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One of the many enjoyable stories about the SR71 Blackbird



In the fall of ’82, I flew from Mildenhall on a mission over Lebanon in response to the Marine barracks bombing. President Reagan ordered photo coverage of all the terrorist basis in the region. The French refused to allow us overfly, so our mission profile was to refuel off the south coast of England, a Mach 3 cruise leg down the coast of Portugal and Spain, left turn through the Straits of Gibraltar, refuel in the Western Mediterranean, right turn into Lebanon and fly right down main street Beirut, exit along the southern Mediterranean with another refueling over Malta, supersonic back out the straits, and return to England. Because Syria had a Soviet SA-5 missile system just west of Damascus that we would be penetrating (we were unsure of Syria’s intentions in this conflict), we programmed to fly above 80,000 feet and at Mach 3 plus to be on the safe side, knowing that this advanced missile had the range and speed to nail us.

‘As we entered Lebanon’s airspace my Recon Systems Officer in the rear cockpit informed me that our defensive systems display showed we were being tracked by that SA-5. About 15 seconds later we got a warning of active guidance signals from the SA-5 site. We couldn’t tell whether there was an actual launch or the missile was still on the rails, but they were actively tracking us. We didn’t waste any time wondering, but climbed and pushed that throttle, and said a couple of “Hail Kellys.”


We completed our pass over Beirut and turned toward Malta, when I got a warning low-oil-pressure light on my right engine. Even though the engine was running fine I slowed down and lowered our altitude and made a direct line for England. We decided to cross France without clearance instead of going the roundabout way.

‘We made it almost across, when I looked out the left window and saw a French Mirage III sitting ten feet off my left wing. He came up on our frequency and asked us for our Diplomatic Clearance Number. I had no idea what he was talking about, so I told him to stand by. I ask my backseater, who said, “Don’t worry about it. I just gave it to him.” What he had given him was “the bird” with his middle finger: I lit the afterburnersand left that Mirage standing still. Two minutes later, we were crossing the Channel.’

Nice.

Said a few "Hail Kellys," I like that.
 
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if there's anything we learned in 2020 it's that american parents love home schooling

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While I can't stand the woman, and definitely enjoy watching her make a fool of herself, her medical history should be off limits. She shows herself to be full of shit almost weekly - there is no need to go there. If a woman decides to divulge she's had abortions, fine, but 3rd parties doing it without her consent is a breach of privacy I'm not ok with. Her reproductive history really has nothing to do with her oath of office, regardless of how two faced it makes her look. The fraud and other offenses are fair game of course, actually she's under investigation now for fraud as I understand it. Ripping off donors, just like Orange Daddy Dipshit. Her supporters are a strange bunch. Not only did her 4th attempt at a GED end with a pity pass, if that info is correct she also likely sucked her way to the middle. Colorado must be so proud.
 
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While I can't stand the woman, and definitely enjoy watching her make a fool of herself, her medical history should be off limits.
The right doesn't consider abortion "medicine" but "murder." Surely her constituents deserve to know if she's what they would call a "murderer."
 
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While I can't stand the woman, and definitely enjoy watching her make a fool of herself, her medical history should be off limits. She shows herself to be full of shit almost weekly - there is no need to go there. If a woman decides to divulge she's had abortions, fine, but 3rd parties doing it without her consent is a breach of privacy I'm not ok with. Her reproductive history really has nothing to do with her oath of office, regardless of how two faced it makes her look. The fraud and other offenses are fair game of course, actually she's under investigation now for fraud as I understand it. Ripping off donors, just like Orange Daddy Dipshit. Her supporters are a strange bunch. Not only did her 4th attempt at a GED end with a pity pass, if that info is correct she also likely sucked her way to the middle. Colorado must be so proud.
If US representatives want to control the medical lives of Americans, I don't see the problem with us peering into their medical life, to make sure they aren't complete hypocrites.
 

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The right doesn't consider abortion "medicine" but "murder." Surely her constituents deserve to know if she's what they would call a "murderer."

Well, that's actually a good point. It's still an uncomfortable notion to me though. I worry the reaction will be similar to that of the 'party of law and order' mostly not caring about Trump's various crimes, affronts, even acts of treason and conspiracy. Ditto on the family values front. Did we just help normalize raiding private medical records as one of the latest stains on American politics, with nothing really gained?

We'll see, though in general I am indeed a fan of turning dogma and orthodoxy against those who seek to legislate it against their neighbors.
 
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kage69

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If US representatives want to control the medical lives of Americans, I don't see the problem with us peering into their medical life, to make sure they aren't complete hypocrites.

It should be something official, codified. Hopefully a bit comprehensive. Elected officials must undergo psychiatric evals and IQ tests. Also, drug screening. Mentally debilitating/degenerative conditions render you unfit for service, no more Trumps, Grassleys or Feinsteins. People like Herschel Walker being in charge of things is a Clear and Present Danger. We need our best and brightest leading the way, not living PSAs on senility or CTE.

Don't want your constituents to be privy to your personal medical history? Fine, no one is forcing you to run for office. Call it an Opt Out.