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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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2013 Paper Blue Angels Airshow

Funny and pathetic all wrapped up in one production. Yes this is how bad things have become. chip facebook Twitter Amazon Youtube

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Blue Angels CANCEL 2013 season

It is very ironic considering my recent posts about the history of the Blue Angels. They have cancelled the 2013 season. This country is in serious trouble when the basic things can not be done. chip facebook Twitter Amazon Youtube

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Blue Angels in the F/A-18

We saw the Blue Angels in F-4 Phantoms, A-4 Skyhawks and now the latest: the F/A-18 Hornet. Enjoy the show! chip facebook Twitter Amazon Youtube

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Blue Angels in the A-4 Skyhawk, set to Van Halen’s Dreams

What I still consider the best airshow the Blues did, the A-4. When I was going through flight school in VT-4 on board NAS Pensacola we got to watch the show weekly when they practiced. My favorite music video of

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The Bridges at Toko Ri…the real story.

I was talking to my good friend Forrest Murray a few days ago about the book, The Bridges at Toko Ri by James Michener. We also talked about the movie which was very well done; it was also influential to

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The F-4 Phantom II; down and dirty!

I’m often asked: “What is it like to go super sonic?” At altitude, to be honest, numbers on a dial. 1.0 or 2.0 Mach is not that different from .8 at altitude. .8 is what an average airliner cruises at.

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Blue Angels in the F-4J Phantom II

What many believe was the best Blue Angles show; the F-4 Phantom II. The quintessential fighter. I loved flying it! It was a beast, and was always trying to kill you, but the ride was worth it. Take it for

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American Idol on the USS Midway

After watching the game on Sunday night, I was surfing the net when I looked up to see my first ship the USS Midway CV-41, on the tube. It definitely caught my eye; I was riveted momentarily when I saw

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Going fast; REAL fast!

Many of my friends have asked me over the years what its like to go fast; really fast. Mach 2.0 at 35,000 feet makes the numbers fly by, but to be honest, besides the noise and vibration you can hardly

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