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I live in the Florida Keys. I've been in the military and worked inside the Beltway. I've had 22 technical books and two novels published. I fly, boat, dive, shoot, and swim pretty damn well.

Sunday, August 22, 2010

F-16 Dead Stick Landing - Elizabeth City, NC

This video isn't new, but it makes my heart race every time I watch it.  Great teamwork and great airmanship.  Oh yeah, also a lot of luck.  This is the HUD video and recorded audio of a USAF F-16 making an emergency dead stick landing.  You hear it all and, if you are like me, you live it.

Here is a great book describing the selection and training of F-16 pilots.  It's a great guide and an inspiration!  For that low price, it's a great gift for a young person and a bargain for you!

Boeing 787 Flies Formation with a Boeing Model 40

With owner Addision Pemberton flying the Boeing Model 40 at as fast as it would go, the Boeing test pilot was able to slow down and position the 787 long enough to get this shot.  The Model 40 rolled out of the Boeing plant in 1928.  The two airliners were flying near Mt. Rainier southeast of Seattle.

If you have a young flyer, perhaps one going on a first trip, there is nothing cooler than building a model of a commercial airplane.  It's a great way to defuse anxiety about flying and to build curiosity.  This is a great model!  

Wednesday, April 7, 2010

CROSS WIND LANDINGS - Some Wonderful Video

Some wonderful shots of cross wind landings.  Pilots will be shouting on the screen ..."Push on the damn rudder pedal now!!  Some good decisions to go around.  And yes, some of these videos aren't as bad as they look because of steerable main gear.  The wings can be cocked, but the gear is running true.  Still.. I'm pushing for the rudder pedal under the desk.  http://shock.military.com/Shock/videos.do;jsessionid=2D52955244E3FC8502AF6D51F292775A?displayContent=213242&page=1

Saturday, March 20, 2010

AN EXCELLENT Analysis of Zodiac 601XL/650 Testing!

Because of a series of accidents, The Zodiac 601XL/650 line of aircraft has had more analysis than probably any other. Here is an easy-to-read analysis and summary of the testing: Seehttp://bit.ly/601XL_650report

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Combat Dogs Jump HALO

http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/world/afghanistan/article7063359.eceThis is a great story about Combat Dogs and, amazingly, their ability to HALO.

Sunday, January 3, 2010

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