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    Air Force Academy Commencement

    This was sent to me by a retired Army Colonel and, yes, it was verified on Snopes.




    Air Force Academy Commencement 2013

    Good friends of ours from here in Elizabethtown, KY just got back home from a visit to the Air Force Academy, in Colorado Springs where they attended the commencement exercises of the graduating class of 2013. In fact John's grandson was one of the graduates and John, being a retired US Army officer was able to swear in his grandson as a brand spanking new US Air Force 2Lt.
    What an honor that must have been for John and his family, but that's not the real story nor is it the historic significance of the 2013 commencement celebration. You see 2013 is the first Air Force graduation on record that has occurred under a Sequester created by a nonfunctioning Congress and an unyielding Obama Administration. Due to operating under this Sequester the ceremonies proceeded as follows:
    President Obama regretfully declined the kind invitation of the Commandant of the Air Force Academy to be speak to the graduates and their families on the occasion of their graduation saying he was committed to addressing the graduates at West Point. Instead it was established that Vice President Biden was free and he would come to Colorado Springs. And, as to the request for the usual fly-over by the US Air Force Thunderbirds that was declined again due to the Sequester.
    After consultation with his chain of command the Commandant of the Air Force Academy notified the White House that due to the Sequester cancelling the traditional fly-over of the Thunderbirds that he was confident that the nation didn't need the added $1 million + expense to fly Air Force 2, of any configuration or model, and the added expense of the Secret Service and their entourage required when the Vice President traveled. So just cancel the initial request for a speaker from the White House for the commencement.
    So the commencement went off as planned sans representation from the Obama Administration. It looked like this:
    The featured speaker was an Under Secretary of the Air Force, who is a decorated Viet Nam veteran. The Secretary flew back and forth from Andrews AFB to Peterson AFB In Colorado Springs on routine training flight conducted by the Air Force thus costing the American tax payers nothing.
    John tells me that there were nearly as many Air Force General Officers in attendance as there were family members. He thinks a dozen or more 4 Star General, three or four times as many 2 and 3 Stars an untold number of 1 Star Generals. And, of course countless Colonels and below.
    Most of these officers were themselves alumni of the Air Force Academy and wanted nothing less than to present a perfect program for the graduating class. Since the Congress and the Obama Administration could not see fit to allow for a fly-over by the Thunderbirds, a number of the senior generals took matters into their own hands. And so, when the speeches, the hats were all thrown into the air, and all the family hugs were all made and it became time for the fly-over a roar of engines was detected from the West of the air strip and parade grounds there at the facility and everyone was treated to a fly-over by the Confederate Air Force. Looking up they saw all kinds of vintage aircraft from B-17s B-24s, B-25s, P-38s, P-51s and others all represented by manufactures such Corsairs, Grumman, Lockheed and Boeing who still provide parts availability for these aircraft, and flown by our hero's from prior conflicts that still see fit to stay active for services such as this. It was a wonderful experience for all who were there.
    I am sure you will join me in offering a salute to these serving officers who saw fit not to rob the 2013 graduating class of their day of celebration, and to our heroes who flew the planes for this worthy occasion and oh yes to the many private donors who pitched in and covered the expenses involved in bringing these aircraft in to Colorado Springs from various locations across the country.

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  3. That's the kind of thing that makes me proud to be an American.

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    This was a hundred times better than listening to either Zero or the court jester!
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    Very uplifting. I can imagine the unmistakable drone of the piston engines as they approached and went overhead. Having witnessed a number of these planes at air shows throughout the central plains over the years, when I heard the deep roar of one of them, I always felt a chill up my spine. I am not knocking the Thunderbirds or Blue Angels as I definitely enjoy them but witnessing the flight of a P-51, B-25 or any of these other classic warplanes is always indescribable pure pleasure. To see this many classics at one time would be a once in a lifetime moment. Congratulations to whoever came up with this. Congratulations to the Commandant for telling the VP to to stay away.

    There are several videos on YouTube. Here is one of them.

    2013 United States Air Force Academy Graduation - Flyover by WWII Airplanes - YouTube
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    This just goes to show you the great respect Obama has for the military. He spends hundreds of times more than this graduation would have cost on one of his many vacations. I hope the military remembers their treatment by this piece of s____ when things start to go very wrong. His treatment of active duty personnel and injured veterans has been absolutely disgraceful. Even though he was injured in Iraq, my stepson waited over a year for his VA benefits after he was released from the hospital. Illegal aliens are treated better than those who fought for their country. Those who paid for their benefits with blood get less than the illegals invading this country.

    As pilot (private only) I prefer the WW2 aircraft anyway. There isn't anything like the sound of big radial engines. My business partner and I used to go to airshows on a regular basis in his North American T 6.

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    Quote Originally Posted by buckey01 View Post
    This just goes to show you the great respect Obama has for the military. He spends hundreds of times more than this graduation would have cost on one of his many vacations. I hope the military remembers their treatment by this piece of s____ when things start to go very wrong. His treatment of active duty personnel and injured veterans has been absolutely disgraceful. Even though he was injured in Iraq, my stepson waited over a year for his VA benefits after he was released from the hospital. Illegal aliens are treated better than those who fought for their country. Those who paid for their benefits with blood get less than the illegals invading this country.

    As pilot (private only) I prefer the WW2 aircraft anyway. There isn't anything like the sound of big radial engines. My business partner and I used to go to airshows on a regular basis in his North American T 6.
    And when you say big radials, nothing says it better than a Corsair.

    Although I like the sounds of a Merlin/Allison too.

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    The Corsair is really my favorite war bird. The gull wing makes it really beautiful and the 18 cylinder radial certainly gives it character. An instructor at a near by airport had one that I really admired; but since it only has room for a pilot no one but the owner will ever get to fly it. Besides I'd probably kill myself in it. I did get to fly the T6 but not solo. It doesn't fly anything like the Piper Cherokee Warrior that I learned on. It's like the difference between a Buick and a Corvette.

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    I wonder if Biden and Obama are smart enough to know they have been dissed. I love the commandant of the USAF Academy for his courage.
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    Quote Originally Posted by JimPage View Post
    I wonder if Biden and Obama are smart enough to know they have been dissed. I love the commandant of the USAF Academy for his courage.
    Do you think they would be smart enough to even figure it out unless told?
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    Quote Originally Posted by JimPage View Post
    I wonder if Biden and Obama are smart enough to know they have been dissed. I love the commandant of the USAF Academy for his courage.
    Of course they will, isn't one of their lackies reading this post now?

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