Hangar Tales

The Bridges at Toko-Ri – the rest of the story!

Aug 22, 2011 No Comments

Having flown 100 combat missions during the brutally cold winter of 1950-51 in Korea on the same type of sorties as those described—I can readily understand the situation. The main difference is that we had to land under marginal weather conditions on wet/icy PSP runways but we faced the same flak and 50 cal guns [...]

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Run Over by a Carrier

Aug 22, 2011 No Comments

Jerry ‘Turkey’ Tucker was with the Blue Angels during the last years of the F4′s then stayed on for the first two years of the A4. During Viet Nam he flew F8U’s. He’s now a senior Captain for Southwest. Here’s his incredible true story of falling off a carrier while inside his aircraft. yikes It [...]

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I’ve Lost My Rio

Jun 09, 2008 No Comments

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Blackbird Mission Over Israel’s Live Battle Fields

Nov 27, 2007 No Comments

Egypt and Syria opened an offensive against Israel, in late ‘ 73, by launching a coordinated series of air, armored and artillery attacks into the Sinai and Golan Heights.  The preemptive strike came as a result of a diplomatic failure to resolve territorial disputes.  Egypt’s Sadat was convinced he had to initiate a war with [...]

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New Zealand Rail freight train waits for a Fieldair DC-3 topdresser (crop duster) to clear the runway

Aug 27, 2007 No Comments

A sight seen nowhere else in the world: a New Zealand Rail freight train waits for a Fieldair DC-3 topdresser (crop duster) to clear the runway before proceeding across at Gisborne Airport on the east coast of New Zealand. This is believed to be the only place in the world where a main trunk railway [...]

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A Close Encounter North of Hanoi

Feb 02, 2007 No Comments

It was 1967, I was an F-4 IP at the Air Force Fighter Weapons School (FWS), assigned there in May 1965.  My area of expertise was conventional weapons and I had two combat tours in Vietnam flying A-26 (Douglas Version) and AT-28Bs out of Bien Hoa and satellite locations.  Out of the blue I was [...]

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No Power, No Ejection Seat, No Altitude

Feb 02, 2007 No Comments

It was a nasty early winter day in the Florida Panhandle, with fog, drizzle, and occasional rain as its norm.  I had been directed to fly an AT-28 B [  Navy trainer converted to fighter with nearly P-47 performance ] from Hurlburt to Eglin AFB and get the aircraft there on that day. The ferry [...]

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