Forgotten Warbirds

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  • Cute boats, but with little or no blue water capability. Just big gunboats really.

    There is no difference between communism and socialism, except in the means of achieving the same ultimate end: communism proposes to enslave men by force, socialism—by vote. It is merely the difference between murder and suicide. —Ayn Rand

  • Gman should have bought that old WWII era fire boat from a few years ago.


    Yeah colossal money pit, and back breaking work, but the adventure...

    I should have just bought it as an investment (I know, a boat investment, but those T boats are rare in that condition, the last one similar but not as nice that I've seen for sale was triple what our offer was). The guy and his wife who ended up buying it got it for a very reduced price, I think it was 60 grand. So much of it was in great shape, the diesels, gens, the hull had just been serviced/scraped/repainted, new screw, all kinds of crap. Too many RL issues happened then in late 2014, mother got much more ill with lymphoma, missus' business picked way up and she wouldn't be able to spend as much time aboard, even though it was her idea in the first place. If nothing else, firing up the still operational fire fighting water canon, and spraying down skinny jean wearing Vancouver yuppies, would have been good times.


    Speaking of hydrofoils - Pegasus were interesting little boats.


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  • The USN NSW Mk5 boat too. They can sustain 50+ knots. Not a warship or even a gunboat, but lots of small arms/MG mounts.




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  • I really like hydrofoils. Too bad they've fallen out of favor.

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  • SWCC boats are also all kinds of cute and fund...


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    Used to watch the boat teams race around San Diego Bay in the swift boats. Also got to see them use Sea Knights to drop off the semi-rigid boats into the water along with the crews.

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  • First vid I've seen of the I-16:


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