Teh Squeaky Wheel
Monday salutations, Wheelizens!
Perfect Monday thread pic, Mac.
Just read the last comments Mac and Paddy left on yesterday’s thread; heh.
And now, to get this week off to a splendid start, here’s Ms. Calculation:
Actually, the plane shown is an F-106 and what Bush flew was the F-102.
I’d forgotten about that umbrella imbroglio.
Nice catch, Mac; I don’t know the difference.
While it’s from a model box, here’s a drawing for comparison (assuming it is captioned correctly).
Top one is the F-102, a mach 1.3 (about 825 mph) aircraft. The bottom is an F-106, a mach 2-3 (about 1,530 mph) aircraft. Both were designed as all weather interceptor aircraft for protecting the US from high altitude bombers. The F-102 was the first delta wing fighter we adopted and had many new features that made it rather difficult and dangerous to fly while they worked out the problems. Certainly not a dummy’s plane.
When first flown the F-102 was a big disappointment as it would not go supersonic or reach high altitudes. This led them to discover and apply the area rule and after a redesign it worked much better. It carried it’s weapons inside to reduce drag and had extremely sophisticated avionics and targeting systems. My dad worked at McClellen AFB in Sacramento. This was a maintenance base where planes from around the country were brought for maintenance and repair. On a visit he showed me a radar setup from an F-102 that they had connected to a computer for training and demonstration. It was a radar screen and a stick setup like a flight simulator. It was like a video game before there were video games. It showed a simulated target being intercepted. The screen indicated when you were in firing position and if you got too close it changed the designation to warn you (this was when AA missiles had nuke warheads).
Always remembered that. They had the radar antenna pointing outside through a fiberglass wall panel with lots of warning signs and rails as the radar would fry you if you walked in front. These were powerful sets. I still have some of the special tools my dad made to work on the different systems the planes used. Many of the firing systems were electro-mechanical rather than electronic then, like the firing circuits that rippled off dozens of rockets in a few seconds.
Good morning, Gerbil Nation!
Good morning, Fatwa, and Mac!
Boy, has this ever been a Monday morning!
Cheers for that info; I can see why you found that training / demo set-up memorable…nuclear AA missles!!1!
Pretty cool you still have some of those tools your Dad made.
Continuing IT clusterfark plus first day of classes SNAFUs?
New and improved IT clusterfark. I’ll have to fill you in later in the day, when I can catch my breath.
Those are two words, Paddy, that I’ve never seen written together “IT” and “clusterfark”.
I know. I was shocked, shocked to discover that all the changes they rolled out at the last minute caused problems and failed to perform as advertised.
It’s just something that happens every day, hardly ever, that IT projects and support go awry.
It’s a teachable moment.
Good catch, Mac.
If true, I find this hilarious and add a hearty “good job”
“Weiner’s paramour, a “40-something divorcee,” identified herself to the Post as a Trump-supporting fan of the NRA who hates Clinton and President Obama.”
Carlos Danger is a goof and sorry, but whatever bad things happen to Huma and Hillary! as a result this will make me happy as well.
In terms of Colin Kaepernick, yep you can protest. I think you are wrong in views, but hey, you can do what you want. And as a consumer, I can do what I want.
Amazing the support he’s getting. I wonder if some NFL player refused to stand for the national anthem cuz of the hundreds of thousands of abortions performed each year--what would be the reaction from the MSM then?
Just look what happened with Tim Tebow when he prayed on the field. Some expressions of personal beliefs are acceptable to the Left and others aren’t.