Happy 70th Birthday to the USAF

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A bit ironic that those ladies in the photo are from the Army's WASP* program, which was closed-down in December 1944. Nothing to do with the USAF who didn't accept female pilots until 1976...


* along the lines of the ATA although the US ladies had to obtain their own civilian pilot's license first, at their own expense, to prove that they were 'capable'
 

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And claiming inventing jet engines according to that film.
 
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Happy birthday USAF, once welcome guests in this part of the world, with F-111s a familiar sight and most of the villages for miles around hosting a couple of American families. The ones opposite us turned up in fancy dress on our doorstep one evening with bags of American sweets, tortilla chips, smoked almonds- things that seemed very exotic then (mid 1970s), they were saying something about Trick or Treat, which we'd never heard of!
Used to do a pretty good airshow too:-
 
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May I be 1st to offer my congratulations and point out the RAF own aircraft older than your airforce

It would probably be churlish to point out the Royal Navy has a ship older than your country.

Mind you the Army probably still has Tanks or guns older so I'm not sure if that's a boast or a sad indictment of defence procurement
 
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Perhaps they lived in Essex? I do and it makes me want to bomb anythng to do with it.
You and John Betjman - well not Essex, but certainly the "Home Counties"

Slough
Come friendly bombs and fall on Slough!
It isn't fit for humans now,
There isn't grass to graze a cow.
Swarm over, Death!
Come, bombs and blow to smithereens
Those air -conditioned, bright canteens,
Tinned fruit, tinned meat, tinned milk, tinned beans,
Tinned minds, tinned breath.

Mess up the mess they call a town-
A house for ninety-seven down
And once a week a half a crown
For twenty years.

And get that man with double chin
Who'll always cheat and always win,
Who washes his repulsive skin
In women's tears:

And smash his desk of polished oak
And smash his hands so used to stroke
And stop his boring dirty joke
And make him yell.

But spare the bald young clerks who add
The profits of the stinking cad;
It's not their fault that they are mad,
They've tasted Hell.

It's not their fault they do not know
The birdsong from the radio,
It's not their fault they often go
To Maidenhead

And talk of sport and makes of cars
In various bogus-Tudor bars
And daren't look up and see the stars
But belch instead.

In labour-saving homes, with care
Their wives frizz out peroxide hair
And dry it in synthetic air
And paint their nails.

Come, friendly bombs and fall on Slough
To get it ready for the plough.
The cabbages are coming now;
The earth exhales.




Slough - John Betjeman
 
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You and John Betjman - well not Essex, but certainly the "Home Counties"

Slough
Come friendly bombs and fall on Slough!
It isn't fit for humans now,
There isn't grass to graze a cow.
Swarm over, Death!
Come, bombs and blow to smithereens
Those air -conditioned, bright canteens,
Tinned fruit, tinned meat, tinned milk, tinned beans,
Tinned minds, tinned breath.

Mess up the mess they call a town-
A house for ninety-seven down
And once a week a half a crown
For twenty years.

And get that man with double chin
Who'll always cheat and always win,
Who washes his repulsive skin
In women's tears:

And smash his desk of polished oak
And smash his hands so used to stroke
And stop his boring dirty joke
And make him yell.

But spare the bald young clerks who add
The profits of the stinking cad;
It's not their fault that they are mad,
They've tasted Hell.

It's not their fault they do not know
The birdsong from the radio,
It's not their fault they often go
To Maidenhead

And talk of sport and makes of cars
In various bogus-Tudor bars
And daren't look up and see the stars
But belch instead.

In labour-saving homes, with care
Their wives frizz out peroxide hair
And dry it in synthetic air
And paint their nails.

Come, friendly bombs and fall on Slough
To get it ready for the plough.
The cabbages are coming now;
The earth exhales.




Slough - John Betjeman
Couldn't agree more.

Repeating myself I know but our Springer, Holly, shat on the living room floor of a place we were viewing in Slough back in the dark days after leaving Seffrica.

Had class, that girl!
 
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Well then up your own nations CAS game and dont ask for USAF CAS

Major attacks 'useless' RAF in leaked e-mails
Ah yes, the infamous 'utterly, utterly useless' email in which a British Army officer criticised RAF Harrier pilots for inaccurate use of White Phos rockets (which they never used) and cannon (which GR7s and GR9s were never equipped with).

In addition, in my experience ground troops request CAS rather than CAS from a particular nation. Unless they have assets stacked above them, C2 agencies (eg an ASOC or AWACS) then assign what they feel will be the most appropriate assets.

Luckily, USAF and RN/RAF CAS tends to be of roughly equal standards.

Regards,
MM
 
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