Thursday, October 18, 2012

That's a Big-Ass Hangar

From the Usual USAF Source...

Air Frame: An F-22A Raptor, F-16 Fighting Falcon, and a B-52H Stratofortress rest inside an aircraft hangar at Andersen AFB, Guam, before the arrival of a storm, Oct. 5, 2012. (Air Force photo by SSgt. Alexnadre Montes) (Click on image above to reach larger version.)

Just putting a BUFF in a hangar is sumthin'... putting a Raptor and a Lawn Dart in there too is sumthin' else.

16 comments:

  1. That is a cool night picture. I was looking for a person to compare sizes to, but I'm not sure there is any people - or they are just dwarfed by the hugeness.

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    1. I didn't see a person in the pic, Lou. But I know how big a BUFF is, and a Lawn Dart. So I was impressed.

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  2. So do they have hangars for ALL the aircraft on Guam?

    And speaking of Guam -

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zNZczIgVXjg

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    1. I doubt there are hangars for all the aircraft, Small-Tee. Most of the time AF flew the jets away, as Sarge noted below. And I remember that Guam thang... too funny.

      btw... did you know Guam is actually an acronym? It's short for "Give up and masturbate." DAMHIK, but I DO.

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  3. Ah, typhoon season in the Pacific. I remember it well. Airplanes dashing off to parts unknown, hangar queens being dragged to hangars (where else?) And being stuck in the barracks with naught to eat but C-Rats. Yup, C-Rats. Buddy found a small packet of smokes in one, dated 1944 they were. But we gutted it out. We were Air Force. Besides, we had lots of beer and a pinochle deck. What else did we need?

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    1. "Besides, we had lots of beer and a pinochle deck."

      Tucked away from us ossifers, eh? You damn crusty NCOs have ALL the fun! :)

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    2. PS: Of course with Buck sitting before us all as Exhibit *A* I really didn't need to point that out, did, I? lol

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    3. @Virgil: "You damn crusty NCOs have ALL the fun! :)" Ahem. Yeah we (I use the fraternal "we" here as I never got very close to a flight line, ever) had all the fun while YOU flew the jets away to some beach where you could hang out with LBFMs and drink drinks with umbrellas stuck in 'em. Tell us some more about "fun," Virg. ;-)

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    4. @Sarge: We had access to pallets of C-rats when I was in Turkey in '70-'71. We used to take 'em to the beach with us (for our all-day, all-night parties in the summer) and they were pretty danged good, except for that "potted meat product"... whatever the Hell THAT was. That's also where I got the P-38 that's been on my key ring for over 40 years.

      As for typhoon season... I lucked out. Five years in Japan and not one typhoon. Go figger...

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    5. Buck/

      You know how you could tell if the LBFMs were "clean", don't you? Just look at their little white socks.. :)

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    6. I heard that once upon a time and I'm here to tell ya it AIN'T true.

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    7. @VX - We always stayed "tucked away" from the ossifers. I think in our maintenance squadron we had one lieutenant that we'd see on a regular basis. But not that often, he was scared to death of our chief (which proves he was not dumb, Chief was a scary guy). As to interacting with the aircrews who drilled holes in the sky with our F-4s? We were encouraged not to pick on them, scare them or really interact with them at all. The crew chiefs were allowed to talk to the aircrew, we avionics types were kept well-away from them, especially the WSOs. We had one WSO who wrote up the radar for not working in the "O.F.F." mode, he was not pleased when we signed off the "malfunction" with the suggestion that he try again using the "O.N." mode. His pilot thought that was hysterical. The WSO not so much.

      @Buck - Ya just had to bring up LBFMs didn't ya? Now I'm having flashbacks and I still have to work the rest of the day!

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    8. Ya just had to bring up LBFMs didn't ya?

      Heh. My pleasure (might have been yers, too). ;-)

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