Saturday, May 17, 2014

From NAS Fallon

Lex
For those who don't know, I started this blog shortly after the passing of Lex, back in March of 2012. He's the reason I do this. His blog was where I started my day, every day.

My youngest, The WSO knows how I felt about this guy. How much I enjoyed his wit, his wisdom and his writing.

Right now VFA-2, The Bullets, are out at NAS Fallon, getting ready for RIMPAC* this summer. The WSO sent me a few pictures. I thought I'd share them with you. It's what I do, I share. Well, most of the time.

Okay, some of time.

A couple of Bullets enjoying a Guinness with Lex
(BTM on the left, LUSH on the right**)
In the O-Club at Fallon
Lex has two patches there, one from his time as the XO of TOPGUN***.
He was a great guy.

Thanks BTM, thanks LUSH.









* RIMPAC, the Rim of the Pacific Exercise, is the world's largest international maritime warfare exercise.
** See this Flyby for other members of VFA-2
***XO = Executive Officer, aka second in command. As for TOPGUN, yes, it's one word, all caps, don't ask.

10 comments:

  1. He was good people... Nuff said...

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  2. Gee, is that a USAF "silver" NOMEX flt suit? When I was in we went from old original non-nomex "silvers" to the "green " nomex. Have things shifted back? juvat? Anyone?

    Looking at that pic of Lex just makes me sad/mad all over again....many brooding premonitions, and all that..

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    1. I can't answer the flight suit question Virgil. Perhaps ATAC provides them?

      And like I told Old NFO, not a day goes by where I don't think about Lex.

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  3. Thank YOU for sharing the pics. And yeah, not a day goes by...

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    1. It still hurts. I think it always will.

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  4. Only guy that could make cheaters hanging on a flight suit look cool. tis to weep.

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  5. No No.
    We need to stop.
    He was a rare man, a naval aviator with a call sign.
    We need to give a deflection shot to history

    The man we admire had a name. We should now start to use it forevermore.
    Yes, he was our Red Baron but who remembers his name?

    I think we would do well to remember the name:
    Carroll Lefon

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    1. You have a point Cap'n. Though it is traditional in the flying services to call folks by their callsigns, in this case we should strive to remember the man's full name: Carroll Fairfax LeFon, Captain, United States Navy.

      Those not of the aviation community probably don't really understand the callsign thing, it's like a nickname but more than that. Ask an aviator what someone's name is, and they'll pause for a moment and tell you. Point out someone in a room and ask "Who's that?" Nine times out of ten, they'll immediately respond with a callsign. Still and all, I get your point Sir. That's also why I list him over there on the starboard side with his name, callsign, rank and branch of service.

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Just be polite... that's all I ask. (For Buck)