F/A-18F recreation of an Aggressor livery that, in real life, is applied to USMC F/A-18B 162402, nose number 400. Formally of VFA-125 ‘Rough Raiders’, its now now part of VFA-122 'Flying Eagles’ and known affectionately as the Green Hornet.
All screenshots taken at 3K and downscaled to 1080p
3274/HPWS/29, created the Malayan branch of the Information Research Department (IRD) during the Malayan Emergency as part of the psyops campaign against the Malayan Communist Party.
Text in Chinese reads:
TO COMRADES OF THE 13th AND 15th INDEPENDENT DIVISION
Chong Long Heng is your communication officer. He was shot dead by security forces on 31 March 1954. Don’t you feel strange about the fact that so many lower ranking comrades are shot dead, while higher ranking comrades attempt to save their own lives? Please refer to the following facts:
These lower ranking comrades are dead:
Ah Tim Party Member 31 Oct 1951 Shot dead
Chee Kong Party Member 31 Oct 1951 Shot dead
Xiao Ping Party Member Jan 1952 Shot dead
Meng Fei Party Member 28 Mar 1952 Shot dead
Lau Cai Party Member 28 Mar 1952 Shot dead
Kuan Yew Combatant 17 Jul 1952 Shot dead
Kuan Seng Combatant 17 Jul 1952 Shot dead
Ah Chan Min Yuen Personnel 19 Jul 1952 Shot dead
Ah Zhong Combatant 18 Jun 1952 Shot dead
Weng Wah Combatant 18 Jun 1952 Shot dead
Ah Soon Combatant 18 Sep 1952 Shot dead
Choo Zai Combatant 18 Sep 1952 Shot dead
Ah Kee New Comrade 24 Oct 1953 Shot dead
Cheng Sin Di Combatant 28 Mar 1953 Shot dead
Chong Kee Huat Combatant 23 Mar 1953 Shot dead
Chong Long Heng Communication Officer 31 Mar 1953 Shot dead
Lee Ngao Combatant22 Apr 1954 Shot dead
Chan See Chuen Combatant 22 Apr 1954 Shot dead
Comrades: Many are dead. Only a few managed to save themselves
These higher ranking leaders are still alive:
Chong Mun State Committee
Chen Keng Yew Area Committee
Lau Fong Area Committee
Chan Kong Area Committee
Chow Cai Area Committee
Yen Kian Area Committee
Kit Ning Branch Committee
Lee Yan Branch Committee
Ma Chee Wah Branch Committee
Lau Kiu Branch Committee
Ah Lai Branch Committee
These Leaders are dead:
Liao Ho Branch Committee 5 Jan 1953 Shot dead
Ah Yen Branch Committee 24 Oct 1953 Shot dead
Zhong Yun Area Committee Oct 1953 Shot dead
Lee Siang Area Committee 24 Oct 1953 Shot dead
Siao Niu Team Leader 22 Apr 1954 Shot dead
Leaders: Many managed to save themselves, only a few are dead.
Even though you all manage to survive, but your life is unnecessarily slipping away. You all are getting older - before you all get old, how much time do you think you’ll have for a stable life? If you all wish to start a new life, you can leave the jungle any time.
Reward: If you bring out a Bren gun, you will be received a reward of $1,000. If you bring out five other comrades, you will receive a reward of $2,500. Exceeding five, you can get an additional $500 reward for each comrade. If you are a communications officer and you bring out documents you will get a reward. If you have any information on operations that help to capture guerrillas or particularly that lead to the elimination of a leader, you will definitely receive a large reward.
On October 3, 1993, Rangers conducted a daring daylight raid with other special operations units in which several special operations helicopters were shot down. For nearly 18 hours, the task force delivered devastating firepower, killing an estimated 600 enemy combatants in what many have called the fiercest ground combat since Vietnam.
18 service members made the ultimate sacrifice in accomplishing their mission. Their courage and selfless service will never be forgotten.
CW4 Raymond Frank
CW3 Clifton Wolcott
CW2 Donovan Briley
MSG Gary Gordon
MSG Timothy Martin
SFC Earl Filmore
SFC Randy Shughart
SSG Daniel Busch
SSG Thomas Field
SSG William Cleveland
SGT Casey Joyce
SGT Cornell Houston Sr.
SGT Dominick Pilla
SGT Lorenzo Ruiz
CPL Jamie Smith
SPC James Cavaco
PFC James Martin Jr.
PFC Richard Kowaleski
Not Serra over GSP. Not Weidman over Silva. Not Dillashaw over Barao. Not Sokoudjou over Lil Nog. None of those match the pure shock of seeing Holly Holm knock out Ronda Rousey yesterday. And that’s not because Ronda was the most complete, well rounded fighter. It is because none of those other fighters were anywhere near as dominant over there division as Rousey. None of them were getting rid of top 5 fighters inside of 20 seconds. None were as athletically, physically, and technically dominant over every single person they had fought up to that point in there career.
So let’s look back at that night and just appreciate an upset that we’ll likely never see again in this MMA landscape.
Holly Holm put on the fight of her life. Refusing to get caught in a bad position, she used her feet to stop any attempts at Rousey closing the distance. Some solid lefts mixed in with some great turns to escape were the key to opening up the head kick. Plus she’s just as cool as a cucumber. So composed mentally. This basically sets her apart in the female combat sports pantheon. 18 world championships and a UFC title will do that for you.
I’m seeing a lot of “Rousey got exposed”. I mean, yes and no. Yes, that wasn’t the expected outcome at all. No, she was never perfect and the reasons she lost were basically things we knew she wasn’t great at: She’s not a good ring cutter, she’s not a good boxer at range, and she has to bull rush to get the clinch. Pretty much a lock for a rematch at UFC 200. She’s the reason women are in the UFC. She’s beaten like 7 or 8 of the
top ten fighters in her division. She’s the most dominant champion the
UFC has ever seen in terms of finishing challengers quickly. It’s a guaranteed blockbuster event and if Silva can get a rematch after
getting embarrassed like he did in the first Weidman fight, Rousey can have her “she had a bad night/camp” fight too.
With Joanna Champion and Holly Holm, two former world champion level strikers, picking up wins on what will be the biggest card of the year, what do you think that does for the WMMA meta-game? Traditionally, WMMA is a grappler dominated scene: Going back to Yuka Tsuji to Megumi Fujii to Carla Esparza to Claudia Gadelha to Miesha Tate to Alexis Daivs to Ronda Rousey. The whole striking aspect has been overlooked to a shocking degree while on the men’s side, being the better striker nowadays is winning title fights.
Joanna Jedrzejczyk didn’t get the highlight reel KO that the UFC (or us fans) wanted that would launch her into stardom. And she is going to be overshadowed by Holm’s incredible performance. I’ll be damned though if Jedrzejczyk putting down a 5 round beating on Letournau wasn’t a thing of beauty. Especially with a broken hand. Valerie fought her ass off but Joanna Champion proved too great at what she does. Seems a lock that the Gadelha rematch is on the horizon for early spring next year. After that though, we have a whole list of strikers (Tecia Torres, Michelle Waterson, Justine Kish, Karolina Kowalkiewicz, Thug Rose, Alexa Grasso) chomping at the bit to get at her. Should be fun.
I can’t enjoy the Mark Hunt win because Bigfoot has deteriorated so poorly. Just a sad reminder that he’s not healthy enough to be fighting anymore but will continue to get fights against high level competition that can really hurt him.
If you’re Australian, you better get behind Robert Whittaker and Ben Nguyen now. Whittaker is the best thing to come out of Australia since Mark Hunt. He’s the best thing you got going (alongside Joseph Parker). He’s got age on his side too being only 24 years old in a top heavy division full of older guys like Bisping, Romero, Belfort, Machida, Silva, and Jacare. Wouldn’t surprise me to see him in a title fight eventually. Nguyen looks like an absolute beast so far, fading both Alp Ozkilic and Ryan Benoit in the first round. Not sure if he’ll climb the ladder like Whittaker has done but he’s bound to be in a lot of good fights.
● the Navy is teaching a new a new dog-fighting technique that does away with guns and missiles. I understand it’s called Aircraft Wrestling. These are photos of a pair of F-18 Hornets at Top Gun which had a mid-air collision and then the pilots “John Wayned” them back to base. Anyone has got to be NUTS to be a Naval Aviator.
Hook down - hydraulics gone - incredible… This truly is a miracle; two heavily damaged aircraft. The pilots would have been justified in “punching out” but instead, they chose to bring the jets in. This endangered their lives but saved the taxpayers about 80 million dollars. The story behind them is: Two F/A-18 Hornets from Top Gun were Dogfighting and made a head on pass, just a bit too close.