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What's It like to fly above the world at mach?

Military/FictionFilter: I look at my western skyline at dusk and see lines of contrails everywhere. I've been in planes flying all over the world and seen all sorts of sights at dusk, but what's it like to see that from a military jet sending out those trails at whatever speed? Personal details would be nice, but suggestions from established fiction would be fine. Details aren't necessary - I dont want to plagarize anything, I just want an impression for a short piece of fiction.
posted by elendil71 on Jun 17, 2007 - 5 answers

National Service/Draft effect on society

DraftFilter: Help with debate over National Service/Draft and it's effects on society and unpopular wars [more inside]
posted by Kensational on Jun 12, 2007 - 20 answers

How to get a retired Vietnam veteran back up in a Huey UH-1?

How to get a retired Vietnam veteran back up in a Huey UH-1? [more inside]
posted by mistsandrain on May 31, 2007 - 7 answers

Name This Sporting Event: Cannon + Obstacle Course

What is this sporting event? Teams compete to move a functioning artillery cannon from one end of an obstacle course to another, requiring them to disassemble, move, and re-assemble the cannon. [more inside]
posted by frogan on May 29, 2007 - 6 answers

Civil War balloon photography.

Are there any extant photographs taken from balloons during the American Civil War? [more inside]
posted by viewofdelft on May 22, 2007 - 7 answers

Were in London would I be able to see a bearskin-wearing wearing foodguard of the Household Cavalry?

Where in London would I be able to see—and get a decent photograph of—a bearskin wearing footguard of the Household Cavalry? [more inside]
posted by barbelith on May 14, 2007 - 8 answers

What's the dealeo?

A military question about the laws of the battlefield. [more inside]
posted by jourman2 on Apr 24, 2007 - 21 answers

What's up with Pat Tillman's uniform?

Why is Pat Tillman's uniform censored? [more inside]
posted by missed on Apr 24, 2007 - 7 answers

Seabag a uniform?

Is the military seabag itself considered part of a uniform, such that a retiree is forbidden by the UCMJ to use it except for ceremonies and official functions? The one I was issued when I enlisted has tons more capacity than any other pack I currently possess, but I'd rather not break regulations even in such a way that is unlikely to be prosecuted. I'm several years out of the service, now, so I can't pose the question to my chain of command.
posted by The Confessor on Apr 2, 2007 - 9 answers

Developing Institutions

Organized religion, business, military. I am looking for info about the different phases these institutions went through and how their hierarchy developed as they grew. Anything from Antiquity to the Romantic Era. [more inside]
posted by parallax7d on Mar 6, 2007 - 7 answers

Wordplay with Marriage/Military

Going to a wedding where I will make a humorous speech. The groom just got out of basic training for the reserves, so I've been brainstorming a on the theme of "he used to say [civilian speak], now he says [military speak]." Below is what I have so far (just the shorthand.) Any contributions would be most appreciated! Wedding ring => Chain of Command Orgasm=>Honorable Discharge "That time of the month"=>Defcon 3 Blocked Shot (basketball)=>Court Martial Wedding Day=>D Day ?=>WMD Urination=>Operation Golden Flow ?=>Flak Jacket "Yes Dear"=>Roger ?=>AWOL ?=>Going Below Decks SEX=>Sierra Echo X-ray
posted by jbradley on Feb 20, 2007 - 22 answers

Truckers in Spaaaaaace - help me find realistic, grimy, near-future space stories

I'm reading Alastair Reynold's excellent Pushing Ice and I'd love to read more like it - help me Mefi! [more inside]
posted by Happy Dave on Jan 27, 2007 - 24 answers

I would like to read some good, non-political, military blogs.

I would like to read some good, non-political, military blogs. (Yes, I know. You're laughing at me.) [more inside]
posted by thehmsbeagle on Jan 26, 2007 - 10 answers

JAG lawyer or law firm?

Should I become a JAG lawyer/officer now or work for a law firm for a year or two first? [more inside]
posted by KimikoPi on Jan 18, 2007 - 9 answers

Help me give informed consent about being an Army wife.

Help me give informed consent about being an Army wife. Ridiculous amounts [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jan 16, 2007 - 38 answers

Iraq troop prediction numbers

Anyone have predictions (with citations) offered on how many troops would be necessary in Iraq? I've heard that generals said up to 300,000 in the run-up, but I can't seem to find sources for these. [more inside]
posted by klangklangston on Jan 16, 2007 - 15 answers

Is signing up for the military a legal "contract."

Is signing up for the military a legal "contract." [more inside]
posted by 9000.68 on Jan 13, 2007 - 21 answers

Where can I get an awesome retro-military coat like Captain Jack Harkness?

Where can I get an awesome retro-military coat like Captain Jack Harkness? [more inside]
posted by John Kenneth Fisher on Nov 21, 2006 - 8 answers

Joining the National Guard as a 91W?

What is involved in serving in the Army National Guard as a 91W, Health Care Specialist? [more inside]
posted by mistermoore on Nov 17, 2006 - 7 answers

Illegal's kids serving in the US Military?

Are there legitimate statistics that can tell me how many or what percentage of US Armed Forces are children of illegal immigrants? [more inside]
posted by Ufez Jones on Nov 13, 2006 - 8 answers

History geek activities and tours in San Francisco?

I'm seeking your brilliant ideas for cool behind-the-scenes history/military/engineering tours in the San Francisco Bay Area. [more inside]
posted by handful of rain on Nov 2, 2006 - 19 answers

Peacenik gift for future soldiers

Help me to find a good going away gift for my cousin who's joining the army. [more inside]
posted by Sara Anne on Oct 23, 2006 - 9 answers

Who ranked the ranks, and why?

In the US army, majors outrank lieutenants, but lieutenant generals outrank major generals. How did this happen?
posted by IndigoJones on Oct 23, 2006 - 5 answers

I want my habeas corpus

How, with our system of law, can the Military Commissions Act be repealed? [more inside]
posted by frecklefaerie on Oct 1, 2006 - 25 answers

Names of Veterans of the Vietnam War?

For a scholarly research project, it would very helpful if I had the names of all veterans of the Vietnam War. Does anyone know if this data is publicly available? If so, where could I find it? Advice about specific offices or sources is especially appreciated.
posted by fdhidalgo on Sep 21, 2006 - 7 answers

Mohammed: Military Leader vs Peace Promoter

Genuine question: Given that Mohammed was a succesful military leader who led armies to kill many thousands, at what point did he switch approach and promote peace? [more inside]
posted by pettins on Sep 16, 2006 - 10 answers

strength for now...um....

As a 22 year old, concerned, liberal citizen, should I join the military? (more inside) [more inside]
posted by es_de_bah on Sep 3, 2006 - 60 answers

atheist military burials

What symbol do military burial sites use for atheists? [more inside]
posted by deep_sea_diving_suit on Aug 18, 2006 - 23 answers

Arabic (?) translation and insignia

Can anyone tell me what this Arabic inscription says (if it is Arabic) and what the insignia represents? Photograph and a little [more inside]
posted by fire&wings on Aug 12, 2006 - 4 answers

No sheets, Sherlock.

Where can I find extra long twin size flat sheets? [more inside]
posted by internet!Hannah on Aug 3, 2006 - 22 answers

"‘Cause we’ll put a boot in your ass, it’s the American way.”

Fear Of A Brown Planet: I'm looking for songs with a Jingoistic bent, preferably in Country Music. [more inside]
posted by sourwookie on Jun 13, 2006 - 28 answers

Attaching Brass Buttons

I have a khaki bush jacket w/ regular buttons. I have a set of detachable brass buttons w/ "eyelets" - silver rings, almost like a key ring. Supposedly, I can attach these to the jacket. How do I do this? (picture inside) [more inside]
posted by bobot on Jun 7, 2006 - 6 answers

Vietnam war stories

Where can I read some Vietnam tour of duty stories? [more inside]
posted by rolypolyman on Jun 3, 2006 - 20 answers

Military, a way out of debt?

College student in debt, looking for a way out. [more inside]
posted by isopropyl on Jun 3, 2006 - 14 answers

I feel lightheaded... maybe you should drive.

Hallucinogens as weapons? [more inside]
posted by RokkitNite on May 23, 2006 - 29 answers

What do they tell soldiers leaving for war?

Military briefings. A friend of a friend works as a consultant for the military. This person briefs soldiers before they go off on missions. What goes on in these briefings? [more inside]
posted by acoutu on Apr 18, 2006 - 12 answers

Or will you have to kill me if you tell me?

ParanoiaFilter: Several years ago I was riding down a Southern interstate and I was passed by a convoy of five or so SUVs. Everything except the front windows on the bodies was covered with what appeared to be black padding. No license plates that I could see. They gave me the sense of being military, but what the heck was the padding all about?
posted by thebrokedown on Apr 17, 2006 - 14 answers

But Sarge, will this look good on my resume?

What sort of actual skills does one learn in Army Ranger school, SERE school, or USMC Basic Recon school? I see and hear a lot about mental conditioning, but little about what else this sort of training covers. [more inside]
posted by scaryblackdeath on Apr 10, 2006 - 10 answers

I Am The Very Model of a Modern Major General

What is the correct form of address for a retired vice admiral in the United Stated Navy? [more inside]
posted by awesomebrad on Mar 27, 2006 - 10 answers

UFO over Seattle

Help me identify the very odd, large, possibly military plane that has been flying over Seattle for the past three days at around 6:30pm. [more inside]
posted by donovan on Mar 17, 2006 - 15 answers

Occupation

is there a map or list of all the military bases the "west" (read USA/NATO) has ? [more inside]
posted by Substrata on Feb 16, 2006 - 12 answers

Why do so many foreign nations host U.S. military bases?

U.S. Military Bases: I have several questions regarding the ins and outs of the vast U.S. military presence abroad. [more inside]
posted by jackypaper on Feb 14, 2006 - 27 answers

Finding ex-military personnel

How do I find a long-lost friend who served in the military? Is this like looking for a needle in a haystack? [more inside]
posted by zooropa on Feb 8, 2006 - 3 answers

Practical military graduation gift

Help me select a useful gift for my daughter's graduation from Army chemical school ... [more inside]
posted by loosemouth on Jan 29, 2006 - 7 answers

Korean War Purple Heart

How can I find out if someone (living) received a Purple Heart award during the Korean War? [more inside]
posted by AmericnJewl on Jan 19, 2006 - 2 answers

Plans for an offshore air defense platform?

I'm interested in writing a story set on a texas tower, an off-shore air defense platform used in the mid 50s to early 60s. However, I need an idea of how it was set up inside and I don't know how to get a map/plan/schematic of the tower. I don't every little detail about it, just how the space was set up and so forth.
posted by clockworkjoe on Jan 18, 2006 - 5 answers

How can I survive Coast Guard boot camp?

How can I make it through Coast Guard Basic Training? [more inside]
posted by merlin17 on Jan 15, 2006 - 14 answers

What is this painting?

I am trying to find out information on this painting. [more inside]
posted by Infernarl on Dec 29, 2005 - 6 answers

What navy rank's epaulet is three bars, with a circle that has an X inside?

I purchased a navy surplus coat, and it came with epaulets. I've been wearing them sometimes, and strangers jokingly call me "captain" on the street. I'd like to know what rank these epaulets truly are. [more inside]
posted by Mozai on Dec 12, 2005 - 6 answers

Military gaming

Can anyone recommend any interesting historical military simulation games for Windows? There's a ton of titles and reviews out there and I can't figure out where to start. I'm not looking for mindless shoot-em-up action but rather an engaging game that draws its substance from real battles or wars (esp. WWII, Vietnam, or Korea) and gets good marks for historical attention to detail. Ground, air, or both.
posted by rolypolyman on Nov 22, 2005 - 19 answers

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