You may have noticed a new blogger on the scene 'round these parts.
His name is Juvat, he used to be a Phantom Phlyer and then an Eagle Driver back in the day. He kept telling all these excellent snippets of flying stories in the comments but I wanted more.
Now you might have noticed a change on the sidebar (over yonder on the right) with regards to "The Staff" graphic. It changed from this...
As I like playing around with Microsoft Paint, that change was inevitable and fairly easy to implement. Now the blog header will also be changing sometime in the near future. It's not that I'm tired of the one I've got now, but I do like a change now and again.
Besides which, Juvat needs to be acknowledged up there as well.
Now the opening graphic to this post has some meaning, let me 'splain it to you.
Okay, at the top left is a nice painting of an F-4C flown by Robin Olds' rides. The F-4C is one of the aircraft I used to maintain, way back in the day (the other was the F-4D, the differences discernible only by the real cognoscenti).
The next aircraft was Tuna's last ride on active duty, the S-3 Viking, the mighty War Hoover. When Tuna and his fellow crew dogs weren't hunting submarines they were, they were...
Ah, probably in the Ready Room studying their NATOPS* manuals!
Last, but certainly not least is Juvat's last ride on active duty, the magnificent F-15 Eagle. Perhaps the best air superiority fighter on the planet in the hands of someone like Juvat. When Juvat was not flying, he was no doubt studying his Dash-1**, or shooting his watch.
Some other steely-eyed fighter pilot type stuff.
Note that all three of the bloggers in this space are retired military. Well, Tuna would argue that Juvat and I were in the Air Force, therefore not so military. We just smile and wave. Probably with our hands in our pockets as well. It's an Air Force thing, you wouldn't understand.
So why does the Master Sergeant take precedence in that graphic. Seems wrong or perhaps out of order doesn't it?
Well, it's my blog, innit?
If something sucks, blame me. Tuna and Juvat are innocent and pure as the driven snow.
Wait a minute, they're aviation types.
No way they're innocent. No way.
Why yes, this whole post is a bit of a digression innit?
But I didn't want you all to get nervous at the ch-ch-changes occurring to the blog.
What? You were expecting David Bowie?
Um. No. Not today.
*NATOPS = Naval Air Training and Operating Procedures Standardization
*Dash-1 = 1F-15C-1, the Flight Manual for the F-15C. USAF version of the NATOPS.