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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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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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F/A-18 Hornet landing on carrier in bad weather

US F/A-18 fighter pilot lands on aircraft carrier in conditions of no visibility The most feared radio call a Carrier Air Wing can hear while Blue Water is: “Ninety-Nine School-boys…landing lights on.” My last post featured a beautiful dusk carrier

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Aircraft Carrier Approaches

I’m often asked about operating at the ship, it is indeed a one of a kind operation, like no other. I wrote this for another site this morning. Admittedly, it is a bit technical. If you have questions ask away:

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More Blue Angels!

Another Blue Angel video, and its a good one. This one is special because I recognize some of my old Naval Air Stations in the background. NAF El Centro, the Blues winter home was also the training base for a

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Super Sonic Flow and the Modern Airliner

F/A-18C Super Sonic at 100 feet, a great video. It happens fast, you can see the shock wave as a ball of vapor as the Hornet flashes by. Let’s take a closer look. In this picture you can see the

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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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Phantom Attack (part 4)

Our two Phantoms came off target in formation. Quickly I pushed my wing man back into combat spread. We weren’t done by a long shot. “Beaver, picture between Shantini and Texaco?” Texaco was the KC-135 inflight refueler orbiting 200 miles

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TUESDAY FUN: home video from the cockpit of Blue Angel #4

There is still way too much bad news about Malaysian Flight 370. Bad news about Aviation always permeates in the press. How bout an extra dose of fun this week. This video was shot from the back seat of Blue

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