Discussion in 'The Lounge' started by Downeaster, May 19, 2021.
I can relate, In 7 years active as an EN I was underway aboard a "ship" exactly once and it was for 6 days from Little Creek to Haiti. I did spend a lot of time "underway" but it was all on boats not ships. It was weird sort of Navy twilight zone being stationed at an Amphibious Construction Battalion, 50/50 Fleet rates/CB's. You were neither part of the fleet nor part of a MU. A bunch of fleet rates with SCWS pins made for a real strange dynamic. If you've never seen a machine gun squad made up of a bunch of A gangers trying to do land nav its pretty comical. Or SeaBees trying to do shipboard firefighting drills .
And before anyone asks what the difference between a boat and a ship is. The short answer is: When a boat goes hard to Port/Starboard it leans into the turn, When a ship goes hard Port/Starboard it leans out of the turn... So, tonnage/length/beam/freeboard etc. What the Navy considers a "Boat" would most likely be several tons larger than what most people would think of.
No, places that "don't officially exist" NIH, NRO, Etc.
I can neither confirm nor deny...
Actually, I probably could. Anything I knew is over 30 years old and probably ancient history by now.
Before I was SeaBee I spent some time in a few of those windowless buildings ran by the alphabet soup acronym gang.
In the Lobby of the NRO building (not open to the public) there is an original aerial recon photo of the Ruskies nuke emplacements in Cuba that sparked the Bay of Pigs standoff and a U2 nose camera. I always thought it was a very cool piece of history.
At the Air Force Museum they have a camera out of an RB-36. Sitting beside it was a picture of a building in Fort Worth. You could clearly make out the curtains in the windows. It was taken from a distance of 40 miles. For 50's tech... that's impressive.
Good Lord! That plaque says the camera and it’s mounts weigh 6500 lbs! Wow!
...and can see a golf ball at 8 1/2 miles.
That is one BIG OLE CAMERA! Thats really cool. Is that in Colorado?
Dayton Ohio. Wanna take a road trip?
Well I’ve been to the USN museum, USMC museum, and ARMY transportation museum so I might as well.
Not sure about the others, but the AF Museum is 2-3 day minimum to see everything. It's 4 hangers chocked full.
I went to the AF Museum in Dayton. Only had a day so it was pretty hurried.
Being utterly devoid of shame, I stood in line with the kiddies to get a look at the F4 cockpit. Then I looked around to see if anybody was watching, and climbed in and had a seat.
I did manage to refrain from making airplane noises, but it was a struggle...
You have more restraint than most of us.
Yah But did he have to go outside and have a smoke afterwards?
Pretty tight fit huh? Weren't no fat boys flyin' them things.
I did kinda wonder why they bothered with a seat belt...
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A ship is a 3-masted sailing vessel that's square rigged on all masts. And a Hermaphrodite Brig ain't what you might think, neither.
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