Adding One Letter to a Form Changed My Career

June 10, 1969, I entered Aviation Officer Candidate School in Pensacola, Florida. The Vietnam War was at full tilt. Exemptions from the draft were abolished. The best and the brightest were subject to becoming members of the military. Did you … Continue reading

Man Overboard Found the Next Day

It seems like 1972 was a good year for sea stories. I was deployed with VP-6 in Cubi Point, Philippines. My crew was standing the Ready Alert. We flew the P3A Orion. We had a good record of getting launched … Continue reading

A P3, A Jolly Green Helo, the Apollo Floatation Collar, and a Navy Destroyer.

Circa 1972, my P-3 Orion flight crew was standing the Ready Alert out of Cubi Point, Philippines. We had been launched on three preceding Ready Alerts and figured that we would be launched on this one also. After midnight, we … Continue reading

The Airplane That Could Not Turn Right!

The year was 1972.  I was flying a patrol mission (P3-A Orion aircraft) out of Subic Bay, Philippines.  Our mission that day was to provide MAD-VEC services to a Chinese Nationalist destroyer.  The United States and Taiwan were having an … Continue reading

Ever Hear of an Airplane That Could Not Turn Right?

The year was 1972.  I was flying a patrol mission (P3-A Orion aircraft) out of Subic Bay, Philippines.  Our mission that day was to provide MAD-VEC services to a Chinese Nationalist destroyer.  The United States and Taiwan were having an … Continue reading