25 September 2007

C-130s play the BRAC version of the game twister

185th AS leaving

OK, so let me get this straight...
The 185th AS have lost its H2 Aircraft to Pittsburgh’s 911 AW. Pittsburg who has flown the H3 will receive the Older H2s and sends its H3s to Pope Air Force base so that the H3s can fly Active duty missions... Milwaukee who gave up its airplanes to pope back in May will also be joined by Pittsburgh’s H3 aircraft. This is good news for active duty C-130 crews...much newer nicer aircraft.

Selfridge just gave up its aircraft to receive KC-135s (and the F-16s up there will convert to the A-10)

I am just glad that none are converting to the bloody C-130J

Clear as mud?

Does anyone have anything to add or share?

19 September 2007

Hillary Clinton. Politics as usual

Out of the candidates running, Rudy is not my first choice...but this is a good video and I thought I would post it for those who have not had the opportunity to see/hear it.

General Petraeus deserves better. Our men and women fighting deserve better. America deserves better...

Brits destroy own C-130J. New info...not good.

Back in Feb of 2007 the RAF had to destroy one of their own C-130Js. When the story first came out the news and reports were saying that it had hit an IED...now the story is horrifically different; Electrical fire!! Y'all know I am not a fan of the J model but it is way too new and way too expensive to have electrical problems. Now, was it from a mod or a specification on Brit only planes or is this something that can effect ALL C-130J aircraft?

Thank God that the 58+crew made it out safe...

I will be looking into this to find the report on the official cause of the problem.

Link to news story

These airplanes are too expensive and the lives of those on board are too precious for these kinds of problems to exist.

14 September 2007

James Brolin: Asshole of the year! or, the "happy 9/11" guy.

James Brolin: Asshole!

9/11 on the Chaz & AJ show in New Haven, Connecticut while trying to promote his new movie "The Hunting Party". James says something I thought even he and all the other worthless actors turned wannabe politician were above.. I was wrong. He stoops to an all time low in the "Who HerkEng thinks is classy" book.
Listen to his comments about 9/11...

He doesn't just sit there and disagree with what happened. He didn't say how he feels about how Bush created that horrific day...no, he goes and slaps everyone in the nation; he personally slaps every family member who died that horrific day. He slapped every family member of every service men who has served in war after that tragic day (living or not).

Here is a rough transcript posted by the Marooned In Marin blog

Brolin: "It's kind of a parody on uh, how come we can't catch war criminals with all of our sophisticated stuff you know.

Chaz or AJ: That's something we've been talking about a lot today on this show for obvious reasons, being the sixth anniversary of the September 11 attacks

Brolin: Right! Oh yeah. Oh Happy 9/11!

Chaz/AJ: Well that's kind of a weird thing to say.

Brolin: (Laughs) I hear silence. Well.

Chaz/AJ: Well we're right outside of New York I mean I know people
(Right!)...who lost family members so we don't say "Happy 9/11" here

Brolin: Celebrate the day, right?

Chaz/AJ: Yeah well, we kind of commemorate the day by remembering those who were lost and the families they left behind

BROLIN: I understand. It's a horrible situation how they've
been left behind even now by anybody who might uh...

Chaz/AJ: I think you'd be better off talking about this movie.

What a heartless miserable bastard.

Burn in hell with your unhappy miserable wife James...

11 September 2007

My 9/11/01

My crew and I were in Clearwater Florida delivering the President’s Helicopter ground/maintenance crews of Marine Helicopter Squadron One (HMX-1), "The Nighthawks,” with parts and an engine. We went out the night before...the usual for a TDY crew... Hooters for dinner and then out to find some bars, sort of stoked to be on a presidential support mission. But we only took the first half. We just had to drop them off and then home in the morning.... My Pilot and I were to be in the Simulator the next day.
We took off like it was any other flight...but I can't tell you how quickly that had changed. At first everyone including the air controllers were confused...mistaking the initial report for a small plane. (Or was it hoping that it had been a small plane)... then slowly more and more info was being relayed to us. We were discussing how if the weather was good.... No one could accidentally hit those huge buildings...and also remember, we had no visuals at all...only mental pictures...somehow it was relayed to us that they needed the plane back incase the Group needed to send them out for some reason. So through much coordination we did not have to land at a close airport...slowly it got more and more quiet in the air as the planes all landed. By the time we flew over DFW seeing all the planes on the ground and none in the air (most of the time you can spot 20 or so planes in the area taking off or landing. The controllers were all very short but to the point, but scared at the same time. Almost too professional. The talk over the radios were so different than all other flights I have ever been on... instead of direction the controllers were giving us updates.... for almost 2 hours after we heard about the buildings falling...no one said a word other than to talk to ATC or to run a checklist...We landed back at Our base and let the maintainers have back their plane so they could get her ready for alert status. We were told to go to debrief and then into the squadron. Security was already so very tight. A guy I had known for 4 years was asking to see my ID to go into the squadron... and at every door the same. The only people where were in the squadron were the people checking IDs, the higher-ups, and the schedulers...just as we figured we were sent home to go to bed and enter Bravo alert (have to be able to get to base and take the plane off in two hours). I could not do this, I could not sleep. I just entered my apartment and turned on the TV...it was my first glimpse of what had happened. I was in shock. The mental pictures could not compare to the reality. For three days I did nothing but sit on alert and watch TV. I could not stop...
I remember being so damn angry, not sad. Not scared, but pissed off that this happened on our own soil.

I flew again three days later. Everyone was still in shock. No one said a word save the few commands we have in the plane...Everyone was calling each other by their real names. No nicknames...no jokes. No small talk. We were delivering Gas Generators to McGuire AFB and into NYC in case they needed them. In case something else was to happen. As we got home the next day we had our orders in our hands. We were deploying. And fast. The prep for war had already started.
After the shock of what I saw on TV had settled...all I did was pray... Pray for our Country to stay strong. I prayed for my brothers and sisters in the military to stay safe. And thanked God that we had G.W. Bush in Office to see us through.

I was not a daddy then heck, I wasn't even married yet. Every time I had deployed after 9/11 I knew what we were fighting for. Those pictures of my wife and kids in my flight helmet reminded me of all those daddies and mommies that died that day in those very tall buildings who for no fault of their own will never see their families again. Their families left with a never healing wound. We must keep in mind who are enemy is. We must keep in mind what they will continue to do to us. We must never falter from our fight. Keep steady. Keep firm and every day kiss your kids. Kiss your Wife and most of all, pray to God.