(April 18, 1992)
Fresh off its Gulf War coming-out party, a F-117A Nighthawk stealth fighter was on its way to the Glynco Jetport for an air show scheduled for May 3.
According to The News’ report, “The $42.6 million stealth fighter dropped the first bomb on Baghdad in the U.S.-led coalition’s air campaign against Iraq during the Persian Gulf War a year ago. Built by the Lockheed Corp., the first prototype model of the F-117A flew in 1977. In 1978, the Air Force gave the go-ahead for a full-scale production of the aircraft, according to an aviation magazine.”
The Defense Department did not even acknowledge the plane existed until 1988, and it was not involved in combat operations until December 1989.
(April 18, 1967)
In light of the U.S. State Department relaxing visa regulations for people visiting the country, The News’ editorial board reflected it served the nation’s interest to allow more folks into the country and allow them learn of the positive aspects of American society to which they may not be exposed in their home countries.
“Last year, Americans traveling abroad doubled the total visiting the United States from all countries and spent three times as much money, leaving and estimated balance-of-payments deficit of $2.4 billion. The liberalized visa regulations, affecting visitors from 24 additional countries, should be of some help in easing this imbalance.
“No less important is the encouragement of better understanding. There is a distorted image of Americans in many foreign lands. Anything that will serve to display Americans as they are — and not as some self-serving critics make us out — is bound to contribute to a friendlier world.”
(April 16-20, 1942)
Nazi submarines proved to be a continuing and pervasive menace off the East Coast, and no less just off the sandy beaches of the Golden Isles. Local residents, at times, had to do their part when ships caught the wrong end of a torpedo.
“The News today received a letter from one of the survivors of a tanker torpedoed off the Atlantic coast a week ago today, who was landed here, in which he thanked the people of the city for treatment accorded him while here,” according to the April 16 report. “The survivor gave his name, but for good reasons asked that it not be published. His card was headed, ’Thank You, People of Brunswick,’ and he said:
“‘I have just returned to my home in Chicago, after the torpedoing and sinking of my ship last week and subsequent rescue by the Coast Guard of St. Simons. As I look back over the terrifying and thrilling experience, there is one thing that stands out in my mind and that is the southern hospitality of the people of Brunswick.
“‘The unstinting manner in which they came forward and gave us clothing and shelter in our time of need will always remain with me. Thank you, Brunswick, Georgia.’”
Meanwhile, as observed by the News’ editorial board:
• “Tide and time may wait for no man but a good many men have to wait on their wives.”
• “Many a man sees little distinction between his wife’s bridge and a toll bridge.”
• “All the sports writers are selecting the St. Louis Cards to win the National League pennant. Can it be in the ‘cards?’”
• “Spring is here — and so are the sand gnats.”
• “It is an ill wind which does blow the pulp plant smell in this direction.”
(April 20, 1917)
While debate continued about how the United States should raise a full army and navy by which to take on the Central Powers, The News’ editors decided a draft was the best way:
“The fact seems to be settled that congress is to accept the selective draft system as recommended by President Wilson in matter of raising that army. It is without doubt the premier thing to do. The volunteer army may sound pretty, but in practice it’s a failure.”
And in a sort of editorial-by-telephone, the News’ agreed with other papers that politicians make poor soldiers:
“Billy Sutlive, of the esteemed Savannah Press, is responsible for this good one: ‘The editor of the Darien Gazette wants to know why the politicians do not enlist. It would be entirely useless, as wars are fought with bullets, not bull.’”