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Vonrd last won the day on October 2

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  • Birthday 11/01/1954

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    Oakland, CA
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    Any and all things aviation. Im an A&P mechanic with an IA. Private pilot but no medical cert. Havn't flown as PIC for about 10 years but frequently go up for test flights after maintenance.
    Got a 2000 Moto Guzzi and love riding. In a past life, I was a glassblower / glass artist / educator.

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  1. Our house (2 BD 2 bath, 1940s Craftsman with a very narrow garage and showing its age) ... $1,103,520 ... but we love the Bay area and no plans to sell at this time (though it's really tempting... my wife bought it for about $80 K in 2002).
  2. I think that would be interesting to many of us. I'm certainly interested. How about the one with the Gothas on the Channel map?
  3. I was looking for the FIF descriptions / maps / planesets / etc just to see what magic Buttz has done in the past. Is there an archive of the early stuff?
  4. Ah... actually I was getting much more hairy until my Flowbee arrived... getting more "Silver" though.
  5. While searching the ROF forum looking to find early FIF posts, I came across this which is where I first flew with JG1... https://riseofflight.com/forum/topic/37743-open-jg1-dogfights-mondays-9pm-edt-all-welcome/
  6. Vonrd

    Tank n Spank V 2

    Actually I just saw this on the 1C forums... https://forum.il2sturmovik.com/topic/65282-tank-n-spank/page/2/?tab=comments#comment-1014096
  7. Vonrd

    Tank n Spank V 2

    Officially I think it's 6 PM Pacific but the reality is more like 6:30 before all cats are herded ... 😏
  8. Vonrd

    Tank n Spank V 2

    Any intel? What are the changes? (I think I already know but it would be good for the masses to have an update). Regardless... I'll be there.
  9. I'm a sucker for a pretty lady with a powerful voice doing a cover of a song from my youth.
  10. Looking forward to this Cole! (since it's a scholarly effort, I thought it appropriate to address you by your given name). BTW... we used to do this in grad school... I had no idea that is was such an old tradition... Then when the victim bent his head back to receive the coin, all the conspirators poured the contents of beer and wine bottles into the funnel."
  11. I agree that AI is probably inevitable but unless they can harden everything electrically a couple of EMP bombs will probably render most high tech inoperable. I envision a Mad Max scenario of cobbled together museum pieces or civvy planes as the only air power (magnetos are pretty simple to repair and probably relatively easy to harden against EMP... maybe a Faraday cage around them?). 🤣
  12. Maybe it's already here? "Siri... waste that MiG" Siri... "OK... I'll baste that pig"
  13. Interesting discussion about it on Quora: https://www.quora.com/In-1946-the-UK-government-agreed-to-sell-Rolls-Royce-Nene-jet-engines-to-the-USSR-as-long-as-they-dont-use-it-for-military-purposes-The-Soviets-quickly-started-putting-them-into-jet-fighter-aircraft-Was-the-British#:~:text='In 1946%2C the UK government,British government really that naive.” I tend to agree with the first guy: The Cold War did not really kick-off until 1947, and the Labour government in the UK were not knee-jerk anti-communists like most American politicians. Moreover relations between the US and UK were not warm. The Truman administration had abruptly terminated Lend Lease after Japan had surrendered, forcing the UK to negotiate an emergency loan from US banks. This was considered to be an economic attack on the Labour government and its policies. It was therefore considered to essential to maintain an amiable relationship with the Soviet Union. If only to stop the US from taking us for granted. Selling the Nene to the Soviets was regarded as a good will gesture without great strategic significance: the Soviets already had access to German jet technology and the British had decided to concentrate future jet development on axial flow engines rather then centrifugal compressor engines like the Nene. If the Soviets did renege on the no military use clause and reverse engineer the Nene it would give them a temporary benefit but it would also send them down a technological dead end. Still, it did allow the Soviets to field the MiG-15 sooner than they would have been able to without having the Nene to copy and it turned out to be a nasty surprise for the US. BTW: This book is a pretty good read and he makes a strong case that the supposed 10 : 1 kill ratio of the Saber over the MiG was basically BS: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07Z1FQHXD/ref=dp-kindle-redirect?_encoding=UTF8&btkr=1
  14. Well, if you're not familiar with this image (and unless you're as ancient as those who are talking about this... you probably won't be) then you're not getting the meaning of "Going on air" and "Going off air". This is what you would see in the desolate wee hours of the late night / early morning... often times wondering just what the hell you were doing staring at this stupid image on your black and white cathode ray tube...
  15. Thanks for participating and to all the other SCGs.
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