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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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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

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Spitfire 944

A great story; well worth a view.

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WWII flight lesson

Relearned the hard way! Pilots in WWII did not wear goggles for the wind. They wore them to protect their eyes from other foreign objects that might enter the cockpit in combat: oil, shattered wind screen, shrapnel, etc. Who can

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Hybrid Publishing

What is it? There are five definitions of the word hybrid. Essentially, it means mixing two separate things. Obviously, the goal of any hybrid is to take the good qualities of two or more separate entities and combine them into

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The Battle of Midway: 71 years ago today

Buy the trilogy now: 1:Project 7 Alpha 2:Vengeance 3:End Game (soon) My second book (Vengeance at Midway and Guadalcanal) begins with the Battle of Midway. Seventy one years ago today this titanic struggle changed the course of World War II.

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End Game in the Pacific: edit complete.

Buy the trilogy now: 1:Project 7 Alpha 2:Vengeance 3:End Game (soon) My editor (LaVonne Ellis) and I wrapped up the final edit of End Game this past weekend. We will now format it and ready it for print. Cover design

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The Red Barron

Buy the trilogy now: 1:Project 7 Alpha 2:Vengeance 3:End Game (soon) The Red Barron: for many aviation buffs he was the first legend of airborne combat. For myself; sitting in the front row of a movie theater in 1966, at

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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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