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Jun 10, 2024 11:33:25   #
My wife absolutely loved your photos, especially the one of the corrugated metal wall that was pierced and the corrugation folded back. She thought it looks like fluid movement frozen in an instant of time. She grew up in the Downriver area of Detroit, the center of Detroit's industrialization. Her small community of seven square miles had two steel mills. When I took at tour at Ft. Meade, MD in 2000, we would ride our Harley on the elevated freeway over Sparrows Point most Sunday mornings, as we would explore the old sections of Baltimore. She had seen Ford Rouge all her life, but Sparrows Point was the biggest mill complex she had every seen. "I love riding over the works" she would tell me. Isn't Sparrows Point all gone now? We would also explore the crooked, crowded little streets around the mills. We had good times.

ps someone has asked about that photo, and my wife thought it showed where a piece of equipment was pulled out of the mill.
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Apr 1, 2024 23:03:27   #
USMC, USMCR, ARNG, USAR Retired after a total of 42.5 years
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Feb 18, 2024 11:38:44   #
You could take a hammer and a chisel and cut the cartridge in half or partially cut it right behind the bullet. This would make the cartridge useless. Someone could, however, salvage the gunpowder and once enough is salvaged, a bomb could be made.

If we make guns/ammo hard enough to obtain, people who want to k**l other people will likely resort to making bombs to k**l people with.
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Jan 13, 2024 12:40:55   #
I went to Linux Mint about 10 years ago and would never go back.
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Dec 27, 2023 10:16:44   #
Really lovely photos Joe.
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Dec 9, 2023 14:53:31   #
This area is a very toxic place to visit. Munitions were manufactured there during WWII and up until 1960. Fisher-Calo operated an industrial waste treatment facility near here and is a company that is listed as one of the most hazardous super-fund sites ever identified by the EPA. The contaminants were neurotoxic and carcenogenic.compounds. I went there in the late 1980's for weekend reserve training and I saw familiar plants growing there that were almost frightening in size and partially buried 55 gallon drums of "something". I never went there again. Laport county, (where Kingsbury is located), is a small county in northern Indiana that contains 50 super-fund sites.
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Nov 3, 2023 10:41:43   #
my wife says it is a begonia.

Tonytee wrote:
Lens: SMC Pentax-M 50mm f/1.7 lens Camera: Pentax K-59 Photo Location: Sherwood Forest ISO: 100 Shutter Speed: 1/125s Aperture: F6.3.

Manual Priority Mode with CWA Metering. 5EV and F/L @50mm.

Many thanks for viewing.

Tony :)

The type of flower in this image is unfortunately, unknown to me. Many thanks for any assistance. Cheers.!!
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Sep 5, 2023 12:36:10   #
I'm 75 too. I was never a big Corvette fan until the C7 came out in 2014. I ordered one in November 2013 and took delivery in late July 2014. If I'm going to lay out $60K for a car, I'm not going to just buy something off the lot. I got exactly what I wanted: Z-51 package coup, 7 speed manual, performance exhaust, mid level Kalahari interior and in Lime Rock green. I went through Chevrolet's (3 day) Spring Mountain performance driving school in Pahrump, Nevada. . . twice, in the first 2 years I owned the car. Generally speaking, unless you are a professional race car driver, you will never fully appreciate the capabilities of this cars without some kind of specific training. The C7 really is a phenomenal sports car. IMHO "styling" can be overdone and this is the case with both the C8 and the NSX.
I wouldn't trade my 9 year old car for a new C8 or an NSX even up.



Ava'sPapa wrote:
It could be my age (75) but I prefer the more subtle NSX. The Corvette is just tries too hard. Too many angles and vents, the shiny black fairing around the exhaust pipes, as a matter of fact that whole shiny black addition looks goofy to me. It seems to me that GM let too many engineers have a hand in it's design. There's just too much going on. I know that it ranks way up there in "bang for the buck" and it's a phenomenal performing car, I've read all about it. You don't see Porsches or Ferrari's "over ornamented" like this. It's just not for me. I'd take the NSX any day. It might not be as fast as the Vette, but (to me) it's a much more appealing auto. I don't like the wheels on the Vette either or the spoiler for that matter. I guess what I'm getting at is that I don't care for new Corvettes. I think I just came to that conclusion. Now, for all you Corvette owners that I've alienated, my weekend toy is a Miata. So now, you can let me have it.
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Jun 4, 2023 16:57:22   #
You can go to the Ben Franklin's in Crystal Falls, Michigan and it is exactly like the one shown here.
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Feb 18, 2023 12:29:04   #
KTJohnson wrote:
My Dad was stationed there in 1941 in the Navy Reserves, until Pearl Harbor happened. Then he was called up and sent to Port Moresby, New Guinea as a radioman.

He was always interested in aviation and at Grosse Isle he was training pilots on/in a Link Trainer. I found these photos in an old Navy scrapbook he had. I cleaned them up and cropped them as best I could. They are a little pixilated from the scanning. If you have any suggestions for improvement, please elaborate. Most of the original photos were about 2 x 3 inches & required tons of spot removal.

Pretty sure my Dad did not take these photos.
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thank you for posting these photos. My family is from the area. Grosse Ile is a large island in the Detroit River, very close to the shore, a short bridge ride from Trenton. The base was at the extreme southern tip of the island, and flyers headed out over the Detroit River towards Lake Erie. This base was in service until sometime in the 1960's, and is in service today as a civilian airport. I remember going there with my kindergarten class and having a tour. We went to the riggers' shed and a young rigger stood one of my classmates up on a rigging table and put a parachute on him. I have always remembered that--maybe I already knew in some way I would one day marry a paratrooper... When she was a 17 year old high school girl, my mother was the secretary to the NAS Grosse Ile base commander. When she wasn't taking dictation, she was counting tracers in boxes of ammo belts.

My dad was at Port Moresby also, as an MP. New Guinea was very difficult duty. there was lots of disease as well as enemy soldiers. My dad suffered from malaria and trench foot for the rest of his life. I am glad both our dads came back.

This base, probably because of Detroit's proximity to Canada (in the British Commonwealth), trained British flyer trainees as well as American. Several British flyers who died during flight training at Grosse Ile are buried in Oak Ridge Cemetery west of Trenton. When I was a child, the Trenton vets groups always held a remembrance service for them on Memorial Day. George H. W. Bush trained at Grosse Ile and lived in a house a half block from where I grew up. He always said their time in Trenton was a happy time for he and Barbara. I suppose it was, it's a nice part of the world. Also those wartime young people knew how to make the most of the time they had together--maybe it was all they were going to have.

The low brick building in one of the last photos is still standing, and perhaps the water tower is there. Twenty or thirty years ago, they used to have a festival once a year where people came dressed in clothing and uniforms of the era. I don't know if this is still held.

thanks again for posting robyn tonkin
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Nov 22, 2022 14:13:11   #
The 8th special operations squadron currently has "Blackbird" or "Black Bird" on their patch which is clearly their nickname/call sign. This squadron flew the MC-130 Combat Talon from 1974 to 2006 when it transitioned to the MV-22 Osprey. The "Blackbird" nickname is still with the squadron, the MC-130s are long gone.
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Nov 22, 2022 13:03:26   #
I watched the entire video and did not see or hear "Blackbird" mentioned anywhere.

ntonkin wrote:
I say again; "Blackbird" has never been an official U.S. Air Force nickname for any MC-130. One squadron called themselves the "Blackbirds" - - this does not make "Blackbird" the nickname for any of the many permutations of the MC-130. See the below links - - there were a number of nicknames considered by the Air Force for the various models of the MC-130 and not one of them was "Blackbird". Squadrons are free to use any nickname they want for their squadron or the aircraft they fly - - that doesn't make it the official "nickname" for the aircraft. Only big Air Force can do that.

https://www.wearethemighty.com/mighty-trending/heres-the-real-story-about-how-the-air-forces-mc-130j-got-its-name/

https://military-history.fandom.com/wiki/Lockheed_MC-130
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Nov 22, 2022 11:30:31   #
I say again; "Blackbird" has never been an official U.S. Air Force nickname for any MC-130. One squadron called themselves the "Blackbirds" - - this does not make "Blackbird" the nickname for any of the many permutations of the MC-130. See the below links - - there were a number of nicknames considered by the Air Force for the various models of the MC-130 and not one of them was "Blackbird". Squadrons are free to use any nickname they want for their squadron or the aircraft they fly - - that doesn't make it the official "nickname" for the aircraft. Only big Air Force can do that.

https://www.wearethemighty.com/mighty-trending/heres-the-real-story-about-how-the-air-forces-mc-130j-got-its-name/

https://military-history.fandom.com/wiki/Lockheed_MC-130
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Nov 16, 2022 20:10:43   #
What you're referring to here is Commando Solo which flies EC-130Js. This unit supports Army Psychological Operations units and their existence is NOT classified. They reel a long antenna out of the tail of the A/C and can broadcast radio and television programing, what else they can do, I can't remember or am not aware of. There are no active duty squadrons flying this aircraft or performing these types of missions. I have never heard the EC-130J called a "Blackbird".
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Nov 16, 2022 12:26:11   #
I'm not an Air Force type but I served with Army Special Forces from 1983 to 1994. I never heard any type of MC-130 Combat Talon referred to as a "Blackbird". However, after some research, there was apparently MC-130Es modified in 1965 that were referred to as Blackbirds due to their special paint which was developed by Dupont. I find it interesting that the Air Force would use that nickname again when the SR-71 was designated "Blackbird" a year earlier.

The book about the Son Tay Raid written by the pilot of Cherry One (the lead MC-130E), Bill Guenon, titled: "Secret and Dangerous night of the Son Tay P.O.W. raid" on page 11, in the description of the MC-130E aircraft there is reference to "a special operations Blackbird chock full of electronic wizardry". The bird is again referred to as "Blackbird" again on pages 17 and 20. And, "Blackbird" is always capitalized.

The book written by Terry Buckler (one of the Army raiders) titled: "Who Will Go" includes a memorable moments section in the appendix by numerous participants (including other MC-130E pilots)... which is almost half of the book - - nowhere in this book are the MC-130Es referred to as anything but "Talons". A nickname of "Blackbird" is never mentioned.

In the books I've recently read about Urgent Fury - Grenada and Just Cause - Panama, there is no mention of a nickname of "Blackbirds" for MC130E Combat Talon aircraft. Same with the Iraq and Afghanistan wars which I've read numerous books in the last 10 years.

I would say that "Blackbird" nickname was an unofficial one and used by relatively few people.
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