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May 23, 2008

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Cecil Turner

A minor winge: McCain was an attack pilot, not a fighter dude. Not sure if that has any impact on the coolness index.

And looking at Brooks's picture, I suspect wishful thinking is at least partly responsible for the underlying theory.

Rick Ballard

"I suspect wishful thinking is at least partly responsible for the underlying theory."

Cecil,

Probably not more than 85-90%. I wonder how many times he watched his pants go up the flagpole? Would MO let BHO read something like this?

clarice

I haven't looked at his website, but speaking as a woman--and I hope not to offend anyone especially those here who I love beyond reason--but fighter pilots are sexier than bloggers.

Neo

Sign me up for P-51 duty.

BumperStickerist

Being an Alpha Geek is somewhat like being the tallest midget in the circus or the world's greatest Finnish Opera singer.

Nice, but not so in any useful context.

PrestoPundit

Can't wait for the MySpace page.

Or -- could it be true -- you already have one? If I start a page can I get on your "friends" list?

MikeS

Here are the 'official' cool quotients.

James Dean...... 9.7
Steve McQueen. 9.5
John McCain..... 8.4
Barack Obama... 4.7

JM Hanes

I just hope McCain doesn't try to fly a plane in the course of his campaign.

Steve Skubinna

Also, the A-4 found itself in fighter roles in low threat environments. US antisubmarine carriers typically carried a detachment of Skyhawks for self defense and protection of the ASW aircraft.

The Scooter was originally designed to be the smallest practical carrier based aircraft capable of delivering a single nuclear weapon. It turned out to be an extremely nimble aircraft that at fairly low speeds and altitudes outperformed many dedicated fighters.

Cecil Turner

It turned out to be an extremely nimble aircraft that at fairly low speeds and altitudes outperformed many dedicated fighters.

Aerodynamically, yes, and it made a great simulator for low wing-loaded fighters. But the A-4 was not a fighter--and wasn't well suited to the mission--primarily because of its lack of radar, air-to-air missiles (except for a capacity for a couple of 'winders that were rarely/never actually loaded), and cannons that were unsuitable for air combat (rate of fire too low, feed chutes that jammed under "g", and a substandard gunsight). Other than that . . .

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