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Team Alpha, Vandy 1

Nose Gunner Pat Marsh and me with Vandy 1, NAS Oceana Air Show, 2015ish. Vandy 1 is a Czech-built L-39 Albatross jet trainer with a paint job honoring the famous “bunny-tailed” Point Mugu VX-09 jet, also called Vandy 1. Fun … Continue reading

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Air Strikes on Syria

There was a bit of a discussion on my Facebook page on this tonight. The general consensus was it was needed, even considering the potential negatives about the actions. My comments centered around the belief that if Secretary of Defense … Continue reading

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Champ 416

Another shot from my Dad’s collection taken in the mid 1960s while deployed with Attack Squadron 56 off Vietnam. VA-56’s nickname was the Champions, and the call sign was Champ. This jet, Champ 416, has the name of LTJG Jim … Continue reading

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Two Down and Locked

A couple  Potomac River osprey shots during its landing sequence. These raptors head south for the winter, preferring warmer climes for those months rather than the miserable cold and rain around here.  Its always a good sign of spring when … Continue reading

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Navy War College Grad, 2005

A pretty proud day for both me as well as mom and dad. May of 2005, graduated with the master’s in National Security and Strategic Studies from the Navy War College in Newport, RI.  Mom and Dad were on their … Continue reading

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Attack Squadron 56, In Port, Subic Bay, PI

After a visit to my mom a few weeks ago, she gave me a couple thousand (I’m sure it is) of my dad’s slides that he took over the years, dating back to the mid 50s.  I’m still sorting through … Continue reading

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Camelot 100, landing

I’ve been dipping back into both the digital as well as photographic archives here at Casa de Pinch pulling out some F-14 Tomcat pictures for your historical entertainment. Its one of my Happy Places, up to my ears in Adobe … Continue reading

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Farewell, Thunderbird

We lost a brother yesterday out in Nevada. A member of the USAF Thunderbird flight demonstration squadron went down and didn’t make it. Details are still forthcoming, but as happens all too often, even the glitz and glamour of being … Continue reading

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New Gig Started

Began the new job yesterday. Lots of waiting around with things (hopefully) going on in the background. I did drop some significant coin for a monthly parking pass in Rosslyn, where the work site is. I was spoiled for a … Continue reading

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Passings

My dad passed away at 83 years old  on Dec 15th of last year.  I said in a post at that time that everyone faces these time in their life, at some point, and this is our time. For the … Continue reading

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