Operation Desert Shield

Git ‘er Done! There we were, Desert Shield, gearing up for Desert Storm. Several States’ National Guards had deployed Air Refueling Tankers to England. We ferried and refueled a lot of go-to-war assets into the Mid-East from there. One day, as an eight-tanker flight, we ferried a large package to the Sandbox. We flew across…

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Afraid to Bail Out?

I answered this question on quora.com and it’s been pretty popular. So I include it here. Are USAF Pilots Afraid to Eject from the Aircraft? I’ll speak from my own experience in the F-111, which is unique in that the entire cockpit separates from the jet and the Pilot and Weapons Systems Operator, who sit…

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Stick Time in the P-51

WHEN THIS LIFE IS OVER, AMID THE GREAT THINGS YOU’VE DONE WILL YOU HAVE STICK TIME IN THE P-51? www.collingsfoundation.org My P-51 pilot’s name was Jim. A lot of pilots are named “Jim”. I know this because for some reason I’ve flown with a lot of pilots named, “Jim”. It’s a good name for a…

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FLYING LOW, FLYING FAST

FLYING LOW, FLYING FAST I flew a number of aircraft during my 24-year career in U.S. Air Force and the Utah Air National Guard. Specifically, that number is four. Two were training aircraft, the T-37 and the AT-38B. Third was the F-111 “Aardvark” and #4 was the KC-135 Stratotanker. I was not a military pilot….

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