We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
Are you sure? Judging by the vintage Volkswagon in the foreground, I'm likely to guess that this is the nose canon of an F-4 Phantom Jet. Although both are similar, the A-10 nose canon, I do believe, is improved. I think both are 50mm and can shoot over 2000 rounds per minute.
Yea,verily, that is the nose gun out of an A-10. The M-61 Vulcan, a 20mm gun, is 5'11" long, and wieghs 202 pounds. The GAU-8 Avenger is a 30mm gun is 19 feet 10.5 inches long, and wieghs 620 pounds. A much bigger weapon.
Yes, BD, that is "an older car" in the photo. It's the original VW, in all its glory, and I had one just like it back in the 1960s. It was a little workhorse, just as Dr. Porsche designed it to be -- "the people's car." I drove mine for ten years and many many miles, and then sold it to the young girl next door, who drove it for ten more.
When I bought mine, I had it customized by having the side panels painted black [the car was beige] on the advice of Brooks Stevens, a great car designer who lived in Milwaukee and patronized the bank i worked in. The car looked quite elegant, in a miniature sort of way, like a shrunken down Bentley. Brooks was the designer of the first post-World War II Packard, which was also elegant in its own way.
Many times saw the A-10's at Indiantown Gap making practice rounds. The furious ripping sound of the monster gun, followed a few seconds later by the impact of hundreds of arty rounds. No speakers in the world could accurately reproduce that rip - carumf sound.