Originally posted by V960
I didn't say rotten mushrooms just a bit beyond what is considered edible by most. The flavor is wonderful. The cremini work as well but the depth of taste just isn't there. A quick saute of the muchrooms in clarified butter to just brown the edges also helps to deepen the flavor. I just don't think regular button mushrooms have much flavor but am not willing to use the exotics for a soup.
Ah, yes the F-4 Phantom, proof positive that a brick will fly if you put big enough engines on it. The biggest basic mistake in it was that the only two guns on it were the two S&W .38's carried by the avaitor and his back seater. It was tough as nails however. That tough airframe saved my rearend more than once.
Now another aircraft that required officers that (I WILL never admit this publicly) really needed a wheel barrow to carry their stones around in was the A-6. Sub sonic, built around a guidence system that worked about 3/4 of the time, again no guns (is there a pattern here?) and slap loaded down w/ ordinance is the A-6 Intruder. Migs came after these guys they could only scream for the Phantoms for help. W/ a Phantom, if the stuff got too thick and you had enough fuel...firewall it and come back tommorrow. The A-6 couldn't go to Mach 1.
As to the F-14 and F/A-18, I've been very fortunate to have a few rides in each in the back seat. I think I would prefer to fly the F/A-18 over the Tomcat. Seems to be not only more forgiving but more agile. Not as fast as the Tomcat but the pilots I talked w/ like it better. I did like that Mach 2 plus bug out ability of the F-4 however.
Damn Vman, I knew I was beginning to like you! My dream as a teenager was to fly F-4s but the pacifist living inside me talked me out of it. Took all the Navy tests while in college but backed out at the last minute. I didn't figure I'd make it through the preliminary stuff like OCS etc.
My heros are guys like Scott Crossfield, Wally Schira, Pete Everest, etc. . . oh, yea, and that good ol boy froom down the road Chuck Yeager.
I'd always heard the "flying brick" description of the F-4, but wondered if the pilots also thought so. I never asked.
And speaking of balzy guys, how about those Skyraider and T-28 pilots?