943 onward, America produced more planes than Britain and Russia combined. And more than Germany and Japan together 1941-45. However, our enemies took massive losses. Through much of 1944, the Luftwaffe sustained uncontrolled hemorrhaging, reaching 25 percent of aircrews and 40 planes a month. And in late 1944 into 1945, nearly half the pilots in Japanese squadrons had flown fewer than 200 hours. The disparity of two years before had been completely reversed. Experience Level: Uncle Sam sent many of his sons to war with absolute minimums of training. Some fighter pilots entered combat in 1942 with less than one hour in their assigned aircraft. The 357th Fighter Group (often known as The Yoxford Boys) went to England in late 1943 having trained on P-39s. The group never saw a Mustang until shortly before its first combat mission. A high-time P-51 pilot had 30 hours in type. Many had fewer than five hours. Some had one hour. With arrival of new aircraft, many combat units transitioned in combat. The attitude was, "They all have a stick and a throttle. Go fly `em." When the famed 4th Fighter Group converted from P-47s to P-51s in February 1944, there was no time to stand down for an orderly transition. The Group commander, Col. Donald Blakeslee, said, "You can learn to fly `51s on the way to the target. A future P-47 ace said, "I was sent to England to die." He was not alone. Some fighter pilots tucked their wheels in the well on their first combat mission with one previous flight in the aircraft. Meanwhile, many bomber crews were still learning their trade: of Jimmy Doolittle's 15 pilots on the April 1942 Tokyo raid, only five had won their wings before 1941. All but one of the 16 copilots were less than a year out of flight school. In WWII flying safety took a back seat to combat. The AAF's worst accident rate was recorded by the A-36 Invader version of the P-51: a staggering 274 accidents per 100,000 flying hours. Next worst were the P-39 at 245, the P-40 at 188, and the P-38 at 139. All were Allison powered. Bomber wrecks were fewer but more expensive. The B-17 and B-24 averaged 30 and 35 accidents per 100,000 flight hours, respectively-- a horrific figure considering that from 1980 to 2000 the Air Force's major mishap rate was less than 2. The B-29 was even worse at 40; the world's most sophisticated, most capable and most expensive bomber was too urgently needed to stand down for mere safety reasons. The AAF set a reasonably high standard for B-29 pilots, but the desired figures were seldom attained. The original cadre of the 58th Bomb Wing was to have 400 hours of multi-engine time, but there were not enough experienced pilots to meet the criterion. Only ten percent had overseas experience. Conversely, when a $2.1 billion B-2 crashed in 2008, the Air Force initiated a two-month "safety pause" rather than declare a "stand down", let alone grounding. The B-29 was no better for maintenance. Though the R3350 was known as a complicated, troublesome power-plant, no more than half the mechanics had previous experience with the Duplex Cyclone. But they made it work. Navigators: Perhaps the greatest unsung success story of AAF training was Navigators. The Army graduated some 50,000 during the War. And many had never flown out of sight of land before leaving "Uncle Sugar" for a war zone. Yet the huge majority found their way across oceans and continents without getting lost or running out of fuel --- a stirring tribute to the AAF's educational establishments. Cadet To Colonel: It was possible for a flying cadet at the time of Pearl Harbor to finish the war with eagles on his shoulders. That was the record of John D. Landers, a 21-year-old Texan, who was commissioned a second lieutenant on December 12, 1941. He joined his combat squadron with 209 hours total flight time, including 2? in P-40s. He finished the war as a full colonel, commanding an 8th Air Force Group --- at age 24. As the training pipeline filled up, however those low figures became exceptions. By early 1944, the average AAF fighter pilot entering combat had logged at least 450 hours, usually including 250 hours in training. At the same time, many captains and first lieutenants claimed over 600 hours. FACT: At its height in mid-1944, the Army Air Forces had 2.6 million people and nearly 80,000 aircraft of all types. Today the US Air Force employs 327,000 active personnel (plus 170,000 civilians) with 5,500+ manned and perhaps 200 unmanned aircraft. The 2009 figures represent about 12 percent of the manpower and 7 percent of the airplanes of the WWII peak. IN SUMMATION: Whether there will ever be another war like that experienced in 1940-45 is doubtful, as fighters and bombers have given way to helicopters and remotely-controlled drones over Afghanistan and Iraq . But within living memory, men left the earth in 1,000-plane formations and fought major battles five miles high, leaving a legacy that remains timeless.
  4. I accidentally deleted this topic so here's a great way to start a new one..... Thanks Uncle Ron ...http://www.militarytimes.com/multimedia/video/rpg_surgery/ Every person in this film is a hero.....
  5. AMERICA'S HERO'S ll......

    PEARL HARBOR AND WHY WE STAND We were having an 8 a.m. coffee with family in their home on the Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam when the music started. Ringing through the morning, as happens every day here and on U.S. military bases around the world, was the melody of “The Star-Spangled Banner.” As the song plays, people strolling through the neighborhood freeze in their steps, cars pull to the side of the road, and even children stop playing and stand tall, exactly as they have been taught, to honor our flag and the freedom and sacrifice that it embodies. “Whose broad stripes and bright stars through the perilous fight, “O’er the ramparts we watch’d were so gallantly streaming? Although I’ve been deeply moved by this anthem throughout my life, it is particularly poignant here at Pearl Harbor, especially as we approach Dec. 7, the anniversary of the “date which will live in infamy.” The words and music seem to carry with them the spirits of those who gave their lives for our freedom in this very place 76 years ago. “And the rocket’s red glare, the bombs bursting in air, “Gave proof through the night that our flag was still there …” I imagine the terror of that awful Sunday in this peaceful neighborhood. Homes like the one I visited were occupied by dads, moms, and children, most still in the safety of their beds. While airmen and seamen slept in, relaxed or attended to early morning tasks just after sunrise on what promised to be a beautiful Hawaiian day, the world suddenly changed forever. Many must have listened intently as they were stirred from their sleep by the roar of bombers overhead, a sound that was alarmingly different from that of normal flight exercises. Others would have stared and pointed at the sky in confusion as it suddenly darkened by hundreds of foreign aircraft. When the whistle of bombs screaming toward the earth began, fear and panic quickly gripped hearts as the ground erupted and the harbor spewed from the deafening, continual explosions. “O say does that star-spangled banner yet wave, “O’er the land of the free and the home of the brave?” In the end, eight of the Pacific Fleet’s battleships were badly damaged and several, including the Arizona, were sunk, sending many of their seamen to a watery death. Sixteen ships in all and 367 aircraft were damaged or destroyed. And, so very devastating to our nation and to all who loved them, 2,335 men and women in service were murdered by evil on these hallowed grounds and waters, and another 1,178 were wounded. By the time the bloody world war ended in 1945, more than 400,000 American military men and women had been killed. They proudly fought and honored our flag with their very lives so that you and I could live in peace and freedom. While they endured a hellish nightmare for us, it is beyond shameful that some cannot muster the decency to simply stand in honor of them.
  6. Play by the rules for recovery Doc and you'll be detecting again in a short time. I learned the hard way (hard headed) that the rules are for a good purpose.
  7. NO SECOND AMENDMENT RIGHTS FOR TERRORISTS http://video.foxnews.com/v/4955809233001/judge-jeanine-terrorists-have-no-second-amendment-rights/

    One of the local prospectors (150) took his new toy (Minelab 7000) to one of the oldest worked out areas last week for a test. I only heard about this after the fact but how do you test a new machine when you can't even read the owners manual which is in English. He said he and his buddy dug a lot of trash targets but one of the targets really blasted his ears (his words). Turns out it was a nugget about a foot deep. I didn't see the nugget but it was described as the shape of your index finger and weighed 300 grams!
  9. Darwin Awards for 2016

    Man Pulls Grenade Pin for “Cool” Photo, Ends Up in Morgue https://conservativetribune.com/man-pulls-grenade-pin/

    Lightning Facts - The picture alone is worth clicking http://www.foxnews.com/science/2017/11/30/lightning-bolts-are-churning-out-antimatter-all-over-planet-earth.html
  11. The early bird may get the worm, but the second mouse gets the cheese in the trap.
  12. Weird $tuff

    What's the definition of irreconcilable differences? When she's melting down her wedding ring to cast it into a bullet.
  13. Thirty great memories about music that caused our parents and teachers grief! Take the quiz and see how you score as a true ''Oldies Fan.'' 1. When did ''Little Suzie'' finally wake up? (a) The movie's over, it's 2 o'clock (B) The movie's over, it's 3 o'clock © The movie's over, it's 4 o'clock
  14. Weird $tuff

    The Redhead A man is dining in a fancy restaurant and there’s a gorgeous redhead sitting at the next table. He’s been checking her out since he sat down, but lacks the nerve to talk with her. Suddenly she sneezes, and her glass eye comes flying out of its socket toward the man. He reflexively reaches out, grabs it out of the air, and hands it back. "Oh my, I am so sorry," the woman says as she pops her eye back in place. "Let me buy your dinner to make it up to you," she says. They enjoy a wonderful dinner together, and afterwards they go to the theatre followed by drinks. They talk, they laugh, she shares her deepest dreams and he shares his. She listens After paying for everything, she asks him if he would like to come to her place for a nightcap. They had a wonderful time. He stays for breakfast. The next morning, she cooks a gourmet meal with all the trimmings. The guy is amazed. Everything had been SO incredible! "You know," he said, "you are the perfect woman, are you this nice to every guy you meet?" "No," she replies. . ."You just happened to catch my eye."
  15. Weird $tuff

    Then president, Bill and Hillary were at a Yankees home game, sitting in the first row, with the Secret Service people directly behind them. One of the Secret Service guys leans forward and whispers something to Bill. At first, Clinton stares at the guy, looks at Hillary, looks back at the agent, and shakes his head "no". The agent then says, "Mr. President, it was a unanimous request of the entire team, from the owner of the team to the bat boy." Bill hesitates, but begins to change his mind when the agent tells him the fans would love it. Bill shrugs his shoulders and says, "Ho-Kay! If that is what the people want. C'mere Hilly baby." With that, Bill gets up, grabs Hillary by her collar and the seat of her pants, lifts her up, and tosses her right over the wall onto the field. She gets up kicking, swearing, screaming, "Bill you"!$#@&!". The crowd goes absolutely wild. Fans are jumping up and down, cheering, hooting and hollering, and high-fiving. Bill is bowing, smiling and waving to the crowd. He leans over to the agent and says, "How about that; I would have never believed how much everyone would enjoy that!" > Noticing the agent has gone totally pale, he asks what is wrong. > The agent replies, "Sir, I said they want you to throw out the first 'pitch'.."
  16. Weird $tuff

    AGAIN: http://mail.uol.com.br/attachment?msg_id=NDIzMTM&ctype=VID-20170430-WA0004.mp4&disposition=attachment&content_id=<38c4c8ea-8268-e262-f057-d521deb211bd%40yahoo.com>&folder=JUNK&attsize=10573114&content_id=<38c4c8ea-8268-e262-f057-d521deb211bd@yahoo.com>&accountId=0 Worked for me again Homey. Left click it and wait, it opens auto.
  17. Weird $tuff

    Homey "Anexo não encontrado""" is "attachment not found". it's Portuguese. When you clicked the link did you look at the bottom left corner of your screen to see it downloading? It takes a minute or so.
  18. Weird $tuff

    HOW DOES SHE DO THIS http://mail.uol.com.br/attachment?msg_id=NDIzMTM&ctype=VID-20170430-WA0004.mp4&disposition=attachment&content_id=<38c4c8ea-8268-e262-f057-d521deb211bd%40yahoo.com>&folder=JUNK&attsize=10573114&content_id=<38c4c8ea-8268-e262-f057-d521deb211bd@yahoo.com>&accountId=0 After clicking the link wait a minute or so and watch the video load at the bottom left corner of your screen. When it's finished loading it will open.
  19. Weird $tuff

    NO SEX AFTER SURGERY A recent article in the San Francisco Examiner reported that Nancy Pelosi has sued Stanford Hospital, saying that "after her husband had surgery there, he lost all interest in sex." A hospital spokesman replied: " your husband was admitted for cataract surgery. All we did was correct his eyesight."

    Morlock I've been eating Pique for 18 yeas and only last week I got three of the spines in my mouth. Two in my tongue and one in my lip. A nice trick is dry the mouth with a towel or paper napkin and then use a piece of strong tape like duct tape and lay it on the area where the spines are and they will stick to the tape. Work this time any way. The bottom pic is what they look like, very Yellow.

    After sitting around the house for four months doing close to nothing I decided yesterday to give the belly a Thanks Giving test. Loaded the wife in the Toyota and took her to the lake to harvest Pique. A fruit that basically grows wild here. She knows where several trees are after the 15 mile drive on a bumpy and pot holed dirt road. We had to go to several different areas because somebody was ahead of us and had pretty much cleaned the ground. Pique are always harvested after they fall off the tree. Ended up with four nice sacks full then the 15 miles back to the house. Belly handled the rough road pretty good as long as I never got out of 2nd gear. Hoping to start slow and easy next week detecting. HALLELUJAH AND PASS THE TURKEY!
  22. NO SECOND AMENDMENT RIGHTS FOR TERRORISTS http://video.foxnews.com/v/4955809233001/judge-jeanine-terrorists-have-no-second-amendment-rights/
  23. Here's a question

    jjb I hear you about the re-loader. For thirty years I loaded 12 ga. for me and my son for quail season. Always started out with 1,000 rounds, usually that lasted the season. Now I like weighing gold better, I don't care what the scale is set on as long as it's weighing gold instead of shot and powder.

    Today being veterans day I say "thank you to all veterans who have served our country"!
  25. My Collection

    BD you have been proving for years that you certainly know how to cut irons. Thanks for posting all those spheres! Don Martin