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Dec 7, 1941

by murdoc on December 7, 2007

66 years ago today. Those 18 and 19 and 20 year-old brand new sailors and marines, assigned to USS Arizona and USS Oklahoma and other ships and units in the Pearl Harbor-based Pacific Fleet, are in their mid 80s now. Were losing them faster than ever before, estimated at over 1500 per day. They are […]

Grounded Eagles

by murdoc on November 6, 2007

An F-15C tooling around the sky in southern Missouri with 3 of his closest aeronautical acquaintances came apart during air combat maneuvers Friday and the Air Force grounded all F-15 Eagle aircraft pending inspections for service-life issues. The grounding of an entire fleet of aircraft is not all that rare. Many aircraft types have experienced […]

BRIG GEN Paul Tibbets, RIP

by murdoc on November 1, 2007

From MSNBC article: I knew when I got the assignment it was going to be an emotional thing, Tibbets told The Columbus Dispatch for a story on Aug. 6, 2005, the 60th anniversary of the bomb. We had feelings, but we had to put them in the background. We knew it was going to kill […]

Rebuilding the Iraqi Air Force

by murdoc on October 31, 2007

Yesterday I had the opportunity to participate in a DoD-sponsored Blogger’s Roundtable with U.S. Air Force Col. Michael Wobbema, Chief of Staff for the Coalition Air Force Transition Team. His job? Help rebuild the Iraqi Air Force. With the recent MQ-9 Reaper kill that we talked about here on DT, my first question was if […]

Boola Boola, Reaper

by murdoc on October 30, 2007

Anytime you can combine stealth and standoff and loiter and lethality in the same platform, you’ve got a significant winner. Kudos to the MQ-9 Reaper. Looking like a big brother‘ to the MQ-1 Predator, the MQ-9 has three times the speed of the MQ-1, with a 900hp turboprop engine in place of the Predators 119hp […]