Frontier Former Editor

January 11, 2009

I don’t know. I just don’t know.

A presidential welcome for USS George H.W. Bush

http://apnews.myway.com/article/20090110/D95KGCRG0.html

“What do you give a guy who has been blessed and has just about everything he has ever needed?” asked President George W. Bush from aboard the Navy’s newest ship. “Well, an aircraft carrier.”

It’s always disturbed me how the naming of American aircraft carriers got away from the old system of naming after American Revolutionary War and Civil War era battles and warships and drifted into naming after congressmen and presidents, even when some of those presidents deserved remembrance.

This one just smacks too much of dumbass son trying to give daddy a birthday gift.  Not to impugn father Bush’s own wartime bravery but, if they were going to name it after a wartime naval pilot, how about Edward O’Hare or Jimmy Thach or Richard Best or Wade McCluskey or legions of others who made decisive and fundamental contributions to wartime survival?

If to name it after an American politician, how about George Marshall?

Or even better – go back to the old system. The names were supposed to remind us of our history and values and sacrifice – not to be birthday or Christmas presents.

September 30, 2007

Got milk? or, dairy screamer

Filed under: aircraft carrier, helicopters, humor, liquid measure, milk — Frontier Former Editor @ 5:50 pm

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This article is worth a read, even if you don’t care about basic physics, specific gravity or physical characterics:

“Stand by, Knightrider,” he said. “Supply wants you to move a load of milk back to home plate for dispersal. How many gallons can we load, max?”

With our fuel load, we could lift about 7,000 pounds, but I hadn’t a clue as to how many gallons of milk that would be. I looked over at Dave, my copilot. “Any idea what milk weighs?”

From Air and Space Magazine (www.airspacemag.com)

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