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  • Did you know that the Millennium Falcon's cockpit was inspired by the WWII B-29 Superfortress bomber

    12/27/2015 6:48:07 PM PST · by EveningStar · 35 replies
    The Aviationist ^ | December 15, 2015 | David Cenciotti
    Did you know that the Millennium Falcon's cockpit was inspired by the WWII B-29 Superfortress bomber? Did you know that the Star Wars saga most famous spacecraft featured a cockpit clearly inspired to a World War II heavy bomber? Well, the iconic greenhouse-style window of the Millennium Falcon was designed with the style of the Boeing B-29 Superfortress, a strategic bomber flying 30 years before Han Solo and Chewbacca first appeared driving the iconic spacecraft into the hyperspace, in mind.
  • Why dropping the bomb 70 years ago was necessary, and why we need to be ready to do it again

    08/09/2015 10:16:30 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 31 replies
    The National Post ^ | August 9, 2015 | George Jonas
    On the morning of Aug. 6, 1945, shortly after 8:00 a.m. local time, a lone American B-29 was conducting what seemed to be a reconnaissance flight at high altitude over the Japanese city of Hiroshima. At about 16 minutes after 8:00, the aircraft released an object over the centre of town. Attached to parachutes, the object floated down slowly enough to give the four-engine Boeing Superfortress time to turn and lumber out of the airspace. The atom bomb exploded at about 1,900 feet above the centre of Hiroshima. The devastation was cataclysmic. Immediate casualties, dead and injured, numbered approximately 115,000....
  • Dropping the bomb

    03/12/2015 7:17:13 PM PDT · by daniel1212 · 137 replies
    http://triablogue.blogspot.com/ ^ | Thursday, March 12, 2015 | Steve Hays
    I'm going to comment on the ethics of nuking Japan. This is one of those perennial issues that America-bashers constantly raise. There are two extremes we need to avoid: "my country right or wrong," and "blame America first." For me the war has a personal dimension. My late father was a WWII vet who served in the Pacific theater. He was radio operator in the Air Force. His squadron conducted reconnaissance over Japan. He had some interesting stories to tell: i) He trained on B-17s in Alaska, then flew on B-29s in Florida. ii) Our pilots discovered the jet stream....
  • ‘Are You Happy?’ Zimmerman Juror Reacts to Detainment on MSNBC

    09/10/2013 5:57:45 PM PDT · by NotYourAverageDhimmi · 46 replies
    Mediaite ^ | September 10, 2013 | Matt Wilstein
    Juror B29, also known as “Maddy,” made her first major television appearance with Al Sharpton Tuesday afternoon since she first revealed her face and spoke to ABC News’ Robin Roberts about her conflicted feelings on the George Zimmerman verdict. Maddy offered her reactions to Zimmerman’s recent detainment in connection with a domestic dispute involving his estranged wife and father-in-law. After viewing dashcam video of Zimmerman being put in handcuffs by officers, Maddy told Sharpton, “it hurts a lot,” because she keeps going back and thinking “what could I have done” to change the outcome of the trial. At the same...
  • Why Zimmerman Juror B-29 Is A Model Juror

    07/26/2013 11:37:11 AM PDT · by sheikdetailfeather · 57 replies
    O'Mara Law Blog ^ | 7/26/2013 | Mark O'Mara
    A number of people have been asking for our response to Juror B-29’s remarks during ABC’s Robin Roberts' interview about the Zimmerman verdict. The big headline from the story is “George Zimmerman got away with murder,” but that is an inaccurate distillation of Juror B-29's statements. Rather, the substance of the juror’s other comments are more complicated and nuanced. Here’s a key exchange that got my attention: Juror B-29 says, “For myself, he’s guilty, because the evidence shows he’s guilty.” Robin Roberts asks for a clarification, “He’s guilty of?” Juror B-29 responds, “Killing Trayvon Martin. But as the law was...
  • Juror B29, ‘Maddy,’ says ‘Zimmerman got away with murder’ (Waah! Alert)

    07/26/2013 9:43:46 AM PDT · by kimtom · 36 replies
    www.washingtonpost.com ^ | July 25, 2013 | Ruth Tam
    Two weeks after George Zimmerman was acquitted in the death of Florida teen Trayvon Martin, the only person on the jury who is a member of an ethnic minority said in an ABC News interview that Zimmerman “got away with murder.’ Juror B29, identified only by her first name Maddy, sat down with ABC’s Robin Roberts, to discuss the trial for “Good Morning America.” As the first juror to show her face on camera, Maddy expressed both conviction and regret. “You can’t put the man in jail even though in our hearts we felt he was guilty,” Maddy said of...
  • 3 iconic WWII bombers coming to Deer Valley

    11/12/2010 11:24:01 AM PST · by SandRat · 30 replies
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  • LeMay and the Tragedy of War

    05/15/2009 7:03:16 AM PDT · by DFG · 30 replies · 1,044+ views
    Wall Street Journal ^ | 05/15/09 | WARREN KOZAK
    On Sept. 12, 2001, it is highly doubtful that any member of Congress was worried that our government would be too harsh in its treatment of terrorists. When countries are threatened, basic survival trumps civil liberties not just for enemy combatants but for citizens as well. Our priorities change. We saw that with the attack on Pearl Harbor. Days before Japanese warplanes destroyed the U.S. Pacific fleet on Dec. 7, 1941, 80% of Americans did not want to go to war against either Germany or Japan. The day after the attacks, those numbers reversed themselves. Over the next four years,...
  • Pat Buchanan: Hiroshima, Nagasaki, and Christian Morality

    08/10/2005 6:32:47 PM PDT · by F14 Pilot · 45 replies · 1,399+ views
    RealClearPolitics.com ^ | August 10, 2005 | Pat Buchanan
    On the 40th, 50th and 60th anniversaries of D-Day, Presidents Reagan, Clinton and George W. Bush traveled to Normandy to lead us in tribute to the bravery of the Greatest Generation of Americans, who had liberated Europe. Always a deeply moving occasion. The 40th, 50th and 60th anniversaries of the dropping of the atom bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki, however, were not times of celebration or warm remembrance. Angry arguments for and against the dropping of the bombs roil the airwaves and fill the press. And the reason is obvious. While World War II was a just war against enemies...
  • The FReeper Foxhole Remembers Operation Matterhorn (1943-1944) - Apr. 25th, 2005

    04/24/2005 9:42:55 PM PDT · by SAMWolf · 89 replies · 3,550+ views
    Aviation History Magazine | E.R. Johnson
    Lord, Keep our Troops forever in Your care Give them victory over the enemy... Grant them a safe and swift return... Bless those who mourn the lost. . FReepers from the Foxhole join in prayer for all those serving their country at this time. .................................................................. .................... ........................................... U.S. Military History, Current Events and Veterans Issues Where Duty, Honor and Countryare acknowledged, affirmed and commemorated. Our Mission: The FReeper Foxhole is dedicated to Veterans of our Nation's military forces and to others who are affected in their relationships with Veterans. In the FReeper Foxhole, Veterans or their family members should...
  • B-29 Radio Project, remembering Iwo Jima and the B-29

    02/14/2005 8:45:08 PM PST · by 1066AD · 13 replies · 768+ views
    Collins Radio ^ | 2/13/2005 | Not Given
    Events Remembering Iwo Jima and the B-29 Bomber Feb 19-20 2005 The Collins Amateur Radio Club, in cooperation with the Cedar Valley Amateur Radio Club will be operating a special Amateur Radio Station at The Carl and Mary Koehler History Center, 615 1St. Ave. S.E. Cedar Rapids on February 19th and 20th to commemorate the 60th anniversary of the WWII invasion of Iwo Jima. February 19th is 60 years, to the day, from the landing on Iwo Jima by American forces. In that battle, which was fought to secure an emergency landing site for B-29's that were bombing Japan, 6,821...
  • Remembering Iwo Jima and the B-29 Bomber Feb 19-20 2005

    02/14/2005 7:50:35 PM PST · by Denver Ditdat · 8 replies · 993+ views
    The Collins Amateur Radio Club, in cooperation with the Cedar Valley Amateur Radio Club will be operating a special Amateur Radio Station at The Carl and Mary Koehler History Center, 615 1St. Ave. S.E. Cedar Rapids on February 19th and 20th to commemorate the 60th anniversary of the WWII invasion of Iwo Jima. February 19th is 60 years, to the day, from the landing on Iwo Jima by American forces. In that battle, which was fought to secure an emergency landing site for B-29's that were bombing Japan, 6,821 US forces were killed and 19,217 wounded. Iwo Jima was...
  • Ernesto Portillo Jr.: Poles remember Tucson WWII flier

    11/11/2004 4:57:02 AM PST · by SandRat · 15 replies · 1,099+ views
    Arizona Daily Star ^ | 11/11/04 | Ernesto Portillo Jr.
    Louis Hernandez and Vincent Radkiewicz met by chance two years ago, at an East Side pancake house. Hernandez had a postcard from Poland but couldn't read it. Radkiewicz, another customer, could - and did. The two struck up a conversation. Hernandez told Radkiewicz, a Polish native, that he was shot down over Poland during World War II. Radkiewicz, 66, who remembers the horrors of the war, realized he could do something to thank Hernandez, 83, for his sacrifice. So he did. Hernandez was a World War II pilot with the 452nd Bomber Group based in England. On June 21, 1944,...
  • The FReeper Foxhole Profiles "Operation Starvation" WWII - July 9th, 2004

    07/09/2004 12:00:06 AM PDT · by snippy_about_it · 139 replies · 2,073+ views
    see educational sources
    Lord, Keep our Troops forever in Your care Give them victory over the enemy... Grant them a safe and swift return... Bless those who mourn the lost. . FReepers from the Foxhole join in prayer for all those serving their country at this time. ...................................................................................... ........................................... U.S. Military History, Current Events and Veterans Issues Where Duty, Honor and Countryare acknowledged, affirmed and commemorated. Our Mission: The FReeper Foxhole is dedicated to Veterans of our Nation's military forces and to others who are affected in their relationships with Veterans. In the FReeper Foxhole, Veterans or their family members should feel...
  • Smithsonian's AV birds

    05/30/2004 7:39:18 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 1 replies · 345+ views
    Valley Press ^ | May 30, 2004. | ALLISON GATLIN
    WASHINGTON - If the National Air and Space Museum on the National Mall is aviation's Mecca, the pilgrimage now has a second site. The Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center, named for its primary backer, opened adjacent to Dulles International Airport in December, providing a cavernous showcase for the Smithsonian's larger aircraft and space vehicles, as well as many others that couldn't find room in the traditional space. Unlike the Mall site with its sleek, boxy exterior, the new center across the river in nearby Virginia invokes the aviation history inside with its massive hangars and control tower observation deck. Whereas the...
  • Last flying B-29 to visit Columbia

    03/27/2004 4:46:13 AM PST · by aomagrat · 39 replies · 692+ views
    The State ^ | 27 March 2004 | JEFF WILKINSON
    (Columbia SC) The world’s only flying B-29 “Superfortress” — the same type of plane that dropped the atomic bomb to end World War II — will be on display in Columbia beginning Monday. The vintage aircraft “FiFi” will fly in to Columbia Metropolitan Airport about noon on Monday and will be open to visitors from Tuesday through Sunday. The fly-in is part of a 30-day national tour by the Commemorative Air Force (formerly the Confederate Air Force) to give the public an opportunity to see an important facet of U.S. military history and honor the men who served in World...
  • The FReeper Foxhole Remembers The Tragedy Over Weatherford (8/17/1945) - Mar. 3rd, 2004

    03/03/2004 12:00:43 AM PST · by SAMWolf · 179 replies · 4,027+ views
    Lord, Keep our Troops forever in Your care Give them victory over the enemy... Grant them a safe and swift return... Bless those who mourn the lost. . FReepers from the Foxhole join in prayer for all those serving their country at this time. ...................................................................................... ........................................... U.S. Military History, Current Events and Veterans Issues Where Duty, Honor and Countryare acknowledged, affirmed and commemorated. Our Mission: The FReeper Foxhole is dedicated to Veterans of our Nation's military forces and to others who are affected in their relationships with Veterans. Welcome to "Warrior Wednesday" Where the Freeper Foxhole introduces a different...
  • Winged Icons Roll Out of Mothballs (Unveiling of Newly Refurbished Enola Gay)

    12/14/2003 2:35:19 PM PST · by bush8years · 2 replies · 138+ views
    Boston Globe ^ | December 14, 2003 | Hope Crystal
    <p>CHANTILLY, Va. -- There it was, that gleaming silver Boeing B-29 Superfortress: huge, plump, and more evocative now, as a retired bomber on clunky yellow stands, than on the morning of its major mission, before it changed the world.Fully assembled for the first time in 40 years, the Enola Gay is a chilling centerpiece in the National Air and Space Museum's new companion facility, opening tomorrow at Dulles International Airport.</p>
  • Big, bad, beautiful bombers

    12/01/2003 9:59:15 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 12 replies · 587+ views
    Valley Press ^ | December 1, 2003 | ALLISON GATLIN
    They may not be as sexy as their sleek brethren in the fighter corps, but the fast and heavy-duty bombers of the last 60 years have earned their own admirers. Bombers such as the B-29, B-58, B-52 and XB-70 have carved their own niche in aviation history. Four pilots of these aircraft shared their experiences recently at the Society of Experimental Test Pilots annual symposium. Without their "mother ship" carrier aircraft - the B-29 and B-52 bombers - such groundbreaking aircraft as the X-1, X-15 and lifting bodies would never have gotten airborne. Stan Butchart was a single-engine pilot when...
  • Help Put Another B-29 into the Air

    10/25/2003 1:28:09 AM PDT · by quietolong · 52 replies · 2,539+ views
    Machine Design ^ | 6/5/2003 | Ronald Khol
    Help Put Another B-29 into the Air by Ronald Khol, Editor There were thousands of Boeing B-29 Superfortresses built during World War II. They are magnificent airplanes with four massive engines, propellers 16 feet in diameter, and a wingspan of 141 feet. That distance is longer than the Wright Brothers first flight. After the war, a few B-29s were spirited away to become static displays in museums, and others were assigned to a Navy gunnery range for use as targets. But most were chopped to pieces and sold for scrap. In the entire world, only one B-29 remains in flyable...
  • Enola Gay set to go on display in DC

    08/18/2003 9:44:42 AM PDT · by Moose4 · 64 replies · 1,102+ views
    CNN.com ^ | 18 August 2003 | Reuters (ugh)
    <p>WASHINGTON (Reuters) -- It carried the most destructive weapon of World War II and now the Enola Gay, the aircraft that dropped the atomic bomb on Hiroshima, Japan, is set to go on display at the Smithsonian's Air and Space Museum.</p>
  • The FReeper Foxhole Remembers Bud Farrell - 19th Bomb Group Korea (1952)- May 21st, 2003

    05/21/2003 5:33:50 AM PDT · by SAMWolf · 133 replies · 7,679+ views
    Dear Lord, There's a young man far from home, called to serve his nation in time of war; sent to defend our freedom on some distant foreign shore. We pray You keep him safe, we pray You keep him strong, we pray You send him safely home ... for he's been away so long. There's a young woman far from home, serving her nation with pride. Her step is strong, her step is sure, there is courage in every stride. We pray You keep her safe, we pray You keep her strong, we pray You send her safely home...
  • Armadillo expert, entrepreneur and promoter, Sam Lewis was also a Texas legend beloved by many

    02/06/2003 6:20:19 PM PST · by concentric circles · 24 replies · 550+ views
    The San Angelo Standard-Times ^ | January 19, 2003 | Dave Thomas
    It's 2, maybe 3 a.m. and I'm in the passenger seat of Sam Lewis' old brown van as we hurtle toward Terlingua. We wander across the center stripe and back and back again - Sam's not near as worried about it as I am. Sensing my discomfort, Sam says, ''Oh, I just kind of aim this thing down the road.'' And he does, not steering as much as giving the steering wheel a slap every now and then when we appear to be on the verge of disaster. I'm reassured by the thought that Sam might have a few armadillos...
  • B-29 bomber found in the waters of Lake Mead

    08/09/2002 5:41:29 PM PDT · by tophat9000 · 20 replies · 6,176+ views
    klas-tv Las Vegas ^ | Aug. 7 2002 | George Knapp
    KLAS-tv Las Vegas (Aug. 7) -- The waters of Lake Mead hold plenty of secrets, but one of the most enduring mysteries may have finally been solved. A local group claims to have found the wreckage of a B-29 bomber that crashed into the lake more than 50 years ago. George Knapp of the I-team has reported in the past about the search for the B-29 and has more in this special assignment.It was July 1948, three years after the end of World War II, a B-29 bomber conducting classified atmospheric research was returning from the Grand Canyon, heading toward...