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Forum: Military Model Aircraft 05-27-2020, 01:46 PM
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Posted By OnlyWayToFly
Re: HM HA2121 F100D Super Sabre, Mig 17 killer, 19

Same same. As General Yeager would say, "Fly safe, Adour."
Forum: Military Model Aircraft 05-27-2020, 01:14 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 628
Posted By OnlyWayToFly
Re: HM HA2121 F100D Super Sabre, Mig 17 killer, 19

General Yeager publicly stated that he was sorry about Scott Crossfield's death and I have no doubt that he meant exactly what he said. He also pointed out the obvious: At the time of his death,...
Forum: Military Model Aircraft 05-27-2020, 09:55 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 628
Posted By OnlyWayToFly
Re: HM HA2121 F100D Super Sabre, Mig 17 killer, 19

Worth your time? I retired after 40 years of professional flying and have known and flown with hundreds of other pilots, military and civilian.

I don't know what (if anything) you've flown. But I...
Forum: Military Model Aircraft 05-25-2020, 04:51 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 628
Posted By OnlyWayToFly
Re: HM HA2121 F100D Super Sabre, Mig 17 killer, 19

I couldn't care less about second or third hand opinions people may have about General Yeager. Nor do I think that people who may have briefly met him should count for much when forming an opinion of...
Forum: Military Model Aircraft 05-25-2020, 04:12 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 628
Posted By OnlyWayToFly
Re: HM HA2121 F100D Super Sabre, Mig 17 killer, 19

Do you know General Yeager? I do.

Your characterization of him is absurd. He's a gentleman and I've always found him to be very easy to talk with. He doesn't have much tolerance for BS, but with...
Forum: Military Model Aircraft 05-25-2020, 03:38 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 628
Posted By OnlyWayToFly
Re: HM HA2121 F100D Super Sabre, Mig 17 killer, 19

Much American thought and decision-making at the time was "psychotic?"

I suppose you must therefore think that men like Dwight Eisenhower, Harry Truman (Commanders-in-Chief when the F-100 was...
Forum: Military Model Aircraft 03-03-2020, 07:57 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 421
Posted By OnlyWayToFly
Re: F-4 wing tanks in Vietnam

Centerline tanks were used on almost all Navy F-4 missions. Wing tanks were generally used only on BARCAP hops (that required longer endurance on station) and on ferry flights where longer range was...
Forum: 1:200 Scale Model Aircraft 01-31-2020, 12:22 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 893
Posted By OnlyWayToFly
Re: 737-300?

I'm with you. We badly need some variety. (Too many boring 777s and A350s; not nearly enough legacy aircraft and airlines.)

My collecting has shifted almost exclusively to military aircraft in...
Forum: 1:200 Scale Model Aircraft 01-29-2020, 01:37 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 893
Posted By OnlyWayToFly
Re: 737-300?

I'm with you. Just add a Western Bud Light and you've got all the high points.

Seriously, the 737-300 has been neglected for far too long. Good molds are already available. (JC wings has released...
Forum: 1:400 Scale Model Aircraft 06-25-2019, 05:28 PM
Replies: 60
Views: 3,671
Posted By OnlyWayToFly
Re: Gemini 400 June Releases

I hope that Gemini will utilize JC's 1:200 737-300 mould to give us a Western 737-300 in the final "Bud Lite" paint scheme (polished/bare metal). That would be spectacular in 1:200.
Forum: 1:200 Scale Model Aircraft 06-16-2019, 11:05 AM
Replies: 36
Views: 1,630
Posted By OnlyWayToFly
Re: OMEN: Maybe it’s time for me to quit ..

I can quit any time I want...
Forum: 1:400 Scale Model Aircraft 06-14-2019, 12:25 PM
Replies: 60
Views: 3,671
Posted By OnlyWayToFly
Re: Gemini 400 June Releases

Agree. Here's hoping that Gemini will take the Western 737-300 and also release one in 1:200 scale.
Forum: 1:200 Scale Model Aircraft 06-01-2019, 10:02 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 296
Posted By OnlyWayToFly
Re: Psa 737-200 1/200

Mine arrived in the mail yesterday. (Wife is hoarding it for my birthday tomorrow.)
Forum: 1:200 Scale Model Aircraft 04-17-2019, 10:41 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 565
Posted By OnlyWayToFly
Re: Inflight new releases for April

Thanks! I'm glad to see that someone else is also interested in older aircraft and paint schemes. (I think there are actually a great many of us out there and IF seems to understand that.)

To my...
Forum: 1:200 Scale Model Aircraft 04-17-2019, 10:04 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 565
Posted By OnlyWayToFly
Re: Inflight new releases for April

Hi, TransWorld. Yes, I'm also in for the Frontier 727-200 and am very glad to hear they'll be leaving China soon. (I also have a PSA 737-214 on pre-order and hope that one will also be on the way.) ...
Forum: Military Model Aircraft 03-16-2019, 09:38 PM
Replies: 94
Views: 4,262
Posted By OnlyWayToFly
Re: Let's Talk F-110A

Hi, LFT. Nice to hear from you!

I'm glad you enjoyed both books. As you noted, they do fit together nicely in terms of the two perspectives that are presented. I do think the U.S. learned the...
Forum: 1:200 Scale Model Aircraft 03-06-2019, 07:05 PM
Replies: 65
Views: 4,440
Posted By OnlyWayToFly
Re: Gemini March releases??

"And this is why the Ron Allen scheme was named what it was, and why a lot of the negative feelings started about it - the employees hated him, and by extension, the livery that he approved. The...
Forum: 1:200 Scale Model Aircraft 03-06-2019, 07:04 PM
Replies: 65
Views: 4,440
Posted By OnlyWayToFly
Re: Gemini March releases??

"And this is why the Ron Allen scheme was named what it was, and why a lot of the negative feelings started about it - the employees hated him, and by extension, the livery that he approved. The...
Forum: Military Model Aircraft 01-31-2019, 11:36 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 809
Posted By OnlyWayToFly
Re: Su-57 ‘stealth’ fighter may never see real com

Tragic indeed. One can only hope that Putin and his thugs will eventually be held to account for their crimes (in Ukraine and elsewhere).

Until then, the West should economically isolate Russia -...
Forum: Military Model Aircraft 01-31-2019, 09:30 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 809
Posted By OnlyWayToFly
Re: Su-57 ‘stealth’ fighter may never see real com

"...those of us anyway who oppose the murderous, neo-fascist, aggressive-war waging regime there couldn't be happier." Hear, hear!

Who was the young woman who was killed on MH17?
Forum: 1:200 Scale Model Aircraft 01-28-2019, 11:13 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,275
Posted By OnlyWayToFly
Re: Inflight Frontier Airlines 737-200

Sizzle Stick? I'd never heard of that before, but I like it. (Some of us called it the Flying Crankshaft.)
Forum: 1:200 Scale Model Aircraft 01-27-2019, 07:59 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,275
Posted By OnlyWayToFly
Re: Inflight Frontier Airlines 737-200

I don't think PEX had anything to do with FL's demise. The company simply ran out of cash in August 1986. There were rumors that FL might be acquired by United or by Frank Lorenzo's Texas Air Corp....
Forum: 1:200 Scale Model Aircraft 01-27-2019, 11:52 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,275
Posted By OnlyWayToFly
Re: Inflight Frontier Airlines 737-200

I flew for Western (hired in 1986) and we were justifiably proud of our own mountain flying skills (flying into Juneau, AK, Jackson, WY and many other stations that were in or near high terrain). But...
Forum: 1:200 Scale Model Aircraft 01-27-2019, 12:44 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,275
Posted By OnlyWayToFly
Re: Inflight Frontier Airlines 737-200

Frontier was a great airline - good equipment, good maintenance and good training. I had friends who flew for Frontier and all of them were exceptionally skilled mountain pilots.

As a passenger...
Forum: 1:200 Scale Model Aircraft 01-27-2019, 12:29 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,275
Posted By OnlyWayToFly
Re: Inflight Frontier Airlines 737-200

IF200 released the 737-200 in the Winnebago ("Flying W") scheme several years ago, but I would guess they're hard to find by now and fairly pricey. They also did a Bud Light (bare metal) 737-200. I'm...
Forum: 1:200 Scale Model Aircraft 01-26-2019, 09:17 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,275
Posted By OnlyWayToFly
Re: Inflight Frontier Airlines 737-200

Same same. A Frontier 727-200 in the Bow and Arrow scheme has been announced for future release by IF200. Here's hoping that IF200 will also give us a 737-200 in the Bow and Arrow scheme, along with...
Forum: 1:200 Scale Model Aircraft 01-26-2019, 11:12 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,275
Posted By OnlyWayToFly
Forum: 1:200 Scale Model Aircraft 01-20-2019, 08:33 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,577
Posted By OnlyWayToFly
Re: Hows the quality of JC Wings? Looking to add

I have several JC Wings models. The quality of their products is uniformly very high.

The JC Wings 737-300 is especially good and the stands they supply with their models are excellent.

My...
Forum: 1:200 Scale Model Aircraft 01-15-2019, 01:06 PM
Replies: 138
Views: 7,590
Posted By OnlyWayToFly
Re: 1:200 Scale Diecast Wishlist 2019

1. Western Boeing 737-300 (Bud Light - polished metal)
2. Western Boeing 737-200 (Indian Head)
3. Western Boeing 707-320C (Winnebego)
4. Frontier Boeing 737-200 (Bow and Arrow)
5. Continental...
Forum: Military Model Aircraft 12-19-2018, 07:01 PM
Replies: 94
Views: 4,262
Posted By OnlyWayToFly
Re: Let's Talk F-110A

I'm with you. Substituting a couple of AIM-7s for the 'Winders on the inboard hard points and applying decals for additional stenciling would make a lot of difference on this one. Most of the rest...
Forum: Military Model Aircraft 12-16-2018, 11:28 AM
Replies: 94
Views: 4,262
Posted By OnlyWayToFly
Re: Let's Talk F-110A

[QUOTE=FortunateSon;2660626]Well, you guys clearly have a much higher evaluation of JFK than I do :). I'd be interested to hear of any reasonable length arguments that i could read to support your...
Forum: Military Model Aircraft 12-15-2018, 10:23 PM
Replies: 94
Views: 4,262
Posted By OnlyWayToFly
Re: Let's Talk F-110A

Some excellent observations.

One of the biggest reasons why I don't think Kennedy would have been as likely as LBJ to become heavily involved in Vietnam is because he did understand the roots of...
Forum: Military Model Aircraft 12-15-2018, 12:33 PM
Replies: 94
Views: 4,262
Posted By OnlyWayToFly
Re: Let's Talk F-110A

Thank you very much. You fellows have far more knowledge of Vietnam than most of my countrymen here in the USA, who want to forget about the war (and who mostly ignore its lessons).

I disagree...
Forum: Military Model Aircraft 12-14-2018, 08:34 PM
Replies: 94
Views: 4,262
Posted By OnlyWayToFly
Re: Let's Talk F-110A

That's a very good question.

One of the biggest issues was the fact that - at least for some time - both Ike and JFK seemed to think that Diem held promise as a legitimate leader of the South (as...
Forum: Military Model Aircraft 12-14-2018, 11:56 AM
Replies: 94
Views: 4,262
Posted By OnlyWayToFly
Re: Let's Talk F-110A

Thanks. Glad to know that you're also interested in this topic, which is one that I expect will probably still be discussed/debated a century from now.

Most students of the American involvement...
Forum: Military Model Aircraft 12-13-2018, 04:19 PM
Replies: 94
Views: 4,262
Posted By OnlyWayToFly
Re: Let's Talk F-110A

Thank you very much. I hope you enjoy the book as much as I did.

The McClellan/McNamara analogy is certainly not perfect. As you noted, compared to McClellan, McNamara was far more loyal to LBJ...
Forum: Military Model Aircraft 12-12-2018, 11:05 PM
Replies: 94
Views: 4,262
Posted By OnlyWayToFly
Re: Let's Talk F-110A

Thanks. I'm glad you enjoyed it (and not at all surprised). You're right that it focuses mostly on the U.S. experience and - with the exception of the South Vietnamese - Burns' series pays little...
Forum: 1:200 Scale Model Aircraft 10-17-2018, 06:55 PM
Replies: 61
Views: 7,333
Posted By OnlyWayToFly
Re: Gemini 200 dreamlifter!!

I need a Dreamlifter like I need another hole in my head.

Meanwhile, dozens of 737-300s (in the colors of airlines from all over the world) are waiting for one of the 1/200 manufacturers to...
Forum: Military Model Aircraft 08-13-2018, 11:38 PM
Replies: 94
Views: 4,262
Posted By OnlyWayToFly
Forum: Military Model Aircraft 08-13-2018, 03:06 PM
Replies: 94
Views: 4,262
Posted By OnlyWayToFly
Re: Let's Talk F-110A

I think HM should take a look at the photos in the link Fortunate Son provided (below) and reconsider:

https://www.thisdayinaviation.com/tag/mcdonnell-f-110a-spectre/
Forum: 1:200 Scale Model Aircraft 08-06-2018, 12:25 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 972
Posted By OnlyWayToFly
Forum: Military Model Aircraft 08-04-2018, 11:24 PM
Replies: 94
Views: 4,262
Posted By OnlyWayToFly
Re: Let's Talk F-110A

I agree with you about Hamburger Hill. Have never seen the other one you mentioned. If you remember the name, please let me know.
Forum: Military Model Aircraft 08-04-2018, 10:14 PM
Replies: 94
Views: 4,262
Posted By OnlyWayToFly
Re: Let's Talk F-110A

I think that many American Vietnam vets have begun to feel that they are - belatedly - receiving some of the honors that should have been theirs 40-50 years ago. (The sea change in U.S. public...
Forum: Military Model Aircraft 08-04-2018, 08:20 PM
Replies: 94
Views: 4,262
Posted By OnlyWayToFly
Re: Let's Talk F-110A

Indeed there was. Knowing Steve, I'm sure that his mentioning "Platoon" in that context was no accident.

Many (probably most) Americans who served in Southeast Asia have felt insulted and abused...
Forum: Military Model Aircraft 08-04-2018, 07:23 PM
Replies: 94
Views: 4,262
Posted By OnlyWayToFly
Re: Let's Talk F-110A

I'll check out the Boyne contributions you mentioned. (I enjoyed his "To Hanoi and Back" about Vietnam and expect I'd also enjoy "Clash of Wings.")

I just finished Chenow's "Grant" about a month...
Forum: Military Model Aircraft 08-03-2018, 09:44 PM
Replies: 94
Views: 4,262
Posted By OnlyWayToFly
Re: Let's Talk F-110A

I appreciate your interest and enjoy the discussion!

"Spike" Momyer was indeed an airpower intellectual. His memoirs ("Air Power in Three Wars") are interesting reading. Momyer applies more of a...
Forum: Military Model Aircraft 08-03-2018, 07:05 AM
Replies: 94
Views: 4,262
Posted By OnlyWayToFly
Re: Let's Talk F-110A

Yes, Momyer was the commander of 7th Air Force (Saigon) until 1968. Olds was 8th TFW Wing King (Ubon RTAFB) and worked for Momyer. Both of them came out of SEA determined to reform and correct the...
Forum: Military Model Aircraft 08-02-2018, 11:35 PM
Replies: 94
Views: 4,262
Posted By OnlyWayToFly
Re: Let's Talk F-110A

Olds and Boyd get much popular attention and they certainly do deserve considerable credit for their contributions. (Olds by re-emphasizing combat leadership and Boyd by developing...
Forum: Military Model Aircraft 08-02-2018, 10:51 PM
Replies: 94
Views: 4,262
Posted By OnlyWayToFly
Re: Let's Talk F-110A

Yes, it certainly was.

At the time (1965), USAF's high command was completely dominated by a group of "bomber generals." (The fundamental reason for being of the U.S. Air Force as an independent...
Forum: Military Model Aircraft 08-02-2018, 08:43 PM
Replies: 94
Views: 4,262
Posted By OnlyWayToFly
Re: Let's Talk F-110A

I did, also. (I ordered and still have two of them.)

Of course, the original TAC paint scheme was not well-suited to combat in Southeast Asia. By mid-1965, USAF was busy repainting most of its...
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