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Here is an interesting sign we saw while cachig near Abilene. 

Read about it here.

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That's not too far from where Santa Claus robbed a bank and ultimately got hung  :knuppel2:

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Mustangs escorted the B-29s on many missions, so the two warbirds you saw in LaPorte could have shared some air over Japan 66 years ago.

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Mustangs escorted the B-29s on many missions, so the two warbirds you saw in LaPorte could have shared some air over Japan 66 years ago.

I'm sure they could have, though I always think of the European Theater when it comes to the P-51.  The P-38 Lightning and carrier-based planes like the Corsair and Hellcat usually come to mind when I think of the Pacific Theater.

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Mustangs escorted the B-29s on many missions, so the two warbirds you saw in LaPorte could have shared some air over Japan 66 years ago.

Respectfully, the P-51 wasn't used in the Pacific but did escort B-17's over Europe. 

The Pacific theater featured Marine Corps and Naval air units and the P-51 was Army Air Corps....

Plus, the Mustang wasn't carrier based.

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From http://www.chuckhawks.com/mustang_P-51.htm

P-51D's in Europe spearheaded the B-17 and B-24 heavy bomber streams that delivered the final crushing blows to Berlin and the other German industrial centers. In the Pacific they cleared the way for the B-29 formations that did the same thing to Tokyo and Japanese industry, sweeping aside the defending Japanese fighters.

The Japanese Raiden intercepter, designed specifically to engage heavy bombers, initially had some successes against unescorted SuperForts. The USAAF response was to provide Mustangs to escort the heavy bombers. That ended the threat, for the Raiden proved to be no match for the agile P-51. This is how Japanese ace Saburo Sakai described those events in his book Samurai!:

"For a short period of time the fighters broke the B-29's myth of invinciability, and the Raiden's four cannon and flashing speed raised our hopes by blowing several B-29's out of the sky."

"The enemy's answer was to send swarms of Mustangs over Japan during the daylight raids. The swift enemy fighters tore savagely at our planes and slaughtered them. Where the Raiden shone against the B-29, it was helpless before the swifter, more manuverable Mustang."

While the lion's share of work for the Mustang was in Europe, P-51's were used extensively in Burma and China and flew B-29 escort missions from Iwo Jima and other captured Japanese islands.

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Man, I was just about to chime in and HC stole my thunder...

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What?  No caches?  No mud sliding with the college beauties after your free beer?  What a wasted day.  :P

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My favorite part of your log:  "As I am standing there semi drying off, I have this crazy thought.. did I get hit by lightening and die back there? Looking at the beer it's a miller light so I quickly disgard that notion."  :D :D :D

:cheers:

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My favorite part of your log:  "As I am standing there semi drying off, I have this crazy thought.. did I get hit by lightening and die back there? Looking at the beer it's a miller light so I quickly disgard that notion."  :D :D :D

:cheers:

Now that right there is funny!  If it's Miller Lite, maybe you've gone to hell.  ::)  :D

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Awesome log and pics brother.

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What th. . .?  I thought this was a snake thread. 

While on my way to Voodoo Mary's Squeeze, in Challenger Park

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What tha?  A copper-headed rattle moccasin!  :tickedoff:

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What tha?  A copper-headed rattle moccasin!  :tickedoff:

I clearly don't know my snakes.  :D

(Seeing Thot's comment though -- I assumed it was a copperhead).  That's why I employ my stay-away-from-all snakes approach.  I don't have to sort them out that way.  ;)

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One give-away is the dark stripe that runs along the side of the head of the moccasin.

What tha?  A copper-headed rattle moccasin!  :tickedoff:

I clearly don't know my snakes.  :D

(Seeing Thot's comment though -- I assumed it was a copperhead).  That's why I employ my stay-away-from-all snakes approach.  I don't have to sort them out that way.  ;)

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You can always tell the immature ones.  They smoke cigarettes and curse a lot.  :2funny:

It's an immature moccasin.

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The older ones drink beer and scratch a lot. Wait, were we talking about snakes or cachers....

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On our way to and from Colorado for our recent ski trip, we made a few small detours (like 1000 miles) to pick up more counties for the Texas County Challenge. This morning, we headed south from Van Horn towards Marfa and Alpine to get Jeff Davis, Presidio, and Brewster Counties. Our first stop was in Jeff Davis county outside of Valentine, Texas in the absolute middle of nowhere at a cache called Prada, y'all! This was the highlight of the whole trip! Another one of those things you'd probably never see if not for geocaching.

Be sure to check out the pictures of the place. What a hoot! My log

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On our way to and from Colorado for our recent ski trip, we made a few small detours (like 1000 miles) to pick up more counties for the Texas County Challenge. This morning, we headed south from Van Horn towards Marfa and Alpine to get Jeff Davis, Presidio, and Brewster Counties. Our first stop was in Jeff Davis county outside of Valentine, Texas in the absolute middle of nowhere at a cache called Prada, y'all! This was the highlight of the whole trip! Another one of those things you'd probably never see if not for geocaching.

Be sure to check out the pictures of the place. What a hoot! My log

Very awesome. I love art.

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It's either basil or oregano, either way it should really perk up any brownie recipe.

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