Out of the aviation history books

A Chinese-language article provides interesting information about the first use in combat of the AIM-9 Sidewinder air-to-air missile, over the Taiwan Strait in 1958. Thanks to Google Translate, we can read the story (with some difficulty).  Here’s an excerpt. The US government, after learning that China was prepared to further threaten the use of force against Taiwan, in August 1958 under the “Star Program” codenamed a group of short-range thermal-guided air-to-air missiles, still classified as first-hand secrets, Later officially numbered as AIM-9 Sidewinder missiles, quietly arrived in Hsinchu by air, and more generous authorized base commanders can use the appropriate

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Racism for sure – but not on the part of the police

It seems that certain elements in left-wing, progressive, racially conscious circles are jumping the shark in their attempts to convict police of racism.  Officer.com reports: In a new report by Charlotte’s WCNC TV, closely following the events as they unfold after the shooting of Keith Lamont Scott, a spokesman for the Charlotte-Mecklenberg branch of the NAACP insisted that the race of the officer doesn’t count because black officers “give up their blackness” when they become police officers; when they put on the blue uniform. “Many black people who become police officers become blue, not black,” the organization told the station.

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Chicago’s inner city reality

The BBC recently made a short documentary titled ‘The lost streets of Chicago‘.  It’s less than 15 minutes long, but it reveals the tragic reality of inner-city life there.  It’s worth your time to watch it.  After you’ve done so, I’ll have a few things to say about it. Finished it?  Well, think about these things. How many families did you see – fathers, mothers and children all living together?  There were virtually none.  Family life is largely non-existent in our inner-city ghettoes.  The result is that children grow up without the role models of father, mother and family stability

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Cycling through Finland . . . in March . . . in hip-deep snow

Noel Coward famously said that “Mad dogs and Englishmen go out in the midday sun“.  However, it seems that the deep midwinter snow in far northern climes attracted at least one Englishman – and on two wheels, at that. Tim Moore began a 10,000-mile journey along the Iron Curtain in Finland, riding a Cold War-era MIFA 900 East German urban shopping bicycle (which broke in two on more than one occasion).  He’s written a book about his experiences, titled ‘The Cyclist Who Went Out in the Cold‘. It’ll be published in the USA in November, and on October 6th in

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WARNING to owners of Smith & Wesson M&P15/22 rifles

If you own or use a Smith & Wesson M&P15/22 rifle, similar to those illustrated below (click the image for a larger view): then you would do well to avoid shooting it until potential problems have been resolved. Project Appleseed is a widespread and very highly regarded shooter training program, teaching people of all ages how to use a rifle accurately and competently.  (I’ve recommended them in these pages before.)  They’ve just warned all their instructors that the M&P15/22 rifle is banned from their ranges until further notice.  Here’s their warning in full. To: All Appleseed Instructors Subject: TEMPORARY BAN

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