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POW-MIA Flag

November 18, 2017 Leave a comment

November 13, 1982 — The Vietnam Veterans Memorial dedicated in Washington, DC.

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Clear and Present Dangers……John F. Kennedy

November 13, 2017 Leave a comment

“As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them.”

~ John F. Kennedy

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USMC Flag

November 11, 2017 Leave a comment

November 10, 1775  — Two battalions of Continental Marines were formed in Philadelphia as a service branch of infantry troops capable of fighting for independence both at sea and on shore.

Semper Fi, George

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Witch Flag

November 4, 2017 Leave a comment
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Clear and Present Dangers……Kahlil Gibran

October 30, 2017 Leave a comment
“Forgetfulness is a form of freedom.”

~Kahlil Gibran

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U.S. Navy Flag

October 28, 2017 Leave a comment

October 25, 1944 – The Japanese are defeated in the Battle of Leyte Gulf, the world’s largest sea engagement. From this point on, the depleted Japanese Navy increasingly resorts to the suicidal attacks of Kamikaze fighters.

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On Spitfires (Part One)

October 25, 2017 Leave a comment

airscape Magazine

‘Indicator’ tells all

‘Indicator’ filed a long series of impressions of Allied aircraft for Flight magazine in the years after World War 2. While Flight didn’t give his identity away (most likely because he was still in uniform) he was definitely a test pilot – probably at the RAF’s Aeroplane & Armament Experimental Establishment, Boscombe Down. Mind you, he also seems to have done some production testing of new Spitfires…

The open cockpit of Spitfire Mk.VIII MV239. This was the very last HF VIII delivered to Australia, and now flies for Temora Aviation Museum in the South West Pacific 'Grey Nurse' colours of WingCdr. RH (Bobby) Gibbes, 80 Wing, RAAF. (airscape photo) The open cockpit of Spitfire Mk.VIII MV239. This was the very last HF VIII delivered to Australia, and now flies for Temora Aviation Museum in the South West Pacific ‘Grey Nurse’ colours of WingCdr. RH (Bobby) Gibbes, 80 Wing, RAAF. (airscape photo)

Either way, his breadth of experience and expertise is self-evident, and his memories of the Spitfire series are especially interesting – as he was familiar with Marks from throughout the type’s extraordinary evolution. 

His recollections are also peppered…

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