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Registered with Wikipedia in December of 2005, after months of slacking and faceless editing.
An artificer, I have co-written, with my dad, and published several books, aimed at beginners, on Aviation archaeology, so I felt it natural to write my first article on Wikipedia on the subject. I have continued by writing, and editing, content - not so much about the aircraft - but focusing more on the people of aviation. The human factor is really where the history, and the interesting stories, are found.
Take some time and look around the site at www.Check-Six.com to see the adventure and fun of Aviation Archaeology for yourself, for we also have all sorts of information and some other things just for fun.
As you may be able to tell from the plethora of userboxes to the right, I am a fan of this media on Wikipedia, and have even created a few (Namely, the 'Pilot' userbox series, the 'Ham Radio' series, as well as the 'Prime95' userbox).
But I am still learning the ropes of Wikipedia, however I have loads of information, knowledge, and trivia to contribute. And I'm not afraid to revert!
Random interests: Collecting aerospace lucite paperweights, naval ship decking, and 'piece of places'. I also collecting autographs, but only thru the mail, or in person.
I also think it is important to mention that, on an island in the South Pacific, I am worshiped as a god, although I, in no way, actually claim to be one.
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About Our Research
My dad and I have training in a wide range of professions and disciplines that has been key in our research efforts. Here is just a brief list of some of the areas in which we have has received formal training and/or has many years of experience...
- Aircraft Accident Investigation
- Aerial Photography
- Aeronautic & Astronautic Engineering
- Amateur Radio usage
- Aviation & System Safety
- Computer Science & Electronics
- Emergency Medical Training
- 'Four-Wheel Drive' Operation and Maintenance
- Graphic Arts
- Hiking and Camping (Outdoor Adventure)
- Historical Research & Investigation
- Licensed (by the FAA) pilot
- Land Navigation & GPS Use
- Photography & Photo Interpretation
- Photographic Intelligence
- Scuba Diving
- Retired and former military
Wikipedia Pages That Reference Our Website
- Aviation Archaeology
- B-52 aircraft crash at Fairchild Air Force Base - Now a Featured Article!
- D. B. Cooper
- Deportee (Plane Wreck at Los Gatos)
- Flying Tiger Line Flight 282
- Howard Hughes
- Jeremiah Weed
- Lockheed NF-104A
- Mount Diablo
- Pacific Air Lines Flight 773
- Southern Airways Flight 932
- U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds
- Travis Air Force Base
- And Many Others...
- Only two aircraft crash sites are offically listed by the U.S. government on the National Register of Historic Places as historic sites. They are the crash site of the USS Shenandoah airship, and Point Barrow, Alaska, crash site that claimed the lives of Will Rogers & Wiley Post.
- Check-Six.com has sponsoered several gravesite pages at Findagrave.com, many of which are victims of aircraft crashes we have researched and placed on our website.
- "A human being should be able to change a diaper, plan an invasion, butcher a hog, conn a ship, design a building, write a sonnett, balance accounts, build a wall, set a bone, comfort the dying, take orders, give orders, cooperate, act alone, solve equations, analyze a new problem, pitch manure, program a computer, cook a tasty meal, fight efficiently and die gallantly. Specialization is for insects." - Robert A. Heinlein
- "It is not the critic who counts, not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood, who strives valiantly...who knows the great enthusiasms, the great devotions, who spends himself in a worthy cause, who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who have never known neither victory nor defeat." - Teddy Roosevelt
- "A professional soldier understands that war means killing people, war means maiming people, war means families left without fathers and mothers. All you have to do is hold your first dying soldier in your arms, and have that terribly futile feeling that his life is flowing out and you can't do anything about it. Then you understand the horror of war. Any soldier worth his salt should be antiwar. And still, there are things worth fighting for." - General H. Norman Schwarzkopf, U.S. Army
- " "War is an ugly thing, but not the ugliest of things; the decayed and degraded state of moral and patriotic feeling which thinks nothing worth a war, is worse. A man who has nothing which he cares more about than he does about his personal safety is a miserable creature who has no chance at being free, unless made and kept so by the exertions of better men than himself." - John Stuart Mill
- "As I take man's last step from the surface, back home for some time to come - but we believe not too long into the future - I'd like to just say what I believe history will record. That America's challenge of today has forged man's destiny of tomorrow. And, as we leave the Moon at Taurus-Littrow, we leave as we came and, God willing, as we shall return, with peace and hope for all mankind." - Eugene Cernan, Commander of Apollo 17, December 13, 1972
- "Don't get set into one form, adapt it and build your own, and let it grow, be like water. Empty your mind, be formless, shapeless — like water. Now you put water in a cup, it becomes the cup; You put water into a bottle it becomes the bottle; You put it into a teapot it becomes the teapot. Now, water can flow or it can crash. Be water, my friend." - Bruce Lee
- "A little rebellion now and then is a good thing. …God forbid we should ever be twenty years without such a rebellion. The people cannot be all, and always, well informed. The part which is wrong will be discontented, in proportion to the importance of the facts they misconceive. If they remain quiet under such misconceptions, it is lethargy, the forerunner of death to the public liberty. …And what country can preserve its liberties, if its rulers are not warned from time to time, that this people preserve the spirit of resistance? Let them take arms. The remedy is to set them right as to the facts, pardon and pacify them. What signify a few lives lost in a century or two? The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time, with the blood of patriots and tyrants. It is its natural manure." Thomas Jefferson, in a letter, dated 13 November 1787, to New York senator William S. Smith.
- "People will fight long and hard for a little piece of colored ribbon." - Napoleon Bonaparte
- "You got to think ahead to the future... Folks like things that have actually been there..." - Attributed to Mercury astronaut Gus Grissom
- "Copy from one, it's plagiarism; copy from two, it's research."" - Wilson Mizner
- "I love the smell of napalm in the morning. You know, one time we had a hill bombed, for 12 hours. When it was all over, I walked up. We didn't find one of 'em, not one stinkin' dink body. The smell, you know that gasoline smell, the whole hill. Smelled like... victory." - Lt. Col. Bill Kilgore - US Army
- "Brevity is the soul of wit..." - Polonius
- "Gentlemen, you can’t fight in here...this is the War Room!" - President Merkin Muffley
- "The greatest limitations we face in life are often self-imposed, and are also the hardest to overcome..." - Yours Truly!
- "If you're using Dramamine, but you still feel sick, it is probably working!" - Again, Yours Truly!
For creating the "User PETA-member" userbox, I award you this "I like your Userbox" Barnstar Award.Rosa 00:46, 24 March 2006 (UTC) Ed. Note... The "PETA-member" userbox, a playful poke at said organization's objective, has been deleted under the new userbox "policies". It only exists in the hearts and the minds (and user pages) of those whom loved it.
We have the ships. We have the weapons. We need soldiers. Soldiers like Lieutenant Stack Lumbreiser... and Captain Carmen Ibanez. Soldiers like Private Ace Levy and Lieutenant John Rico. We need you all. Service guarantees citizenship. Well, we kept on fighting, and we won, as Starship Troopers was the Featured Article on May 1st, 2006. Lead to Victory, Sir! Attack!
A tragic event nevertheless, the Wikipedia article on the accident/incident/mishap (pick your word) was the Featured Article on the main page on June 23rd, 2007, the 13th anniversary of the disaster that claimed four lives, and changed the modern U.S. Air Force.
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