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    Back from my second cruise on the Brown. Last time a Steirman/Val/Yak painted like a Zero and a B-25. Same this time except for the B-25. Instead of the B-25 there was this.

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    And the Val and Zero

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    The Zero is actually a YAK trainer. They say it is close in characteristics to a Zero. It looks good in the air.

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    Ok something is happening at Ft. McHenry so I had to include this picture even though no plane related.

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    The Red/White/Blue buoy is the spot where the ship Key was on during the bombardment of Ft McHenry.

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    Had to post this one since it was part of the show even though we have seen these planes many times. Still nice to see.

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    Great pics again, Bob! Love that big blue Navy plane...

    All the best,
    Matt

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    Great photographs, Bob! Thank you for posting them.

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    Nice pictures and planes!

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    Nice pictures nice planes thanks for sharing.

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    Nice! Thanks.
    Success is the ability to go from one failure to another with no loss of enthusiasm. Winston S. Churchill

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    Matt I went on the cruise with another old ASA'er (O5H like me). we were in Thailand together and have known him since then. I always wear my ASA hat so while on the ship this guy comes up to us and just points to his ASA pin. He was at the 7th (71) but was there when I was at the 8th (Phu Bai). So we met another ASA person and he was an O5H so we had that in common.
    Then this guy starts talking to someone in front of us and doesn't he have an ASA patch on his hat. Well another ASA type and he was an O58-MOS before the change to O5H. One day on a living history ship and there are 4 ASA'ers and HOGS on the same boat. Good thing there was no alcohol involved.

    Also question for all you sail guys that are also in here. I think that is a SLOOP but not as informed as you so help me out.
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    Thanks for those interesting photos Bob.
    Sounds like you had a great day with a few old service chums.

    "Its a fine line indeed between going out in a Blaze of Glory or having Crashed & Burnt!"
    Member Australian Society of WW1 Aero Historians

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    Quote Originally Posted by BobP View Post
    Matt I went on the cruise with another old ASA'er (O5H like me). we were in Thailand together and have known him since then. I always wear my ASA hat so while on the ship this guy comes up to us and just points to his ASA pin. He was at the 7th (71) but was there when I was at the 8th (Phu Bai). So we met another ASA person and he was an O5H so we had that in common.
    Then this guy starts talking to someone in front of us and doesn't he have an ASA patch on his hat. Well another ASA type and he was an O58-MOS before the change to O5H. One day on a living history ship and there are 4 ASA'ers and HOGS on the same boat. Good thing there was no alcohol involved.

    Also question for all you sail guys that are also in here. I think that is a SLOOP but not as informed as you so help me out.
    I am no Nautical expert Bob but it looks like a KETCH to me (?)
    Dont ask Tim, you know how he is about everything with "Sails".

    "Its a fine line indeed between going out in a Blaze of Glory or having Crashed & Burnt!"
    Member Australian Society of WW1 Aero Historians

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    Yes I know but there a number of folks here that both air and wind so I thought I would ask. You are the first response so that is more then I knew.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BobP View Post
    ...Also question for all you sail guys that are also in here. I think that is a SLOOP but not as informed as you so help me out.
    Could be it's a schooner Bob - A schooner is a type of sailing vessel with fore-and-aft sails on two or more masts, the foremast being shorter than the main and no taller than the mizzen if there is one.
    If the other way round ie the forward mast is bigger than the rear then it's a ketch. A sloop has only one mast with fore/aft rigged sails.
    Can't see the mast tops in the photo but the sail on the mast looks smaller so likely the mast is.

    This is the Pride of Baltimore - a top-sail schooner aka a Baltimore Clipper.

    "He is wise who watches"

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    Quote Originally Posted by BobP View Post
    Matt I went on the cruise with another old ASA'er (O5H like me).
    Um -- can you explain "ASA", and "O5H"?

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    Bob, that's a lot of lightning fast chicken 'pluckers' in one spot, outside of an official reunion! Glad you had a good time with old friends, new or otherwise!

    Chris, ASA stands for Army Security Agency - Bob and I were both members during our Army time. It was the Army's equivalent of NSA. 05H was Bob's MOS (military occupational specialty) - all military jobs have number/letter designations. 05Hotel (which were nicknamed 'Hogs') were Morse Code specialists. I was a 98G3LGM - a 'Monterey Mary' in the jargon - German linguist interpreter/translator. Bob was in Vietnam/Thailand (the first American casualty in Vietnam was actually an ASA guy), while I was in West Berlin. Our official motto was "Vigilant Always", but the unofficial one was "In God we trust; all others we monitor". It was a pretty rarified branch of the Army, and it's not often at all that we run into one another - when I discovered a couple of years ago that Bob and I shared the ASA background, it was like I'd found a long-lost older brother...

    All the best,
    Matt

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    Great explanation Matt. I haven't heard the term Monterey Mary in a long time. I guess in this area not that rare to find someone that was ASA. I ran into a guy in the commissary one day and after chatting found out that I was his brothers Trick Chief on Okinawa. The guy you mentioned was James T. Davis. Almost every ASA post had something named after him. There is a book "Unlikely Warriors" which talks about ASA in Viet Nam. It deals more about the Airborne Radio Direction Finding (ARDF) part of what we did.

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    Chris this was our unit patch.

    Dave I forgot all about the Pride. That may have been the Pride of Baltimore II. Thanks for pointing that out.
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    Quote Originally Posted by BobP View Post
    ...Dave I forgot all about the Pride. That may have been the Pride of Baltimore II. Thanks for pointing that out.
    Think it's the II that's pictured above. Good looking ship & interesting history for a repro.
    2005 !
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pride_of_Baltimore

    "He is wise who watches"

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    That's one of the Woodwinds, a matching pair of two-masted schooners out of Annapolis. (I think it's Woodwind. I think Woodwind II is the white one.) They're for hire, and often do corporate events where two teams race against each other. One is fitted with a big boardroom downstairs, the other has berths. They also do short journeys in the evenings where they sell tickets for anyone who wants to hit the water for two hours and learn how to trim a jib.

    I've sailed on both, both due to a love of sailing and to a remarkable attraction to the daughter of the owner of the company. She did competition yacht racing on the same boat I did years back. Never did get to date her in spite of making a pretty solid press to do so. The boats are beautiful. (So is the daughter.)

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    Woodwind & Woodwind II are modern schooner's and don't sport cannon - lovely craft though.



    "He is wise who watches"

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    You know what -- that's not Woodwind. That's an older craft.

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    Didn't mean to get into the sails but I know there are many here that have the knowledge of such things as is seen but the responses. Thanks all for the great info on the subject.



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