Author Archives: Pinch

At The Ramp

A VF-143 F-14A+ (later to be a “B” designation) Tomcat is a second or two away from landing onboard USS GEORGE WASHINGTON in the fall of 1992.  The crewman in the yellow shirt is the Arresting Gear Officer, the individual responsible … Continue reading

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Hickory Aviation Museum

WAY back in May of 2008 we were headed down to North Carolina to see mom and dad. Some folks down at the Hickory Aviation Museum in Hickory, NC had contacted me for some reason about the last F-14D that … Continue reading

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A Navy Life – Brand New Naval Flight Officers

A bunch of young newly winged Naval Flight Officers from June of 1986. Graduates of VT-86 in Pensacola, these officers went to Navy F-14 Tomcats and A-6 Intruders and in the sole USMC grad, an F-4.  We had flown the … Continue reading

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A Navy Life – New Lieutenants

Brand new frocked lieutenants, “frocking” being we could put on the collar rank device but we didn’t received the pay or benefits until our date of rank arrived.  VF-14 88-89 Med cruise. This promotion was huge, dollar-wise.  Going from O-2 … Continue reading

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A Navy Life – Commissioning

First salute as a commission officer went to Gunnery Sergeant Jim Washington, USMC, my Aviation Officer Candidate drill instructor on 22 Feb, 1985. As was the time-honored tradition, I gave him a silver dollar. 25 years later, as I left … Continue reading

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A Navy Life – Years

Retirement photo from late 1999. 10 years active duty, 15 years reserve, 1200+ hours in about 10 naval aircraft, the vast majority (1000 hrs) in Tomcats. 200 traps. My dad retired from the Navy when I was 18, so adding … Continue reading

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A Navy Life – Aircraft Carriers

My last Naval Reserve active duty stint was 3 weeks on board CVN-75, USS Harry S Truman during the the summer of 2009. It was an absolute kick in the pants to get back out in that environment and for … Continue reading

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Touchstones

At my Dad’s memorial this past weekend brother Tom gave me a box with something in it. He had acquired this coffee mug at some point over the years from Dad and he passed it on to me, knowing my … Continue reading

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Photog Offerings

Sometimes its not ALWAYS about Tomcats or airplanes!  (although it mostly is :P) Here are a few shots taken at Patuxent River, Maryland a few years ago while we were there for an airshow. It was early morning sunrise time … Continue reading

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The Pinchettes!

Kate and Sarah, known the world round as Pinchette #1 and Pinchette #2.  Facebook told me this photo was from 8 years ago which sounds about right. Sarah (r) was headed off to a school dance (in her senior year … Continue reading

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