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    Quote Originally Posted by Blademaster View Post
    So how realistic was Heartbreak Ridge and Clint Eastwood's portrayal of the tough as nails sergeant as well as the inept Lieutenant and the stiff necked Major roles?
    I can't imagine the Major talking to the Gunny the way that asshole did when first meeting him. A MOH winner yet. Not on my watch; not in my Department of the Navy and Marine Corps.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Blademaster View Post
    So how realistic was Heartbreak Ridge and Clint Eastwood's portrayal of the tough as nails sergeant as well as the inept Lieutenant and the stiff necked Major roles?
    Not realistic at all
    Its called Tourist Season. So why can't we shoot them?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gun Grape View Post
    It was a joke. The Col got it,
    Gunny, I got it as well.

    Just trying to show from the other angle.

    And for the record....oh, I was a fvcked up 2LT but I could land navigate my ass off! (Thank you, Boy Scouts!)
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    Quote Originally Posted by Gun Grape View Post
    Not realistic at all
    But they had bitching Camo jobs!!!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Albany Rifles View Post
    And for the record....oh, I was a fvcked up 2LT but I could land navigate my ass off! (Thank you, Boy Scouts!)
    Getting to the bar was never a problem. Getting home was.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Officer of Engineers View Post
    Getting to the bar was never a problem. Getting home was.
    Those damn piranha will screw up everything!!!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Albany Rifles View Post
    Gunny, I got it as well.

    Just trying to show from the other angle.

    And for the record....oh, I was a fvcked up 2LT but I could land navigate my ass off! (Thank you, Boy Scouts!)
    Lucky for me, our training pipeline was so long we were all 1Lts before hitting the line squadrons. Every once in a while a 2Lt would finish early, but that was 100% out of their hands (generally it was just a string of amazing weather and few/no flight cancellations due to maintenance). I think I might've actually pinned on 1Lt before I ever set foot on an AWACS.

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    "Back in the day" it took about 6 - 8 months of training for a new Army lieutenant after commissioning. I went to officer basic course, TOW platoon leader school and mortar platoon leader school (broke my kneecap day 4 of Ranger school). That was about normal in the late 70s - early 80s. I was in school 6 months. I hit my first unit as a 2LT and pinned on 1LT a year later.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Stitch View Post
    Yeah, a rather low-tech weapon that spits out coke-bottle sized shells at 4,000 RPM and 3,500 fts.
    Actually, while the shell is close to a coke-bottle in size, the round that it 'spits out' is around 30mm in diameter and not terribly long in length. But then, many folks think that a cannon spits out the whole shell, not just the projectile...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tankersteve View Post
    Actually, while the shell is close to a coke-bottle in size, the round that it 'spits out' is around 30mm in diameter and not terribly long in length. But then, many folks think that a cannon spits out the whole shell, not just the projectile...

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    I was one of those people who thought that way until I realized that the shell was mostly propellant and that the round itself is a lot smaller.

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    Its not a real cannon if it doesn't shoot separate loading ammo
    Its called Tourist Season. So why can't we shoot them?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gun Grape View Post
    Its not a real cannon if it doesn't shoot separate loading ammo
    Oh come now, there are always exceptions to the rule

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    I for one will miss the "Warthog" and I fear our ground troops will too. Craig

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    Quote Originally Posted by Battleship IOWA View Post
    I for one will miss the "Warthog" and I fear our ground troops will too. Craig
    It will always remain an Icon to us Brits. To see it over the skies in Germany on a huge exercise (1984) albeit as the 'enemy' was awesome and after all these years is still a strong memory.

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    I got to watch a demo of a downed pilot rescue a few years ago. It was part of a larger "airpower demonstration" out in the desert near Nellis AFB, NV. We were probably about 30 yards from the pilot, while a 4-ship of A-10s did an horrifying dance right overhead, just raining absolute hell on their targets a couple miles one after another away as the Blackhawks extracted the pilots and set some desert scrub on fire with flares. It was pretty damn impressive.

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