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Hardpan Curmudgeon SASS #8967

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  1. So, how long a trip is it to the store...?  :huh:  


    For one or two items - and I know where they are - I can make an "emergency" round trip in a half hour.  Or so.  

  2. With all due respects to Paul Harvey, "And now, the rest of the story!"  :rolleyes:



    • http://www.vfp62.com/IMAGES_14/TF-9J.jpg

      Does anyone know anything more about this TF-9J?


      (9/7/16) I was instructing in VT-25 when the F9 incident took place. My best recollection of the accident: The student pilot did catch a wire but had a severe right to left approach. After going over the side he was still at full power. The LSO finally radioed the pilot to shut down. After shutting down the student jumped into the water. I don't know how he was picked up. There was no equipment on the ship able to pull the plane back aboard so the arresting gear cable was cut and the plane was lost. The student went out the next day and finished his carrier qualification.

      Lt. Cdr Tom Larson, VFP-62 pilot

      (3/30/15): Re the TF-9J "hanging over the side to dry out," it was BuNo 142979, from Chase Field, TX-based VT-25 "Cougars," which missed all arresting wires when trying to recover aboard Lexington, 24 May 1966. Pilot could be rescued, unhurt, fortunately. Fair winds & following seas,

      -- Fabio Peña
      Manager, Aircraft Carrier & Escort Carrier Archives
      NavSource (http://www.navsource.org)

      (11/10/13):From Air Force Col. TD:
      Ok you Navy Pukes... we now know why your planes are so clean (we thought you just didn't use them!).

      Air Force Pilots Always Wondered:
      Q - Why do Navy airplanes need tail hooks?
      A - After a tough day of flying on an aircraft carrier the planes are always washed and they use the hooks to hang the planes over the side to dry out.
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  3. 'Possum,  you and your grandpa were both blessed - and you, especially.  


    I truly wish I could have known your Grandpop; I think we're kindred spirits.  I've been to a few rendezvous in my younger day, and the transition to Cowboy Shooting many years later was a natural one.


    One of my greatest pleasures in life has been stimulating young people's imaginations.  Evidently, Steve shared this affection.  Now, just imagine him watching you in the game, and enjoying the clang of every target...!


    By the way - my YMCA Indian Guides chief's headdress is on a shelf in my "office;"  my Silver Beaver hangs near my recliner. 

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  4. Just finished watching the three episodes in one sitting.  Mostly well done... just a few anachronisms not worth mentioning.  ^_^


    All in all I enjoyed it.  Good acting, a few casting surprises and a reasonably good depiction of the times.  And brutal...

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  5. 7 hours ago, Buckshot Bob said:



    Wellll.....  :rolleyes:


    John Wayne Once Accidentally Shot a Western Star in the Behind on a Hunting Trip


    Actors John Wayne and Ward Bond were compatriots for more than 30 years.  Both played football at the University of Southern California. Both got their showbiz starts in the 1929 film Salute.  They appeared in 23 movies together, many of them Westerns directed by John Ford.


    The story goes that during a hunting trip in the 1950s, Wayne accidentally shot Bond in the butt—with one of Bond’s own shotguns.  Bond wasn’t hurt badly, and the two joked about it for years.  When Bond died in 1960, he willed the weapon to Wayne—who cherished it.

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