July 4th - Planes to Remember...

Discussion in 'Off-Topic' started by xcel, Jul 3, 2016.

  1. xcel

    xcel PZEV, there's nothing like it :) Staff Member

    Hi All:

    An F-16 Falcon loaded for the hunt captured from this unique angle with a strong telephoto and the perfect backdtop.

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    Wayne
     
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  2. xcel

    xcel PZEV, there's nothing like it :) Staff Member

    Hi All:

    An ancient SU-22 was screwing around with one of these earlier today. It shouldn't have. ;)

    Meet the F/A-18 Hornet

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  3. xcel

    xcel PZEV, there's nothing like it :) Staff Member

    Highway to the Danger Zone...

    A Grumman F-14 Tomcat at sunset.

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    Wayne
     
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  4. phoebeisis

    phoebeisis Well-Known Member

    Huge aside
    but last week I watched WW2 vintage footage of a Corsair with JATO/RATO bottles on the fuselage
    it was taking off from a carrier-
    Guessing perhaps they were trying to find a way to get more planes or more heavily loaded planes off those short carriers-
    to ground attack with more bombs rockets
    of just to get more planes in the air farther out to shoot down the Kamikaze
    Don't think they actually ever used the RATO bottles for REAL in WW2-

    It was shown on the part of the program when the joint chiefs were sweating the landing on mainland Japan
    Okinawa we had just taken 70000 casualities(I think it was 15,000-20000 deaths-4000-5000 sailors) 100,000 dead Japanese soldiers only 3000 surrendered
    and maybe as many civilian casualties(many many deaths-some suicides-but plenty of collateral damage too)

    Anyway that BS A-BOMB was not necessary-is just that-the Russians in Manchuria-very little effect on how hard the japanese would fight on the home islands
    They could retreat in manchuria-china- can't retreat on Home Islands
    If when we attacked the REAL" home islands-Okinawa was sorta a Home island-but not really
    we would have suffered at LEAST 250,000 casualties-at least 1/5 would be deaths
    and MILLIONS -of japanese would have died-mostly civilians

    Even when the japanese -emperior and leadership-decided to surrender-there was a coup-to try to prevent the recording of the Emperor's message to the japanese people
    The japanese-then and now- are BIG on suicide
    not unlike some of our current adversaries
    unfortunately they were much more adept and armed(actual nation fighting together) in a military sense-than the middle easterners-who in general don't get along with "other tribes religions" in the same region
     
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  5. xcel

    xcel PZEV, there's nothing like it :) Staff Member

    Hi All:

    A Spitfire and maybe an ME109 head to head...

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  6. xcel

    xcel PZEV, there's nothing like it :) Staff Member

    Hi All:

    Wrong lens - 19 mm (28.5 mm) Prime when I needed the 60 mm (90 mm) - as usual. :(

    Bell Boeing V-22 Osprey

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    Flying back to its home at the Marine Corps Air Station Miramar.​

    Wayne
     
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  7. xcel

    xcel PZEV, there's nothing like it :) Staff Member

    Hi All:

    What about the Carriers that took some of these planes into the teeth of the devil?

    Here is a panoramic shot I took of the majestic USS Midway in downtown San Diego with the #Samsung #GalaxyS8+ while in the 2018 #ElantraGT yesterday.

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    Wayne
     
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  8. phoebeisis

    phoebeisis Well-Known Member

    Pretty planes
    And the Osprey picture
    Gee-by my standards that would be a good picture
     
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  9. xcel

    xcel PZEV, there's nothing like it :) Staff Member

    HI All:

    Some may have remember me posting this a few times. In an Audi A7 story in particular.

    Here is the guy behind the controls...

     

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