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Subject: [Leica] happy birthday Philippe - NOW: George SUGGESTED:-)
From: kcarney1 at (Ken Carney)
Date: Sun Nov 16 17:05:25 2008


Somewhere around here I have a McDonnell-Douglas sales film on the F-18
(Hornet).  If I can find it I will send it to you.  The pilot is really
pumped.  He says, "OK, suppose you're on a bomb run and there is an aerial
threat.  Why, you just switch to dogfight mode on the stick (the selection
really did say dogfight), destroy that threat, and continue on.  Now let's
get this baby in the air..."  Go for it, but please do have the pilot show
you where that ejection thingie is.  The amount of paperwork you will have
to sign is probably a new record.


> -----Original Message-----
> From: [mailto:lug-
>] On Behalf Of Ted Grant
> Sent: Sunday, November 16, 2008 4:09 PM
> To: 'Leica Users Group'
> Subject: [Leica] happy birthday Philippe - NOW: George SUGGESTED:-)
> George Lottermoser suggested:
> > Indeed - enjoy your special day, Philippe.
> > I always encourage folks to do something totally out of the > ordinary
> on
> their birthday.<<<<,
> Hi George,
> Absolutely do something as wild as you?ve always wanted to do.
> Particularly
> the older you get, because if you don?t do it before you die it ain?t
> going
> to happen!
> It?s like this

> Obviously never tell your wife first if it?s something really stupid! :-)
> Like taking your first and only solo parachute jump on your 65 birthday!
> :-)
> Because you always thought it would be neat to try.
> (Note to married guys!)
> Really don?t tell her that one before you jump because you may never live
> to
> do it. Actually if I did it again, I was without question told,
. ?I will
> kill you even if you land safely!? Man there was fire in her eyes. So I
> didn?t do it again.
> However on a more fun note on the 76th birthday day, I flew in a P51
> Mustang
> doing all kinds of cool things barrel rolling, loop the loops and doing
> imaginary dog fights with the on-coming Hun 109?s! :-)
> No I didn?t tell her that one either until it was over. Didn?t seem to be
> as
> big a problem as I was in a plane with a parachute on! The story may have
> been quite different if she?d seen us flipping about the sky! :-)
> Damn good wonderful birthday gifts. :-)
> George is right, always do something really different and to hell with the
> age!
> I already have two things in the works for the 80th next May.
> One or the other of these two.
> I ride in a submarine when it dives 
 A navy attach? buddy is working on
> this. However given the state of the Canadian submarines jumping with a
> parachute was a much safer idea! :-)
> Second
 A big discussion three weeks ago in Ottawa with a high ranking air
> force officer

. Not likely to happen. :-( But nothing ventured nothing
> gained! What the hell you can only die once! :-) And at 80 who really
> cares
> after the life I?ve had! :-)
> But some key people think it?s just crazy enough to work now that I?m
> ?Doctor Grant? it might pull some extra weight. :-)
> Man if you?ve got it one might as well use it, particularly for a ride in
> an
> RCAF CF18 fighter jet! Not sure what the American?s call them, but it?s
> our
> main fighter plane.
> Yes I will take pictures for sure! Just as I did in the Mustang. See Steve
> Barbour?s LUG photogs file and there I am hanging upside down like a bat!
> :-)
> Sorry the long post, but Philippe, go for it old buddy something wild and
> crazy! You?ll love it. :-) :-) :-)
> ted
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