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There I Was – Earliest Memories

I was sitting on the front porch this morning as I usually do (weather permitting) just thinking back—random thoughts. Heard an aircraft flying high overhead, and got to thinking about my interest in aviation, wondering what sparks a particular interest … 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 Wish) I was…The Transition® Flying Car

The vision of a flying car that could be parked at home, driven to the airport, converted to an airplane and flown has existed since both cars and airplanes were invented. The first example dates back to 1917 when Glenn … 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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Gremlins and Aliens – A Young Pilot’s Nemesis

There is a distinct difference between flying with an instructor and flying solo. Well Duh. No, I mean, really. For 8, 10, 12 flights there has been another person in the airplane—someone who knew what to do if something went … 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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There I was…My Head Mashed against the Canopy

In each of the “There I Was…” essays, it is usually necessary to spend a few words providing some technical background to explain what happened and why. This flight also involves the T-37 described in “There I was…My First Jet … Continue reading

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There I was… My First Jet Flight

In November of 1969 I went off to U.S. Air Force Officer Training School or OTS, a twelve-week school to learn to march, wear a uniform, and how and whom to salute (there were military academics, too). In February 1970, … Continue reading

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There I Was…

There is one aspect of my experience that has been mentioned only in passing that was very important to me, but more importantly, generated some pretty good stories. I am adding a new category called “There I was…” that will … Continue reading

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