The nose turret from a B25 Mitchell houses a machine gun capable of firing 450 .50 cal. rounds per minute. This bomber was flown by the Doolittle Raiders during the first air attack on Japan in 1942 following the bombing of Pearl Harbor. The Raider crews trained at Eglin Air Force Base near Fort Walton … Continue reading With respect and gratitude
A trio of old, hoary campaigners sat in overstuffed, leather chairs positioned in a loose semi-circle in front of a roaring fire. Waiters in white coats silently served them Baron Otard cognac from the club’s prestigious wine and spirits cellar. They sipped the amber digestifs from vintage tulip glasses while musing over their past exploits, the … Continue reading Old lions
Always falling short of his officious, ex-military-man dad’s unattainable expectations, the fledgling sea knight took flight as soon as his wings could carry him over and out of the nest.
Guardian angels Hold dominion o’er the sky Fearsome warriors *The Blue Angels, United States Navy Flight Demonstration Squadron. Taken during a home air show aboard NAS Pensacola. The pilots perform precision aerial maneuvers in F/A-18 Hornets. I admire and respect all of our military service members and their families. I am grateful for their dedication … Continue reading Danger zone
Goodwood Duxford tales... The boy sat in a pool of quiet light, high on a hill surrounded by small, white granite headstones. His back against the rough bark of an old-growth pine, he closed his eyes and listened to the wind rustling through the trees. As the last rays of the sun spread out … Continue reading Quiet light
Stoic and stalwart War tested, ever watchful Travelers’ guardian There is a regional airport about 10 miles from where I live. It's attached to Eglin Air Force Base near Fort Walton Beach, FL. Eglin AFB is one of the largest military installations in the U.S., covering 724 square miles of land ranges, and extending out … Continue reading Guardian at the gate