Archive for the ‘military’ Category

This is What It Looks Like When the U.S Military Buzzes San Francisco in Fighter Jets

Sunday, August 25th, 2013

F-18s loaded for bear (or not if they’re training dummies) with AM-9 Sidewinder missiles:

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Loud and low they fly.

POW MIA – “YOU ARE NOT FORGOTTEN” – Lotta’s Fountain, Kearny and Market

Friday, July 19th, 2013

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Well That’s It: The Bay Area’s Formerly-Secret U.S. Navy “Sea Shadow” Stealth Ship Auctioned for Scrap Today

Friday, May 4th, 2012

Just like it was on eBay.

But back in the day, this ship was all that.

See?

The auction ends on Friday May 4, 2012. The buyer will be required to cut up this stealth ship for scrap. Current bid is $300k.

Oh well.

This boat was built here in the Bay Area and now it’s about to die here.

All the deets, below.

Remember  back when Bay Areans could espy the straight-outta-Redwood-City $200-million Sea Shadow stealth ship bobbing about in San Francisco Bay? Check this video from down Fun Diego way over at Telstar Logistics to see this baby in action.

Say it aloud: Super-Secret Sea Shadow Stealth Ship, Super-Secret Sea Shadow Stealth Ship, Super-Secret Sea Shadow Stealth Ship! This project was so secret that it didn’t make the Bay Area newspapers up until 1999, when this boat was identified as an airplane three times by the San Francisco Examiner.*

But lately, the ex Sea Shadow just sits around in the mothballed Ghost Fleet of the East Bay over in Benicia. Check out these great photos from Amy Heiden. Pretty boss, huh?

Now the first time the Navy tried to get rid of this historic boat, in 2006, they had all sorts of rules. Then they tried again in 2009 with more flexible rules. But the problem is that you can’t just take the Shadow, you also have to take the Hughes Mining Barge (HMB-1), a floating drydock boat that was developed as part of Project Jennifer. (That was the semi-successful, top-secret effort mounted by the Central Intelligence Agency to salvage the remains of the Soviet submarine K-129 from the ocean floor.)

Here’s a shot of  them together, ignore the two conventional warships in the background:

But wait, there’s more. Here’s how the Sea Shadow is laid out on the inside:

The bridge of Grant Imahara’s future evil lair. (Boy, talk about a glass cockpit, huh?)

And here’s how she looks from the outside:

You want. However, nobody set up a 501(c)(3) nonprofit and take these things off of the Navy’s hands. So now an important piece of Bay Area military history (and film history what with it inspiring the bad guys’ floating lair in Tomorrow Never Dies) is a gonna get scrapped.

Here’s what came next, after the Shadow got mothballed – it’s the all-aluminum Sea Fighter, as seen back in 2006:

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The point being is that the aging Sea Shadow is the ur-ship, the JetFire of the stealth boat world. Why didn’t anybody save her?

Check out the owner’s manuals - pretty soon, that will be all that’s left…

Ever more deets, after the jump.

*From 1999: “The combined Navy-Marine exercise included overflights of the Bay Area by the Sea Shadow, the Navy equivalent of the stealth bomber.” No, this thing can’t fly, it just floats. Veteran SF Chronicle writer Henry K. Lee got that right but others did not. Nevertheless, SFGate.com, San Francisco’s online newspaper, remains an invaluable resource.

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Pick a Door, Any Door: U.S. Military Recruiting Center, San Francisco – Army, Navy, Marines

Tuesday, April 10th, 2012

Four signs, foor doors, four different futures for you.

As seen from the sidewalk.

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I don’t know what happened to the Air Force sign…

Uh, Are There Really U.S. Navy SEAL License Plates Out There?

Thursday, March 15th, 2012

‘Cause, if so, I’m going to get one for my giant Toyota.

Wouldn’t something like this be badass?

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If a certain course case goes a certain way, that is.

Yeah, that’s the ticket, me and SCORP9, we were SEALS, yeah sure, why not?

(Hey remember when McGarrett was trying to figure out who was killing a SEAL team one by one on Hawaii 5-0? I’ll bet he wouldn’t approve of Navy SEAL license plates…)

Armed Forces Recruiting Center, 670 Davis Near Broadway, Just North of the Financial District of San Francisco, CA

Wednesday, December 7th, 2011

I’ll tell you, if you like to see people walking around 415 dans l’uniforme, then late 2001 would have been the time for you. Military-types were all over town.

But these days, you don’t see that anymore, for some reason. These days, you need to go down the Armed Forces Recruiting Center in the sleepy North of Financial District area to see men and women in uniform.

See the door on the left? They’re* hiring!

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“Navy Recruiting Station San Francisco
670 Davis Street
San Francisco, CA 94111 (415) 434-0195″

*The Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines, all of them, and maybe even the Coast Guard

What, a Family Foundation in Texas is Paying $100,000 to Study Moving the USS Hornet Aircraft Carrier to SF, CA?

Tuesday, September 13th, 2011

Apparently.

Some people think it’d be a great idea to move this WWII monster from Alameda to San Francisco, in order to get more visitors the thinking goes.

But where would we put it? 

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Seems like a long-shot, but who knows?

In the meantime, don’t forget about Living Ship Day, September 17th, 2011 in Alameda.

All the deets:

“USS Hornet Museum Receives $100,000 Matching Grant From Texas Foundation

KINGSLAND, Texas, Sept. 12, 2011  – The Wreyford Family Foundation has awarded a $100,000 matching grant to the USS Hornet Museum in Alameda, CA. The grant will assist in the museum’s relocation effort to move the USS Hornet to San Francisco.

“Our organization is proud to be a partner with the USS Hornet Museum on its relocation plans and believes that this effort will ultimately be as successful as the USS Intrepid and USS Midway are in their own communities,” said Deborah A. Wreyford, President, Wreyford Family Foundation.

For more information, contact www.WreyfordFamilyFoundation.org

The Wreyford Family Foundation is a privately funded non-profit organization founded in 2009 by prominent businessman Donald M. Wreyford and his wife Annette. With keen interest in aerospace science, the organization supports The W Foundation and co-sponsors the “Navy in Space” exhibit on display during San Francisco Fleet Week.

SOURCE Wreyford Family Foundation

CONTACT: Deborah Wreyford, President, The Wreyford Family Foundation”

Know Better Your Marin County: Nuclear-Capable Hill 88 Plus the West, Middle, and East Peaks of Mount Tamalpais

Tuesday, September 6th, 2011

How many hills do you know of what come with their own Yelp entry?

You ought to get on up there sometime to check it out:

Hill 88 is a wild ghost town in the sky, hidden way up high in the Marin Headlands. It’s on Wolf Ridge, between Fort Cronkhite/Rodeo Beach and Tennessee Valley. You can barely see it from below, and it’s nothing like most of the old little rusty lifeless bunker sites. This is a crazy Cold War mega-complex teeming with tons of crows dancing in the whipping wind above huge expanses of the bay and SF. It’s part of the old Nike Missile program, officially SF-88C. Was apparently the radar and control center (aka the IFC, or Integrated Fire Control area) of the Nike Missile launch site that’s further down the hill to the east.”

So, those are some of the remnants of Project Nike on top of now-flattened Hill 88 in the foreground along with the three peaks of Mount Tam (with the West Peak also flattened by the Air Force) in the background.

As seen from San Francisco:

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Now, you Know Better Your Marin County.

The Kashima is Back in Town: Who’s Going to Hunt and Kill Chinese Submarines if Not the Japanese Navy?

Friday, June 24th, 2011

JDS Kashima (TV-3508) is back in town, so here are 21(!) shots from the SFGate.

Enjoy.

From above:

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