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Vietnam Era Carrier Flight Operations

Looks like I’m grounded again today. Another rainy day means another great archived video, enjoy. I love writing about aircraft and hope it shows in my books. I’m currently working on book five, COLD WAR HOT, in it we will

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Air Craft Carrier Operations 1963 (CVA-43)

I’m supposed to be on my way south in my Nanchang CJ-6A war bird. A rather large front, currently located over head, has canceled that. So on this rainy day I was poking around the net and found some great

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F-35C Lightning II gets it’s Sea Legs with First Carrier Landing

The F-35C Lightning II gets it’s Sea Legs. It has been a long bumpy road; but finally, the F-35C goes to the boat. The major milestone was reached off the coast of California yesterday. Developmental Testing will continue and once

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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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Example of why, it is so hard to trust mainstream media

  I suppose it is the same for any profession; you read or watch what the main stream press writes about your area of expertise and just roll your eyes. Sometimes it is so bad you just have to laugh.

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USS Utah, WWII Memorial at Pearl Harbor

In my books about WWII I’ve tried to write about smaller units and out of the way battles. Those that were just as important and horrific, but got little press or historic attention: The Hump, Aleutian Campaign, Escort Carriers, Cargo

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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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Solo Flight

Sliding the throttles outboard, I eased them further forward into the afterburner range. I heard the boom as they lit and began to stage, a quick glance at the burner can gauge showed the exhaust nozzles opening all the way,

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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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