Category Archives: Fighter Aircraft

F4 Stuff

Recently I was looking at all the things I had collected that had to do with the F4. The Phantom II mascot was called the Spook.    He appeared on a lot of things from patches — to letter head … Continue reading

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Long Ago, In a Galaxy far far away…

Over the last few months, since I visited the Air Force Museum in Dayton, Ohio and sat in the cockpit of an F4 again, the Phantom II has been almost continually on my mind. And as I thought about all those … Continue reading

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F4 Crash in Alaska

In Alaska, December is a bitter month. I have previously written about attending arctic survival school outside of Fairbanks when it was -50F and the techniques I learned to survive.  Still it gave me, and every fighter jock I flew with, … Continue reading

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You can go Home Again

Last week I spent a great day at the Air Force Museum in Dayton Ohio. It was amazing to see all those aircraft — every version of Air Force 1 from President Franklin Roosevelt to the 707 aircraft that took … Continue reading

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Night Flight

There is a belief among some aviators that there is “no lift” at night, therefore night flight is not possible. Clearly this is not true, and regarded as a joke among flyers, but it does reflect an unease among many … Continue reading

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Watch out for the flying Bucket of Water

Each spring in Thailand, there is a festival called Songkran.   This is the traditional Thai water festival celebrated with the Thai new year in April. According to Wikipedia:   The Songkran celebration represents purification and the washing away all of … Continue reading

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Elephant Walk

In 1973, 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 … Continue reading

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