Category Archives: Naval Aviation

Letters

By lex, on August 19th, 2006

Got this note from a reader earlier in the week, and thought the crowd might also be curious about the response:

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Flight school update

By lex, on June 16th, 2006

Several months ago, a newly commissioned ensign heading down to Pensacola asked for some flight school advice. Your humble scribe offered up what few scraps and tatters he could dredge up from the deep well of ancient history, but what really added flavor to the stew were the comments from other naval aviators, past and present.

Like a good young officer, attentive to his duty, the ensign writes back now to update us of his progress:

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A Short Vietnam War Story

This was sent to me by my retired friend, the Air Force test pilot. And it was confirmed by a Lexican who was a whale pilot…

*****

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Aluminum overcast

By lex, on March 15th, 2006

Even now, all these years later, it’s hard for me to say goodbye to the F-14. Not because I’ll miss it all that much – I think I’ve made my feelings clear on that score – but because momma always told me that if I couldn’t say anything nice, then I oughtn’t to say anything at all.

Now, many’s the occasional reader who will submit to you that that rule has been honored in these pages more often in the breach than in the observance, and I’ll concede the point up front.

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Friday Musings 03/03/2006

Posted by Lex, on March 3, 2006

 

Eight years, four months. That’s what “the Duke” got for selling his office in a time of war. Could have gotten 10 years. Maybe ought to have. But that’s a long fall for a former Navy fighter pilot, Vietnam ace and oh, yeah: US Congressman.

Greek tragedy? Nah. Obscene venality.

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Got a comment on the old blog

By lex, on January 24th, 2006

From a new reader, and man I served with, back in the day. Back on the worst day ever:

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Friday Musings 12/09/2005

By lex, on December 2nd, 2005

In the mood for a musing? In the mood for an amusing musing?

It’s 1830 on a Friday night and I’m sitting in a small room with four others in my Master’s cohort playing games with a little lego robot. We are not particularly happy to be in one another’s company, at this point. There are other places we would rather be, oh, yes – very.

How’s that for a musing? How “amusing” is that?

I know: Not so much.

I know.

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