I just finished watching almost four hours of “The Making of Topgun”. The Lucky Puppies were deployed to Zaragoza, Spain for weapons training when the movie premiered in Europe. Everyone wanted to go see it.
Ever get to fly in an F-16 fighter? I have. Many of my friends have. Sometimes I forget that everyone doesn’t get to do this. Savannah Guthrie of the Today Show got a ride. From her big brother no less. LtCol Camron “Arlo” Guthrie is assigned to the 158th Fighter Wing of the Vermont Air National Guard. The Green Mountain Boys. For the record. I got two rides.
Incentive flights are rides.They are rewards for a job well done. In 1979 I was named Wing Crew Chief of the Month and got to fly in a F-4 Phantom II. Ten years later, I got a Ride in a F-16. You can do your whole career and not get a single ride. Celebrities get [...]
Sometimes my job is too cool for school.
…and my bet is that the Israelis are going to do it while the U.S. rattles it’s sabers.The New York Times quoted officials Friday as saying that more than 100 Israeli F-16s and F-15s staged the maneuver, flying more than 900 miles, roughly the distance from Israel to Iran’s Natanz nuclear enrichment facility, and that [...]
I vividly remember the day of the crash. The weather was very bad that day. The first sortie was recalled and we were able to refuel only two aircraft before fueling went on weather hold as well.
Built in 1985, “Lethal Lady” has been in the air longer than any other F-16. Currently flown by the Green Mountain Boys of the Vermont ANG, she has logged more the 7000 hours in the air. She has flown in both Iraq and Afghanistan.
8 APR, 2008- It’s opening day for the Boston Red Sox at Fenway Park. At conclusion of the National Anthem, three F-16’s of the Vermont Air National Guard’s 158th Fighter Wing come swooping in for a fly by. The fourth plane in the formation then barrel rolls over the formation.The crowd goes wild!The pilot gets [...]
In March of 2005, I was working and I called the wife to ask if she liked the show.
Wife-“It was all right, but your son freaked out.”
Wife- “Something about a wheel or something. He said I was the adult and had the good camera and to get closer. He said he blaze away with his camera. Later, he told me not to go through any metal detector and don’t let anyone touch the camera until Dad sees it.”
Code One, the magazine real fighter pilots read.