Category Archives: Flying Adventures

Aviation related activities.

My Friends, Victor and Zulu

During the Cold War, fighter pilots in Europe had one of two missions: ground attack/nuclear strike or air defense. Pilots with a nuclear strike mission took turns sitting alert on aircraft loaded with nuclear weapons and capable of launching in … Continue reading

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Tucson to London in a Beech D-18

Going to the University of Arizona in Tucson in the late 1960s I had a part time job at an aircraft maintenance and modification facility at Tucson International Airport. They specialized in modifying twin Beech D-18s for freighter service. The … Continue reading

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Combat vs. Training, Lessons Learned

The difference between flying combat missions and training sorties is a lot more subtle than the obvious fact that you can really get shot at in combat. No matter how much you want to train the way you fight there … Continue reading

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Aviation is more than Pilots

We often say that aviation is more than pilots. We know it’s true, but it’s always nice to see it demonstrated. That was the case recently at a formation – clinic fly-in with Red Star Yak and CJ-6 pilots and … Continue reading

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Sun Tax

The Sunbelt extends from California to Florida across the southern United States . While there are multiple benefits to living in the Sunbelt, there are costs and drawbacks as well; we refer to them as “sun tax.” The cost of … Continue reading

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Paying Respects

Flying is not all sunshine and roses. There are solemn and poignant moments as well, and they engender a deeper bond among those of us who fly. I had the opportunity to go to the National Museum of the Air … Continue reading

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YOU WANT TO FLY FORMATION!?

There are only two requirements for flying formation: desire and self-discipline. You generate the self-discipline if you really have the desire and seriously want to master flying in formation with others. Other pilots experienced in formation flying won’t want to … Continue reading

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