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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The 707 is 60 this year….

How many of you remember your first ride in a 707? For me it was 1962 – going back to West Virginia. I was on a TWA flight. I can remember asking the pilot how much it cost – it was the astronomical sum of $7 million.

Here’s a nice write up.


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Precise Flying

This was sent to me by my Air Force friend….


It happened in Germany in 1965, in Germany.  I was a new brand-new USAF co-pilot . Therefore I thought I knew, everything there was to know . . about ‘ zooming ‘ around in an airplane.

 And I was frustrated by pilots . . like my Aircraft Commander.

     He was one of those by-the-numbers types, no class, no imagination, and no ” feel ” for really zipping around.  A pilot who knows that he’s the ‘ real deal ‘ needs only to be ‘ in tune  ‘ with ‘ that airplane ‘ neath his hands and feet.

     So what if your flight altitude is a little bit off?  So what if the glideslope indicator is showing that you’re off a few hairs from having a picture-perfect relationship with its indices?

 If it feels okay ‘ round your ‘ bones ‘. . hey man . . just do it.

     Every time he let me make an approach, even in VFR conditions, he demanded perfection.  Not the slightest deviation would he allow.  ” If you can’t stick those needles like they’ve been painted on those dials . . when there’s no threat to deal with . . you surely will not be able do it when a ‘ pucker factor situation occurs,” he told me. 

 Then told me again.

 Over . . and over.

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Sometimes All You Can Do Is Laugh Part Deux

A lot of times, I think the only thing that has gotten me through this life is a sense of humor.

I have liked to work on cars since I ….well, had a car, a 1967 Chevy Camaro – in 1969. Had a 327 – Corvette high compression heads and an “executive” option of which 6,000 were made.

Wish I still had that car.

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Niece’s Wedding


Big Family Event last weekend. The reason for lack of posting…….It was great!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Originally posted on Among The Joshua Trees:

Ashlee Luque, My Niece became Mrs. Michael Quick on 20 July 2014.

Family and Friends came from Near and Far to Celebrate.

Mrs. ORPO made the cake and it was awesome!


L-R. Eldest Son, Daughter in Law, Niece Ashlee


The Cake under Construction


Missus ORPO, Her Sister, Son Pat, Daughter in Law Diane


The Groom


Niece Stephanie with the Ring Bearer, Grand Nephew Austin Nicolas


Brother in Law Hector and The Bride


Missus ORPO and The Daugher in Law


Eldest Son and His Bride


Mother and Son


ORPO and My Bride of 31 years, Mrs. ORPO


Father Daughter Dance


Mother and Son Dance


Cutting The Cake


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Learning A Bit About The Consolidated PBY

WW2 aviation enthusiast Jim Slattery has a wonderful restoration of this iconic WW2 classic. I learned a few things. 

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Only the 2nd Time I Have Heard of This…


Landing an aircraft successfully, with the wings retracted. The only other time that I am aware of was around 1968 with an F8. This article mentioned that it had happened a couple of times before (with an F8).

The Lexicans are a diverse group with a vast access to knowledge, and one of them on the F/B page got the history of this Phantom. A H/T to him!

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The Story Behind The FedEx Logo



And why it works. After 20 years, it is a revelation for me.

H/T to one of the Lexicans.

Story is here.


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