Category Archives: Alaskan Air Command

Challenges

Flying the F4 E aircraft in Alaska was especially challenging, given the unforgiving terrain and the wide range of temperatures that the birds operated under.  The winter of 1970-71  was the first winter that the F-4E aircraft were exposed to … Continue reading

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On Top of McKinley

Flying in Alaska was always amazing.  The scenery was spectacular, but also challenging. Elmendorf AFB in Anchorage was located off the end of the Knik Arm, one of the two branches of the Cook Inlet.  The other branch, the Turnagain … Continue reading

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Breaking Up (in Alaska) is hard to do

In Alaska, when we lived there,  the end of winter was known as “breakup.”  Now in some minds that might mean the thawing of the state’s rivers.  In fact the thawing of the Yukon was a major event, which often … Continue reading

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Sliding on the Ice II

In 2007 we returned to a very different Alaska than the one we had left 30 years earlier.  In many ways, Anchorage had the same old small town feeling, but now it was a large city with much more traffic. … Continue reading

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Sliding on the Ice

Following Thailand, we moved to Anchorage Alaska, where we lived from 1974-1978, and where I flew air defense missions intercepting Soviet aircraft off the coast. Alaska was a wonderful assignment for many reasons:  the flying was magnificent, the people were … Continue reading

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