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Tundrabear #6241 Posted Jul 14 2015 - 06:06

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View PostThe_Chieftain, on Jul 06 2015 - 19:20, said:

It seems my travel schedule this month will take me to Great Falls, MT, Edmonton, Canada somewhere, and Fairbanks, AK. Stay tuned.

 

Arrrrghhh!  I live in Fairbanks but have to fly out for a wedding in the Midwest that weekend.

 

I don't know how much time you will have that day, but there are a couple of quick aviation related things to check out.

 

The first in Golden Heart Plaza downtown, and is a memorial of sorts to the Lend Lease Flyers. It is to the right of the picture in this webcam.

http://fairbanksalaska.com/goldenheart/

 

The other is the Pioneer Air Museum at Pioneer Park, which incidentally is on the road from Fairbanks International to the downtown, called appropriately enough Airport Way,  The Museum has quite a display of the history of Aviation in Alaska, which is often a display of pieces of important aircraft from their crash site, as Alaska was, and still is, quite proficient at killing aviators.

 

To hit both of these might take about 2 hours, 'cause Fairbanks isn't that big.

 



Walter_Sobchak #6242 Posted Jul 20 2015 - 01:51

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Go home Indiatimes, you're drunk.

 



QWERTYEel89 #6243 Posted Jul 20 2015 - 04:28

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A WOT "Random Thoughts of the Day" equivalent? That brings back memories.

Meplat #6244 Posted Jul 20 2015 - 04:50

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View PostWalter_Sobchak, on Jul 19 2015 - 17:51, said:

 

That link had some of the most insanely wrong tripe I've read in a while.

Walter_Sobchak #6245 Posted Jul 20 2015 - 04:51

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View PostMeplat, on Jul 19 2015 - 22:50, said:

 

That link had some of the most insanely wrong tripe I've read in a while.

 

It's comedy gold.  Seriously, how does someone get things so wrong?

Potoroo #6246 Posted Jul 20 2015 - 06:58

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View PostWalter_Sobchak, on Jul 20 2015 - 13:51, said:

 

It's comedy gold.  Seriously, how does someone get things so wrong?

 

Lazy Googling by the work experience kid.

The_Chieftain #6247 Posted Jul 20 2015 - 07:38

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Edmonton is a significantly larger airport than I had anticipated.

unfair_pIane #6248 Posted Jul 20 2015 - 08:15

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View PostMeplat, on Jul 19 2015 - 22:50, said:

 

That link had some of the most insanely wrong tripe I've read in a while.

 

38km range... just... what? :teethhappy:



BuubyTrap #6249 Posted Jul 20 2015 - 13:04

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View PostThe_Chieftain, on Jul 20 2015 - 06:38, said:

Edmonton is a significantly larger airport than I had anticipated.

 

Lol. Edmonton is still a major gateway to the North, and an important business centre in its own right, Chief. Unfortunately, the airport which those WWII aircraft travelled through was closed down recently. City Centre Airport, as it was recently known, still had a large population of wooden WWII hangars there when I worked there from '89-91. It would have been nice if it was still operational for this anniversary.

Incidentally, I have visited or lived in all the cities on the lend-lease ferry route from Great Falls to Fairbanks.



Slayer_Jesse #6250 Posted Jul 20 2015 - 13:11

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View PostWalter_Sobchak, on Jul 19 2015 - 22:51, said:

 

It's comedy gold.  Seriously, how does someone get things so wrong?

 

Apparently a stationary Eighty FIVE mm gun is a "tank" :facepalm:

Shortcult #6251 Posted Jul 20 2015 - 14:53

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View PostA_Hornblower, on Jul 02 2015 - 23:49, said:

 

If memory serves, flechette-type rounds, especially in artillery, were sometimes called "beehive rounds" because of this tendency.

 

Read LZ Bird by S.L.A. Marshall (in some of the reprints it's just Bird).  First use of flechettes in Vietnam.  Over the top effective.

 

It's not in the book, but there was a stink about 'who told the press' afterwards.  Actually, there was a lot of stinkyness to that action.

 

 



Meplat #6252 Posted Jul 20 2015 - 15:00

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View PostSlayer_Jesse, on Jul 20 2015 - 05:11, said:

 

Apparently a stationary Eighty FIVE mm gun is a "tank" :facepalm:

 

As is a railroad carriage mounted fieldpiece.

 

Really, I have a ten year old nephew who knows better than the person (We'll assume it was a person) who wrote this article.

 



Slayer_Jesse #6253 Posted Jul 20 2015 - 15:14

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View PostMeplat, on Jul 20 2015 - 09:00, said:

 

As is a railroad carriage mounted fieldpiece.

 

Really, I have a ten year old nephew who knows better than the person (We'll assume it was a person) who wrote this article.

 

 

It would allow them to save face if it was written by a spambot :D

ArcherII #6254 Posted Jul 20 2015 - 15:37

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Weird confluence....when I was flying in MS FSX my online team built this route to Ladd Field (Ft. Wainwright, AK) that the WG group is following.

 

We used Edmonton City Center as the target airfield for that leg because we could not establish which field was actually used.  Looks like our guess was right.  In real time it took us over two weeks to fly the sim route (well, we had to synch up).

 

Tundrabear, I lived at Ft. Wainwright for 4 years in the 70's (went to Lathrop HS), there used to be the fuselage of a Lend Lease B-25 near the Chena R at the East end of the Runway well into the wood line.  Story was it went in while taking off and it was just dragged out of the way.



The_Chieftain #6255 Posted Jul 20 2015 - 17:07

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OK, buuby, what made you go to all those places?

BuubyTrap #6256 Posted Jul 21 2015 - 13:48

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Let's see... Great Falls for a Commercial Cross-Country distance flight, we lived in Edmonton at the time. Moved from Edmonton to Calgary when the Edmonton City Centre Airport (CYXD) was closed to scheduled operations, so our aircraft maintenance for the airline I worked for was moved to Calgary. Worked for that airline, then Air Canada for 15 years. Moved to a burg called Winnipeg, for a similar reason.

Experiences North of Edmonton involve multiple holidays with my father, which typically included some or all of the Alaska Highway. One side trip included Grand Prairie, which I believe was also part of the route at times. Fort St. John. Fort Nelson. Watson Lake - flew in and out of there a few times, too. Whitehorse. All the way to Fairbanks one year. Also been to Dawson City Yukon, of the Klondike Goldrush fame. Valdez, Alaska, too, before the big oil spill that made it famous.

My Dad worked in Northern BC, so it was natural to explore that corner of the world.






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