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The story of the only air-to-air kill achieved by the F-14 Tomcat during Operation Desert Storm. Even though the F-14 Tomcat scored only one air-to-air kill during the Gulf War in the form of an Ir…
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Wow! I enjoyed watching this program. I just wish it was more technical. For example, more information on the stiffened wings, new engines and glass cockpit.
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Unfortunately, they didn't talk about the Bone Yard. That would've been a good addition.
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This Day in Aviation History
January 21st, 1972
First flight of the Lockheed S-3 Viking.
 
The Lockheed S-3 Viking is a four-seat, twin-engine turbofan-powered jet aircraft that was used by the U.S. Navy to identify and track enemy submarines. In the late 1990s, the S-3B's mission focus shifted to surface warfare and aerial refueling. The Viking also provided electronic warfare and surface surveillance capabilities to the carrier battle group. A carrier-based, subsonic, all-weather, multi-mission aircraft with long range; it carried automated weapon systems, and was capable of extended missions with in-flight refueling. Because of the Viking's engines’ low-pitched sound, it was nicknamed the "Hoover" after the vacuum cleaner brand.
 
The S-3 was retired from front-line fleet service aboard aircraft carriers by the US Navy in January 2009, with its missions being assumed by other platforms such as the P-3C Orion, Sikorsky SH-60 Seahawk, and Boeing F/A-18E/F Super Hornet. Several examples continue to be flown by Air Test and Evaluation Squadron Thirty (VX-30) at Naval Base Ventura County / NAS Point Mugu, California for range clearance and surveillance operations on the NAVAIR Point Mugu Range, and a single example is operated by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) at the NASA Glenn Research Center.....
 
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Good grief! I can't believe all the accidents in the area. Most are due to the snow and icy roads.
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I can believe that there are so many accidents. Just watching how people drive in the snow up here as if it were good weather lets me know that they are an accident waiting to happen.
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If you're in Washington, DC on Saturday, go see it in person! (We're jealous.)
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CNN came to our sets in November...
"Star Trek: New Voyages," which is filmed on replica sets in upstate New York, is an homage to the popular 1960s TV franchise.
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Mr. Spock <3'd Enterprise
A newly released video shows Nimoy — best known to legions of dedicated "Star Trek" fans as Mr. Spock — calling the ferry flight that brought the shuttle Enterprise to New York City for museum display the "most thrilling, amazing sight."
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In case any of you are out and about and you see someone in need of shelter, here's what you need to do & who you need to call...

The DC Shelter Hotline is: 202-399-7093

(This will result in the dispatch of a van to take the person from the street to an emergency shelter or to a hospital if needed. The van is also equipped with items such as water, blankets, gloves and jackets.)

Montgomery County: 240-777-4000
Arlington County: 703-527-4077
Alexandria: 1-800-535-7252
Fairfax County: 703-691-2131
Prince Georges County: 888-731-0999
Prince William County: 703-897-0199
Frederick County, Md.: 301-631-2670
Anne Arundel County: 410-222-0600

In D.C. proper, Montgomery and Prince George's counties, calling 311 will also alert authorities about people who may be at risk and need help.

Please SHARE this status. The more people who have easier access to this info, the more likely they are to call and get help for those in need.
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I love humor, fun and wit. People have described me as kind, gentle, composed, reasonable, logical, intelligent and polite. 

I love science fiction, especially the various incarnations of Star trek and the Stargate series. Long distance bicycling is my passion! I'm also fascinated by aviation, Google (Android), space and technology.

I've been in a relationship with a wonderful and crazy man for more than 14 years and we share our home with two adorable cats named Patty and Selma.
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Completed 75% of the Seagull Century ride while being undiagnosed with lyme disease.
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If you want the equivalent of a banquet frozen TV dinner... come to IHOP. At least you won't have to open the box, but you will pay more.
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Not the best barbeque I've had. Screaming kids and generally bad service.
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Mediocre food, poor service, and bad lighting. Really. Two other customers had trouble reading the menus due to the poor lighting and used their cell phone flashlight to read the menu.
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Wow! I love this airport. The design is pretty futuristic, I think.
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Ambiance, food, service all top notch. I love this place!!
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