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Still more AFB Tour

Wednesday, February 20th, 2008

F-15 that shot down a Mirage during the Gulf War

Tour Group watching the sidewinder loading demonstration


More AFB Tour Weapons

Tuesday, February 19th, 2008

Sidewinders on a carrier


Sidewinder on the launch rack of an F-15


Happy Presidents Day and the F -15

Monday, February 18th, 2008

Moved from non sewer to a sewer site. Eighteen days from sewer site to sewer site. Only had to dump the black water tank once (more on this later).

The F-22 has two rear stabilizers that are angled outboard from vertical. The F-15 has two rear vertical stabilizers. Both are twin engine jets. FYI the F-16 is a single engine jet with one rear vertical stabilizer. It is noted that the Navy and Marine Corps like two engines in jets so they still have one if the other quits – especially over water.



Info on the F-15 (turn head sideways)(I will figure this out eventually)


Tyndall AFB Tour I

Sunday, February 17th, 2008

On February 13th, 40 of the FamCampers (one bus load) were given a tour of the Air Base with permission to take pictures. We saw the F-22, a weapons loading demonstration on an F-15, a high altitude chamber and a Barnay Chair. Somewhere in there we all had lunch at the Heritage Club (old Officers Club). It was a Chinese buffet and was excellent.

Short Gals getting ready to go on tour.


An F-22 Raptor. This war plane has a bigger than you would think bomb bay and two (one on each side) missile compartments (that white rack hold the missiles internally) and therefore the plane has a very small radar signature. In fact in all training exercises to date the plane has not been detected.


Last of Apalachicola

Thursday, February 14th, 2008

Yes I have been misspelling it. Only one p.

Fort Coombs


And yet again


Town Meeting

Saturday, February 9th, 2008

The LtCol in charge of base services came to the Recreation Center to listen to and address concerns. The Campground is well run but there is always room for improvement. The meeting was well received by all and good information was exchanged.


More site signs

Friday, February 8th, 2008



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Site Stuff

Thursday, February 7th, 2008

The campers here are a patriotic bunch and are proud to show the flag as well as indications of their branch of service.





Unscientific Survey

Tuesday, January 29th, 2008

I got curious about where campers here were from. Couldn’t see all license plates because some people were not home and I did not want to walk into their site to see rear plates but the following gives some idea:

FL 16, NY 2, MI 4, AZ 2, PA 6, TN 3, MA 4, NE 1, IL 4, TX 5, MO 2, WI 3, KS 2, KY 3, AL 3, CT 1, SD 2, OHIO 6, WA 2, MT 1, MN 1, AK 1, VA 1,

Additionally, the Uncle Sam figure below is on 33 sites. These identify site occupants as friends of Dick and Marie who have come here every year forever and have given them as gifts. They left the day we got here this year so we are hoping that  is not a sign that they want Uncle Sam back.


Navy Base Re-visited

Wednesday, January 23rd, 2008

These two pictures from the Navy Base tour I forgot to include before:

An instructor in the tank at the dive school:


curiouser and curiouser. A USAF (must be anti terror) speedboat that they apparently keep at the Navy base: