As I look back on my flying career, there were many situations that should be called “memorable.” Some started out as what I thought was a good idea and wasn’t. Others were just plain dumb and turned out to be really dangerous. And then there are others that may make you smile.
Flying, whether you are in the military or as a civilian has an element of danger. Risk and the ability to control a machine in a three-dimensional environment draw people to become pilots. The view, any time of day or night is spectacular. One wag defined flying as “hours and hours of boredom punctuated by moments of stark raving terror” is not far from the truth. Emergencies in airplanes are serious events because you can’t stop by the side of the road to fix them.
Flying, either as a pilot or a passenger is not for everyone. I wanted to be a pilot since I was a little boy and the Navy was willing – assuming that I could pass the physical – guarantee me flight training. The Air Force, would not.
I’m also going to add some stories from my Dad’s career in the Air Force partly because they need to be documented but also because, at least to me, they are interesting. I hope you enjoy reading them as much as I enjoyed putting pen to paper or in this day and age, creating ones and zeros on a laptop.