Monday, November 28, 2011

NEX Fail

OK, I can accept this kind of stuff from the media and general merchandisers. I'm not a zealot; I think.

However - at the Navy Exchange? Yep - that is where one of my spies, well, spied it.




Hat tip SalamanderUnderground.

43 comments:

Snowman said...

What?  That's why they're called Flat-tops.  No JUGS.

Billy Bob said...

Was at the North Island NEX 3 times over the past wek and never saw this on sale. Where was this?

Eric Palmer said...

Too funny. Was it Saipan where some Army P-47s did a one way launch off of a carrier?

LOL. Other than that, what a terrible mistake. 

TBR said...

wikipedia:
[q]On 23 June, Manila Bay came under enemy air attack during refueling operations east of Saipan. Two fighter bombers attacked her from dead ahead, dropping four bombs which exploded wide to port. Intense anti-aircraft fire suppressed further attacks, and as a precautionary and rather unusual move which Raymond A. Spruance later characterized as "commendable initiative", Manila Bay launched four of the P-47s she was ferrying to fly protective CAP until radar screens were clear of contacts. The Army fighters then flew to Saipan, their intended destination.[/q]


http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/USS_Manila_Bay_%28CVE-61%29#New_Guinea

ewok40k said...

an early example of jointness :P and back then it was really good

Tom Mowry said...

A jug? That's just wrong.

Old Farter said...

I guess we could add B-25s, too, for the Doolittle raid.

UltimaRatioRegis said...

Good Lordy.

There's that Navy grasp of their history, again, with the proper emphasis on the important things

More sad than anything.  Nobody, but NOBODY in the entire process of producing a product for sale in a Navy Exchange knew what they were looking at?

steeljawscribe said...

Ah geez...wait for it...
(Yet another) epic facepalm for the centennial observation...

Mike M. said...

Good Bloody Grief. 

MR T's Haircut said...

Just getting a headstart on Diversity History.. Ala Tuskagee Airmen.. they flew these..

RD said...

I saw this at the NEX North Island.  Made me laugh and cry all at the same time

RD said...

Just prior to the Miramar airshow this year, the San Diego Union Trib had an announcemnet of the Blue Angels airshow coming up.  What did they use as a graphic?  You guessed it...the Thunderbirds.

cdrsalamander said...

.... and there's our next DivThu!

cheapirish said...

Has CHINFO set up a Facebook page for this yet?

Kevin said...

http://www.afblues.com/wordpress/2011/11/16/

At least the USAF makes stupid mistakes too.

UltimaRatioRegis said...

The question of the day.....  :-P

Casey Tompkins said...

I do know they flew P-40s off escort carriers into North Africa after the '42 invasion...

Casey Tompkins said...

I do know they flew P-40s off escort carriers into North Africa after the '42 invasion...

UltimaRatioRegis said...

Well, yeah, they also shot a captured V-2 off the back of a CV in 1946, but it doesn't mean we need Werner von Braun on a commemorative T-Shirt for the Centennial of Naval Aviation!

Anonymous said...

Snowman wins!

Byron said...

DUDE!

Adversus Omnes Dissident said...

The dishonor rendered to our hallowed air dale warriors by the Diversity Industry is reprehensible.  Additionally, they act as thieves in the night to female aviators everywhere, insinuating that they have no claim to the heritage of aviators that came before them just because of their gender is disgusting.  It is something that the Diversity Clowns are constantly preaching.

Adversus Omnes Dissident said...

from a "shall remain nameless female aviator" whom I sent URR's article to: "
<p><span>Adding women to the force was great but not nearly as earth-shattering as technological advancements/upgrades and various battles/wars that shaped the way I, LT "Anonymous", fights a jet today.<span>  </span>If they didn't come before, I couldn't be here now.<span>  </span>Yah, it's great they let me in but the real history is what's important and it's what I care about.<span>  </span>I'm in the Navy, I know this...I don't need to be reminded...but I DO want to hear about the heroes."</span></p>

Adversus Omnes Dissident said...

Speaking of NEX fail, I've been out of the Navy for a few years now and have changed addresses; however, the NEX Christmas circular SOMEHOW found my mailbox this November.

Maybe that's NEX win? 

UltimaRatioRegis said...

Yeah, if you want a Navy Aviation skivvie shirt with an Army airplane on it.

Blue said...

The NEX carried a singing card for several years (it played "Anchors Aweigh") that read "Greetings from the United States Navy" over a picture of the TS Royalist, a British Marine Society and Sea Cadets sail training ship, with the Blue Ensign plainly visible.

C-dore 14 said...

Or if you want to spend $8 to $10 more for a DVD than you would at Amazon.

C-dore 14 said...

They've probably been preoccupied trying to clear the "Global Force For Good" sweatshirts off the shelves.

UltimaRatioRegis said...

Big Clearance Sale! 

Maybe they can create some that tout the "Hundred Ship Navy!"

Wharf Rat said...

hilarious!!

Old Farter said...

Seems like every time we move, the people who want money from us always seem to find us without a change of address notice.

Chris G. said...

Stand by for a NAVADMIN requiring the purchase of these shirts, with "intrusive leadership" mandated to ensure compliance.

Worked the last time they had crappy clothes they had to move...

SCOTTtheBADGER said...

Thunderbolts and Georges really do look alike, don't they?

TBR said...

The George, though a IJN plane like the Shinden and Kikka, like them was never a carrier plane and most likely could not have been modified into one without severe penalties.

Its pre-incarnation, the Rex, was a float-fighter though and probably could have been operated from a seaplane carrier.

Grumpy Old Ham said...

Comment of the week material, right there...

Grumpy Old Ham said...

<span>Seems like every time we move, the people who want money from us always seem to find us without a change of address notice.</span>

If we'd put the same people who track down alumni for the average college alumni association on the hunt for Bin Laden, he'd have been toast in Dec 2001...

C-dore 14 said...

Of course the real question is...what country was the t-shirt made in?

fast eddie fishburne said...

a little bird tells me nex hq caught the error back in february and the p-47 shirts were recalled.  nasni nex somehow missed the memo. 

UltimaRatioRegis said...

So how much did that little "error" cost NEX/the Navy/Taxpayers?

Nearly everyone here, whose professions lie elsewhere, would have caught the error immediately.  How come these idiots didn't?

Sean said...

My alumni association had only lost a handful of graduates by the time of my 5th year reunion....and they wanted the rest of us to turn in the miscreants if we knew where they were hiding!

UltimaRatioRegis said...

Yeah, if he's had a subscription to TV Guide we could have nailed him.  Or had just once talked to someone from the membership committee of a Chamber of Commerce.  

Snowman said...

<bows>  Thanks all.

I just wish I could travel from dallas to the NEX and pick one up.  Seriously...two birds with one stone.  We cover the costs of the f-up, and we show our support for da Navy no matter what.

Squids Lead The Way (with apologies to my Ranger pals).
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