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“A Big Gray One, Sir…”

Some of my favorite rides in T-38 PIT (Pilot Instructor Training) as an instructor were the “syllabus” rides we flew with the students. These were rides wherein we (IPs) flew as UPT (undergraduate pilot training) students, and our PIT students … Continue reading

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Finding Dorsey…

In 1965 and 1966 I applied to the Air Force Academy. I didn’t apply earlier as I attended high school overseas, and for some reason or another, it just didn’t dawn on me. In 1965 I was rejected because I … Continue reading

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Quietly Acknowledging Gratitude…

I grew up as an Air Force “Brat;” a child of the Air Force. I don’t know when or what it was that I was captured with the “spirit” of flying for the Air Force but it was early on. … Continue reading

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Eve

I am currently watching a series on the Bible on “Fox Nation,” narrated by Charleton Heston. One of the things I have just learned is, the meaning of the name “Eve” is, “the mother of mankind.” I found this interesting, … Continue reading

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I Got a Crumb Today!

Today I got a crumb; a “like” on the Facebook from one of my grand daughters. I rarely hear from either of them, but today I got a ‘like’ from one of them, and it made my day…

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The T-38 3,000 Hour Club

To get 3,000 hours in any Air Force aircraft is an achievement in and of itself. I was blessed to hit this plateau in the T-38A. Over my 20-year Air Force career, I managed to fly 17.5 years; 11.5 years … Continue reading

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On INTEGRITY

On INTEGRITY: In the early 80’s there was this student pilot in T-38s at Columbus AFB, MS. After landing one afternoon, he filled out the ‘Forms,’ then left the flight line. The Crew Chief, on his Post Flight Inspection, noticed … Continue reading

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“The Little Bastards are Running Away!”

On oof the training missions we had at McGuire in the early 70’s was the CAM mission, Combat Airlift Mission. I wasn’t really very fond of them but they were great opportunities to build flying time. The pre-flight and post-flight … Continue reading

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One Spit-Shined Boot…

Once, on a late night flight across the pond to Europe, I decided to take a “combat nap” for a bit. I removed my boots, kicked the (left) seat back, coordinated with the copilot, and dozed off for a bit. … Continue reading

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Flying Solo – In a C-141A

So one Sunday morning, back in 1973, I was at home when Dave called and asked if I would like to fly over to Scott (AFB, IL) and back (from McGuire AFB, NJ). Green Bay wasn’t playing until later the … Continue reading

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