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« on: December 31, 2017, 10:26:19 PM »

Been deader than a dead dogs dick around here for ages - let's spike it up in 2018 :)

Happy New Year All !!! :)


THE GUNFIGHTERS REST / Re: We lost a couple weeks worth of data (sorry man)
« on: November 24, 2017, 12:32:13 PM »
I'm sorry How did it go?


We fix things - mostly Richo,, it's his code, I just take care of security :)


THE SHOTGUN BAR / Re: What aircraft am I ? V 3.0
« on: August 11, 2017, 12:52:57 AM »

6th of August...

I was there a few years back - does make you wonder, they rebuilt the city and the same goes for Nagasaki, lots of residents who were there who survived and are of course now somewhat ancient. Of course compared to now they were very small bombs, definitions vary but around 10KT seems to be about right, they were airbursts as well so the radiation was spread.

Nonetheless I've a book around here somewhere written  by a U.S. engineer who was early in Hiroshima after the surrender, really quite horrifying to read.

I've never been sure if dropping them was necessary, Japan was defeated by then in any real terms, although an invasion might have been very costly in terms of lives but the reality is the Americans did not really know what they were unleashing...


THE SHOTGUN BAR / Re: What aircraft am I ? V 3.0
« on: August 06, 2017, 07:21:59 PM »
NFI about yours? Same fish different feathers ;zn

Meanwhile this plane was once abandoned in flight when the crew bailed out, the plane came to earth softly, basically landing itself.


If I say "Fairy" that might be enough clue on mine :)

I only know of one incident like yours, it was an F-106 if I recall, but may not be the answer :)


THE SHOTGUN BAR / Re: Mystery Illnesses
« on: July 30, 2017, 06:03:24 PM »

Yeah.........but the healing slows down as you get older.
Hope you return to form quickly though.


True - odd thing though apart from difficulty walking I feel fine, just there is no medical solution, have to, literally, sit it out :)


THE SHOTGUN BAR / Re: Mystery Illnesses
« on: July 30, 2017, 04:16:06 PM »

After six nights in hospital I've revised my opinion of the places - that's the good news - diagnosis has come back as Cerebellum Ataxia. That's a balance problem, makes sense, I have been less than steady on my feet.

It can have a variety of causes but most likely is the glandular fever I had last year, or could be head trauma, certainly had a few of those in my life and it can take years to appear, or it can be caused by alcohol. Docs being docs they of course seized on the last but not according to a few other opinions including my pharmacist who literally said "load of rubbish."

Whatever, it will most likely get better over time but it is a bit, no, a lot, restricting at the moment. Thankfully good friends like Kiwi and Middy have been helping out with stuff I just cannot easily do at the moment , my lovely daughter has been a great help as well.

Very annoying for someone used to being fundamentally fit most of his life, but as I keep telling my doc, I heal pretty fast.


THE SHOTGUN BAR / Re: A great little video
« on: July 30, 2017, 03:31:13 PM »
In Missouri, it does not have the best reputation for crashes but is apparently a very good and very popular show.


THE SHOTGUN BAR / Re: White Elephant?
« on: July 30, 2017, 03:17:44 PM »

I can only wish you good luck.................but the older we get, the more we fall apart!


So true :)

Somewhat to my surprise I actually passed my flight med, they don't mind this little problem at all apparently, so now to line up some fun :)


THE SHOTGUN BAR / Re: White Elephant?
« on: July 14, 2017, 04:13:09 AM »
... Cerebelum Ataxia... essentially a balance issue, we all have this little organ left side of head, it's sort of a part of the brain but has more to do with keeping you from falling over :)

I ended up being diagnosed with it two weeks ago although my doc suspected it somewhat earlier, it can have a variety of affects but in my case is just affecting walking - I can still drive happily and so far as I'm concerned fly fine as well, but that will be up to the flight surgeons.

Like every doctor on the earth he tells me it must be because I drink - bullshit - I go off and get a bunch of second opinions and do some reading - not Dr Google, med library. Last year as I think I've mentioned I had Epstein Barr that erupted as Glandular fever, it and head trauma are the commonest causes of this condition, which is good news really, means the cerebellum is just inflamed, not damaged.

I had a bit of a fight with EB, but believe it or not most all of you likely have it, it just is benign in most people, not me unfortunately, but as it reduces so may the cerebulum symptoms. Head trauma, well, yes, but not for a lot of years and a CT scan showed no damage so I doubt that.

I don't know - my own long retired flight surgeon actually knows pilots, in the mil, with this condition, if it only affects your walking balance who cares? You fly sitting down :) But, it can have other impacts like memory issues so they do ramp up the med tests a bit, that's next week for me.

Delights of getting older I guess, they are holding a slot for me on the -35, moving it in the schedule as the medicos pontificate, as is their wont :)

I can understand, expensive and currently rare aircraft here and I'd prefer to keep breathing anyway, but perhaps If I go chuck an A-4 around in front of the docs out there, flew one just a few weeks ago, they might understand this is not messing with my interface with an aircraft :)

The annoying thing is that there is no treatment, it gets better, it stabilises, or it gets worse, my doc stuck me on thiamin, B2 in other words, that's because he is convinced, or he was before I pointed a few things out to him, that it was my drinking habits. I drink wine, in relative moderation, near all the time, the past few weeks I've lured a few docs into telling me what THEY drink - mostly hard stuff - my old flight surgeon does not think it has been a good day if he can't relax with a jug of margaritas and watch the sun set on the Pacific off Venice Beach :)

I stopped thinking of that as the cause weeks ago, pretty certain it is the EB and I just have to ride it out - may screw up my ride in the -35 for a while but...

I'm pretty sanguine about it - I've flown it, would like to again, but my flying days are near over I think - bit annoying...

You know the oddest thing about flight surgeons ? Few of them can actually fly... My one does, Cessnas, years ago had him back seat in an F-4, he was too shaky after to even sign my clearance - even though he loved it ;)

We'll see, I am not getting younger, but it beats the alternative :)


THE SHOTGUN BAR / Re: White Elephant?
« on: July 12, 2017, 12:19:11 AM »
you know the old saying, pics or it didnt happen :p  rofl


It may not happen - been grounded by a medical condition that whilst not fatal or even so far as I can see has an impact on flying, is frowned upon by some flight surgeons.

No cameras allowed out at Pearce though so unless, if I get a run, I can have someone snap me in the air and then how would you know if it was me, it is not going to happen.

I'm being braced to be told my flying days may be over - that's just plain depressing....


THE SHOTGUN BAR / Re: White Elephant?
« on: July 07, 2017, 01:06:52 AM »

I honestly do not know Wallacey.

We are due one here next month and I'm slotted into the schedule, it will be an A, so a bit different. I do wish someone would pay me for this charity time - might have to have a few chats :)

As an aircraft, fine, the price and delays - ridiculous....


THE SHOTGUN BAR / Re: White Elephant?
« on: July 02, 2017, 06:51:29 PM »

Now I'm really conflicted - had to go to Adelaide in a rush two or so weeks ago, lots of health issues in the family and my younger sister was carrying too big a load, so went to help.

Not too bad, but mother has leukemia, older sister is in recovery from two cancers, but prognosis looks good, brother busted an arm,  I cannot believe it is his first bone break, he is so accident prone -I've busted just about everything, but I have lived a bit more adventurous life than a painter and decorator. :)

I didn't even bother to mention my sore back, trivial by comparison, but after day two here I am in my old home town and I REALLY needed to go chase clouds - my way to unwind, so gave a mate a call, see what might be around."A car will be with you in 30 mins" I get told " Need your opinion on something, "

Bit odd but ok, I need some distraction.

An immaculate mil driver turns up, fortunately at my hotel, at my mother's place that would have been the Spanish Inquisition, I'm in jeans and a t but he still saluted me - I suppose I do have some silly high rank but i told him to take it easy, I'm just a civvy these days.

Where are we going ? Edinburgh AFB - makes sense, primary RAAF testing base but I've still no clue what is in store.

Then I get introduced to an F-35B, the V/STOl version, he wanted my opinion because of all my Harrier time, but like most I didn't even know they had one - spreading the test schedule around, but why we get that one,  anybody's guess.

No way I just fly a new airplane, especially one I have suspicions of, so crawl all through the thing all day with an old friend crew chief, and did become impressed.

Take the manuals back to my hotel, do an RTFM evening, it really did not look too big a problem , but, well, I've flown aircraft that try to kill you before you even light the fires :)

Next morning I get picked up again and go suit up - chase was an old mate in an F/'A 18.

It was just so easy, taxi out with a board so intuitive it was a glance was enough , line up and go - no VTOL stuff on a first lift-off but it hardly mattered, talk about acceleration :)

I spent a few minutes feeling her out, did what I asked so headed into the free--fly zone, out over the ocean, jeez, talk about acceleration - my mate laughed, said I was as big a speed freak as ever and orbited to wait for me to come back.

To be honest I had a ball, but I've flown so many aircraft perhaps it was just  a bit of absence :)

So we get to touch-down and I figure if this new VTOL concept is awkward it doesn't matter, with that acceleration I'll just power out of here and do it again.

No need - it was as easy as :)

So now I'm a bit conflicted, it has taken too long, costs too much, but damn is it nice to fly  :)

I'd like to try some DACT i would like - might happen, we'll see, I made the offer, I think I'm about the last living pilot in Oz who has seen actual combat, dropping bombs is different,

Dunno, the crewies were a bit bemused when I came out with a walking stick - less so when I did a 30 foot runway bypass to wake myself up :)

I fly, simple as that, but after that run this airplane has me confused :)



THE SHOTGUN BAR / Re: What aircraft am I ? V 3.0
« on: July 01, 2017, 04:43:42 PM »

 I better add clue on mine - Eagle works IT in accounting, it's 1 June, doubt not be around for a bit :)

 This aircraft of mine is neither fish nor fowl, and I am not aware anyone has ever tried it since :)


THE SHOTGUN BAR / Re: What aircraft am I ? V 3.0
« on: June 18, 2017, 06:46:31 PM »

I just did, cos you posted it two places - unreal - reminds me of what a nutcase I was - some would say I still am :)


THE SHOTGUN BAR / Re: Had to have the cat "put to sleep"
« on: June 17, 2017, 01:58:58 AM »
Commiserations Hardman, always a hard thing to do, but it beats seeing them suffer  :(


Yeah, it never is, you just have to accept it is very unlikely they will outlive you, although with my life-style anything is possible.  :)

Cats are amazing at hiding pain, had cats all my life, this one it took a while to realise she was even in pain, but she sure was, cancer the vet suspects, but either way done now and let the sadness settle...


THE SHOTGUN BAR / Re: Had to have the cat "put to sleep"
« on: June 16, 2017, 05:36:56 PM »

True Ice, right up to the end, she was always a fighter, not a particularly affectionate cat, but  always loved her, going to be sadly missed.


THE SHOTGUN BAR / Had to have the cat "put to sleep"
« on: June 16, 2017, 02:45:40 PM »

I am not a happy person today - had to send my cat off to be put down. Cancer and constant blood loss, it was the kindest thing - 25 years old as best guess - good age for a cat. I gave her a good life, and a good ending. the vet just called, she's gone.

Damn I'm going to miss her, going to be a while before I get another one, although with my luck I'll get adopted by a stray in a week...


THE SHOTGUN BAR / Re: White Elephant?
« on: March 28, 2017, 03:33:24 PM »

And still it gets worse:

I had overlooked that that troublesome cannon has less than 200 rounds at load-out - ridiculous, you'd go through those in no time flat. Then what do you do in a close in fight?

Oh, and it has also been revealed it can't currently fly in rain and is a ludicrous amount over-budget.

Piece of garbage but I am going up to take a look end of April, my doc might even clear me for flying by then :)


THE SHOTGUN BAR / Re: Thinking of using a cutthroat razor?
« on: March 10, 2017, 01:17:11 PM »

I typically only use disposables when I travel and that is usually because I get yanked somewhere at five minutes notice and forget to pack the razor :)

I really don't like them much, but I dislike two day growth more...


THE SHOTGUN BAR / Re: Thinking of using a cutthroat razor?
« on: March 08, 2017, 05:24:31 PM »

Yeah, I picked up some of the Nivea Gel the other day, it's not bad but it's not great either - unusual for that brand,

When you next need blades though try Fusion, really good shave in my opinion :)


THE SHOTGUN BAR / Re: Thinking of using a cutthroat razor?
« on: February 13, 2017, 10:30:30 AM »
Yes, in the UK badger is definitely top of the line and done very ethically.

I'm not aware if badgers exist in Australia so you are probably looking at an import.

Cute creatures, had one in our garden for years when I was growing up, they just sort of bumble around and sleep a lot :)


THE SHOTGUN BAR / Re: Thinking of using a cutthroat razor?
« on: February 12, 2017, 02:53:28 PM »

I gave up using them years ago, just use gel but this is a pretty good site from another forum I hang around on

Mine is still in the cupboard and it was my dads, second one down on the list, not horribly expensive :)


THE SHOTGUN BAR / Re: My friends are having a great end of year...
« on: January 17, 2017, 02:10:39 PM »

No argument from me, except I've never flow one, which annoys the hell out of me - came just after my era, and I could not give a toss about stealth :)


THE SHOTGUN BAR / Re: White Elephant?
« on: January 15, 2017, 11:37:04 AM »
Doesn't seem to be getting any better:

A mate is part of the first deployment, told me last week he hates the thing.


THE SHOTGUN BAR / Re: Is a war coming ?
« on: January 10, 2017, 09:46:24 AM »
Seems I'm by no means the only one concerned:

Actually that's not quite fair, a report of mine had a tiny bit to do with this summary, but to me it is pretty much on the money.


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