Not the ancestor of what would become the SR-71, this A-12 was to be
the US Navy's very own stealth bomber.
Some time after the events of Dangerous Ground, Jerry Mitchell heads
north again in USS Seawolf. Mild spoilers will follow.
1996, dir. Jan de Bont, Helen Hunt, Bill Paxton:
A team of atmospheric scientists chases tornadoes. Action ensues.
One of the desiderata of an air defence system is to put defending
fighters close to the high-value targets. That way they don't get
decoyed away by diversionary attacks, giving the enemy bombers a clear
run, because they're dedicated to protecting a specific target; nor do
they need massive endurance (adding to weight), if they don't need to
make long-distance flights.
Fourth of Winton's novels and in the loosely-connected series. The
Artful Bodger (Commander R. B. Badger, RN) takes over public relations
for the Royal Navy, and gets involved in running a horse in the Derby.
A short session this time as I was a bit weary. New venue, just
re-opened that day after an emergency closure which hadn't done the
beer much good, and mildly tricky to get to with Reading Station being
For convenience, wargamers tend to split history into periods with
broadly similar weapons and tactics.
A Los Angeles-class submarine, USS Memphis, goes on an
intelligence-gathering mission off Novaya Zemlya.
Yesterday was the second one-day convention organised by the
The Cutlass was a high-subsonic carrier-borne fighter, flying off
Essex and Midway-class carriers.
In 1997, an Improved Los Angeles-class attack submarine, USS
Cheyenne, joins the war against China.
There seem to be two basic approaches to command in wargames: do you
get to move every unit as you'd like to, or are you restricted in what
you can do?
The Helistat was a hybrid airship/helicopter combination, designed for
heavy vertical lift.
After the total nuclear war, the captain of a missile destroyer leads
his crew through the irradiated world and towards a new life.
I am going to talk about plot details, so if you care about not
knowing that sort of thing you probably shouldn't read this review.
Things heard, and links, from the Not-Barbecue on Saturday. In no
As always, spoilers abound. See Wikipedia for production details
Doctor Who - Jon Pertwee
Sarah Jane Smith - Elisabeth Sladen
Kershaw examines ten choices made during the years 1940-1941 that, in
his opinion, substantially affected the course of the Second World
One of the great scars on the American military-aviation psyche was
the unescorted bomber. As the men who'd been on the front lines during
the Second World War became the leaders of the Air Force, they tried
to do something about it.
Where on the road am I five minutes from home?
I have data. I can check this. (Images follow.)
Sub-Lieutenant Clive Royce is assigned to a Motor Torpedo Boat working
off the east coast of England during the Second World War.
Here's what I've read in February.
The Hustler was not just
the first aircraft to be named after a pornographic magazine (this is
a lie, it first flew nearly twenty years before that was thought of),
it was the world's first operational supersonic bomber.
The Same Page
a series of questions to try to get players and GMs onto the "same
page" in terms of the sort of behaviour they expect in a game.
Seventh in Greenwood's Phryne Fisher series.
The Peacemaker was the
world's first intercontinental bomber, and the largest mass-produced
piston-engined aircraft ever built.
There's one bit of the canonical route to Cambridge where I have a
choice: from the M25, should I leave at junction 21a, 22 or 23 to
reach the A1(M) northbound? If in doubt: data! (Images follow.)
Some time in the future, most major countries have space fleets and
interstellar colonies. Ark Royal is an outmoded carrier left in a
parking orbit, not broken up only because of her famous past, and her
captain's a drunken embarrassment. Then the aliens arrive, and blow
straight through the more modern fleet…
Doctor Who - Jon Pertwee
Jo Grant - Katy Manning
Last Sunday I visited
Overlord, a one-day
wargames show in Abingdon.
Three men find themselves successful, but un-challenged, and bored
with their lives. They decide to take on a challenge: they will poach
from well-defended estates in Scotland, and warn the owners that
they're coming, by sending letters over the name "John Macnab".
I've updated my Academy Awards Predictions
post now that the results
are in. I called ten out of twenty winners, not bad for me.
about experiences with RPGs played on-line and/or with virtual
The Short Mayo
Composite was a
solution to the range problem of fixed-wing aircraft.