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Check Six: First Fight of the YF4H-1 Prototype – 62 years ago

From the This Day in Aviation website

Robert C. Little with McDonnell YF4H-1 Phantom II, Bu. No. 142260, the second prototype. (McDonnell Douglas Corporation)

27 May 1958: At Lambert Field, St. Louis, Missouri, McDonnell Aircraft Corporation’s Chief Test Pilot (and future company president) Robert C. Little made the first flight of the YF4H-1 prototype. The twin-engine Mach 2+ airplane was the first pre-production model of a new U.S. Navy fleet defense interceptor that would be developed into the legendary F-4 Phantom II fighter bomber.

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Can a Pulse Oximeter Save Your Life if You Have COVID-19?

From the Everyday Health website

Some people with the novel coronavirus have alarmingly low levels of blood oxygen, and they don’t even have a clue that their lives are in danger. They don’t appear to have any major trouble breathing, so they don’t realize how dire their situation may be.

The phenomenon has been raising concern among doctors, because these individuals typically need emergency medical attention to survive.

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Webmaster Comments 20.05.27

Senior National Guard Leadership Transitions. Yesterday, the President nominated Major General Jon A. Jensen to serve as the next Director, Army National Guard. He currently serves as the Adjutant General of Minnesota. After Senate confirmation, he will assume the duties of the director and promoted to lieutenant general.

General Jensen will replace Lieutenant General Daniel R. Hokanson, who was earlier nominated to become the Chief, National Guard Bureau and promotion to general. The current Chief, General Joseph L. Lengyel, served from August 2016 and will retire.

Earlier, Maj. Gen. Michael A. Loh, the adjutant general of Colorado, was nominated to be Air Guard director. If confirmed, he would be promoted to lieutenant general and would replace Lt. Gen. L. Scott Rice, who has served as Air Guard director since May 2016 and will retire.

Earlier Retiree News post on the nomination of Generals Hokanson and Loh

This will be the first time, the Chief and the Directors of the Army and Air National Guard, are former adjutants general.


Maui Quizon, President of Hawaii National Guard Enlisted Association (HNGEA), emailed a legislative update letter to Retiree News, requesting it be posted. Read his letter

COVID-19 Daily News Digest Update May 26, 2020

Attached is today’s COVID-19 Daily News Update issued by Hawaii State Department of Health.

COVID-19 Daily News Digest Update May 26, 2020

There is a large amount of speculation regarding COVID-19, please rely on OFFICIAL sources for accurate information. We added a long term post on the maroon bar above titled “COVID-19 Information.” The post includes links to the Hawaii Department of Health, the CDC and the FEMA websites.

Check Six: Matson Navigation in the Airline Business

For a brief period after World War II, Matson operated an airline using Douglas DC-4 aircraft between the Pacific Coast and Hawaii. The airline ultimately ceased operations because of political pressure from Pan American World Airways, which resulted in inability to obtain federal government scheduled operating authority. (Wikipedia)

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The Most Affordable Places to Retire

From the U.S. News & World Report website

Moving to a place with a lower cost of living can improve your retirement finances. If you sell a home in an expensive city and buy or rent in another city with more reasonable housing costs, you may be able to boost your retirement savings, retire sooner or enjoy a higher quality of life. 

A recent U.S. News analysis compared the 125 largest metropolitan areas in the U.S. as potential retirement spots. The study included data about housing affordability, happiness, desirability, retiree taxes, the job market and access to quality health care. These are the cities with the most affordable housing that also scored highly on the U.S. News Best Places to Retire in 2020 ranking. 

Consider these affordable cities for retirement.

Apple’s COVID-19 Exposure Notification API: What it is and how it works in iOS 13.5

From the MacWorld website

The result is an API for both Android phones and iPhones that will allow state health agencies to produce apps to notify the public about possible COVID-19 exposure.

In the release notes for iOS 13.5, you may have noticed a somewhat ominous message. Apple says that the update, “introduces the Exposure Notification API to support COVID-19 contact tracing apps from public health authorities.” 

That sounds an awful lot like it’s going to allow the government to track you and invade your privacy! Fortunately, that couldn’t be further from the truth. Contact tracing and exposure notification are important tools to help limit the spread of COVID-19 and enable the easing of lockdown restrictions, but only if they are widespread. 

To that end, Apple and Google got together back in April to develop technology that would notify you if you may have been exposed to someone with COVID-19 without compromising your identity, location, or personal information. 

This is a brief overview of what it is and how it works.

COVID-19 Daily News Digest Update May 23-25, 2020

Attached is today’s COVID-19 Daily News Update issued by Hawaii State Department of Health.

COVID-19 Daily News Digest Update May 23-25, 2020

There is a large amount of speculation regarding COVID-19, please rely on OFFICIAL sources for accurate information. We added a long term post on the maroon bar above titled “COVID-19 Information.” The post includes links to the Hawaii Department of Health, the CDC and the FEMA websites.

Check Six: Igor Ivanovich Sikorsky – Helicopter Designer

From the This Day in Aviation website

U.S. Army H-34A-SI Choctaw (Sikorsky S-58) 57-1743 hovers in ground effect. (U.S. Army)

25 May 1889: И́горь Ива́нович Сико́рский (Igor Ivanovich Sikorsky) was born at Kiev, Russian Empire, the fifth of five children of Professor Ivan Alexeevich Sikorsky and Doctor Mariya Stefanovich Sikorskaya.

Following the October Revolution, Sikorsky emigrated to the United States. Departing Le Havre, France, aboard S.S. La Lorraine, he arrived at New York on 31 March 1919. With financial backing from composer and conductor Sergei Vasilievich Rachmaninoff, he founded the Sikorsky Aero Engineering Company at Long Island, New York, in 1924, and continued designing and building airplanes.

The company which Igor Sikorsky founded has continued as one of the world’s biggest helicopter manufacturers. Recently acquired by Lockheed Martin, Sikorsky continues to produce the UH-60-series of Blackhawk medium helicopters, the large CH-53K King Stallion, and the civil S-76D and S-92. A variant of the S-92 has been selected as the next helicopter for the U.S. presidential air fleet, the VH-92A. This helicopter is planned to be operational by 2020.

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Check Six: 21-Gun Salutes

Hawaii National Guard photograph

From the Images of Old Hawaii website

The tradition of rendering a salute by cannon originated in the 14th century as firearms and cannons came into use. Since these early devices contained only one projectile, discharging them rendered them harmless. Initially, the tradition began as a custom among ships, whose captains had volleys fired upon entering a friendly port to release its arsenal, which demonstrated their peaceful intentions (by placing their weapons in a position that rendered them ineffective). 

This custom was eventually adopted by the British navy whose ships fired seven-gun salutes, choosing the number seven because it was thought to be the luckiest of the odd numbers.

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Memorial Day 2020

From the Images of Old Hawaii website

On May 5, 1866, the village of Waterloo, New York was decorated with flags at half mast, draped with evergreens and mourning black, and flowers were placed on the graves of those killed in the Civil War. In the following years, the ceremonies were repeated.

Later, Maj. Gen. John A. Logan, Commander-in-Chief of the Grand Army of the Republic, declared that “Decoration Day” should be observed on May 30. It is believed that date was chosen because flowers would be in bloom all over the country.

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Remembering the service, honor and courage of the brave men and women who died defending our homeland. To all who came before – thank you for your sacrifice.

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Check Six: 5000th F-4 Phantom II Delivered – 42 years ago

From the This Day in Aviation website

James S. McDonnell, Founder and Chairman of the Board, McDonnell Douglas Corporation, with the 5,000th Phantom. (Boeing)

24 May 1978: McDonnell Douglas delivered the 5,000th F-4 Phantom II, F-4E-65-MC 77-0290, to the United States Air Force in a ceremony at the McDonnell Aircraft Company division at St. Louis, Missouri.

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Mid-Size Luxury Crossover SUVs Ranked

From the Car and Driver website

Mainstream luxury crossovers and SUVS come in all shapes and sizes, but if you’re searching for that perfect combination of performance and practicality, the mid-size class is where you should look. Compact crossovers, such as the Alfa Romeo Stelvio or the Porsche Macan, are nimble but tight on space, while full-size SUVs, such as the Toyota Sequoia or the Chevrolet Suburban, require spacious parking lots and deep wallets. The mid-size class offers both two- and three-row layouts and manageable dimensions. This is also one of the largest classes of vehicles on the market, so it includes traditional SUVs with real off-road chops and more modern crossovers that emphasize performance over practicality.

See where each member of the segment stacks up in our rankings, which have been arranged in ascending order, from worst to best.

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Air Force Removes Height Requirement for Pilot Applicants

From the Air Force Magazine website

Lt. Col. Christine Mau, 33rd Operations Group deputy commander, puts on her helmet before taking her first flight in the F-35A at Eglin Air Force Base, Florida., on May 5, 2015. Mau, who previously flew F-15E Strike Eagles, made history as the first female F-35 pilot in the program. Air Force photo – SSgt Marleah Robertson

The Air Force removed the minimum height requirement for applicants who want to fly as it looks to increase the diversity of those entering USAF cockpits.

Under previous standards, pilots much reach a standing height of 64 inches to 77 inches—5-foot, 4 inches to 6-foot, 6 inches—with a sitting height of 34-40 inches. This requirement disqualified about 44 percent of the U.S. female population between 20 and 29 years of age, according to an Air Education and Training Command release.

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