Tag: Flying the Phantom

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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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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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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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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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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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 …

The Bridges at Toko Ri…the real story. Read More »

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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. …

The F-4 Phantom II; down and dirty! Read More »

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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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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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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 …

Going fast; REAL fast! Read More »

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