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Old 05-23-2017, 09:06 AM   #1281
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I love this shot.

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Old 05-23-2017, 10:26 AM   #1282
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Old 07-10-2017, 09:12 AM   #1283
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Old 07-11-2017, 08:46 PM   #1284
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Old 07-11-2017, 09:26 PM   #1285
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Painting, but you get the idea.

Battle of Lima Site 85







tl:dr: Biplane(s) shot down with an Ak-47 from a Huey.

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On 12 January 1968, four North Vietnamese Air Force AN-2 Colt biplanes lifted off from an airfield in northeastern North Vietnam and headed west toward Laos. The aircraft were on a mission to destroy a US radar base that was guiding bombers in attacks against targets in North Vietnam. Known to the Americans as Site 85, the radar facility was perched atop a 5,800-foothigh mountain, Phou Pha Thi. Manned by US Air Force volunteers “sheepdipped” as employees of the Lockheed Aircraft Corporation, the site had been in operation only a few months. The mountain, used for many years as a staging base for CIA-directed Hmong guerilla fighters and American special operations and rescue helicopters, was only 125 nautical miles from Hanoi. Air America, a CIA-proprietary, provided aerial support for the facility, the technicians, and the security forces.

The Colts reached Site 85 early in the afternoon, and two began bombing and strafing passes as the others circled nearby. Coincidentally, Air America captain Ted Moore, flying a UH-1D Huey helicopter carrying ammunition to the site, saw the attack (“It looked like World War I,” he recalled.) and gave chase to a Colt as it turned back to the Vietnamese border. Moore positioned his helicopter above the biplane, as crewman Glenn Woods fired an AK-47 rifle down on it. The pursuit continued for more than 20 minutes until the second AN-2 flew underneath the helicopter. Dropping back, Moore and Woods watched as the first AN-2 dropped and crashed into a ridge just west of the North Vietnamese border. Minutes later, the second Colt hit the side of a mountain three miles farther north. The other Colts escaped, inactive observers throughout. Within hours a CIA-controlled ground team reached the crashed aircraft and found bullet holes in the downed planes.

In the mists of the Annamite Mountains and part of a secret war, Air America employees Ted Moore and Glenn Woods gained the distinction of having shot down a fixed-wing aircraft from a helicopter, a singular aerial victory in the Vietnam War. Two months later, North Vietnamese commandos attacked and destroyed Site 85, inflicting the deadliest single ground loss of US Air Force personnel of the Vietnam War.

On 27 July 2007, CIA officially received An Air Combat First in an event attended by members of the Air America Board; pilot Ted Moore; Sawang Reed, the wife of flight mechanic Glenn Woods; CIA paramilitary legend Bill Lair; and the donors of the painting, former Air America officers Marius Burke and Boyd D. Mesecher.
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Old 07-11-2017, 11:08 PM   #1286
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that is fucking awesome. Mind blown.
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Old 07-11-2017, 11:10 PM   #1287
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^^^ That story still gets me. Those were some badasses.

Some other badasses...

http://vnafmamn.com/Skyraider_vs_MIG17.html

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...There was no doubt we were under attack by MiGs. This was confirmed when a silver MiG-17 with red marking on wings and tail streaked by Charlie and me heading for Ed. Tracers from behind and a jet intake growing larger in my mirror were a signal to start pulling and turning. As I put g's on the Skyraider I could see the two distinct sizes of tracers falling away (The MiG-17 had two 23mm and one 37mm cannon in the nose.) He stayed with us throughout the turn firing all the way. Fortunately, he was unable to stay inside our turn and overshot.
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Old 07-11-2017, 11:21 PM   #1288
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Wow! I never knew about either incidents! Way cool!
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Old 07-19-2017, 08:55 AM   #1289
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Hi guys. I haven't posted here in a while.... But I am alive... I went to one of the world's biggest airshows and my boss is part of the flying society. I got to meet some of the USAF Thunderbird team and talk shit about the Blue Angels 🤣. Anywho, here are some pics if team leader Jason and mechanical leader Bob. Also they gave us a gift in Fairfield.

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Old 07-23-2017, 10:39 AM   #1290
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Another installment of name that plane....

Good luck.

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Old 07-23-2017, 11:19 AM   #1291
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Blohm & Voss Ha 139

To be fair I had to look it up to remember the name but I had a model of it when I was a kid.
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Old 07-24-2017, 01:57 PM   #1292
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Default Project Amelia Earhart .....

Not too much publicity on this event unless you are a pilot or a ham radio operator.

"Round-the-world solo flight by pilot Brian Lloyd to trace the historic route of Amelia Earhart on the 80th anniversary." He just left this morning from Pago Pago at 1500 UTC for the Hawaiian Islands. He will over fly Howland Island, the suspected last location they think she was when they last heard from her and the navigator.

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https://www.facebook.com/pg/AmeliaEa...=page_internal

Tracking map...F5 to get latest location.

http://projectameliaearhart.org/tracker/map.php
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Old 07-24-2017, 04:20 PM   #1293
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FL230 in a Mooney. Impressive.
The Service Ceiling of her Lockheed Model 10 Electra was 19,400 feet.

However her range with modified fuel tanks was 4500nm.

Speed is close, but the Mooney has much superior navigation equipment.
All in all, a very equal flight for a SEL to a MEL aircraft.
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Old 09-15-2017, 04:27 PM   #1296
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Old 09-25-2017, 04:59 PM   #1297
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Old 09-30-2017, 03:24 PM   #1298
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Woops-ski!
http://www.popularmechanics.com/mili...ff-loses-wing/
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Old 11-15-2017, 07:11 PM   #1299
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Meanwhile,

https://www.thesun.co.uk/news/492038...ig-disruptive/
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Old 11-15-2017, 08:32 PM   #1300
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The whole "service animal" thing is more of an excuse for people with low self esteem to drag their pets everywhere. This hurts legit service animals every time stupid stuff like this occurs.
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