Category Archives: Testimony of Pilot -Series

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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Testimony of Pilot (13): Chapter Two – Final Reflection on “harnessing the sky”

Testimony of Pilot# 13 This second chapter takes its characterization as “harnessing the sky.” Remembering the sky trajectories from Kill Devil Hill to Paris to the Battles of Britain and Midway, to transcontinental airlines and to the edge of the atmosphere and eventually … Continue reading

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Testimony of Pilot (12): So, Where Does the Sky End?

Testimony of Pilot# 12 The whole history of the space program is part of moving on and making life better for people on Earth. I want to carry on their work on through the Shuttle, the Station, and the space … Continue reading

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Testimony of Pilot (11): Cockpits – Situational Awareness in the the Arena

Testimony of Pilot# 11 An airplane is just a bunch of sticks and wires and cloth, a tool for learning about the sky and about what kind of person I am, when I fly.  An airplane stands for freedom, for … Continue reading

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Testimony of Pilot (10): Eileen Collins – Return to Flight

Testimony of Pilot# 10 In 1990, Eileen Collins was only the second woman to graduate as a test pilot and be selected as a NASA astronaut. She became the first woman to pilot a space shuttle mission during the Discovery’s … Continue reading

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Testimony of Pilot (9): Bob Hoover – the Best There Ever Was

Testimony of Pilot #9 the greatest pilot I ever saw.- Chuck Yeager Hoover’s “the finest acrobatic pilot we’ve seen in our lifetime”  -Astronaut Wally Schirra greatest stick-and-rudder man who ever lived – Jimmy Doolittle Diversity of experience over their careers is … Continue reading

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