Red, White and Blues Air Show 2015

July on Pensacola Beach and at 8:00am, it’s already hot, crowded and exciting! Parking is the biggest challenge you face besides the heat.  Plenty of people have stayed the night and camped out on the beach, so even though finding a spot isn’t really an issue, you can’t see the …

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A Visit to the National Naval Aviation Museum

Home for me is Pensacola, Florida.  I may not live there any more, but I still have family there.  I don’t visit as often as I’d like to, but I’ve been trying to get home more these days. I planned a trip home after recovering from my last reconstruction surgery …

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My First RC Jet Fly-in

After being turned away at the balloon fest due to high winds in the morning.  We decided to check out the area.  Zebulon has no hotels and the closest city is Wilson, about 20 miles away.  We decided to check out the town while waiting for balloon launch time.  They …

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The WRAL Balloon Festival in Zebulon, NC

If it flies, it will probably get my attention.  When I was at Sun n’ Fun earlier this year, they were scheduled for a balloon launch early one morning.  I’d never seen a hot air balloon up close and I wanted to photograph them.  The pictures I’ve seen are so …

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Reconstruction Surgery Behind Me

It’s been just over two weeks since my reconstruction surgery was done after my mastectomy. I was looking forward to getting this one behind me.  It’s been a lot more difficult and painful than I thought it would be, and they only gave me two weeks of medical leave this …

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Warbirds over the Beach Air Show 2015

I obviously have a thing for airplanes, but I think there’s a difference between enjoying flying and really admiring the workmanship and engineering that goes into building aircraft.  I love to fly, but I’m amazed at the technology that goes into creating and designing airplanes.  Taking a concept from the …

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Biplane Flying in a WACO: My Dream Plane

I’ve dreamed of flying in a biplane since I was sixteen years old, after reading Richard Bach’s, Illusions.  His tales of barnstorming across the farm fields of the midwest wrapped my imagination around a world that was completely foreign to me.  It was one I longed to experience for myself. …

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Sun-n-Fun 2015 Air Show Recap

My first really big air show and it’s in my home state of Florida.  I started thinking about it last year when my brother-in-law mentioned that it was right in his back yard.  After being grounded and trying to find a way to stay connected to flying, planes and people …

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Time to Visit the Aviation Medical Examiner

My wonderful oncologist, true to his word, got me in to the Senior Aviation Medical Examiner (AME) to work with me on getting back to flying.  I was so excited to have this appointment scheduled; I couldn’t wait to go.  It’s probably the first time that I’ve ever been anxious …

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Finding Normal Again

I don’t think you wake up one morning and say I think I’m going to be brave today.  I don’t think courage is something you consciously decide to do.  I think courage comes from within and unexpectedly, in moments when you decide not to give up regardless of how you’re …

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