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The Last Tomcat

Oceana Air Show, 2006. This was the last appearance of the Tomcat at the Oceana show. The aircraft was on her last legs by now, down to only a few squadrons as she was being phased out of service. Size, … Continue reading

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McRaven Resigns from Defence Innovation Board

I haven’t gotten really political much – or at all – on the Instapinch 2 during this reboot. That may change, depending on if I can wean myself away from that vacuous and vapid sucker-of-life-force Facebook. This particular tidbit pretty … Continue reading

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Orange Selfie

Some orange flight suit lovin’! Selfie in an F-14D during an acceptance flight during duty at the Grumman facility in Calverton. As part of equipment issue while assigned to the Defense Plant Rep Office, we were given a couple of … Continue reading

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On The Cat

Camelot 101, our squadron jet with CO Dan “Chopper” Chopp on the RIO cockpit rail and XO Pete “Strick” Strickland” on the pilot rail, gets loaded up on catapult 2 on JFK. At this particular point, the pilot has been … Continue reading

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The Tailhook

Carrier-based fixed-wing aircraft (to differentiate from helicopters and other rotary-type aircraft) need a tailhook that grabs a steel wire spanning the deck to land on an aircraft carrier. Unlike a land-based field where there are 8,000 or 12,000 foot long … Continue reading

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John McCain, RIP

A piece I wrote up with my thoughts on recently passed Senator and retired US Navy Captain John McCain. John McCain passed away this afternoon at his home in Arizona, surrounded by family. I never personally knew the Senator. He … Continue reading

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Be the Boss!

The Air Boss is the Almighty on an aircraft carrier, controlling just about everything aviation-related on the ship and in the immediate vicinity. This is the placard that he reads from into the flight deck/ship announcement system (called the 1MC) … Continue reading

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TACTS Pods

Tucked in tight with Camelot 106. This was no doubt on a cross-country transit to Fallon, hence the ferrying of the two orange TACTS (Tactical Air Combat Training System) pods. Also called ACMI for Air Combat Maneuvering Instrumentation, these are … Continue reading

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Sunset

Sometimes you just put your camera up and take a snapshot, hoping something will come out. When we flew at night from the beach (NAS Oceana) it was usually to get some carrier landing practice (known as FCLP for Field … Continue reading

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because I was….inverted

Inverted flight, for anything much more than a short bit, can cause problems with a jet like this. Primarily, fuel and oil systems are made for one G or close to it flight, meaning gravity is an important contributor to … Continue reading

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