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They thought he was crazy. But restaurant tycoon David Tallichet knew there was something he was missing in the jungle. As an innovator in the restaurant scene, a man who has injected culture and different tastes in the food he serves, Tallichet has built a legacy that will long outlive him. However, the discovery he made in the jungle had nothing to do with his success as a career restaurateur.
Yet his discovery has both historic significance and is simply interesting. But when he ventured out into the middle of nowhere in the jungle, he ended up raising ghosts from the grave.
Tallichet made his fortune in the food industry when he founded a Polynesian-themed restaurant chain in California. But his success began when he learned discipline as part of the military. He was deployed during World War Ii and was a co-pilot on a Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress. In the sky, as in the kitchen, Tallichet was a force to be reckoned with.
Even as he carved out his fortune in the restaurant business, he still maintained his passion for plains and aviation. He started to grow an aircraft collection when he made a lot of money. He even specialized in military plane replicas. His plains were hired for movies like “Pearl Harbor.”
Despite his success, Tallichet wanted more. He took a team to Papa New Guinea to trek through the jungle. He was eager to find more out of life. One of the most underdeveloped places in the world, Papa New Guinea has a fearsome jungle that is not kind to visitors. With the jungle thwarting his every move, Tallichet and his team had to force themselves through the landscape and into the swamp.
Despite having years of survival skills among the team, no one was prepared for the surprise in the middle of the jungle.
Tallichet was brought to tears when he saw the thing among the greenery. He was immediately brought back to 1942 when World War II was at its peak. U.S. Army Air Corps Captain Fred Eaton and Henry Maynard Harlow were hired for a secret and heroic mission. They were to fly from Australia up against the Japanese coast. When things took a bad turn at the Japanese Fortress at Rabaul in New Britain, they were left with few options.
The plane started to fall from the sky and landed in the middle of the Papa New Guinea jungle. The team of nine had little resources and a lot of strife to contend with.
The team simply abandoned the shot-up U.S. B-17E bomber. For six weeks, they trekked through the jungle. They battle malaria and heatstroke.
Meanwhile, the “swamp ghost” ship stayed put for decades. At least until Tallichet used his money to find it. Check out the video below to see more pictures of his incredible discovery.
When Tallichet and his team found it, they quickly called in an airlift and resurrected the “swamp ghost.” They broke a wing, but eventually got it out of the jungle. Now the bomber is officially retired.
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America’s only forward-deployed aircraft carrier’s upcoming deployment will be delayed because of a “material issue,” the Navy said Thursday.
The USS Ronald Reagan returned to its Yokosuka homeport Thursday after completing a week of pre-deployment sea trials. That same day, the service announced that carrier-landing practice would be delayed, partly to address an issue that arose on the ship over the past week.
“USS Ronald Reagan successfully completed Sea Trials on [Thursday]. However, during operational testing and verification of all systems during Sea Trials, a material issue was identified that requires repair,” said Lt. Cmdr. Matt Knight, a Task Force 70 spokesman. “The repair will result in a delay to the scheduled departure date for USS Ronald Reagan and Carrier Strike Group 5.”
Knight did not provide further details about the issue, including how long the delay was expected to last.
A separate Navy statement issued Thursday announced that carrier-landing drills for Carrier Air Wing 5 pilots were being delayed for “operational reasons.” The day-and-night training that enables them to meet qualifications was originally scheduled to take place May 3-13, mostly at Iwo Jima – a remote island known in Japan as Iwo To.
After the land-based training, the pilots were to conduct day and night landings on the Ronald Reagan, Knight told Stars and Stripes in an email last month.
The majority of the training is still expected to take place on Iwo Jima when new dates are announced, the Navy said.
Aircraft involved include F/A-18E and F/A-18F Super Hornet strike jets, EA-18G Growler electronic warfare planes, E-2D Advanced Hawkeye early warning aircraft and C-2A Greyhound transports.
During the sea trials, the Ronald Reagan’s crew practiced high-speed turns and precision anchoring and tested the ship’s self-defense weapons system.
Capt. Buzz Donnelly, the Ronald Reagan’s commanding officer, said the ship “performed remarkably well.”
“The crew’s training and preparation was a primary factor during all of the evolutions, and they should feel very good about the fact that they came in well-prepared and executed as well as they did,” he said in a Navy statement.
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U.S. Central Command’s deputy commander has been nominated to head the Hawaii-based Pacific Air Forces, the Pentagon said Wednesday.
Lt. Gen. Charles Brown Jr., if confirmed, will be promoted to general and also become executive director of Pacific Air Combat Operations Staff at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Hawaii.
He would replace Gen. Terrence O’Shaughnessy, who is awaiting final confirmation by the full Senate to take the helm of U.S. Northern Command.
Brown would command roughly 46,000 military and civilian personnel based primarily in Hawaii, Alaska, Japan, Guam and South Korea. About 1,700 airmen are deployed at any given time in the region. About 320 fighter and attack aircraft are assigned to Pacific Air Forces, with another 100 aircraft rotating on deployments to Guam.
Brown was commissioned in 1984 and obtained a master’s in aeronautical science in 1994 from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in Daytona Beach, Fla.
He has commanded a fighter squadron, the U.S. Air Force Weapons School and two fighter wings, including the 8th Fighter Wing, dubbed the “Wolf Pack,” at Kunsan Air Base, South Korea.
Prior to his current assignment at MacDill Air Force Base, Fla., Brown headed U.S. Air Forces Central Command from June 2015 to July 2016. In that role, he led the aerial campaign against the Islamic State, which held territories in Iraq and Syria.
He has more than 2,900 flight hours, including 120 combat hours, in everything from F-16 fighters and B-1B bombers to C-130J cargo planes, the Air Force said.
Among his decorations are the Bronze Star and the Legion of Merit with three bronze oak leaf clusters.
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