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John Austin
Worked at Statistics Canada, Revenue Canada Taxation
Attended Waterloo
Lives in Whitbourne, NL
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Too bad you didn't have a drone handy! Somebody will post a drone video like this some day soon.
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Wow! The deadly ground-attack King Air! Excuse me while I change into clean shofts!
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I hear that.
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I'm laying on the bed with my two best friends watching this video . I just had the dogs out of town for the first time this winter. They had a great run and the older dog is worn out and can't jump onto the bed and couldn't jump into the car when it was time to come home. Hmmm, I think I'll get a new puppy. NOT! Our pet inventory is down to four dogs and two cats from five of each, just a few years ago. I love them all but it does tske a major effort to support this many rescues.
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I bought mine in Kaiserslautern, Germany in September 1969 just after we arrived when my dad was poster to Ramstein. I believe that I paid the equivalent of about $200 CAD at the time. I had no idea how good this horn actually is as the best I had previously played was a Conn student trumpet. I had it out Christmas eve and played along with my church choir on one carol. 
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John; Very cool info!  It's always refreshing to hear about a horn that one had in their younger days.  Thanks for sharing; and it's doubly cool that you've still got it and played it this last Christmas.  I really liked the YTR-734 in the vid here; a very nice horn.  
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The driver had a passenger in the car with them.
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I love the song and the singer but I wish the paintings fit the story a little better. The battleships are definitely correct for the period but they should be troopships to and from Oz.The only battleships at Gallipoli were ran like scared rabbits when the first mine exploded. A lack of naval gunfire support was a major contributor to the carnage.

I noticed that the words have an error, nobody was given a tin hat in 1915, the poms were afraid that protection would make the men soft. The Brodie was issued about 1916.
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+Terry MaC Aye, Aye, Sir. For King and Country. Pommieland that is...
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Four-seventeen is an American squadron. Four-one-seven is an RCAF squadron.
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How close are the game aircraft to the real world specs? The Sabre 5 outperformed early USAF models because of improvements in the Orenda turbojet. There is a video about this from the Canadian Air Museum in Ottawa. Orenda redesigned the engine in the mid-fifties using an early computer and gaind a lot of thrust. The Mark 5 and 6 also added leading edge slats as I recall. One aircraft is still flying in Canada "Hawk One".
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I have no idea what the speaker is doing. Do people not view stuff before posting it?
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I'd start with scaring the bejesus out of potential opponents. Do you want a Polar Bear looking for you during the long Arctic night? Even the thought of it would be enough to make many people shoot their officers.
 
What do they train the polar bears to do?
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I saw a RAF VC-10 tanker land at CYYT (St. John's, NL) with the hose trailing behind the wing. A bit of smoke when it hit yhe runway. Presumably, it could not be retracted. 
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Doesn't a lot of the time depend on boot times for onboard systems? You wait for engine(s) startup to generate power, then you wait for intertial navigation systems to spin up. A lot will overlap but it has to run through the pilot. Different vintages and the mission an aircraft is designed for will cause a lot of variation in the time. The Gilbert and Sullivan theatrics are mainly for entertainment purposes. An ORI or Tac Eval will be checking out each crew member for compliance and safety. They will also check for unsuitable aircraft being inserted by commanders trying to pull a fast one. I know that 4ATAF would have entire squadrons/wings 'conga line' past the end of the runway and randomly select individual aircraft to launch and fly their simulated war mission. Too expensive to launch the whole fleet and sampling cuts down on accidents. 
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Yeah, ten minutes from Armageddon, or so we thought. It turns out that it would have been more like a week. The Warsaw Pact War Plan from the 1960s was published after the fall of the USSR. The translation makes interesting reading. I wish Dad was still around to discuss it.
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  • Statistics Canada, Revenue Canada Taxation
    Computer Systems Administrator, 1980 - 1984
  • Memorial University of Newfoundland
    Network Administration, 2009 - 2012
  • Bell Northern Research
    Member of Scientific Staff, 1987 - 1993
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(RCAF Station) Portage la Prairie, Mb - VanAstra, On (RCAF Station Clinton) - (RCAF Station) Holberg, BC - Ottawa, ON - North Bay, ON - Ramstein Air Base, Germany - Kingston ON - Kitchener-Waterloo, ON - Montreal, PQ - Port Colborne, ON - Portugal-Cove St Philips, NL
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    Mathematics and Computer Science, 1974 - 1980
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This appears to be the site of the former Pinetree Line Radar site. There is apparently still a radar here which may be of the AN/FPS-117 variety. This would be an unattended and remotely operated system which is nominally used for coastal surveillance. In other words, this isn't my father's radar. I visited this location in 1960 when the system was a Ground Controlled Intercept site with a station complement of about 165 servicemen. Technology is pretty cool. You probably can't access the site as it is reportedly posted as a DND site at a gate at the bottom of 'The Hill'. The road was rather steep fifty years ago although it was rebuilt about ten years back. The view was excellent.
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