Ace relates numerous pulse racing, jaw-dropping scenarios from his adventures as an F-4 Phantom fighter pilot. As a Learjet charter pilot his clientele varied from wealthy Palm Beach socialites to hyper-wealthy South Florida drug kingpins. Layovers included: five-star hotels in Paris and jail cells in Venezuela. Implausible anecdotes that take the reader well outside the envelope are the norm. His experience as a “night freight dog” and “nonsked” airline captain reveal the potentially ugly underbelly of commercial aviation.
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The deafening sound of tropical raindrops slamming angrily against the windshield, accompanied by the hurried slap, slap, slap of the windshield wipers while landing in a torrential downpour in Manila ..
ISIL, Or ISIS, if you prefer, is verified to have a very active contingent of operatives in the Sinai Peninsula. The Sharm el Sheikh airport had reportedly lax security.
They have watched a satellite streak across a starry sky, seen the clear, deep blue of the stratosphere, felt the incalculable force of the heavens. They have marveled at sun-streaked evenings, dappled earth, velvet night, spun silver clouds, sculptured cumulus: God’s weather. They have viewed the Northern Lights, a wilderness of sky, a pilot’s halo,…
It was a sortie war. Our enemy was the U.S. Navy. We were in a contest for appropriations – more sorties – more bombs dropped. I remained incensed over the pointless loss of life, the unbelievable incompetence of our leadership.
Bertrand Picard and his Solar Impulse aircraft are now in Nanjing, China preparing for the long leg across the Pacific Ocean http://www.solarimpulse.com/ . While the Solar impulse mission of flying around the world is quite an undertaking and a costly operation it appears that solar aviation is a burgeoning reality.
When the totality of the investigation is complete it is near certain that it will reveal that the pilot remaining in the cockpit intentionally caused the crash.