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Reply #630 on: September 30, 2020, 11:45:08 AM
OTD in 1955, James Dean died in a car accident in Cholame, CA

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Death_of_James_Dean

Of note, the tree is still there
https://goo.gl/maps/yAdcdn3vkKDomebd7

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Reply #631 on: September 30, 2020, 11:50:30 AM
OTD in 1955, James Dean died in a car accident in Cholame, CA

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Death_of_James_Dean

Of note, the tree is still there
https://goo.gl/maps/yAdcdn3vkKDomebd7

You may find this video interesting as well:



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Reply #632 on: September 30, 2020, 11:56:30 AM
I've actually driven through there a bunch of times.  The next town to the west down CA-46 is Paso Robles and I lived there in '95 while waiting for on-post housing in Monterey to open up.  I also used to us CA-46 to get btw the 101 and CA 99 going btw Salinas and Ft Irwin.  That whole area was my stomping grounds in the late 90s after I was out of college.

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Reply #633 on: October 01, 2020, 10:31:10 AM
On this day in 1947, the first flight of the XP-86 Sabre prototype took place. This jet would become famous as the F-86 Sabre (and all its variants), during the Korean war. According to the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force, F-86 pilots shot down 792 MiGs by wars end.


Source: National Museum of the U.S. Air Force Archived from an older version of their site via Internet Archive.

Here's a fact sheet about the Sabre from the National Museum of the US Air Force. At the bottom of the web page there is a "Find Out More" section. From there you can find a link to get a 360 degree view from the inside of an F-86A cockkpit. Very cool!

I really like this jet. Ever since I was a kid I thought it was an amazing aircraft. I checked and there are many games which include the F-86 Sabre. The two that caught my eye are:

Clash of Sabres: Tabletop Wargaming Rules for Aerial Combat 1948-1970 (1998)

MiG Alley: Air War Over Korea 1951 (2015)
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Reply #634 on: October 01, 2020, 12:05:46 PM
Nice Pic! Isn't she a beauty? Even in black & white.  :applause:

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Reply #635 on: October 01, 2020, 03:34:54 PM
Nice Pic! Isn't she a beauty? Even in black & white.  :applause:

It is indeed. One of my favorite stories about the Sabre is from Chuck Yeager. In the book Yeager, there is a great story about the first MiG the US got when a North Korean pilot defected. Yeager was tasked with testing it out and pushing it to its limits. Near the end of this trail period is when the story begins. This is from page 208 of the 1985 copy of Yeager, published by Bantam Books:






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Reply #636 on: October 01, 2020, 07:17:56 PM
Good story.  There was a reason that man was a legend.  :bigthumb: 

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Reply #637 on: October 02, 2020, 03:31:46 AM
Nice!  :bigthumb:

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Reply #638 on: October 03, 2020, 09:46:08 AM
On this day in 1935 Mussolini's Italian army invades Abyssinia, known today as Ethiopia. The Italians invaded from Eritrea and Somaliland. The Italians greatly outnumbered and out gunned the Ethiopians. After six months of tenacious fighting withdrawal actions by the Ethiopians, they were finally defeated at Maychew in 1936.

I looked for images in the Creative Commons or Public Domain to include in this post and the only items I could find were a couple maps that were not what I was seeking. If you take the time to search for images on this war, you can find some good pictures of Haile Selassie posing with unexploded Italian bombs.

I found two games about this war. The first, Lion of Judah: The War for Ethiopia, 1935-1941 (2017) is two games in one box. You can refight the invasion of 1935-36 and you refight the campaign of the British and Ethiopians against the Italians in 1940-41.

The second, Conquest of Ethiopia: The Italian Invasion, 1935-1936 – A Panzer Grenadier Game (2015) is only about the invasion of 1935.



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Reply #639 on: October 03, 2020, 10:34:55 AM
Lion of Judah looks like an interesting game.

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Reply #640 on: October 03, 2020, 11:03:14 AM
I've had my eye on Lion of Judah for some time.



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Reply #641 on: October 03, 2020, 04:23:35 PM
You've had your eye on every game for some time.

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Reply #642 on: October 03, 2020, 06:01:01 PM
...your point being?



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Reply #643 on: October 03, 2020, 06:11:23 PM
No point. Still just trying to take up mirth's slack.  :(

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Reply #644 on: October 03, 2020, 06:17:11 PM
;D

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