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.
- Summer of ’69: How I saw the astronauts and almost went to Woodstock July 17, 2019
- Flying the F4 in the North – Alaska May 13, 2019
- How I came to fly the Pit of the F4 – a story of genes, rejection, and being where I was meant be, April 28, 2019
- Freedom Bird April 12, 2019
- Watch out for the flying Bucket of Water April 7, 2019
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Tag Archives: F4 Phantom II
From 1974-1978 I flew intercepts of Soviet bombers off the coast of Alaska in the McDonnell Douglas F-4 Phantom II fighter. I had arrived in Alaska fresh from a combat tour in Thailand, where I flew missions over Vietnam, Laos, … Continue reading
46 years ago, in 1973, the American POWs that were held captive in North Vietnam were repatriated to the United States. On January 27, 1973, the United States and North Vietnam agreed to the release American prisoners of war. Operation … 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
Recently, 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 One from President Franklin Roosevelt’s plane to the 707 aircraft that took … Continue reading
In Alaska it was a challenge to drive in the winter. Although snow was not a major issue in Anchorage, cold weather often was the downfall of many vehicles. 40 years ago, long before it became common in the … Continue reading