Tuesday, December 18, 2012
Monday, December 17, 2012
Be sure to right-click, copy, and save it to your own desk top to view it best. This was back when film was the only way to take a decent picture. The intervening years have not been kind to the negatives.
Wednesday, December 5, 2012
It was only the second or third time i have seen an Apache. The first time was somewhere over Zillah, Washington, some 20 years ago, and even then the glimpse was so quick, I was unable to take a second look to verify my ID.
Saturday, August 4, 2012
Monday, July 23, 2012
|B-2A Spirit Spirit of Ohio, #82-1070 over McChord AFB on Saturday, July 21-2012|
Monday, April 16, 2012
The latest Virginia class SSN will be named Washington! Not since USS Washington, BB-56, has Washington state had a navy ship named for it. If only the had saved BB-56 from the scrappers' torches, alas, at least we have a sub to watch for!!
Sunday, April 15, 2012
I like history. I like aircraft. When you put the two together, well, I'm hooked. I have a book that I have read many times. It's called "When Thunder Rolled," by Ed Rasimus. It is a book about the author's time flying the F-105D Thunderchief in Vietnam. He was at Korat RTAFB, Thailand. It is a well written and extremely entertaining and enlightening book. You feel like you might be able to actually fly a Thud after reading it! Well... I did.
I recently ran out of books to read. I had just re-read the series by Ilona Andrews about the Beast Lord of Atlanta and Kate Daniels. I read the entire series, at least those that have been published, and was at a loss for things to read. I decided I might like to read "When Thunder Rolled" again, but then I discovered "Palace Cobra." It is the follow-on book. It describes the author's exploits six years later when he returned to Vietnam flying a different aircraft. The F-4E.
Thus far, it may as well be the rest of the first book. I really enjoy the author's voice. He comes off as knowing what he is doing without sounding pedantic or officious. The subject matter is interesting, too. What's it like being a fighter pilot? Well, the author will let you in.
This time, instead of being in the early days of the war, we are in the closing days, experiencing Linebacker and the run up to Linebacker II. I highly recommend this book!
Sunday, March 18, 2012
Tuesday, March 13, 2012
Imagine being a fighter pilot flying a P-51 and then being shot down behind enemy lines. Then imagine, as you find yourself near hunger, deciding to surrender to the German Air Base. As evening rolls in you have second thoughts, and then in the morning steal a German Focke Wulf and fly home...Sounds like a lovely made up story, doesn't it? Well, read the real thing here!