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Capn Eddie Ricketyback
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I don't think we ought to let this day go by without taking note of this anniversary, which has been neglected in recent years.
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extwacaptain
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Thanks, Captain Billy.

Seven AT-6's roared overhead this morning, heading for their target near the Santa Paula airport.

This, I believe, is the 45th, consecutive year that this recognition has been shown by the Condor Squadron.

And, the target.........an eight foot diameter red meatball. Plastered and shredded with 5 pound bags of flower.

Our Comrades will never be forgotten.

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Roger Moore
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I had the Hawaiian state flag hanging at half staff on Dec 7. I think my neighbors thought it was the British flag. One neighbor did not know about Dec 7, but now he does.
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Quite possibly,I've told this story before:

Back in '82 we were deploying to Kadena AB, Okinawa from Tinker AFB, OK. We had a one or two day layover Hickham AFB and the crew had time available to do a few tourist things in and around Honolulu. While at Pearl Harbor, a Japanese tourist approached our group and asked one of our guys where he could find the USS Arizona. The radar operator pointed toward the monument and said, "It's right where you left it."

Diplomacy (and good manners) wasn't our strong suit.

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extwacaptain
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PITbeast,

Had that same Japanese tourist visited the Condor operation at VNY and asked where the Japanese flag could be found, he would have been invited to view our complex.

Entering our main meeting room, a downward glance would have answered his question.....The entire floor area beautifully tiled.

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Capn Eddie Ricketyback
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Here are a couple of examples of the December 7th commemorations of The Condor Squadron that Capt. Randy mentioned:
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Learn more about this organization on this web site.

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Results of Sunday”s “mission”

Dropped by the Condors the afternoon of the 7th to greet our returning aircrews. As our leader, Chris Rushing climbed out of his airplane with a BIG smile, I asked: “Did you tear up the target?” The smile grew larger as he held up 5 fingers and replied “5 hits”. Well, his father in law, the Col. must have given away some of his skills. (or secrets) Normally each crew carries and drops a total of five (sometimes one on the floor of the backseat by a rookie). To score a hit on every pass at a minimum of 145 MPH ain’t all that bad. (Speed "radar" enforced by our leader.)

Captain Billy’s ref. to the Condor’s web site is most interesting and appreciated.

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