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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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WWII’s USS Arizona Memorial accepts more of her crew

  After hours at the USS Arizona Memorial,  crew members that survived the sinking,  join their former ship mates. A reminder of the cost paid all those years ago.

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Day and Night Aircraft Carrier Landings (split screen)

I’ve often been asked the difference: Day is basically a race track pattern; a flight enters the break at 800 feet and after passing the carrier turns hard to the down wind. In the break the jet decelerates to landing

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More T-45 Carrier Qualifications; from Student Naval Aviators view

In my last post I commented that nothing has changed except the aircraft. This video verifies that…except for the non-standard hand signals? And here is what it is all about: chip

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Aircraft Carrier Landings; in my old squadron VT-21

Angle of Attack – Excerpt 1 from Thomas Lennon Films on Vimeo. The more things change, the more they stay the same. In my book Vengeance, I write about students going to “the boat” for the first time. Watching this

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Air India crew turns cockpit over to Flight Attendants to take a nap in first class

This is what happens when you dumb down the profession; it will get worse with pilot shortage. All I can say is, Wow! chip Pilots sleep as flight attendant turns off autopilot on Bangkok-Delhi flight MUMBAI: Two Air India pilots

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A better solution to the coming pilot shortage

My last post detailed a pilot recruitment program that to me is indentured servitude. Skywest Airlines has put in place a much better program. Contrast the two and then ask your self which program would you go with? Which program

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Is Indentured Servitude the answer to the world wide pilot shortage?

Apparently some operators believe it is. Take Rex Air in Australia for example: 5K up front and nonrefundable will get you a 100k loan (25K you will pay separately) an Australian commercial/instrument rating and a job as a pilot in

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Rough Cross Wind Landings…and one just right!

Were all those bad? Actually no; numbers 8-5 were fine. Another example of why those who don’t “do” should not critique! Proper technique is to let the wind weather vane you until you get close (100 feet or so and

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Boeing 787 repairs to be complete mid-May: NTSB not convinced

Boeing will have FAA approved fixes to the B-787 battery system completed by mid May. Ethiopian Airline will fly the first revenue flight Saturday, test flights resumed in April. Delivery of new aircraft will resume at the beginning of May.

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