Time Flies……….It’s been three years since that awesome day……Already?

This day three years ago, I was privileged to spend a great day onboard The Good Ship USS Ronald Reagan CVN 76 with my dear friends, Chris Goodrich, aka the OldAFSarge and The WSO, Erika Cho.

I thought for the sake of waxing poetic that I would post a few pictures of that most awesome of days.

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Sandy Eggo Sunrise

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NAS North Island Flight Line
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Fort Rosecrans…………resting place of our friend, Captain Carroll Lefon……
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Point Loma. This is a familiar sight to yours truly as I saw it many times when aboard Ranger and Kitty Hawk.
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Kestrel’s Four Ship Diamond
hand-maintaining
Maintainers “flying with their hands!”
Old AF Sarge
Chris as the Squadron Duty Officer!
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OldAFSarge, The WSO and yours truly. 
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Chris, Erika, Bubbles and Mrs. Bubbles.
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Selfie Time!
Launch Bar Parallel
I managed to get the launch bare almost parallel with the deck. It was simply luck!

I still think about that day…..I suppose I always will as it was that return to what I spent so many years doing.

To smell the salt air, catapult steam and jet exhaust…………………

3 December 1945 – This Day in Aviation

3 December 1945: The first landing and takeoff aboard an aircraft carrier by a jet-powered aircraft were made by Lieutenant-Commander Eric Melrose Brown, MBE, DSC, RNVR, Chief Naval Test Pilot at RAE Farnborough, while flying a de Havilland DH.100 Sea Vampire Mk.10, LZ551/G. The ship was the Royal Navy Colossus-class light aircraft carrier, HMS Ocean … Continue reading 3 December 1945 →

Source: 3 December 1945 – This Day in Aviation

F-35As from Edwards test readiness at Mountain Home AFB

The boys from Edwards and their new jets are on a det to Mountain Home.

I have been to Mountain Home while doing a PCS back in 79. The room didn’t cost a fortune and I needed to get paid.

 

 

Air Force photograph by Airman 1st Class Jessica H. Evans Maj. Ethan Sabin, 31st Test and Evaluation Squadron assistant director of operations, settles into the cockpit of an F-35A at Mountain Home Air Force Base, Idaho, Feb. 12, 2016. Sabin is assigned to the 31st TES from Edwards AFB, Calif., which is part of the 53rd Wing headquartered at Eglin AFB, Fla.
Air Force photograph by Airman 1st Class Jessica H. Evans An F-35A soars above the runway at Mountain Home Air Force Base, Idaho, Feb. 18, 2016. While here, the F-35s are scheduled to fly approximately four sorties a day with their 4th generation counterparts, dropping 20-30 inert weapons during multiple training scenarios throughout the test.

 

Source: F-35As from Edwards test readiness at Mountain Home AFB

RARE PHOTOS: ANNIVERSARY OF THE BOEING 727’S FIRST FLIGHT

Today is the 53rd anniversary of the Boeing 727’s first flight. What a day. At the time, the 727 was a risk and important to the success of Boeing. Luckily for everyone, not only was the first flight a huge success, but the aircraft would go on to help redefine domestic air travel.

My first ride in a jet airliner was in a 727 of Northwest Orient. My Mom, two younger sisters and I rode in one from Billings MT to New York JFK with a stop in Minneapolis-Saint Paul in February of 1968. We were on our way to Germany to join Dad where he was working for an Air Force Contractor.

The meal service was really good and we could get a Coke or othere soft drink by just letting the stewardess know.

The Boeing 727's first flight - Photo: Boeing

Air-to-air photo of the Boeing 727’s first flight – Photo: Boeing

More pics and the full story at the link below.

Rare Photos: Anniversary of the Boeing 727’s First Flight

Still Here

Fear not, dear readers! I haven’t gone anywhere. It has just been one of those weeks.

I am still adjusting to the graveyard shift hours, specifically the four ten hour ones I am currently working. Add in a wicked head and upper chest cold from Hades…………and the three foot and lower leg issues. The amiltriptyline is handling the neuropathy fairly well but the capsulitis and plantar faciitis are not a lot fun. It hurts like hell when I get up out of the rack and do something simple, like walking to the bathroom.

I should be back in harness fairly soon with some rather unique beer posts to start.

The Los Angeles County Air Show will be happening at Fox Field in Lancaster in March. I think I will attend and pay the rather stiff admission so the Nikon will get a work out. The Blue Angels Number 7 was in town this past week to let the Antelope and Fremont Valleys know they will be the headliners.

 

Eddie Rickenbacker – His Life and Accomplishments

The man had a colorful growing up, to say the least!

A short biography about Captain Rickenbacker that was on my Facebook news feed this morning from Disciples of Flight.

Captain Eddie Rickenbacker Consider it luck, skill, or just plain determination: Captain Eddie Rickenbacker survived, by his own count, 135 brushes with death before finally succumbing at the respectable age of 82.  He flew numerous combat missions in World War 1 and survived multiple serious airplane crashes after the war.  Learn more about the dangerous,

Source: Eddie Rickenbacker – His Life and Accomplishments

These Stunning Photos Capture Night Ops Aboard The USS Dwight D. Eisenhower 

America’s second oldest operational aircraft carrier, the USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN-69) is hard at work in the Atlantic training with its escorts and air wing for its next deployment. Part of this training includes executing night operations, just as they would in combat. These photos capture this colorful but dangerous world in awesome detail.

I have worked the Flight Deck on three ships, Independence, Ranger and Kitty Hawk. I was a Fly 1 Blueshirt(Aircraft Handler) and an Elevator Operator/Sound Powered Phone Talker on my first year plus on Independence and in squadrons in the Air Wing of Ranger and The Hawk.

The first time I went up on deck at the age of 19, I was absolutely terrified. One learns to keep one’s head on a swivel. I still have a few scars left on me from a bounce down the deck when I didn’t turn fast enough.

Source: These Stunning Photos Capture Night Ops Aboard The USS Dwight D. Eisenhower 

1 December 1984 – This Day in Aviation

After four years of planning and preparation, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) and the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) intentionally crashed a Boeing 720 airliner to test an experimental fuel additive intended to reduce post-crash fires, and to assess passenger survivability. An anti-misting agent was added to standard commercial JP-5 jet fuel to create AMK, or “Anti-Misting … Continue reading 1 December 1984 →

The full article with pictures is at the link………………………….

Source: 1 December 1984 – This Day in Aviation

Hawker Hurricane: Gratuitous Plane Pr0n

I came across this website http://www.aviation-history.com/index.html

It has short narratives on a myriad of aircraft and I was definitely interested.

First Up: Hawker Hurricane, which was instrumental in the RAF winning the Battle of Britain.

I figured it may be of interest to some…………………….so here it goes……….

Often underrated, the Hurricane shouldered the lion’s share of Britain’s defense during the ” Battle of Britain”. It was the first fighter monoplane to join the Royal Air Force and the first combat aircraft adopted by that arm capable of exceeding 300 mph in level flight.

“The early history of the Hurricane is an interesting parallel in many ways with that of theSupermarine Spitfire in with which it was to form an immortal partnership. While the Spitfire was an entirely new concept based on specialized experience, the Hurricane was the logical outcome of a long line of fighting aircraft. Although the two airplanes broadly met the same requirements, they represented entirely different approaches to the same problem. The two approaches were reflected to an interesting degree in their respective appearances; the Hurricane workmanlike, rugged and sturdy, the Spitfire slender and ballerina-like. One was the studied application of experience, the other a stroke of genius.”

The rest of the piece is at the following link. Please read and enjoy.

http://www.aviation-history.com/hawker/hurrcane.html

Super Cool air-to-air images of the world’s sole flying examples of Sea Vixen and Seafire: The Aviationist.

Say what you will about The Aviationist but David Cenciotti does come up with some real gems from time to time.  These are two of the most beautiful fighters ever built………………………just my humble(or not so humble) opinion.

Sea Vixen, Beautiful Jet.
The Spitfire for the RN Air Arm
The RN Seafire

Both planes represent important part of Fleet Air Arm (FAA), the branch of the British Royal Navy responsible for the operation of naval aircraft: the Supermarine Seafire was a naval version of the Supermarine Spitfire adapted for operation from aircraft carriers that flew from 1942 to 1950s; the de Havilland DH.110 Sea Vixen was a twin boom, twin-engined two-seat carrier-based fleet defence fighter that served from 1959 into the 1970s.

Super Cool air-to-air images of the world’s sole flying examples of Sea Vixen and Seafire.

‘Best Painted Aircraft‘ at Tigermeet: Eurofighter Typhoon: theBrigade

This was in the Sunday Surfing today. This is one awesome looking Typhoon. They have the winner at this year’s Tiger Meet(Bucket List Item).

The stunning ‘Tiger Typhoon’ clinched the international award at the event in Schleswig, North Germany. In total over 60 aircraft from 12 different nations attended the Tigermeet which is a regular event aimed at encouraging nations to freely explore interoperability and joint operations in a informal and flexible environment.
The Typhoon Tiger is one of several Eurofighter Typhoon aircraft in the Luftwaffe’s 74th Tactical Fighter Wing, formerly known as JG 74. The Bavarian Tigers first formed in March 2013 following the restructuring of the Luftwaffe that year. The Fighter Wing is based at Neuburg and Lechfeld Air Base in Bavaria. The tiger tradition was handed over from former Fighter Bomber Wing 32 in Lechfeld to Fighter Wing 74.
Kommodore Frank Graefe, who heads the Fighter Wing, said: “Everywhere we go the Tiger Typhoon has been getting a fantastic reaction. There is no doubt that it is an incredible looking aircraft. We were honoured to have been awarded this prize – especially since we were competing against the world’s best.”
“Although the award may have its light-hearted side, the NATO Tigermeets serve a serious purpose in ensuring pilots from across the organisation can hone their skills to perfection as they practice a number of scenarios in testing and demanding  operational exercises. We were delighted with the way the event went and we were proud to represent a continuing and strong tradition.”

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Read more at http://thebrigade.com/2015/08/07/best-painted-aircraft-at-nato-tigermeet-ef-2000-eurofighter-typhoon-45-hq-photos/#s735taoVFc9OHeJZ.99