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    C-17 Low Pass.
    1972 M35A2C W/W, 1986 M105A2, 1953 M38A1, S250 Shelter. "He was old and wise, which meant tired and disappointed" T.E. Lawrence

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    Commandeering a public roadway as a battlefield air strip (PRACTICE).... With tourists too. LOL



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    Nice post, ColdWarrior, thank you!

    Please don't ask me why, but wasn't the USAF retiring the Warthog?

    Anyway, reading somewhere the other day that Estonia (the whole nation, not just their armed forces), took something like 25% (!!) casualties during WWII.

    Not sure if that's accurate (haven't bothered to verify), but if that's so it goes to show there is always more to learn. God bless the people of Estonia.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Another Ahab View Post
    Nice post, ColdWarrior, thank you!

    Please don't ask me why, but wasn't the USAF retiring the Warthog?

    Anyway, reading somewhere the other day that Estonia (the whole nation, not just their armed forces), took something like 25% (!!) casualties during WWII.

    Not sure if that's accurate (haven't bothered to verify), but if that's so it goes to show there is always more to learn. God bless the people of Estonia.
    One of the best books about that sort of thing is Blood Lands, by Timothy Snyder. Its one of those books that you just can not read without putting it down, for a day, or three. Its simply heart wrenching. Mr Snyder tells the story of Europe, the killing fields, between Hitler and Stalin. A must read for anyone who wants to learn about what really happened here before, during and after WW2

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    Quote Originally Posted by Another Ahab View Post
    Anyway, reading somewhere the other day that Estonia (the whole nation, not just their armed forces), took something like 25% (!!) casualties during WWII.

    Not sure if that's accurate (haven't bothered to verify), but if that's so it goes to show there is always more to learn. God bless the people of Estonia.
    Wikipedia says 25% (see paragraph #5). Don't remember ever hearing that before:

    - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Estonia_in_World_War_II

    Like Guyfang says, heart wrenching, horrible.
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    Fat Albert Low Pass.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Tracer View Post
    Fat Albert Low Pass.
    Never "met" Fat Albert, but love the HERC.

    Our battalion deployed once to Rosie Roads in Puerto Rico on some C-130's and we had to feather a prop during the flight (engine fire, long story).

    Making small talk with the loadmaster (that right?), and he told me they can fly fine on (2) engines, and I believed him.

    But in hindsight I now suspect he was just trying to keep all us "landlubber" squirrelly Seabees cool calm and collected for the balance of that long flight over open water.



    Great post, Mr. Tracer!
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    I been lookin' for this local newspaper clipping from 2004. Finally found it while moving crap around here. No wonder I couldn't find the dang thing ---it was right exactly where it was supposed to be !

    It is amazing how the guy with the camera just happened to be in the right place at the right time to capture this "event".

    Even more amazing is that due to the hefty dihedral of the wing and the top of the wing mounted power plants, they managed to not zing those giant blades on the runway!

    Did actually touch bottom ever so slightly but no real damage and back to work she went.

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    They win the Lowest Pass Award.
    1987 M1008A1 (2)
    1986 M1009
    1995 NF2D FloodLight/Kohler-Kubota Generator Set
    1992 M101A2 trailer (2)
    S-280 Shelter

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