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JFK was a PILOT!

It’s true! Researchers have discovered that President John F. Kennedy was indeed a trained pilot. JFK was one of my boyhood heroes, I should have known he was a pilot too. He trained at my Alma mater, Embry Riddle University,

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Sea Legs

While circa 1980, this movie is still one of the best on how a carrier works. The people, aircraft and many of the ships have changed, however the concept and operation of aircraft carriers has not. It is a good

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F/A-18 Hornet Video

F/A-18 Hornet and Super Hornet video. This is a great video, done for the 2014 Hornet Ball. Enjoy! leland  

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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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Phantom Attack (part 3)

BLUEBIRD transmitted over the shot common frequency meant an Aegis Class Cruiser had entered the fight. Not good! The Aegis class was an SM-2-ER shooter, a particularly nasty Surface to Air Missile (SAM). The Spy 1 radar system could literally

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Phantom Phlashback…in the Phight! (part 2)

“Bloodhound 101, LA Center, switch Beaver control 354.5” “Flight go.” I dialed the manual frequency in the UHF radio. “Beaver Control, Bloodhound 101 flight of four Phantoms checking in for your control.” “Roger Bloodhound, squawk 1001, have your section leader

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Phantom II Plashback (part 1)

“Tower, Bloodhound 101, flight of four, take off.” “Bloodhound 101, Point Mugu tower, you are clear to take off runway 11.” I tapped my helmet over the ear then held up 5 fingers to switch my flight to button 5

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EA-6B Prowler flying from CVN-76

The mighty Prowler is now being replaced by a Hornet variant. I spent 1800+ hours flying the EA-6B. Tough and fast down low it was a real radar killer.

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Vintage Aircraft Carrier Operations (1971)

Some great old footage of F-4 Phantom IIs, A-5 Vigilantes and F-8 Crusaders; enjoy!

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Life Imitating Art (Captain John Testrake TWA Flight 847)

I wrote a post on Art Imitating Life last week. I wrote it after realizing that Big Flo’s conversion (the Boeing 727 from Discovery’s Plane Crash Documentary) to a restaurant was quite literally a page out of my first book,

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