Great Hornet Video!

This is a great video; the FA-18 Hornet.

I recognize many of the low levels and areas they are having fun in. I try to capture this type of flying in my Aviator Series: Project 7 Alpha, Vengeance, ENDGAME and Code Name- Infamy. My latest novel, Hemingway’s Suitcase, is with the Editor! While it is a stand alone novel and not part of the Aviator Series, I’m hard at work on COLD WAR, HOT. The latest in the series is action packed! It picks up just after WWII; Berlin Airlift, Korean War and the espionage swirling around both. Look for it this fall.

leland

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HEMINGWAY’S SUITCASE

Hemingway’s Suitcase, my next novel, is going to the Editor! I’ve always been a big fan of Ernest Hemingway and his writing. He went through life in zone-5 after-burner. His life story reads like an adventure novel: warrior, spy, adventurer, big game hunter, deep sea fisherman and trans-formative writer. He lived life on the edge, and despite his tragic end, he had a lot of fun on the way.

A few months ago, I was searching the intra-weebs, I should have been working on book #5, of my Aviator Series, but was screwing-off. I was reading about Hemingway for a little motivation and happened across an article about his early work being stolen. His first wife placed all his manuscripts, and the carbon copies, in a suitcase to bring to him in Switzerland. they were to be reviewed for publishing. The suitcase and all the manuscripts, were stolen from the train.

Its been almost 100 years, and it is still lost. The seed was planted and the next thing I knew, I had a completed rough for a novel. In the novel is a curse, it follows Hemingway and his Suitcase through time. And what a time it was!

Hemingway’s Suitcase is a cross-genre’ work; Historical Fiction, with a trip into Horror Fiction. In it, I share Hemingway’s incredible life, flaws and all, as well as invite readers to his work. A Hemingway enthusiast might recognize the chapter titles;)

So, it is off to the Editor! But don’t worry I haven’t forgotten about the Aviator Series. COLD WAR HOT is heating up! I will be releasing it at the end of the summer. I really like it thus far, I think you will too. It follows: American Airlines Secret War in China- Project Seven Alpha, Vengeance at Midway and Guadalcanal, ENDGAME in the Pacific and CODE NAME- Infamy. You will catch up with Kid, Irish, Spike and some new characters as well.

leland

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FREE Ebook, again! CODE NAME: Infamy is now FREE too (VENGEANCE, ENDGAME continue to be)

It’s Wednesday and another free ebook! Two are still free:VENGEANCE and ENDGAME, add CODE NAME: Infamy, to the FREE list!

I hope you will enjoy the ebooks.

leland

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FREE EBooks, now Vengeance and ENDGAME are FREE

It’s Tuesday and another free ebook! Two now. Vengeance At Midway and Guadalcanal, was yesterday but I’m leaving it free today too. ENDGAME in the Pacific is being added today and Wednesday will get you my latest, CODE NAME: Infamy, also FREE!

Enjoy!

leland

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FREE eBook, Vengeance for FREE

FREE Vengeance today! I’m running a special deal for cyber-Monday…and declaring a cyber-Tuesday and Wednesday. Monday’s give away ebook is Vengeance At Midway and Guadalcanal, Tuesday’s is ENDGAME in the Pacific and Wednesday will get you my latest, CODE NAME: Infamy, also FREE!

I’m working away on two books concurrently. I hope to have my next out in the spring and book 5 in the Aviator Series: Cold War Hot out this summer in time for Oshkosh.

leland

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AIRVENTURE 2017, Oshkosh Air Show

I’m headed to Oshkosh on Sunday, I will be participating in the AIRVENTURE 2017 Authors Corner. All week I will be signing: Project Seven Alpha, Vengeance at Midway and Guadalcanal, ENDGAME in the Pacific and CODE NAME: Infamy. I hope to see many of you there!

leland

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United Airlines to blame? (UAL 3411)

Ok, I admit it; I’ve been amused and perhaps have experienced a bit of schadenfreude. As one of my UAL buds pointed out last night, I was enjoying: The First Law of Naval Aviation Thermodynamics- “when the heat is on someone else…it’s off you!” The reality is, the airport police have to deal with idiots like the good Doctor everyday, in every airport in America. If you actually listen to the video you can hear passengers thanking them even after the “drag out”.

And the way the top management handled the PR? Well…there have been quite a few bankruptcies.

But I digress. Read the article below for a realistic view, and I’d point out the most pertinent part in our “it’s all about me” world. The crew was dead heading to work another flight. Which means if they didn’t go, an entire plane load of passengers would have been stranded.

PS: the other 3 passengers apparently got off with out a fight, AND I’d point out the good doctor has a very dubious past, with a long history of bad decisions. I suspect he saw a way to make a buck and that’s why he ran back on the jet.

I Know You’re Mad at United but… (Thoughts from a Pilot Wife About Flight 3411)

I’ve been getting a lot of feed back on FB…but over-booking is done every day, by every airline. Yea the heats on UAL, snicker, snicker; but it could be any airline.

The joys of modern air travel.

leland

PS: Its going to get much worse as the pilot shortage becomes acute.

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Blue Angel’s Jets through time

Symphony in Blue

Bach Toccata and Fugue in D Minor U.S. Navy Blue Angels www.Sierrahotel.net

Posted by SIERRA HOTEL AERONAUTICS on Monday, March 10, 2014

This is a fantastic trip through time, via the Blue Angel’s jets. For a history buff in general, and an aviation enthusiast like myself in particular, its a must see video. There are a couple jets missing: the Panther, the Cutlass and the USAF trainer Shooting Star (which they only used for VIP rides).

First let’s look at the F9F-2 Panther:

And here is the F9F-8 Cougar:

The big difference is the swept wing. Other than the wing its virtually the same jet.

Next is the beautiful F-11F-1 Tiger.

When you imagine a classic Jet, the lines of the F-11F-1 Tiger are it.

However, the quintessential Jet has to be the F-4J Phantom II:

It was also representative the 1970s et large. Big, loud and smoky; as it blasted thousands of gallons of dead dinosaurs out of the tail pipes. I had 599.9 hours in the glorious Phantom, I loved every second. But I also had 1,100 hours in the “Scooter”, the TA-4J Skyhawk. After the fuel crisis of 1973 the Blues transitioned to the more economic A-4F (The USAF Thunderbirds transitioned to the T-38 Talon). I think the A-4F show was the most precise, certainly the 6 plane landing shown in the video. Below is a picture of a TA-4J, the two seat trainer. I included it because the Blues also flew a T-bird and it is the model, in the timeframe when I flew it. As a bonus its on the USS Lexington, the first ship I landed on in 1983.

I also had a couple hours in the F/A-18D. The Hornet F/A-18A,B,C and D is without a doubt the aircraft most associated with the Blue Angels. This year will be the 30th anniversary. Most fans have only seen the Hornet show.

Oh yes, we forgot the F7U Gutless…I mean Cutlass. It lasted just a few months, and its failure with the Blues I think was instrumental in killing the dangerous “Ensign Killer’s” entire program.

Like the Blue Angels, my books: The Aviator Series are progressing through the history of Naval Aviation: Project 7 Alpha, Vengeance at Midway and Guadalcanal, ENDGAME in the Pacific and CODE NAME: Infamy all are set in WW2. My latest, COLD WAR HOT, move from WW2 era into the jet age. So what will be the Blue Angels next jet?

Will it be Super?

leland

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F-16 Viper going vertical for St. Patties Day

Jet Pilot Climbs 15,000ft In 45 Seconds

When your job is to test out jet fighters 🙌🙌via Caters News Agency

Posted by UNILAD on Thursday, March 9, 2017

I’m Irish, let’s launch in the vertical for St Patties Day!

Back in the day I got a pay-back flight from the USAF Test Pilot School. I had been instructing Candidates in the F-4 Phantom. Had a couple wild rides, they knew it so let me fly one of their F-15s. I did a vertical take off, the flight is still stamped on my mind like it was yesterday. Here is a taste:

And from the outside.

My books: The Aviator Series are progressing through the history of Aviation: Project 7 Alpha, Vengeance at Midway and Guadalcanal, ENDGAME in the Pacific and CODE NAME: Infamy all are set in WW2. My latest, COLD WAR HOT, will move into the jet age and Cold War culminating in the Korean War and is closing in on the modern era. I put my readers in the cockpit of some of the most famous aircraft in the world.

leland

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A-6 Intruder and EA-6B Prowler

For my A-6 Intruder Buds! I flew the EA-6B Prowler, it was a stretched A-6, and they are often confused for each other.

This is an A-6 Intruder. A two man crew, Pilot and Bombardier-Navigator (BN).

This is an EA-6B Prowler. A 4 man crew, Pilot and 3 Electronic Counter Measures Officers (ECMO).

Both were designed to go in low and fast to project power (ie blow shit up). The A-6 was a Medium Attack aircraft, its mission was bombing whether over the land or against ships. It also could mine harbors, shoot anti-SAM, Harpoon anti ship and even AIM-9 air to air missiles. But it’s bread and butter mission was hauling up to 28 (32 with gear doors off) 500 pound MK-82 (or bigger) bombs through all weather, night or day, at low level and put them on target.

Countering surface to air missiles (SAMs) and search radars through jammers and AGM-88 HARM missiles was the Prowler’s bread and butter. It was also a great Electronic Spy platform and occasionally we’d put linguists onboard as well. It combined many missions which is why it lasted 40 years in the Fleet. In fact the Marines are still flying it. I had 1,800 hours in the mighty Prowler, 550+ carrier landings 200 at night. It wasn’t easy to fly, but it was honest. And those J52-P408s could dig you out of a big hole. One would bring you safely back aboard and did four times for me.

My books: The Aviator Series are progressing through the history of Naval Aviation: Project 7 Alpha, Vengeance at Midway and Guadalcanal, ENDGAME in the Pacific and CODE NAME: Infamy all are set in WW2. My latest, COLD WAR HOT, will move into the jet age and Cold War culminating in the Korean War and is closing in on the Prowler/Intruder era.

leland

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