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2010-09-09 15:46:30
Pure dumb luck patito, or were you somehow cheating back then like you do now?
2010-09-09 15:33:39
I was a Wren in the Canadian Navy Reserve...in a landlocked province of Canada ;-) I can't remember what the guys were called. So, what are the new recruits called in the navy?
2010-09-09 15:32:00
Well Major Major, you have cause to worry about an invation by Canada. If you were here about a year ago, I did a theme on 'Canada Invades the US'. Or, was it reverse? Anyways, I showed the powerful weapons of war we had. You can't fool around with us Canucks - we're powerful, eh. Seriously, we've had a couple of draft dodgers recently who entered into Canada claiming refugee status; one had already been to Afghanistan and was being sent back for a 2nd time. They were not admissible, as they were during the Vietnam War. The reason is because there is no longer a draft in the US; they had joined the armed forces voluntarily.
2010-09-09 14:35:46
Also..there are no privates, bumbling or otherwise, in the navy.
2010-09-09 14:33:49
There were 31 draft classifications beginning with 1-A, the most eligible. 4-A meant you were other-wise qualified but had already completed your obligation. The draft ended in 1975, but all male citizens and resident aliens between 18 and 26 are still required by US law to register with the Selective Service System and are subject to military draft in the case of a national emergency....like an invasion by Canada, for example.
2010-09-09 12:57:17
What is 4-A...bumbling privates? ;-)
2010-09-09 09:08:06
You are quite welcome, Gabrielle. That sounds like an interesting job you did back then too... :)
2010-09-09 09:07:21
Yep.....by the time the shit hit the fan in southeast Asia my buddies and I were out of the military and classified 4-A ! That was just pure dumb luck .
2010-09-09 03:26:05
Well, weren't you the lucky one !
2010-09-09 00:40:18
Rode one of these big beauties from Houston out to the Left Coast in the summer of 1959 to attend a special camp for young men operated by the US Navy in San Diego. All expenses paid !
2010-09-08 17:47:20
Thanks PictureGirl and Lockhheed Employee. Many, many years ago I worked at Sydney Airport for Qantas drawing navigational maps. There I saw these lovely planes coming and going - and also the old PanAm Stratocruisers. Ancient history now!
2010-09-08 16:08:25
I am a former Lockheed employee (working out of Burbank CA) and actually worked on the L-1011 which is the last commercial plane made by Lockheed. The Lockheed facilities in Burbank (including the famous Lockheed Skunk Works) no longer exist and the former Lockheed airstrip is now operated as the Bob Hope Airport serving Burbank, Glendale and Hollywood, CA. The Lockheed Constellation goes way back to the late 1930's and in it's time was a very impressive airplane, albeit a prop plane. It was possibly the premier commercial aircraft until the early 50's when it was replaced by jets. To the best of my knowledge there are still five of these aircraft intact including two that still make flights on occasion to demonstrate aircraft history.
2010-09-08 15:11:46
Will this help, Gabrielle ?
2010-09-08 15:05:43
This was a beautiful and very elegant aircraft, a classic. I believe that there may be a couple still some flying. Anyone know?
2010-09-08 06:45:17
Thanks - I check the web and there really is a jet? called 'Super Connie' ;-) ;-)