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DemoTex Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Aug-28-08 07:34 PM
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I flew over 250 combat missions and I was never shot down.
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I was smart. I avoided SAMs. I flew in zones just as dangerous as Route Pack-6 (Hanoi). I flew Steel Tiger and Barrel Roll in Laos and Route Pack-1 in southern N. Viet Nam. Tough fucking stuff!

I was unarmed and scared shit-less. But I was never a POW. Know what I mean, Vern?



I'm Mac T., and I approve this message.

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  -I flew over 250 combat missions and I was never shot down. DemoTex  Aug-28-08 07:34 PM   #0 
  - Tip of the hat to one of our COMPETENT pilots...  MercutioATC   Aug-28-08 07:35 PM   #1 
  - Thanks ATC!  DemoTex   Aug-28-08 07:48 PM   #15 
     - I always give 10-mile legs.  MercutioATC   Aug-28-08 07:58 PM   #19 
        - Bless you my son!  DemoTex   Aug-28-08 08:02 PM   #22 
           - The new ICAO "K" prefix makes for some funny new identifiers...  MercutioATC   Aug-28-08 08:12 PM   #27 
              - Spell it out brother!  DemoTex   Aug-28-08 08:19 PM   #32 
              - Well, as you're aware, before the ICAO compliance thing.....  MercutioATC   Aug-28-08 08:25 PM   #36 
                 - I am very partial to Little Rock  DemoTex   Aug-28-08 08:33 PM   #42 
                    - I'm surprised we don't get more laughs from the younger pilots.  MercutioATC   Aug-28-08 08:36 PM   #43 
                       - Was he flying to SUX?  ocelot   Aug-28-08 09:21 PM   #57 
                          - Do you mean KSUX?  MercutioATC   Aug-28-08 09:58 PM   #61 
                             - Coulda been ITSUX? ;)  WritersBlock   Aug-29-08 03:28 AM   #86 
              - Ok, You're going to have me looking them up tomorrow.  hootinholler   Aug-28-08 08:23 PM   #35 
  - While I might find your message difficult to understand...  Fridays Child   Aug-28-08 07:36 PM   #2 
  - MacT - why do you fly well - do you hate america -? :sarcasm:  dmordue   Aug-28-08 07:37 PM   #3 
  - I guess that means your not fit to be President (whoaa ... buddy ... don't shoot ... just joking)  thunder rising   Aug-28-08 07:37 PM   #4 
  - Fit to be President?  DemoTex   Aug-28-08 07:59 PM   #20 
     - Probably fewer than McLame...  clixtox   Aug-28-08 08:55 PM   #53 
  - That's the difference between the Right Stuff, and the light stuff nt  Xipe Totec   Aug-28-08 07:37 PM   #5 
  - Thank you for your service and your post!  madeline_con   Aug-28-08 07:37 PM   #6 
  - Out of curiosity;  jedr   Aug-28-08 07:40 PM   #7 
  - I've often wondered that myself...  driver8   Aug-28-08 07:43 PM   #12 
  - Yes .. he made it to a F-102 squadron in TANG.  DemoTex   Aug-28-08 07:55 PM   #17 
     - Thanks; that was my take too;  jedr   Aug-28-08 09:19 PM   #56 
        - I'm a glider pilot too. Ran a glider-port in a former life!  DemoTex   Aug-28-08 10:57 PM   #71 
           - I got to ride in one twice at a local group's get-together.  knitter4democracy   Aug-29-08 08:23 AM   #90 
  - My dad flew I don't know HOW many unarmed recon missions  kestrel91316   Aug-28-08 07:41 PM   #8 
  - Just a guess but, you probably didn't graduate 5th from the bottom in your class.  amerikat   Aug-28-08 07:42 PM   #9 
  - Bingo!  DemoTex   Aug-28-08 07:44 PM   #13 
  - "unarmed"  Howardx   Aug-28-08 07:42 PM   #10 
  - SP-2E  DemoTex   Aug-28-08 07:45 PM   #14 
     - That's a good-looking plane.  Iggo   Aug-28-08 10:16 PM   #66 
        - That was a radome, I think.  DemoTex   Aug-28-08 11:10 PM   #73 
           - I thought it was ASW stuff.  TahitiNut   Aug-29-08 12:14 AM   #84 
  - I'm glad . . .  Richard D   Aug-28-08 07:43 PM   #11 
  - I love you.  libnnc   Aug-28-08 07:50 PM   #16 
  - Then I became a Piedmont pilot, and learned to love Winston-Salem.  DemoTex   Aug-28-08 11:30 PM   #77 
  - the difference between you and McLame is that YOU can fly a plane, he CAN'T! n/t  arthritisR_US   Aug-28-08 07:56 PM   #18 
  - Well .. that is another point.  DemoTex   Aug-28-08 08:10 PM   #26 
  - indeed, his Oedipal problems would have sunk him before any plane did. n/t  arthritisR_US   Aug-28-08 08:23 PM   #34 
  - My understanding is he can fly them ok...  hootinholler   Aug-28-08 08:31 PM   #41 
     - he can fly them but not land them, hmmmmm.......  arthritisR_US   Aug-28-08 10:14 PM   #65 
        - Actually, I mis-spoke...  hootinholler   Aug-28-08 10:33 PM   #67 
  - Luck counts. I'm glad you got home safely. nt  MookieWilson   Aug-28-08 08:00 PM   #21 
  - BINGO! Luck counts big.  DemoTex   Aug-28-08 08:13 PM   #30 
     - Well said!  MookieWilson   Aug-28-08 08:20 PM   #33 
  - You're no John McCain.  undeterred   Aug-28-08 08:07 PM   #23 
  - I salute you sir, you have what the kids call "Mad Skeels."  cliffordu   Aug-28-08 08:08 PM   #24 
  - I'm sure you were a good pilot and I doubt that McCain was that good  tavalon   Aug-28-08 08:10 PM   #25 
  - why on god's green earth would they send you out in planes with no fire-power?  cryingshame   Aug-28-08 08:12 PM   #28 
  - It wouldn't help  caraher   Aug-28-08 08:40 PM   #46 
     - Good description of RECCE missions ..  DemoTex   Aug-28-08 10:49 PM   #70 
  - Thank God we had some competent pilots who avoided capture.  Olney Blue   Aug-28-08 08:13 PM   #29 
  - Dad flew the OV-10. After taking a few rounds...  yowzayowzayowza   Aug-28-08 08:18 PM   #31 
  - We were THICK with a couple of OV-10 units!  DemoTex   Aug-28-08 08:29 PM   #37 
     - Check that. O-2A. Mostly lit up targets with flares.  yowzayowzayowza   Aug-28-08 08:40 PM   #45 
        - Worked with the Oscar-Deuces a lot too!  DemoTex   Aug-28-08 09:05 PM   #54 
           - Don't think I ever knew.  yowzayowzayowza   Aug-28-08 10:06 PM   #62 
              - Yes .. you should really ask.  DemoTex   Aug-28-08 10:39 PM   #69 
              - Yes find out his call sign, yes, yes.  FogerRox   Aug-29-08 05:18 PM   #93 
  - how many planes did YOU crash before you saw combat?!!!!!  ladywnch   Aug-28-08 08:29 PM   #38 
  - ZERO!  DemoTex   Aug-28-08 08:37 PM   #44 
     - you do realize I was joking......right?! I do admire your service  ladywnch   Aug-28-08 08:42 PM   #47 
        - I did ...  DemoTex   Aug-28-08 08:47 PM   #50 
  - My father flew 72 missions in his B-25 over N. Africa and Italy  Poiuyt   Aug-28-08 08:30 PM   # 
  - Thanks for putting your ass on the line  caraher   Aug-28-08 08:30 PM   #39 
  - The US Army flew 7 P-2s, and the USAF flew about 3 P-2s over Viet Nam.  DemoTex   Aug-28-08 08:45 PM   #48 
     - That's a pretty serious loss rate by any standards!  caraher   Aug-30-08 01:53 PM   #114 
  - kr  Progs Rock   Aug-28-08 08:31 PM   #40 
  - God bless you, man  Steve_DeShazer   Aug-28-08 08:47 PM   #49 
  - VERN!?  DemoTex   Aug-28-08 08:51 PM   #51 
  - That's pretty impressive  HughMoran   Aug-28-08 08:53 PM   #52 
  - We threw an entire, protracted , multi-decade war....  catnhatnh   Aug-28-08 09:11 PM   #55 
  - I've long wondered why failing at a mission makes one a hero.  ogneopasno   Aug-28-08 09:22 PM   #58 
  - Did all of those pilots that got shot down over  Thothmes   Aug-29-08 06:39 PM   #101 
     - No .. and that is a good point.  DemoTex   Aug-29-08 08:29 PM   #111 
        - I would not call McCain a hero  Thothmes   Aug-29-08 09:54 PM   #112 
  - Maybe you just didn't try hard enough. ; )  rebel with a cause   Aug-28-08 09:26 PM   #59 
  - Let me re-fly that night mission over Tchepone on 2/11/1971.  DemoTex   Aug-28-08 09:57 PM   #60 
     - Great post....  rebel with a cause   Aug-28-08 11:01 PM   #72 
     - No! No! Your post never ever offended!  DemoTex   Aug-28-08 11:14 PM   #75 
        - Good,  rebel with a cause   Aug-28-08 11:18 PM   #76 
     - This son of a Spectre nav thanks you for that  Nostradammit   Aug-29-08 02:30 AM   #85 
  - THANK YOU FOR SAYING THIS!!!  SunDrop23   Aug-28-08 10:09 PM   #63 
  - Finally, somebody NAILED it!1 We've only heard from Poppy & McPLANES, the f-ups!1  UTUSN   Aug-28-08 10:12 PM   #64 
  - Most of us came back unscathed.  DemoTex   Aug-28-08 10:37 PM   #68 
     - Demo Tex, lets be clear, tactial doctrine for that downtown trip  FogerRox   Aug-29-08 05:50 PM   #95 
  - Woot Demo-Tex!  lonestarnot   Aug-28-08 11:12 PM   #74 
  - Great Stuff, Demo Tex. And thanks for the mission log. That was an eye-opener. I'm really  bertman   Aug-28-08 11:36 PM   #78 
  - Why do you hate America? You could have been presidential material  SoCalDem   Aug-28-08 11:36 PM   #79 
  - Well said.  TexasObserver   Aug-28-08 11:37 PM   #80 
  - Dude, you fucking RAWK.  Vickers   Aug-28-08 11:55 PM   #81 
  - Hugs, Demo Tex. Mycousin never got caught either. Agent orange got him.  roguevalley   Aug-29-08 12:04 AM   #82 
  - Thank you for your service.  Lugnut   Aug-29-08 12:05 AM   #83 
  - You mean to say you didn't lose five aircraft?  Hekate   Aug-29-08 03:31 AM   #87 
  - Same as my father - 250+ missions and no lost planes  mikeytherat   Aug-29-08 05:55 AM   #88 
  - Thank you for your service n/t  cabbage08   Aug-29-08 05:58 AM   #89 
  - Thank you for flying those missions and keeping us safe.  knitter4democracy   Aug-29-08 08:30 AM   #91 
  - OK, flyboys (and girls), answer me this  nichomachus   Aug-29-08 03:00 PM   #92 
  - He didnt crash 4 planes in training  Thothmes   Aug-29-08 06:32 PM   #99 
     - So how many planes do you get to crash  nichomachus   Aug-29-08 06:46 PM   #103 
        - Well .. the first three certainly raise my eyebrows.  DemoTex   Aug-29-08 07:43 PM   #106 
        - I suspect that when your father is an admiral  nichomachus   Aug-29-08 07:45 PM   #107 
        - As long as he could launch and land on an Aircraft Carrier  Thothmes   Aug-29-08 07:57 PM   #109 
  - Thank You!  MadrasT   Aug-29-08 05:50 PM   #94 
  - Sp 2e, anti sub, anti shipping, Navy and Army flew 'em  FogerRox   Aug-29-08 06:09 PM   #96 
  - BTW: When I was at Naval Air Facility Cam Ranh Bay, two Navy P-3 squadrons rotated duty.  DemoTex   Aug-29-08 06:57 PM   #104 
  - Deleted message  Name removed   Aug-29-08 06:11 PM   #97 
  - Thanks.  ChristopherL   Aug-29-08 06:18 PM   #98 
  - OUCH!  fascisthunter   Aug-29-08 06:36 PM   #100 
  - Well Mac, it's like Howard Stern said: We never would have heard of McCain if he had just been  Aristus   Aug-29-08 06:40 PM   #102 
  - Thanks friend! And I am anonymous because I did not F/U. As well it should be!  DemoTex   Aug-29-08 07:26 PM   #105 
     - I don't know -- but I don't think he even wanted to fly any more at all  nichomachus   Aug-29-08 07:46 PM   #108 
        - He did not have a choice ..  DemoTex   Aug-29-08 08:17 PM   #110 
  - Just have to say: Great thread, Demo Tex! . . . n/t  herbster   Aug-29-08 10:45 PM   #113 
 

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