Sunday, July 27, 2008

Sunday Song, Learn to Fly



Run and tell all of the angels
This could take all night
Think I need a devil to help me get things right
Hook me up a new revolution
Cause this one is a lie
We sat around laughing and watched the last one die

I'm looking to the sky to save me
Looking for a sign of life
Looking for something to help me burn out bright
I'm looking for a complication
Looking cause I'm tired of lying
Make my way back home when I learn to fly

I think I'm done nursing patience
I can wait one night
I'd give it all away if you give me one last try
We'll live happily ever trapped if you just save my life
Run and tell the angels that everything is alright

I'm looking to the sky to save me
Looking for a sign of life
Looking for something to help me burn out bright
I'm looking for a complication
Looking cause I'm tired of trying
Make my way back home when I learn to fly
Make my way back home when I learn to

Fly along with me, I can't quite make it alone
Try and make this life my own
Fly along with me, I can't quite make it alone
Try and make this life my own

I'm looking to the sky to save me
Looking for a sign of life
Looking for something to help me burn out bright
I'm looking for a complication
Looking cause I'm tired of trying
Make my way back home when I learn to fly

I'm looking to the sky to save me
Looking for a sign of life
Looking for something to help me burn out bright
I'm looking for a complication
Looking cause I'm tired of trying
Make my way back home when I learn to fly
Make my way back home when I learn to fly
Make my way back home when I learn to, learn to, learn
to fly

Learn to Fly Part I

Sunny - Hi 113 Lo 89 for Baghdad, Iraq
Sunny - Hi 106 Lo 79 for Qandahar, Afghanistan
Sunny - Hi 85 Lo 65 for Northern KY, USA

Song of the week: Learn to Fly (1999), Foo Fighters

Ramble:

It's been a few weeks since I have had a chance to write anything. Our hard drive went kaput for the 2nd time--- It seems that Dell either designed or Dell employees assembled the hard drive with the fan installed backwards... nice. Anyway- we are back up and running with minimal loss to data.

Nothing new to report-- I've been working on a post for a while, but I can't seem to get it right... I just come off sounding like a conspiracy theory freak or a "we're all gonna die-- Game Over! " Aliens style nut case... so I'll keep playing with it until the time and words are right. Oh and by the way... and to make it crystal clear--- There isn't a United States Marine that would ever behave like Bill Paxton's character did in Aliens.... ever.

So, anyway, last Sunday Michael and I after a 3 year hiatus made it back to the Dayton Air Show--- specifically to see the F-22 Raptor. H*o*l*y C*r*a*p! This aircraft without a doubt should have our enemies shaking in their boots... For a fighter, this aircraft is huge--- 62 ft long with a wingspan of near 45 ft. Compare that to an F-16 (Viper or Fighting Falcon- you pick) which is not quite 48 ft. long with a wingspan of 31 ft... This girl, the F-22, although big and bulky looking is in fact very swift and manueverable.... she is stealthy, she can cruise at supersonic airspeeds with out using afterburners... She is one fierce bird and our enemies should be fearful... The best part and what is so reassuring about the F-22? It is a United States only asset. No sharing with NATO countries... all ours baby. Stick that.

I'm including some really bad video I took-- no editing---keeping up with the F-22 was no small feet... the camera could not stay focused and that was on the slow pass. In part II, a separate post are a few of the photos I took. Enjoy.

Have a great week everyone!

C-17 Globemaster footage
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F-22 Raptor footage
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Heritage Flight - F-22, F-16, and P-51
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Learn to Fly Part II

Click to enlarge photos--

For all you non-geeks, here is a little key to help you understand the kind of aircraft you are looking at:

A = Attack
B = Bomber
C = Cargo
F = Fighter
H = Helicopter
P = Pursuit
V = Vertical

Misty Blues All Women Sky Diving Team - National Anthem- couldn't be beat


F-16 pilots watching Misty Blues--- "why would anyone jump out of a perfectly good plane?"
Wright B Flyer

"The Collaborators" - Includes Sean Tucker, son Eric Tucker, Bill Stein and Ben Freelove
2 AH-64D Appache Helicopters and an F-16 Fighting Falcon
An emergency landing by this 747 shut down the airport and the airshow--- were you on this flight?
Going through the checklist prior to flight
WWII B-25

My darling, the C-130


F-16 pilot signing autographs -- A hero kids SHOULD have!
F/A-18 Super Hornet and F4U Corsair (WWII)
C-17 Globemaster

perspective shot

F-22 Raptor --- all I can say is incredible, wow, and OMG.
P-51 Mustang WWII

Long day- slept right through the very loud F-22 demonstration

Newest Generation F-22 Raptor, then the F-16 Fighting Falcon, and P-51 Mustang

On static display --- The Marines very own V22 Osprey - I have still not seen one of these things fly

How's that for a paint job?


Blogs and Links to Check Out This Week:

WW is back- Go say hi!

Have a great week everyone!