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Category Archives: Fighter pilot lingo
In 1962, I went to college and joined the AF ROTC program with the hopes that I would be a pilot when I graduated in 1966. Well, my entry into the Air Force was not without some bumps. After graduation … Continue reading
At one time, there was a belief among some aviators that there is “no lift” at night, therefore night flight was not possible. Clearly this is not true, and is regarded as a joke among flyers, but it does reflect … Continue reading
I was complaining recently on line about something, not really that important but annoying to deal with. A former F4 jock suggested I Suck it Up. Hadn’t heard that in many years and I replied to him, “Yeah no Puss … Continue reading
Recently I watched Band of Brothers. One episode centered on new men entering Easy Company as replacements after D Day. The men are welcomed with less than enthusiasm and are not sure what to make of it. And I thought … Continue reading
As soon as I arrived in the 13 TFS I was taken off the base to meet the Maharajah and order my work suits and a party suit. To go to the Maharajahs to be fitted was a rite of … 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
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
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