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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

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Vietnam Era Carrier Flight Operations

Looks like I’m grounded again today. Another rainy day means another great archived video, enjoy. I love writing about aircraft and hope it shows in my books. I’m currently working on book five, COLD WAR HOT, in it we will

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Air Craft Carrier Operations 1963 (CVA-43)

I’m supposed to be on my way south in my Nanchang CJ-6A war bird. A rather large front, currently located over head, has canceled that. So on this rainy day I was poking around the net and found some great

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Full circle:Radials to Jets and back

  I wrote about returning to NAS Pensacola and the National Museum of Naval Aviation a couple of years ago. Much had changed, and much had not. Planes, people; even the base had changed after a hurricane smashed into it.

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Example of why, it is so hard to trust mainstream media

  I suppose it is the same for any profession; you read or watch what the main stream press writes about your area of expertise and just roll your eyes. Sometimes it is so bad you just have to laugh.

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Solo Flight

Sliding the throttles outboard, I eased them further forward into the afterburner range. I heard the boom as they lit and began to stage, a quick glance at the burner can gauge showed the exhaust nozzles opening all the way,

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Dealing with passengers, in a fighter

As an airline pilot you have interactions with passengers daily, some “memorable” for sure. Most passengers are courteous, even when things go bad. I’ve found the more experience a passenger has, businessmen for example, the more patience they have for

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The Last Gunfighter; the F-8 Crusader

I grew up in St Louis, just down the road from McDonnell Douglass where F-4 Phantom II fighters were built. My parents would take me to the airport observation lot, and we’d watch the smoky Phantoms rip up the sky.

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Wing tip vortices (wake turbulence/jet wash) visible due to fog

I’m often asked about wingtip vortices. First I’ll spare you any math, so what are they? Basically when a wing produces lift it also produces drag. This type of drag is called induced drag. A by product of it are

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Radio Interview today 16:00 (4PM Central) on Military Mom’s Talk Radio

I’m doing an interview today 22 April 2013 (my youngest son’s birthday!) on Military Mom’s Talk Radio show. I was fortunate enough to be awarded the Military Writers Society of America’s gold award for historical fiction 2012. I will doing

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