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Testimony of Pilot (18): Eulogy For a Fighter Pilot

Testimony of Pilot# 18 They do tell stories about fighter pilots and indeed, fast mover combat pilots of the fighter/attack  clan are seldom reluctant to pass on a little this is no s..t  (TINS) with quite possibly some embellishment of … Continue reading

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Testimony of Pilot (17): Naval Aviation Culture

Testimony of Pilot# 17 Proceedings Magazine – September 2011  published an article by Former Secretary of the Navy John Lehman  “Is Naval Aviation Culture Dead?” discussing  the fallout of Tailhook ’91 and the effect political correctness has had on a … Continue reading

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Testimony of Pilot (16): James Bond Stockdale – Where Indeed?

Testimony of Pilot# 16 MEDAL OF HONOR citation… for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty while Senior Naval Officer in the Prisoner of War camps of North Vietnam on 4 September … Continue reading

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Testimony of Pilot (15): “Where you ask? Oh, I can answer that!”

Testimony of Pilot# 15 Where do we get such men? …From the farms and the fields of America, grown from boys who labor and look beyond the horizon toward better lives—for themselves and for their families.          The fields of Lewis … Continue reading

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Testimony of Pilot (14): Chapter 3 begins – “Where did we get such men?”

Testimony of Pilot# 14 We begin Chapter 3 of testimony with the source of THE question from James Michener.  I remember my parents taking me to see the movie when it first came out. I’ve watched it multiple times since … Continue reading

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1942- The Year of the Aircraft Carrier; Part 13(3) – Guadalcanal -Battle of the Eastern Solomons Conclusions

Blown Slick Series #13 Part 13-3 The Eastern Solomons became the most intensively studied carrier action yet… Despite intensive analysis, the battle as a whole remained a mystery.  Lundstrom Blindman’s Bluff (3) – An Empty Sea After the final near … Continue reading

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1942- The Year of the Aircraft Carrier; Part 13(2) – Guadalcanal -Battle of the Eastern Solomons Continued

Blown Slick Series #13 Part 13-2 To say the least we were in a bad predicament. All of our attack planes were committed on missions with the main enemy force still unlocated and his planes coming in to attack us. … Continue reading

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1942- The Year of the Aircraft Carrier; Part 13 – Guadalcanal – Battle of the Eastern Solomons

Blown Slick Series #13 Part 13-1 Thus begins the day of 23 August, 1942 – Battle of the Eastern Solomons [24–25 August 1942] At breakfast Fletcher read a special Cincpac Ultra message advising that the “Orange striking force” of two Shokaku-class … Continue reading

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1942- The Year of the Aircraft Carrier; Part 12 (4) – Guadalcanal, From the Start, A New and Different Context; Cactus

Blown Slick Series #13 Part 12-4  “…the only place on Earth where you could stand up to your knees in mud and still get dust in your eyes.” Marion Carl First Marine Ace by Roy Grinnell. Capt. Marion Carl over Henderson … Continue reading

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1942- The Year of the Aircraft Carrier; Part 12 (3) – Guadalcanal, From the Start, A New and Different Context; CV Withdrawal

Blown Slick Series #13 Part 12-3 “It is true, Marines will take a pounding until their own air gets established (about ten days or so), but they can dig in, hole up, and wait. Extra losses are a localized operation. … Continue reading

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