On the way that information moves at sometimes dizzying speeds.
During the war last Spring, a part of my daily duties took me into the carrier intelligence center, or CVIC, to watch the returning pilots debrief their strikes. Each bombing run is recorded real-time, and replayed aboard the ship, to ensure that the proper [...]
This email was forwarded to me by an old squadron mate – good stuff (thanks, Knob)
Bob Norris is a former Naval aviator who also did a 3 year exchange tour flying the F-15 Eagle. He is now an accomplished author of entertaining books about US Naval Aviation including “Check Six” and “Fly-Off”. Check [...]
I coached my son’s soccer team when he was 12 years old. I was then the executive officer of an FA-18 squadron, recently returned from a six month deployment. The Hobbit had signed me up as a coach, without my knowledge – when the phone rang one night to inform me of a coach’s [...]
I was perusing Zebulin Culiver’s somewhat whimsically named blog, Killpoets – the name is deceptively fanciful in fact: While Zeb’s blog has an austere look and feel of Zen-like simplicity, like a Japanese rock garden, his content is layered and many faceted. It is an occasional pleasure I afford myself, when I want to [...]
As you ascend in altitude, whether as a a mountain climber or a fighter pilot, the atmospheric partial pressure decreases – the proportion of oxygen in the air you breathe remains constant, but the number of molecules are reduced.
In addition to the quadrennial water survival qualifications, touched on here , there is also [...]
Been turning things over in my head for a few months, but some of the things I’ve been reading, hearing and seeing lately have taken me to the conclusion that for certain secularized elements of the polity, zealous faith in their political beliefs has filled that spot inside their souls which used to, or [...]
I was listening to NPR yesterday, on the way home. There was a eulogy on for Eric Severeid, the retired CBS commentator. He spoke in his last editorial about the need to maintain the courage of one’s uncertainty, when faced with so much implacable and deadly conviction, or words to that effect. That struck [...]
I’ve written before of Navy training – it’s very effective, if not always very fun. But I think it’s safe to say that the Helicopter Dunker, which is a subset of water survival training, and requires refresher training every four years, pegs out both meters: Max effectiveness, max not very fun.
Some of you [...]
You probably aren’t aware of this, but the odds are that you, gentle reader, are a slimy polliwog.
Unless of course you have crossed the equator in a Navy warship, been introduced to King Neptune, and kissed the baby’s belly.
The line is the equator, of course – and crossing the equator for the [...]
In fighter aviation:
1. Never do anything for the first time, that you have to do absolutely perfectly to survive.
2. Unless you have to.
3. Train like your life depends on it – it does.
4. It is not true that everyone is trying their best to kill you, but it’s useful to [...]