Tagged: Florida

Patty Wagstaff’s Second Act – Fire Fighting

When Patty Wagstaff rolls the OV-10A Bronco into a smooth right turn to look at the white smoke below her, she is not above a runway. There are no cheering spectators, no crowd lines, and no ribbon cutting poles. Instead, there are tall trees, rocky hills, and flames. Often, she and her backseater, an air tactical group supervisor, who acts as an air controller, are the first people at a wildfire. Wagstaff will circle well above so her air controller can

Sun n Fun 2011

Last year, the EAA show at Oshkosh was became known as “Sloshkosh” after some significant rainstorms.   Well, this year Sun n Fun bested it by a few orders of magnitude.  I’ve been going to SnF for 25 years and...

2010 Blue Angels Homecoming Airshow

The old English proverb that  “all [good] things must come to an end…” sums up what occurs every November at NAS Pensacola Florida.  The 2010 Blue Angels Homecoming Airshow was the latest of a long line of grand finales...

Boston-Portsmouth Air Show 2010

The Portsmouth International Airport at Pease, a former Strategic Air Command base in southeastern New Hampshire, is about an hour’s drive up I-95 from Boston.  Long gone are the FB-111As and KC-135As of the active Air Force, the base...

Flight Training the Coast Guard Way

Flight Training the Coast Guard Way For its’ core missions, the Coast Guard operates five types of airframes: the EADS/Eurocopter MH-65B/C Dolphin and Sikorsky HH-60J/T Jayhawk helicopters, plus the FalconJet HU-25A/B/C/D Guardian, the new EADS/CASA HC-144A Ocean Sentry, and...