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Old 03-16-2012, 09:21 AM   #2761
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Damn, what the hell has happened to women since then?
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Old 03-16-2012, 09:43 AM   #2762
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No kidding, huh?
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Old 03-16-2012, 10:50 AM   #2763
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Those are freaking awesome - thanks for the link
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Old 03-16-2012, 11:22 AM   #2764
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Damn, what the hell has happened to women since then?
I'll admit I had a similar thought. I fell in love.
About ten times.
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Old 03-16-2012, 12:22 PM   #2765
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When watching the tube with the wife and/or kids every 5 minutes I'm saying "Dear sweet JESUS what the HELL did she do to herself?!!!" whenever makeup etc commercials come on.

I've even gone 'meta' and started criticizing (satire) the bony spraypainted makeup chicks for having wimpy, skimpy eyelashes that don't look like they belong on a carnivorous plant.

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Old 03-17-2012, 02:45 PM   #2766
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Construction of a light aircraft (J-3)
This is pretty much all we watched in my A&P classes.
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Old 03-18-2012, 01:25 PM   #2767
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Damn, what the hell has happened to women since then?
What tha hell happened to America since then, Men and Women?
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Old 03-18-2012, 08:50 PM   #2768
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What tha hell happened to America since then, Men and Women?
We could tell you, but this is the wrong thread.
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Old 03-19-2012, 04:28 PM   #2769
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For all of you aviation history buffs I am finding this to be a great read:


China's Wings: War, Intrigue, Romance, and Adventure in the Middle Kingdom During the Golden Age of Flight
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Old 03-19-2012, 05:35 PM   #2770
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From: http://www.westpointaog.org/page.aspx?pid=3201


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Crouch '88 Sends Readers to the Middle Kingdom During the Golden Age of Flight

2/29/2012

China's Wings: War, Intrigue, Romance, and Adventure in the Middle Kingdom During the Golden Age of Flight is a dazzling, true story set against the roiling backdrop of the Second World War in Asia. At the center of the maelstrom is the book's courtly, laconic protagonist, American aviation executive William Langhorne Bond, who in search of adventure, arrived in Nationalist China in 1931, charged with turning around the turbulent nation's flagging airline business, the China National Aviation Corporation (CNAC), a pioneering Chinese-American joint venture struggling to establish a viable transportation and communications network across a vast land in turmoil. The mission took Bond to the wild and lawless frontiers of commercial aviation: into cockpits with daredevil pilots, into the dangerous maze of Chinese politics, and into the corridors of power inhabited by such outsized figures such as Generalissimo, Madame Chiang Kai-shek, President Franklin Delano Roosevelt, and legendary Pan American Airways founder Juan Trippe.

The Japanese invasion of China transformed Bond and CNAC into active participants in the struggle against Axis imperialism, and they stayed in the fight until the bitter end, eight years later. Drawing on meticulous research, primary sources, and extensive personal interviews with participants, Gregory Crouch '88 offers harrowing accounts of brutal bombing runs and heroic evacuations, as the fight to keep one airline flying became part of the larger struggle for China's survival. Combining adventure, history, politics, and intrigue, China'’s Wings takes readers to a time and place that reshaped the modern world.

"In China's Wings, Gregory Crouch recalls the remarkable encounter between an ancient civilization and the most modern technology in the world, as intrepid Americans struggled to establish a sophisticated air network over a vast land that barely knew electricity. This gripping book will transport you to a fascinating lost time."

– James Bradley, #1 New York Times best-selling author of Flags of Our Fathers

Gregory Crouch is the author of Enduring Patagonia, and he lives in the San Francisco Bay Area. Phil Krichilsky and Bill McDowell, his classmates, also helped in the writing process.
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Old 03-19-2012, 05:35 PM   #2771
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I suppose its fiction, or is it not? Maybe why that era has been called the golden age of aviation is that when you arrived alive, or not scared half to death, you felt golden. These days its quite the other way around.
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Old 03-19-2012, 05:41 PM   #2772
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An historical narrative on the life of William Langhorne Bond...

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In 1931, William Langhorne Bond stepped ashore in Shanghai to take on a new job as operations manager of the China National Aviation Corp., or CNAC. The fledgling airline was a joint venture between the Chinese government, such as it was in the 1930s, and the U.S. Curtiss-Wright Corp. Bond was 37, a refugee from the construction industry. He was new to aviation and looking for a bit of adventure. He found it.

For the better part of the next two decades, Bond's life would be intertwined with the airline—and with China, which was soon attacked by Japan and plunged into World War II, followed by civil war and communist victory. Bond's adventures and China's ordeal are at the heart of the exciting story told by Gregory Crouch in "China's Wings."
Link to the WSJ book review: http://online.wsj.com/article/SB1000...059466604.html

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Old 03-20-2012, 09:40 AM   #2773
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This is pretty much all we watched in my A&P classes.
I was waiting to see some reaction from others that have seen this video, before I mentioned it.
Did you happen to notice the swing out door on the indicated J-3 they were compass testing @ the 24:58 mark?
Those doors were typical to Pacers, and other side by side cabin planes.
The J-3 had 50/50 split, vertically opening doors.
I wonder if that was actually not a J-3, or a different model or rarely optioned J-3.
My google-fu is weak at the moment, in finding anything to compare it to.
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Old 03-20-2012, 10:34 AM   #2774
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I was waiting to see some reaction from others that have seen this video, before I mentioned it.
Did you happen to notice the swing out door on the indicated J-3 they were compass testing @ the 24:58 mark?
Those doors were typical to Pacers, and other side by side cabin planes.
The J-3 had 50/50 split, vertically opening doors.
I wonder if that was actually not a J-3, or a different model or rarely optioned J-3.
My google-fu is weak at the moment, in finding anything to compare it to.
Maybe they were making military scout j-3s?

I know they were different, but I don't have specifics on how.
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Old 03-20-2012, 05:04 PM   #2775
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Maybe they were making military scout j-3s?

I know they were different, but I don't have specifics on how.
Additional plexiglass for better viewing is the only thing I can find definitively listed, but it does state there were other modifications done.
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