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Wednesday, November 22, 2006

Things that go boom

My strike eagle buddies see this all the time, but the LITENING targetting pod is new to the B-52. Check out a video of my laser guided bomb shacking a cargo container at the Utah Test and Training Range (15.6 MB Windows Media file).

5 Comments:

  • Tom,

    That's funny. Since you probably didn't know that we in the Strike Eagle 1) Never get to drop live weapons and 2) Don't get to see 3rd generation targeting pods (Sniper for us not Litening) unless we actually go downrange, where we again don't get to drop live weapons (without an act of congress that is).

    By the way, was that YOU firing the laser on "YOUR" laser guided bomb. I bet there are a few union members who would take issue with your characterization that you did anything but drive the bus...or in your case...the buff.

    I am totally just kidding by the way....nice shack.

    PS - Congrats on the assignment, you did much better than I.

    J

    By Blogger Joe C, at Thursday, November 23, 2006 6:53:00 PM  

  • You make a good point. We were doing a buddy lase, so the pod was on another buff. The RADAR Nav on my jet aimed and dropped the bomb. But the buck stops with me. If it falls off my jet, then I am responsible for it. Its my jet, my wings, and yes my bomb. :)

    Where are you going?

    By Blogger Tom, at Friday, November 24, 2006 12:04:00 AM  

  • Hopefully to Southwest Airlines...

    I was given an assignment to White Force out at Red Flag. You know, where they put all the passed over O-4s and O-5s. I have no desire to be one of them. I am turning it down and separating in 12 months.

    I'll keep you posted.
    J

    By Blogger Joe C, at Friday, November 24, 2006 12:41:00 AM  

  • I'm going to HQ AF/A9. What is A9? Exactly. It is a back water directorate that no one knows about. Hopefully, I can get promoted out of there, but who knows. I have a feeling it is a passed over O-4 kind of job. The good news is that it is in a great location.

    Vegas isn't too bad. You should think about going there.

    By Blogger Tom, at Friday, November 24, 2006 10:22:00 AM  

  • If it were only about the location, Christina would have started packing up the house the very second she heard about the assignment (we are not huge fans of Goldsboro). But, as I am sure you are well aware, its about more than location sometimes.

    As Derek Zoolander once said:
    "I'd love to continue talking about this conversation later."

    As in, I'll call you in the near future.

    J

    By Blogger Joe C, at Friday, November 24, 2006 11:27:00 AM  

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