Category Archives: Fighter pilot slang

A Tale of the 13 TFS – With Gilligan in China

45 years ago, in October 1973, as a member of the 13th TFS,  I had the opportunity to ferry an F4 from Udorn RTAFB in Thailand to Tainan, Taiwan, China.   The Air Force used a system of central depots … Continue reading

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Party suits, Patches, and Jewelry — the well dressed Fighter Jock

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

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Saftety Supplements

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

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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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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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Letters from the War – Thailand 8

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

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