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"Roger, Canoe three-six, Range Control. You're cleared in hot! Good luck, sir."

"Range Control, Canoe Three-Six, roger, commencing."


Before she was my wife, my girl-friend worked the Range in Yuma, and I'd stop in to wait for her and listen in.

They had camera's at 90° to one another to score the hits, and the best thing I ever saw was a very good Phantom driver nearly hit the bus they had parked in the center if Rakish Litter for a good radar target. All of a sudden, there were people exploding out every door and window of that bus! Scared a bunch of illegals half to death with the near miss, who had stopped in the bus overnight. Even though all the Mk 76's had for explosives was a 12 Ga blank shell in the nose, to make a puff of dust come up for scoring purposes, it was enough. I must admit, when my GF scored the impact, it was a very near miss. Needless to say, my GF had to call "Knock it off!" and notify the Border Patrol...


Great picture, Reggie.

Thanks for some good memories!



Had a thought...then there was the smell of something burning, and sparks, and then a big fire, and then the lights went out! I guess I better not do that again!

Sgt, USMC, 10 years proud service, Inactive reserve now :D

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