Angie Harmon is NOT a racist…

Angie has been in the news a bit lately because of this little statement.  We fully agree with her, and support her right to disagree politically with others without being mau-maued and tarred with the false charge of racism.

But, mostly, we just wanted to post some pics of her…

And of course, our all time favorite pic of the tall, tan Texan:

Why? Because we love things that go “BOOM”

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H/T: Theo

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We actually had a hard time deciding who to showcase this week. So, when in doubt, go see who’s working for Joss Whedon. Say what you will about his shows, he finds some mighty attractive women to work for him.

This week, we welcome Dichen Lachman, from Fox’s Dollhouse. She plays Sierra, one of the “dolls” on the sci-fi show. Before this, she had successful run on the Aussie soap Neighbors. Well, we sure wouldn’t mind being her neighbor. Need a cup of sugar, honey?

What’s an Australian soap opera look like? Glad you asked:

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Old and ugly, like me…

Sure, this is an Army-centric blog, but we have a soft spot in our hearts for Naval Aviation, in particular, the Grumman A-6 Intruder. That’s the plane that took dear old Dad to war and brought him home.

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Our favorite Hornette driver, NeptunusLex points us to an Air&Space Magazine article on the “Tadpole.”

When the Intruder entered service in the mid-1960s, it brought a new capability to carrier air power- the ability to locate and attack targets day or night, in any kind of weather.  It may seem hard to believe, but well into the 1990s, few of our airplanes could locate targets except by using the human eyeball.  In the Intruder, a very high resolution radar, coupled with a then-exotic inertial navigation system allowed their crews to fly at 200 feet above the ground, find their targets, and plaster them with a massive payload of bombs.  During Desert Storm, the Intruder was pretty much the only Navy plane capable of deploying smart-bombs like laser guided bombs.

All good things come to an end, however. In the mid 1990s, the Navy retired the Intruder, replacing it in the strike role with F-14 Tomcats, and later, the F/A-18E/F SuperHornet.

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Warheads on Foreheads, redux

We’ve seen a similar video before, and couldn’t resist stealing this one from the Armorer over at The Castle. There is, not surprisingly, a good deal of NSFW language, so you might turn down the volume, or wait till you get home to watch.

What we see is a mortar team firing their 120mm mortar at Anti-Coalition Forces that are (presumably) attacking their Combat Outpost. Since the idea is to suppress the incoming fire, they are laying down both High Explosive and White Phosphorus rounds on the enemy. The HE of course blows up real good, and while the WP may cause casualties, the primary effect is the dense white smoke makes it hard for the enemy to aim their weapons.

Note the professionalism of the crew. Just as soon as the fight is over, they start clearing up the pit, counting their ammo, cleaning their tube, and generally getting everything set for another round. Impressive.

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Our worst subject in school was always math, in its various forms. Most of our time spent in math class was a pain not unlike smacking oneself in the head with a brick for 55 straight minutes. Maybe the problem was we didn’t have the right teacher.

Who knew one of the brighter minds in math today was our dear “Winnie Cooper” of The Wonder Years? And congratulations, Danica, on your recent nuptuals.

Admit it, you had a crush on her back in the day, didn’t you?

H/T: Leon, at Aspiring Mad Scientist

We’ve seen most of this footage before, but this mashes it together and adds a good soundtrack. But be careful, there’s some NSFW language.

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H/T: Outlaw 13

A lot of the footage is actually the French Air Force or our coalition partners in the GWOT.

Lets Go To A-10 School!

We’ve talked about the A-10 and the GAU-8 30mm cannon before. And we’ll talk about it some more in the future. Pretty much every time we find a cool video, that’s what we’ll do.

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