Archive for February, 2011

Salute to Veterans – Oshkosh 2010

February 23, 2011

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February 19, 2011

Starting  in 1941, an increasing number of British Airmen found  themselves as the involuntary guests of the Third Reich, and  the Crown was casting about for ways and means to facilitate  their escape…
 Now  obviously, one of the most helpful aids to that end is a  useful and accurate map, one showing  
not  only where stuff was, but also showing the locations of ‘safe  houses’ where a POW on-the-lam could go for food and  shelter.  
 Paper  maps had some real drawbacks — they make a lot of noise when  you open and fold them, they wear out rapidly, and if they get  wet, they turn into  mush.
 Someone  in MI-5 (similar to America ‘s OSS ) got the idea of printing  escape maps on silk. It’s durable, can be scrunched-up into  tiny wads, and unfolded as many times as needed, and makes no  noise whatsoever.
 At  that time, there was only one manufacturer in Great Britain  that had perfected the technology of printing on silk, and  that was John Waddington, Ltd. When approached by the  government, the firm was only too happy to do its bit for the  war effort.
 By  pure coincidence, Waddington was also the U.K. Licensee for  the popular American board game, Monopoly. As it happened,  ‘games and pastimes’ was a category of item qualified for  insertion into ‘CARE packages’, dispatched by the  International Red Cross to prisoners of  war.
 Under  the strictest of secrecy, in a securely guarded and  inaccessible old workshop on the grounds of Waddington’s, a  group of sworn-to-secrecy employees began mass-producing  escape maps, keyed to each region of Germany or Italy where  Allied POW camps were regional system). When processed, these  maps could be folded into such tiny dots that they would  actually fit inside a Monopoly playing  piece.  
 As  long as they were at it, the clever workmen at Waddington’s  also managed to add:
1. A playing token, containing a small  magnetic compass
2. A two-part metal file that could easily  be screwed together
3. Useful amounts of genuine  high-denomination German, Italian, and French currency, hidden  within the piles of Monopoly money!  
 British  and American air crews were advised, before taking off on  their first mission, how to identify a ‘rigged’ Monopoly set  — by means of a tiny red dot, one cleverly rigged to look  like an ordinary printing glitch, located in the corner of the  Free Parking square.
 Of  the estimated 35,000 Allied POWS who successfully escaped, an  estimated one-third were aided in their flight by the rigged  Monopoly sets.. Everyone who did so was sworn to secrecy  indefinitely, since the British Government might want to use  this highly successful ruse in still another, future war.  
 The  story wasn’t declassified until 2007, when the surviving  craftsmen from Waddington’s, as well as the firm itself, were  finally honored in a public  ceremony.

It’s  always nice when you can play that ‘Get Out of Jail’ Free’  card!
 I  realize most of you are (probably) too young to have any  personal connection to WWII (Dec. ’41 to Aug. ’45), but this  is still interesting.

Wounded Warrior Job Fair – March 9, 2011

February 16, 2011

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Wounded Warrior Job Fair 9 March 900 AM

Wounded Veterans Picnic – 2011

February 16, 2011

The Quantico Rod and Gun Club (QRGC) has a spring ‘Wounded Veterans Picnic’ planned for 2011.  Members of the QRGC take Wounded Warriors out fishing in boats and there is a great BBQ and picnic.  American Legion Post 364 is donating $200 this year.  The QRGC could use additional funding from other sources.  The possibility exists to have a booth at the event.  The point of contact is Wayne Robinson and his contact information is on the flyer below.  This years event will be on May 14th, 2011.

Poll on the American Flag

February 14, 2011

Go to FOX and vote NO on banning the American flag in America VOTE !!!
This is disgusting, to put it mildly. Your voice needs to be heard.
This is just sickening. Only 76.15% have voted on the FOX poll to NOT ban the flag in school and something like 18.0% voted YES, to ban it  

What is going on in this country?? Read below.

Fox is running a poll about whether the flag should be banned in schools in order not to inflame Hispanic students. The poll is being sandbagged by SEIU and we should mount a counter action if you agree with me that the flag should be taken down for no one., funded by George Soros, Organizing for America , and SEIU, “Service Employee International UNION”, have been twittering today to go to Fox Poll and vote to BAN the Flag and right now it is still working (18%).

It’s time to


Unmanned Navy Stealth Bomber’s Maiden Flight

February 9, 2011

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B-29 Cockpit of Enola Gay

February 5, 2011

Check this out. This gives you an HD 360 Degree view from the cockpit of the Enola gay; the plane that dropped the 1st Atomic bomb on Hiroshima . This plane was built at the Martin Bomber manufacturing plant in Omaha in Building D (now Offutt AFB).  It currently resides at the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum.
This is pretty amazing, you can look around, but look down too and up in the cockpit of the Enola Gay B-29  the Japanese will never forget!
It ended the war and that was its mission and intention.
You can manipulate the camera up, down and around, pretty cool. gotta love the “horn” button.
Be sure and drag the pointer (cursor) in all directions.