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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One of us is gone

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Sad News for All Of Us.
One of Us is Gone.

Originally posted on Among The Joshua Trees:

It is sad that one of our number has left this life.

Buck Pennington, aka MSGT Buck passed away this past week. The news was posted on his blog, Exile In Portales by his sons, Commander Pennington and Major Pennington.

http://exileinportales.blogspot.com/2014/12/last-callyou-dont-have-to-go-home-but.html

Damn. I am gonna miss him terribly.

Christopher Goodrich has a most eloquent post at his place………………………………………

http://oldafsarge.blogspot.com/2014/12/a-candle.html

Buck

So Long My Friend

Someday, we will meet again

At Fiddler’s Green

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Belgian royals mark the 70th anniversary of the Battle of the Bulge in the Ardennes in snowy weather reminiscent of wintery conditions of the battle

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My hat is off to King Philippe and Queen Mathilde. G-d Bless Them.

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King Philippe and Queen Mathilde participate in the ceremonies commemorating the Battle Of The Ardennes Forest otherwise known as the Battle Of The Bulge. I tip my hat to them for showing up even in a strong winter storm. Bravo Zulu to The King and Queen.

  • The Battle of the Bulge was one of the bloodiest of the Second World War
  • Saw thousands of Nazi troops descend on Ardennes without notice
  • U.S. Army soldiers defended heavily forested region in Belgium
  • Belgian royal family turned out to greet veterans and commemorate war
King Philippe lays a wreath at a monument commemorating the Battle of the Bulge or the Ardennes Offensive fought by American troops and Nazi infiltrators 70 years ago

King Philippe lays a wreath at a monument commemorating the Battle of the Bulge or the Ardennes Offensive fought by American troops and Nazi infiltrators 70 years ago

The royal was accompanied by her husband, King Philippe

Queen Mathilde braved the wintery conditions to pay respect to the thousands of troops killed in the battle

In homage to the U.S. Army General Anthony McAuliffe, who responded: 'Nuts!' when confronted with an ultimatum by the German army, the Belgian royal family threw nuts into the crowds today   In homage to the U.S. Army General Anthony McAuliffe, who responded: ‘Nuts!’ when…

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Flying a Jet in the Los Angeles Storms, December 12, 2014.

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Jethead has some really good stuff about the life of an Airline Captain. Check it out.

Originally posted on JetHead's Blog:

“That’s some catch, that Catch-22.” –Captain Yossarian, Catch-22

Here’s the deal, captain: you’re flying a 65 ton jet into Orange County airport, the famously short 5,700 foot runway. The stopping distance required there is increased drastically if that runway is wet–and yesterday, “wet” was an understatement: Los Angeles was drenched in a ten-year storm dumping inches of rain in a matter of hours.

And here’s the catch: you want to have the least amount of fuel–which is weight–on board for landing to permit stopping on the short, rain-slicked runway, but at the same time, as much as possible for a divert if necessary to Los Angeles International Airport or to Ontario Airport, both of which have long runways.

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But it gets worse. The best bet for a diversion is Ontario, because the inbound air traffic is light compared to always busy LAX. But you’ve been watching on radar two thunderstorms…

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Storm Coming This Way

Originally posted on Among The Joshua Trees:

We are getting storm lines from the one that is raising hell in other parts of California. I shot some on the way home after going in to get my stuff that had been in my locker, so I can take it to the new location for our AMU.

We are now getting activity from the third line of this storm so far. No problems here in the Southeast Kern County Desert, so far.

Four of the pics I took from in front of the house.

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Small Town

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I don’t think this is what Mellencamp was referring to in the song………………………

For so many of us, these were home from time to time and sometimes for long periods……….away

I lived in a small town that floated, moved and had an airport

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Test Pilot – Eric “Winkle” Brown

As a result of a flurry of natter on the Facebook group and Bill Brandt’s below posting, I wish to add this link to a BBC radio programme “Desert Island Discs”. It is something of a British `classic` in the medium of radio broadcasting and is essentially an interview with a famous guest interspersed with a selection of `songs of their years` that they would like to have with them, were they to find themselves marooned on a desert island. Just a bit of broadcasting tosh, one might say, except they have had some very interesting people in more than 3000 editions!

For Edition 3000 they had the remarkable naval aviator, Captain Eric “Winkle” Brown, now in his 95th year. I do hope you can log on via the link to BBC Radio 4 and enjoy listening to this living legend of aviation.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b04nvgq1

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A Remarkable Pilot

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When one asks the average aviation buff about famous test pilots, one name will inevitably surface.

Chuck Yeager deserves all of his accolades – and the day he broke the sound barrier in his Bell X1-A is legendary, not only for doing the seemingly impossible, but the way he did it.

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