Category Archives: Alaskan glaciers

Moose Recce and other Alaskan sports

My wife was a big cross county skier when we lived in Alaska. Luckily Anchorage had an extensive series of trails.  So every winter, she and a friend would load the dogs — hers a Malamute, ours a Samoyed– into … Continue reading

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Arctic Survival

The cold air rushing down from Canada today, its about -3F as I write this, reminds me of when I attended Arctic Survival School in Alaska. From 1974-1978, I flew air intercept missions in the F4 Phantom II out of … Continue reading

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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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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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