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Those groovy late 70s- early 80s camo schemes

The Air Force had a lot of stuff going on in the Carter/Reagan-era:

A U-2C painted in a gray camouflage pattern called the “Sabre” scheme in 1975. The camouflage replaced the usual black finish to ease British concerns about “spy planes” operating from the UK. In Europe, this U-2 tested equipment to locate and suppress enemy surface-to-air missiles. (U.S. Air Force photo 070712-F-1234P-014)

F-4 Phantoms in woodland camo of 4th Tactical Fighter Wing based at Seymour Johnson Air Force Base, North Carolina in the early 1980s. Looks like one plane from each squadron

Rockwell International B-1A (SN 76-174A) in flight with desert camouflage scheme. (U.S. Air Force photo)

The evolution of the mighty, mighty Owen

In the darkest days of WWII, 24-year-old Pvt. Evelyn Ernest Owen, with 2/17 Battalion of the Australian Army, from Wollongong, New South Wales, submitted a homemade gun he made to the Army for testing.

His handy burp gun used a gramophone spring, was chambered in .22 rimfire, and was rejected.

But he kept working on the design, and, in full production by 1943, proved one of the most popular of WWII submachine guns– at least in Commonwealth service in the Pacific.

More in my column at Guns.com.