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by @halifaxauthor

The USS Guadalcanal, LPH-7, at the Norfolk Navy Base in the late 80's (reflections from bus window - they wouldn't let us open them). She was built at the Philadelphia Naval Shipyard, launched March 16 1963, commissioned July 20 1963, and decommissioned August 31 1994. The Iwo Jima class amphibious assault ship displaced 19,395 tons, was 602.3 ft long, and had a beam of 84 ft. Guadalcanal had a top speed of over 20 knots and her complement was 685. She was armed was two 8 cell NATO Sea Sparrow BPDMS launchers, a pair of 3" 50 cal twin mounts, and two 20 mm Phalanx CIWS mounts. The USS Guadalcanal also carried an assortment of attack and transport helicopters. #HalifaxAuthor #usnavy #unitedstatesnavy #usn #ussguadalcanal #lph #assaultcarrier #norfolk #norfolknavybase #writer #amwriting #author #daniellloydlittle #usmc #unitedstatesmarinecorps

Naval Station Norfolk
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by @halifaxauthor

The  USCGC Escanaba, WMEC-907, alongside at Halifax, Nova Scotia on July 1st 2010 to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Royal Canadian Navy. July 1st is also Canada Day, when we celebrate the birth of our nation. Escanaba was built at the Robert Derecktor Shipyard Incorporated in Middletown, Rhode Island. She was named after the USCGC Escanaba, WPG-77, a 165 ft Coast Guard cutter originally stationed on the Great Lakes before being redeployed to participate in the Battle of the Atlantic. Sadly, she and most of her crew were lost June 13 1943, when the ship was torpedoed or hit a mine. The new USCGC Escanaba was launched February 6 1985 and her homeport is Boston, Massachusetts. She displaces 1,800 tons, is 270 ft long, and her twin turbo-charged ALCO V-18 diesel engines propel the ship to over 19 knots. Escanaba has a crew of 14 officers and 86 enlisted sailors, and her armament consists of a Mk 75 76 mm/62 caliber naval gun and a pair of .50 caliber machine guns. #HalifaxAuthor #Halifax #novascotia #rcn #cfbhalifax #royalcanadiannavy #uscg #uscoastguard #coastguard #uscgcescanaba #canadaday #usnavy #usn #Boston #unitedstatesnavy #writer #amwriting #author #daniellloydlittle

CFB Halifax-HMC Dockyard-Rainbow
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by @halifaxauthor

Okay, here is an example of a quaint attempt at Canadian east coast humour, but there is a glaring omission. It should be 'No canners, b'y, eh?' Harbour City Bar & Grill, as a proud, quality Halifax seafood establishment should know better. But hey, the food's so good, who cares, eh? :) #HalifaxAuthor #Halifax #harbourcitybarandgrill #lobster #yummyseafood #writer #amwriting #author #daniellloydlittle

Harbour City Bar & Grill
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by @halifaxauthor

This was stuck up in my Halifax, Nova Scotia bus shelter this morning. Gizmo has two pet siblings, and three human children who are missing him. He has distinctive markings on his neck and tail. Now that I've been adopted by Wanda for eight months, I can feel for Gizmo's humans. Wanda the Tuxedo cat was found wondering outside, lost or abandoned, last January. Thankfully she was found by someone who brought her to the Nova Scotia SPCA in Dartmouth where fate ordained our paths would cross. Hopefully someone will find Gizmo and call his human at (902) 402-0085. #HalifaxAuthor #missingkitty #nsspca #lostcat #missingcat #helpfindgizmo #missingcats #lostormissingcat #writer #amwriting #author #daniellloydlittle

Nova Scotia SPCA - Dartmouth Shelter
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by @forestgreenwell

Oldies but goodies ft. performance notes.
PS did u guys know that Selective Memory of The Subconscious is available in pdf?! theres a link in my bio if u wanna check it out while I finish wrappin' up my new stuff for you! .
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Halifax, Nova Scotia
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by @halifaxauthor

Of course I had to stop and chat with these guys on the way to work this morning. They and their buddies share the Clayton Park neighborhood with me, and we were discussing what has been happening in the area. There's a new paved bike/walking lane connecting the path that runs along behind my apartment complex with the Canada Games Centre and the Keshen Goodman Public Library. Pretty cool stuff! Just one more reason to love Halifax, Nova Scotia! #HalifaxAuthor #Halifax #novascotia #hrm #halifaxregionalmunicipality #claytonpark #chattyducks #ducks #duck #publiclibrary #canadagamescentre #keshengoodmanpubliclibrary #keshengoodman #writer #amwriting #author #daniellloydlittle

Clayton Park, Nova Scotia
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by @halifaxauthor

This is a photo I took from my Virginia Beach hotel balcony of the nuclear powered aircraft carrier USS George Washington (CVN-73) on September 10 2001; the day before the world changed forever. The sixth carrier in the Nimitz class was departing the Norfolk Navy Base following her six-month Planned Incremental Availability maintenance period when the ship received upgrades to its berthing areas, ventilation, and computer networking systems. She was operating off the coast of Virginia conducting routine carrier qualifications and making preparations for a 2002 deployment when the attacks of 9/11 took place. George Washington was diverted north and arrived in New York City the next day. For the next three days, as volunteers pulled survivors and the deceased from mountains of twisted metal, the ship and her air wing, hastily transferred from the USS John F. Kennedy (CV-67), provided airspace defense for the city and surrounding areas. Nine months later, she deployed to the Persian Gulf, ironically relieving the Kennedy, in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. George Washington was constructed by Northrop Grumman Shipbuilding Newport News and launched on July 21 1990, and commissioned July 4 1992. She is 1,092' in length and her deck is 252' wide. She displaces almost 105,000 tons, and her 2 Westinghouse A4W nuclear reactors move her along at over 30 knots. The carrier is armed with the Mk 57 Mod3 Sea Sparrow system, 2 RIM-116 Rolling Airframe Missile launchers, and 3 Phalanx 20mm CIWS, along with approximately 90 aircraft. Ironically, I had also read in that day’s edition of the Virginian Pilot newspaper, how people living around Naval Air Station Oceana were fed up with the noise made by the navy’s new Super Hornet fighters. The next day, the only sound in the air come from those fighters, fully armed, and ready to defend those very people. Kind of makes you think. #HalifaxAuthor #usnavy #unitedstatesnavy #usn #ussgeorgewashington #cv73 #aircraftcarrier #norfolk #cv #norfolknavybase #nyc #virginiabeach #writer #cvn73 #amwriting #author #oceana #desertstorm #daniellloydlittle #newportnews #norfolk #enduringfreedom #nauticus #huntingtoningalls

Virginia Beach, Virginia
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by @halifaxauthor

I took this photo of the USS Forrestal, CV-59, and USS Saratoga, CV-60, alongside at Naval Station Newport in Rhode Island in 2002 where they had sat since being moved there in 1998. Forrestal, constructed by Newport News Shipbuilding, was the first big deck super carrier and was the first to be completed with an angled flight deck, steam catapults, and optical landing system. She was launched December 11 1954, commissioned  October 1 1955 & decommissioned September 11 1993. Her sister ship Saratoga, was very similar; Forrestal being 1,067' in length as opposed to Sara's 1,063, & Forrestal’s deck was 238' wide, while Sara's was 252'. Saratoga was also the first carrier to use a high pressure steam boiler giving her a few knot advantage at 35 knots. She was constructed at the New York Naval Shipyard, launched  October 8 1955, commissioned April 14 1956, & decommissioned August 20 1994. The big ships served through many decades & when the fossil fuel carriers had been mostly replaced by their nuclear powered cousins, it was decided that Forrestal would be designated as a training carrier and after a $157 million overhaul, the plans were cancelled and the ship stricken. Her life did not end completely as with Saratoga, many of her parts were used, not the least of which were her 30 ton anchors on the USS John C. Stennis and her four propellers installed on the USS Harry S. Truman. While they languished in New Port, both ships were set aside for museum use, but after a few attempts, the plans fell through and both ships were moved to the All Star Metals facilities in Brownsville, Texas, where their fates were sealed. The ships had a complement of just over 550 officers and about 5,000 enlisted crewmembers. They were armed with 8 5"/54 Cal Mk 42 guns (removed during modernization), the Mk 29 NATO Sea Sparrow systems, and a trio of Mk 15 Phalanx 20mm CIWS, along with between 70 and 90 aircraft. #HalifaxAuthor #usnavy #unitedstatesnavy #forrestal #saratoga #aircraftcarrier #writer #amwriting #author #daniellloydlittle #usn #newport #rhodeisland #newportnews #cva #cv59 #cv60 #usssaratoga #newyorknavalshipyard #ussforrestal

Naval Station Newport, Rhode Island
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by @halifaxauthor

Wanda the Tuxedo cat having yet another 'Diva Moment' as she tries to act her way to more Friskies treats. Yeah, it worked - again. She is SO spoiled! #HalifaxAuthor #catsofworld #catsofhalifax #catsofinstagram #friskies #wandathetuxedocat #cat #cats #divacats #diva #wandalovefriskies #writer #amwriting #author #daniellloydlittle

Halifax, Nova Scotia
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by @rebeccawritesya

Lots of signed copies of THE GIRL YOU THOUGHT I WAS and THESE THINGS I'VE DONE at Bayer's Lake @chaptersindigo! #halifaxauthor #halifax #chaptersindigo


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by @halifaxauthor

A tale of tails :). Lined up at the 1981 Loring Air Force Base, Maine, open house were a CP-121 Tracker from MR-880 Sqn and a CF-101B Voodoo of 410 Sqn, both from the Royal Canadian Air Force, and an F-106B Delta Dart of the 456th FIS, United States Air Force. This shot was taken over the back of a brand new F-15A Eagle, which was drawing a lot of attention at the popular open house. The Strategic Air Command base was an important part of the United States Air Force's nuclear deterrent and I was always humbled by the sight of B-52 Stratofortress bombers armed with nuclear weapons parked just across the field. #HalifaxAuthor #usaf #loringafb #unitedstatesairforce #sac
#strategicaircommand #nuclearwar #nuclearweapons #cf101bvoodoo #cp121tracker #f106deltadart #f15eagle #rcaf #royalcanadianairforce #coldwar #writer #amwriting #author #daniellloydlittle

Loring Air Force Base
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by @halifaxauthor

The business end of Boeing B-52G Stratofortress 58-0241, of the 42nd Bomb Wing, Loring Air Force Base, Maine, in 1991. The four Browning M2 .50 calibre machine guns packed a serious punch against a modern jet fighter. Just one of the heavy slugs would be enough to trash a jet engine, as more than one Communist pilot found out in the skies over Vietnam. Today, the 'G' models of the B-52 are gone, and the current 'H' model has given up its 20mm rotary cannon for rear defence. Of course they are still armed with thermal nuclear weapons, cruise missiles, or an insane number of iron or smart bombs.. I fully expect the BUFF to outlive me, as there is now talk of replacing the aircraft's power plants. In the meantime, the incredible Boeing design continues to outlive replacement after replacement. #HalifaxAuthor #usaf #unitedstatesairforce #loringafb #boeing #b52 #b52gstratofortress #buff #coldwar #desertstorm #vietnamwar #sac #maine #strategicaircommand #Stratofortress #tailgunner #browningm2 #50cal #writer #amwriting #author #daniellloydlittle

Loring Air Force Base
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by @halifaxauthor

The skies over Halifax, Nova Scotia on September 13th, 2018, at around 6:30 am. This is one of the reasons I get up early. Wanda the Tuxedo cat is pretty much all the other reasons :). #HalifaxAuthor #Halifax #novascotia #lovemyview #morningsarethebest #sunrise #wandathetuxedocat #writer #amwriting #author #daniellloydlittle

Clayton Park, Nova Scotia
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by @halifaxauthor

A B-52G Stratofortress and KC-135A Stratotanker of the 42nd Bomb Wing from Loring AFB, Maine conducting a simulated aerial refueling back in 1981. The demonstration took place during the annual base open house, which was one of the highlights of my year. The base personnel, and the people of nearby Limestone were amongst the nicest people I've ever met. The Strategic Air Command base was an important segment of the United States nuclear deterrent. #HalifaxAuthor #Halifax #usaf #unitedstatesairforce #loringafb #sac #strategicaircommand #maine #boeing #b52 #coldwar #boeingb52stratofortress #kc135 #nuclearwar #limestone #kc135stratotanker #usairforce
#mutualassureddestruction #mad #aerialrefueling #42bw #42bombwing #writer #amwriting #author #daniellloydlittle

Loring Air Force Base
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by @halifaxauthor

I hope and pray that everyone takes the warnings about Hurricane Florence seriously. I was down there right after Hugo hit and witnessed the damage from it. The power of a storm this large is very dangerous. Coincidentally, while giving her report on the approaching storm, from Wilmington, NC, CTV's Joy Malbon @joyctv happened to be right across the river from one of my favourite spots - the Second World War battleship, USS North Carolina, BB-55. I remember thinking upon seeing the hurricane's track heading right for her, that the huge, heavily armoured ship might just be the perfect place to ride out the storm. If you look carefully below the city's name in the upper left of this screen shot, you'll see the battleship. Her camouflage makes the ship a bit difficult to see, but for a better look, you can check out the museum's website at www.battleshipnc.com/
Or visit in person once she reopens after the storm passes. So again, don't play the hero! Be careful and follow directions from government and emergency services. #HalifaxAuthor #Halifax #wilmington #northcarolina #ussnorthcarolina #bb55 #secondworldwar #worldwarii #hurricaneflorence #writer #amwriting #author #daniellloydlittle #ctvnews #ctv #joymalbon

USS NORTH CAROLINA Battleship
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by @halifaxauthor

This seems to be a fairly accurate job description for volunteer firefighters. I feel a tremendous gratitude to all the first responders, but this particular group, I feel, deserve an extra pat on the back. They deal with dangerous circumstances, usually without the fast back-up enjoyed by large city departments. On top of that, almost every call involves someone they know personally. A huge thank you to all the men and women who risk their lives as a volunteer firefighter. #HalifaxAuthor #volunteerfirefighter #firefighter #fire #firerescue #firedepartment #fireapparatus #firetruck #fireprevention #fireequipment #firestation #writer #amwriting #author #daniellloydlittle

Halifax, Nova Scotia
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by @halifaxauthor

Guess where I am? The flamingos are a clue. You got it! It's 2006 and I'm at The Flamingo Hotel in Las Vegas, Nevada! I'd love to tell you more, but you know what they say; what happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas :). #HalifaxAuthor #Halifax #lasvegas #vegas #theflamingo #thestrip #whathappensinvegas #writer #nevada #amwriting #author #daniellloydlittle #flamingo #flamingolasvegas #vegasmotorspeedway #nellisairforcebase

Pool Side Flamingo Las Vegas
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by @halifaxauthor

It's a dark and dreary September 11th morning in Halifax, Nova Scotia, and Wanda the Tuxedo cat is sound asleep on her tree. Like most of her feline friends, she is definitely a nocturnal kitty, who enjoys waking her human up. #HalifaxAuthor #Halifax #novascotia #nsspca #spca #rescuecat #adoptacat #cats #cat #wandathetuxedocat #writer #amwriting #author #daniellloydlittle

Halifax, Nova Scotia
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by @halifaxauthor

FINALLY! This is the first time in two months my hygrometer has read a perfectly normal humidity level. It has been an insanely hot and humid summer here in Halifax, Nova Scotia, and if this is our climate change future, I don't like it. #HalifaxAuthor #Halifax #algore #novascotia #climatechange #hotandsticky #hygrometer #writer #amwriting #author #ilovefall #fallisthebestseason

Halifax, Nova Scotia
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by @halifaxauthor

If you'd like to support a wonderful Indie Author, why not me? :) Yeah, I know what you're thinking - what a cheeky guy! #HalifaxAuthor #Halifax #rcaf #royalcanadianairforce #canadianarmy #rcn #navy #army #airforce #royalcanadiannavy #writer #amwriting #author #daniellloydlittle

Halifax, Nova Scotia
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by @halifaxauthor

My Dragon Wings 1/400 scale diecast of Royal Canadian Air Force Airbus CC-150 Polaris 150003. The Airbus transport was introduced into the RCAF in 1992, and the wide body jet is 153' long with a wingspan of 144'. Her two General Electric CF6-80C2A2 high bypass turbofan engines give the aircraft a maximum speed of Mach .84 with a range of almost 6,000 miles. The aircraft were originally purchased by Wardair, transferred to Canadian Airlines when the airlines merged, and then purchased by the Canadian Forces where they were converted for military use with the aircraft entering service in December 1992. Four of the five aircraft were converted to the Combi-Freighter standard with a reinforced floor and large side opening cargo door, while the fifth was modified as a VIP transport aircraft for government use and is the one seen today in the high visibility paint scheme. Two of the aircraft have since been converted for the air to air refueling role. #HalifaxAuthor #rcaf #royalcanadianairforce #c150polaris #diecast #cc150
#dragonmodels #diecastmodel #transportaircraft #writer #amwriting #author #polaris #daniellloydlittle #airbus

Halifax, Nova Scotia
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by @halifaxauthor

A Royal Canadian Air Force Canadair Sabre fighter awaiting conversion to a US Army target drone, at McEwen's Air Field in Moncton, New Brunswick back in 1979. This one displays the Canadian Centennial logo, indicating that it flew in 1967 when Canada turned 100, and the cover over the gun bay where a trio of Browning M2 .50 cal machine guns would reside. Target Air had acquired a contract to convert the ex-rcaf aircraft to remote control, and were also producing small target drones as well. I certainly enjoyed walking around these Cold War heroes and brought home a nice collection of souvenirs. The Canadair built Sabres with their Orenda jet engines were the most powerful of the Sabre family. A sad sight, but a better fate than simply being scrapped. At the time, McEwen's also had an Orenda Iroquois engine on the property. It was impressive to look at and imagine what might have been. #HalifaxAuthor #rcaf #royalcanadianairforce #coldwar #canadair #f86sabre #sabre #targetdrone #mcewensfield #moncton #newbrunswick #targetair #northamerican #writer #amwriting #author #daniellloydlittle #usaf #unitedstatesairforce #usarmy #canadairsabre #usarmy #unitedstatesarmy

Moncton, New Brunswick
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by @halifaxauthor

The aircraft carrier USS Dwight D Eisenhower, CVN-69, anchored at Halifax Nova Scotia in 1997 as the boat I was aboard pulled up. Myself and a few other Radio Shack people were given an incredible tour of the second Nimitz class carrier built, and you'll see pics of me aboard further down on my page. Ike was built at Newport News Shipbuilding where she was launched on October 11 1975, and commissioned October 18 1977. Her Homeport is just across the street so to speak, at Norfolk Navy Base and I saw here there not long after her commissioning. The massive carrier weighs in at almost 102,000 tons, is over 1,000' long, and her flight deck is over 250' wide. Moving all that bulk are a pair of Westinghouse A4W nuclear reactors that drive the ship to over 30 knots. The Nimitz class ships are well armoured, but to what extent is classified. They are armed with both RIM-7 Sea Sparrow and the RIM-116 Rolling Airframe Missiles systems along with about 90 aircraft. Fully staffed, including her air wing, nearly 6,000 men and women call the USS Eisenhower home. #HalifaxAuthor #Halifax #usn #unitedstatesnavy #usnavy #aircraftcarrier
#ussdwightdeisenhower #cvn69 #attackcarrier #cvn cfbhalifax #besttourever #writer #amwriting #author #daniellloydlittle #ingallsshipbuilding

CFB Halifax-HMC Dockyard-Rainbow
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by @halifaxauthor

The Shearwater International Air Show was always a great place to meet interesting people. Speaking with the air crews, I learned a lot about what they flew, and wanted to fly. Wish I could remember what this young lady's plans were. She showed up in her T-2C Buckeye from Training Wing 6 (CTW-6) in Pensacola, Florida and I came across these photos recently and joined them up (not a great one of the aircraft landing). Since it is from the late 80's (I think), she might be retired by now, but regardless, she was a fine example of a US Navy officer (and a lady!). #halifaxauthor #usnavy #usn #unitedstatesnavy #pensacola #ctw6 #cfbshearwater #bestairshowsever #shearwateraviationmuseum #shearwater100 #rcaf #shearwater #seaking50 #shearwateraviationmuseum #royalcanadianairforce #coldwar #t2buckeye #writer #amwriting #author #daniellloydlittle

CFB Shearwater
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by @halifaxauthor

The Landing Helicopter Dock (LHD) amphibious assault ship USS Wasp, LHD-1, departing Norfolk Navy Base through the Bay Bridge opening back in the 90's. The people living close to the base must sorely miss this vantage point where you could watch warships leaving and returning to the largest naval base in the world. Hopefully after all the current construction on the twinning of the Bay Bridge Tunnel is complete, there will still be something there for ship watchers like myself. Wasp was built by Ingalls Shipbuilding where she was launched August 4 1987, and commissioned July 29 1989. Her motto is Honor, Tradition, Excellence - a fine motto for a fine ship. Wasp displaces over 40,000 tons, is 843' long, and her two boilers, two geared steam turbines, and two shafts, propel the ship to over 20 knots. She carries a massive assortment of equipment to support the almost 1,700 troops deployed aboard, including 3 Landing Craft Air Cushion, or 2 Landing Craft Utility, or 12 Landing Craft Mechanized. She is armed with a pair of RIM-116 Rolling Airframe Missile launchers, 2 RIM-7 Sea Sparrow missile launchers, 3 20 mm Phalanx CIWS systems, 4 25 mm Mk 38 chain guns, and 4 .50 BMG machine guns as the topping on the cake. She of course also has an aviation component made up of Lockheed Martin F-35B Lightning II's and everything from Super Cobra attack helicopters to Super Stallion heavy lift choppers. #HalifaxAuthor #usnavy #usn #unitedstatesnavy #lockheedmartin #f35lightningii #f35 #usswasp #lhd1 #lhd #landinghelicopterdock #norfolknavybase #norfolk #chesapeakebaybridgetunnel #chesapeakebay #writer #amwriting #author #daniellloydlittle #ingallsshipbuilding

Chesapeake Bay Bridge-Tunnel
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by @halifaxauthor

The Royal Canadian Air Force McDonnell CF-101B Voodoo, serial number 101043, from 416 Lynx Squadron, sitting outside the Atlantic Canada Aviation Museum. The Voodoo sits just across the highway from Halifax Stanfield International Airport, and you can't miss it as you travel along Highway 102, the Veteran's Memorial Highway, between Halifax and Truro, Nova Scotia. Originally built for the United States Air Force as serial number 57-00380, the aircraft was part of the second batch of 66 Voodoo's acquired by the RCAF. The F-101 first flew on September 29 1954, and after decades of service, retired in 1987. The Voodoo was a big fighter; over 67' long, with a wingspan of almost 40'. Her two Pratt & Whitney J57-P-55 afterburning turbojets gave the fighter a maximum speed of 1,134 mph (mach 1.7). The CF-101 had a lethal armament of two Douglas AIR-2A Genie unguided nuclear rockets, each with a 1.5 Kt W-25 warhead, and a pair of Hughes AIM-4D Falcon heat-seeking air-to-air missiles. The museum is conveniently located off highway 102 - simply take the airport exit ramp off the highway, and at the top of the ramp, go the opposite direction from the airport and you'll find yourself at the museum. It is well worth the visit. #HalifaxAuthor #rcaf #royalcanadianairforce #coldwar #secondworldwar #aviation #museum #acam #atlanticcanadaaviationmuseum #McDonnell #voodoo #cf101bvoodoo #nuclearwar #nuclearweapons #416 #416lynxsquadron #cfbchatham #usaf #unitedstatesairforce #norad #writer #amwriting #author #daniellloydlittle

Atlantic Canada Aviation Museum
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by @halifaxauthor

I saw this truck parked by my apartment building this morning and had to take a couple of pictures. In the battle to stand out from your competitors, I think Pink Bear Moving has it down pat. #HalifaxAuthor #Halifax #hrm #movingcompanies #pinkbearmoving #scarytruck #claytonpark #ihatemoving #writer #amwriting #author #daniellloydlittle

Clayton Park, Nova Scotia
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by @halifaxauthor

A trio of TBM Avengers belonging to Forest Protection Services of New Brunswick, Canada sitting in their field south of Fredericton, the provincial capital. These aircraft have primarily been employed fighting the Spruce Budworm, and over the decades, Forest Protection became the largest non-military operator of the Second World War torpedo bomber. The Avenger first flew August 7 1941, which will surprise many who probably thought the aircraft was developed as a result of the war itself. The aircraft, built by both Grumman and General Motors, entered service in 1942 and first saw action during the Battle of Midway, where it suffered horribly along with the older and slower Douglas TBD Devastator torpedo bombers. It persevered however, and variants remained in service into the 60's. The torpedo bomber had a crew of three, a wingspan of 54', and a length of just under 41'. A Wright R-2600-20 Twin Cyclone radial engine of 1,900 hp gave the Avenger a top speed of 275 mph and she was armed with a .30 cal nose mounted M1919 Browning machine gun or a pair of .50 cal wing mounted M2 Browning machine guns. Another turret mounted .50 cal dorsal-mounted M2 Browning machine gun and a 0.30 cal ventral mounted M1919 Browning machine gun rounded out the gun armament. The TBM also carried up to eight 3.5-Inch Forward Firing Aircraft Rockets, 5-Inch Forward Firing Aircraft Rockets or High Velocity Aerial Rockets, and up to 2,000 lb of bombs, or of course, a 2,000 lb Mark 13 torpedo. #HalifaxAuthor #rcn #royalcanadiannavy #rcaf #royalcanadianairforce #coldwar #usnavy #usn #unitedstatesnavy #grumman #generalmotors #tbm #tbmavenger #avenger #torpedobomber #worldwarii #secondworldwar #nb #forestprotection #newbrunswick #sprucebudworm #writer #amwriting #author #daniellloydlittle

Fredericton, New Brunswick
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by @halifaxauthor

My Aeroclassics 1/400 scale diecast of Royal Canadian Air Force CC-129 Dakota, serial number 12950, of 402  Squadron based at CFB Winnipeg. A Toonie shows just how tiny this model is. The ex USAAF C-47A-10-DK serial number 42-92712, had served as a navigation trainer from 1944, before going to 429 (Composite) Squadron, CFB Winnipeg, Manitoba in 1975.  Later she served with 402 (Reserve) Squadron, and Central Flying School, both at CFB Winnipeg, as late as 1987. Named "the Gimli Goose", the Dakota served in the Canadian military for over 45 years before finally being struck off and sold. Built by the Douglas Aircraft Corporation, the transport aircraft was powered by a pair of 1200 hp Pratt & Whitney R-1830-92 radials giving her a speed of about 200 knots. The 'Dak' had a wingspan of 95' with a fuselage just under 65' long. The Dakota in her many guises is easily one of the most recognizable and popular aircraft in the world, and many of the aircraft are still flying today. #HalifaxAuthor #rcaf #royalcanadianairforce #coldwar #secondworldwar #worldwarii #douglas #douglasaircraft #mdaircraft #c47skytrain #c47dakota #cc129 #dak #writer #amwriting #author #daniellloydlittle

Halifax, Nova Scotia
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by @halifaxauthor

It was always a nice surprise when you took in the open house at Loring Air Force Base in northern Maine, and found something unexpected. This time, back in the 80's, it was a trio of US Navy Ling-Temco-Vought A7E Corsair II's sitting all by themselves. I miss the gull grey over white days, when US Navy aircraft were very colourful - each air group seemingly in a battle to the finish as to who could have the fanciest paint scheme. The Corsair II's first flew on September 26 1965, and retired in 1993. The attack fighter had a wingspan of almost 39', a length of 46', and her single Allison TF41-A-2 non-afterburning turbofan engine pushed her to almost 700 mph. The aircraft was armed with an internal M61A1 Vulcan 20 mm rotary cannon and a pair of AIM-9 Sidewinder air-to-air missiles attached to mounts on either side of the fuselage. Although not very large, the A-7 carried a large payload of rockets, missiles and bombs, including up to 4 B28 nuclear bomb/B43 nuclear bomb/B57 nuclear bomb/B61 nuclear bomb/B83 nuclear bombs. I guess the stubby little scrapper wasn't so out of
place on a Strategic Air Command base after all. #HalifaxAuthor #usaf #unitedstatesairforce #loringafb #sac #a7 #strategicaircommand #a7corsairii #lingtemcovought
#coldwar #nuclearwar #nuclear #nuclearweapons #writer #amwriting #author #daniellloydlittle

Loring Air Force Base
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