Smoke’em if ya got’em!

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American Airlines Boeing 707

Obviously the “No Smoking” sign only applies in the cabin

I’m old enough to remember smoking from the engines AND the passengers being perfectly acceptable.

I won’t say it was a better time but I also won’t apologize for preferring the old 4 engine models to the new, quiet twins.  It’s hard to run outside and look up like when I was a kid if I can’t hear ’em…

The token remnants of the Dutch Cavalry



The Royal Netherlands Army had a long and celebrated horse cavalry tradition that included three historic hussar (huzaren) regiments (Regiment Huzaren 1st Van Sytzama, 2nd Prins van Oranje and 3rd Prins Alexander), dating back to cuirassier units first organized by Napoleon back in 1810 (though other Dutch cavalry units went back much further). They ditched their horses after 135 years for tanks after 1945 (building to over 900 main battle tanks by 1985), but overtime all three of these units were disbanded– though a small measure of each remain.

Read the rest here: The token remnants of the Dutch Cavalry

Beauty in Conflict: Korat Air Base, Thailand 06/16/1975

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A right rear view of an F-111 aircraft half silhouetted by sunlight amid dark clouds. Twenty-six F-111 aircraft of the 347th Tactical Fighter Wing are being redeployed from Korat Air Base, Thailand, to the United States due to a reduction in forces.