Putin As Peacock

A Peacock spreads it’s fan to intimidate.

Behind, is nothing but air. Like his Hypersonic Missile.

Disclaimer: I’m really old and I’m pretty sure the USN Top Secret clearance I had is irrelevant. But the Laws of Physics, I’m certain, have not changed.

A month before his assassination, President Kennedy watched a Polaris A-3 Ballistic Missile launched from a submerged Fleet Ballistic Submarine, the USS Andrew Jackson SSB(N) 619. I spent four years aboard.

When I left as an E-6, I had Dolphins and was qualified a Missile Control Center Supervisor for both Mk 84 Polaris and Mk 88 Poseidon Fire Control Systems. Nearly 50 years later, not much has changed. Boats are still on patrol. Poseidon C3’s have evolved to C-4s and Trident D4’s and then D5’s. So here is why Submarine Launched Trident Missiles are indefensible.

They are already most of the way to the target.

They can’t be found- no one gets close to a Boomer.

Putting forces on “Alert ” is baloney. A Boomer on Patrol is always ready. Always

Hypersonic is nonsense. The “Re-entry Bodies” are re-entering atmosphere, way faster than hypersonic. It’s why they have heat shields. Good luck shooting down a space capsule re-entering atmosphere.

They are inertially guided, essentially autonomous.

The real problem is mutually assured destruction. Like two guys in a room awash in gasoline. One has two thousand matches and the other, four thousand matchess. Go ahead and light one. Mr. Putin is in love with himself. And he knows he will be incinerated.


First saw this 10 years ago, 50 meters from a wonderful Jewish bakery where I impressed the owner with correct change

Rue des Roisers was deserted, unlike the  busy street I saw last month.  Lots of tourists like me.

It took no imagination then or since, to think I was standing there alone, as a Jew in 1943.  I have not been able to forget, every day since.

Victor 82

On 7 Dec. 1941, an act of war resulted in the flight of this aircraft, 6 Aug. 1945

My war was later, conducted in a different metal tube. Underwater.

It was a Cold War.  Had it been otherwise is unimaginable.

wip-12354 July 2009 – Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum, Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center, Chantilly Virginia

Heritage Flight

Air Corps

Heritage Flight:  P-51 Mustang, F-4 Phantom,  F-15 Strike Eagle and A-10 Thunderbolt.

Photographed at “Wings Over Wayne”, Seymour Johnson AFB, Goldsboro, NC

Pass The Gas

Pass The Gas

An oft performed aerial ballet, daily matinees globally.

This cast includes F-15E Strike Eagles of the 4th Fighter Wing and a KC-135R Stratotanker of the 916th Air Refueling Wing.

Photographed at “Wings Over Wayne”, Seymour Johnson AFB, Goldsboro, NC.

F-15E Strike Eagle

F-15E Strike Eagle, 4th Fighter Wing, Seymour Johnson AFB

An opening soloist at the “Wings Over Wayne” Air Show at Seymour Johnson AFB, Goldsboro, NC .

These guys were moving.  If you go to photograph them, I guarantee you make a lot of pictures of empty sky.   Guaranteed.