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Blue Angels Fly Over 2016 Super Bowl

Blue Angels Fly Over 2016 Super Bowl

The Blue Angels, helped kick off the 2016 Super Bowl when they performed a flyover at Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, California, Feb. 7.

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Posted by on February 9, 2016 in Navy

 

An Aircraft Carrier made from ice

An Aircraft Carrier made from ice
In 1943 Canadians tried to built an aircraft carrier from a mixture of ice and wood pulp. Known as “pykrete” this material is as strong as concrete, does not melt as fast as ice and is cheap to produce. A “bergship” made of pykrete would be not only unsinkable but also indestructible, since most of the damage can be repaired with seawater. Well, as long as the temperature around the ship is below freezing…
Project Habakkuk was the plan to build an enormous aircraft carrier, actually more of a floating island than a ship. The bergship would be providing a convenient landing site for the military aircraft operating between Canada and Greenland. Since exact properties of pykrete were unknown at the time, a 1000 ton 18m by 9m model was built on a lake near Alberta, Canada. However, the real ship was never finished. As it turned out, the ice ship still needed steel for reinforcement and proper operation and the engines were a pain to attach. Besides, you can’t have the crew eat cold rations and live in parkas all the time.
In December 1943 the project was officially abandoned. It took 3 hot summers for the prototype to melt completely.
In 2009, the Mythbusters dudes have built a small boat out of pykrete. They confirmed that the material is nearly bullet-proof and very strong. It melts anyway….
 
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Posted by on December 18, 2015 in Aircraft Carriers, History

 

Neil Armstrong, the Navy Pilot and the first person to walk on the Moon

Neil Armstrong, the Navy Pilot and the first person to walk on the Moon

Many people know the name of Neil Armstrong, the first person to set foot on the Moon’s surface. But Neil also used to be a US Navy pilot, flying many combat missions off the USS Essex (CV-9), reaching the rank of Lieutenant Junior Grade (“JayGee“) before retiring from active service in the late 1950-ies. He became a test pilot for the Air Force and later for NASA. After some time he became a space pilot…

His last mission in Space was as Commander of Apollo 11 in July 1969. During this mission he became the first person to step foot on the surface of the Moon on July 20, 1969.

Neil was born in Wapakoneta, Ohio. One of the stories about Neil was that just before reentering the lunar module after Apollo 11’s EVA, Armstrong made the enigmatic remark, “Good luck, Mr. Gorsky.” When Neil was a boy, Mr. Gorsky was his neighbor in Wapakoneta. One day while playing ball in the backyard, young Neil heard Mrs. Gorsky shout at Mr. Gorsky: “Oral sex! You want oral sex? You’ll get oral sex when the kid next door walks on the moon!

Well, the “boy next door” did walk on the moon. His neighbor didn’t get any though, since apparently this was all a joke invented by Buddy Hackett, the comedian.

11 Biggest Myths about the first man on the Moon

US Navy Veteran Tribute page for Neil Armstrong

 
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Posted by on October 19, 2015 in History, Navy, Space

 

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HMS, HMY, HMAS and HMCS – What’s that?

HMS, HMY, HMAS and HMCS – What’s that?
In its most generic form the term “HMS” stands for “Her (or His) Majesty’s Ship“. This abbreviation has been part of any sea-going vessel’s name belonging to the British Royal Navy since 1789. HMS Phoenix was the first ship to bear the name and the tradition continues to this day.
Officially the “H” in “HMS” stands for either “Her” or “His”, depending on who’s the ruling monarch of Great Britain and its many colonies at the time. However, since Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth the Second has been ruining the upholstery of the royal throne for the last 63 years and also because in English language a ship is normally referred to as “she”, “HMS” pretty much stands for “Her Majesty Ship” these days. And since Granny Liz is also technically the ruling queen of many colonies, the Navy ships of Canada and Australia bear the designations of HMCS and HMAS respectively.
Other countries adopted similar naming conventions, most notably the Swedish Royal Navy ships were bearing “HMS” designation as well (Hans Majestäts Skepp), later changed to “HSwMS” to avoid confusion with “HMS”. The United States has adopted a similar prefix “USS”, but not until 1907. Many other countries never bothered.
Of course the Brits being what they are, there are always exceptions to the rule. You see, the same Queen used to have a wee yacht. Built in Scotland in 1953, this little tub is only 126 meters long (412 ft) and she can only hold about 300 crew and up to 250 passengers. Plus a platoon of Royal Marines, just in case some pirates from the colonies get uppity. Her official name is “HMY Brittania”, as in “Her Majesty’s Yacht” and officially she never had any Navy sailors on board, only “yachtsmen”. She is a museum now, permanently moored to the pier in Edinburgh Scotland, sharing the fate with USS Hornet, US Navy aircraft carrier permanently stationed at the harbor in Alameda, California
 
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Posted by on October 17, 2015 in History, Navy

 

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US Navy Female Pilots

Temporary Duty book by Ric Locke features a squadron of F/A-18 Hornet combat aircraft retrofitted with alien space engines and piloted entirely by female Navy aviators. When I read the book for the first time I thought it was just the author’s imagination, but it turns out there are female jet fighter pilots out there. Here’s some pictures and details to prove it:

Lt. J.G. Christina Green, a naval flight officer, poses for a photograph in front of an F/A-18A Hornet aircraft. Green is a member of Tactical Electronic Warfare Squadron 34 (VAQ-34).

Lt. J.G. Christina Green, a naval flight officer, poses for a photograph in front of an F/A-18A Hornet aircraft. Green is a member of Tactical Electronic Warfare Squadron 34 (VAQ-34).

Women pilots of Tactical Electronic Warfare Squadron 34 (VAQ-34) pose for a photograph in front of an F/A-18A Hornet aircraft.

Women pilots of Tactical Electronic Warfare Squadron 34 (VAQ-34) pose for a photograph in front of an F/A-18A Hornet aircraft.

L-R   LT.Sue Hart, LT. Brenda Scheufele, LT. Pam (Lyons) Carel(Thanks to Loree (Draude) Hirschman for the info)

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Marine Fighter Attack Squadron (All Weather)-121: VMFA(AW)-121
Capt Jaden J. “Mulan” Kim – F/A-18D WSO

More details are available at: F-16 Forum

 
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Posted by on October 8, 2015 in Navy, planes

 

Navy Speak Unleashed

Example of how sailors speak to each other:

Me and Willy were lollygagging by the scuttlebutt after being aloft to boy butter up the antennas and were just perched on a bollard eyeballing a couple of bilge rats and flangeheads using crescent hammers to pack monkey shit around a fitting on a handybilly.

All of a sudden the dicksmith started hard-assing one of the deck apes for lifting his pogey bait. The pecker-checker was a sewer pipe sailor and the deckape was a gator. Maybe being blackshoes on a bird farm surrounded by a gaggle of cans didn’t set right with either of those gobs.

The deck ape ran through the nearest hatch and dogged it tight because he knew the penis machinist was going to lay below, catch him between decks and punch him in the snot locker.

He’d probably wind up on the binnacle list but Doc would find a way to gundeck the paper or give it the deep six to keep himself above board. We heard the skivvywaver announce over the bitch box that the breadburners had creamed foreskins on toast (SOS) ready on the mess decks so we cut and run to avoid the fustercluck when the twidgets and cannon cockers knew chow was on.

We were balls to the wall for the barn and everyone was preparing to hit the beach as soon as we doubled-up and threw over the brow. I had a ditty bag full of fufu juice that I was gonna spread on thick for the bar hogs with those sweet bosnias. Sure beats the hell out of brown bagging.

Might even hit the acey-duecy club and try to hook up with a westpac widow. They were always leaving snail trails on the dance floor on amateur night.

Need a translation? Head to temporaryduty.org

 
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Posted by on October 5, 2015 in humor, Navy

 

CV-12 Hornet, the aircraft carrier museum

Took my family to USS Hornet last weekend, the aircraft carrier museum permanently stationed at the harbor in Alameda, CA. It was a blast! Even my wife liked it, even though she is as far removed from the Navy as a snowman is from a surfboard. After visiting the ship my son drew the picture of CV-12, complete with F-14 Tomcat taking off.

They have Halloween-oriented Haunted Hornet tours most days in October, so if you’re in the area go and get scared!

F-14 Tomcat parked on the flight deck of USS Hornet

F-14 Tomcat parked on the flight deck of USS Hornet

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Posted by on September 30, 2015 in Aircraft Carriers, Uncategorized

 
 
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