Originally published on October 2nd, 2010.
Sweet memories of some of the finest writing ever committed to the Internet. When you read this….the loss is a very near thing, isn’t it.
I so enjoy reading the comments, too. Lex’s commentariat was head and shoulders above anything ever seen on these inter-tubes… before or since. Loss, indeed.
Kris… it is sooo good to be able to come here & to the mother ship to read & reread his writing…
Wonder what the Russian MiG pilots were doing in FL?
It’s too bad he never got to fly a P51. A Car Club member – former Air Force Pilot – went to FL., gave them $3,000 and for 40 minutes or so flew the Mustang.
Said it was the best $3,000 he ever spent.
Closest I have gotten is this video – didn’t realize how “ungraceful” they are on the ground – or downright dangerous. That 19800 hp engine wants to take it every which way and of course, when taking off, you can’t see the end of the runway for most of the time.
“Feet alive by short final” is Dr Wagonner’s motto
Sorry for the typos – TX, not FL and the Merlin is about 1800 hp I think
Kris I completely agree with you. Did you read the “Archives” post of the 30th? What was the best part of my entire day. As we’ve said here many, many times, “The man had a way with words.” For those of us with experience and knowledge of what we was describing our minds ran wild with pictures. At the same time for those only reading about it for the first time, they could still get an indepth feeling for the experience.
As for todays post, I can’t wait ’til Friday week. I’ll be taking my youngest grandson to his first Miramar Air Show. I too have ‘front row seats’ in one of the flighline chalets. After the show we will head to the O Club to complete the experience with the burgers on the patio. A perfect day.
The last 2 weeks have been kinda “lost” to me; recovering from hip replacement surgery. I’ve peeked in every now and then but not regularly lately…
Air shows – god how I love them. We were supposed to go to the Quonset, RI AFB show this past June but my failing hip had other plans. Ah well, next year I will be fully bionic (had the other hip replaced in 2009) and nothing will stop me from going.
As to Lex’s post recalled here – I had been to Quonset 2 years prior to what he wrote so for me – it was all visual and that was mostly a first when reading Lex write about flying exploits. For I too got to see an F22 in flight and boy howdy…what Lex wrote is what I remembered seeing. Too incredible.
Just wanted to add my thanks to Kris and the others who bring us the words from the past. I enjoy them immensely, but every one reminds me that we only have what we already have, and that their source is no longer with us. May God rest his soul… while listening raptly to Lex spin new tales.
And, no post can be complete without our thoughts and prayers for the All Girl Spending Team and SNO whom he loved so dearly.
John, that’s nice of you to say however … it is Todd and Mongo who bring us TDL. I can’t take any credit for this – I believe it was Todd’s idea originally anyway. And we are grateful for it in every possibly way.
Dadgummit! Sometimes I read one of these & just can’t keep from crying a little. This was so beautifully written.
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