Archive for December, 2017

  • BY AN JOHN HAMPTON, VFA-195 While assigned to the line division, I found myself tasked with preparing two of our aircraft for an upcoming material control inspection (MCI). This meant I spent most of my time in the hangar bay with Sailors from the corrosion work center working on these […]

    Falling of an Aircraft

    BY AN JOHN HAMPTON, VFA-195 While assigned to the line division, I found myself tasked with preparing two of our aircraft for an upcoming material control inspection (MCI). This meant I spent most of my time in the hangar bay with Sailors from the corrosion work center working on these […]

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  • BY LT MIKE KELLY, VQ-4 There’s an Irish blessing that ends with the saying, “may the wind be always at your back.” Luckily, I’m a few generations removed from the old country because that mindset doesn’t jive well when landing an E-6B Mercury, especially when that wind comes in the […]

    Windshears in the Navy’s Heavy

    BY LT MIKE KELLY, VQ-4 There’s an Irish blessing that ends with the saying, “may the wind be always at your back.” Luckily, I’m a few generations removed from the old country because that mindset doesn’t jive well when landing an E-6B Mercury, especially when that wind comes in the […]

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  • BY LT KRISTEN JOHNSTON, VP 46 When I arrived at the squadron ready room to plan for my dedicated field work (DFW) flight, I had no reason to believe it would be different from any of the other flights I had conducted. DFWs are fairly common within our community and […]

    The Importance of Preflights

    BY LT KRISTEN JOHNSTON, VP 46 When I arrived at the squadron ready room to plan for my dedicated field work (DFW) flight, I had no reason to believe it would be different from any of the other flights I had conducted. DFWs are fairly common within our community and […]

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  • BY LT ROBERT GWINN, VFC-111 Key West is a wonderful place to live and an even better place to fly, but what happens when you leave the security of sunny blue skies and calm seas during a large frontal passage over the mainland? Nothing good. Multiple storm fronts were tracking […]

    Always Have a Way Out

    BY LT ROBERT GWINN, VFC-111 Key West is a wonderful place to live and an even better place to fly, but what happens when you leave the security of sunny blue skies and calm seas during a large frontal passage over the mainland? Nothing good. Multiple storm fronts were tracking […]

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  • BY MAJ CURTIS ALEXANDER, VMMT-204 On Nov. 21, 1970, a joint United States Air Force and United States Army mission launched to rescue 61 prisoners of war in Son Tây, North Vietnam. The plan was extremely risky, involving an assault on a fortified enemy position, deliberately crash landing a helicopter […]

    Quantitative Risk Assessment

    BY MAJ CURTIS ALEXANDER, VMMT-204 On Nov. 21, 1970, a joint United States Air Force and United States Army mission launched to rescue 61 prisoners of war in Son Tây, North Vietnam. The plan was extremely risky, involving an assault on a fortified enemy position, deliberately crash landing a helicopter […]

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  • BY AM2 ANTHONY JACKSON, VFA-115 During our fall patrol in November 2016, I was assigned to the early return crew from USS Ronald Regan (CVN 76). We were sent to catch our 10 F/A-18E Super Hornets as they returned to our homeport at NAF Atsugi, Japan. I was informed by […]

    Trust Without the Verify

    BY AM2 ANTHONY JACKSON, VFA-115 During our fall patrol in November 2016, I was assigned to the early return crew from USS Ronald Regan (CVN 76). We were sent to catch our 10 F/A-18E Super Hornets as they returned to our homeport at NAF Atsugi, Japan. I was informed by […]

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