American History in Real LifeMovies in the past have often shown characters that were touched by historical events. Yet sometimes, the truth is often more fantastic than anything Hollywood can devise. These stories of real people show how the events of the past touched their lives. Some times the stories are dramatic, sometimes simple, but all in all they weave a tapesty of the richness of the American experience.
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Category Archives: F4 emergency
During my years flying the F4 there was only one time, while flying combat, we had to use the tailhook to stop on the runway. It happened while I was stationed in the 13 TFS at Udorn RTAFB, Thailand. We … Continue reading
There are few books that have really captured the world of the F4 backseater or GIB (Guy in Back) in combat. For Dr. John Pendergrass flying in the F-4 Phantom II in combat during the Vietnam War changed his life … Continue reading
45 years ago this week, a new phase of my life began. On May 15, 1973, I kissed my wife goodbye at the airport. And set off on what was to be the great adventure of my life – flying … Continue reading
As the war in SEA wound down, plans were put into place for an aggressive training schedule. Now schedulers were faced with actually having to plan training, not just assume it would happen in the course of daily events. It … Continue reading
Yes there was an Air Force safety supplement to everything, here is the one to HIGH FLIGHT Air Force Supplement 1 OH, I HAVE SLIPPED THE SURLY BONDS OF EARTH (Surly bond slipping will be performed only by two … Continue reading
OK I lied, it was not that bad– or was it– read and you decide. Periodically as aircrew members we were required to undergo training in the altitude chamber. It was not something that any crewmember relished. The goal was … Continue reading
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