Bill Hillman's Monthly Military Tribute
AS YOU WERE . . .
WAR YEARS ECLECTICA

March 2013 Edition

The latest at the Air Museum RCAF Memorial site:

www.airmuseum.ca/memorial

THEY GREW NOT OLD

The Commonwealth Air Training Plan Museum is erecting a permanent memorial to recognize the sacrifice of all these young women and men. Their names and ages will be etched on a granite wall situated on Museum grounds located at McGill Field in Brandon, Manitoba, Canada.

Maquette (scale model) of the bronze sculpture for the Memorial
THEY GREW NOT OLD
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During the Second World War thousands of young Canadian men and women, as well as some from other countries, enlisted in the Royal Canadian Air Force.  By the end of WWII the R.C.A.F. was the fourth largest air force in the world.   Canadians also joined the Royal Air Force, Naval Fleet Air Arm and Ferry Command.   Between September 1939 and August 1945, 18,039 died serving these British Commonwealth forces.   Members of the British Royal Air Force, Royal Australian Air Force and the Royal New Zealand Air Force came to Canada to further their training, of whom 1146 lost their lives in or near Canada.

The 300 foot airfoil-shaped granite wall, watched over by a bronze airman, has been erected on consecrated ground.   The names and ages of these young men and women have been etched on this wall as a permanent tribute to the ultimate sacrifice they made for our freedom.

For us, they grew not old


POWERPOINT DISPLAYS
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MILITARY SECRETS

www.hillmanweb.com/war/2013/MilitarySecrets.pps

WWII GERMAN LUFTWAFFE

www.hillmanweb.com/war/2013/Luftwaffe.pps
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LANDING AT NORMANDY

www.hillmanweb.com/war/2013/normandy.pps
 
 


CHINA'S NEW AIRCRAFT CARRIER

This is quantum leap above anything on the drawing board in the West.
They have thought "outside the box" on this one.
Better speed, larger capacity, much more stable, etc.
Definitely a "blue-water" long reach vessel.
Plus they can service their nuke sub fleet in-between the twin hulls (sight unseen)
or even launch amphibious opps from same.

It will be launched in half the time it takes the USA at just one-third the cost.
Add the new Chinese stealth fighter bomber (naval version already flight-testing)in the mix and
you have the makings of a formidable weapons system indeed.
Also look at that extra ''parking and readiness'' station between both hull structures.
And of course the launching and landing capabilities from the utilization of twin flight decks at once.
China's new carrier could be twice as fast as anything the USA has,
plus the stability of a catamaran type hull
will greatly reduce the pitching, yawing and swaying common to present designs.

1981 Raid on Iraqi Nuclear Reactor
Here is the  recently released documentary from military.com of the raid and destruction of the Osirik Iraqi nuclear reactor outside of Baghdad in 1981.  It is in three parts on YouTube, each segment is about 15 minutes long, and the links are below.

It shows the excellent planning and execution of the operation conducted by the Israeli Air Force. Interesting to see the men and the machines, and the bravery, skill and dedication of the pilots who executed the operation near flawlessly and then returned home leaving the world stunned on hearing the news of what they had done.

Here are the links in sequence:

(Part I)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=95Tu4sbJ7Co&feature=endscreen&NR=1

(Part 2)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-lQLy2uaWig

(Part 3)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hR1kRql6WyM



S.O.S.

 A C-130 was lumbering along when a cocky F-16 flashed by.
The jet jockey decided to show off.
The fighter jock told the C-130 pilot, 'watch this!' and promptly went into a barrel roll followed by a steep climb.
He then finished with a sonic boom as he broke the sound barrier.
The F-16 pilot asked the C-130 pilot what he thought of that?
The C-130 pilot said, 'That was impressive, but watch this!'
The C-130 droned along for about 5 minutes and then the C-130 pilot came back on and said: 'What did you think of that?'
Puzzled, the F-16 pilot asked, 'What the heck did you do?'
The C-130 pilot chuckled.
'I stood up, stretched my legs, walked to the back, took a leak, then got a cup of coffee and a cinnamon roll.'

When you are young and foolish, speed and flash may seem a good thing!
When you get older and smarter -- comfort and dull is not such a bad thing!
We older folks understand this one, it's called S.O.S.
Slower, Older and Smarter....
 


WWII Anti-Mussolini Propaganda Poster


 

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