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

As a matter of fact…

I ‘do’ have some patches… In answer to an email question, here are two theater made patches from VP-4 that are on my flight jacket… This is the ‘skinny’ Skinny Dragon logo. And our Crew 1A (Alpha status, meaning we … Continue reading

A little video entertainment…

But first, a follow up to yesterday’s post… I need a detachable ass… Just sayin… And now, VFA-27’s cruise trailer!!! Hope you enjoyed it! … Continue reading

Back in the day…

Hangar 1 at NAS Moffett Field was actually constructed to house the USS Macon, which was built inside the hangar… HERE are links to the construction… Fast forward to the 1970s, and this is one corner of Hangar 1 on … Continue reading

Back in the Day…

Hours and HOURS of doing this stuff… Bonus points if you can guess what kind of ship that is… This was always the ‘fun’ shot… Right over the top and hope to hell they didn’t stuff ‘something’ up your ass … Continue reading

Another back in the day…

WSF’s comment about Air Force security reminded me of an incident that happened to us back in the day (well, actually TWO incidents)… Incident One- Back in the 70s we land at Barksdale AFB, Louisiana and they put us on … Continue reading

Fifty one years later…

A relief is onstation… As the P-3 ‘sunsets’ as the platform of choice for ASW in the Navy, there’s a new player in town…   The first two P-8 Poseidon aircraft are onstation in Kadena Okinawa as of yesterday…   … Continue reading