It’s been 5 months?

I rolled in this afternoon/evening after I had left over turkey, lumpy mashed potatoes, green beans and cranberries(whole ones) followed by pumpkin pie with that pressurized whipped cream…… I was gonna enter something profound and highly literal and kaboom, I suddenly realized it had been five months since I had been here…. So here goes ladies and gentlemen……

I have been working because we are considered mission essential. I know some folks who are not that lucky especially given the edicts of our not so esteemed governor, Greasy Gruesome Newsom. He is a reason that makes a repeat of 1776 a rather splendid idea at times………

We had a bit of a stressful event at Eddie’s Airplane Patch relative to the 412th AMXS in the July-August time frame that did cause some consternation in the unit. In a nutshell it was a possible contact with a possible contact of a confirmed case in a member’s family. To several of us it was an option to get the quick nasal check for the said China Virus. My flight chief at the time was sort of pushy about me getting it done. He worried about me due to my age and the fact that I have had some health related issues and having had cancer being one of them. I wound up being placed on administrative leave from Mid August to Mid October. Full pay and regular leave and sick leave still being earned. At least Missus ORPO and I were able to take a trip to Wichita, Kansas for the First Birthday of our Grandson, Grayson Austin Green. Add in that your humble Crew Dawg was also rolling Sixty-Six in that time period. My New Flight Chief was in a bit of a tizzy when he was informed about said vacation. I had already forecast it in January before he moved into his current position. I don’t even think I got charged the full amount of leave. Missus ORPO and I had a splendid time with the family.

I also had a fun event in August that required my old friend, the prep. You know THAT PREP! I also had the endoscopy done and that was a first. Polyp in the transverse colon and rectum, both of which were negative on the biopsies. The upper tract had some items that also had biopsies done and those were negative as well. The diverticulitis is there and it is being dealt with as I would prefer the surgery to be done after I retire at Edwards and we return to Kansas. Then I will have all the time in the world.

No Hockey yet. Supposedly the AHL is going to start the new season next week but no one knows anything because the above named elected official is being his usual 24 carat ass wipe self…….

There, caught up, I think. I am still thinking on whether or not to keep ATJT going or not. I am up against the free amount expiration soon. I have considered doing the Pinch Paisley thing and just calling it good because of the social media thing taking over.

I am still here

I have been neglecting this here blog that I have kept. I am running out of free space on it. When Missus ORPO returns from Wichita, Kansas where she has been with the youngest daughter for the period before, during and after the arrival of our new grandson on 17 September 2019 I will do the upgrade at forty-eight bucks a year to keep this project going.

I must admit that I have been occupied over the last few years with scans, blood work and other sundry indignities concerning my medical status. So far nothing bad has been found. The weight loss that began in 2015 when I was moved into the tool room on a reasonable accommodation was a tough go. When I was surprised with a reveal in May in Wichita by Missus ORPO, The Darling Daughter and Eldest Granddaughter, I started looking up. So without further ado, I give you all a few pics of Grayson Austin Mark Green.

B-29 “Doc” takes to the skies again after 60 years

The B-29 “Doc” made its first flight in 60 years Sunday morning.

Source: B-29 “Doc” takes to the skies again after 60 years

This was at KSN TV from Wichita, Kansas!

Doc flies again!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Wichita Aircraft worker volunteers made it happen! If I was still there, I would have helped out myself!

Kansas artists making money selling cactus to Arizona cities

Jayhawks to the Rescue!!!!!!!! This is funny in a way but it does show some serious ingenuity on the part of a pair of entrepenuers in Wichita. I wonder how much a pair of Joshua Trees would be?!?!?!?

Yes, I miss Wichita…………………We consider it to be home.

A couple of Kansas artists with an affinity for desert landscapes are making a name for themselves in Arizona and the southwest.

The full story at KWCH 12 is at the link. It is short but very interesting. Kansas artists making money selling cactus to Arizona cities.

King Air down at Wichita Dwight D. Eisenhower National Airport

Got the first news on this from my daughter in Wichita. She works for the AOPA about a quarter of a mile from the Flight Safety International building on the airport.

Sources vary on the number of casualties.

The local stations are following the situation, so I will only provide links to them.

http://www.kwch.com/news/national/report-plane-hits-building-at-kansas-airport/29430118

http://www.kake.com/home/headlines/Mid-Continent-plane-crash-280929562.html

http://interactives.ksn.com/photomojo/gallery/14945/277871/plane-crashes-at-wichita-airport/seen-from-the-air/

This one is close to home as it were.
King Air Crash at Wichita ICT

Dreamlifter lifts off for McConnell

Seems a 747-4LCF Dreamlifter landed at Wichita’s Jabara Airport on Wednesday. This is video of the aircraft leaving for McConnell AFB the next morning. Jabara has a much shorter runway than McConnell AFB. Both airfields are about 10 miles apart almost inline.

Someone is going to have a tough day explaining this to the boss.

Amtrak’s Southwest Chief might abandon western Kansas route, come through Wichita

Amtrak’s Southwest Chief might abandon western Kansas route, come through Wichita

TOPEKA — Western Kansas may lose easy access to Amtrak’s Southwest Chief passenger train because of deteriorating tracks and the state’s refusal to spend tens of millions of dollars to improve them.

A new route for the Chief could include a stop in Wichita, though any decision would be years away.

Wichita was home for 11 and 1/2 years. The Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe, The Rock Island and The Frisco all served the Air Capital for years in the past along with the MKT I believe. Now it is BNSF and UP and the Kansas and Oklahoma. I loved traveling by rail when I was a youngster. I spend almost five years working ballast trains and railroads are still something I love. To see my adopted hometown get passenger rail service would be great! I could ride the train from Barstow to Wichita to visit grandchildren!

President Franklin Roosevelt and First Lady, Eleanor, soon after arriving at Union Station in 1936. In the background is the Jett & Wood Mercantile Company.

President Franklin Roosevelt and First Lady, Eleanor, soon after arriving at Union Station in 1936. In the background is the Jett & Wood Mercantile Company.

Union Station, 2007
Wichita Union Station 2007
Images are from The Wichita Eagle.

From Kansas.com : Tanker decision will have ramifications for McConnell, Wichita for decades to come

I thought you might be interested in this story: Tanker decision will have ramifications for McConnell, Wichita for decades to come, http://m.kansas.com/wichita/db_274424/contentdetail.htm?contentguid=PD7ObFO8

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Possible Changes

Possible. Pay careful attention to that word.

I applied for a job just like I have in another location. It is at McConnell AFB in Wichita, Kansas.

Why Wichita? We still have a house there and three of our grandchildren are there.

Good enough reasons.

I was referred to the hiring supervisor there by the Air Force Personnel Center after doing the online application process. I applied the day the posting expired, 26 June. I got the email for the referral on 29 June. Now the waiting……………

If offered, we are going home.

Severe weather in Kansas

Had cause for some worry this past weekend. We have kids and grand kids in Wichita. It was hit by an EF-3 tornado that was about a third of a mile across.

Did damage to three aircraft plants and the Air Refueling Wing flew the tankers to South Dakota.

Life on the Central Plains, it is.

http://www.kansas.com/2012/04/15/2297609/aerial-photos-of-storm-damage.html

Pompeo, Boisture to Air Force: Tell us why Hawker Beechcraft was excluded from LAS contract

…………..Hawker Beechcraft CEO Bill Boisture and U.S. Rep. Mike Pompeo had one message this morning at a press conference inside a company hangar in east Wichita.

They want the Air Force to explain why it excluded the company’s bid for a light air support contract worth up to nearly $1 billion.

“We want to know,” Boisture said………….

So do a lot of folks. I have no issue with Sierra Nevada and Embraer winning as long it is on the merits and technical aspect of the respective air frames. I personally think the Super Tucano is a better aircraft for the mission. I have read the specs and performance figures. But that is just me.

The ultimate test is this……………..is the aircraft going to be able to kill when called upon? That is what everything boils down to.

Link is to the Wichita Eagle’s Air Capital Insider Blog.

http://blogs.kansas.com/aviation/2012/01/06/pompeo-boisture-to-air-force-tell-us-why-hawker-beechcraft-was-excluded-from-las-contract/