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Keeping the "anal" in analytical... (While trying to remain civilized)

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Friday, June 22, 2007

Write on!!!

The Fightin' 6th Marines

There's an easy thing that anyone can do to boost morale in Iraq: send email.

You're doing that regularly anyway, right?

I first found out about the "RCT-6 Email Project" at BLACKFIVE; their latest post about it is HERE.

Then I read about it again at Villainous Company.

The following is a sample template (originally posted as a comment at BLACKFIVE) to help get started:

Dear Marine,
My name is _________________ and I'm writing to you from _______. I hope I don't say the wrong thing; it's hard to put myself into your shoes (or boots.) But I'll stumble through this because you need to know: I'm grateful for your service to this country. I can't imagine how hard it must be for you to do what you do.

We don't know each other so I'll tell you a little about myself. Every day I go to X and I X. (Insert opinion of X here). My X and X live with me and I wish you could see them. They are so X. (Insert story?) Anyways, I thought you'd like that little glimpse of the country you so faithfully protect.

You are in my thoughts/prayers. What you are doing is important. I look forward to the day you can come victoriously home, but until then take care, keep doing a great job, and remember that America is proud of you.

Warmest wishes,

Why not do it right now?

Send email to RCT-6lettersfromh@gcemnf-wiraq.usmc.mil

Or, if you wouldn't mind registering, comment at their blog:
Fightin' 6th Marines!

The Fightin' 6th Marines would love to hear from you...

Monday, June 04, 2007

There's something in the air...

It's called the Dynalifter:

If Ohio Airships, (incorporated in 1999) is successful, you might be seeing a lot more of them in years to come.

Ohio is known by many as the "Birthplace of Aviation Pioneers" (it's even on their State quarter) because the plane that first flew at Kitty Hawk, North Carolina in 1903 was designed and built in the Wright brother's bicycle shop in Dayton, Ohio...but I digress.

The Dynalifter is a heavier-than-air aircraft which generates lift from a combination of lifting body, wings, canards, and non-flammable helium gas. This could allow for unprecedented volumes of cargo to be moved between landing sites.

As for stability, Dynalifters are designed to withstand up to 30 knot crosswinds. Under extreme conditions (winds in excess of 30 knots), the Dynalifter can remain on the ground either by pointing into the wind, refueling before the cargo has been released, not releasing the cargo, or by being tied down.

Ohio Airships wasn't the first to conceive of an airplane/airship hybrid. One of Howard Hughes’ last projects was the development of the heavy-lift "Megalifter" hybrid, but that project died with him.

In addition to "Roadless Trucking", the company envisions a number of other applications:
- Trans-oceanic Transport
- Remote Supply
- Disaster Relief & Support
- Homeland Security
- Firefighting
- Personal Transport
- Military

It could help with the traffic congestion on the Interstates, too...

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