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A Northwest aerospace company has bought six Boeing Co. 737 passenger jets from Southwest Airlines to convert them into aerial firefighting tankers. It appears to be the first time that Boeing's single-aisle workhorse will be enlisted to fight wildfires from above, dumping 4,000 gallons of fire retardant chemicals at low... Continue reading
Reblogged 6 hours ago at Bring The HEAT
I had a chance to spend some time with LT Rusty recently, and among other topics was the proper education of his progeny. In addition to films such as In Harm’s Way, one that came up was The Fighting Lady. And lo and behold, look what popped up in my... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at Bring The HEAT
What was supposed to be a two week road trip turned into a five week journey, and a right costly one at that. Hopefully things will settle down for a few weeks. Here’s a collection of some of my best salvos from the past couple months. Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at Bring The HEAT
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On this day in 1987, the USS Stark (FFG-31) was operating in the Persian Gulf near the exclusion zone declared because of the ongoing Iran-Iraq War. An Iraqi Mirage F1 launched two Exocet anti-ship missiles at the Stark. Both impacted the port side of Stark. The first failed to explode,... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at Bring The HEAT
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So, the Friday before Easter, I set forth from Palm Desert, and headed north. A quick swing by my sister’s place in Orange County, and then up the 5. I was headed to Oregon, for to help my niece. She’s a mother of three, and wanted to attend her bestie’s... Continue reading
Posted May 11, 2017 at Bring The HEAT
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Sorry for the lack of narration. I'm away from my regular studio set up. Continue reading
Posted May 4, 2017 at Bring The HEAT
Via the NYT Col. Leo K. Thorsness, one of the most highly decorated American airmen of the Vietnam War and a belated recipient of the Medal of Honor for his heroism on a mission that took place 11 days before he was shot down and taken prisoner, died Tuesday in... Continue reading
Posted May 4, 2017 at Bring The HEAT
The EC-130H Compass Call is the Air Force’s primary communications jamming system. It’s also one of the oldest airframe fleets in the force. It's one of the lesser-known — but also one of the most important — weapons in the fight against the Islamic State: The EC-130H Compass Call, a... Continue reading
Posted May 4, 2017 at Bring The HEAT
Would have been a Kraken, but someone stole my Kawachi kill by 724 hit points. Continue reading
Posted Apr 28, 2017 at Bring The HEAT
A very large portion of the modern ethos of the Marine Corps was forged in the crucible of the battles in the Central Pacific in World War II. The two most famous battles are likely Tarawa and Iwo Jima. And a large reason why they are so well known is... Continue reading
Posted Apr 27, 2017 at Bring The HEAT
Just the other day, China launched it’s first domestically build carrier. Here in the US, the future USS Gerald R. Ford has been in the water for some time, and last week finally began sea trials. Even after this, she still has a year or so of fitting out remaining... Continue reading
Posted Apr 27, 2017 at Bring The HEAT
BEIJING (AP) -- China has launched its first aircraft carrier built entirely on its own, in a demonstration of the growing technical sophistication of its defense industries and determination to safeguard its maritime territorial claims and crucial trade routes. The 50,000-ton carrier was towed from its dockyard just after 9... Continue reading
Reblogged Apr 26, 2017 at Bring The HEAT
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So, my output has been a little thin lately, no? Well, in my defense, I’m doing something a little different for me. I’m on a farm. I’m visiting my niece’s place, while she’s out of town. I’m mostly here to help care for the kids during the day, as opposed... Continue reading
Posted Apr 26, 2017 at Bring The HEAT
On this day in 1960, the first flight of the then A2F-1 Intruder marked the beginning of 34 years of excellence in carrier all weather medium attack. Continue reading
Posted Apr 19, 2017 at Bring The HEAT
Kitwar has a fast and furious and very successful outing in the Japanese Tier IV cruiser, the Kuma. Continue reading
Posted Apr 11, 2017 at Bring The HEAT
Normally it behooves the services to stay detached from the political sphere. But if Congress doesn’t pass a defense budget this year, and instead simply keeps operating under a continuing resolution, the services are going to run out of money next month. It’s bad enough that the Army felt compelled... Continue reading
Posted Apr 10, 2017 at Bring The HEAT
One wonders how much things have changed, and how much remains the same. Continue reading
Posted Apr 9, 2017 at Bring The HEAT
Watch the awesome secondary batteries of the Tier VIII German battleship wreak havoc. Continue reading
Posted Apr 9, 2017 at Bring The HEAT
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In August of 1974, I was living at NAS Whidbey Island. One advantage of living there was that the air station had an annual air show, and the Blue Angels, already in the area for Seattle’s SeaFest, were routinely available to perform at the air show. Switching from the F-4... Continue reading
Posted Apr 8, 2017 at Bring The HEAT
Gneisenau goes one on one with New Mexico. Pro-tip, the New Mexico should have tried to keep it at stand-off range. He's got more guns, a terrible secondary battery, and looks like he forgot about the torpedoes. Continue reading
Posted Apr 8, 2017 at Bring The HEAT
No bomb design has been as much maligned or otherwise disparaged as the first Soviet thermonuclear weapon. Detonated in August 1953, the bomb, officially tested under the name RDS-6s but usually known as Sloika or “layer cake” (the name Andrei Sakharov coined for it), was nothing to sneeze at. Shown... Continue reading
Reblogged Apr 6, 2017 at Bring The HEAT
Just a brief overview of the IGE for new players. Continue reading
Posted Apr 6, 2017 at Bring The HEAT
The Montana isn't usually known as a close in slugger, but between a cyclone reducing visibility, and some poor play by my opponents, I had a chance to rack up some pretty good numbers. Continue reading
Posted Apr 5, 2017 at Bring The HEAT
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Almost since Beechcraft started producing light twin turboprops, all the US services have been operating them as utility aircraft, trainers, and as intelligence/surveillance/reconnaissance platforms. The latest variant to be fielded is the US Army’s MC-12S. Based on the Beechcraft Super King Air 350 ER, the planes are used to provide... Continue reading
Posted Apr 4, 2017 at Bring The HEAT
Don't like where you're spawned? Drive across the entire map. Don't like planes spotting you? Sink the carriers! Continue reading
Posted Apr 4, 2017 at Bring The HEAT