In Memory of CAPT Carroll “Lex” LeFon, and the Wonderful Community He Fostered

Welcome. The idea was floated that a ‘talk amongst yourselves’ blog would be a good addition to for the Non-Facebook Crowd. Here it is.


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Granddaughter Easter Pics

Originally posted on Among The Joshua Trees:

Got these from the Daughter in Kansas today.
Bailee, our eldest granddaughter.

Bailee, our eldest granddaughter.

Bailee Easter 14-1Piper Easter 14-2Piper Easter 14-1

Piper Easter 14-3

Piper, our youngest granddaughter

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A Story or 2 About Speed

For some number of years,  I had a neighbor whom I’d consider a character. And through my life,  I have come to believe that those are the best kind of people to know.

He wasn’t always a favorite of our homeowner’s association, as he would be working on some junky car or truck in his driveway.  He’d be covered in dirt and grease – filthy but happy. After I’d offer him a beer he’d talk about some of his past.

I enjoyed his company.

When I first met him, I thought he was full of – well, in loftier terms, hyperbole.  But his stories involved a lot of self-deprecation which makes me think they were true. 

Braggarts are not known for self-deprecation.

And Speed could laugh at himself.

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A Guy You Need To Read

So I’ve been following this (relatively) new blog “I don’t know; ask the skipper.” Started up in February of this year.

The guy has a way with words. Lots of good material over there.

So I’ve added him to the Blogroll. When you get a chance, check it out. Tell him “the Sarge sent me,” or not.

I think Lex would have liked this guy. Definitely an “OK-3.”


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If Lex loved the F/A-18, he has this man to thank…


Sent to me by my Air Force friend.

I remember reading a post by Lex on the history of the F/A-18, and how it was the “loser” in the competition between the YF-16 and YF-17.

Both of these planes, at least to me, have been proven as one of the Pentagon’s better programs.

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The Maritime Museum Of San Diego


During my trip a few weeks ago, I spent a bit of time on the waterfront – and how that has changed in the last 33 years.  The Maritime Museum had really expanded.

The Star of India has been there as long as I can remember – but there were a lot of new additions. The most interesting to me was the B-39, a Soviet Foxtrot-Class diesel sub from the 1970s.

Another surprise – the USS Dolphin – a US Navy research submarine built for deep diving. She set a deep dive record still held today, and was decommissioned only in 2007.

The HMS Surprise – built as a replica of a 1700s British frigate was used in the filming of Master And Commander.

Other additions? The Stars and Stripes, from the America’s Cup. Then there was the ferryboat Berkeley, which saw decades of service in San Francisco Bay. Imagine riding in that on the open sea being towed 400 miles to San Diego.  I actually attended a wedding reception there about 10 year ago. 

I was on the “quick tour” – had to get to Shakespeares – but I did spend time on the 2 subs.

Pay attention to the Soviet’s attitude towards those sub sailors who were claustrophobic!

By the way, this sub – built in the early 70s, seemed like a Cadillac as far as room compared to the USS Pompanito I showed you awhile back.

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The Heart Of The North – Flying an F-105 Into North Vietnam


This .pdf file was sent to me by an Air Force friend who knows what this author is writing about. I’m using his words in his email with his permission:

You may remember Jack Broughton author of "Thud Ridge" and "Going Downtown". 
I met him when we worked at Rockwell on the Bone program at Edwards.
He's the AF Cross recipient that got court-martialed for defending a couple of his pilots that were
accused of returning fire at a Russian ship in Haiphong Harbor. Looks like he is still kicking -
and writing. Brings back memories from long ago………..

Just click on the link above to get Jack's article.

To subject our servicemen going into harm's way with such a restrictive Rules of Engagement....
I hope that the politicians who set this are having to face it - if not in this world, then the next...


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Cutaway Thursday: Boeing 2707



Last week we did the Boeing Model 733 which evolved in to the Boeing 2707 (the 2 perhaps indicating that it was a mach 2 capable airplane). Anyway, this is a far better cutaway of the similiar aircraft AND it gives an indication of just how complex the actual airplane would have been.

The most recognizable difference between the 733 and the 2707 is the position of the variable geometry wing in relation to the horizontal stabilator. As you can see here, in full sweep, the is flush to the stab making it a delta shape simlar to the F-14 Tomcat. The 733 also features a variable geometry wing but at full sweep the aircraft resembles the B-1 Lancer in planform.

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