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Old 10-05-2017, 04:33:42 PM
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What was Ed Sparks background with generators? He was a lot of help with questions we had just like yourself!
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Okay, school me..... what is a 'BUFF'?
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I wanted to ask that question but had not yet!!!
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Okay, school me..... what is a 'BUFF'?

B 52 Big Ugly Fat F%*#er.
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A plane that can plow up allot of ground. B 52 an old fart like some of us. That is still doing it's job.
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Not so much the BUFF but what was inside it.
SAC...Strategic Air Command

Reminds me of the time we went to military testing lab outside of DC in a rental car. We were defense contractor engineers, but civilians. The yahoo driving our car came up on the outer security check post driving fast. Guard started reaching for her pistol, had to tell the butt head driver to slow down.

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Since the thread has morphed to buffs for a while I'll chime in.
I had an uncle that was a full gingerbread colonel. On one of his last flying assignments in the Vietnam era he engaged in some skulduggery. It seems a hundred colour tv's made their way into the bomb bay. He leaves Okinawa and arrives in England. Shuts the bird off and advises there's a weapon onboard. So that night the plane was guarded and lit up for security. The next morning he reported a no go squawk and it was towed to a hangar where for some reason the tv's faded into a lucrative obscurity. I never got the accurate story as he handled it as a need to know basis.

He then was assigned USAF operations for the war out of Thailand. Then he returned to SAC Offut and made a lot of peoople tighten their pucker strings when he mosey'd about. Then the Pentagon where he got fed up with the BS and retired.
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AngrySailor what are you implying? Yes indeed I recall the JFK assignation vividly. For that matter in a similar manner I recall exactly where I was and what I was doing at the time I heard about 911. I will never forget those two incidents in particular.
Was just joking that you could account for your whereabouts when JFK was shot and that you weren't lurking in some bushes on a grassy knoll...

9/11 I was working in a machine shop, the boys listened to that numbnuts Howard Stern in the am. We heard about the first plane, then headed to the coffee room and watched the rest on TV. The owner didn't care no one was working, we all just watched for hours.
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A couple of experiences with jails.

Worked on a yellow 3412 in a medium security jail. Went to leave and was missing a 6" flat blade screw driver. Nobody went anywhere until that screw driver was found. Took about 4 hours of searching, they found all sorts of other "contraband", including another screwdriver. When they found the first one, everybody was happy and ready to call it a day, until I told them, nope, mine is a Klein, yellow handle with black rubber grip with my name on it. Seems it was finally located under an inmate's mattress. He had no idea, or so he claimed, how it got there. Have no idea how it vanished or when, all I did was change out a jacket water heater element and the upper hose.

Another jail. This one near Laurens, SC, a female facility. Was working on it and heard knocking on a window above me. Girls were trying to give me a show. Guards finally showed up and found something else for them to do. Didn't need that sort of distraction.

Was doing a commissioning on a paralleling system at a brand new jail and was doing to 12 hour load bank. Pretty boring, sort of like watching pint dry. Wandered around and looked at the electrical prints in the control room where the remote annunciator was. Was looking at the fire alarm system and how it was tied in. Noticed that if any of the fire alarms were to be activated, it would unlock all the doors. Pointed that out to the Johnson Controls guy and he told me that was what code required. Told him that this was a jail and that probably wouldn't be a real good idea. He insisted that the code required that. Wrote it up in my notes and went on my way.
A few weeks later after they had filled the place, someone pulled fire alarm and everything unlocked. One of the maintenance guys that was there when it happened, said it was the darnest thing he ever saw, looked like cockroaches scurrying everywhere.
They corrected that the very next day. Took them a while to round up all the inmates though.
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Got an emergency call from the prison in Joliet Illinois. They were under an outage and one of the Onans wouldn't start. The transfer switch was in a room off of one of the cell blocks. Three guards with rifles escorted my partner and I through the cell block to the transfer switch room and then stayed with us and locked the door behind them. I jokingly commented about the tight security. One of the guards said "Well you realize that we are without power at the moment but what you probably don't realize is that the cell locks are operated by electricy. With no power, all of the doors are unlocked. None of the prisoners have discovered that yet"...... I sure was glad we were able to start the set and force a transfer while we were inside that room.
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