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F-4 Phantom Launching an AQM-37D super-sonic target

QF-4N Phantom II launching and AQM-37D. A mainstay mission of VX-30. This was a sub-sonic launch, normally we did super-sonic. I checked my log book when I saw the date, I was sure I was either the shooter or the

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The Grumman J2F Duck!

Nice Takeoff Nice Takeoff Posted by Pilots Hub on Thursday, May 31, 2018 The Grumman J2F Duck plays a pivotal roll in VENGEANCE at Midway and Guadalcanal, the second book in my Aviator Series. It is a fantastic aircraft. Its

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JFK was a PILOT!

It’s true! Researchers have discovered that President John F. Kennedy was indeed a trained pilot. JFK was one of my boyhood heroes, I should have known he was a pilot too. He trained at my Alma mater, Embry Riddle University,

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Tom Wolf, Author Of The Right Stuff, Flies West.

Thomas Wolf, the author of The Right Stuff has flown west at the age of 87. Many aviators were inspired after reading the book, The Right Stuff, to seek out the sky. It also became an Oscar winning feature film,

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Blue Angels, A Different View!

An interesting view from “The Boss’s” lead aircraft. The camera is facing aft so you can see the formation as they maneuver. Watch the background as the video progresses. Read about Naval Aviation and more in the Aviator Series. leland

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F/A-18 Hornet, Dog Fight Over Iraq

This is a very good video on the engagement of Navy F/A-18s and Mig 21s. It brings in all the players, including the E-2C. For those that have read my books (Aviator Series) and articles (here on this site) you

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Vertical Takeoffs!

Thrust to weight! Whether an F-15 in full burner or a light loaded airliner at full power, it is the thrust to weight ratio that dictates a shit hot vertical takeoff or lumbering the length of the runway clawing into

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In-flight refueling; fighters and bombers

In-flight refueling is a skill that young aviators have to develop in the modern jet age. Jet engines consume a much larger amount of fuel. To be able to complete their missions, they often need to refuel. Bombers have much

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Unusual Carrier Landings

This is a good video of some non-standard carrier landings. A C-130 Hercules, night trap, Harrier without a nose gear and more. Take note of the F/A-18 night trap, he landed right of center-line, had that been an EA-6B Prowler

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SPEED IS RELATIVE: Low Level flying!

Speed is indeed relative. Mach 2.0 at 35,000 feet is numbers on a dial, Mach 1.1 at 100 feet is an entirely different experience. Take a ride! If you liked it, try one of my books in The Aviator Series,

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