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I survived a Piper Seneca in-flight break-up!

Sep 28, 2011 No Comments

I found your article on Seneca tail flutter quite Interesting and it brought back some sobering memories of December 27, 1976, as I am one of the pilots who luckily survived a Piper Seneca in flight break-up, I would just like to add some comments that may help aircraft owners realize the potentially serious problems [...]

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An F-100 Driver Story

Sep 28, 2011 No Comments

 Del Rio was several times a movie set for a West Texas border town. It’s windy, and the weather tends toward extremes. A large U.S. Air Force Base 6 miles east of town was named after Jack T. Laughlin, a B-17 pilot and Del Rio native killed over Java within a few weeks of the [...]

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Doolittle Raiders: a first-person account

Sep 28, 2011 No Comments

My name is Edgar McElroy. My friends call me “Mac”. I was born and raised in Ennis , Texas the youngest of five children, son of Harry and Jennie McElroy. Folks say that I was the quiet one. We lived at 609 North Dallas Street and attended the Presbyterian Church.   My dad had an [...]

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FELL 15,000 FEET AND LIVED … An F-8 Pilot’s Story

Sep 28, 2011 No Comments

“‘Jud you’re on fire, get the hell out of there!” Needless to say that startling command got my attention. As you will read in this report, this was just the beginning of my problems!     It had all started in the brilliant sunlight 20,000 feet above the Pacific Ocean as I nudged my F-8 Crusader jet [...]

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SOUNDS LIKE A PERSONAL PROBLEM: An F-8 reserve pilot’s story

Sep 28, 2011 No Comments

 In those ancient days, the blue skies of Western Florida were kept clear of hordes of Commie bombers by airplane drivers who wore spiffy blue flight suits, gaily checkered ascots, and shiny black flight boots.  Each day, they launched their mighty delta-shaped craft into the stratosphere over the Gulf, skillfully following the electronic chess moves [...]

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The amazing rescue of Fango 45

Sep 28, 2011 No Comments

    On 8 April 1982, the following crew conversation takes place inside Fango 43, an Idaho ANG RF-4C flying a twilight low-level radar mission over eastern Oregon.   PILOT:  “Ground speed set at 480.” WSO:  “Okay, turn right to two-zero-three.” PILOT:  “Steady two-zero-three.” WSO:  “Okay, come one-half left and hold that.” PILOT:  “Rawj.” WSO:  “Clear [...]

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A hectic night at the office with a Hornet

Sep 28, 2011 No Comments

Greetings Slacker Landlubbers, Hey, I felt the need to share with you all the exciting night I had on the 23rd. It has nothing to do with me wanting to talk about me. It has everything to do with sharing what will no doubt become a better story as the years go by.   So, there [...]

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Mach 3.18 in-flight breakup of an SR-71 Blackbird

Sep 28, 2011 No Comments

Among professional aviators, there’s a well-worn saying: Flying is simply hours of boredom punctuated by moments of stark terror.  But I don’t recall too many periods of boredom during my 30-year career with Lockheed, most of which was spent as a test pilot.  By far, the most memorable flight occurred on Jan. 25, 1966.  Jim [...]

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