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About spud

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  • Birthday 10/11/1939

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  1. Just catching up after being in hospital and rehab. for a bit and wanted to say that flying the Link Trainer was the norm for awhile after WWII and as a Naval Cadet pursuing my Wings of Gold I sat it the spinning tilting blue box a few hours. I prefered the actual aircraft personally.
  2. When flying most GA aircraft on one engine always remember the old saying: "It has just enough power to get you to the scene of the crash!"
  3. Have not experienced using VR myself but if, as Aussieman points out the movement speed is excessive I'm not sure I'd be too quick to adopt the technique. I base my opinion on real life IFR flying where rapid head movement can and does induce inner ear fluid movement. This causes the inner ear to produce feedback that can lead to confusion, and a breakdown of the pilots scan.
  4. I'm pretty sure there are not too many Viet Namese who frequent these forums to comment on the war, U.S troops who served in Viet Nam number 300,000 while Australian personal was approx. 60,000. The 5 to 1 difference would account for more stories.
  5. I've been down in boonies so long my nose would probably bleed up high!
  6. Most important memories for me were first cruise on USS Forestal. Shortly after arriving on station had ordnance prematurely released from A/C on flight deck with catastrophic results killing 135 crew members in a matter of minutes. Not what you call nice memories. Returned home to repair the damage and transferred to HC-2 returned to Vietnam Aboard USS America CV 66. I was very happy to serve as Plane Guard rescuing our guys when they had to ditch. Although not as exciting as flying air strikes as before it was much more rewarding in my mind.
  7. I guess I'm getting Bi-American (PNW + FL southern) OH yeah I do speak fluent Profane!
  8. My most vivid memory of WW II was Aug. 1945. My older brother, sister and I had walked to the Clarkston, WA beach on the Snake River from our little home in Lewiston, ID to swim and were crossing the bridge across the Snake on our way home when all hades broke loose. Horns blaring people shouting, guns firing. Three frightened children finally found out it was just announced that Japan had surrendered. We thought hey the war's over dad would be home. Running, walking, resting the 3-4 miles to home seemed to take forever. Disappointment was very real to find out it would be months before dear old dad got home from the China, Burma, India theater of war.
  9. Hospital visiting hours are from 1700 - 1930
  10. Teecee, I'm pretty sure that RTMM has found a method of cutting down the spray effect. You might ask or search the forums on their site.
  11. That seems logical. Never tried to use 3rd party emoji's.
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