06.29.06

Wow!

Posted in Aircraft & Flying, Military at 3:36 pm by Administrator

Two weekends ago, I saw the coolest thing I’ll probably see all Summer. The Peru airport had it’s annual airshow (which you may have seen on the news). As part of the show, the U.S. Air Force did a flyover with a B-2 Spirit bomber. I have seen that aircraft in countless movies as well as the mockup in Dayton, Ohio; but nothing prepared me for seeing it flying “in the flesh”. The plane made several very low passes before it flew away. I can’t think of a better Air Force recruitment technique.

After starting with something like that, the rest of the airshow seemed somewhat dull.

Kudos to capitalist_pig who managed to wake up in time to snap a few pictures of the flyover:

B-2 Spirit B-2 Spirit B-2 Spirit

Some facts about the B-2:

  • At $2.2 billion each, these aircraft cost nearly twice their weight in gold (and are worth every penny).
  • The aircraft can carry 80 500lb bombs or 36 750 lb bombs or 16 2000lb bombs or 16 nuclear weapons.
  • The B-2 can hit targets anywhere in the world with one refueling.
  • Did I mention it’s nearly invisible to enemy radar?

Imagine sitting in Moscow in 1988 knowing your enemy had something like this. (I don’t think they had Depends in Russia back then either.)

Her name is Bambi?

Posted in Entomology at 1:56 pm by Administrator

Anyone have any idea what kind of insect this is?

Big Ugly Bug

My brother told me to come outside and look at a bug on the shed. I didn’t count on being able to see it from house (fifty feet away). The thing was over four and a half inches long!

UPDATE: The insect was a male Dobsonfly. They spend most of their lives in the larvae stage. The larvae, called Hellgrammites, live in the water for a couple years eating aquatic insects. Then they crawl out of the water, pupate, fly around for a few days as an adult, mate, and die. 

A website said the Dobsonfly is sought after by collectors and photographers because it’s short adult life makes it difficult to find. I guess I should feel lucky. I’m just glad it didn’t fly into my face.

06.08.06

And another one gone…

Posted in Humor, Politics, World at 8:08 pm by Administrator

IRAQ_AL_ZARQAWI.jpg 

Early this morning the U.S. Military, acting on a tip from an informant, reduced the current final hiding place of Abu Musab Al-Zarqawi to very small pieces; thereby sparing us a new set of prison underwear shots. Seriously though, I’m glad they’re learning. Capturing Saddam alive was one of the biggest mistakes of the Iraq occupation. A 500lb bomb provides a certain immediate sense of closure that’s impossible with a long trial.

Someone has already set the bombing video to music. You can download it here. (Save to your own computer for best viewing.)

The Al-Zarqawi death photo reminds me of some other photos released by the military a while back. Remember these?

06.02.06

For the Man Who Has Everything

Posted in Guns & Weapons at 3:03 am by Administrator

With the 1994 Assault Weapons Ban a fading memory, development in the field of of high capacity magazines is now fully underway. One of the more esoteric yet amusing results is the 100 rd. Beta C-MAG for 9mm Glock pistols.

Glock machine pistol with a Beta C-MAG

It’s large size and weight make it completely useless for most pistol applications. It will, however, make a fun (if not practical) accessory for those with full-auto Glocks. The main problem with the Glock machine pistol is that it takes about a second to empty a standard magazine on full-auto. With the Beta C-MAG, you get a full 5 seconds of glory before a long reload.

The cops will love it - even more rounds to miss with. I wouldn’t worry about it being very popular with the gangbangers though. The low center of gravity makes holding it sideways somewhat tiring.

ArmamentSales.com has a movie of a the Glock Beta C-MAG being used at Knob Creek. (The video says the host gun is a Glock 18; but it’s obviously a semi-auto Glock with a conversion device like the one above.)