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Old 03-13-2012, 10:43 PM   #2746
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Hanging out with my pals at the Juneau FSS (remember those anyone?) when two Blue Angels ensconced in their A4's come into town to refuel going north. With about three people waiting for service one of them barges into the office and demands to go to the head of the line, saying "I'm a Blue Angel". Everyone, and I mean everyone, including the FSS staff, turns around and looks at the guy like he's a smelly fish, ...total silent treatment. Blue Angle turns red and storms out saying he doesn't need any weather. They decide to show us who's boss at takeoff by sucking runway and pulling up. Color us impressed, it was only an A-4 so he had to push over soon enough. Pppffft! Maybe their attitudes are a little better nowadays.
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Old 03-13-2012, 10:57 PM   #2747
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Hanging out with my pals at the Juneau FSS (remember those anyone?).
Talk to Juneau FSS almost every day...
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Old 03-13-2012, 11:04 PM   #2748
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They were nice people! Of course that was a long time ago. I got on the remote one fine summer day (CAVU...really!) and said to "her" (I forget her name) ...my engine is coming unglued. I told her where I was, 1 SOB, and she said she'd send a Temsco guy right along if I told her where I'd be. I said maybe the water...but I made it to that alluivial (sp?) fan that comes out from the east side of the canal about 7 or so miles east, south east of Haines (forget the name of the place) but it had a 700 ft strip on it. Dead sticked on that and thought, whew..now what? What a nice day! Shoot, I have the whole day off. I was eating my lunch when Temsco showed up and hauled me back to work. I wasn't there more than 10 minutes and I was flying again in 30 minutes.
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Old 03-13-2012, 11:29 PM   #2749
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Sounds like the Katzahien River strip...



This is on the beach next to the strip, picking up a tracking collar off a brown bear.
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Old 03-14-2012, 04:21 AM   #2750
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Mudflaps... an AdV Cessna...

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Old 03-14-2012, 09:22 AM   #2751
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Yep, Katzahien....that's it, thanks. I still have my sectional for the area, but I don't think its named or shows the strip either. The engine failure started further south, the point below Eldrod rock...not a good place. I did see a cruise ship and thought maybe I'd ditch in front of them but I thought they may not see me even if I went across the bow or just get knocked out in the ditching (I also had thought, get fished out and have a big buffet on the way to Juneau) The engine lasted a few minutes at best (swallowed a valve) and I was lucky I was in the Lynn canal stratosphere, 4500'. BTW: I remember using those antennas too....
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Old 03-14-2012, 09:32 AM   #2752
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Mudflaps... an AdV Cessna...

NFE

Or a gravel kit to keep the hstab from looking like someone shotgunned it.

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Old 03-14-2012, 12:52 PM   #2753
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I forgot to put up some pics from my day on base at NAF El Centro for a Blue Angels practice a couple weeks ago.



After that, we hung out at the end of runway 26 for a while.



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Gawd! I love the WWII era camo pattern on this one.
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Old 03-14-2012, 05:51 PM   #2754
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Gawd! I love the WWII era camo pattern on this one.
That particular Hornet was part of the CONA last year. There were a few different designs.

(Not my pics)
http://phxspotters.com/forums/index.php?topic=347.0

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Old 03-15-2012, 08:30 AM   #2755
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Great stuff. What's the name of the second song (who sings it)?

Condolences on the loss of your friend...
Music sounds like Mumford and son.
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Old 03-15-2012, 11:01 AM   #2756
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I've been rather withdrawn since I got word yesterday morning that one of my online friends and blog buddies had passed. Captain Carroll "Lex" Lefon had been the XO of the TOPGUN (as he said - one word, all CAPS) aggressor squadron, had commanded a squadron of his own, and been an exemplary husband, father, and friend. I never had the opportunity to meet him in person, but we corresponded via email and I always felt like a welcome friend. He also had a really great blog - Neptunus Lex.

We lost Lex on Tuesday morning when the F-21 Kfir he was flying as a civilian contractor crashed near the west gate of NAS Fallon. Lex's blog is still live and there is a memorial post from one of his guest bloggers who's still an active duty Hornet pilot. Be sure to check out the 1000+ comments on that one. The Secretary of the Navy even sent a personal note with his condolences. I highly recommend stopping by and reading through the archives. There is an awesome amount of humor and wit, but even more wisdom.

I'll be hoisting a Guinness (as he would say - for strength!) tomorrow evening in his memory



This pic came from a post called Camping Day One. Lex had to go up to Pt. Mugu for training in the Kfir when he first got his new job with ATAC. Needing to take the budget route, he pressed his R1150GS into service and camped out on the beach. Yes, I was more than just a little jealous when Lex took his GS on a road trip to go beach camping so he could fly fighter jets

Godspeed and blue skies, Lex. You will be sorely missed and I'll keep your family, friends, and colleagues in my prayers. Thanks again for everything
Article on Wired: http://www.wired.com/dangerroom/2012/03/blogger-crash/

It's got links to the NTSB preliminary report, a Navy Times article, an airport diagram, and a picture of the crashed aircraft.

My condolences on your buddy.
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Old 03-15-2012, 11:19 AM   #2757
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Thanks for the condolences.

I've read the NTSB preliminary and it looks like there was really not much Lex could have done. I'm waiting for the final report to come out in a year before jumping to any conclusions about anything.

Lex was a great guy and will surely be missed.
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Old 03-16-2012, 06:44 AM   #2758
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The link between GSs and Canards

I finally understand the link between GS riders and Canard Drivers.

http://youtu.be/kaHHFUnLR3Y
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Old 03-16-2012, 07:42 AM   #2759
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Pretty interesting...

Construction of a light aircraft (J-3)
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Old 03-16-2012, 08:24 AM   #2760
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Incredible 4x5 Kodacrome pics

http://pavel-kosenko.livejournal.com...hread=22669914
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