Tuesday, June 05, 2012

Just In Time

Airmen Restore D-Day Aircraft: Airmen with the 19th Air Support Operations Squadron at Fort Campbell, Ky., are helping to restore a C-47 Skytrain on static display that dropped paratroopers into France during the Normandy D-Day operation in June 1944, according to a June 3 unit release. Douglas Aircraft Company built this C-47, tail no. 42-100828, in 1942; the airplane deployed to Europe in 1944, said squadron officials. The restoration involves repainting the D-Day invasion stripes, stars, and bars, and other historical markings, they said. "Restoring this C-47 has been a huge success story, thanks to a team effort from the 19th ASOS and the 101st Airborne Division," said Col. Scott Kindsvater, 93rd Air Ground Operations Wing commander, parent unit of the squadron. He added, "They have preserved this World War II icon, an important piece of our common aviation history, to its full glory and at a very low cost compared to other aircraft restoration projects." (Fort Campbell release by Nondice Thurman)
Tomorrow is the 68th anniversary of The Longest Day.  We'll prolly put up the same post and linkage we've posted for the last three years.  Coz we're like that. 

Apropos o' nuthin'... I'm old enough to have flown in a USAF C-47.  Not the one above, of course, which is technically a US Army Air Corps C-47, but a real, gen-u-wine C-47 in active service... not a warbird... none the less.  I also flew in DC-3s in commercial service, too.  And Orville Wright was a neighbor o' mine.

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Hockey season could be over tomorrow night, what with those Kings leading Joisey by a 3-0 margin.  Debbils fans were all "it coulda gone either way!" about the first two games but I'm pretty sure they're singin' a different tune today... mainly coz El-Eh beat Joisey like a red-headed stepchild last evening.  A sweep is not out of the question... not at all.

And then the long, hot summer of "what the f*ck do I need a teevee for?" sets in.  Aiiieee.

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  1. "I'm old enough to have flown in a USAF C-47."

    It probably had more leg and ass room than today's civilian airliners. Heck, Buck, that plane was newer back in the early 60's than some of the stuff we're flyin' in today.

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    1. The C-47 I flew in had those old single-plank metal seats along the length of both sides of the plane, made for paratroopers. So you had all the leg room in the WORLD, but not so much ass room.

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  2. The ol' gooneybird was quite a workhorse.

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    1. They're still flying, too. I shoulda linked the Wiki article on the DC-3.

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  3. A few days ago, Jesse asked about "the longest day." I replied with June 21, summer solstice. Toby replied with D Day.

    We think about getting rid of our Dish, but we need to look into an antenna. It really rubs me wrong to pay 45$ for Dish and it is such sorry stuff. We rarely watch TV anymore. But there is sports and The Thunder and then the Olympics.

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    1. True fact: The ONLY thang I've watched on teevee for at least two weeks (and prolly longer) has been hockey. I wasn't kidding... at ALL.

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  4. As my buddy Chris said on his blog, "It's as though the Kings have an octopus playing goal."

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    1. Quick is BETTER than any octopus. Besides that, EVERY hockey fan knows octopi only play for Dee-troit.

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  5. "...what the f*ck do I need a teevee for?"

    Never fear, Buck, there is ALWAYS women's beach volleyball on ESPN! LOL..

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    1. And the Brazilian Butt infomercials, too.

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  6. I flew in a civilian DC-3 once--via old now long-defunct Ozark Airlines. Out of Mattoon, Ill to St.Louis, to catch a TWA flt back in 70s, iirc You lived next door to Orville, Buck? What a coincidence, his brother Wilbur was my neighbor!

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    1. I flew DC-3s in AA, THY (Turk Hava Yolari), and MEA (Middle East Airlines) liveries. I didn't actually live next door to Orville... just down the street a ways.

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  7. Haven't really been following the playoffs this year. Kinda too sad the way it's all played out for the teams I followed...
    I read this yesterday regarding the L.A. record in these playoffs. If they win the cup next game, they'll have tied the record for playoff success with a 16 / 2 record. Everyone knows that the playoffs are nothing like the regular season, so that is something.
    And they did it with Sutter coaching. A guy that actually does farm for a living, actually does shovel shit, actually butchers animals and then eats them. Of course Calgary fired him... uff.

    http://sports.nationalpost.com/2012/06/05/darryl-sutters-fingerprints-are-all-over-the-kings/

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    1. Thanks for that link, marc. I've pretty much watched every game I could in these playoffs but i HAVE missed a few. This has been a wild, wild post-season, to state the obvious (I'm good at that). I'll be rooting for the Kings tonight... I think a sweep would be a fitting end to their incredibly improbable run. Eighth seed? Stanley Cup Champions? In **16** games? Wow.

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