Hi, I'm the Old AF Sarge, the head cook and bottle washer of this here blog, the Chant du Départ, or The Chant as we like to call it when we're being all informal and such, and I'd like to
Actually while I was scrambling for content for today, I was looking through some of my photos from Sandy Eggo. That one above and another I'll
Now I'll confess right up front that I'm not a "suit guy." I'm much more comfortable in jeans, sneakers, and a polo shirt. Not that I've ever played or even watched polo. Though I was once at a wedding anniversary celebration with The Missus Herself and a rather decent chap at our table (an actual, real live historian) said we should swing by the polo grounds in Portsmouth (yes, we have an actual polo place in Little Rhody) because it was just a grand time.
Apparently they tailgate and everything, though it's probably a bit more high brow than tailgating at a college football game, which I did do once. Out in Michigan at the Big House to watch the Wolverines play the University of Massachusetts. Big Time's parents are alumni of Michigan and have season tickets. We were out there for Little Bit's baptism way back in 2010, so we went to the game. The game was exciting, the tailgating was awesome. Yes, beer was involved. And bratwurst. A superb combination.
But I digress, we were talking about suits weren't we?
The Missus Herself dresses me up on those occasions when it's de rigeur to wear something other than jeans and a polo shirt. Personally, for formal occasions, I'd rather dress like this -
|M. Fabry, a quartermaster for the 1st Hussars, was one of the last surviving veterans of Napoleon's army. He is shown here in full dress uniform, wearing the Saint Helene medal (issued August 12 1857, to all veterans of the wars of the French Revolution and the Napoleonic Empire). (Source)|
Obviously that isn't going to happen, and it would be deuced hard to get that cavalry saber through check in at the airport. And without the sword I'd just be overdressed...
Like I said, not a suit guy and I don't go anywhere without the ball cap. I sunburn easily and when outdoors the hat is absolutely necessary. Not to mention which, my massive bald head tends to distract pilots when the sun is out. (All that glare dontcha know?)
When I beheld myself in that opening photo, I said to myself, "Damn but I look good." Then the other voice in my head said that I looked like I was running for office. Or selling used cars. But I am standing on the deck of a nuclear powered aircraft carrier, which has a massive coolness factor. Well, it does to me at any rate.
Other than the two suit photos (patience, no skipping to the end!) I had a few photos of the Edwin J. McKellar Jr. Pavilion of Flight at the San Diego Air & Space Museum I wanted to share. It's a place I really enjoyed visiting and I need to get back there. We arrived an hour before closing and didn't really see everything, though we did see a lot. A whirlwind tour, we saw most of the displays but had no time to linger.
Man, I love Sandy Eggo...
|That bird to the right of the PBY's nose is really cool but I am completely unfamiliar with it. Given more time I would have investigated further. Any readers know what this cool little bird is?|
Update: It's a Wee Bee! (Seriously, read this.)
|This Bell AH-1E Cobra is awesome, the main rotor blades actually turn. Slowly, but they do turn. My grandkids would love this!|
|Ford Trimotor 5-AT. An Old AF Sarge favorite. It's just cool looking with the corrugated metal fuselage and those thick wings.|
|The Consolidated PBY-5A Catalina. I'd love to go up in one of these.|
|The mighty McDonnell Douglas F-4J/S Phantom II. I always look for these birds wherever historic aircraft are on display. This one is special (see below).|
The Phantom displayed is an original aircraft with a significant historical background. It was assigned to Fighter Squadron 96 “Fighting Falcons” aboard the San Diego based USS Constellation, where it was used for combat sorties during the Vietnam War. In early 1972, pilot Lt. Randy “Duke” Cunningham and radar intercept officer Willie Driscoll became the Navy’s first aces of the Vietnam War by scoring two MiG kills in this aircraft, and three more MiG kills in a similar F-4 from the Fighting Falcons squadron. (Source)Yup, old 112 is the real deal, a Rhino which has seen combat!
|MiG-17 in North Vietnamese livery. You'll see in the next photo why this bird is ducking under the PBY's wing and running like a scalded ape.|
The MiG-17 on display at the Museum is believed to have been built in Poland. It first served in the East German Air Force, was then transferred to the Egyptian Air Force, where it was modified for a ground attack role. It was retired by the Egyptians in the late 1970s or early 1980s and purchased by the Museum in March 1986. The MiG-17 is on permanent exhibit in the Pavilion of Flight after restoration at Gillespie Field. Its paint scheme represents the North Vietnamese Air Force, circa 1972. (Source)
|Yup, the MiG has a Phantom on his six. Of course, the Rhino is a bit close for a missile kill and with no internal gun...|
Still and all, Gomer doesn't know that!
I have more pictures which you'll get to see, eventually.
In the meantime,
|Vote for me. This is my serious face. No, really.|
(Actually I was tired, this was Saturday morning after flying in from New England the night before. I was in desperate need of an adult beverage...)