Monthly Archives: January 2012

A Puppy, and A House…

I had ‘badgered ‘Dear Ole Dad’ for a puppy, for years.  At 9 or 10, it couldn’t have been that many years, but just the same…  Finally, after we moved on base, at Davis-Monthan (DM) AFB. AZ (Tucson), Dear Ole … Continue reading

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Recognition for the Service and Sacrifices of Military ‘Brats’

In Dec. 2009, I began reading “Military Brats: Legacies of Childhood Inside the Fortress,” by Mary Edwards Wertsch, again.  I say ‘again’ as I had attempted to read it several times before, and kept getting stuck in Pat Conroy’s Introduction … Continue reading

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The T-38 Ride: Part V – Implementation, Resentment and Satisfaction

If memory serves, the T-38 Stall/Sink Rate ride was implemented into the T-38 PIT syllabus in early 1987.  Rick and I both felt a deep sense of satisfaction.  This was not an easy thing to do – create a ride … Continue reading

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The T-38 Stall Ride: Part IV – The Paper Trail

It so turned out that T-38 Stall Training was a “Special Emphasis Item” for the 1985 HQ ATC Stan/Eval inspection cycle, and we “hit it out of the park!”  In Jul 1985, Nick A., the Director of ATC Stan/Eval, began … Continue reading

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The T-38 Stall Ride: Part III – Discoveries

In the summer of ’85, as I continued to ‘fine tune’ the ride, I made several discoveries – perhaps things I already knew, but didn’t know I knew them.  Or, more accurately, I didn’t know the full consequences or impact … Continue reading

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The T-38 Stall Ride: Part II – Development

One I became convinced that we could teach T-38 stall and sink rate recognition better than we were, I really began to dig into things – and made some interesting observations.  I was able to get into the ATC archives … Continue reading

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The T-38A Stall Ride: Part 1 – The Concept

In the spring of 1985 I was the Chief of Stan Eval for the 12th FTW at Randolph Field, TX when ATC held a ‘risk-assessment’ conference on all of our flying operations.  It was hosted by a ‘Tweet guy.’  Probably … Continue reading

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Freedom 165

In the Spring of 1988 I had the honor, and privilege of flying with Col. Fred V. Cherry.  Col. Cherry had been a POW in North Vietnam from October 1965 to January 1973.  He had been a member of my … Continue reading

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Observation: Pilot Training

The only difference between a UPT (Undergraduate Pilot Training) student, and a North Vietnamese gunner is – on graduation day, the student ‘thinks’ he likes you….

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Observation: Government Regulations

Whether they be local, state or federal, common sense and/or good judgement are poor substitutes for government regulations…

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