Posted by Lex, on September 24, 2010
It’s passing strange, and nearly magical, how different circles can intersect.
On March 6, 2012 we lost Lex. He died doing what he wanted to do, teaching Naval Aviators how to be even better.
For many of us, the Lexicans, he became more than just a blogger but a friend. Carroll “Lex” LeFon not only enjoyed writing, but he enjoyed the interaction of the “commentariat”, many of whom he called “the best friends I never met”.
Soon after his accident, his website, Neptunus Lex, went down. If it weren’t for one Lexican, who copied and pasted most (about 70%) of his posts for later reading, “the lightness of Lex”, all 9 years’ worth of his work, would have been gone forever. I am currently combing the Wayback Machine and have also added (as of today, 04-18-18) an additional 270 posts. I should be done in a couple of months.
By lex, on August 11th, 2006
I was an O-4 down in Iwo Jima, the same island of World War II fame, and now an outermost air defense outpost, containing a small picket of Japanese Air Self-Defense Force personnel. They “flew” F-104’s mostly, or at least they were rumored to – the many times I was down there, I never actually saw one leave the parking ramp, far less take the active runway.