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Hey, Juan Grande!  Pardon my kidding about you on that other thread.  You do a great job of giving us some humor during these dark days when everybody is at each others throats.  I know you know that that was only a bad joke, but I do want to give you props in the GIF department.  If they ever create a job of Chief Operating Officer in charge of GIF's ayaoau wiall surely be the man for the job!


In light of how much some folks are at each others' throats, I want to leave a serious video of someone with a serious problem, who handles it with more skill and assurance than can be believed.  A pilot of an AV-8B Harrier jump jet realizes after takeoff from the Amphibious Assault Ship USS Bataan that his nose landing gear has failed.  With the help of his Landing Signal Officer, a fellow pilot in the ships control tower, he makes a perfect vertical landing placing the nose of the Harrier on a "stool" made for just this kind of emergency.  Thing is, he could not even see the stool, which is barely wider than the width of the nose of the aircraft while landing. He said that the landing was so intense, that when it was over he had to think to remember how to turn off the airplane!  I am sure that he was at least partially just kidding, but it goes to show you that some folks have more important things to be concerned about, than some of the issues that seem to get us all worked up in the off season.  Hats off to our military personnel, many of whom get little recognition for doing jobs that sometimes are just as dangerous as this skilled bit of flying by one of our finest.



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Best one ... sometimes the best ones are the simplest ones.  I love me some puppies!  Mine are 84 and 96 pound puppies.  My female Catahoula, Lillie, had knee surgery not long ago.  She got to go out in the back yard for the first time this afternoon.  Here recovery has been difficult for the both of us.




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Take a look at this!  Sprite lightning discharges up to 56 miles high.  Apparently they are a "cold plasma" phenomenon more akin to fluorescent discharges than the lightning that we are most familiar with.






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Here is a wiki reference, and some quotes ...




"Sprites are large-scale electrical discharges that occur high above thunderstorm clouds, or cumulonimbus, giving rise to a quite varied range of visual shapes flickering in the night sky. They are triggered by the discharges of positive lightning between an underlying thundercloud and the ground.


Sprites appear as luminous reddish-orange flashes. They often occur in clusters within the altitude range 50–90 km (31–56 mi) above the Earth's surface. Sporadic visual reports of sprites go back at least to 1886, but they were first photographed on July 6, 1989 by scientists from the University of Minnesota and have subsequently been captured in video recordings many thousands of times.


Sprites are sometimes inaccurately called upper-atmospheric lightning. However, sprites are cold plasma phenomena that lack the hot channel temperatures of tropospheric lightning, so they are more akin to fluorescent tube discharges than to lightning discharges."




Here is a NOVA documentary, well worth a watch ...



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For those of you who like fast and low flying video, here is a great video of F-15's flying low in various places.  About half way through the footage from Alaska is spectacular ... Hey look!  There is a moose!  UP THERE!




Despite what it says, just click on the "Watch on Vimeo" button and all will be well.

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