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Rodger Pettichord

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  1. I'm waiting to see who first gets beer into this. It is Canada after all.
  2. Hi all. When I was about ten years old, my dad sat me down and told me that we Pettichord men had a code we had lived by for generations. It was "Honesty, integrity, hard work." It was part of my heritage and should be part of my own legacy. I took it seriously then and throughout my life. Worked well. And that leads to this week's topic. THIS WEEK'S MEANINGLESS TOPIC: What code has guided you through life? [NOTE: next week's topic will be supplied by paulb. It's a good one, so be sure to check in.]
  3. Had the pleasure of flying in an Air Force MAC Connie in the late sixties. It was elegant even in military format. Beautiful and comfortable. Great visibility from its windows.
  4. May your pug stay washed for another good year, Captain.
  5. Well, John, the videos apparently were so violent that we Americans got a notice that the "uploader has not made them available in your country." Point taken, eh?
  6. Anybody want to calculate how many foot-pounds per square inch these guys are generating upon impact?
  7. Thanks, Adam. Seeing this makes me wonder why we humans so often settle for lesser things.
  8. Plus, John, don't forget the warrior dances before the match. That's worth a ticket price right there!
  9. Hi all. The Soccer World Cup tournament is about to start, and over five billion people will be following it on TV. Many of our Forum folk are among them, and that brings up this week's topic. THIS WEEK'S MEANINGLESS TOPIC: What is your happiest soccer memory, either from the field as a player or from the stands as a viewer?
  10. Only you, Adam, could find this. Thanks for another treat concert!
  11. A. Exploring the west coast of North America, Aleutians to Mexico. Beechcraft King Air. B. Flying nonstop New York to London. Boeing 777. C. Sightseeing the United Kingdom. Cessna 337. D. Flying the circumference of Australia. Piper Seneca. E. Hedgehopping both islands of New Zealand. Dehavilland Beaver. F. Island hopping the Caribbean. Dehavilland Twin Otter Amphibian. G. Exploring the mountain ranges of Germany. Pilatus Porter PC6.
  12. Hi all. One of the fun aspects of flight sim is that we can fly most every plane and visit most every place. We soon learn, however, that not every plane is good for flying to every place, and we begin to select the best planes for the particular flights at hand. It's that selection process that leads us to this week's topic. THIS WEEK'S MEANINGLESS TOPIC: Which plane would you select for each of the following flights? A. Exploring the west coast of North America, Aleutians to Mexico. B. Flying nonstop New York to London. C. Sightseeing the United Kingdom. D. Flying the circumference of Australia. E. Hedgehopping both islands of New Zealand. F. Island hopping the Caribbean. G. Exploring the mountain ranges of Germany.
  13. As a clergyman, I performed funerals, sometimes with full military honors, for veterans of WWI, WWII, Korea, and Viet Nam. To a man, they were people I deeply respected. Their service had matured them in ways that made it a privilege to know them. Never forget.
  14. Congratulations, Don. The screenwriters will arrive on Wednesday. Hollywood bought the option and is making it into a movie .
  15. The E6B, reliable, cheap, a simple tool for a complex need. Now, let's talk about the marvel of the slide rule!
  16. VUO Pearson Field, Vancouver WA. Site of the old frontier Fort Vancouver (now a historical museum). I was born in Battle Ground, about fifteen miles away. The reason for that name is that a battle was supposed to take place there between the local Indian tribe and the soldiers from the fort. The tribe's chief had been murdered, supposedly by a soldier from the fort, and the Indians wanted a fight. Turned out, the chief was killed by an ambitious brave from the tribe, so the battle was called off. But the name Battle Ground stuck. That's my story and I'm stickin' to it.
  17. Hi all. This week's topic is provided by Ken Q. So, without further ado, Here's Ken. Flying around in our SIM (or in real life) we fly to, from, and through and over many places that have an interesting history. Just in California, for example, there are places that recall high points of the history of aviation, territorial exploration, westward migration and the gold rush. The rest of the U.S., Australia, and Europe all have stories to tell. So this week's topic: Where have you flown (in the SIM or in real life) that has a story that particularly interests you, and in two or three words, what is the story. (A couple of words will do, but feel free to put in as much detail as you like). Example: Truckee Airport, KTRK, Donner Party. (This will suffice, but you may add more)
  18. She and Rita Hayworth were the two most famous pinups of the war. Many a ready room had Betty's pinup poster by the door, and crews would give her rump a good-luck pat on the way out. Grable got a kick out of that when told about it.
  19. Oh, I thought you were hot for the B-17s, John. I shoulda known better .
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