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  •  V12 Jaguar? (5+ / 0-)

    Tom Cruise had a Kawasaki ZX-9 Ninja:  0-60 mph in 2.8 secs with 4-5 gears to go depending upon preference. Tom Cruise also go better gas mileage.

    Great diaries. Anything coming on forward swept wings or lifting bodies?

    •  It was a beautiful car (7+ / 0-)

      And every bit as troublesome as you've been led to believe.

      If the pilot's good, see, I mean if he's reeeally sharp, he can barrel that baby in so low... oh you oughta see it sometime. It's a sight. A big plane like a '52... varrrooom! Its jet exhaust... frying chickens in the barnyard!

      by Major Kong on Wed Apr 03, 2013 at 12:04:57 PM PDT

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      •  Cork on the valves? /nt (0+ / 0-)

        Happy little moron, Lucky little man.
        I wish I was a moron, MY GOD, Perhaps I am!
        —Spike Milligan

        by polecat on Wed Apr 03, 2013 at 01:11:04 PM PDT

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        •  Electrics mostly (1+ / 0-)
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          Every few months the "Check Engine" light would come on for some sensor or other and I'd end up writing a $500 check to somebody to fix it.

          I usually planned on spending $500 every time I walked into the repair shop.

          If the pilot's good, see, I mean if he's reeeally sharp, he can barrel that baby in so low... oh you oughta see it sometime. It's a sight. A big plane like a '52... varrrooom! Its jet exhaust... frying chickens in the barnyard!

          by Major Kong on Wed Apr 03, 2013 at 03:14:20 PM PDT

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      •  and worth every bit of the trouble (1+ / 0-)
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        for the purpose you undertook in acquisition, no? :)

        I'll come beg shamelessly again, Major. Since you're giving master-level classes could you do one on fuels?

        LBJ, Lady Bird, Van Cliburn, Ike, Ann Richards, Barbara Jordan, Molly Ivins, Sully Sullenburger, Drew Brees: Texas is NO Bush League!

        by BlackSheep1 on Wed Apr 03, 2013 at 01:21:56 PM PDT

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        •  What kind of fuels? (1+ / 0-)
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          Aviation?

          If the pilot's good, see, I mean if he's reeeally sharp, he can barrel that baby in so low... oh you oughta see it sometime. It's a sight. A big plane like a '52... varrrooom! Its jet exhaust... frying chickens in the barnyard!

          by Major Kong on Wed Apr 03, 2013 at 03:12:52 PM PDT

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          •  Yes, sir. I had in mind (1+ / 0-)
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            particularly the different JPs and how they compare to diesel and/or avgas, and which ones can, in a pinch, be subbed in (I'm remembering a TO reference for diesel and B-52s).

            LBJ, Lady Bird, Van Cliburn, Ike, Ann Richards, Barbara Jordan, Molly Ivins, Sully Sullenburger, Drew Brees: Texas is NO Bush League!

            by BlackSheep1 on Wed Apr 03, 2013 at 03:24:37 PM PDT

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            •  I think I can do that (1+ / 0-)
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              I still have my old B-52 and tanker manuals.

              If the pilot's good, see, I mean if he's reeeally sharp, he can barrel that baby in so low... oh you oughta see it sometime. It's a sight. A big plane like a '52... varrrooom! Its jet exhaust... frying chickens in the barnyard!

              by Major Kong on Wed Apr 03, 2013 at 03:36:17 PM PDT

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