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February 10, 2006

Armorer@Tampa

The individual who called yesterday's pre-meeting apologized for doing so. For the record, he does *not* read this space, nor was their any public (as far as he knows, hee!) griping, either. T'was a revelation he came to on his own.

All is forgiven, the BCR Labs, Inc NinjaForce® has been recalled (though I'll still get billed, dammit).

Yesterday was a day of toothsome meetings conducted at the rear headquarters of the Central Hub of the War, CENTCOM. And that's all you're going to hear about that.

If it weren't for the 16-hour or so days they work around here, *this* would be good duty if you have on-base housing. All in all, however, I don't think I'd want to live here - and not just because the highest terrain relief are the dredge piles across the bay from MacDill. Traffic, in a word, sucks. I find the older I get the more annoying I find it to waste what little time I have left in an earthly mode in traffic.

Today is going to be an even cooler meeting. Yes, I said that. Sometimes, the topic matter is just so attention-grabbing that sitting in a meeting is worth it.

And no, I can't tell you a *thing* about it.

But it has been *Good* to be surrounded by so many Really Professional People who are Really Into Their Jobs. And talking to foreign Liaison Officers has been instructive, too.

And no, I won't tell you a *thing* about it.

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I'm glad I came. I'll be glad to leave. There is a rare airplane on base, though. A KB-50D, the aerial refueling version of the Boeing B-50 bomber, itself an up-engined, bigger-tailed variant of the B-29 Superfortress of WWII. The KB-50s are distinctive from the B-50s and RB-50 recon versions by the addition of two jet engines, so they could maintain a sufficient speed to refuel jet-powered aircraft. They added two wingtip pods and modified the tail to give the aircraft three drogue-style refueling points for TAC fighters.

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Given this is the home of an air-refueling wing, it makes sense, eh?

On an interesting note - a KB-50, flight Tyler 41, was a casualty of the Bermuda Triangle...