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The T-29 “Flying Classroom”

Aircraft of the Month My first flying assignment following Air Force flight training was as a pilot for the Navigator Flight Training school at Mather AFB, near Sacramento, California. Imagine the shock. I had just spent four months flying a … Continue reading

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The T-37 Trainer and Dragonfly

Tuesday Topics – Aircraft of the Month The T-37 Trainer was the unsung hero of US Air Force flight training for 52 years. In summary, the Cessna T-37 is a two-seat (the seats were side-by-side), twin-engine primary jet trainer. Designed … Continue reading

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Lockheed Constellation

Airplane of the Month Editor’s Note: This begins a new monthly series—Airplane of the Month (AOM). If you are interested in aviation or airplanes and would like to see a particular airplane featured here, add a comment to any AOM … Continue reading

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Thunderstorms – Never Again

Why I will never complain when a pilot makes the decision to detour around severe weather, even if it adds an hour to the flight. My First Operational Assignment After graduation from Undergraduate Pilot Training (UPT), I was assigned to … Continue reading

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There I was…The Day I Boomed Muleshoe, Texas

Watching the Blue Angles last year reminded me of another incident that occurred during USAF flight training. Midway through our T-38 training, we were introduced to formation flying beginning with two-ship formations and then four-ship groups (sometimes they were actual … Continue reading

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My First (and Maybe Last) T-38 Progress Check Flight

Air Force flight training was arranged around three phases, primary flight in the Cessna T-41 (Cessna 172), the Cessna T-37, and the Northrop T-38 Talon. I survived—actually passed—the first two phases. With six months to graduation, we transitioned to theT-38. … Continue reading

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Two Old Guys Trying to Recapture Their Youth – Part 2

(Continued from Part 1 – See) Day 4 – The Organization for Bat Conservation (OBC), Bloomfield Hills, Michigan Our first destination in Michigan was the OBC at the Cranbrook Institute in Bloomfield Hills, about 50 miles north of our campground. … Continue reading

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In the Lofty Steps of Presidents

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