Posts tagged “Flying

Big and Basic

Posted on July 26, 2015


In Thoughts of a Philosophical Fighter Pilot, Jim Stockdale recounts: There used to be a guy at Patuxent River – first as a navy pilot and then back to Test Pilot School (TPS) as a civilian test pilot. His name was Bud Holcombe. He had made his navy reputation at Pax as a dead stick landing expert, taking up each modern jet in turn, shutting down the engine and “writing the book” on the best way to dead stick it in. I was with Bud at TPS, and he could see that I was preoccupied with trying to memorize lists. I was fidgety, with little previous jet experience, trying to remember exactly the recommended air start procedures of the seventeen or so new airplane…

In Flight

Posted on November 15, 2014


In honor of my upcoming 18 hours in flight, I’m posting some pictures I’ve taken from planes in the past year. It’s difficult to accurately capture the brief moments of exhilaration when the plane breaks free of the clouds and visibility extends to the horizon. It reminds me of my first few business trips…I get to do this, and they pay me!?! *