Category Archives: Air Force lingo

Mach 2

Found this little pin in a box recently. Not much to look at from a distance. Small F4 on it, but its the caption that catches the eye: Mach 2 Club, Phantom II.  The first reaction might be: “Is this … Continue reading

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April Fool from the Cadets

My time teaching at the Air Force Academy was one of the high points of my Air Force career. The cadets were bright, motivated, and highly engaged in all that they did. Not the least of which was playing pranks … Continue reading

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Up in the Air so Blue

When you fly in the military there is a path that you follow.  All do it.   You start as a student flier, earn your wings, become qualified in a certain aircraft, move on as a squadron member, and then if … Continue reading

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Letters from the War – Thailand 4

The following excerpts are from  letters that were written to my wife and others during the Vietnam War, while I was stationed in Thailand. Because of the nature of the events, the letters seldom told the entire story to loved … Continue reading

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Carrier Landings and other insanity

There is a certain image that all fighter jocks project:  the fearless, macho sort of gunslinger associated with the old west.  Indeed,  many seemed to adopt a western drawl when talking on the radio and I have heard the term … Continue reading

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