A bit of history…

This is in tribute to yet another of my shipmates who died yesterday. We’d known each other since the 70s. He was another Mustang P-3 NFO, made LCDR, and did 30 years. Like me, he went back to work for … Continue reading

TBT…

ASW and ‘other’ missions have a long history, going back prior to WWII… These guys were the original lowriders… Not a lot of fun there, probably somewhere in the South Pacific, WWII era. I ‘believe’ there is a raft just … Continue reading

One of the ‘hidden’ penalties of sequestration…

When in doubt, follow the money… This is a long article, but well researched and with footnoted links. Pilot retention is an issue service wide, and becoming MORE of an issue in the Navy as deployments lengthen, with less time … Continue reading

The end of an era…

1937-2017… 80 years of maritime patrol squadrons is ending this week… In a way, it’s fitting that it’s ending what started at in 1937 with Fleet Air Wing 2 and ends with Patrol and Reconnaissance Wing 2 as the bookends. … Continue reading

Navy “Stuff”…

Anybody recognize this ship??? Commissioned in 1913, she was the first turbo-electric ship in the Navy. Still not sure? More below the break… … Continue reading

Oopsie…

Apparently my post for today didn’t… In lieu of that, enjoy this! Fifteen minutes of Sailors having ‘fun’ on deployment! VFA-41 Black Aces! We used to make do with cruise books… sigh … Continue reading

An interesting (and very true) article…

From USNI Proceedings Magazine-                Is Naval Aviation Culture Dead? By John Lehman   The swaggering-flyer mystique forged over the past century has been stymied in recent years by political correctness. We celebrate the … Continue reading

One from the memory vault…

TXRed’s comment yesterday about penalty boxes brought back a memory of dealing with the USAF at certain bases. They didn’t like us trashing up their pretty ramps with our dirty airplanes. I think the statute of limitations has run out … Continue reading

Day and Night…

The first video is from an S-3 back in the late 90’s doing Carrier Quals (CQs) off San Diego… The same landing pattern merged to show a day trap and a night trap, flown by the same pilot in good … Continue reading

AGORs and Astronauts…

The Navy is building two new AGORs (Oceanographic Research Ships), one will go to Woods Hole, and one to Scripps… AGOR-27 is named for Neil Armstrong, a Navy Veteran and the first man to land on the moon. This is … Continue reading