Sorry I haven't had much to post lately, but I just don't have much to say anymore. I'm no longer angry at women, nor am I angry at the misandry we face in society; they are what they are, and that's that. Besides, there are other, better bloggers out there anyway, guys who are saying what needs to be said far better than I ever could.
Having said that, I have had some free time. I've been digging through YouTube for documentaries that interest me. This one was one I not only watched years ago (during the 1990s when Discovery had their outstanding Wings program); I taped it. When my mother died, I simply couldn't save all my tape collection, which had many Wings episodes. I had neither the time to save them all, nor did I have the space to keep them. Having said that, I saved some the Wings episodes that I'd taped years ago; I saved the ones that really stood out to me over time. The video you're about to watch is one of those that I saved.
Even though I've seen this multiple times, I still get choked up when I see it, particularly at the beginning and the end. Part of it is because, when I was a young boy, our school took a field trip to McGuire Air Force Base; the base had a full squadron of F-105 Thunderchiefs that flew for the NJ Air National Guard. I also saw them do practice bombing in the Pine Barrens, because their bombing area was near Penn State Forest. I remember these planes when they were operational. To see them sitting as hulks in the Arizona desert is sad.
What's even sadder is the heartache and BS the pilots endured in Vietnam. From having the government TELL the enemy where they were going to raid and when, to fighting with their hands tied behind their backs (e.g. not being able to take out a SAM site unless it fired at you), these guys put up with a lot. The comments from Ray Moss and Tony Cushenberry are particularly poignant, at least for me.
The documentary lasts about an hour. If you're a guy who likes airplanes, it'll be time well spent. Without any further ado, here's an excellent documentary on the F-105 Thunderchief...
Jeff Ethel was the first gentleman they interviewed. He has an interesting story, which you can read about here. So tell me-did that video choke you up like it did me? I'd love to hear your comments. Thanks, and by for now...