Author Topic: Homage to Frank Luke?  (Read 762 times)

Offline Rob Hart

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Homage to Frank Luke?
« on: February 05, 2023, 12:17:49 PM »
I read that the call signs of the F-22 pilots involved in the Chinese balloon shootdown were Frank 01 and Frank 02.

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Re: Homage to Frank Luke?
« Reply #1 on: February 05, 2023, 11:02:35 PM »
Air Force confirmed that the reference was intentional. First kill for the F-22 BTW.

Offline rhallinger

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Re: Homage to Frank Luke?
« Reply #2 on: February 06, 2023, 04:35:54 AM »
An AF fighter pilot friend has confirmed that the call signs are indeed a reference to Frank Luke, known for his balloon busting achievements.  Nice call, an interesting that this current story reaches back to WWI and pops up on our forum!

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Bob

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Re: Homage to Frank Luke?
« Reply #3 on: February 06, 2023, 05:10:12 AM »
I wasn’t aware that Imperial Germany only used Drachens for Weather forecast  :o :)
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Remarque.

Offline Rob Hart

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Re: Homage to Frank Luke?
« Reply #4 on: February 06, 2023, 07:12:17 AM »

Offline KiwiZac

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Re: Homage to Frank Luke?
« Reply #5 on: February 06, 2023, 09:25:12 AM »
I didn't realise the callsigns, how awesome! Bravo to those involved!


As a millennial AND avgeek I appreciate this and will be using it(with credit) on Facebook and Twitter! ;D

Offline WD

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Re: Homage to Frank Luke?
« Reply #6 on: February 07, 2023, 04:00:09 AM »
I was wondering when the Frank Luke references would start, glad to see the USAF beat everyone to the punch.

Oh, and yeah, I'm so stealing that Frank Luke image for use on the Facing Book. :)

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Offline Berman

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Re: Homage to Frank Luke?
« Reply #7 on: February 16, 2023, 05:22:45 AM »
     Sidewinder missiles cost $500,000 each and it took two to shoot down the balloon over Lake Huron because the first one missed. I think it is time to bring back Le Prieur rockets. :D

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Re: Homage to Frank Luke?
« Reply #8 on: February 16, 2023, 09:11:21 AM »
I think it is time to bring back Le Prieur rockets. :D
;D ;D