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An F-100 Driver Story

An F-100 Driver Story

 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 […]
Doolittle Raiders: a first-person account

Doolittle Raiders: a first-person account

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

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

“‘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 […]
SOUNDS LIKE A PERSONAL PROBLEM: An F-8 reserve pilot’s story

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

 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

The amazing rescue of Fango 45

    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 […]
A hectic night at the office with a Hornet

A hectic night at the office with a Hornet

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

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

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 […]
Manfred Von Richtofen – The Red Baron

Manfred Von Richtofen – The Red Baron

Manfred Albrecht Freiherr von Richthofen (2 May 1892 – 21 April 1918), also widely known as the Red Baron, was a German fighter pilot with the Imperial German Army Air Service (Luftstreitkräfte) during World War I. He is considered the ace-of-aces of that war, being officially credited with 80 air combat victories, more than any […]

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Chuck Yeager

Chuck Yeager

Charles Elwood “Chuck” Yeager (born February 13, 1923) is a retired major general in the United States Air Force and noted test pilot. He was the first pilot to travel faster than sound (1947). Originally retiring in 1975 as a brigadier general, Yeager was promoted to major general on the Air Force’s retired list in […]
Pappy Boyington

Pappy Boyington

Gregory “Pappy” Boyington (December 4, 1912 – January 11, 1988) was a United States Marine Corps officer who was an American fighter ace during World War II. For his heroic actions, he was awarded both the Medal of Honor and the Navy Cross. Boyington flew initially with the American Volunteer Group in the Republic of […]
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