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Bavor #1 Posted Jan 06 2019 - 20:40

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The USS Cutlass was commissioned March 17th 1945 in the US Navy.  It was used after WWII was over and was finally decommissioned on April 15th 1973. 

 

On April 12th 1973 it was sold to Taiwan.  It has been upgraded and updated several times.  Taiwan announced in 2017 that its going to spend $19 million to update it again and keep it in service until at least 2026.  If its decommissioned in 2028 it will have been in service for about 81 years.

 

Its impressive something built so long ago that is subject to salt water and the changes in pressure from diving is still in service, even with the updates and upgrades.

 

https://en.wikipedia...Cutlass_(SS-478)

 



heavymetal1967 #2 Posted Jan 06 2019 - 20:46

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Nice OP, plus one.

 

Didn't drag your cursor far enough, the last ) isn't working.

 

Fixed it for you.  Well seems it wasn't on your end lol.

 

After five attempts screw it. :P

 

Folks you'll have to click the first link twice or copy/paste it.

 

https://en.wikipedia...Cutlass_(SS-478)

 

http://www.genserva.com/cutlass/history.htm

 

http://www.navsource.org/archives/08/08478.htm


Edited by heavymetal1967, Jan 06 2019 - 20:53.


Son__Of__Anarchy #3 Posted Jan 06 2019 - 20:51

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View Postheavymetal1967, on Jan 06 2019 - 20:46, said:

Nice OP, plus one.

 

Didn't drag your cursor far enough, the last ) isn't working.

 

Fixed it for you.  Well seems it wasn't on your end lol.

 

Second attempt.

 

Third. :P

 

https://en.wikipedia...Cutlass_(SS-478)

 

lol mate.. i tried your first attempt and didnt work either.. i was about to fix it for you and tease you..

 

anyhow, this....... "She visited ItalyGreeceCreteMajorcaPortugal and England"

Crete is still Greece you know LOL



heavymetal1967 #4 Posted Jan 06 2019 - 20:55

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View PostSon__Of__Anarchy, on Jan 06 2019 - 14:51, said:

 

lol mate.. i tried your first attempt and didnt work either.. i was about to fix it for you and tease you..

 

anyhow, this....... "She visited ItalyGreeceCreteMajorcaPortugal and England"

Crete is still Greece you know LOL

 

Yeah you ninja'd me, see my FIFTH edit, sixth post total. :P

 

First one that popped into my head.

 

Spoiler

 



Son__Of__Anarchy #5 Posted Jan 06 2019 - 21:03

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View Postheavymetal1967, on Jan 06 2019 - 20:55, said:

 

Yeah you ninja'd me, see my FIFTH edit, sixth post total. :P

 

First one that popped into my head.

 

Spoiler

 

 

LOL +1

TheManFromKekistan #6 Posted Jan 06 2019 - 21:27

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Old diesel electric subs when properly upgraded are some of the stealthiest subs around and often used for coastal defense by many smaller maritime oriented nations. All the seas around Taiwan are shallow so they would be a hole in the sea waiting for something to shoot with modern long range torps or tube deployed antiship missiles like the harpoon. The harpoons are especially deadly to the chinese fleet as only their major fleet ships mount any meaningful anti missile defense and the normal frigates and other patrol craft would be fodder.

 

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NL_Celt #7 Posted Jan 06 2019 - 21:30

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View PostBavor, on Jan 06 2019 - 16:10, said:

The USS Cutlass was commissioned March 17th 1945 in the US Navy.  It was used after WWII was over and was finally decommissioned on April 15th 1973. 

 

On April 12th 1973 it was sold to Taiwan.  It has been upgraded and updated several times.  Taiwan announced in 2017 that its going to spend $19 million to update it again and keep it in service until at least 2026.  If its decommissioned in 2028 it will have been in service for about 81 years.

 

Its impressive something built so long ago that is subject to salt water and the changes in pressure from diving is still in service, even with the updates and upgrades.

 

https://en.wikipedia...Cutlass_(SS-478)

 

 

They built things to last back then and even later, lol! How long does a fridge or stove last these days. Nothing like the ones we had when I grew up. 

 

But 81 years for any mechanical unit of so much complication is pretty incredible.



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View PostNL_Celt, on Jan 06 2019 - 15:30, said:

 

They built things to last back then and even later, lol! How long does a fridge or stove last these days. Nothing like the ones we had when I grew up. 

 

But 81 years for any mechanical unit of so much complication is pretty incredible.

 

The pumps that keep New Orleans from flooding have been operating since the late 1800's.

 

https://www.atlasobs...-infrastructure



NL_Celt #9 Posted Jan 06 2019 - 22:02

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View PostTheManFromKekistan, on Jan 06 2019 - 17:09, said:

 

The pumps that keep New Orleans from flooding have been operating since the late 1800's.

 

https://www.atlasobs...-infrastructure

 

That's pretty good!

GeorgePreddy #10 Posted Jan 06 2019 - 22:05

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The oldest surviving DC-3 is N133D, the sixth Douglas Sleeper Transport built, manufactured in 1936. This aircraft was delivered to American Airlines on July 12, 1936, as NC16005. As of 2011 the aircraft was at Shell Creek Airport, Punta Gorda, Florida, where it was undergoing restoration. The aircraft was to be restored to Douglas Sleeper Transport standards, and full airworthiness.[31] The oldest DC-3 still flying is the original American Airlines Flagship Detroit (c/n 1920, the 43rd aircraft off the Santa Monica production line and delivered on March 2, 1937),[32] which can be seen at airshows around the United States and is owned and operated by the nonprofit Flagship Detroit Foundation.

 

Perhaps unique among prewar aircraft, the DC-3 continues to fly daily in active commercial and military service as of mid 2018, more than eighty years after the type's first flight in 1935. There are still small operators with DC-3s in revenue service and as cargoaircraft. Current uses of the DC-3 include aerial spraying, freight transport, passenger service, military transport, missionary flying, skydiver shuttling and sightseeing. 

 

 

I flew this airplane for 13 flight hours back in 1970... only as First Officer, I never got a chance to get my Captain Type Rating in it.

 

They are amazing planes. The oldest one still flying is 82 years old. Many of them, built in the 1930s are still in commercial service.

 

 

 

 

 

 



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NL_Celt #12 Posted Jan 07 2019 - 04:22

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View PostGeorgePreddy, on Jan 06 2019 - 17:35, said:

The oldest surviving DC-3 is N133D, the sixth Douglas Sleeper Transport built, manufactured in 1936. This aircraft was delivered to American Airlines on July 12, 1936, as NC16005. As of 2011 the aircraft was at Shell Creek Airport, Punta Gorda, Florida, where it was undergoing restoration. The aircraft was to be restored to Douglas Sleeper Transport standards, and full airworthiness.[31] The oldest DC-3 still flying is the original American Airlines Flagship Detroit (c/n 1920, the 43rd aircraft off the Santa Monica production line and delivered on March 2, 1937),[32] which can be seen at airshows around the United States and is owned and operated by the nonprofit Flagship Detroit Foundation.

 

Perhaps unique among prewar aircraft, the DC-3 continues to fly daily in active commercial and military service as of mid 2018, more than eighty years after the type's first flight in 1935. There are still small operators with DC-3s in revenue service and as cargoaircraft. Current uses of the DC-3 include aerial spraying, freight transport, passenger service, military transport, missionary flying, skydiver shuttling and sightseeing. 

 

 

I flew this airplane for 13 flight hours back in 1970... only as First Officer, I never got a chance to get my Captain Type Rating in it.

 

They are amazing planes. The oldest one still flying is 82 years old. Many of them, built in the 1930s are still in commercial service.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

When I was in Madagascar recently a DC-3 landed on a small airstrip for some special occasion. No idea the age of the machine .They are quite elegant looking planes. And have been work horses for a long while.

GeorgePreddy #13 Posted Jan 07 2019 - 04:56

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View PostNL_Celt, on Jan 07 2019 - 00:22, said:

 

When I was in Madagascar recently a DC-3 landed on a small airstrip for some special occasion. No idea the age of the machine .They are quite elegant looking planes. And have been work horses for a long while.

 

Well, it was at least 77 years old as the last ones were built in 1942 as C-47 military types for the war.

 

 

 

 

 

 



NL_Celt #14 Posted Jan 07 2019 - 05:12

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View PostGeorgePreddy, on Jan 07 2019 - 00:26, said:

 

Well, it was at least 77 years old as the last ones were built in 1942 as C-47 military types for the war.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Okay, nice to know. This one was used as a passenger plane and carried a bunch of special invite people.

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heavymetal1967 #15 Posted Jan 07 2019 - 06:38

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View PostGeorgePreddy, on Jan 06 2019 - 22:56, said:

 

Well, it was at least 77 years old as the last ones were built in 1942 as C-47 military types for the war.

 

My father worked on the line that built these at Tinker Field (now Tinker AFB), in Midwest City, OK during the war. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 






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