Thursday, March 17, 2016

Since the Main Stream Media won't ask helpful questions this Election Cycle, here are mine!

So as it stands now, I am completely undecided on who to vote for this coming April and November.
Since the Media will not ask questions that I care about, I thought I would come up with some of my own.  These might not seem to you to be appropriate questions but in my opinion it’s a way to find out who someone really is. 

Like all good moderators I have some rules.   

  1. Don’t Bullshit me! Answer the question otherwise I will keep asking it until you answer it.
  2. If it’s an either or—pick one! All the above or none of the above are not choices.  Decide on something for once!
  3.  Keep your answers brief: these aren’t hard questions.
  4.  When in doubt refer to rule 1.

So here we go!   Secretary Clinton, Senator Sanders, Senator Cruz, Governor Kasich and Mr. Trump, please answer the following: 

1.)     Have you ever, or do you want to inhale marijuana?   ( I really don’t care if they do or don’t I just want to see if they lie)
2.)    What’s your opinion on commercial UASs: do you agree with the FAA’s handling of Drones?
3.)    Boeing or Airbus? 
4.)    Do you believe we should still be flying the A-10 Warthog until the 2070s?
5.)    Can you for the record state the following:
a.       Israel is or is not our Ally in the Middle East?
b.      ISIS should be called ISIS and not ISIL and are clearly not a “JV Squad”
c.       China doesn’t own the SOUTH CHINA SEA, in spite of the name?
d.      Russia is a threat to the Middle East and Europe, and should not be trusted
6.)    Coke or Pepsi?
7.)    Do you believe in free speech or just free speech you like?
8.)    Whose side are you on Law Enforcement or  (Insert Group Name Here)?
9.)     Do you believe that the United States of America is special   (Note I didn’t say superior I said special)
10.) Since we as taxpayers have to account for every last dime, why the hell don’t you all?   (This answer cannot cite WALL STREET; I’m looking at you Senator from Vermont.)
11.)  Do you still believe in NATO?
12.)  Is chewing gum at any function as President acceptable?
13.)  What do you do when the NATIONAL ANTHEM is played?
14.)  If you come to Philadelphia, how do you like your Cheesesteak? 
15.)  Does the saying “IN GOD WE TRUST” still belong on our currency?
16.)   MAC or PC?
17.)  Thanksgiving Table,  Pumpkin or Apple Pie? 
18.)  Do you understand that we have a system of checks and balances?  That all three branches of Government are equal?   (It’s a Yes or No question.)
19.)  What’s your all-time favorite television show?
20.)  Beer or Wine?         
21.)  It’s Fourth of July, you’re at a Barbeque.  Hamburger or Hot Dog?
22.)  If there is a national crisis, the President should be in the White House, or return to the White House ASAP?
23.) Follow on … After 12 Years at my job I get 4 Weeks’ Vacation, after being in my Job 4 years I only had two.  Would you pledge that if elected President of the United States you would agree to TWO weeks vacation a year while you’re in office?
24.) Next Question is Really Hard!   Who do you think could do a better job as President than yourself?  
25.)  Last question: would you be willing to give your life for this country?  I ask since you will have the authority to order others to give up theirs. Do you understand what that means?

Lastly Extra Credit  . . .   If elected President of the United States will you provide me and my fellow Airplane Geeks Podcast co-hosts a flight on a VC-25.  Also I would prefer the call sign for that flight not be Air Force One if you know what that means? 

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

My top 10 Carrier Aircraft.

So Xtended did another list this time of the Top 10 Carrier aircraft.   So it had a decided Euro bent.  Ok so the historian needs to do some corrections. 

Their list was;

10. Sea Fury
9. F/A-18 Hornet 
8. Dauntless
7. Rafale
6 F-4 Phantom
5. Hellcat
4. Sea Harrier 
3. A6M Zero
2. Swordfish
1. F-14 Tomcat

The Rafale does not even remotely belong on that list, what on earth were you all thinking?

The Grumman F6F Hellcat shot down 5223 aircraft. The majority of them were A6Ms.   I do agree with the Zero/Zeke a 12 to 1 Kill/loss ratio, deserves to be on the list even if it was outclassed quickly. So we need to reverse their places.  

The SBD deserves to be on the list, it was the carrier killer.

 Likewise, though you might not believe it’s me who’s saying this, so does the Sea Fury FB.11.  The Sea Fury kept up and occasionally outclassed the jets it was serving with and fighting against.

The Swordfish, while I understand why it’s on the list, it  doesn’t really qualify, I know a sentimental favorite. How many ships were credited to the Stringbag compared to the TBF/TBM Avenger/ Tarpon to the RAN,  which didn’t even make the list, which I will correct.

So that leaves four.   Let’s start with the Sea Harrier, I think I agree with a  change, Drop the Sea, keep the Harrier.  RAF harriers fought off ships in the Falklands.  It was also the thought of two LHAs with Harriers sitting off the coast of Kuwait that helped the “left hook” armor attack succeed. So yes the Harrier has changed naval aviation.

So we are left with the Tomcat, Phantom and Hornet.  The Phantom is easy it stays.  It flew for two Navies.  It was Recon Attack and a Fleet defense fighter.

The Tomcat definitely not number 1.  Not really sure why it gets the top. It never scored a kill in combat by its primary weapon system the Phoenix Missile. It’s another sentimental favorite.  The Hollywood weapon system.

Lastly the Hornet, this is the ”I just don’t know”. It’s in the middle of its career and will be around a REALLY long time. It entered service in 1983. The Supers entered service 15 years ago. The F-35 ain’t yet around the corner so there’s a lot of history left to be written.

So since I ditched the Rafale, it needs a replacement.  This naval aircraft with be flying with at least the Brazilian Navy to beyond 2030 not bad for design from the early ‘50s. Yes I own a tail hook off one, and will be accused of bias  The A-4 Skyhawk needs to absolutely be on the list. Also how many pilots became “Naval Aviators taking their first trap in an A-4.

I do have some also-rans.
·         The Grumman A-6 Intruder.
·         The  Chance Vought F-8 Crusader  France and the USN flew it
·         The Vought F4U Corsair
·         The Dassult-Brequet Super Etendard
·         Lastly an aircraft still in production from its introduction in 1964 The Grumman E-2/C-2 family of aircraft. It just makes the good guys better. 

So here’s my "revised" list. 
10.) Sea Fury
9.) F/A-18 Hornet
8.)  TBM/TBF Avenger
7. A6M Zero/Zeke
6.) .SBD Dauntless
5.) F6F Hellcat
4.) F-14 Tomcat
3.) Harrier
2.) A-4 Skyhawk
1.) F-4 Phantom

So this David M. Vanderhoof  your Airplane Geeks Historian signing off.