Monthly Archives: August 2013

The Space Race these Days…



Those of us of a “certain age” remember the 60s (although it has been said that if you can remember them you weren’t really there). Continue reading

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Wash Rack

On the wash rack

On the wash rack

It’s easy to forget that for every hour of flight time there are several hours of maintenance time. The amount varies per airframe, but is substantial. Most of the maintenance comes in the form of inspections, preventative maintenance and phase (time driven) maintenance. The amount of time actually having to fix broken stuff is only a small part of it. Here a crew chief washes his helicopter, a regular occurrence even here in the desert.


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South Pacific 1986 – Sydney to Fiji


Images of Fiji 1986


By the time I got to Fiji the money was running low and I knew I should be getting back home. But the QANTAS ticket was generous in letting me hop all over the South Pacific and I felt that “as long as I was in the neighborhood” – which, in retrospect, was a good call since that is the last time I have been there…or Australia – 27 years ago. Continue reading


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User submit: Aerial combat photographer Senior Airman Matthew Bruch (41 HQ Photos)


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Dual 1,000th ‘Traps’ Achieved Aboard USS Nimitz

From the Navy Website. I am proud that one of these Aviators, Cmdr. Robert Loughran is the Commanding Officer of VFA-147, The Argonauts! I served in the Argonauts when they were VA-147 operating the venerable and dependable LTV A-7E Corsair II. The tradition remains. It is one of only three commands that I served in that still is in service……………………………………..

GULF OF OMAN (Aug. 28, 2013) -- Cmdr. Robert Loughran, commanding officer of the

1,000 traps is a big deal. Bank on it. Ask some of our Lexicans that are Aviators and NFOs about that.

Dual 1,000th ‘Traps’ Achieved Aboard USS Nimitz.

via Dual 1,000th ‘Traps’ Achieved Aboard USS Nimitz.


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10 Great Pilots


This was an article that interested me. They were smart enough not to say “Greatest” because any  such list will generate controversy – a lot justified.

Their #1 pick surprised me – but I could certainly concur. Inventor of what we know as instrument flying.

One of the few who raced the Granville Brothers GeeBee racer – and lived to tell about it.

And of course, leader of the Tokyo raid with a plan just as audacious as Admiral Yamamoto.

Who would have thought it could be done?

Some of these pilots down the list were more skillful in the mechanics of flying; others while skillful were noted more for their major contributions to aviation progress.

Many of these names you probably know – a few you might not know.

But a good list.


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Cutaway Thursday: IAI Lavi


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