Army Taking to the Skies

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The Army is the nation’s ground-pounding force. It flies helicopters, but it leaves most of the fixed-wing fun to the Air Force, Navy and Marines (cf. F-35, which is being flown by those three services, but not the Army).

Anyway, Battleland can report that the service is looking to buy…50,000 flying machines:

DESCRIPTION: Collapsible Flying Disk with Pouch.

OK. So they’re Frisbee-like 10-inch flying discs, to be handed out to young men and women thinking of joining the service. Here’s an example. And they’re collapsible (apparently the Army version of stealth). Not bad for 60 cents each.

COLORS USED: Army star logo with registered mark shall be imprinted using Black, White, and Yellow (equal to PMS 122C or 123C, whichever is truest to the Army yellow color).
FONTS USED: For all text that is not part of the Army logo, the font shall be Interstate Bold. URL shall be lower case letters.
IMPRINT: Center: Army Star logo with registered trademark ®, color Black and White, Font: Trade Gothic Condensed Bold. Underneath the logo shall be the tag line ARMY STRONG with registered trademark. Below the tagline shall be the URL in all lower case black letters. The yellow color of the collapsible flying disk and pouch can be used for the yellow color of the Army star logo.

Should the U.S. Army logo be printed using “truest…Army yellow color”? Doesn’t yellow have a decidedly non-Army connotation?

In typical Army fashion, packaging the flying machines warrant more Army specifications than the flying machines themselves:

PACKAGING: Contractor shall wrap each disk and pouch in a clear bag. Each bag shall be sealed on all four sides so that the items do not fall out. Bag shall be of sufficient strength and texture to prevent failing and last up to 1 year of storage without discoloring. Contractor shall place 25 each of the wrapped flyers in a plastic style bag with re-closable seal for easy opening and closing by the government. TWIST TIES ARE NOT AN OPTION AND SHALL NOT BE USED. Contractor shall pack master bags of 25 each flyers into a master carton, PSI 275 or greater container, not to exceed 45 lbs.
Boxes shall be placed on a pallet that is 48” wide by 40” long with a 4” fork opening. Boxes shall be stabilized with cardboard corner braces on all 4 corners from top of skid to top layer of boxes. Corner braces shall be strong enough to support pallets being stacked at least 2 pallets high, without buckling, toppling or crushing. Boxes shall be stacked no higher than 72” on the skid. Boxes shall weigh no more than 45 pounds. The loads shall not buckle or shift under pressure. The contractor shall shrink wrap all boxes tight enough onto the skid to prevent boxes from shifting or falling off skid during transport. Boxes shall not overhang edges of the pallet. Contractor shall face the boxes on the skid to show the label of the box and what is inside the box. Contractor shall place at least one (1) label outside of the shrink wrap to identify product inside of boxes. Partial boxes shall be labeled as such and placed on the top of the skid. Multiple items shall not be placed on the same pallet, the requirement shall be only one PPI specific item per pallet. A packing list shall accompany each shipment. The packing list shall specify the following: Component, Quantity per Carton, Total Carton Count, Total Quantity. A standard Bill of Lading shall not be substituted for a packing list. Pallets shall be refused if they do not comply with these instructions or if they are double-stacked.

Yes sir!