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  1. Doesnt look like a personnel type chute. Looks like a chute used for air cargo drops or some kind of ordnance drop. The material used for the chute canopy looks like a heavy cotton. The external clips most likely attached to the piece to be dropped and the long cord was a static line. My best guess.
  2. When was the last year for MA1s ' officially 'issued with the bright orange inside liner ? Anybody know ? Thanks
  3. The 4787th AIR BASE GROUP, DULUTH INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT, MINNESOTA. ( 1970 -1974 ) It was my first assignment in the US AIR FORCE. What a neat little installation this place was. It was a small civilian airport that serviced the twin ports of Duluth-Superior. Half was the public airport and half belonged to the Air Force. It was so neat. There was the main gate entrance.......... you went straight up for less than 1/4 mile, made a hard left and went straight about a half a mile and you were at gate two or the rear entrance. No way you could get lost on this installation either. A
  4. Update.Just chatted with my sister. The Mans name was RAY DENNY and he was a Chief Petty Officer on the Scorpion. Dont know why I thought he was an officer. He should be on the crew list. Too many years have gone by. My Bad !!
  5. Sorry. dont have many details after 50 years. I recall his wife remarried some years later and moved on. My mother passed away a few years back and she knew alot. I'll see if I can contact my sister and see if she remembers the widows last name before she remarried. I dont remember. I do remember that a radio message was received with the subs call sign that she was close to port. Turns out that the message was a fake. But............... how would somebody know the proper call sign and frequency of the boat if all that stuff was very classified ? Never heard the answer to that mystery eith
  6. Like I said before. They don't make BVD's big enough for the sub guys !
  7. Thanks BKW. Maybe some retired submariners here to comment. They truly deserve a job well done and a sharp salute ! SteveZ
  8. So there I was, a high school student thats family had just returned from overseas, ( father was a career naval aviator at the rank of Commander ) moved into a brand new house in Virginia Beach and I was on top of he world ! I just bought my first car, my dream hot rod ( 55 Chevrolet Coupe ) and I was ready to tackle my last two years of high school. My dad said I should consider thinking about some kind of career including the military and of coarse, the US NAVY was high on the list. I hadnt made up my mind yet about any branch of the service if I was going to join. The war in Vietnam w
  9. WOW ! Now it was a battle wagon ! Well see if somebody else chimes in to this story.
  10. Interesting ! Maybe somebody will speak up the may know the entire story. Another buddy says he heard something similar and hears the old carrier Roosevelt was the mystery vessel.
  11. I was chatting a few weeks ago at a coffee house and struck a conversation with a long retired NAVY aircraft mechanic and he related to me a long lost story about an old aircraft carrier ( unknown name and class ) and apparently one day there was a power fault in one part of the ship. Ships electricians partly traced the fault to a ships service power cable that passed through some kind of void or unmarked space between 2 major bulkheads. Blueprints of the vessel did not identify the space and it was like a work space with 4 walls surrounding it with absolutely no access to this mystery a
  12. Heres a simple question that Ive often wondered about for years. Ever notice that when it came to the old internal combustion engines of years past, the Army Air Force and US Navy had very different approaches as to where the THROTTLE and MIXTURE CONTROLS were placed in multi engine aircraft. NAVY placed the throttles above the center console and the AIR CORPS placed theirs lower in the console between the pilot and co pilot which is common today. For you experts out there that may know what the aircraft designers were thinking back in that era, why the two different approaches to the
  13. Heres a question for some of the guys here that may know of this type engine or may have worked on them. During the Second World War in the Pacific, the new B 29 Superfortress was equipped with this massive radial engine and I often hear, when viewing documentaries on the tube, that there were some ' teething ' problems with this engine. They often quit or caught fire. ( not due to damage by enemy fire ) After the war, my father flew Lockheed Neptunes for the US NAVY for years and this aircraft was also powered by the R 3350 but I never heard if this engine continued to be a problem
  14. 4787 AIR BASE GROUP DULUTH IAP, MINN. Early 1970s era .
  15. First on the list Sarge. 4787th Air Base Group
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