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The X-47B is a drone!! Interesting!

The X-47B is a drone!!  Interesting! – Click here

Please  read the commentary before watching the video.

U. S. Navy  successfully conducted take-offs and landings from a fairly new nuclear  aircraft carrier, the USS George H.W. Bush, with a new stealth jet  called the X-47B.
What is so different about this plane is the fact that it is a ‘drone.’  Yes, it is  completely unmanned.  Drones come in all sizes, and the X-47B is likely one  of the larger ones.
What is so ironic about all of this is the fact that the enemy  cannot detect a plane like this in the first place.   In the  unlikely event they get lucky at shooting one down, there will be no  human loss of life or captivity.  As you view the flight deck crews  signaling the plane, they are simply signaling the on-board cameras,  which in turn are being manned by staff inside the Command Intelligence Center (CIC) onboard the ship.

US Navy SBD Crash Site Photos

Aloha,

 

The famous photo, see attached, shows the crash site of a

US Navy SBD with two crew members and also the crash of

a Japanese Aichi Val dive bomber with two crew members.

The two planes crashed next to each other because they

were tightly engaged and one apparently struck the other,

with no altitude to bail out, killing all four in both planes.

 

The US Navy air crew were recovered later, however an

Army patrol buried the badly burned Japanese air crew in

an unmarked grave near the crash site and the location was

lost due to the rough coral terrain. They are still there- PO2c

Koreyoshi Sotoyama, pilot and radioman, Flyer 1c Hajime Murao.

 

The crash site itself was also lost as decades later a golf course

was constructed on the property after presumably all of the visible

crash wreckage had been removed by the military.

 

Using documents, maps, air photos, etc obtained from National

Archives, I have been able to locate the crash area again as seen in

the photo, which is near to the main golf country club

building. In 1941 the area was a thick forest of Kiawe trees.

 

This action was the largest air battle of the Pearl Harbor attack which

actually took place over what is today known as Ewa, Oahu, near

One’ula Beach.  Army P-40B Warhawks shot down Japanese Aichi

Vals while Japanese Zero’s engaged several US Navy SBD’s over

the shoreline and what is today a golf course. Amazingly, one of the

most famous photos of this air battle and resulting crashes was

captured by an Army photographer in a passing B-17 attempting to

land at Hickam Field.

 

We believe that there should be a monument-marker placed

there that describes this historic December 7, 1941 air battle and the

names of the American and Japanese killed there in the crashes.

I believe funds could be raised from US Veteran groups and in

Japan for this marker-monument, with coordination by the US National

Park Service.

 

I know that people in Japan that I have been in contact with

would also appreciate that Japanese pilots killed there that

morning would also be remembered, which we hope will happen

 

Sincerely,

 

John Bond,

Ewa Battlefield Historian

 

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Cairo The War Dog

When U.S. President Barack Obama went to Fort Campbell, Kentucky, for a highly publicized but very private meeting with the commando team that killed Osama bin Laden, only one of the 81 members of the super-secret SEAL DevGru unit was identified by name:  Cairo, the war dog.

Cairo, like most canine members of the elite U.S. Navy SEALS, is a Belgian Malinois.  The Malinois breed is similar to German Sheperds but smaller and more compact, with an adult male weighing in the 30-kilo range.

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USS Sable and USS Wolverine …

Interesting stuff!!

The Great Lakes provided vital support for the war effort in WWII, from building 28 fleet subs in Manitowoc to providing the bulk of US industrial output, we could not have won the war if not for the benefits of the Great Lakes and their related industry. However there was another benefit of the lakes that is often overlooked. Japan quickly lost the war because, among many other things, its navy could not replace its carrier pilot losses. We could. But how did we train so many pilots in both comfort (calm seas) and safety (no enemy subs)? We took two old side-wheel Great Lakes passenger steamers and turned them into training carriers on Lake Michigan! Virtually every carrier pilot trained in the war got his landing training on these amazing ships! Sadly nothing but these great photos and the wrecks of the aircraft that ditched alongside them remain to tell their fascinating story! Thanks to Tom Ursem for sending this link!

Check this out! USS Sable and USS Wolverine> CLICK HERE