Browsing: March 24

A Brief History On March 24, 2015, we more or less found out the answer to the question, “What if your pilot (or co-pilot) hijacks your airliner?” In this case, he dies, along with all 150 people on board the airliner! In this terrifying scenario come to life, co-pilot Andreas Lubitz flew Germanwings Flight 9525 into the French Alps, the first fatal plane crash in the airline’s 18 year history to that point. Digging Deeper The Airbus 320-211 had taken off from Barcelona, Spain, headed for Dusseldorf, Germany, an economical air trip on an airline owned by Lufthansa as a…

A Brief History On March 24, 2017 Fox News ran a story about a woman in St. John’s County, Florida (Jacksonville- St. Augustine area) who has been flying an American flag with a blue stripe in the middle, a blue stripe that stands for “Blue Lives Matter.”  The Blue Lives Matter sentiment is supportive of police, all police of all races and nationalities, and recognizes the danger these brave officers face daily.  In today’s world, Blue Lives Matter is an attempt to remind police that they and their efforts on behalf of society are appreciated. Digging Deeper Unfortunately, the story…

A Brief History On March 24, 2015, we ran a list of 10 “Patriots” Who Dodged the Draft or Did Not Serve, people that either enjoy the mantle of or are perceived to be “patriots” that failed to serve in the military during time of war.  Some used BS excuses to avoid the draft, some used ruses, and some just did not serve.  A name not found on that list of 10 is our current President of the United States, Donald Trump.  Today, we add him to the list. Digging Deeper Trump serves as our Commander in Chief of the…

A Brief History On March 24, 1976, Field Marshall Bernard Law Montgomery, 1st Viscount of Alamein, hero of World War II, died at home in England.  Along with Wellington, Montgomery is the most celebrated of British generals and had the ego to match, or even exceed, his reputation.  Awarded medals and honors from his own country, “Monty” was also decorated with high honors from many other countries as well, including the US, France, Denmark (they made him a Knight of the Order of The Elephant), Belgium, Ethiopia and others.  As great as he thought he was, Monty was not without…

A Brief History On March 24, 1944, the hard work of 600 American and British POW’s was ready to pay off, and 200 of them were ready to escape from Stalag Luft III! Digging Deeper Stalag Luft III operated as a prisoner of war camp run by the German Luftwaffe to hold allied aviators (officers) that had been shot down and captured.  Having been opened in 1943, the camp held almost 11,000 allied airmen, mostly American with about a quarter of the total British and some 900 from other allied air forces. Determined to escape, 600 of the inmates worked…

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