Monday, February 3, 2014

Made in the USA


My son-in-law Big Time is a Super Hornet pilot. My daughter The WSO flies the back seat in the two-seat version of the Super Hornet.

At least back in the day we built our birds pretty tough. I have no doubt we still do.

Here's a tale from back in the day. Concerning that F/A-18D depicted above. It's over at the Smithsonian's Air & Space Magazine.

It's got Marines and fast jets. Good stuff. One might say, the right stuff.

8 comments:

  1. The mention of "the breaks of Naval Air" (aka air brakes) brings to mind another expression which fits the story to a tee, "skidmarks in the sky."

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  2. A sad close to an otherwise great tale.

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  3. Yeah, but can it do this? One of the MANY reasons I liked flying the Eagle.

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    1. Now that must have been some impressive flying!

      (Betcha he had to change his britches afterwards. I would have!)

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  4. Story is he landed at 300K, blew both tires and ripped out one of the cables, but got it stopped.

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    1. Damn! At 300K I'm not surprised he blew both tires. But ripped out a cable as well? Wow.

      Any landing you can walk away from...

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