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Formation with the Navy

Formation with the Navy

Ed (Boris) Beakley contacted me recently and asked if I would provide an excerpt of my book, From Phantom to Warthog for inclusion in his excellent website, Remembered Sky. The focus was my transition from F-4 to A-10 and the different approaches taken by the Navy and the Air Force in categorizing roles and pilots… Continue reading

Binge Watching

Binge Watching

Tired of watching Detectives, Spies, Alien Creatures, Cowboys, Zombies, Steamy Sex Scenes and Bad Language during lockdown? Here’s another option: A crusty old fart talking about fighter pilots, fighters and a culture that once existed in the Air Force many years ago. You won’t find these films competing for Oscars, BAFTAs or anything else–and they… Continue reading

Smithsonian Air & Space Magazine

Smithsonian Air & Space Magazine

I recently did an online interview with the prestigious Smithsonian Air & Space Magazine. The short (print) version has been originally published in the April/May 2021 issue of the magazine and I’m providing a page photo here. The full online interview has just gone live and here’s an update. Enjoy! https://www.airspacemag.com/military-aviation/phantoms-and-warthogs-180977298/ Continue reading

Hog Log—The Fighter Pilot’s Unexpurgated Journal

Hog Log—The Fighter Pilot’s Unexpurgated Journal

 My Blog gives me an opportunity to rekindle memories of days gone by and highlight, at least for the moment, certain vestiges of the trade that have long since disappeared. My last foray into better times was a virtual visit to that hallowed institution, the Stag Bar. Today, for those of you who are old… Continue reading

100 Reviews–Milestone!

100 Reviews–Milestone!

Today I’m honored to announce a milestone: 100 Amazon Global Reviews of my book ‘From Phantom to Warthog.’ Here are my thoughts on the importance of reviewing the books you read:   OK, now I’ve written my book, Pen & Sword have published it, printed it and distributed it, and you, my friend, have purchased… Continue reading

CHRISTMAS HELP

CHRISTMAS HELP

In peacetime, as much as possible, the Air Force takes a few days off for Christmas. There are always exceptions: Aircrew, maintenance troops, and loads of other supporting personnel are on alert or fulfilling other duties around the world and these commitments recognize no holidays. Nevertheless, most Air Force folks, like their civilian counterparts have… Continue reading

Bits I Left Out

Bits I Left Out

 C’MON, Let’s Go to the Stag Bar While we’re waiting patiently (or not) for Amazon.com to send you the book that you ordered, let’s take a step back in time–to a much more enjoyable place. I don’t know how things are done now, but in the good ol’ days—‘60s to ‘90s—there was a single event… Continue reading

Brat Chat

Brat Chat

BRAT CHAT Ever since I finished writing my book ( Released in September 2020) I’ve tried to emphasize that you don’t have to be an aviation enthusiast to enjoy it. There are a number of topics that don’t directly relate to the Air Force mission, but are nevertheless critical. One of these is the Military… Continue reading

Signed Copy? Updated Solution!

Signed Copy? Updated Solution!

HOT!!! HOT!!! HOT!!! When you receive your copy of From F-4 Phantom to A-10 Warthog………………………………………………………………… No matter where you are or who you purchased your book from, to request a genuine signature plate for your copy follow the checklist below: 1. Draft an email to info@frontline-books.com 2. Use ‘Phantom to Warthog Signature Plates’ as your… Continue reading

PORK SCRATCHINGS

PORK SCRATCHINGS

Welcome to my website and my Blog. In this News feature, I hope to keep you up to date on the progress of ‘F-4 Phantom to A-10 Warthog’; so as to provide an opportunity to get in touch via the website. If you have comments or questions about the world of the fighter pilot, I’ll… Continue reading