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classicman 12-26-2014 04:35 PM

Agreed, this thread is one of my favorites.

xoxoxoBruce 12-28-2014 03:25 PM

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I can fix that. :p:

xoxoxoBruce 12-29-2014 07:49 PM

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I suspect there's a tribe in Vietnam who have one leg longer than the other.

xoxoxoBruce 01-10-2015 04:38 AM

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Clever Delivery Man...

Gravdigr 01-10-2015 04:03 PM

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It's not too often that you can stand on terra firma, and look down at a plane in flight.

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Carruthers 01-10-2015 05:50 PM

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Originally Posted by Gravdigr (Post 918674)
It's not too often that you can stand on terra firma, and look down at a plane in flight.

I'd hazard a guess and say that was taken in Low Flying Area 7 in Wales, and known informally as the 'Mach Loop' (Machynlleth Loop - no, I can't pronounce it).
Used by the RAF and other NATO Air Forces, it's a favourite spot for aviation enthusiasts.

Aircrew are well aware of the likelihood of spectators along the route...

http://s22.postimg.org/xwj9xxcgx/art...18_634x482.jpg

Mach Loop

I Can't Stop Watching Aircraft Turning & Burning Through 'Mach Loop'

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Gravdigr 01-12-2015 02:19 PM

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Originally Posted by Carruthers (Post 918692)
(Machynlleth Loop - no, I can't pronounce it)

Ya get a pass on pronouncing anything in Welsh.

Thanks for that info.

Carruthers 01-12-2015 02:27 PM

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Originally Posted by Gravdigr (Post 918856)
Ya get a pass on pronouncing anything in Welsh.

My neighbour is Welsh and I got her to pronounce 'Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwllllantysiliogogogoch'

Attempts by the uninitiated tend to sound like a coughing fit.

Wikipedia

glatt 01-12-2015 02:35 PM

That Mach loop looks fun. If I lived near there, I would visit. In fact, I'd go camping there.

I recall visiting a castle in either Wales or France (a few of the details are fuzzy) and standing on the wall, looking out over the countryside, and there was a military jet of some sort flying close to the ground in a loop across the valley, coming fairly close to the castle and then banking into a corner to continue the loop. I watched it doing these laps for about 20 minutes or so. Really cool.

Gravdigr 01-12-2015 02:50 PM

At Land Between The Lakes Nat'l Recreation Area, years ago now that I think about it, fighters used to do racetrack loops over the area because of sparse population. I assume they were flying from Ft. Campbell, although it's primarily a chopper joint. One end of their loop would often come over Kentucky Lake, or over Lake Barkley, at what looked like a couple hundred feet, I'm sure it was prolly higher.

As a kid, it was fukken awesome. As an adult, it was still fukken awesome.

Carruthers 01-12-2015 02:57 PM

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Originally Posted by glatt (Post 918861)
I recall visiting a castle in either Wales or France....

Was it Conwy Castle, in North Wales by any chance?

RAF Valley is on the island of Anglesey just to the west. It's a fast jet training base and one or two of the aircraft shown in the video come from there.

Conwy Castle Street View

glatt 01-12-2015 03:06 PM

I don't remember any water at the castle with the jet. So I don't think it was Conway castle. Although the castle does look familiar. I think I visited that one. (My parents let us kids navigate while we were sightseeing in Wales, and we directed the VW bus to a dozen or so castles, and they all jumble together 3 decades later.)

Carruthers 01-12-2015 03:13 PM

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Originally Posted by glatt (Post 918869)
I don't remember any water at the castle with the jet. So I don't think it was Conway castle. Although the castle does look familiar. I think I visited that one. (My parents let us kids navigate while we were sightseeing in Wales, and we directed the VW bus to a dozen or so castles, and they all jumble together 3 decades later.)

I know what you mean. My four visits to the US seem to have merged into one despite stacks of photos to jog the memory.

xoxoxoBruce 01-12-2015 03:15 PM

I know what you mean. I was working at a power plant in Boardman, Oregon, that had it's own exit off I-84 and a 9 mile private driveway through a Navy bombing range.

They would fly up the Columbia River from the coast, very low between the hills on either side of the river, then make runs at the range very low and very fast. In the old days they'd drop dummy bombs, but by this time it was laser shots at electronic targets.

It was fun to watch, although it probably would have been better with explosions and shit. I often wondered what it would look like if the clipped one of the 550,000 volt outgoing lines. :mg:
But driving in the driveway they came up from behind, you couldn't hear them until they were a couple hundred feet directly above you... that's a butt clencher.

busterb 01-13-2015 03:08 PM

Back in early 90s I was on 395, going south, close to Edwards AFB when one of their jocks did a gun run on me. As Bruce said, "that's a butt clencher."


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