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About Greg Goebel
I'm not entirely keen on announcing the specifics of my personal life to the world. However, I really do have to establish my credentials, biases, and agenda for readers -- and sometimes people do ask.
Okay, my full name is "Gregory Vaughn Goebel", and I live in Loveland, Colorado. I was born in Spokane, Washington, in 1953, and raised there. I did a hitch in the US Army from 1972 to 1975; went back to Spokane to get an electronics tech degree from Spokane Community College; then got an electronics engineering degree from Oregon State University. From 1981 into 2000, I worked for Hewlett-Packard in Oregon and Colorado, mostly as a factory contact. I am now writing full time, on anything that interests me; I don't pretend that my work is scholarly.
I'm a tall and thin Anglo guy, possibly with a bit of Cherokee blood, with short-cropped gray-streaked brown hair. I used to keep it long, but scalp problems forced me to change my ways of living.
Bachelor, live by myself, tend to the reserved, not keen on disputes. Hobbies include aerobics; playing the piano (or electronic keyboard to be precise); photography, digital drawing, and retouching; Japanese language and culture studies; and sci-fi videos & animation & comix. Clumsy piano player, BTW, it's always nice to have a hobby one has no natural skill at to foster humility. Writing in contrast comes to me naturally.
I'm largely apolitical, tending towards middle of the road pragmatic politics with a Zen flavor. As far as religion goes, I'm an apatheist, having no interest in whether someone strongly believes in gods or just as strongly does not -- neither endorsing religion nor feuding with it, at least as long as nobody brings the fight to me. As a friend of mine once observed, I refuse to belong to any organization that would consider me as a member.
The photo was taken in 2008, during a visit to the Dallas Zoo. I'm the one on the bottom. The cockatiel's name was "Clifton", by the way.
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revcode v1.0 / 03-21
In the 1950s, the US Navy introduced a twin-engine carrier-based antisubmarine warfare (ASW) aircraft, the Grumman "Tracker", which provide excellent service during the first decades of the Cold War -- and also lead to the "Tracer" airborne early warning (AEW) platform and "Trader" carrier on-board delivery (COD) cargo aircraft. . In time, the Navy decided to obtain replacements for Tracker, Tracer, and Trader, resulting in the Lockheed "Viking" ASW aircraft, along with the Grumman "Hawkeye" AEW platform and its "Greyhound" COD derivative. This document provides a history and description of the Tracker, Viking, and Hawkeye, along with their variants and derivatives. (v1.0 / 09-22)
As world war approached in the late 1930s, the Douglas company of the USA designed a twin-engine medium bomber / attack aircraft, which would emerge as the "Douglas Bomber 7 (DB-7)", with the US military designation / name of "A-20 Havoc". Thousands were built, many of them being provided to US allies, and the type proving an asset to the Allied cause.
Douglas went on to develop a much-improved follow-on, which emerged as the "A-26 Invader". It went into service too late in the conflict to have much effect in the war, but in the postwar period, as the "B-26", it proved a significant asset in the war in Korea, and served with distinction in Vietnam. This document provides a history and description of the A-20 and A-26 / B-26 Invader.
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revcode v1.0 / 01-22
After decades of disappointing experiments, during World War II the helicopter became a practical flying machine, though it wouldn't be seriously used in operations during that conflict. However, in the postwar period, helicopters quickly went into widespread use. One of the pioneers was the "Bell Model 47", which proved itself in commercial and military roles -- in particular, establishing medical air evacuation ("medevac") as a standard practice during the war in Korea. The Model 47 was followed by the US Army's first operational turboshaft-powered helicopter, the Bell UH-1 "Huey", which would prove one of the most successful rotorcraft in history, with over 16,000 built. The Huey was a common sight in many of the world's military forces, and still is in first-line service in the US Marines. This document provides a history and description of the Model 47 and the Huey. A list of illustration credits is included at the end.-- revcode v1.0 / 04-22
revcode v1.5 / 06-18
In 1943, an enterprising inventor named Frank Piasecki flew a single-seat demonstrator helicopter, the "PV-2", that proved successful enough to allow Piasecki to move on to producing helicopters for the military. Piasecki Helicopters became well-known for its tandem-rotor helicopters, starting with the "HRP" series, then the "H-21" and "HUP Retriever", and finally the unsuccessful "H-16" giant helicopter. Piasecki left Piasecki Helicopter in 1955 to found a new company that would also carry the Piasecki name, and the original firm refashioned itself as "Vertol (Vertical Take-Off & Landing)".
Vertol was bought out by Boeing in 1960, to become first "Boeing Vertol" and later simply "Boeing Helicopters". Whatever the name, the company would only build two successful products, the "CH-46 Sea Knight" and the "CH-47 Chinook", but they would both be sold in quantity, with the Chinook becoming one of the world's most recognizable large helicopters. This document provides a history and description of the Piasecki helicopters, Sea Knight, and Chinook.
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