Thursday, December 22, 2016

Hillary's Participation In The Race Certificate

End of the F-4

The U.S. Air Force held a "final flight" ceremony  to commemorate the end of the F-4 Phantom II fighter's service. The fighter, which was first introduced in the late 1950s, performed virtually every combat aircraft role imaginable during a storied career that stretched from Vietnam to the Middle East and beyond.

The F-4 Phantom II was originally conceived as a heavy, all-weather fleet air defense fighter. Yet with its two powerful General Electric J79 engines and a two-man crew, the large, fast aircraft proved endlessly adaptable. The F-4 expanded into the fighter-bomber, air defense suppression, reconnaissance, and close air support roles. It could even carry tactical nuclear weapons.
The iconic fighter served in a number of wars, including the Vietnam War with the Navy, Air Force and Marines, and the 1991 Persian Gulf War. In foreign service the Phantom II served with the Israeli Air Force in the War of Attrition and the 1973 Yom Kippur Wars, and the Iranian Air Force during the Iran-Iraq War. F-4s claimed 164.5 kills in Vietnam, 19 kills in Israeli Air Force service, and 18 kills in Iranian Air Force service.

The Phantom II earned a plethora of nicknames during its carrier, mostly due to its large, ungainly shape, bulbous nose, and jagged trailing edges. Those names included the "Flying Brick, "Snoopy", and "The World's Leading Distributor of MiG Parts." More than 5,000 jets were built for the United States and its major allies, with production finally ceasing in 1985. The F-4 was retired from combat duty with the U.S. Military in 1996, when the F-4G "Wild Weasel" air defense suppression jets were retired.

Today the fighter lives on-as a drone. The QF-4 is an optionally manned drone designed to train fighter pilots in air-to-air combat. It can fly realistic flight profiles for other fighter pilots to intercept-and shoot down if necessary, so long as the aircraft is unmanned. According to Military Times just 13 QF-4s remain-the Air Force is replacing the drones with QF-16s based on retired, obsolete F-16 Fighting Falcons.

Seasons Greetings

Get out There And Shop People

Time Is short

World War One Christmas Santa

World War One Christmas Santa

A few Less Christmas Lights

Today Fluffy got rid of those irritating Christmas lights the neighbor had on their outside tree

Bergey’s Truck Centers Acquires Harvey Truck Centers

Bergey’s Truck Centers has acquired Harvey Truck Centers, which has two full-service new truck dealerships in New Castle, Delaware, and Delmar, Maryland. The acquisition gives the Montgomery County company eight truck centers across four states.

This acquisition results in the addition of two new full service truck dealerships located in New Castle, Delaware and Delmar, Maryland.  With this acquisition, we now have eight truck center locations covering Southeastern Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Delaware and the Eastern Shores of Maryland.

These new locations will be authorized dealers for Mack Trucks, Inc. and Volvo Trucks North America.  The Delmar location will also be an authorized Mitsubishi Fuso Trucks of America Inc dealer.  Both locations will provide new truck sales, used truck sales, truck service and parts, as well as truck rental and leasing

“Our acquisition of Harvey Truck Centers positions us to better serve customers in the Philadelphia metro market. As well as providing sales, service, parts and leasing to the Delaware and Maryland markets.  Acquiring Harvey Truck Centers strengthens our brand promise of Keeping Customers on The Road™,” Mark Bergey, President of Bergey’s Truck Centers.

The New Castle, Delaware location is conveniently located near route 95 and route 295, southwest of Wilmington, Delaware.  The Delmar, Maryland is located on route 13, north of Salisbury, centrally located to serve Delaware and the eastern shores of Maryland.  We look forward to the opportunity to serve these new markets with commercial truck solutions.

“Harvey Truck Centers has built a strong reputation of excellent customer service for the past 26 years.  They have done a great job serving their customers and we hope to build on their success with the help of the Harvey employees who have joined our Bergey’s Truck Centers team,” David Schlosser, Director of Fixed Operations.

Sunday, December 18, 2016

When cigarettes were food 1943

Christmas Menu From Chico Air Field 18 Dec 1943

Stuffed hearts of celery, ripe olives, pickles, shrimp salad, chicken soup, noodles, oyster crackers, roast young Tom turkey, cranberry sauce, buttered peas, snowflake potatoes, apple pie, coffee, assorted fruits, and cigarettes.

Note: Let me also mention something about snowflake Potatoes

In looking at menus from the 1930 and 1940 one of the consistent forms of potatoes served at a dinner were snowflake potatoes.  Now Snowflakes potatoes are not just white potatoes they are a form of mashed potatoes with sour cream and cream cheese added to them. According to the website What's on the menu.   snowflakes potatoes were on restaurant menus from 1928 to 1954.  So for some reason about the time common sense went out the door so did Snowflake potatoes.

Wednesday, December 07, 2016

Pearl Harbor

From U. S. militaria Forum website

Japanese mock up of Pearl harbor that was used to plan the attack

Monday, December 05, 2016

Military Christmas card

Desert Shield/Desert Storm Christmas card The Desert Shield Christmas card could not contain any religious imagery or wording so as not to offend the Arabs

For Brian Farber

Sunday, December 04, 2016

Maggie Miller's Saloon 1918

Maggie Miller's Saloon 1918 Annapolis Maryland
Elgenbrot Beer was started by Christian and Maria Elgenbrot.  It was swallowed up by Maryland Brewing Company.  below is an 1899 showing the Baltimore Beer companies already acquired by them.

There is a facebook page for the beer

also here


New Year Poems

Imperial Palace, Tokyo - It was an old custom in Japan that every year in the middle of December, the Empress set the themes for the New Year Poems which had to be made out of 31 syllables and had to be based on pre-defined topics, e.g., “Spring rain at the coast”, or “Which family has blooming plums in their house". Any Japanese citizen was invited to create such poem, and in case of prizewinning, it had been announced both in the Imperial Palace as well as in the news papers. The picture here, made in the 1930s,. shows the judges for the poetry competition in traditional dress.

Saturday, December 03, 2016