Category Archives: War Stories

A Lesson In Clearing

After reading an earlier post here, a friend shared this story: My first FOT (Follow-On-Training) flight as a new IP in “L” flight was with a couple of “O” flight guys, Chuck H. and Mark M.  I can’t remember the … Continue reading

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Randy 10 Lead Is ‘Bingo’

In flying, ‘Bingo’ is the term we use that means we have just enough fuel remaining to return to the base, land and have our ‘minimum fuel’ by regulation.  More often than not, in T-38 flying, that value is 600 … Continue reading

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“Why Don’t You Fly for a Little Bit, Bob?”

We took a 4-ship of T-38s from Randolph Field, TX to Tyndall AFB, FL one weekend, just to enjoy the weekend on the beach.  I was flying with Nick A., our squadron commander.  Good guy. Enroute we had a planned … Continue reading

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“Just Wanted to Make Sure You knew….”

I was flying with our squadron commander one day.  He was in the front seat, and I was in the back (T-38A).  I didn’t have a great deal of respect for him; he was a “reg reader.”  A “matrix colonel.” … Continue reading

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Cruising at FL 430

In the early ’80’s we were having a rash of J-85 flameouts, engine failures, at altitudes above FL 390.  The J-85 is the engine in the T-38A.  So Command issued a directive stating that flights would not be conducted above … Continue reading

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1.9 from Dyess to Randolph?

After I relinquished command of my squadron, just before retiring in 1988, the DO (Director of Operations) told me, “Well, since all you seem to enjoy is flying, that’s what we decided to let you do for your remaining time … Continue reading

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Robbie Risner

This just showed up on the River Rat’s Newsletter this week… Great read! “Boy, the latest issue of MIG Sweep had two RSVP shockers in it. Robby Risner and Burt Spalding. God I hate to think that they are gone. … Continue reading

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Heathen

After I got to Nellis AFB, NV in Jan. ’69, I was assigned to the 430th Tactical Fighter Squadron (TFS) (F-111A) as a Weapons Load Officer.  One of my enlisted supervisors was TSgt. Leon Jones.  Lee was a full-blooded Cherokee … Continue reading

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A No-Flap Into Elmendorf AFB, AK

I was flying with Capt. Phil Foley on a C-141A trip once when it was my leg into Elmendorf AFB, AK – just outside of Anchorage.  As we configured for landing the flaps hung up at 5%.  Normally the AC, … Continue reading

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No Haba Hamburger, Only Haba Cheesburger…

I came off a 9 -10 hour mission one evening at Korat RTAFB, Thailand in 1974.  I was tired, grimy and hungry.  All I wanted was a lousy hamburger, some fries and a beer – then to go to bed. … Continue reading

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