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  •  I grew up watching them leave Pease AFB... (0+ / 0-)

    ... in the 60's with the Soviet threat and Vietnam going on, for a little kid, enjoying summers at the beach, it was incredibly comforting to see them roar overhead, going off to patrol the arctic. It made me feel... SAFE.

    They are the culmination of aerial bombing force, to this day able to deliver 144 500Lb bombs to an enemy's head, times 85 planes, 2-3 sorties per day.

    Just as an example.... Assuming the 85 of them left are within distance of Iran, in Diego Garcia or Turkey, that would be 37,000 500Lb bombs PER DAY, just how much of Iran would be left standing after a couple days of operation.

    "If the pilot's good, see, I mean if he's reeeally sharp, he can barrel that baby in so low... oh you oughta see it sometime. It's a sight. A big plane like a '52... varrrooom! Its jet exhaust... frying chickens in the barnyard!" ... General "Buck" Turgidson

    "Survival kit contents check. In them you'll find: one forty-five caliber automatic; two boxes of ammunition; four days' concentrated emergency rations; one drug issue containing antibiotics, morphine, vitamin pills, pep pills, sleeping pills, tranquilizer pills; one miniature combination Russian phrase book and Bible; one hundred dollars in rubles; one hundred dollars in gold; nine packs of chewing gum; one issue of prophylactics; three lipsticks; three pair of nylon stockings. Shoot, a fella' could have a pretty good weekend in Vegas with all that stuff." ... Major T.J. Kong

    "Well, boys, we got three engines out, we got more holes in us than a horse trader's mule, the radio is gone and we're leaking fuel and if we was flying any lower why we'd need sleigh bells on this thing... but we got one little budge on them Rooskies. At this height why they might harpoon us but they dang sure ain't gonna spot us on no radar screen!" ... Major T.J. Kong

     

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