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2005-05-10 22:02:19
The Final Countdown
Well, it's a while since my last entry...been a bit "otherwise occupied", I guess. A couple of aviation friends came 'round on Friday night. We had dinner and watched "The Final Countdown":a 1980 movie about a US aircraft carrier going back in time to just prior to the attack on Pearl Harbour. The main theme being, "What are the implications if we interfere and change history, or do we let it be?" Anyway, it was the movie that originally sparked my interest in aircraft. I remember coming home after seeing it and, finding Mum in the laundry, began sharing the wonders of what I'd just seen on the big screen! It's actually 25 years ago this year! I said to my friends the other night that, had I not seen it all those years ago, we may not have been sitting there watching it together; The whole thing of our friendship being based on our mutual interest in aviation. It's an interesting thought... 

I went to the SFSA social night on Saturday. That was fun. There are a couple of characters there whom I find very entertaining! I hope to go to one of their official meetings in a couple of weeks and give it a go. Girls, if you want to be popular...go to SFSA...we're a bit sparse...out-numbered by guys!!

Mood - Happy
Music - Blondie
Edited -

Janice, just guessing, but does SFSA possibly stand for Science Fiction South Australia, it seems to fit. Yes/No? The movie "The Final Countdown" is a bit of a mind bender from what I can recall. What was it that the carrier went through? Was it some sort of worm hole or something? What happened to the rest of the carriers protective battle group? Just imagine the stink if a carrier suddenly went missing in this day and age. How is the prospective Warbird artwork going?
Posted by:D-Day


date: 12/05/2005 21:48 GMT
You are correct about SFSA. And the Carrier did go through some sort of wormhole, in the form of a strange storm, as they called it. Why don't you get a copy of the movie and have another look. It only cost me about $14 or $15 for my copy. It has great Tomcat action! I've submitted sketches to the Nanchang have to await a verdict. It seems the particular aircraft is soon to be on some sort of TV special. Pity it hadn't come later, once my artwork was on it!
Posted by:Janice

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date: 12/05/2005 23:38 GMT
Was "The Final Countdown" the theme song for the movie, that also led to the demise of that Aussie institution "Countdown"?
Posted by:D-Day


date: 12/05/2005 23:45 GMT
No...that was Europe who did that piece and it wasn't in the movie. And I can't see how the movie ended "Countdown"... We're both online at the same time, but I can't contact you to frustrating!
Posted by:Janice

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date: 12/05/2005 23:51 GMT
Thanks, no I wasn't blaming your favorite movie, it's just that when the song "The Final Countdown" was released "Molly Meldrum" said in a later interview that he groaned and took it to be the "writing on the wall" so to speak, which was proven correct. I remember thinking at the time that it was a bit unsettling.
Posted by:D-Day


date: 13/05/2005 00:24 GMT
An interesting coincidence! (I didn't think you were having a go at the movie.)
Posted by:Janice

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date: 13/05/2005 23:50 GMT
I wouldn't have a go at the movie either, I rather enjoyed it, even though I haven't seen it in a few years. 

Did you get it on DVD or video?
Posted by:zaphod


date: 28/05/2005 09:40 GMT
I bought it on DVD. There's a cheap version...about $Au14,(the one I got), or a super-dooper version, with added material and a snazzy cover, for about $Au36.
Posted by:Janice

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date: 29/05/2005 22:59 GMT
I'd definitaly be getting the high-end one, but that's becasue I love checking out the extras.  That's the main reason I haven't bought the Spaceballs DVD yet.  No extras
Posted by:zaphod


date: 30/05/2005 19:26 GMT
Reading a back copy of Australian Aviation magazine today I read with some alarm that the U.S. Navy are to begin retiring the F14 Tomcat next year after 30 years of service, makes one feel a bit old.
For those unmilitary, non aviation  types reading this the F14 Tomcat is the fighter jet flown by Tom Cruise in the movie Top Gun. D-Day.
P.S. RAAF F/A 18 pilots routinely kick ass in fly offs against the Yanks, so much for "Top Gun".
Posted by:D-Day


date: 06/06/2005 22:13 GMT
Poo! I love the Tomcat and am yet to see one in real life; even a static display. Oh, to see one fly!

Hurray for the Aussie fighter pilots!:P
Posted by:Janice

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date: 07/06/2005 16:47 GMT
Janice you are definitely a military aviation groupie. Tell me do you like the smell of avgas in the morning or do you prefer grade 1 jet fuel [kerosene to the rest of us penguins]. D-Day
Posted by:D-Day


date: 13/06/2005 22:54 GMT
Hmmm...I think any aviation fuel would probably put a tingle in my nose!
I watched the transfer of some aircraft from the old Aviation Museum at Port Adelaide on Saturday morning...I was advised to take a sniff into the exposed wing-root of a DC3...old aeroplane smell...very nice!
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date: 14/06/2005 19:24 GMT
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