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  1. Folks, this one hit me hard. Even though I never met the man I read his blog almost daily, and this really hit harder than I thought it would. Perhaps because it was so sudden, and unexpected. (Aren't all of these like this?) I just went to his blog yesterday like I always do expecting to read some his wisdom, and observations on flying, politics, and life. He was a retired USN fighter pilot who only fairly recently began flying as an adversary pilot for ATAC. Only this Tuesday (3/6/12) "Lex" blogged of having a "streamer" upon landing at NAS Fallon the day before. He posted one last blog following the streamer blog, flew, then lost his life in a landing crash. These are the last two lines he wrote in the "Streamer" blog entry. "It’s funny how quickly you can go from “comfort zone†to “wrestling snakes†in this business. But even snake wrestling beats life in the cube, for me at least. In measured doses." - Neptunus Lex, 3/6/2012 The following links will explain better than I can write here. Please take the time to visit them. CAPT LeFon's blog... http://www.neptunuslex.com/ This next one has a photo of the crash scene (edit: which I just added here) as well as several embedded links including CAPT LeFon's bio... http://bayourenaissanceman.blogspot.com/2012/03/in-memoriam-captain-carroll-lefon-us.html A news report of the crash... http://www.recordcourier.com/article/20120306/NEWS/120309902/1062&ParentProfile=1049 An opinion of the cause, and some of the bloggers personal feelings... http://bayourenaissanceman.blogspot.com/2012/03/thoughts-on-loss-of-good-man.html May God be with his family.
  2. I worked on that plane as a crew chief when it carried markings of the 134th ARW, Tennessee ANG. Still trying to dig up some photos I may or may not have of her in those markings. That was in my 35mm print days!
  3. Seriously? Dude, you need to spend time on other sites besides ARC. 14 thousand some odd posts here, and you've never heard of Gunsmoke, or James Arness? Wow.
  4. The last of the photos I took. I'm sure I could have taken better shots, but I arrived just as the museum was closing, and the host allowed me just a short time to walk through. Maybe next time! Enjoy! Mark
  5. I had an opportunity to make a short visit to the USAF Airman Heritage Museum at Lackland AFB, TX last week, and couldn't resist taking these photos of their collection of scale models on display. I would like to share them with you all that don't get chances to visit some of these museums. I have no idea who the modelers are who made these, but they are all very nice. Please enjoy. Mark
  6. 53-7543 at Little Rock AFB, AR. The first photo was taken when I was going through flight engineer school in 2007, and the second after a repaint, and a spurious tail number change to 51-1882, when I went through instructor school in 2010. I suspect the Arkansas Guard folks changed the serial number to reflect an actual RF-84F that flew with the unit. Mark
  7. Just in case some of you all don't make it over to the General Discussion section, I posted this over there this morning. From a friend of mine who created the F-106, and F-101 websites comes a new one he created for another friend of his. http://www.712tomcats.com It's a work in progress, but I figured there would be some folks here who would be interested in it. Mark
  8. "There are old pilots, and bold pilots..." Mark
  9. I have to admit I enjoyed the original movie. Watching "Hearts of Darkness" when it came out added a lot to my understanding of the movie, the story, and the process. When "Redux" came out, I watched it too, but was left feeling that the additional scenes added nothing to the story. Most were meaningless to me; some even just stupid. I even read Joseph Conrad's "Heart of Darkness" after the film was released, and actually enjoyed the book. I have to admit however, it was pretty heavy reading for a high school kid in the early 1980s! One thing that I've always kept in mind is most films are purely entertainment; this film being no exception. Depending on the production, I've even thrown some documentaries into the entertainment category. I respect other's feelings that this film was never (and may never be) entertaining to them, just as any film about the current conflicts (of which I have participated in extensively) are really not entertaining to me. It's hard to explain, but I don't even want to watch them. Maybe someday I will when my grandson asks me what I did as a Soldier, and an Airman during Desert Storm, ONW, OIF, and OEF, but I can't answer that today. I'll just remember that these films are for entertainment only. Mark
  10. You were kidding, right? Remember President Gerald Ford? Anyway, I have to agree with Expat Tomcat. That might be wierd, but I think most kids have other things to think about besides "Murphy's Law", and the old salts would put an end to such scuttlebutt in a hurry. That said, there was a USS Murphy during WWII, and now there is a new one, albeit called the USS Michael Murphy. (I know, it was mentioned above.) WWII ship named after Civil War Navy vet John McLeod Murphy http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/USS_Murphy_(DD-603) Current ship named after MOH recipient LT Michael P. Murphy http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/USS_Michael_Murphy_(DDG-112) Mark
  11. From a friend of mine who created the F-106, and F-101 websites comes a new one he created for another friend of his. http://www.712tomcats.com It's a work in progress, but I figured there would be some folks here who would be interested in it. Mark
  12. Just two less than the number of times this question has been asked here. I know! I'm really close! Mark
  13. March Field Museum 12/20/05 Mark
  14. I'm pretty sure he meant the PM was for me regarding the photos. I'm sending them to his personal e-mail. Mark
  15. 51-9432 F-84F on display at the March Field museum. Note the SAC insignia. This was snapped by me on December 20, 2005. Mark
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