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Blink Colonel! Gawd-dammit, Blink!

In the mid-70s, Col. Tom M. was the Commander of the 71st Flying Training Wing at Vance AFB, OK.  I was the Chief of Safety at the time. Once a week Col. M. held a staff meeting.  Lt. Col Clyde … Continue reading

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Dreams…

“Dreams are not so different from deeds as some may think.  All the deeds of men are only dreams at first.  And in the end, their deeds dissolve into dreams.”  Theodore Herzl, “Old New Land,” 1902. I have found this … 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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Busting Across Seguin…

There are some things I did while flying the ’38 that were almost “not quite legal;” I don’t know why?  Perhaps because I could?  ‘Busting across Seguin’ one day was one of them… I was going somewhere the other day … Continue reading

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A “Threat to Our Nation?”

 This is a “Christmas card” sample I received in July 2011.  Kinda neat… I have a couple of grandsons; and a mind that won’t stop.  I also have a daughter-in-law who is a photographer at an Air National Guard base.  … Continue reading

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