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What do Hedy Lamarr, avant-garde composer George Antheil, and your cell phone have in common? The answer is spread-spectrum radio: a revolutionary invention based on the rapid switching of communications signals among a spread of different frequencies. Without this technology, we would not have the digital comforts that we take for granted today.

Only a writer of Richard Rhodes’s caliber could do justice to this remarkable story. Unhappily married to a Nazi arms dealer, Lamarr fled to America at the start of World War II; she brought with her not only her theatrical talent but also a gift for technical innovation. An introduction to Antheil at a Hollywood dinner table culminated in a U.S. patent for a jam- proof radio guidance system for torpedoes—the unlikely duo’s gift to the U.S. war effort.

What other book brings together 1920s Paris, player pianos, Nazi weaponry, and digital wireless into one satisfying whole? In its juxtaposition of Hollywood glamour with the reality of a brutal war, Hedy’s Folly is a riveting book about unlikely amateur inventors collaborating to change the world. https://www.amazon.com/Hedys-Folly-...4388/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1332545531&sr=8-1



 

sirhrmechanic

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I suspect it was earlier.... but black troops (The Harlem Hellfighters among others) in WW1 were assigned under French command and totally distinguished themselves.... Pershing kept the rest of the Americans (ie. white folks) under his own command.

But there must have been some 19th-century actions that I can't think of....

Cheers,

Sirhr
 
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Strykervet

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Where should you be wary in Pineland?
I KNEW this one, but I forgot and admit I had to look it up for the refresher.

I never trained in it, but we had training maps in the Stryker's early on that downloaded information from other posts and then that was used to expand the training. Pineland is the mock city in South Carolina. I knew it rang a bell.

We had Regansburg at Lewis (guess who that's named after?) and they built the new "$million dollar MOUT city" (probably costs MORE than that, different than the other "million dollar MOUT city" that was at Benning) and it's name is, ready for it, "Mock City". How original.

Interestingly, I NEVER got to train at any of the nice ones... Although there is a really nice NG training center in Oregon we descended on one time during a hellacious storm that was a LOT of fun and they had a pretty nice one. They had a better training facility than Ft. Lews did IMO. Right on the Pacific. Nothing like skinny dipping in January. Yes, I have pictures. No, you probably don't wanna see 'em.
 

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What is the absolute closest we ever came to an accidental hydrogen bomb detonation?

There are a lot of accidents and broken arrows, but one comes out clearly ahead of the rest. What stopped it?
 
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I KNEW this one, but I forgot and admit I had to look it up for the refresher.

I never trained in it, but we had training maps in the Stryker's early on that downloaded information from other posts and then that was used to expand the training. Pineland is the mock city in South Carolina. I knew it rang a bell.

We had Regansburg at Lewis (guess who that's named after?) and they built the new "$million dollar MOUT city" (probably costs MORE than that, different than the other "million dollar MOUT city" that was at Benning) and it's name is, ready for it, "Mock City". How original.

Interestingly, I NEVER got to train at any of the nice ones... Although there is a really nice NG training center in Oregon we descended on one time during a hellacious storm that was a LOT of fun and they had a pretty nice one. They had a better training facility than Ft. Lews did IMO. Right on the Pacific. Nothing like skinny dipping in January. Yes, I have pictures. No, you probably don't wanna see 'em.

That would be Camp Rilea on the Northern Oregon coast just south of Astoria. A little north of Seaside. A hell of a fine training site. Best little gem tucked away on the west coast. KD range, 300m MERF (spelling), grenade, pistol, SETS, a decent sized Mout City (called Millersburg) a lake for water training/bridge building/water crossing, lanes for movement to contacts, and damn near every terrain type in a itty bitty 7KM x 2KM stip of land that butts right up to the Pacific Ocean. Tallest Rappel tower west of the Mississippi (so I heard. Its 120') and a great obstacle course. The ORARNG runs an air assault school there every year. Road marching up and and down the beach in that soft sand is an ass kicker. I loved going to Rilea for training. Retirees and Active duty/Reserve can rent Rv slips or cabins on post for dirt cheap so highly recommended if you are doing the 101 trek up the west coast and want a place to stay a night.
 

Strykervet

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That would be Camp Rilea on the Northern Oregon coast just south of Astoria. A little north of Seaside. A hell of a fine training site. Best little gem tucked away on the west coast. KD range, 300m MERF (spelling), grenade, pistol, SETS, a decent sized Mout City (called Millersburg) a lake for water training/bridge building/water crossing, lanes for movement to contacts, and damn near every terrain type in a itty bitty 7KM x 2KM stip of land that butts right up to the Pacific Ocean. Tallest Rappel tower west of the Mississippi (so I heard. Its 120') and a great obstacle course. The ORARNG runs an air assault school there every year. Road marching up and and down the beach in that soft sand is an ass kicker. I loved going to Rilea for training. Retirees and Active duty/Reserve can rent Rv slips or cabins on post for dirt cheap so highly recommended if you are doing the 101 trek up the west coast and want a place to stay a night.
Yeah, that was the name! I have pictures of us there. BAD storm came in, see why those barracks were built like that. We ran on the sand, did a road march as I recall. It was a lot of fun. The ranges were fun, wind was really bad though, good training. I rappelled there, didn't know it was the tallest. We just had a lot of fun. Didn't know about the cabins, they have 'em at Ft. Lewis too but they're hard to get, always sold well in advance. I may try Rilea next time I go down to OR and see if they have one. Thanks!
 

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I remembered seeing it on TV.
Correct! Goldsboro B52 crash. two 4 megaton Mk39 hydrogen bombs were released. Each one had more power than all the ordnance used by all sides in WW1 and WW2 including both atomic bombs. Nuclear weapons are designed to airburst about half a mile or so up. In the event that doesn't happen, they have a secondary impact firing circuit.

The safeties all failed. All but one. Seven safeties failed and completed the circuit for the impact fuze and only one safety didn't give. But it wouldn't have taken much to short it out too.

The second bomb's pit dislodged and was recovered. This is the initial fission stage of the bomb. But the secondary stage is still buried 180' deep where it fell. Full of plutonium and uranium. Given today's technology you'd think they'd want to recover it.

In the case of the Mars accident, the bomb that fell on the house was almost as powerful as the Mk39 and it DID complete all circuits and it did fire the implosion stage --but in this case the pit (I think all the nuclear fuel was removed?) was removed so it just blew the house up.
 
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Yeah, that was the name! I have pictures of us there. BAD storm came in, see why those barracks were built like that. We ran on the sand, did a road march as I recall. It was a lot of fun. The ranges were fun, wind was really bad though, good training. I rappelled there, didn't know it was the tallest. We just had a lot of fun. Didn't know about the cabins, they have 'em at Ft. Lewis too but they're hard to get, always sold well in advance. I may try Rilea next time I go down to OR and see if they have one. Thanks!

Yeah, They rebuilt the towers and obstacle course back in '11 or '12. Cant remember when for sure. 3-4 cabins for rent. RV slips are most popular. Think they have about 10 of those. I still try to hit that area when I get back to the PNW.

Now on with the show. No idea what rate trained animals so will sit here and learn something new.
 

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Hi,

You got me stumped because from the first dolphin back in 60s up to the Mk8 Teams the "Trainers" were civilian biologist that later became the Navy Marine Mammal Program.

Sincerely,
Theis
 

Foul Mike

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If I remember correctly the Black hats in RVN were responsible for how loads were rigged to fly under Shithooks but they may have been Red hats.
Too many years gone by for me to know for sure. They also had the say so as to what slings were good enough to use and what was shit to be DXed.
 

Strykervet

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On Feb 5 1958 the US Air Force lost this off Tybee Island GA. They never found it.
If it's what I'm thinking it's a nuke. It went too deep in the silt and they can't find it, but every year when the water recedes they do go and try to make an effort, or look like making one. It was in the news summer 2001 when I was at Benning.
 

Strykervet

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What is the rarest tab that can be found on a military uniform? Hint: it's so rare most of us have never seen one for real but all of us would like one.

Feel like I'm definitely getting old... Found out the Class A greens were retired in 2015 and army issues dress blues now. I graduated with greens and a cunt cap, if you wanted the blues those were hundreds of dollars. God that green Class A uniform was ugly.
 

sirhrmechanic

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What is the rarest tab that can be found on a military uniform? Hint: it's so rare most of us have never seen one for real but all of us would like one.

Feel like I'm definitely getting old... Found out the Class A greens were retired in 2015 and army issues dress blues now. I graduated with greens and a cunt cap, if you wanted the blues those were hundreds of dollars. God that green Class A uniform was ugly.
My buddy who retired about 5 years ago was in the last Pathfinder class.... that was a pretty rare tab. So was his President's 100 Tab.

But there is probably a rarer one!

Cheers,

Sirhr
 
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