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The following is my account of an incident that I experienced as an Auto-Track Radar Repairman in the USAF. Names were either modified or omitted for the usual reasons. I was a Sr. Airman assigned to the maintenance shift at Detachment 1, 1CEVG La Junta, Colorado. Det 1 was one of many sites across the states that aided in the training of pilots for the purpose of improving bombing skills and threat evasion. We accomplished this by acquiring and tracking military aircraft as they'd attempt simulated bomb runs over a virtual war zone consisting of rancher's silos and farm houses. The TSQ-96 was a Vietnam era radar system but still up for the task in this, the early 1980's. In charge of the 96 and my immediate supervisor was a rather portly Staff Sergeant that reminded me of a...
Learning to Fly Helicopters Part 2:  "Do I trust this Thing?"        The Robinson R-22... Long time ago. Early model days. Old fashioned twist grip, no governor, straight tail. I was suspicious, still, about the mechanical integrity of the beast. It looked so flimsy. Like a bunch of surplus tin cans beat roughly into shape. Now...
The Old Eagle       As an old Eagle, battle scarred and cynical, I still soar, high and alone, through the grey, damp soaked, wintery skies.   Lightning flashes incessantly, and the dull kerr-whump of distant thunder rolls alternates with the sharp, explosive crackling detonation resonating all around me.  It is cold.  And I...
Lifting the Iron Curtain Part 1:  Minefields at the border          The Cold War was still very hot in the late sixties. Tensions simmered, and nobody really know how the future was going to play out.  As a teenager, I read books on Karl Marx, Nikita Kruschev, and Stalin. I read about the Katyn massacre, and the...
Learning to fly Helicopters Part 1:  Seduction        When a chap has already logged several thousand hours fixed wing, and then starts getting involved with helicopters, people will ask 'why?'.  When on top of that, he has previously been unkind about helicopters, people will be doubly intrigued. My quiet opinion, along with a...
Of Helicopters and Humans Part 25: Benjy the Groundsman (a true story)         Many moons ago, and many complete elliptical orbits around our medium class Sun, I was instructing hairplanes and heli-whoppers in a faraway country. It tended to be wet there, and the grass grew often and tall. We had a good old boy there, working as a...
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