This is a photo of the Global Hawk UAV that returned
from the war zone recently under its own power. ( Iraq to Edwards AFB in
CA) - Not transported via C5 or C17. Notice the mission paintings
on the fuselage. It's actually over 250 missions.... (And I would suppose
25 air medals). That's a long way for a remotely-piloted aircraft.
Think of the technology (and the required quality of the
data link to fly it remotely). Not only that but the pilot controlled it
from a nice warm control panel at Edwards AFB. It can stay up for almost
two days at altitudes above 60k. The Global Hawk was controlled via satellite;
it flew missions during OT&E that went from Edwards AFB to upper Alaska
and back non-stop.
Basically, they come into the fight at a high mach number,
fire their AMRAAMS, and no one ever sees them or paints with radar. There
is practically no radio chatter because all the guys in the flight are
tied together electronically, and can see who is targeting who, and they
have AWACS direct input and 360 situational awareness from that and other
sensors. The aggressors had a morale problem before it was all over.
It is to air superiority what the jet engine was to aviation.
It can taxi, take off, fly a mission, return, land and taxi on its own.
No blackouts, no fatigue, no relief tubes, no ejection seats, and best
of all, no dead pilots, no POWs.
FROM A RECON MARINE IN AFGHANISTAN
Here is a US Marine who is not afraid to tell
it like it is.
Political Correctness doesn't mean beans to
this tough young warrior.
It's freezing here. I'm sitting on hard, cold dirt
between rocks and shrubs at the base of the Hindu Kush Mountains
along the Dar 'yoi Pomir River watching a hole that leads to a tunnel that
leads to a cave. Stake out, my friend, and no pizza delivery for
thousands of miles.
I also glance at the area around my ass every ten to fifteen
seconds to avoid another scorpion sting. I've actually given up battling
the chiggers and sand fleas, but them scorpions give a jolt like
a cattle prod. Hurts like a bastard. The antidote tastes like transmission
fluid but God bless the Marine Corps for the five vials of it in my pack.
The one truth the Taliban cannot escape is that,
believe it or not, they are human beings, which means they have to
eat food and drink water. That requires couriers and that's where
an old bounty hunter like me comes in handy. I track the couriers,
locate the tunnel entrances and storage facilities, type the info
into the handheld, shoot the coordinates up to the satellite link
that tells the air commanders where to drop the hardware, we bash
some heads for a while, then I track and record the new movement.
It's all about intelligence. We haven't even brought
in the snipers yet. These scurrying rats have no idea what they're in for.
We are but days away from cutting off supply lines and allowing the
eradication to begin.
I dream of bin Laden waking up to find me standing over
him with my boot on his throat as I spit into his face and plunge
my nickel plated Bowie knife through his frontal lobe. But you know
me. I'm a romantic. I've said it before and I'll say it again: This
country blows, man.
It's not even a country. There are no roads, there's
no infrastructure, there's no government. This is an inhospitable,
rock pit shit hole ruled by eleventh century warring tribes. There are
no jobs here like we know jobs.
Afghanistan offers two ways for a man to support his family:
join the opium trade or join the army. That's it. Those are your
options.. Oh, I forgot, you can also live in a refugee camp and eat
plum-sweetened, crushed beetle paste and squirt mud like a goose with
stomach flu if that's your idea of a party. But the smell alone of those
'tent cities of the walking dead' is enough to hurl you into the
poppy fields to cheerfully scrape bulbs for eighteen hours a day.
I've been living with these Tajiks and Uzbeks and
Turkmen and even a couple of Pushtins for over a month and a half now and
this much I can say for sure: These guys, all of 'em, are Huns Actual,
living Huns. They LIVE to fight. It's what they do. It's ALL they
do. They have no respect for anything, not for their families or
for each other or for themselves. They claw at one another as a way of
life They play polo with dead calves and force their five-year-old sons
into human cockfights to defend the family honor. Huns, roaming packs
of savage, heartless beasts who feed on each other's barbarism Cavemen
with AK47's. Then again, maybe I'm just cranky.
I'm freezing my ass off on this stupid hill because
my lap warmer is running out of juice and I can't recharge it until the
sun comes up in a few hours.
Oh yeah! You like to write letters, right? Do me
a favor, Bizarre. Write a letter to CNN and tell Wolf and Anderson
and that awful, sneering, pompous Aaron Brown to stop calling the
Taliban 'smart.' They are not smart. I suggest CNN invest in a dictionary
because the word they are looking for is 'cunning.' The Taliban are cunning,
like jackals and hyenas and wolverines. They are sneaky and ruthless
and, when confronted, cowardly. They are hateful, malevolent parasites
who create nothing and destroy everything else. Smart. Pfft. Yeah, they're
They've spent their entire lives reading only one
book (and not a very good one, as books go) and consider hygiene and indoor
plumbing to be products of the devil. They're still figuring out how to
work a Bic lighter. Talking to a Taliban warrior about improving his quality
of life is like trying to teach an ape how to hold a pen; eventually
he just gets frustrated and sticks you in the eye with it.
OK, enough. Snuffle will be up soon so I have to
get back to my hole. Covering my tracks in the snow takes a lot of
practice but I'm good at it. Please, I tell you and my fellow Americans
to turn off the TV sets and move on with your lives.
The story line you are getting from CNN and
other news agencies is utter bullshit and designed not to deliver
truth but rather to keep you glued to the screen through the commercials.
We've got this one under control The worst thing you guys can do right
now is sit around analyzing what we're doing over here because you have
no idea what we're doing and, really, you don't want to know.
We are your military and we are doing what
you sent us here to do.
You wanna help? Buy Bonds America.
Recon Marine in Afghanistan Semper Fi
DRAFTING GUYS OVER 60
New Direction for any war: Send Service Vets over
I am over 60 and the Armed Forces thinks I'm too old to
track down terrorists. You can't be older than 42 to join the military.
They've got the whole thing ass-backwards. Instead of sending 18-year olds
off to fight, they ought to take us old guys. You shouldn't be able to
join a military unit until you're at least 35.
Researchers say 18-year-olds think about sex every 10
seconds. Old guys only think about sex a couple of times a day, leaving
us more than 28,000 additional seconds per day to concentrate on the enemy.
Young guys haven't lived long enough to be cranky, and
a cranky soldier is a dangerous soldier. 'My back hurts! I can't sleep,
I'm tired and hungry' We are impatient and maybe letting us kill some asshole
that desperately deserves it will make us feel better and shut us up for
An 18-year-old doesn't even like to get up before 10 a.m.
Old guys always get up early to pee so what the hell. Besides, like I said,
'I'm tired and can't sleep and since I'm already up, I may as well be up
killing some fanatical s-of-a-b....
If captured we couldn't spill the beans because we'd forget
where we put them. In fact, name, rank, and serial number would be a real
Boot camp would be easier for old guys. We're used to
getting screamed and yelled at and we're used to soft food. We've also
developed an appreciation for guns. We've been using them for years as
an excuse to get out of the house, away from the screaming and yelling.
They could lighten up on the obstacle course however.
I've been in combat and didn't see a single 20-foot wall with rope hanging
over the side, nor did I ever do any pushups after completing basic training.
Actually, the running part is kind of a waste of energy,
too. I've never seen anyone outrun a bullet.
An 18-year-old has the whole world ahead of him. He's
still learning to shave, to start up a conversation with a pretty girl.
He still hasn't figured out that a baseball cap has a brim to shade his
eyes, not the back of his head.
These are all great reasons to keep our kids at home to
learn a little more about life before sending them off into harm's way.
Let us old guys track down those dirty rotten coward terrorists.
The last thing an enemy would want to see is a couple of million pissed
off old farts with attitudes and automatic weapons who know that their
best years are already behind them.
How about recruiting Women over 50 ...with PMS!!!
You think Men have attitudes !!! Ohhhhhhhhhhhh my God!!!
If nothing else, put us on border patrol....we will have
it secured the first night!
Share this with your senior friends. It's purposely in
big type so they can read it.
A LADY NAMED IRENA SENDLER
There recently was the death of a 98-year-old lady named
During WWII, Irena, got permission to work in the Warsaw
Ghetto, as a Plumbing/Sewer specialist.
She had an ulterior motive...
She KNEW what the Nazi's plans were for the Jews,
Irena smuggled infants out in the bottom of her tool
box she carried, and she also carried in the back of her truck a Burlap
sack, (for larger kids).
She also had a dog in the back that she trained to bark
when the Nazi soldiers let her in and out of the ghetto.
The soldiers, of course, wanted nothing to do with the
dog, and the barking covered the kids/infants noises.
During her time and course of doing this, she managed
to smuggle out and save 2500 kids/infants.
She was caught, and the Nazi's broke both her legs and
arms and beat her severely.
Irena kept a record of the names of all the kids she
smuggled out and kept them in a glass jar, buried under a tree in her back
After the war, she tried to locate any parents that may
have survived it, and reunited the family.
Most, of course, had been gassed.
Those kids she helped were placed into foster family
homes or adopted.
Last year Irena was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize....
Al Gore won for doing a slide show on Global Warming.
Russian Fighter SU-30MK
A Russian aircraft is claimed by some to be the number
one fighter plane in the world: the SU-30 Vectored Thrust with Canards.
As you watch this airplane, look at the canards moving along side of, and
just below the canopy rail. The "canards" are the small wings forward
of the main wings. The smoke and contrails provide a sense of
the actual flight path, sometimes in reverse direction.
This video is of an in-flight demonstration flown by the
Russian's 30MK fighter aircraft. The fighter can stall from high speed,
stopping forward motion in seconds. (full stall). Then it demonstrates
an ability to descend tail first without causing a compressor stall. It
can also recover from a flat spin in less than a minute. These maneuver
capabilities don't exist in any other aircraft in the world today.
This aircraft is of concern to U.S. and NATO planners.
Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory Note:
Friends worked with advanced aircraft flight control
systems and concepts for many years as an extension of stability control
and means of control. Canards and vectored thrust were among many concepts
examined to extend our fighter aircraft performance. Neither our current
or next generation aircraft now poised for funding and production can in
any way match the performance of this Russian aircraft NOW FLYING in any
near combat situation. Somehow the bankrupt Russian aircraft industry has
out produced our complex politically tainted aerospace industry with
this technology marvel. Scratch any ideas of close in air-to-air combat
with this aircraft in the future.
WORLD WIDE AIR TRAFFIC PATTERN MAP
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