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Famous Monsters   Leave a comment


You give me a battalion of Werewolves and our trouble in Afghanistan would be over pretty fast.  Those Taliban would be scrambling for silver bullets.  While we’re at it, how about a Navy Seal Team made up of Black Lagoon Creatures.

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Monster wrestlers, these things would be great on a full frontal assault nighttime village raid.

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Herman would have been great at smashing doors down in Baghdad searching for Insurgents.

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Posted March 31, 2013 by markosun in Uncategorized

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U.S. Navy Steams Ahead with procurement of Drone Attack Warplanes   Leave a comment


 

 

While China conducts, and celebrates, the first jet takeoffs and landings on its new aircraft carrier Liaoning, the U.S. Navy is aiming to do even better. In a parallel series of tests, the sailing branch has taken huge steps towards deploying the first carrier-based robotic warplane.

The Navy’s future robotic air wing is taking shape. On Tuesday, the sailing branch announced that it will pay four companies to hand over the technical specs for their various designs for the Unmanned Carrier-Launched Airborne Surveillance and Strike system (UCLASS), a stealthy, jet-powered killer drone meant to operate off an aircraft  carrier and fly alongside the latest manned fighters. The move clears the way for the Navy to pick one of the four designs to form the backbone of one of the most ambitious drone efforts ever.

Boeing, General Atomics, Lockheed Martin and Northrop Grumman all “have credible, existing, comprehensive, UCLASS design solutions,” the Navy said in its formal announcement. The sea service wants each company to produce a working prototype for a competitive fly-off “to support fielding a UCLASS capability within three to six years,” likely to occur in mid-2014. The Air Force is also considering buying whichever ‘bot the Navy picks — finally giving the Pentagon the stealthy, jet-powered armed drone of its dreams.

 

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Of the four killer drone candidates, Northrop Grumman’s X-47B (pictured above) is the clear frontrunner. Since 2011, the 62-foot-wide batwing ‘bot has been flying tests for the Navy under a $2 billion precursor program to UCLASS, one meant to prove that high-performance drones can function on carrier flight decks. The Navy is already familiar, even comfortable, with the X-47B. Colloquially, it calls the ‘bot the “Iron Raven,” a nod to the old Grumman Iron Works and how it seems to have a raven’s beak when viewed in profile. In the second week of May, the Navy plans to launch the X-47B from the deck of the USS George H.W. Bush in the Atlantic, marking the first time a robot has ever taken flight from a carrier at sea.

But the X-47B, a descendent of an earlier killer drone with its roots in the late 1990s, is possibly the least stealthy of the competitors, owing to Northrop’s decision to build the drone big, thick and tough. Those qualities help it survive forceful carrier landings, but also make it a big target for enemy radars. Navy Capt. Jamie Engdahl, manager of the drone test program, described it as “low-observable relevant,” a careful choice of words copping to the X-47B’s relative lack of stealth.

 

Phantom Ray

 

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A decade ago, Boeing’s X-45A drone battled Northrop Grumman’s X-47A, a smaller version of the X-47B, in a competition to provide the Navy and Air Force with new killer drones. But the Air Force unexpectedly backed out. The Navy rescued the X-47 for the UCLASS precursor test program, but the X-45 was left without a sponsor — a shocking move to many drone developers, who praised the X-45’s superior software.

Undeterred, Boeing quietly used its own funds to redesign, enlarge and improve the X-45. The resulting Phantom Ray, 50 feet from wingtip to wingtip, flew for the first time two years ago, showing off a thinner and potentially stealthier shape than its Northrop rival. (Some in the Navy have cheekily taken to calling the Phantom Ray the ‘X-45C.’) Boeing has declined to comment on the Phantom Ray’s software-based control system, but if it’s at all based on the X-45A’s cutting-edge code, the new drone’s real strengths could be under the skin.

 

Sea Avenger

 

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General Atomics cut its teeth manufacturing the mainstay Predator and Reaper drones for the Air Force and CIA. The jet-powered Avenger, unveiled in 2009, was intended to be a faster, stealthier follow-on. But the Air Force acquired just a handful of Avengers for testing, seemingly leaving the new drone in development limbo until the Navy’s UCLASS initiative offered a way forward.

The 66-foot-wingspan Sea Avenger, as the carrier-compatible version is called, doesn’t have the long lineage of the Northrop and Boeing drones, but it does boast one big advantage. General Atomics is planning to fit the new ‘bot with advanced sensors, including a compact, ground-scanning radar and the same high-resolution cameras carried by the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter.

 

 

Sea Ghost

 

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Lockheed Martin’s entry into the UCLASS competition is the most mysterious. True to its name, the Sea Ghost has been glimpsed only in concept art posted to the company’s website last summer. The new drone appears to share the flying-wing shape of the Pegasus and Phantom Ray — and is probably in the same size class with a wingspan of 50-60 feet.

But there’s no doubt Lockheed can build a stealth drone. The only jet-powered, radar-evading unmanned aerial vehicle in frontline service anywhere in the world — that we know of — is Lockeed’s unarmed, roughly 2003-vintage RQ-170 Sentinel. It’s a safe bet that Lockheed’s drone-building skills have improved considerably in the decade since the Sentinel first took flight.

 

If you can send an unmanned aircraft on a strike mission deep inside enemy territory, it cuts out the risk of losing a pilot to enemy ground fire.

Drone undergoing tests on board the U.S.S. Harry S. Truman.

 

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Ridiculously Incongruous   Leave a comment


 

 

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Posted March 31, 2013 by markosun in Uncategorized

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Easter Bunnies   Leave a comment


 

 

One of the oddest and yet hilarious scenes from any movie.  Early seventies flick titled Thunderbolt and Lightfoot.  Clint Eastwood and Jeff Bridges characters are hitch hiking and get picked up by a crazed hillbilly who is plastered from inhaling carbon monoxide.  The hillbilly for some unexplained and strange reason has a trunk full of white rabbits.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          

Posted March 31, 2013 by markosun in Uncategorized

Rock N’ Roll Forever By Danny & the Juniors   Leave a comment


Danny & the Juniors are a doo-wop quartet from Philadelphia comprising Danny Rapp, Dave White, Frank Maffei and Joe Terranova. Formed in 1955, they are most widely recognized for their hit single “At the Hop”, which was released in 1957. They are sometimes erroneously stated as being an Italian-American band (lead singer Danny Rapp was actually of Irish extraction).

Rock, (rock), (rock).Oh, baby, rock, (rock), (rock).
Oh, baby, rock, (rock), (rock).

Oh, baby, rock, (rock), (rock).

Oh, baby, rock and roll is here to stay./(Rock, rock, rock.)
It will never die./(Rock, rock, ro-ah-ah-ock.)
It was meant to be that way,/(Rock, rock, rock.)
Though I don’t know why./(Rock, rock, rock.)
I don’t care what people say,/(Ah-ah-ahh.)
Rock and roll is here to stay./(Rock, rock, rock.)
(We don’t care what people say,)
(Rock and roll is here to stay.)

Rock and roll will always be./(Rock and roll.)
I dig it to the end./(Rock and roll-woh-woh.)
It’ll go down in history,/(Rock and roll.)
Just you watch, my friend./(Rock and roll.)
Rock and roll will always be./(Ah-ahh.)
It’ll go down in history./(Rock and roll.)
(Rock and roll will always be.)
(It’ll go down in history.)

((Everybody rock, everybody rock.))
((Everybody rock, everybody rock. ))
((Rock on, everybody rock.))
Everybody ((rock and roll,))
((Everybody rock and roll-))(oh-oh,)
((Everybody rock and roll,))
((Everybody rock and roll,))
((Rock on, everybody rock and roll.))

Rock and roll is here to stay./(Rock, rock, rock.)
It will never die./(Rock, rock, ro-ah-ah-ock.)
It was meant to be that way,/(Rock, rock, rock.)
Though I don’t know why./(Rock, rock, rock.)
I don’t care what people say,/(Ah-ah-ahh.)
Rock and roll is here to stay./(Rock, rock, rock.)

Rock and roll will always be./(Rock and roll.)
I dig it to the end./(Rock and roll-woh-woh.)
It’ll go down in history,/(Rock and roll.)
Just you watch, my friend./(Rock and roll.)
Rock and roll will always be./(Ah-ah-ahh.)
It’ll go down in history./(Rock and roll.)

Now, if you ((don’t like rock and roll,))
Think ((what)) you’ve been missin’.
((But if you like to Bop 1 and Stroll 1 ,))
((Come around and listen.))
((Let’s all start to have a ball,))
((Everybody rock and roll.))

[Outro: Each man in turn:]
Rock, (rock), (rock).
Oh, baby, rock, (rock), (rock).
Oh, baby, rock, (rock), (rock).
Oh, baby, rock, (rock), (rock).
Oh, baby, rock, (rock), (rock).
[Fade.]
Oh, baby, rock, (rock), (rock).
Oh, baby, rock, (rock), (rock).
Oh, baby, rock, (rock), (rock).

Posted March 30, 2013 by markosun in Uncategorized

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Lethal Weapon Laughing Gas Scene in Strange Language   Leave a comment


 

I don’t know what they are speaking here, maybe Esperanto?

 

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         

 

Posted March 30, 2013 by markosun in Uncategorized

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Late Winter Winnipeg Images   Leave a comment


The winter that will not end

 

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Very interesting looking clouds

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