Happy SUNday!

Our local municipal airport is getting a new terminal building – evoking the feeling that it’s a WWII U.S. Navy F4U Corsair (which during the war these airplanes were used to train Naval aviators at this airfield).

It’s taking wing!

terminal logo



U.S. Navy F4U Corsair

Have a great day!


Peace C&C ^.^

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Birth of the United States Navy – 1775 U.S. Mint issued bronze medal.

Bicentennial medal issued by the U.S. Mint and the U.S. Navy on the occasion of the bicentennial of the U.S. Navy (October 13, 1975).


U.S. Mint bronze medal (3 inches). Awesome design – eagle with anchor and flag and warship under full sail.


The modern “Nuclear Navy”. CVN 65 is the USS Enterprise.


Proud to have served. NAS Jacksonville 1985

Happy Birthday America – and almost 242 years of the United States Navy.

Studio Camera: Fujifilm FinePix S9900W

USS George Bancroft SSBN-643 – A Cold War Warrior

On permanent display outside the U.S. Naval Submarine Base (SUBASE), Kings Bay, Georgia

Not often do you get to see a submarine surfacing through the earth.


A true Cold War warrior.  America deployed the first boomers, the Forty-one for Freedom, to deter the Soviet Union from launching a first strike nuclear attack on the United States.


Love them or loathe them, they prevented a nuclear war with the Soviets and that was their mission.




The new (1980s) Trident class nuclear ballistic submarines (SSBNs) are the latest way to deter an enemy from launching a first strike. They are essentially invisible to our enemies while on patrol – hence the strategic deterrent. Even if all of our land based nuclear capabilities were destroyed in an insane first strike, the Trident fleet would essentially deliver a final blow to our attackers and lessen the chances for a follow on attack. Crazy stuff to think about but it is the reality of the world. Until all nuclear weapons are eliminated, it is the future that we have to live with.


Praying for an eventual end to all nuclear weapons and actually working towards that end are two different things. Someone must step forward to start the process.

Give peace a chance… but in the meantime ensure that peace has a chance by a strong commitment to deterrence.

Camera: Samsung Galaxy S4


Ready on the Flight Deck – USS Midway

On board the USS Midway (CV-41) in the East China Sea 1979. Preparing for early morning flight operations (FLT OPS). Planes to wash, jets to fuel, pilots to brief and missiles to load. 24/7 sometimes.


H-3 Sea King helicopter and F-4 Phantom fighter at sunrise.


Missiles waiting to be loaded.


F-4 canopy opened and ready for the day.


A-7 Corsair spotted just forward of the island near elevator 1. F-4 in distant background left. A-6 just to the right of the A-7.

The USS Midway (CV-41)

Commissioned 1945… the hull was built from the plans of the next generation battleship.

Decommissioned 1992… no other carrier served longer.

Was the largest ship in the world from 1945 to 1955. Fantastic museum in San Diego now. One of the best Naval museums anywhere!

Camera: Canon F-1