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Discussion in 'Hangar Talk' started by Peter Ha, Dec 16, 2019.
He probably did well in the stock market
Not lately ...
Got together on the weekends with all the smart ones at SkunkWorks and came up with MavCoin. Hired BitBoy Crypto to hype it for three weeks, cashed out, walked away a buhzillionaire. That's how you do it these days, right?
You're very right good sir. Someone should be in prison right now (and might even be at the end of their sentence) for the ATFLIR. The fraud, waste and abuse that went into that contract is mind boggling. And 20+ years later, we still carry the absolute worst pod in the inventory (though I did fly with Nighthawk once, of desert storm vintage, and it was even worse). Haven't flown Sniper (though I am quite familiar), but have flown Litening G4 on Marine Hornets and it was like a whole different world. I understand Lantirn was similar, in comparison.
In other news, the brand new F/A-18E/F's we are delivering to Kuwait will come with SNIPER.
Ha. I caught that and actually mentioned it to my wife as the movie started. Clever.
While enjoyable for the thoughtful inclusion of Phoenix, disproving the theory girls can’t play football, I preferred the brief yet highly important E-2 appearances. While rightfully not the mighty E-3, importance of the role cannot be underscored. The final “picture clean” call was Oscar worthy.
4 Star Quarters are pretty nice regardless of the Branch of Service.
yeah...so many I had to get up to go pee again before the movie started!
reminded me what I don't need to get there on time for a movie...but I wasn't going to be late for this one
this talk about how an O-6 could afford a P-51....
The thing I want to know how a person that
get's into play acting,
& who as far as I know never went to get schooled on anything overly difficult or useful such as say engineering , medicine, etc...
maybe even a high school drop out (?)
...how can that person afford a P-51...and afford a helicopter license...and a business jet.... travel the world and do pretty much whatever....and have the clout to get the USN to take him on a bunch of F-18 rides off an aircraft carrier, etc....?
When the credits started to roll, I leaned over and told my wife quietly, "those actors are some lucky SOB's!"
How? Because you and your wife (like millions of others) were willing to pay money to see him act. How much are you willing to pay to watch an engineer?
You could say the same thing about Major Sports, MLB, NBA, NFL, NHL Athletes.
Pretty much exactly this:
I am looking forward to Top Gun 4: Grandpas Revenge, staring no other than Tom Cruise as the only 87 year old pilot still actively flying F-18s in the Navy....
remotely from the comfort of his room at the old Old OLD folks home...
well...folks with insomnia should pay to watch this one! I'd put them right to sleep with my job.....
yeah yah.. I know....
I obviously meant it more rhetorically....
or really I suppose I meant it more as a comment about their luck...and great choices they made
but mostly lucky being in the right place at the right time to get noticed by just the right person .... then he said or did just the right thing to get their support to land a dream job making a movie, which lead to another...and that lead to.... a few right decisions and a whole lot of luck aligned there if you ask me!
entertainment is a funny thing, aint it?
Of course, we don’t know about all the millions of wannabes who are trying to have an entertainment career but will never make it.
yeah...and many are probably better looking, funnier, can memorize lines better, etc....
....luck and decisions we make....
FWIW ... the grandkids are here so I get to see TG2 this coming Thursday.
You mean you’re going to take them to an old man’s movie?
My oldest niece has her master’s degree in Studio Art.
The second one has her bachelor’s degree in Theater Performance. For a graduation gift she went to stunt school.
The third one has her bachelor’s in Literature.
Their younger brother is a West Point grad, and just graduated from Medical School a few weeks ago. He’ll be supporting the other three at some point, I’m sure.
Nah, your nieces will all marry doctors, lawyers, or engineers.
Wasn't my idea. The young man asked to see TG2, the young lady goes with her grandma to see something the girls will enjoy (although I suspect grandma would rather see TG2).
Excellent movie. Casting Connelly was a great move.
and those husbands will go to work, daydreaming about having Tom Cruise money....
Hey, spoiler alert!!! Just for that, I'm going to ruin a few other movies for you. Darth Vader is Luke's father. Die Hard is a Christmas movie. And Soylent Green is the name of his sled.
TG2 was just what a movie should be and exactly what TG2 needed to be. The right amount of compromise from realism to maximize entertainment value. Subtle touches to make it more immersive and respect the audience's intelligence and ability to figure things out or move past them (like the paddle on the stick or the G-LOC line mentioned above). A new plot so it's a proper sequel worth watching, not a milk-the-franchise remake. And they are very unlikely to ruin the whole thing by making 10 more movies and 5 different streaming series in the next 3 years.
A couple lines got over-used but not as badly as in a typical pop song. But Val Kilmer's performance, even without saying a word, made up for it.
But the airplanes are probably those sissy airplanes with automatic transmissions. Check out the manual transmission in the airplane at about 23:05.
And by the way, TG-2 is a glider, not a movie.
We can only hope!
I may catch flak for it, but I really hate when a studio continues using a name and characters and keeps making sequel after sequel. The Fast and Furious franchise is one of those. The originals were about a bunch of street racing kids, the latest movies have turned into James Bond-esq super heroes fighting international villians. Should have ended it when Paul Walker died, if not sooner.
And don't even get me started on Star Wars...
My take on it, when I saw the original Fast and Furious was that they never should have started it. Just an absolutely ludicrous story line - kids in souped up Hondas scaring the bejesus out of truckers causing them to swerve wildly in abject panic, yeah right....sure I know, it's just a movie but you can only get away with so much before you start insulting your audience.
Ever met the kids in souped up Hondas, they do scare the bejesus out of truckers and everyone else on the road!
Granted I was in the car tuner crowd before F&F, and we got a good laugh at the original film but it was at least entertaining.
I need "NAWWWSSSS!"
Was one of them named Snot Rod?
My bride and I went to see the movie this afternoon. We both really enjoyed it. Flying scenes were much better then the first go round. One has to remember it's a movie or as my bride says, "honey, it's Hollywood". We both enjoyed some of the throw back scenes from the original that were portrayed as memories and overall we would see it again.
I had a hard time believing anyone could walk away from a bail out at Mach 10 and walk themselves anywhere, but as my bride reminded me, its Hollywood
My issue w/ that scene was how the "mission control" screen went dark on break up...like the plane itself was generating the image
I mainly liked seeing how many times they'd focus on the driver shifting into a lower gear with the engine at redline and somehow catching up in a race. If you managed to get it into 3rd gear while at redline in 4th, you're going to have an engine or a transmission coming from together.
The realities of a high speed ejection.
The problem *has* been addressed before. Both the B-58 and the XB-70 had ejection capsules for their crews.
Not unlikely that a similar type of system would be installed on a Mach 10 aircraft. Just because Maverick didn't drag one behind him when he entered the cafe doesn't mean he didn't leave one in a field somewhere.
I think F-111, too.
We went to see it this afternoon. Very entertaining. We enjoyed it. Gotta remember "IT'S HOLLYWOOD" so expectations need to be in perspective. My Wife was mostly interested in the beach scene. "The best part of the movie". But a nice mix of old, new and retro remembering. Pretty unreal, but thats Hollywood.
As previously said, we both found it a bit comical to see an Air Force commercial before the movie.