Posts Tagged ‘air force’

A Simple Quiz, One You Will Fail: Which is Higher on Mt Tam – West or East Peak? – And Which Used to be Higher?

Thursday, July 27th, 2017

So there are four possible answer sets to these two questions, so you’ve got a 25% chance of success by simple guessing. Now if you know then answers, then you know the answers and you won’t be tricked and you’ll win. OTOH, if you use INTUITION (the Heart) or REASONING (the Mind), I don’t think you’re going to get both answers correct, and actually I think you’d be better off just flipping a coin to help with answering.

And when I say used to be higher, think 100 years ago or so. Or 200, it doesn’t matter.

Tamalpais – West Peak on the left, East Peak on the right:

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SPOILER

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All right, well 100 years ago was afore the time our U.S. Army plumb blew up / excavated the West Peak, as you can see by the unnatural flatness and the big radar dome golf ball up there.

But check it, the West Peak is still higher, even now, by the smallest of amounts, even though the East Peak totally looks higher from the south, which is how most people look at it.

So, I’ll agree that West Peak looks shorter and I knew the story about how it used to be higher than East Peak, but I am surprised to learn, after living here since the 1980’s, more or less, that West Peak is higher.

If you want to debate this, then be my guest. We’re only talking about a couple feet difference no matter what.

ūüĆą¬†TMYK…

Air America, United Air – How This Tourist Plane Over Frisco Used to Work for the CIA as a Spy Plane a Half Century Ago

Friday, June 16th, 2017

As seen over western SF:

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The yellow floatplane, before it became a floatplane, used to operate out of Thailand as a part of the CIA-owned Air America, Inc a half-century ago.

See? It’s one of these:

“Six Beavers lined up at Udorn, probably in 1962¬†(UTD/Fink/ photo no. 1-JF25-16-PB1)”

Get all the deets right here:

AIR AMERICA: DE HAVILLAND CANADA DHC-2 (L-20) BEAVER by Dr. Joe F. Leeker Last updated on 4 March 2013

To wit:

“DHC-2 (L-20) L-202 833 1 March 62 leased from US Army 54-1693

Service history: arrived at Bangkok in crates on 15 February 62, to be operated under the Madriver Contract AF62(531)-1674, based at Vientiane, but maintained at Udorn (Minutes ExCom-AACL of 23 January 62, in: UTD/CIA/B7F1); assembled by Thai Airways according to contract no. BKK 62-001 (Memorandum dated 9 February 62, in: UTD/Fink/B2F16); officially received at Bangkok on 1 March 62 (Aircraft list of June 62, corrected to Sept.1963, in: UTD/Kirkpatrick/B1F1).

Fate: was to be returned to the US Army in October 62 (Minutes ExCom-AACL of 30 October 62, in: UTD/CIA/B7F1); returned on 21 April 63 (Aircraft list of June 62, corrected to Sept.1963, in: UTD/Kirkpatrick/B1F1); sold to R. N. Nelson Earth Movers as N5220G in March 92; sold to Kenmore Air Harbor Inc, Kenmore, WA, in 92; sold to San Francisco Seaplane Tours, Mill Valley, CA, on 13 July 94; current in March 2004 (request submitted to the FAA on 13 March 2004 at http://162.58.35.241/acdatabase/); current in November 2008 (request submitted to the FAA on 23 Nov. 2008 at http://162.58.35.241/acdatabase/).”

So there you have it. Head on up to the Sausalito / Marin City / Mill Valley area and take a ride on a piece of flying history, if you want.

Elite French Air Force Team to Fly Over Golden Gate Bridge on Saturday, April 15th at 6:00 PM – “Patrouille Acrobatique de France”

Friday, April 14th, 2017

[UPDATE: Things went well with this fly-by, except for some cloudiness. And here’s a well-wisher from France.]

Here’s the news:

  Replying to and UPDATE: The French Air Force’s elite will fly over the on Saturday 15th at 6.00PM!

They were going to come on the 14th (Friday), but things changed. It’ll look something like this:

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Vive La France!

Militaristic Playground: C-130 Paratroopers, F-18 Blue Angels, and a Giant F-8 Crusader – Larsen in the Parkside

Thursday, May 5th, 2016

Larsen Playground on 19th in the Parkside has quite a military bent, non?¬†This mystery comes from our history. Let’s take a look.

C-130 paratroopers coming to kill you, just like in Operation Market Garden:

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And an F-18 Hornet from the much-talked-about U.S. Navy Blue Angels:

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And here’s your giant Chance-Vought F-8 Crusader:

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Remember to whisper Mors Ex Supera as you drive by on 19th…

Giant Cargo Plane Leaves Its Back Door Open – USAF C130, 2015 Fleet Week Airshow

Wednesday, October 14th, 2015

As seen above the 94117 – it reminded me of seeing this C-2A Greyhound flying about the Golden Gate Bridge one time.

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Everybody flies these C-130 birds – the Blue Angels, the Air Force, the Coast Guard. Even my dad drove them around, many years ago. But I guess we have too many?

I think we have too many, too many old ones, anyway.

Oh well.

OMG, from Ukraine with Love, It’s a Nuclear-Capable Soviet Tu-95 Bear Bomber on eBay! Just $3 Mil. – Or “Buy It Now” for $5 Mil.

Thursday, March 6th, 2014

Here’s the news of the day:

Check out TU-95MS – Soviet Bomber, yours for $5,000,000 (plus shipping) http://r.ebay.com/tQ5kOQ¬† via @eBay¬†Kyle Mizokami¬†Matthew Doye¬†‚ÄŹ@MatthewDoye

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Basically, the Tu-95 is the Soviet version of Boeing’s iconic B-52 bomber, except it has turboprops (instead of jet engines)and it’s a narrowbody, you know, for speed.

One wonders why our Ukrainian comrades don’t offer to just fly the thing to the highest bidder. Oh, what, it’s not in flying condition? Uh oh.

Anyway, have at it, buy it and see just how big of a drain this –ĺ–Ī—ā—Ź–∂–Ľ–ł–≤–Ķ –ľ–į–Ļ–Ĺ–ĺ (l’oliphant blanc)¬†will be on your finances.

All the deets:

¬†“Dear Bidders,

We are a company with locations in Switzerland , Germany and the Ukraine. Our field of activity includes the production and distribution of goods and raw materials from Ukraine and the rest of the world, headquartered in Lucerne, Switzerland.
Our partner in the Ukraine have acquired an aircraft of type the

TU- 95MS

A Soviet Era strategic bomber (demilitarized with all documents in order and ready for shipment).

Which we would like to offer you for sale.

All the shipping costs to the Harbour of Nikolaiev or Odessa are included in the final sell price.

If there are any more questions, you can reach us at any time at the following phone number:

Germany
+49178 / 3330077

We can therefore dissamble the Plane so u can get one or all of the turbines exclusively. Or the Plane without the Turbines sperate.

Just write a message or call us about further information or the price.

Please only serious bids

Have Fun bidding”

Aboriginal flavor packet in pocket of the Raider jacket, Soviet issue
Potato basket, sadomasochistic, lipstick thespian
Jada Pinkett Smith versus Wesleyan
Wealthy friends, failed Marxists, stale heartless
Hailed artists, frail, sensitive, pale sales targets

Beaver Surprise! This Tourist Airplane Over San Francisco Used To Be a Part of CIA-Owned Air America, Inc.

Monday, December 16th, 2013

[TRIGGER WARNING: Beaver*]

This 1955 de Havilland Canada DHC-2¬†Beaver,¬†operated by Seaplane Adventures (aka San Francisco Seaplane Tours Inc)¬†of Mill Valley, Marin County USA ¬†and¬†recently seen flying over Market Street…

…this one…

…used to operate out of Thailand as a part of the CIA-owned¬†Air America, Inc¬†a half-century ago.

See? It’s one of these:

“Six Beavers lined up* at Udorn, probably in 1962¬†(UTD/Fink/ photo no. 1-JF25-16-PB1)”

Get all the deets right here:

AIR AMERICA: DE HAVILLAND CANADA DHC-2 (L-20) BEAVER by Dr. Joe F. Leeker Last updated on 4 March 2013

To wit:

“DHC-2 (L-20) L-202 833 1 March 62 leased from US Army 54-1693

Service history: arrived at Bangkok in crates on 15 February 62, to be operated under the Madriver Contract AF62(531)-1674, based at Vientiane, but maintained at Udorn (Minutes ExCom-AACL of 23 January 62, in: UTD/CIA/B7F1); assembled by Thai Airways according to contract no. BKK 62-001 (Memorandum dated 9 February 62, in: UTD/Fink/B2F16); officially received at Bangkok on 1 March 62 (Aircraft list of June 62, corrected to Sept.1963, in: UTD/Kirkpatrick/B1F1).

Fate: was to be returned to the US Army in October 62 (Minutes ExCom-AACL of 30 October 62, in: UTD/CIA/B7F1); returned on 21 April 63 (Aircraft list of June 62, corrected to Sept.1963, in: UTD/Kirkpatrick/B1F1); sold to R. N. Nelson Earth Movers as N5220G in March 92; sold to Kenmore Air Harbor Inc, Kenmore, WA, in 92; sold to San Francisco Seaplane Tours, Mill Valley, CA, on 13 July 94; current in March 2004 (request submitted to the FAA on 13 March 2004 at http://162.58.35.241/acdatabase/); current in November 2008 (request submitted to the FAA on 23 Nov. 2008 at http://162.58.35.241/acdatabase/).”

So there you have it. Head on up to the Sausalito / Marin City / Mill Valley area and take a ride on a piece of flying history, if you want. $179 and up.

* Heh.

Mountain View View, Sometimes – The Boeing 747-200 What They Call Air Force One Right Next to the 101 Freeway

Friday, October 25th, 2013

What you can see from the freeway, sometimes:

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And then you’ll see the support aircraft at and around SFO, in the next county up the 101.