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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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Radio Interview today 16:00 (4PM Central) on Military Mom’s Talk Radio

I’m doing an interview today 22 April 2013 (my youngest son’s birthday!) on Military Mom’s Talk Radio show. I was fortunate enough to be awarded the Military Writers Society of America’s gold award for historical fiction 2012. I will doing

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Project Seven Alpha available on Barnes and Noble Nook Reader

The first novel in my Trilogy set in WWII; Project Seven Alpha, is available on Barnes+Noble’s Nook Reader. Amazon gets most of the press these days, just a reminder for the Nook readers it is available. chip facebook Twitter Amazon

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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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