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February 28, 2021

Movie review: Air America (1990)

Filed under: General,Modeling — dknights @ 10:53 pm
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Thanks to Jim Bates, I ended up viewing this movie again on DVD.  I have to admit, I enjoyed the movie when I originally saw it. It actually improves on a second viewing.  On the surface, the movie is a story of an LA traffic chopper pilot, who, due to his behavior, loses his license and is recruited into flying for “Air America”, the CIA airline operating in Laos.  While fictionalized, this is a good movie.  The flying scenes are first rate and Robert Downey, Jr. and Mel Gibson have real chemistry.   The movie also stars Nancy Travis, who is the sitcom mom on numerous sitcoms.

This movie is not only worth watching, it is worth owning on DVD.

September 16, 2020

MiG-17 build

Filed under: Modeling — dknights @ 10:59 pm
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A great build of a DML MiG-17 in VPAF markings. (h/t to Jim Bates for the link)

March 6, 2020

Submarines in Asia

Filed under: Politics,Technology — dknights @ 5:12 pm
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An interesting article on submarine development and acquisition going on in Asia.  The South China sea may get very interesting.

March 8, 2019

A replay of 1979

Filed under: Politics — dknights @ 12:20 pm
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Could we see a replay of 1979.  I will admit, I think that is one of the more likely scenarios in the South China Sea; a confrontation between Vietnam and China.  The two countries are butting heads more and more in the area.

February 8, 2017

You learn something new every day

Filed under: General — dknights @ 8:48 am
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Mike Rowe does a great podcast called, “The Way I Heard It.”  If you haven’t listened, you should.

His recent podcast told the story of Adm. George Stephen Morrison who was the admiral in charge during the Gulf of Tonkin incident and who was also the father of Jim Morrison, the lead singer of The Doors.  I never knew that.

December 10, 2016

Oh, goody!

Filed under: Politics — dknights @ 7:47 am
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Vietnam now getting in on the act.  That much firepower in the South China Sea and eventually someone will make a mistake.

 

October 4, 2016

More South China Sea Fun

Filed under: Politics — dknights @ 11:40 pm
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Story here.  I think it is a nice touch that they sent the USS John S. McCain.

August 10, 2016

This couldn’t possibly end badly 

Filed under: Politics — dknights @ 1:17 pm
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See here

June 4, 2015

The South China Sea just got more fun

Filed under: Politics — dknights @ 6:36 pm
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Vietnam clearly doesn’t plan on coming to the party empty-handed.

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