Monday, May 31, 2010

Memorial Day 2010/Ronald Reagan in 1942's Desperate Journey

Who'da thunk that our beloved, late president, Ronald Reagan, could have beaten Chevy Chase to the comedic punch by some forty years? (cf. - Chase's turn as a bumbling, buck-toothed airplane mechanic in his 1985 comedy Fletch.)

Get a load of the hilarious stream of gobbledygook Reagan feeds his Nazi interrogator, from the 1942 film Desperate Journey, when asked about the high-altitude characteristics of his aircraft's engines.


Coincidentally, this is exactly the kind of misdirection - albeit, without the comedic flare - that The Flying Curmudgeon was taught to employ if ever in a Prisoner-of-War situation, when he went through SERE School (Survival, Evasion, Resistance, and Escape) at Warner Springs, CA, back in March of '86.

On this Memorial Day, God bless all the brave Americans throughout our history who have made the ultimate sacrifice so that we could live in Freedom.



Javalí Rubio said...

What a fantastic blog for people who love aviation!!! Congratulations!!!
Please visit a portuguese blog which shows aerial pictures from Portugal taken during my flights in Cessna, Piper, etc...:
Third Dimension - Aerial Photography from Portugal
Thanks a lot

TFC said...

Thanks for the kind words.

During the three years he was stationed in Spain, The Flying Curmudgeon had occasion to spend quite a bit of time in your lovely country.

He and his family especially enjoyed spending time in Lisbon, and in Sintra, visting the Summer Palace, and the Castillo do los Moros.