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Tricia

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I was at Cape Canaveral maybe 10 yrs ago in late fall, so not many people there. Did a tour and you get bused out to among other things a building where they have the Saturn V displayed horizontally, with gaps in the stages. You can walk under the huge F1 engines which by their mere presence convey incredible power. Seeing the stages up close with the thousands of parts it’s just amazing the thing actually worked.
And it was done during the height of the Vietnam War.

Probably the most impressive man made object I’ve seen, and amongst any sights, it’s up there with the Grand Canyon.

How to get it to the launch pad??
Oh… just assemble it in a building so big rain clouds can form in it, then drive the whole thing attached to the launch tower, out to the pad. Completely nuts.

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March of the Brobdingnagian creation

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I visited Cape Canaveral when I was a kid. I recall feeling very small, but I also think I didn't appreciate it as much as I would if I go back as an adult.
 

Uncle-A

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"National", yet celebrated only in New Jersey for some reason.... :P
Even people that have moved away from our fair state celebrate today, no matter where they live now.
 

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August 6, 2022 marks 11 years since Extortion 17. On this day 11 years ago, 30 American military servicemen and a U.S. military dog were killed when a CH-47 Chinook helicopter–call sign Extortion 17–was shot down in Afghanistan.
This remains the greatest single loss of life to Naval Special Warfare since the Afghan War started in 2001.

 

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August 6, 2022 marks 11 years since Extortion 17. On this day 11 years ago, 30 American military servicemen and a U.S. military dog were killed when a CH-47 Chinook helicopter–call sign Extortion 17–was shot down in Afghanistan.
This remains the greatest single loss of life to Naval Special Warfare since the Afghan War started in 2001.


THANK YOU for the reminder. :thumb: I hate War. In todays world it only brings harm overall.

The following sailors assigned to an East Coast-based Naval Special Warfare unit were killed:​


  • Lieutenant Commander (SEAL) Jonas B. Kelsall, 32, of Shreveport, Louisiana
  • Special Warfare Operator Master Chief Petty Officer (SEAL) Louis J. Langlais, 44, of Santa Barbara, California
  • Special Warfare Operator Senior Chief Petty Officer (SEAL) Thomas A. Ratzlaff, 34, of Green Forest, Arkansas
  • Explosive Ordnance Disposal Technician Senior Chief Petty Officer (Expeditionary Warfare Specialist/Freefall Parachutist) Kraig M. Vickers 36, of Kokomo, Hawaii
  • Special Warfare Operator Chief Petty Officer (SEAL) Brian R. Bill, 31, of Stamford, Connecticut
  • Special Warfare Operator Chief Petty Officer (SEAL) John W. Faas, 31, of Minneapolis, Minnesota
  • Special Warfare Operator Chief Petty Officer (SEAL) Kevin A. Houston, 35, of West Hyannisport, Massachusetts
  • Special Warfare Operator Chief Petty Officer (SEAL) Matthew D. Mason, 37, of Kansas City, Missouri
  • Special Warfare Operator Chief Petty Officer (SEAL) Stephen M. Mills, 35, of Fort Worth, Texas
  • Explosive Ordnance Disposal Technician Chief Petty Officer(Expeditionary Warfare Specialist/Freefall Parachutist/Diver) Nicholas H. Null, 30, of Washington, West Virginia
  • Special Warfare Operator Chief Petty Officer (SEAL) Robert J. Reeves, 32, of Shreveport, Louisiana
  • Special Warfare Operator Chief Petty Officer (SEAL) Heath M. Robinson, 34, of Detroit, Michigan
  • Special Warfare Operator Petty Officer 1st Class (SEAL) Darrik C. Benson, 28, of Angwin, California
  • Special Warfare Operator Petty Officer 1st Class (SEAL/Parachutist) Christopher G. Campbell, 36, of Jacksonville, North Carolina
  • Information Systems Technician Petty Officer 1st Class (Expeditionary Warfare Specialist/Freefall Parachutist) Jared W. Day, 28, of Taylorsville, Utah
  • Master-at-Arms Petty Officer 1st Class (Expeditionary Warfare Specialist) John Douangdara, 26, of South Sioux City, Nebraska
  • Cryptologist Technician(Collection)Petty Officer 1st Class(Expeditionary Warfare Specialist) Michael J. Strange, 25, of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • Special Warfare Operator Petty Officer 1st Class (SEAL/Enlisted Surface Warfare Specialist) Jon T. Tumilson, 35, of Rockford, Iowa
  • Special Warfare Operator Petty Officer 1st Class (SEAL)Aaron C. Vaughn, 30, of Stuart, Florida
  • Special Warfare Operator Petty Officer 1st Class (SEAL)Jason R. Workman, 32, of Blanding, Utah

The following sailors assigned to a West Coast-based Naval Special Warfare unit were killed:​


  • Special Warfare Operator Petty Officer 1st Class (SEAL)Jesse D. Pittman, 27, of Ukiah, California
  • Special Warfare Operator Petty Officer 2nd Class (SEAL)Nicholas P. Spehar, 24, of Saint Paul, Minnesota

The soldiers killed were:​


  • Chief Warrant Officer David R. Carter, 47, of Centennial, Colo. He was assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 135th Aviation Regiment (General Support Aviation Battalion), Aurora, Colorado
  • Chief Warrant Officer Bryan J. Nichols, 31, of Hays, Kan. He was assigned to the 7th Battalion, 158th Aviation Regiment(General Support Aviation Battalion), New Century, Kansas
  • Staff Sgt. Patrick D. Hamburger, 30, of Lincoln, Neb. He was assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 135th Aviation Regiment (General Support Aviation Battalion), Grand Island, Nebraska

* Sergeant Hamburger was posthumously promoted to Staff Sergeant​


  • Sgt. Alexander J. Bennett, 24, of Tacoma, Wash. He was assigned to the 7th Battalion, 158th Aviation Regiment (General Support Aviation Battalion), New Century, Kansas
  • Spc. Spencer C. Duncan, 21, of Olathe, Kan. He was assigned to the 7th Battalion, 158th Aviation Regiment (General Support Aviation Battalion), New Century, Kansas

The airmen killed were:​


  • Tech. Sgt. John W. Brown, 33, of Tallahassee, Florida
  • Staff Sgt. Andrew W. Harvell, 26, of Long Beach, California
  • Tech. Sgt. Daniel L. Zerbe, 28, of York, Pennsylvania

All three airmen were assigned to the 24th Special Tactics Squadron, Pope Field, North Carolina.


Seven Afghan National Army commandos and one Afghan civilian interpreter were also killed in the crash.
 
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surprised no one mentioned the dropping of the first atomic bomb.
on the other hand perhaps we'd all prefer not to think about it.
 

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7 August 1782 George Washington established Purple Heart Day to recognize military that have been wounded or killed in the line of duty. Over 1.8 million have been awarded and it is the oldest military decoration that is still given out to this day. Thank You for all that received this award and to all that served this country.
 

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David McCullough died yesterday at his home in Hingham, MA. Mr. McCullough was a native yinzer and my favorite historian and author of many biographies, including Truman and John Adams. His first books took him not too far from Pittsburgh to write about the Johnstown Flood and the Brooklyn Bridge, designed and supervised by two other native Western Pennsylvanians, John Roebling and his son Washington. I thought it appropriate to announce his passing in this thread.

https://www.post-gazette.com/news/o...Award-Civil-War-narrator/stories/202012180148
 
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