What is That Lake Out There…

I used to love early morning missions. It was often quiet on the flight line, cool, the sun rising, a bit of a chill in the air and so forth. Then, just after we we launched and came out of burner, we would kind of ‘glide’ through the still air. Just coasting, at 300 knots for a few moments – then reality kicked in and we would receive clearance to climb. Back to work.

Once in our assigned area we would begin our briefed profile. Aerobatics, stalls, vertical recoveries and slow flight exercises…

One morning, as we were about to “come over the top,” my student asked, “Sir, what is that lake out there?” Initially I wasn’t sure ‘what lake’ he was talking about, but I soon figured it out. Looking out the top of my canopy I would see the Sun reflecting off this huge body of water off to the East…

“Oh,” I replied, “that’s Lakea de la Gulf of Mexico” – and its grew real quiet up front…

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