Tours on Earth: Part 09g: Australia, New Zealand, Fiji:
Communications with Tour Group Friends
Subject: B-52'S BELOW DECK LEVEL.................

From a  friend thought you'd enjoy seeing it.

B-52 thumbing nose at squids

Here is the picture and story of B-52 flying by a carrier.

Begin forwarded message:

Can't find a record that I sent you this real. It has a first hand
narrative. #2 is on the other side of the boat.

Narrative follows:

Subject: FW: B52 by the USS Ranger

Date: Thu, 1 Jun 2006 23:19:45 +0000
B52s Below Deck Level: Story received from Bob Booth
Thought you might appreciate this. Might change my attitude about BUFF drivers a little bit. This picture is real because I witnessed this flyby personally. This picture was
taken in the spring of 1990 as we started our deployment to the Persian Gulf. I was up in the "tower" with the air boss as the Viking squadron rep for the launch/recovery and
these Buff drivers (2 of them) called that they were at 8 miles for a flyby.

They had been 'orange air' for a big war - at - sea exercise we were doing When they called 5 miles the boss said "we don't see you" and we heard back "look low".

Out on the water we saw this smoke trail first, (the planes merged with the color of the water) at about a 1-2 miles we could break them out and the two buffs came by at
20-30 feet off the water splitting the ship at about 350kts. Then they pulled up and did a big plan form 180 and said "do you want to see that again" - The air boss said "hell
yea" so they went back out an did it again.  

It was the only time in my 20 year career that I have seen any services jets purposely flying below flight deck level.  

One of my reserve buddies showed me this picture this weekend and I got all excited about it. It was always one of those moments at sea that I had talked about.

All the best,

Chris
Moose in Backyard: received from Skip & Betty Arnold
Bill & Daisy

Here's wishing you a very happy holiday season and many
good trips in the coming year. We are taking the GCT
21 day trip to China and the Yangtze River with the 4 day
extension to Bangkok in March. Needless to say,
we are very excited.

We have enjoyed your pictures - keep up the good effort.
This picture is of a couple of moose in our back yard taken
from inside the house.

Skip & Betty Arnold
Email from Vivki Stearn, Tour Group Program Director
----- Original Message -----
From: "VICTORIA STEARN" <victoriastearn@hotmail.com>
To: ANZF Tour Group
Sent: Wednesday, September 27, 2006 5:44 PM
Subject: Australia-NZ-Fiji (ANZF)

Gday every one,

Welcome home. How are you all my little chicks? home safe and sound all photos arranged like the amazing Bill (what a legend you are Bill and thank you so much for
sending them, what a wonderful memory for us all). Have you all adjusted to being on the right (incorrect!) side of the road? got over the jet lag,cooked up all the recipies,
had your Vegemite, sung Give me a Home among the gum trees and Waltzing Matilda and shown all the photos to your family and friends yet?

On arrival back in Sydney I went directly to a big very posh lunch, had a couple of days to wash clothes and settle in, went to listen to the Brandenburg Orchestra on Saturday
night then, went to celebrate my grandaughter's  4th birthday on Sunday, very, very pink is there any other colour for girls?! On Monday I picked up my darling sister from
hospital and spent 6 nights with her cooking and lazing around watching old movies, sipping, bloody Marys, wine and martinis, she is delighted to have lost a kilo from her
chest and looks years younger and relieved of the constant pain in her neck arm and shoulders. I am now finalising preparations for my next tour and fly out tomorrow to
Melbourne as this one has an outback extension. It is 32 in Alice Springs, whew! and 30 in Cairns. I hope and pray that they will be a lovely and harmonious as you all were,
thank you again it was a delightful tour for us all I think.

I thought you might like to know that Jenny will remain at Wetherby Cattle Station as the new owners are very keen to keep everything operating as it was, improving Jenny's
situation which will be wonderful for her. She had not had a pay rise for about 10 years and will be able to make improvements she perceives necessary, yipee, I know you
will be celebrating for her too.

I went to seen "An inconvenient Truth" the other night and am now putting a bucket in the shower to colledthe water wasted waiting for the hot to come through and donating
money to Greenfleet who will plant trees to counter the effect of my jetsetting life style, it is a scary scenario but I believe if we all make some changes to the way we live can
change the outcome, imagine the Barrier Reef dying (remember seeing the Whales wasn't that amazing) and we certainly don't need any more desert in Australia!

Must fly as you know I do heaps of work in preparation for the tours to be sure that all goes smoothly for you and every one can be "Happy little Vegemites"

Love and a big hug to each of your from,
Vicki
Email from Skip Arnold & Betty's Beautiful Photos of Alaska
----- Original Message -----
From: "Skip Arnold" <aarnold@gci.net>
To: <bill168@verizon.net>
Sent: Friday, December 15, 2006 11:09 AM
Subject: Alaska Photos

Bill
Here are four pictures that Betty took from the train on a trip
fromAnchorage to Sewart.  I thought you might enjoy the
scenery.
Hope you don't mind.
Skip Arnold
Email & Photos from Skip Arnold & Betty: China Tour
----- Original Message -----
From: "Arnold Skip & Betty" <aarnold@gci.net>
To: <bill168@verizon.net>
Sent: Saturday, April 21, 2007 10:06 PM
Subject: Guilin - March 07


Bill & Daisy
I see you just returned from China. We also just returned
from the GCT
China & the Yangtze River tour with a 4 day
extension to Bangkok. 8 March - 1 April 2007. Had a
wonderful trip. I
saw a couple of your pictures that looked familiar
Skip
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