If you hate crowds but love old airplanes, there’s no better time to visit an air museum than during a pandemic.
What’s a day in the life of a fighter pilot?
You learn something every day. When I say you I mean me, because everyone else knew that already.
Moving this older post back to the top of the blog with a fresh update about another mixed-power aircraft I missed the first time around: the Navy’s North American AJ Savage. — Paul Props and jets on the same aircraft, that is. Last year, when I visited the Planes of Fame Museum in Chino, California, […]
I hope the investigations discover some heretofore unknown F-15 catastrophic failure mode and determine the pilot’s decision not to eject was motivated by heroism (like maybe he worried his jet would hit a North Sea oil rig and stayed at the controls to steer it away), but I don’t think it’s likely.
During my days flying the F-15 Eagle at various stateside and overseas locations, I occasionally wrote articles for various USAF publications.
There’s no money to reopen the F-22 production line, let alone design and build a new air-to-air fighter, but hey, they still make F-15s in St. Louis — why not buy some new ones?
I wrote this post in December 2009. The events I described occurred some 30 years earlier. Things that once seemed as if they’d never change did change … for the better, I have to admit. My wife and I went to her salon and got pedicures. I haven’t quite digested the experience, or decided if […]