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    Robert
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    Baldo
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  1. I was a senior in High School when that happened. In the 70s at the nationals in Atlanta, someone had a landing diorama with the caption, "Houston, we have a problem". One of the astronauts was looking at a crater where he found a Coors can.
  2. That being said, and this has most likely been mentioned too: What would be the best way to do the patterns on the "A" and the "NX" in terms of what colors and material?
  3. I got to check out a FN pistol at the local gun shop. The fit wasn't right for me. Also, you can't use them at the local ranges. The rounds are too damaging against the back stop. The effect is like taking an M-16 and and tearing up the metal stop.
  4. There were a couple cracks in it. Unfortunately, he still has it. He used to have a place in town but has since moved. He claimed to have produced the costume for the Orlando Predator indoor football team. Who knows. I haven't heard from him for a long time.
  5. I had a viper helmet some time ago a friend sent me but it was damaged in transit. Another friend that worked of things like that said he could fix it for me for a reasonable price. Never saw him again. At least I have the laser and belt/holster assembly.
  6. In Star Wars, Han's pistol was made from a Broomhandle Mauser. What did they use on the new Battlestar Galactica for rifles and pistols? They look familar but I can't quite place them.
  7. On the bright side, we have been a drought for a few years. trouble is we also have hurricane season comming.
  8. ikar

    Security Police, 1970s

    The first time I had MREs was at Minot in about 1984 during a attack exercise. At least with the "C" rats you could use the cans as an alarm system with rocks and tripwire, stick the lid in the ground with the edge up, and so on.
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    Security Police, 1970s

    You should have seen it when they cut off our food supplies from the water port. It got to the point where I was feeling sorry for food service and what they were puting up with from the "customers". They had to resort to issuing "C" rats on plates and powdered milk. It was all they had left. Wonderful, round meals on plates with rings on them from the cans. At lest we knew which ones not to take. Learned that from AZR.
  10. Someone needs to finish the engine nacels.
  11. ikar

    My Latest Effort

    That looks good. I always liked that beast. I'll see you there.
  12. ikar

    Security Police, 1970s

    What I found out after I returned to the states and was assigned to the 436th at Dover was an after effect I didn't consider. Since I grew up in Jersey and was stationed in Delaware, I would go home once in a while. My first Thanksgiving back I went home because I was scheduled to work over Christmas. When it was time to eat I discovered that somehow after a year of turkey in those box nasties, I couldn't eat the stuff for a couple years. My mother was a bit surprised but I got the feeling that my father expected something like that would happen. Fortunately we also had ham that year.
  13. ikar

    Security Police, 1970s

    At U-Tapao I came up with a system for box lunches. When they arrived I would take the milk cartons and put them in my water container and wait. Eventually the food(?) would get to C.S.C. and they would eat it. Everyday they would come over the radio and tell up what was and wasn't safe to eat. Usually the strange asting milk was bad because it sat in teh sun for hours at the kitchen on top of the hill behind me after it was trucked in from the deep water port. The mystery meat remained that, and what you were usually left with was a turkey sandwich, a piece of candy, and a hopefully hard boiled egg. One time I took the egg and went to crack it against the handle of my GAU and found that it was only partly boiled if at all. It ran all the way down and dried off the flash suppressor. I had to dump a lot of my water supply on it to get it clean.
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    Security Police, 1970s

    I don't know. Sometimes it had its moments.Chasing speeders, breaking up fights, responding to alarms and fires. My last working day at Littlerock I was sent to a disturbance in housing to find the first patrol and a husband holding down his topless wife who had gone over the edge and tried to stab him with a garden steak. Have youiwver noticed that you could get a table at the dining hall and noone would sit there except other cops? The only time someone else did was at Lorning and just as we started to eat we got a call about a possible bomg=b in base housing and had to leave. You loose a lot of meals in the cops, but you also learn how to eat anything while you drive. Anything except soup and salad that is. It just doesn't seem to work. Did your vehicles carry fire extinguishers? One of our trucks had the thing bolted to the passenger floor and when I got a call to respond and back up another patrol, I left the ticket I was writing at the NCO club, headed for the main road and slowed down for the light and turn. As I stopped, it broke loose, rolled across the floor and went off. I was going through the intersection by that time and pulled over and it fired again. I got aou and a cloud of grey powder followed me. Someone comming from the other way stopped and asked if I needed an extinguisher. I looked at my now grey uniform and said "No thanks, I've got one."When the response, and the laughter was over, I went by the clinic E.R. to see what the effects of breathing that stuff might be.
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    Security Police, 1970s

    Remember the wreckage of the B-52 that was above the alert pad? I've got some shots on a disc that I'm having trouble accessing. If I can, I'll post them for you. While at Ellsworth in 1972 did you notice a decrease in how many "G" models you had on base? The two sedans and the six pack were taken at Dover when I was there in 1973. The picture with the two trucks and the LUV were at Littlerock. The one with us behind our vehicles was posed for the papers. The LUV was used on and off the flightline. Mostly, I'm happy to say, off. It came in that baby blue color because Jimmy Carter said that the military was using too much money on vehicles and had to take off the shelf vehicles. When you add in the cost of the special light bars and other things we had to do with them I think it cost more. It took them a while to figure how to carry a shotgun in that thing. Sometimes an M-16 had to be laid down behind the seat or what ever way you could manage, and getting out with w web belt full of ammo, handcuffs, flashlight, and radio took some time. Those things were death traps. One of our K-9 guys was working with his dog one night in a LUV and as he was comming down the hill toward the desk, he hit his brakes hard to avoid an accident as his window exploded. It was weeks before it was replaced. It had to be shipped from Japan. That was about the same time that he said no government would operate over 55 MPH. Not long after that I was paced by the Arkansas State Police doing somewhere over 100 during a chase off base. He never did tell me how fast, just generally and told me not to ask questions. Littlerock was unique in that as long as you were assigned to the 314th SPS, Law Enforcement and Security worked both jobs. One day you could be sitting around in your vehicle watching maint. fix the C-130s and the next day you could be on a gate or base patrol. The weird thing about Security Police vehicles is that you never knew exactly what you would drive until it was assigned at guardmount. I have patroled in anything from that LUV up to a 1 1/2 ton steakbed truck. Try and pull somebody over in one of those things with a plug-in beacon on the dash. During alerts other squadrons might have to give up a vehicle or two, stepvans normally going to the flightline and their trucks to L.E. Police light colors vary from state to state. My home township went to red and blue when I was in high school.
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