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March 2009 Edition
Iranian Air Defense Radar
In addition to communicating with the local Air Traffic Control facility, all aircraft in the Persian Gulf AOR are required to give the Iranian Air Defense Radar (military) a ten minute 'heads up' if they will be transiting Iranian airspace.

This is a common procedure for commercial aircraft and involves giving them your call sign, transponder code, type aircraft, and points of origin and destination.

I just flew with a guy who overheard this conversation on the VHF Guard (emergency) frequency 121.5 MHz while flying from Europe to Dubai. It's too good not to pass along. The conversation went something like this...

Air Defense Radar: 'Unknown aircraft at (location unknown), you are in Iranian airspace. Identify yourself.'
Aircraft: 'This is a United States aircraft. I am in Iraqi airspace.'

Air Defense Radar: 'You are in Iranian airspace. If you do not depart our airspace we will launch interceptor aircraft!'
Aircraft: 'This is a United States Marine Corps FA-18 fighter. Send 'em up, I'll wait!'

Air Defense Radar: (no response ... total silence)

Technology in Iraq
 This video was made by the bad guys. The cameraman is filming his friend as he launches mortar shots at American troops. Little does he know that our new mortar shell tracking technology can track the trajectory of a hostile round and fire a retaliatory shot to precisely the spot from which the hostile shell was fired.

 This only requires the hostile mortar to fire 2 to 3 rounds. Count the number of mortar rounds the masked insurgent fires in the video and see how well it works.  Isn't technology wonderful?

Canadian Snipers in Afghanistan
Read the article. . . then watch the VIDEO
They never saw it coming.

Canadian Sniper wiping out Taliban Snipers. In Afghanistan These video shots are not made through the shooter's telescopic sight. They are made looking through the spotter's scope. The spotter lies right next to the sniper and helps the sniper to find and home in on the target.

The sniper is using a 50 caliber rifle. A 50 cal. round is about 7-8 inches long and the casing is about an inch in diameter. The bullet its self is one-half inch in diameter and roughly one and one-half inches long.

Pay close attention to the beginning of the video. A Taliban is laying on top of the peak in front of you... when you hear the shot what happens. The sniper is also about a half mile away... or more.

A Canadian sniper in Afghanistan has been confirmed as hitting an enemy soldier at a range of 2,310 meters (7565 ft/1.43 miles), the longest recorded and confirmed sniper shot in history. The previous record  of 2,250 meters (7369 ft/1.4 miles) was set by US Marine sniper Carlos Hathcock in  Vietnam in 1967. The Canadian sniper was at an altitude of 8,500  feet and the target, across a valley, was at 9,000 feet. Canadian sniper units often operated in support of US infantry units, which were grateful for their help. The record lasted only one day, until a second Canadian sniper hit an enemy soldier at 2,400 meters (7860 feet/1.48 miles). The Canadian snipers fire special 50-caliber McMillan tactical rifles, which are bolt-action weapons with five round magazines. The Canadian snipers were the only Canadian troops operating without helmets or flak jackets as they had too much other equipment to carry. Each three-man team has one sniper rifle, three standard rifles Canadian (C7s), one of them with a 40mm grenade launcher.

Manufacturing the Mosquito

Related Mosquito Links
Memoirs of a Mosquito Pilot: Manitoba's Mike Spack
Wikipedia Entry
Mosquito: The "Timber Terror"
The De Havilland Mosquito

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.

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 real smart.

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.

Saucy Jack
Recon Marine in Afghanistan Semper Fi

New Direction for any war: Send Service Vets over 60!

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.

For starters:
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 a while.

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 brainteaser.

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.


There recently was the death of a 98-year-old lady named Irena Sendler.
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 yard.
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.



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